Announcements & Other Stuff

I have a new home for the Children of the Desert series. I’ll get to that in just a moment.

Right now, the hugest thing on my mind is this:

I am cold. And I LOVE IT!

I was in Florida for most of September and August. Arguably the worst months for a heat-hater like myself to hang out south of Orlando.

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It wasn’t fun.

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But I made it home to Virginia when the temperature began ranging from a glorious fifty-odd degrees to a tolerable eighty-something. And my garden, while weedy as hell, had, as usual, blossomed under the benign neglect. My pineapple sage easily doubled in size since I left! (Making it, yes, about as tall as I am. Impressive? Hell yeah.)

Florida always leaves me feeling as though I’m swimming through a sludgy half-reality where nothing really matters and everything can be put off until tomorrow. So I’ve been real slow on catching up. But now–now I’m baaaaack! and I have  something really freaking cool to tell you about.

So back to that announcement about my series that I mentioned above. The Children of the Desert books have a new publisher! ReAnimus Press has signed up to reprint them, and to produce the fifth book when I get it done. I am so crazy happy about this! I hope you are too. :) Follow the link for the full press release details. I promise I’ll keep y’all updated as the republishing process progresses over the next few weeks.

I’m also on track to release Fallen City, a Children of the Desert series side story about the days just before the Split. And how Deiq was, naturally, involved in setting off this epic disaster. [EDIT: Fallen City was released in January 2015 and is now available through The Scribbling Lion.]

I have at least three other tie-in novellas in the various stages between concept and completion. There is just so much going on that can’t be shown without either infodumping, bloating the books to a ridiculous count, or introducing four new POV characters per novel. Given that I have absolutely sworn that I will not run this series past five books, that means supplementing, for readers who care about the stuff going on in the background.

BY THE WAY, THE BEST PLACE to shop for holiday or any other occasion presents –> –> –> take a look at Retro Daddio’s of Williamsburg, VA <– <– <– once in NewTown, now located  in Monticello Shopping Center. Check out the WYDaily article about it here. This is actually not as random of an insertion as it might appear. Retro Daddio’s is ALWAYS relevant to a discussion of cool stuff. 😀

OOTScomicNext up…

…my newest favorite web comics. I’m really geeking out on one in particular: The Order of the Stick, which is … well … if you played D&D in the days of yore, you’ll get a huge kick out of it. (If you’ve never played D&D, skip this one.) The cast of characters is here  (and worth reading all by itself!), and you can start reading from the beginning here.

I’m increasingly fond of the work of David Willis (Dumbing of Age, Shortpacked) and the refreshingly odd webcomic Sandra and Woo (the adventures of twelve year old girl and her pet fox). Girl Genius is also worth checking out, as I think I’ve mentioned before.

Web serials: I’m still following fanfic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky. (Premise: Harry Potter is raised as a scientist by loving, intelligent parents; his rationalist approach throws Hogwarts into complete chaos.) Well, “patiently waiting for the next arc to be written” would be more accurate, but if you haven’t read the serial to date, there’s plenty there to work through. The beginning is very funny, but I’ll warn you that the storyline morphs into increasingly dark and serious territory. [EDIT AS OF 11/24/2015: In my opinion, Yudkowsky punted on the ending in a big, big way. So approach this one with care. Still some brilliant moments, worth reading, but a frustrating let down at the end.]

I’m also still reading Pact: Devils and Details, which is an intriguingly rational take on supernatural matters. I like the fact that I honestly don’t know what’s coming next; this story throws convention to the winds and follows its internal rules to an often brutal conclusion. It’s not a nice story, or a funny one, but it’s quite well done. Reading stuff like this, seeing how popular it is, makes me wonder if I should try doing a web serial myself. Hmmmm…..

Just a few more things…

Famous Novelists On Symbolism In Their Work, & Whether It Was Intentional

As my friend Peter Prellwitz pointed out, “it would be really interesting to read the results if this same questionnaire was sent out to 150 novelists today.” I might just make that a Scribbling Lion project….

Free Printable Paper

Graph paper, hex paper, lined notebook paper–you can print it all yourself, onto 8.5×11″ paper. For free. Seriously. Where was this when I was in high school????

Is There Any Plausible Reason Why Aliens Would Evolve To Look Like Us?

An io9 article well worth reading for any writers who are developing alien races. Very well-thought-out and gave me some great ideas.

Neil Gaiman: “Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry.”

One of my favorite authors writing a deeply touching article about another of my favorite authors? Pfff. No brainer on this one. READ IT.

This Is What Brave Means

Sometimes it’s braver to choose not to do the scary stuff.


And that’s enough of that. Until next post–KEEP CREATING. WE NEED YOU TO CREATE MORE.

GO.

DO IT.

RIGHT NOW.

Step away from Facebook and write a paragraph or sketch a picture.

GO.

You done been TOLD.

And enjoy your day!

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