It’s hard to fight wizards and demons when all you have is a gun and a badge.
The use of magic in the Sovereign City of Dracoheim is regulated by the Lord Mayor’s Committee For Public Safety. From the licensing of magi, to the health and safety requirements for magical manufacturing, to the import and export of magical goods to the Realms of Nightmare, dedicated civil servants ensure that the metropolitan area stays safe from magical mayhem.
Most of the time, anyway.
My name is Erik Rugar. I’m an agent of the Criminal Investigation Division of CPS. We operate outside of the authority of Parliament and are answerable only to the Lord Mayor himself. We get involved when the regular beat cops are out of their depth. If a magic shop gets robbed by junkies, or someone gets vaporized by a fireball, or shapechanging creatures start infiltrating the city, I get the call.
But I’m not a mage; I’m just a cop. I face down magical threats with my keen investigative skills and a trusty revolver.
Welcome to my world.
July turned into Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts month. I had been talking with Legrange Books about publishing a collection of my Erik Rugar stories, and then a few behind the scenes things happened to move the project from back to front burner. I’ve been in contact with both a cover artist (and the cover is awesome, it’s killing me that I can’t share it yet) and an artist who is working on a map of Dracoheim to use as an interior illustration. (Also awesome. It’s great to finally have a visual of all the different places I refer to in the stories.)
I’ve been having to edit the stories and work out things like who Erik’s boss is, and how the Department works in day to day operations, and a calendar of the world to get all the dates to work out, etc, etc.
So my plan for 2019 is pretty much dead in the water, but that’s okay. I still have a bunch of stories in the pipeline for various publications (Storyhack, Switchblade, Dimension Bucket, three upcoming anthologies).
And I have learned a lot about my workflow and how to manage it better.
I still have one story to finish for Bad Dreams & Broken Hearts, which I hope to hammer out over the weekend, and then some consistency editing on the collection as a whole. It’s a kind of an oddball project (I know, who’d have thunk it?) because it’s almost a novel–the stories, I think, fit together well (and will hopefully fit together better once I’m done with my next rewrite) but the stories are very much self-contained, with a beginning, middle and end.
I’m psyched about this project. It will represent the first time that a book that is all mine will be published by someone else. That’s kind of a milestone.
So we’ll see how it does. I’m not at a point where I can estimate a publication date closer than before the end of the year, but as plans get firmed up I’ll share what I can.
Fortune Favors The Bold!