"In these pages many mysteries are hinted at.
What if you come to understand one of them?"

"Words let water from an unseen, infinite ocean
Come into this place as energy for the dying and even the dead."

"Bored onlookers, but with such Light in our eyes!
As we read this book, the jewel-lights intensify."

- Rumi

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

General Update

Wow, it's been busy.  Kindle is an exciting and wonderful thing.  "Knight of the Living Dead" is doing well.  Not as well as I'd hoped and dreamed for (but only one book can be #1)  and better than I expected, we're above single digits in sales.  Steve and I facebooked the crap out of it last week, in our various groups and fan pages .  This week, we've mentioned it a few times, but nothing like last week, and we're still getting a few sales a day.  Exciting stuff.

This afternoon, I completed the rough draft of "Last Dirge of the Dragon Bone Flute."  This is a fairly traditional fantasy story on the surface, but the voice and the tale it tells are vastly different than anything I've done before.  It's off with several of my first string readers.  They're looking it over for massive plot holes, continuity gaps, and of course, typos.  Once I get it back from them, make all necessary changes, and figure out some cover art, it will be up on Kindle as well.

Oh, and that's not all the writing I've been doing lately.  This week saw the very first post for my new column/segment on a gaming website: Dragonsbay.co.  In the weekly feature: "Stranger than Fiction," I discuss how game masters, and occasionally players, can enhance their gaming experience by understanding the core elements of the craft of fiction.  At the core of every game is a story, and by understanding the techniques that great writers and storytellers use, Game Masters can take their games to the next level of Epic.  The first column is up now.

So, one might think that it's time for me to take a break.  Not so!  I refuse!  Too much to do!  As soon as I get done with this blog post, I'm going to start going over the first section of my epic fantasy: "Tears of Rage."  I want to have Part One: First Chosen completed and up on Kindle before The Valhalla Renaissance Faire.  No mere novella is "Tears of Rage."  It is a continuing tale of intrigue and wars between kingdoms and gods.  Expect installments every four to size months.

Speaking of Valhalla Faire: The last show of the day, both Saturday's Steve Moore and I will be reading from our various works on stage.  Come and see what the hype is about.

Other stuff in the works:  I've chosen my June novella for Kindle, "Farmer Hero," an near future sociological science fiction story about a young man working in a Hong Kong sweat factory playing MMOs just to be able to sell the gold in the game for real money.  Yes, this really happens.  Talking to my client at Fantasy Flight Games about our next project.  July and August are going to be dedicated to completing my novel Dead Weight.  I'm going to try and find a traditional publisher for that one at World Con.

Whew.  No rest for the wicked or the weary here.  Thanks to everyone for all the support they've shown.  Will keep you all posted as details unfold.

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