I’m over at Michael Miller’s place today, as part of his series on Writing Journeys. Previous entries in the series have included Mark Lawrence, Jen Williams, Ben Galley, Anna Smith-Spark and more, so that’s mighty tall company for a short-ass like me to be in.
A lot of the journeys featured have looked back at how authors start out and get their first ideas and carry those through to completion. I thought it might be interesting to look at a different angle – what about that Difficult Second Idea? What lessons have I learned from Malessar’s Curse?
While you’re over there reading that (and don’t forget to scroll back to see the rest of the series – it’s well worth it, believe me), do sign up/subscribe to Michael’s updates, not least because he’s a good bloke and he’ll give you a free download of his debut novel The Dragon’s Blade for doing so. You really can’t say fairer than that, can you?
He’s right, y’know. It’s a very English thing, hiding your light under a bushel. And as authors, we’re more reserved than most folks. But with a new year comes a new round of shortlists, longlists, and nomination suggestions. For what it’s worth, however much it may be, here’s my eligible writing from the last twelve months.
The High King’s Vengeance, published by Kristell Ink/Grimbold Books, edited by Joanne Hall, cover art by Jorge Luis Torres.
The good folk over at Booknest.eu, headed by Petros Triantafylloy, are raising money for Doctors Without Borders (aka Medecins Sans Frontieres). They are doing this through a combination of lottery and auction, for prizes that total one hundred signed and personally dedicated books by one hundred fantasy authors.
That’s one hundred books. One hundred. Divided into lots, naturally, because we are mercenary enough to want to raise as much money as possible for essential humanitarian aid.
And I say we, because I’m proud to be one of the hundred authors contributing to the project. You can see the names on the graphic on this page. Booknest has all the details, along with the titles of the books pledged, over on their own site, along with a link to their JustGiving page. Click the banner image to head over that way.
You have just two weeks to buy into the fundraising extravaganza – let’s give 2017 a positive kick-start, shall we?
As a sort of early Christmas present, you can read the brand new shaggy-SF story The Day Brockwell Park Stood StillABSOLUTELY FREE over at The Singularity. Don’t say we never give you nothin’, huh?
The Singularity, for those unfamiliar with the magazine, is a SF and fantasy fiction magazine, based in London, England, that publishes short stories that are singular in voice and style. You can buy back issues in print and e-formats over on Amazon, and I recommend you do so. 🙂 Click the pic to get there!
The Day Brockwell Park Stood Still, meanwhile, spans the galaxy in under 1000 words, with a cheeky nod or two in the general direction of Iain M Banks and Peter F Hamilton. Do enjoy, and have a Merry Berry and a Happy Flappy!
It’s Wednesday, the sun is shining, and I have toast and tea. All is good. And, even better, you can now buy the new anthology ALIENS: THE TRUTH IS COMING from Tickety Boo Press, featuring my story Rent alongside stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tim James, Alex Davis, Juliana Spink Mills, and more.
Here’s the cover, with handy Amazon links as well. Go then – there are other worlds than this…
Hi all, I just finished my latest read, and I wonder if you could recommend¹ –
– a book –
– to move onto –
MALAZAN MALAZAN MALAZAN
– with some humour –
R SCOTT BAKKER
– and well written characters –
– standalones welcome –
WHEEL OF TIME
MALAZAN MALAZAN MALAZAN
– doesn’t have to be grimdark –
BUY MY BOOK³
– and I’m looking to read more female authors.
HAVE YOU TRIED READING MARK LAWRENCE?²
¹This post is in no way made to insult or otherwise disparage the authors listed. I own and enjoy books by many of them. I’m merely using their names to illustrate a point.
²And there’s the point. Seriously. That conversation really happened.
Meanwhile, over on another book blog, someone has listed the ten fantasy books they’re hotly anticipating next year. No VE Schwab, no Jen Williams, no Robin Hobb, no Anna Smith Spark, no women at all. Guys, it’s not difficult. You’re not invalidating the existence of us male authors by reading a little more widely.