I’m quite proud of some of the names Nysta has for her knives. Go With My Blessing, for example. Being primarily a throwing knife, I liked that. And then there’s Entrance Exam, which often buries itself in throats while Fulci’s Last Joke never fails to find an eyeball. In-Jokes aside, I’m most happy with A Flaw in the Glass. I love that name.
But what caused me to actually give such colourful names to Nysta’s knives?
Simple. Iain Banks did.
While I was sketching out my first few character studies, I envisioned an elf clad in knives. My first short… Continue reading
Music is important to me, so a good soundtrack when I’m writing is an integral part of my comfort zone.
I find I listen to different music depending on the feel of the book. For example, the first book I wrote to the wonderful tunes of the Cramps. Especially the song, New Kind of Kick. It kept me buzzing and I could imagine Nysta’s boots crunching stones as she strutted across the Deadlands. You could make a decent argument that the music of the Cramps actually defined her character for me.
However, the third book seems to be looking for… Continue reading
I’m a bit of a gamer, naturally. For the last few years I’ve been looking forward to Guild Wars 2. Well, it was released, and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, the developers have decided their whole philosophy of virtual horizontal progression was bad and they’ve decided to appease the WOW crowd and have changed their philosophy barely months into the release. This made me sad.
In any case, I wrote them a song.
We don’t need no new conditions We don’t need no new tiers at all No more sarcasm in the forums Devs, don’t make a Warcraft clone Hey! A-Net!… Continue reading
Bizarro fiction’s a bit of a joy for me, so today I’m going to tell you about a book I just read.
Gigantic Death Worm, by Vince Kramer.
How awesome? It has Mexican ninjas in it. And wolf-spitting bears. What more do you want?
Mister Kramer has an oddball sense of humour. His phrasing can catch you by surprise, so I found myself barking a few laughs when I didn’t expect to. It’s genuinely funny and you can pretty much slap the story down your brainstem in one sitting.
If you’re looking for something a little different. A… Continue reading
I don’t have a book trailer. I have seen a lot of slideshow-style ones, but it’s not my thing. But I have been thinking, if I did have a book trailer, what soundtrack would it have?
And I didn’t have to think too long to realise it would be The Cramps’ New Kind of Kick.
I have just discovered Brian Freemantle.
I’m a big fan of pulp-style novels, whether they’re fantasy, western, or crime. I love the language and the characters. Which is how I found the Freemantle novels. Thanks to Amazon’s recommendations, I got sent a “You might also like” after copping a few other old crime novels. Shrugging it off as typical marketing bullshit, I still acted the sucker and bought Freemantle’s Charlie M. And cracked it open to read during lunch.
And I couldn’t put it down.
It’s like the perfect balance of Fleming and LeCarre. It’s beautiful and elegant and scrubbily… Continue reading
Are you ready for the big reveal? I’ve gotten word that I should be seeing the new cover some time toward the end of the week. I’m hoping for it to be ready not long afterward. It’s short notice before the actual release, but judging by the peeks I’ve had of it, it’s worth the wait. Amir Zand, as always, blows my mind away.
I wrote about it once before, but I thought I’d just offer some tips to anyone looking for a good cover.
Firstly, don’t let your cousin do it. Unless he’s Brom. In which case, you’re the… Continue reading
Wow. What a past few weeks. There’s been so many articles on the industry of book reviews that my head is spinning. It’s very disheartening, but mostly I’m surprised.
As an independant author, I kind of expect fingers to be pointed at me and told how unprofessional I am. I expect people to think I solicit reviews or get my friends/family to write them for me. And I get that. I mean, it’s assumed that because I don’t have a contract with a traditional publisher, I must be bad and would, therefore, engage in shady review-spinning shenanigans.
But now it… Continue reading