It’s been a good while since the last update. Mea culpa. The summer was busy, some obligatory travel, weeks with grandkids visiting, and the usual more time than expected to care for a large garden and orchard. Things are settling down now.
Writing has progressed, though slowly. Book 8 had trouble congealing, but that seems to be solved by several of those, “It comes to me . . . ” moments someone is known to have that seemed to get things going. I started off working on three different books, but most time now is book 8 which is at 80,000 words. There is also a start on book 2 of the Harbinger trilogy, and another project I won’t go into for now.
One unplanned item was the time it took looking into swag as I previously said I would do. As everything seems to go, it took a lot more time than expected and sucked up the equivalent of a couple of weeks. After looking at several options, we’ve settled on a company and some test orders are out so I and a couple others can check the quality. Should have the answer shortly. Personally, I plan on getting t-shirt, sweat-shirt, poster, and bookmark items. It will start with a few images/designs and go from there as more are developed. A 2-foot square poster I ordered of Caedellium looks good, but somehow I put a mouse cursor in the middle of Moreland Province? That’ll have to go, plus the lettering is a little vague and needs enhancing before that image can be out there for any product a person wants to put it on.
It’s been requested to post hints, such as maps, about book 8. Here’s one, and no, there will be no more explanation of what it’s about. :>)
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2 weeks ago
Love the series and have read all the books multiple times and also listened to them on audible. So excited for book 8!
Thank you Olan, it's good to hear that my favorite book series is progressing.
Tshirt that reads, “I was cast under an alien sun, and all I got was this stupid tshirt,” please! 🤣
I wanna see more technology, and the effects it has on Anyar. Two thousand bolt action rifles and a million rounds of ammunition should go a long way to clearing the Lanolin continent. Ditto Rustal. At the very least it would keep the Narthani kinda busy.
Agreed would like to see more technological developments. What happened to that earthling female medical doctor that briefly appeared towards the end of one of your earlier books in the series?
Looking forward to book 8 of Destiny's Crucible and book 2 of the Harbinger Trilogy.
As much as I anyar, I am beyond excited to hear your already working on Book 2 of Harbinger. Even if it was just an aside.
If you do the T-shirt please use good cotton and haved XXXL size - be happy to pay more for a quality porduct.
Enjoying both series, looking forward to their continuation. The book 8 map is a fun tease.
Perhaps the location of a forth American in Penabak. Thanks for the updates looking forward to the new books.
Oh I know where that is. I've got some guesses where your going with that. Can't wait!
Thank you for the update! Looking forward to everything you mentioned.
Looking forward to release of new books. Like them all.. Will you have coffee mugs??
Thanks for the update! And your books are amazing!! Love all of them!!
I’m very excited for what’s coming. I’ve read just about everything you’ve written and love it all!! Keep it and thanks!
Awesome Hanging out for the next book 👌
I'm hanging with mark right now only eager for the next book
A great series read each book in this series a number of times. I keep finding things I missed. Eric Weiss.
Congrats on another successful year of writing. May the Force be with you.
I will buy whatever you write.
Some memories are indelible, and not all are good.
September 11, 2001
I was attending a 2-day bioinformatics meeting in Bethesda, Maryland. The morning’s session was underway when the someone from the venue came in to say an airliner had just crashed into one of the Twin Towers. Terrorism was suspected, and the facility was projecting CNN on a fifteen-foot screen for anyone wanting to watch the reports. A couple of scientists left to watch, but I stayed, telling myself the meeting was important and I would catch the details of the crash later. My resolve lasted until the next talk was boring and my curiosity got to me. Over the next hour I alternated between watching the disaster unfold and being stupefied that almost all our meeting’s attendees were either oblivious that the world had just changed or were deliberately blocking out reality they were not prepared to deal with. I learned later than the plane that hit the Pentagon flew directly over the meeting site.
Following the attack, I spent the next days in a hotel watching news and knowing nothing would ever be the same. Air traffic was suspended and home was far away. The only potential way to get there was with my rental car. I discussed with two other meeting attendees the possibility of us driving home together. The only car we had was my rental and there was no word when air travel would be resumed. Rumors were it could be weeks. We decided to wait a few more days before committing. I held onto the car past its day to return, as did every other car renter in the US, including people at the meeting if they were not local. The rental car companies canceled any penalties and said any driver could return a car anywhere in the US whether it was in their contract or not – just give us our cars back. When flights resumed, fortuitously I was on the first plane to leave Baltimore.
