Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wanton Update

I just wanted to post a brief update about Wanton; it's still moving along on schedule. I'm definitely more than halfway on the rough draft, which is a good tipping point, and things are starting to fall into place as I move towards the conclusion. I think I've talked before about the snowballing/avalanche effect in writing a book; it always picks up speed (in terms of the writing) as I get closer and closer to the end. In part it's because I have a better handle on the writing, and in part because the things that have already been set in motion in the story are now reaching their respective destinations.

White City and Words have both made it through the Smashwords approval process, meaning they should start to show up in BN.com and other sites (Kobo, etc.) over the next pair of weeks. That is, assuming those individual sites are running on schedule. On my end of things, though, I've reached the limit of my control, and so now all I can do is sit back and wait.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Curse of Chalion

I recently finished reading Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion. I really, really liked it. Here are a few thoughts about what I liked in this book:

--a very interesting (and thoughtful) way of how to adapt real-world historical elements into a compelling fantasy story (the union of Castile and Aragon, the Mediterranean culture, etc.)
--great character building and tension that are done primarily through dialogue; there is very little exposition or narrative, and surprisingly little action (in the sense of combat/violence)
--a great example of sustained suspense across a large portion of the book (the question of what will happen to Cazaril because of the curse)--it's a good case of knowing what 'might' (and probably should) happen, but not knowing if it will happen
--deeply thoughtful about its own mythology/theology

Like the Vernor Vinge book, this one is slow to start, and there's nothing particularly beautiful about the prose, although it's perfectly fine. But it's got some very effective story-telling elements, and it's definitely worth a read.

Regarding White City and "Words," they're still in the progress of being uploaded to BN.com and other venues; I was hoping they would be up by now, but it looks like it might be sometime toward the end of this week or next. I'm just not sure. Until then, they're available at Smashwords and Amazon.

I'm still moving along nicely with Wanton; it's at least halfway done, and probably a little more, although it's a bit hard to judge at this point. But progress is steady, and I'm excited about how the story is coming together.

Monday, February 13, 2012

White City, Burning Sea / Words Falling Like Fire

I wanted to let you know that the second book in The Rim and the Shore series is now available for sale on Amazon and Smashwords; it should be available at BN.com and other outlets in the next week or two. Although the project was called Flood, the book is actually called White City, Burning Sea. I hope you love it as much as I do. This is the sequel to Fold Thunder and follows Joaquim, Erlandr, and Adence as they struggle with the aftermath of the events in Apsia. It also introduces two new characters, both of whom have intimate ties to the events in Fold Thunder.

In addition, a short story (actually more of a novella), also set in the world of The Rim and the Shore, is available today: "Words Falling Like Fire" (originally the project named 'Lips'). It covers the events in Greve Sindal concurrent with the end of Fold Thunder (it concludes just shortly after the end of Irwa's story-line in Fold Thunder). While not necessary to enjoy White City, "Words" does offer substantial insight into some of the events in Fold Thunder. It's also available at Amazon and Smashwords.

I'll be updating my Books page accordingly in the next few days, but until then, you should be able to use the links in this post to find both the new book and the novella. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep

I finished reading Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep last night--wow, what a great book! But I have to admit that I had a *very* hard time getting going with this book. I picked it up after having heard an interview with Vernor Vinge on Adventures in Sci-fi Publishing. I had enjoyed the interview, and the book sounded interesting (and I know it's been out for some time, but I had never heard of it). So I went ahead and started reading. The first ten pages were phenomenal. Then, it was a slog--a real slog--for me to get anywhere.

Until page 200/250 or so. And then it was like everything fit together. And man, the book was amazing after that. Vinge does really fascinating stuff with characterization--in particular, the way he introduces characters who have group-minds, but without info-dumps or even substantial exposition. It's always fairly clear what is happening with these characters, so I think Vinge does this very effectively, and it makes for much more engaging writing. The scope of the story is vast, which is always enjoyable, and it gives room for some great world-building. All in all, I really enjoyed this book.

Regarding my stuff: look for a post about both Lips and Flood in the next day or three!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Slight delay for Flood and Lips

I just wanted to give you all an update: there will be a slight delay on Flood and Lips. I had been hoping to have them up by the middle of next week, but it's looking like there will be a delay of between 1-2 weeks. This is purely a revision issue; it's taking longer than I had expected. Still, you can plan on seeing both the book and the short story up for sale by the third or fourth week of February.

I am extremely sorry for the delay--I do my best to give realistic estimates on publication dates, but in this case I was wrong.

As another update, Wanton is moving along nicely. I'm over 1/3 of the way done and making steady progress.