Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Great Dystopian Urban Fantasy

So I'm looking at my blog and I'm thinking "Wow, it's time for a new post," but I can't think of anything to say! What do you do then? Time for a lifecast...

What's new in the world of writing...I've been working like crazy lately on the outline of a book I started thinking about last year. Some of you who follow me on Facebook might remember how I was planning to write a dystopian novel set in an ancient, bleak city. I was originally inspired by a dream I had about the 1990s video game Noctropolis.  I was asking on FB about the main character's name. After getting a lot of good feedback I settled on the name Laetrius.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My all time favorite writer...

Back in the 1980s, after I had graduated high school, I struggled with the idea of being a writer. Believe it or not I had already written two novels at that point--two horrible novels that I typed out on a Commodore 64 and printed up on a dot matrix printer. I think I even sent them off to publishers, but that's not really the point of this blog.  Anyway, it was about that time that I had my first real taste of Earnest Hemingway. I had read some Hemingway in school because I had to. But then I saw a TV movie about him staring Stacey Keach right around the same time I saw a documentary about him.  And that was it for me--I had found that role model. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dark Tower (The game, not the books)

Some things you just never forget. When I was a kid I loved all things fantasy. Books, television, toys, dungeons and dragons, and this very memorable commercial. I started thinking about this when I was mowing the lawn yesterday.  Funny how that happens.  Does anyone remember this game?  Better yet, did any of you own it or get the chance to play it?  Because I never did.  I don't know why I never got one.  Maybe I figured I'd have no one to play it with, so why bother getting it?  And maybe it's just as well, because the memory of the commercial is probably better than the game, especially by today's standards.

Friday, October 3, 2014

UNVEILED is Ready for Pre-Order

Remember back in July when I told you all about that anthology of villain stories I was to be part of?  If you don't remember you can read that post here.  Well, couple of things--first of all, the name of that anthology has changed from Neverland's Shadow to Unveiled.  The second thing, and the really cool part, is that as of today you can pre-order it!  Shawn Speakman announced it today on his website.  You can find out the details here, but basically it will be available in four different editions, including--and how cool is this--a limited signed and numbered edition.  You'll need to cough up a hundred bucks for one of these, but as I understand all the authors will be signing them. There will only be 500 of them, but still, pretty cool.  And of course there are regular, much less expensive editions available.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Bloody Chorus--Pub Date

Every book I put out these days is a saga.  And by that I'm not referring to the book itself, but the long, tortured road they seem to take in getting published.  For a long time now I've been waiting to hear when my next book, The Bloody Chorus, would be published.  Today, DAW finally assigned it a date...