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2 weeks ago
Theres always something good to be found in every day.. Sept 11 th is my daughter’s birthday so it will always be a day to celebrate for us regardless of the somber news. It is unfortunate that her birthday is now overshadowed by this terrible event but we always try and make the best of it.. After all, she was born before it happened so it will always be her day first. (She is 24 today).
I was scheduled to make a presentation at a Cyber Security conference at CNN Headquarters in Atlanta at 9AM… then every phone and pager in the room started going off. Took me 3 days to finally secure a rental car and drive home. Still blows my mind how fast people gave up their right to privacy, yet throw tantrums over wearing a mask.
Cooler heads did not prevail. Because of people on both sides of government I had the opportunity to meet a handsome young man about six foot 2 that was a servicemen in the Iraq War. He was trying to purchase something from me but was having difficulty because he had his arms blown off at the shoulders.. with his teeth he took out a $20 bill from his vest. This injured vet told me to put the $5 bill in his right pocket and the ones in his left pocket.. I showed him $0.89 I still owed him.. this poor young man teary-eyed almost started crying.. he said what am I going to do with that I can't even wipe my ass.. this is where I almost lost it I almost started crying.. thousands of men and women came back from the Iraq War/Afghanistan crippled or even dead because of the decisions made in voting for the war that was a lie.. These people should not be electable. That should have been a career changer to something outside of government.. it's not like saying hehe I burnt the beans.. I will never vote for anybody that voted for that war.. They need to suffer the consequences for a horrific mistake. can you of good conscience look a wounded soldier in the eye and still vote for A politician that got us into these wars....?
Thank you for sharing.
Several people have asked about swag of Destiny's Crucible. My business manager (wife) has looked into it and likes Redbubble. If we set it up, I would send a set of images to Redbubble for any to select for T-shorts, mugs, whatever. I've attached here some ideas. Any other suggestions/ideas - including ones you might like to make. Olan ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Snarling Greco beer mugs
I’ve often thought of t-shirts for the Snarling Greco as if you’d buy them as a tourist. The other towns and locations could be similar to college town swag. I’ve used Printful for good quality T-shirt, mugs, and beach towels. I agree Redbubble is sketchy, Printful is so-so. I’m a graphic designer and would love to help in my spare time. I’ll think of more ideas and let me know if you have questions implementing Printful.
Great, you will have my support. I have looked a couple of times online. I was surprised nothing was available. Also, after several readers said they wanted a Facebook page to discuss Destiny's Crucible, I made one. Just search Destiny's Crucible on Facebook. I truly believe this would make a fantastic TV series or a movie franchise. All the books are so compelling. I'm a 67 year old nerd, what can I say.
Pens that look like swords, bookmarks that say,”that reminds me of a story”, flags for each of the clans that can be made into T-shirt’s, mugs, etc., watcher abductee anonymous tshirts, DEFINITELY snailing Graeko tshirts, a tshirt that says “nothing beats a balmoth”, a flag for munjor, the cadelli flag,….I’m sure I’ll think of more
i would love an anyar junk journal….filled to the brim with maps, illustrations, flags, catchphrases, etc…..the best of everything….
I wish you’d release versions of your books with illustrations…..there are so many wonderful scenes where if you found a talented artist, it could make for some beautiful artwork!!
Be careful with Reduble. They had a major problem just a year ago with people stealing art and designs and setting up copies on their own site. That being said, I'm excited to see what you got man!
maybe an illustration with a collection of a lot of the inventions introduced so far….everything from balloons, to safety pins to toilet paper, to yes…even kotex, to napalm, etc.
T shirt that says, “I was cast under an alien sun, and all I got was this stupid t shirt”
There’s got to be something that can be done with Vandork…..
Maybe an Anyarran night featuring the night sky with two moons? And an image of the solar system Anyar is in with its other planets?
What Yosef, Carnigan, Stent, etc. saw when first arriving at the glacier site
What Orosz City looked like from the Narthoni’s perspective just before the battle started.
