I lied

I lied to you all. I claimed that I was done for the day, but then ate some food, napped, and acquired caffiene, and then put in another…  seven hours of editing and writing? Eight?

I was really just doing some tinkering before emailing the manuscript out for some good old fashioned attention from my editor, but no, I decided that I needed new scenes. Now the book’s even longer.

Anyhow, my brain is actually wrecked now- I’m fairly sure I’ve put in more writing-related work hours today than any other day in my life, and I need to sleep and not think about anything more strenous than sleep for several days. Did I mention that I’ve been awake for over twenty hours, excluding my twenty minute nap?

I get a little manic at the very end of the process of getting the book ready to send off for editing. The same thing basically happened for book 2.

Oh, yeah, and I wasn’t lying about the audiobook. That’s still coming out on August 20th, and it’s still being narrated by Ralph Lister, which is still ridiculously awesome.

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Audiobook and Book 3 News

I’m out of the woods and back to work, everyone! (My dislike of mosquitoes has been once again confirmed- while I understand how important of a role mosquitoes play in many ecosystems, I have so much sympathy for the people who want to deliberately drive them extinct. So much sympathy.) Anyhow, I’ve got a couple of fun news items for you all!

  • First off, the publisher’s pack combined audiobook for books 1 & 2 is being released on August 20th! You can check out the audiobook cover below- I’m definitely a fan!
  • Second, I’ll be sending out the manuscript for book 3, A Traitor in Skyhold, out for editing in the next day or so. (I meant to have it out today, but I’ve been working on the finishing touches for about eleven hours today, and my brain is done for the day, folks. Just a couple more chapters to go back over before I’m done, so it shouldn’t take too long tomorrow.) I’m super excited about this one, folks. Writing this one has really kicked my butt, so I’m extra happy to have the finish line so close in sight. If everything goes well, A Traitor in Skyhold will hopefully be coming out around the same time as the audiobook.

More really soon, everyone!

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Off to the Woods

Off camping for a few days, try not to bring civilization tumbling down while I’m gone.

Book news-wise, I’d meant to send the manuscript for book 3 to my editor before I went camping, but it still needs a couple days of work. It’s so close, though!


A few quick news items:

  • First off, my buddy Francis James Blair just released the second book in his Bulletproof Witch series, Curse of the Daemon Beast. It’s a really fun fantasy Western, and I highly recommend it to fans of both, well, fantasy and Westerns. Fans of the Dark Tower will probably enjoy it, and I suspect many Dresden Files fans will too. (Because, let’s be honest, the Dresden Files draw really heavily on Western tropes, which I love.) Bulletproof Witch books are short and fast paced (though the first is really short- it’s more novella length, but the second is full novel length. Still a fast read, though.) As a nice little bonus, book one is only 0.99! And I believe it will be free next week as well.
    I was one of the beta readers on book 2, and I absolutely loved it. It’s got a tightly constructed, well plotted mystery, great action, and plenty of humor.
  • Work’s still going on Book 3 of Mage Errant, but I’m unfortunately going to be missing my hoped for May release, and if it comes out in June, it’ll be in late June. A July release isn’t improbable.
    There are a few things dragging it out- first off, I’ve been getting sick a lot this spring, thanks to my roommate, who has just taken up Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which along with its many good features, is also a great way to pick up all sorts of fun colds and flus and such. And, of course, he apparently has the world’s most powerful immune system, so he just feels kind mediocre for about an hour and a half, then I get knocked out for a week.
    On the writing side of things, well… my last couple of months at my day job were especially draining, and I got very little writing done there following the release of Jewel of the Endless Erg. I’ve been out of there for a month and a half now, but it turns out that it’s pretty easy for me to fall out of good writing habits, so I had to redevelop those. (They’re back now, not to worry!) It also turns out that mole hunt plots are pretty tough to write.
    I’ll do my best to keep you all updated on book 3- if I’m going to be late with a book, I at least want you all to be in the know as to why. And the delay isn’t that long, I suppose, but I definitely feel bad about it.
  • Did I tell you guys about the audiobook thing? Wait, yes, I did. Is it alright if I rant again about how crazy excited I am that Podium, my audiobook publisher, snagged Ralph Lister to narrate? Well, if it isn’t alright for me to rant about it, too bad, because I just did.
  • I’ve mentioned this on r/Fantasy, but not here- my next novel after Book 3 is going to be a standalone epidemiological fantasy novel following the spread of a plague across a fantasy continent. It’s not going to be grimdark, but it will not by any means be a cheerful book. I’m really excited for this one- plagues bring both the absolute best and the absolute worst out of people, and it’s an ongoing regret of mine that there’s so little epidemiological fantasy out there. Plenty of epidemiological science fiction, but not very much epidemiological fantasy. (Though you should definitely check out Travis Riddle’s Balam, Spring if you haven’t already- it’s an epidemiological fantasy novel set entirely in a single quiet little village. It’s got a fun Final Fantasy-esque magic system, and like all of Travis’ work, it’s got top notch character building.)
    You shouldn’t worry too much about the wait for book 4, however- that’s the single book in Mage Errant I’m probably most excited to write. I’m excited for all of them, of course, but man, book 4 is going to be so much fun to write. It’s going to be another summer vacation book, and Hugh and company are definitely going to be needing a vacation after book 3. Which of course I’ll give them. I wouldn’t be cruel enough to wreck yet another of Hugh’s summer vacations, right? Right?
  • *Maniacal Laughter.*

So a sociopath walks into a bar…

A few years ago, one of my closest friends wrote and released a weird, psychedelic little horror novella about the end of the world. She then let it sit for years without promoting it at all, but recently let herself be convinced otherwise.

Arsen, the sociopathic protagonist, really doesn’t care about the end of the world approaching in a couple weeks, he just wants his next fix. Everyone else, for some reason, has decided that he’s a great choice to be the last therapist on the planet.

He really doesn’t care about any of their problems, but he’s willing to put up with it because they pay him in drugs.

This book reads like the deranged evil lovechild of A Scanner Darkly and A Clockwork Orange.

Fair warning- this book is NOT for kids, and probably needs a list of trigger warnings as long as your arm. Lots of drug use, sex, murder, suicide, and worse. But, if you can handle that stuff, you should check it out!

If you’re into psychedelic apocalyptic stream of consciousness horror starring the most apathetic sociopath ever, you should check out Mira Kent’s Barcode Revolution!

Oh, and it’s free right now, too. (But seriously, don’t say I didn’t warn you about the content. This is not a fairly tame fantasy novel like I write, people.)