Announcement & Apology

As I’m sure some of you will have noticed, I’ve been rather more absent from the blogging world of late than normal. The reason for this is my writing. I’m only really happy when I’m writing and due to external factors I don’t want to talk about, I’ve poured myself into it lately. The result is a lot of words. So, I apologise for not getting around to as many of your wonderful blogs as I would like and wanted you to know that it’s not that I don’t care. I do. However, due to the books that are now begging for my full attention, it’s only going to get worse. This is why:

Into Eternity the climax to The Eternals Trilogy has been submitted to my publisher TODAY. I would hope this will hit the shelves very soon. This is the culmination of almost five years work and a story I am very proud to call my own. You won’t ever have read anything like it. Not many people can say that in the world of Fantasy authors, but I can.

Britannia Unleashed is also almost ready to go. Britannia Unleashed started life as individual Steampunk/Alternate History short stories. Fortunately, due to having a terrible memory, I reused the same characters in multiple tales. All of these have now been collated and rewritten into one unfolding drama. There are a few finishing touches to be made but not many. Because I actually started with some of these shorts long before The Eternals, the characters have become quite dear to me. Hence, I found myself writing more, then more still and suddenly realised I’d thousands of pages of extra tales. So, I can now also say that Britannia Unleashed will spawn a second trilogy of Fantasy books tentatively titled The Theatre of the Moon Trilogy fronted by the Victorian investigator Mortimer Headlock and his good friend Miss Grace Grace.

The Snow Lily was the story that got me noticed but also almost killed me through exhaustion. I kid you not. I couldn’t bear to even look at it once it’d won me my Authonomy Gold Medal. However, the children in the book, Lily and Bobby, have slowly worked their magic on me. The Snow Lily is now being completely rewritten to the higher standards I have set myself and I’m pleased to say I’m enjoying it. Thank you all who told me to get on with it when I alluded to what the book had done to me some months ago. I wouldn’t have gone back to it without your encouragement.

Writing these stories makes me happier than anything I’ve ever done. I was born to write but just didn’t have the courage to do so for the longest time. I’m too old to mess about with regrets, plus I need to earn to eat, so from now on the writing will have to come first. I hope you all understand, and that I shall still do my utmost to see as many of your wonderful blogs as I can when I can.

Your friend always


Richard M. Ankers

Author of The Eternals Series

The Eternals

Hunter Hunted

Into Eternity (Coming Soon)

Eternals Series Image

70 thoughts on “Announcement & Apology

  1. Congratulation Richard. You deserve the utmost success and to obtain that doing something you love is a gift. Carry on dear Richard…go get em!

  2. I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now, Richard, and I’ve seen a number of authors go through similar transitions, stepping back from blogging a bit to concentrate on writing and building a career as an author. It has to be a priority if we really are committed to making a go of it. So, it’s wonderful to see all your projects moving forward, as well as seeing you take the steps to honor your calling. I look forward to reading the results 🙂

      1. Aw, thanks, Richard. I’ve been backing off a bit lately too and expect I will some more. I think it’s part of a writer’s evolution, a sign of growth and commitment to our choices. Change isn’t always comfortable, but when it feels right, it’s time. 🙂

  3. For those of us who love your writing, this is all good news and very exciting for you. I hope each of these is a huge success!!

    Side note: Book 3 for the Eternals Trilogy! Woohoo!!

  4. I entirely understand and pray all is well with you my dear friend. Write Away, O Magician of Words and Musings! Anything you pen (or type!) I shall read and can honestly say Enjoy! Cannot wait for Into Eternity, even if Im still working my way (so slowly, sorry to say!) through Hunter Hunted, but now I have Britannia Unleashed to look forward to as well 🙂

    Many congrats on the flood of verbosity…May It Never slow to a trickle! 🙂

    1. My verbosity has been dammed too long and has just sprung a leak. And thank you for your kind words. You’re a good pal. The best really, but don’t go bragging to your friends.

      1. BTW can’t believe you are so prodigious and yet, totally can, marvel at it either way, I was not on WP for over a week, I always miss seeing you, reading you, mostly though basking in the light of your success and continued creativity – will you PM me and LMK about your publisher as you had that idea I should submit? I don’t expect they would accept but need to do something as what I’m doing right now isn’t working well enough. TY. Keep on being you and running with the dawn. You inspire so many, myself every time I think of you which is often

      2. Of course I’ll message you, but do me a favour and just let me know you received it because I’m not sure if my emails are in your spam 😳 Oops missus, and all that! Your last one was in mine and I didn’t even know I had a spam folder LOL

  5. Well done, Richard. I’m sure we’re all agreed that the less we see of you here, the better. For then we’ll know You’ve Made It. And it’s much deserved success.

      1. Haha. Yes, we all think, ‘Oh not him again! when we see your little face pop up. Grab onto all of your success and enjoy every minute of it.

  6. Ahh! So much has happened in my absence! My blogging hiatus has been longer than I wanted… I can’t believe it has been nearly a YEAR since I’ve posted anything! Hoping to get back in the grove soon! Congratulations on your series! This is so fantastic! 😀

      1. It really does not seem like it has been that long! Granted, all my days and nights are muddled thanks to the little one! Working on a LONG overdue update post! 😀

      2. Oh she is an extremely healthy little girl. 95% for height and weight! I know some one year olds who weigh less than our little chub at 6 months haha! We are fairly exhausted though 🙂

  7. Ill be a bit cheeky and say it… I was wondering why you hadn’t liked any of my “STUFF” of late. I know it isn’t the best but never knew it to be that bad. HAHAHAHA… wish you all the best and inspiring to know we have the power to be our own advocate and “just do it”. May blessings pour down from the heavens. J

      1. You really don’t need to apologize but from following your blog I only read a gentleman in your words so your kindness and concern makes sense. Something the world is missing and you bring civility to a higher plain. Now go write fellow cyber friend. 😉 (wow, that was bold. Hahaha) be well, J

  8. Ya know, writing is therapy to me. And though I have a short attention span, which gives me little breaks to come read blog posts, I still feel like I need to do more, write more, escape more. You do what you need to do. Congratulations on the good news! We will be here whenever you can jump in and say hi, so don’t worry about that.

  9. Great, now whose ideas am I going to steal?

    Seriously though, concentrating on your writing is the right thing to do. The world needs your stories in it, nobody can tell them like you do. I’ll be waiting for them with my reviewer pen poised!

  10. Good friends wait, congratulate you and support you. So, I will wait patiently (not my best quality, but I will), congrats Richard! and keeping my fingers crossed for another successful sell.
    But I have to say (reading your first book the Eternals), I am so sad and a bit mad about you killing the monk. So, also glad you made those nasty demons who killed him ‘pay’ 🙂

      1. While gardening just now, I thought ‘oops, I had to add ‘spoiler alert’ and now you are telling me he’s not dead? Aaaaaaarch…I think I will turn in early tonight, since I only read books before sleep, haha

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