Perhaps a t-shorts with the caedelly flag shirts.
What was it called? The abbey’s deliverance or something like that? How about a playbill?
Some images of Anyar’s native fauna.
The night sky of the planet that the Oglethorpes are on.
Outstanding “A dubious peace” just finished. Thank you. Now the wait begins for what’s next.
I’d buy the rifle
I left my chicken on earth
Destiny's crucible "However" Just plain text on a tee shirt.
Soundtracks of Heathers music so people know what’s in the book. I like your character Heather maybe you could have her do artwork and then you could sell that stuff. For instance trying to explain why No one can fine America is headed off by paintings undersea cities...
Anything with "All Narthani Must Die" written on it I will buy . . . . well all of them.🙂 On a coffee cup.
what about the Cadellium periodic table of elements….only including the ones they’ve found so far? Love fuominium
Wow. It’s been a while since the last update. In the push to get “A Dubious Peace” out, too many other things were pushed aside temporarily that finally had to addressed. Plus, there has been the usual Spring priorities: cleaning up from winter, full-bore on getting yard work done (vegetables, flowers, orchard), household business delayed, etc. It was also good to step away from the keyboard to take time to plan future writings. However, now I’m back at the keyboard. Unfortunately for the impatient, I can’t report on what the next book completion will be since I’m working on three different projects. At some point, I expect one of those will be far enough along and have gotten me enthused enough to focus on finishing and putting the other two aside. However, in the long term it may well work out. When I was publishing scientific papers, I regularly found myself working on multiple ones at the same time. The end of a writing project can be tedious since the topic doesn’t seem fresh anymore by that time. I suspect my apparent preference for multiple project kept each one fresher and was more productive time-wise. At least that’s what I’ll find out if it applies to fiction.
For devoted fans of the Destiny’s Crucible series, do not despair. More books are coming, though I can’t give a timeline. However, I will share that the last chapters of the last book have been planned and partially written. It also looks like there will be at least two more books, although I can’t rule out it may take three books to wrap the Yozef Kolsko thread. ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
Most nights I go to sleep listening with my head phones to Passages getting ready for July 13th. Jonathan Davis is a great Narrator. Waiting for the moment that Yosef, Heather and Mark meet. Just like with Ender and Bean, I fell in love with the characters you created. I'm 67 years old. I read a lot of fiction. I've watch a lot of fiction. Over the last few years, I've listened to a lot of fiction. Destiny's Crucible has touched me. Thank you. I'll keep reading, you keep writing.
So what you are saying is I have atleast 2 books to prepare myself for the end of the series and get my life right with jesus so I don't have a mental breakdown when its over.....CHECK!!!
With a whole world to explore why don’t you keep them going? Is it just not “fresh and fun” to write too many stories about the same character/s? I read The Destroyer series when I was a kid and Murphy/Sapir wrote something like 162 books about Remo Williams and Chiun. Loved looking forward to those two books a year! Just asking…
Huge fan. Your books are great. Keep them coming, I will always read them. Thanks for your work and creativity.
The series would not end ( I hope) until the Caedellium flag is planted and raised at the Capital of the Narthani empire.
I am glad you have a plan for the end. Better to end early than drag out.
Been listening to your Audible publications of the DC series (even though I could get them free with my Kindle Unlimited) and I must say that Jonathan Davis is an amazing narrator! Don't mind waiting for more volumes from the both of you, and do keep them coming. 🙂
Destiny's Crucible has been amazing. I love the storyline and enjoy listening to each book two or three times. Keep up the great work. Please don't rush any books. The best art comes at its own pace.
I am a huge fan and will wait. I know what you mean, loved the burst of energy and ideas when writing but hated the editing process to get papers published.
Can you have kolsko salt the land of the people who attacked him and his wife. Also more aliens.
Thank you for the update! Looking forward to next book.
Great news about more Destiny’s Crucible! Can’t wait !!
Good stuff! Thanks for the update. Happy summer!
You do what you need to do to keep those great books coming
Yes, please don’t stop Yozef or the crew.
A Dubious Peace was "pushed out". Please slow down and write on your time, not anyone else's. These things happen. I'll buy your next book no matter how long it takes...your real fans will do the same.
