Are there Holidays in the World of Keltin Moore?

Yes.

Wow, that was an easy blog article. See you next month!

…oh, did you want me to say more? OK. 🙂

Actually, I’ve thought about holidays in the Keltin Moore stories for a long time. I think that the values of family and spending quality time together would fit in well with this series, and I’m actually planning on including the first officially recognized holiday in book three. Called the Harvest Celebration, it’s meant to commemorate the last day of bringing in the crops and the start of the winter season. While it is most commonly celebrated in rural settings, plenty of urban households across Riltvin, Krendaria, Drutchland, Malpin, and elsewhere also observe this special holiday. While some cities have standardized the specific day of observance, nearly all rural households observe it on the actual day after the harvest is officially over.

The observations of the Harvest Celebration are pretty flexible depending on the household. Decorations prominently feature elements of locally grown crops and are meant as a sign of plenty and prosperity. The majority of the Celebration centers around a feast. The traditional dishes vary from region to region, though they almost always feature a large meat dish as the centerpiece with plenty of sweet and savory dishes to accompany it. While it isn’t strictly a religious holiday, there are traditional prayers of gratitude which are offered and a general spirit of good cheer.

You’ll get to see all of this play out in book three of the Adventures of Keltin Moore, which is coming along nicely, by the way. Definitely out by 2019.

In the meantime, you might consider giving the gift of one or more of my books to somebody for this Christmas season. Just a last-minute shopping idea. 🙂

Merry Christmas!
-Lindsay

Cosplay Advice for the Characters of Keltin Moore

Halloween is coming up soon, and with thoughts of costumes and cosplay on my mind, I thought I’d answer a question that literally swarms of a couple of people have asked me: How to dress up as the characters from the Adventures of Keltin Moore.

Keltin Moore

I’m purposefully vague in a lot of my character descriptions, just because I want to make it easier for readers to put themselves in my characters’ shoes. That being said, Keltin does have some distinct articles and accessories. Most distinctive is his hunting coat, which could be a duster or similar style long-coat in earth tones. He also wears a hat, which I always envisioned as somewhere between a fedora and a cowboy hat – I’m still trying to find one for my own costume. If weapon-props are allowed, Keltin carries a long hunting rifle, a revolver in his belt, a hunting knife, and of course the Ripper, which is essentially a sawed-off glaive or similar pole-arm.

Jaylocke of the Weycliff Wayfarers

The Weycliff people are nomadic entertainers, so Jaylocke’s outfit is likely part-traveling clothes and part-stage costume. He’s described in The Beast Hunter as wearing a vest covered in buttons, which is actually a secret tribute to a gypsy character from the first stage-play I ever wrote called Love’s Folly. Jaylocke’s props are less defined than Keltin’s. He could carry a rifle, the Ripper, or a similar medieval pole-arm weapon. Oh, and a grin. He needs to be grinning. 🙂

Elaine Destov

Elaine comes from a higher class of society than most of Keltin’s associates, but she’s done her fair share of killing beasts as well. A mix of fashionable, yet functional clothes would be good (see General Tips below for the appropriate time period and location). Her weapon of choice is a rifle.

Bor’ve’tai

Good luck with this one! Bor’ve’tai is a Loopi, a sort of ape-man based on the gibbons of southeast Asia. Unlike Chewbacca, he wears the clothing of a laborer on top of his furry body. His favorite weapon is a woodsman’s ax.

General Tips

While the world of Keltin Moore is steampunk fantasy, the steampunk elements tend to be more subtle then other works in the subgenre. A lot of the more fantastic accouterments that punks enjoy (mechanical arms, over-sized wrenches, googles, etc.) don’t really fit in the reality-based world of Keltin Moore. Use late-19th century fashions of both rural United States and Eastern Europe as a general style guide.

Oh, and if any of you come up with a costume for any of the characters of Keltin Moore, please send a picture! I’d love to see it!

Big Changes Ahead!

You may have seen my latest blog post where I expressed some concern about how things were going in my writing world. I’ve taken the time to figure some things out, and I feel like I’ve come up with a plan that will be productive, fun, and sustainable. Here are the most important updates…

New Publishing Schedule

I no longer have a set release date for the third Keltin Moore novel, though my goal is to have it published within a year from now. I’m also working on a separate novel intended for literary agents and traditional publishers, which should also be done within a year.

Audio Books

After several successful book-selling events, I’ve been able to save enough money to invest in the equipment necessary to record audio book versions of all of my published titles. This process will take some time, however, since I’ll have to do my recording at night after the twins go to sleep.

