Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Update

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Okay, I'm a couple of days early, but odds are I won't be blogging over the next several days so I wanted to get my greetings out there. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Like a lot of people my favorite holiday used to be Christmas but that changed a long time ago. Now I'm more about eating than I am about presents ;)

I've been busier than usual lately with book work.  Still haven't gotten my edits back for THE BLOODY CHORUS but I'm told they are on the way. The delay is frustrating but it's given me time to work on the dystopian story. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Guest Post--Martha Wells on Power in the World of the Raksura

I'm really pleased to have Martha Wells guest blogging here today.  I only recently met Martha online, but I've been familiar with her work for a long time.  She's a very accomplished author, and her post today feels especially resonant to me.  In it, she talks about how she structures society in her Raksura books.  World-building is such an essential part of fantasy writing, and Martha's construction of her society is fascinating.  If you're a fan of Martha, read on.  But even if you're unfamiliar with her work and you're a fantasy fan, I'm sure you'll get something worthwhile out of her post. So here she is...

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween, and Upcoming Guest Blogs

Is this guy pissed or is he just yawning?
Is this Samhain?  I can never remember.  Well whatever.  Let's just say Happy Halloween.  I hope you all enjoyed the day.  I did, very much.  Went to my son's Halloween parade at school, probably the last one he'll ever have since he'll be 11 next year and heading into a whole new school.  I manned the candy bowl and lit a fire in the fireplace, same as I do every year, and loaded up the Charlie Brown Halloween Special in the DVD player.  The only disappointment was how few trick-or-treaters we had this year. Probably the fewest we've had since we've been in this house.  Odd, and very disappointing.  Now, of course, we're up to our arses in leftover candy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Last Challenge--Read it for Free

Update--Thanks to my friend Mike Cummings, Mobi and Epub versions of the story are now available, so if you want/prefer one of those formats just ask.

Remember about a month ago when I told you all about the UNVEILED anthology? This was the one with all the great authors contributing stories told from the villain's point of view.  Well, major disappointment, but that anthology won't be getting published.  It's a long story, but what it means mostly (at least to me) is that my own contribution to the collection, The Last Challenge, won't be getting published either.

I thought about contacting other markets and seeing if any anthologists would be interested in it. I thought about self-publishing it up on Amazon and trying to market it that way.  In the end though, I've decided just to let you all read it.  Why?  Because you--my great friends and fans--have always waited patiently for my books to finally hit the shelves.  You deserve to get something for free, so I've "published" a simple pdf version of the story and I'm ready to give it to anyone who wants one.  If you like it, I'm hoping that you'll forward it to someone else as well.  That's it, really.  Read it, enjoy it, and pass it along.  You can do that, right?

So what's The Last Challenge about? Ultimately, you'll have to answer that for yourselves. What I can say is that it involves a woman washing up on a magical island in search of a goddess, revenge, and closure.  I like it, and I think you will too.

Okay, that's it.  Email me if you want a copy and I'll send it to you.  And please share this post with other readers to help me spread the word.  Thanks!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Write what you Feel...

Remember that tired old advice about writing about what you know?  I've never completely understood that, probably because I'm a fantasy writer.  So I want  to change that.  Instead, I want to say write what you feel.

It's been one of those days.  The kind that soaks your brain with self-doubt.  The kind of day when you hear the voices of the naysayers in both ears.  And when I get like this, I just want to scream "No, you're wrong!"  Because they are wrong.  And if you're an artist of any kind, you know that I'm correct about this, and all the people giving you advice, no matter how well-meaning, are flat-out wrong.