Keep up the good work. As for old technology that uses pitch... Have you seen this? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orangeburg_pipe
I don't mind that you are "wrapping up" the Yozef Kolsko thread, but I do hope that if you get too bored with it you do something like what Eric Flint did with his "Ring of Fire" series, setting Canon and maybe letting other authors play in your sandbox. It's too good of a world you have built (particularly the people of Caedellium), to say goodbye.
What? only three more books for Yozef? But that doesnt mean the series ends does it? Its not really surprising with Yozef being Paramount I dont see him playing a major active role in frontline combat/political manueverings too often. If he leaves Cadellium every nation might send people to try and get him. Its a part of world building. The world doesnt revolve on just one character. Are there any hints on the next book. Will it be about the Amerikans on Cadellium or will it introduce the others?
Well, if the story moves at the same pace as in “A Dubious Peace” you will probably need 10-15 more books before the aliens arrive.
Was thinking it over and I think i was expecting there might be like 6 more books….so 2-3 sounds a little sad to me. I guess i was just hoping that we’d get to see so much more of the great wide world you created. I was hoping that the krinolin and narthon castaways might get their own books. That maybe we’d get to spend time on the haraseddic border of narthon and into many of the harassedic kingdoms. That maybe we’d go back to frangel one day to rescue maghen’s family And see what became of the insidious guilds and fabric production. That we’d end up in the wide plains of rustal again and help them to finally fight off the narthani Occupation. That we’d travel to the iriquinik kingdoms and experience life there. There’s just so much more of your world that i wanted!!! I guess i also have to wonder how the hell you’re going to unite all of the landolin kingdoms in a war against the narthani in 2-3 books when it took you 4 books to unite the clans on a tiny little island????!!!!!! One more thing…..when thinking of how to end the series look to Tolkien. Lord of the rings had one of the best endings i’ve come across and mainly (in my opinion) due to the fact that you got the distinct sense that the author didn’t want the series to end as much as the reader didn’t want the series to end. After the climax at mount doom, he just couldn’t let go…he kept giving us more and more afterlife…..and it worked perfectly. The thing i hate most is when we spend 6 books with an author climbing a fictional mountain with them and then once we get to the top and look down the other side we see there’s a slide or an elevator waiting to usher us back down in like 2 minutes. It does a disservice to the climb!!!!! It needs to be a slow leisurely descent with a gentle landing for the reader. It’s like sending your kid off to college…you have to do it gradually with buying all the shit and books and getting their room set up and walking around campus with them and having dinner with them before the final goodbye scene. They have to acclimate to the fact that they are now going to live a life completely devoid of new DC material!!! Up until the climax your readers will be chomping at the bit to go faster and faster to get to the top…but once they hit the top…we want you to slow right the hell down…..take the scenic route….stop and smell the roses…..essentially……give us 20 chapters after the eventual downfall of narthon, because a 10 book series really deserves that much and anything less would be a disservice to the climb!
DC is becoming my all time favorite series quickly. I just can’t stop listening and have read the series several times now. Thank you for all the hard work you have put in. It really shows. I recommend it several times a week to friends.
I'm truly sorry to hear that the Destiny's Crucible will be ending in another two to three book. I was hoping that it would continue longer. I was hoping that Yozef would with Marks help build a dam and supply the island with hydroelectric power for lights and heating. I also hope that mark or Yozef sends for Maghen's family to come to the island so she will not feel so lonely or isolated. There is just to much for me to list of what I would love to see happen. Thank you for the series I have enjoyed them very much.
Just to clarify, are you saying that yozef may get 2+ books to wrap up his storyline, but that there may be more DC books to finish the anyar thread or potentially more books to finish the aliens thread? Just want to clarify whether 2+ books will be the end of DC or of yozef as the main character?
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4 months ago
I am curios to see what General Akuyun’s reaction when he reads the latest intelligence report about the rapid progress in technology, medicine, economic, social and cultural progress taking place in Caedellium. I am sure his reaction would be mixed, dismayed, threatened and admiration.
Damn havant strikes again!
Narthonie agents probably.
I guess it's pretty fortunate that none of the humans ended up on those secluded islands out in the middle of the Great Ocean.
