• Publishing,  Writing

    “For Whom the Gnome Tolls” Cover Reveal

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    Oh, another cover for another ebook. What a surprise!

    “For Whom the Gnome Tolls” is a comedic fantasy story a little shy of 6,000 words long and currently on my calendar to publish as an ebook on May 18th. Why I’ve picked Victoria Day to release something is an interesting question, and one I wish I had an answer to. I wasn’t thinking about it being Victoria Day when I picked the date. I wanted a couple of weeks separation from “Natural Order” on one side and the pending (because I want something a little different for a cover) Undead collection on the other.

    Comedic is the word I’ve picked, although whether it’s quaintly funny or oddly bizarre will likely depend on the person doing the reading.

    For the barest hint of content, here’s the cover:

    Thoughts?

    Stay safe and be well, everyone.

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  • Published Story,  Publishing

    Natural Order Cover Reveal

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    Sticking with the cover reveal theme of the past few posts, today I’ve got one for something that hasn’t actually published yet, at least as a solo ebook.

    “Natural Order” originally appeared in the 2014 anthology Legends and Lore from Xychler Publishing. Theoretically still available, I haven’t heard anything from the publisher since June 2018, and the publisher’s website hasn’t been updated in even longer, but I’m well outside the original agreement for exclusivity and this is a big enough story to stand on its own.

    So, “Natural Order” gets to be its own ebook, and the next one I’m releasing, the final check of the manuscript files is slotted for Sunday. From there, it’s a couple of uploads, and voila!

    For reference, it’s a 7200-word story, falling just a little short of novelette length, Contemporary Fantasy, and the cover may give away at least a piece of the myth I’m playing with.

    Thoughts?

    Stay safe and be well, everyone.

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  • Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    Trollsign is Live on Amazon

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    Look at that. All this “extra” time, and I’m actually moving forward on a bunch of creative stuff. In this case, my second live ebook this week. Trollsign is serializing for free on Wattpad, where it’s about three-quarters complete. If you like it enough to have a copy of your very own, or if you want to know how it ends sooner than the ending will post, well, here’s your chance. I’ve posted links for both Amazon.ca and Amazon.com below.

    I have some covers to build, but I’m hoping to manage a short story (maybe two), a Novelette, and a Novel in the next couple of weeks. In and among all of the things I’m supposed to be getting done around the house.

    For my Canadian folks, yes, the prices on ebooks are kind of weird. For Amazon, they’re set on the US side of things and the exchange rate is actually kind of crappy at the moment. My apologies for that. I’m actually toying with the idea of my own store so I can fix that a bit.

    Stay safe and be well, everyone.

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  • Publishing,  Writing

    A New Ebook Live!

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    So I don’t usually post twice in one day, but… “Mummy Powder” is live on Amazon! Whoo-hoo!

    And got that way just after I posted about geocaching. They look the same, but the first one is for Amazon.ca and the second for Amazon.com.

    “Trollsign” is on its way shortly.

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  • Thorvald's Wyrd,  Writing

    Thorvald’s Wyrd Redux

    Facebooktwitterrssyoutubeby featherAll work and no play… no, that one doesn’t work.

    My grandmother used to say that a change is as good as a rest. I use this every so often when people accuse me of never relaxing. I also note that they weren’t around while I spend March break doing very little.

    But I do need variety to keep my energy levels up and keep going. Too much variety makes me a little scattered, but there are a lot of things I want to do with my life and I need to show some progress here and there.

    So, Thorvald’s Wyrd Redux.

    For a couple of years now, I’ve been threatening to commit both electronic publication and a fiction podcast. Thorvald’s Wyrd will be a training wheels run at both. I’ve spent a little bit of time planning and working things out, have reviewed my test recordings, and have decided to redo the two episodes worth of scenes I did record for consistency.

    To review, Thorvald’s Wyrd is a novelette that fits roughly into the sub-genre of Heroic Fantasy. I wrote the original draft of it way back in 2010, polished and edited late that year and into January of 2011, then posted it scene by scene on my blog. Oh, and it’s written in 100-word scenes. 129 of them. So it was an experiment, too.

    The original text is still up on my old blog, Small Realities, here, and I don’t intend to take it down at this point. Feedback was uniformly positive, which certainly doesn’t mean the story is perfect but it holds up very well to rereading.

    I’ve added the project under audio, though the % Complete will include artwork and e-book formatting as well. I was going to start recording today, but with all of the rain and melt in the last couple of weeks, my sump pump is still running every 4-5 minutes. Not really a lot of time in between cycles and it will likely just frustrate me. The weather forecasts promise increasing dryness over the next week, so I’ll try to get the primary recording done on my weekend then: Thursday and Friday, so the kids will all be at school and I’ll have the possibility of a quiet house between chores and painting someone’s room.

    If successful, I’ve already got the next similar project in mind. Not quite a novel, but three times as long as Thorvald’s Wyrd.

    Be well, everyone.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather