The last writing update of 2017!

With just half a month to go until 2018, I thought it best to give a last update on my writing for 2017 as well as looking forward to 2018.

Patreon fiction – The Box of Secrets and The Ruon Chronicles

The Box of Secrets have stalled a bit over October and November as I readied myself for NaNoWriMo (and then the pawpaw then hit the fan with a family crisis and me having severe anemia on top of all my other stuff…), but I am glad to say that part six’s first draft is finished, as well as the first scene of part 7.

Part 6 will be posted in January, and The Box of Secrets will finish in March or April 2018. (There may be a bridging part to link Secrets with Grove of Graves.) The Box of Secrets will then be ready by end of May 2018 to be put onto Noisetrade Books (yay!).

This will mean that you’ll be able to read the whole of The Box of Secrets in one volume – for free! I’m thinking of donating all the proceeds from, Secrets to either a Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s foundation, but I first need to figure out the ins and outs of that before I can give a definitive go-ahead on this plan…

You can read parts 1 to 4 on my Patreon page in the meantime.

Afrikaans fiction – Papier en porselein

Then, my dear NaNoWriMo project which failed dismally (in that I did not write the 50K words). I am going to work on this project over my December vacation and then start writing in earnest in January 2018.

This novel (if you are new to the blog) is an Afrikaans one that’s more urban fantasy than high fantasy, so it’s also kind of a new genre for me.

Looking forward to 2018

My main projects for 2018 will be The Ruon Chronicles (The Box of Secrets being first on the list followed by Charms of Life and Death) and Papier en Porselein, which I want to have finished by July 2018.


By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.

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