If you could live anywhere on Anyar, where?
My husband and I listened to the audiobooks and had to print out the map so we could keep all the locations straight. Really enjoying the series!
Landolin looks like an animal with an eye if you tilt your head 90 degrees to the left
I am readin #7 so slowly. Normally a day read I’m stretching to 10-12 days. 🤪😎😷
Would a cowboy hat and maybe a colt like six shooter pistol become the normal trend for the Caedelli lawmen and Yosef’s body guards? Lol!
New map? Thanks
Hey all im curius i dont remember has there been any comparing the isle of Caedellium to real world map ? around what size is the whole Caedellium "islands" ? ( including seaborn )
Love your books and your writing style. Been reading SF for 50 years... Question: where is the equator on your maps ?
If I could do it, I would nominate Olan Thorensen for Nobel Prize in Literature.
I finished book 7 Monday and loved it. I'm looking forward his next book. Thank you Olan Thorensen great book.
Book 7 actually reminds me of book 1 quite a bit in terms of pacing and story arch. I think out of all the books I still like Book 2 and 4 the best. The political intrigues are quite interesting but with so many new political entities being introduced it felt like a good chunk of the book was used to setup the background for future storelines. Also, Olan continues to devote pages to the alien AI part of the storyline is a little odd to me. I understand the use of it as a literary device to place Earthlings on Anyar but the world of Anyar is so rich and immersive already, it is difficult to see how the AI / Alien thread adds / contribute to this world. Regardless I enjoyed Book 7, and look forward to Book 8 and beyond!
I just finished book 7 and honestly I think based on the pace we might need 15 books until we get a navy and starts throwing weight around on the world stage.
Just finished book 7. Enjoyed it! Red stars on map mark location of Earth people I assume? Can't wait for next book.
How soon does the new "Western" come out? Love ALL the books!
Very nice series, eagerly awaiting the next book, well done
Your web site is down. Looks like your domain name expired.
I'm assuming this is the current location of the five Americans.
Must be nice to have time to do “Glamor Shots” while some of us are counting the days till A dubious peace drops. Nice.
Saw this on "America's Most Wanted"
Loved a dubious peace. Great job sir!
Book 7 is great 👍 , unexpected story line , great questions to ponder ! Thank you 😷 !
I always thought you were a team of writers working under a fake name. Now, I don't know what to believe.
Olan is by far my favorite writer!! Thanks 🙏 for the great reads. I just finished A Dubious Peace!
A live septarsh!
Lookin good 😉
Two new wrinkles in versions for this book. Podium has already set a release date for the audio (July 13, 2021) and it's up for pre-order at both Amazon and Audible.
Also, I usually finish the details of the paperback a week or so after the ebook release, but I got it finished early this time and released right away. I guess I could have set it for the same day as the ebook, but didn't think about it.
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5 months ago
My book should be here this Friday but I'm having cataract surgery This Thursday so I don't know if I will be able to read it right away or not.
Help. I’ve made a mistake and finished the new book in one sitting. What am I supposed to do while waiting for this year’s Christmas story and book 8?
Just Finished Harbinger, so enjoyed this book look forward to next installment, will definitely be pre ordering this,
Its cool , im just happy its not to far Apart.. now i wonder if i should wait for Audio or book...
Definitely no criticism about the delay for kindle. Just jealous :-p. Ordered kindle and audible. *patiently waiting.....*
Going to pre order now. Any chances of an early release?
Counting down....20 days...and...118 days
Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins of audio goodness
Just got pre ordered on audible!!
Just now preordered on Audible!
Excellent Book!!! I can’t wait for the next episode!!
Great news. Off to pre-order now, I'm really excited.
Got it today. 100 pagea in.... so good!!!!
Pre-ordered! I love your work and the world you created.
Just pre-ordered the kindle version
Pre-ordered can’t wait. Great Author!
Preordered thanks 🙏
My order is in! Thanks Olan!
Why isn't it midnight yet 😭🤣
This is like a birthday present to me. xD
Friday can't come fast enough...
Insta-Preorder on Audible
Loved it!!! Now want next one!!!
I feel like a child waiting for Xmas morning 😋