• Published Story,  Publishing

    Natural Order Cover Reveal

    by 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…

  • Reading

    My Award Winners Quest

    by I don’t know that I’ve really spelled it out, but you may have noticed over the last few months that most of what I’m posting is book reviews and the occasional writing report. I’m trying to broaden things out again, but I thought I might explain something behind the book reviews, at least. You see, I’m trying to read, or at least attempt to read, every novel-length winner of the major speculative fiction awards. Well, the Science Fiction and Fantasy ones, anyway. Why, you may ask, and it’s a good question. Sometimes, with how tough a slog some of the books have been, and the DNF books involved, I…

  • Reading

    2015 Reading Journey: Lord Foul’s Bane

    by This was a hard review for me to write, and I put it off several times. Okay, more than several. As a teenager, the Chronicles of Thomas Convenant ranked high on my list of favourite fantasy. I read both trilogies at least a dozen times between the last couple of years of grade school and the end of high school. I expected to love a return visit to the world and have the first book drag me into the second. Expectations subverted, and not in a good way. As an adult, the character of Thomas Covenant annoys the hell out of me. He’s pretty much as unlikeable as Mr.…

  • Writing

    Writing Fiction Again

    by Yesterday, I wrote my first words of new fiction in about three and a half months. 261 of them. It felt so good, I wrote 270 more today. Now, I have been doing some fiction work, but it’s all been editing, and mostly short stories. I’ve also been writing quite a bit of non-fiction, philosophy, family history, a few book reviews, and the occasional blog post like this one. But nothing like the pace I set for most of last year. In fact, last year, if I total things up, had almost 700,000 words in it and 450,000 of those were fiction. This year has 117,000 so far, which…

  • Reading

    Reading Journey: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

    by This book wasn’t on my original reading list to lightly survey the evolution of SF, but while browsing the free public domain Kindle books on Amazon, I got carried away downloading, picking up Connecticut Yankee and a number of others, adding this one and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World into the reading schedule. A couple of more almost made it into the mix, too, as well as some critical non-fiction by Einstein and Darwin that I’ve never read in their entirety. They’ve all made it into the TRQ (To Read Queue) for the future, a list that only ever seems to grow. But that’s all beside the…

  • Published Story

    The Dragon’s Hoard

    by Coming soon to an internet accessible bookstore near you, The Dragon’s Hoard, an anthology of 27 stories and a poem that have two things in common, a dragon and a hoard. Other than that, all bets are off. Consider this a cover and table of contents reveal. As is my custom, I’m reading the anthology, but I won’t review it. At the moment, I’m about half way through and I’m quite willing to say I’m enjoying the book. It’s an eclectic mix of fantasy, with a nice variety of settings and concepts. My own contribution to the volume, “Dragonomics”, originally appeared in audio form a couple of years back…

  • Reading

    2015 Reading Journey: Legends and Lore

    by In general, you should never completely trust the review of an anthology by one of its authors. You can’t know whether they actually liked it or not, regardless of what they write about it. Each author in the book is pretty much obligated to love it or, if nothing else, risk the anthology’s publisher never looking at their work again. Whatever anyone might think, this is both reasonable and fair. If you can’t support something you’re part of, then you probably shouldn’t have been part of it in the first place. And even if it sometimes takes me a while, I try to actually read all of the stories…

  • Fiction,  Writing

    What I’m Writing: Draugr Rising

    by My current novel project is tentatively titled Draugr Rising. For those not in the know (and if you haven’t done much reading in Norse mythology, why would you be?) a draugr (or draug or draugar) is the Viking version of a zombie or revenant. They’re usually tied to the grave they’re buried in, often guarding treasure, have superhuman strength, and occasionally eat the flesh of the living or drink their blood. Some of them are shape changers. A few of them even have a variety of magical abilities so that they rival sorcerers: curses, entering dreams, driving their victims mad, and other powers. Fun, right? And with a slight…

  • Writing

    Shameless Self Promotion: Legends and Lore

    by Have I told you about Legends and Lore lately? Aside from my having a story in it (“Natural Order”), it’s a great anthology. Wait, that didn’t come out right. Let’s try again. It’s a great anthology that happens to have a story of mine in it, “Natural Order”. Nine fantastic tales inspired by a variety of mythologies and mythological beings, Legends and Lore takes reality as we know it and tweaks things a little, in nine different ways. This isn’t a review, so I’m not going to gush about any particular (or every!) story other than to see it’s a great read. There’s a lot of good storytelling in…

  • Announcement,  Fiction,  Writing

    Legends and Lore

    by We’ll call this announcement number two, but I think I’ve spoiled it long before now. Legends and Lore is an anthology coming out from Xychler Publishing (or on Facebook) on October 22nd. If it isn’t obvious, I have a story in it. Here’s the particularly awesome cover: Legends and Lore releases on October 22nd just in time for all that Halloween gift giving you’ve got in mind. No, it isn’t a horror anthology. Very much fantasy, and very much worth the read if you’re a fan of the genre. My story, “Natural Order”, could, I suppose, be classed as Urban, Modern, or Legendary Fantasy, or all three, if you…