Blog and Mailing List

Many people know that I frequently struggle with any kind of nonfiction writing, which includes blog posts and newsletters. To conserve valuable time and focus on my strengths, I’m planning to do the following:

  • Sending out a quarterly newsletter e-mail, rather than a monthly one
  • Reducing my scheduled blog posts to once a month, rather than once a week
  • Reserving most announcements and future updates for my mailing list and Facebook, while focusing on more meaningful content for my monthly blog features

YouTube?

Now that I have some higher quality recording equipment, I’m considering expanding my YouTube channel to include more fun and interesting content. I could do videos answering fan questions, giving bonus content to my stories, sharing writing tips, and maybe even some fun stuff involving the life of a writer and the stories in video games. Be sure to let me know if this is something you may be interested in!

Summary

  • Keltin Moore 3 is still coming!
  • Audio books are coming!
  • Sign up for my quarterly newsletter for future updates
  • Let me know what sort of things you may want to see on my YouTube channel

Yes, I’m Still Here

I’ve been lying low for a while now, but I wanted to write a brief update for two reasons. One, to silence all these rumors that I’m either dead or hiding out in darkest Peru (I’m sure SOMEONE suspected either of those); and two, to give a brief explanation of how things have been going in the world of Lindsay Schopfer, Author-At-Large.

Unfortunately, there’s been some disappointments. I’ve had to cancel my book tour for 2018, and I’m not sure how soon the third Keltin Moore novel will be coming out. My mailing list has also been hit hard by the new GDPR law as everyone who has signed up in the past has to manually opt-in or be removed.

As a result of these difficulties, I’m taking the time to reevaluate a lot of what I was doing in my efforts to be a successful author. I’m not ready yet to share what may be changed, but I will say that I’m trying to find ways to promote myself that won’t burn me out or take too much time away from my family, teaching job, and writing. I’ll be making more announcements once I’m through researching, experimenting, and praying for guidance.

One experiment I can share now is something I’m trying out at the Brass Screw Confederacy next month. Reaching back to my days of writing and acting for the theater, I’m planning to do a short, one-man-show in character as Keltin Moore where I’ll be telling some never-before heard tales of his adventures. I have no idea if this will be a one-time-thing or if I’ll expand this idea in the future. For now, it’s simply exciting to try something new and blow the dust off some skills and talents I haven’t used in a long time.

I want to thank all of my friends and fans for your patience as I work to figure some things out. In the meantime, you can show support by reading and sharing my stories, subscribing to my mailing list (be sure to opt-in!), and checking out my Guild of Adventurers. Thanks again, and see you all soon.

-Lindsay

Writing Update April 20, 2018

Those of you who follow me on Facebook will already know that I recently finished the first draft of Keltin Moore’s third novel. I’m very excited for this one, as it explores some characters that haven’t gotten much attention in the past, as well as introducing a much larger cast to the series. Right now I’m in the midst of the initial review before the actual work of the second draft begins. So far, it looks pretty straightforward, though I anticipate that the majority of the work will be in the first five chapters when I was still struggling to figure out what the plot was going to be.

In order to meet my ambitious release date for this novel, I’m temporarily putting all other projects on hold. This includes the new anthology I’d been planning on releasing some time this year. Instead, my plan is to release those stories in 2019. Whether it will be an updated version of Magic, Mystery and Mirth or a completely new title is yet to be determined, but I will say this… If I do end up combining all of the planned short stories with the existing ones in Magic, Mystery and Mirth, it will more than double the size of that collection!

There is one more project that I’m thinking about which many of you have been asking about for some time. Yes, I do plan to do an audio-book version of The Beast Hunter some time in the future. Ideally, I’d like to narrate it myself, but putting all the pieces together is going to take some doing. Right now, I’m working to find a sound-proofed recording space as well as getting the funds necessary to purchase the required hardware and software to ensure that this project is of the highest quality. If you have any resources you know of or are willing to contribute to this cause, please let me know! You can also contribute to my Patreon account to help me save up enough money to make this dream a reality.

I hope you’re as excited about these developments as I am. I can’t wait for all of my fans to return to the world of Keltin Moore!

There’s a New Keltin Moore Short Story!

Keltin and Jaylocke have traveled to northern Riltvin to investigate reports of beast attacks. Something has been terrorizing the small village of Riksville, and it’s up to the nation’s best beast hunter and his trusty apprentice to stop it. But when Keltin decides that it’s time for Jaylocke to take the lead on a hunt for the first time, the Weycliff wayfarer soon learns that there’s more to beast hunting that just fighting monsters. Fans of Keltin Moore will love this adventure featuring two of Schopfer’s most beloved characters and including never-before revealed details of Keltin’s past.

