Monday, January 09, 2017

Happy New Year!

Okay, I'm more than a week late in stating it, but the sentiment is the same.  2016 was a really great year, writing-wise.  I had two stories published, and I completed a rough draft on a Katsu/Tsukiko novel.  And to start this year of editing right, I chopped off the first two chapters, killing over 7K words.  Katsu and Tsukiko aren't the only ones with cutting skills.

I did put out a new retro review of Galaxy recently on Black Gate

I was pretty busy closing out the old year, but things are about to settle into a better pattern.  I'm looking forward to more writing.

So to everyone out there, I wish you a happy new year. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Seekers" Now Available at Crimson Streets!

My fantasy short story, "Seekers," is now available at Crimson Streets.  John Waltrip did an amazing job with the illustration. 

I really enjoyed writing this story.  I tried to bring some fun into this tale of adventure and treasure seeking.  More than anything else, I think Firefly inspired the style I was going for.

This is my second published story in 2016, and both stories have excellent illustrations.  It's an exciting year!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

World Fantasy Convention Day 2

The first panel I attended today was titled "I Believe I Can Fly."  It was moderated by C. S. E. Cooney and included Curtis Craddock, Dan Koboldt, Alan Smale, and John Tibbetts.



The next panel was "Trilogies?  Small stuff!" with L. E. Modesitt, Jr., David Drake, Sharon Shinn, Mercedes Lackey, and Kay Kenyon.  They spoke about several aspects of "a series of length" (a preferable term instead of "long series").  One of the most helpful pieces of advice for authors beginning a series is to start small and local, knowing only what the protagonist knows, and then to radiate outward.  They also said that for a long-running series, they'll only have a small number of books focused on some characters, and then they'll move on to other characters.

After lunch, I attended the guest of honor speech by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.  He told fascinating stories of his past and his experience with writing.  I found it inspirational and encouraging.



After a dinner break (I was still too full from lunch to actually eat dinner), I headed to the mass autographing at the Regency Ballroom.  I like to use my glossy program book to collect autographs from the guests of honor and other special guests.





There were several parties happening on the fifth floor, so I thought I'd check things out.  I had good discussions with multiple people with topics ranging from space travel to Raiders of the Lost Ark.