Loss of a Legend takes place shortly after the events of Into the North.

While this story will no doubt appear in a future anthology at some point, right now the only way to see it is by joining and participating in my Guild of Adventurers. To learn more about how to join this great group of fans, check out my Guild of Adventurers Q&A.

The Perfect Time to Meet Keltin Moore

There are some great new opportunities for anyone that has been meaning to check out my Keltin Moore series but hasn’t gotten around to it yet.

The first new development is ongoing. Now, anyone who subscribes to my mailing list will receive a free sample from Keltin’s first adventure, The Beast Hunter. After that, subscribers will receive a monthly e-mail with the latest news on upcoming books, updates on my creative writing courses, and my planned author appearances.

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The other opportunity is for a limited time only. From March 5 to March 12, The Beast Hunter will be just 99 cents as an ebook from Amazon. Quite the deal, if I do say so myself.

If you’re already a fan of Keltin Moore, this is an excellent time to encourage others to check it out, either by getting the free sample or purchasing the ebook. Or both. Both is good too. 🙂

Writing Update February 16, 2018

It’s about that time again to announce how things are going with my various writing projects. Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter already know that I’ve been shifting my focus more and more towards book 3 of the Adventures of Keltin Moore. Well, I’m officially announcing that all other writing projects are going to be placed on temporary hold as I focus all of my writing time on finishing Keltin’s next adventure.

The reason for this change in emphasis is that plans for my next book tour are well underway, and I kinda need a book to promote for it. 🙂 The dates and locations of the tour are still being determined, but right now I can say that it will happen in late September/early October and will take place across Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. One exciting addition to the tour this year is a likely stop at the Snake River Fandom Con in Pocatello Idaho, which will be a new event for me. If there are any other places you’d like for me to visit while on this tour, be sure to let me know.

I did also want to quickly mention at least one event I’ll be doing a little sooner and closer to home. I’m planning on having a vendor table for my books at the Brass Screw Confederacy in Port Townsend Washington on June 8-10. Mark your calendars now for this fun and friendly festival celebrating all things steampunk and be sure to stop by to say hello!

Looking Forward to My 2018 Book Tour

With at least one book coming out this year, I’m starting the process of planning my 2018 book tour. Last year was my first time touring outside of Washington state to promote my books, and it was a definite success. Hoping to build on that success, I’m looking for book stores, libraries, Cons, and local writer groups that may be interested in hosting an author reading, creative writing workshop, or book signing.

If you’re somewhere in the United States and would like for me to visit your town, please let me know, especially if you have any connection to a venue where I could market my books or give one or more of my creative writing classes. Then again, a venue may be more willing to host something if they know there’s a lot of local interest, so make your voice heard if you’d like to have me and my books come to your town!

Christmas-Themed Fake Quotes from My Stories

“Keltin, is there such a thing as a snow mirage?”
“What are you talking about, Jaylocke?”
“I’ve heard that in the desert, you can get so hot and thirty that you begin to see things that aren’t really there. Do you think you can get the same thing out here?”
“I doubt it. Why?”
“Look.”
Keltin turned to look where his apprentice was pointing and saw that one of the evergreen trees on the far bank of the Wylow river had been festooned with decorations. Delicate glass ornaments hung from every bough as small woodland creatures scattered silvery strands of tinsel along the green needles. Keltin turned back to Jaylocke as the squirrels and rabbits began laying brightly wrapped packages around the tree trunk.
“I think we’ve been out in the cold too long,” he said.
– (not from) Into the North

“No! I don’t want to!” shouted Vin, the talking sword. “You can’t make me!”
“I can, and I will!” said the knight holding Vin. “Now get in there!”
“No!” screamed Vin as he was plunged into the still body before him. “You monster!”
“Oh hush and carve the turkey,” said the knight.
– (not from) Magic, Mystery and Mirth

“Huh,” said Keltin.
“What is it?” asked Bor’ve’tai.
“Nothing,” said Keltin, looking at the still beast he’d just brought down. “I’ve just never seen a serpent stag with a glowing red nose before.”
– (not from) The Beast Hunter

Well, Journal, there’s good news and bad news. It’s Christmas Day, and against all odds, Santa did come! Unfortunately, instead of six months of food and a shotgun, he brought me dress socks and a sweater with a bird on it.
– (not from) Lost Under Two Moons