A 8-post collection

Five Weeks!

I just looked at my little self-memo this morning and realised... I have FIVE WEEKS left of writing this dang book.

Five weeks until I take a week (or more) off from novel writing before doing the deep dive into a trilogy. There will be world-building. There will be tears. There will be desperate attempts to get someone to consult on things I might be accidentally insensitive to.

Multiple someones would be better. The more people to let me know about unnecessary cruelty in a fantasy novel, the better. The good news is that research shows the medieval attitudes towards people of colour were way better than they are today. I couldn't find much in the way of trans-attitudes in the medieval periods so I could easily assume that -for the most part- people didn't care.

Just like Autism was invisible in the era because people tended to stay local and everyone knew everyone's quirks... perhaps transness was invisible because if you wanted to live like another gender - folks just didn't care.

That said, there's some pretty stringent gender roles in the atmosphere, but if I make it a more generic fantasy world, then I can ease off of those more than a little.

I shall keep you informed with the worldbuilding, folks.

And speaking of Worldbuilding... I saw the latest Hellboy movie, last night.

Things that irritated me and why:

  • The Burnbright advertisement. So... Autistic people are both aliens and monsters now, huh? Fan-fucking-tastic. Wonderful. Speaking as an alien monster, I want to track down the people who thought this was a brilliant idea and kick their behinds. This is NOT how you prevent "autism parents" from mercy-killing their kids, folks. This is NOT how you prevent nypicals bullying autistes. At all. 0/10, see me after class.
  • Rasputin. Okay, little history lesson, people. Rasputin was leeched onto the Romanov royal family and, though definitely a villain, was amongst the ALLIES. There's no way in hell that he'd be (a) away from the Romanovs at all, (b) anywhere close to the Nazis or (c) doing that kind of occult magic. He was allegedly Christian, though his particular flavour said that it was vital to sin in order to enjoy forgiveness. They could have made up literally anyone else and it would have been FINE.
  • Do your fucking homework, people! Rasputin wasn't fucking bald. There are numerous pictures of this dude all over the interwebs. Definitely worth a google.
  • Arthurian Legends... look. If you're going to fuck with the Arthurian stuff, at least fucking mention Morganna L'Fae. I mean. Automatic baddie, right there. On a gold platter.
  • Also, if you're going to narrate, "One swing of his sword," you should probably only show that swing. Shit. That was just plain disorganised. Get your crap together.

Even though they don't have the amazing Ron Perlman under all that red crap, the movie was brilliant. There was a definite "I didn't see that coming" betrayal moment, and they used more than Western Lore and Legends for stuff, so I'm happy.

Any movie with Baba Yaga in it is a definite win.

This Halloween… read a free story from your favourite author. Or. Y'know. Just some loser on Tumblr who keeps pretending they can...

This Halloween… read a free story from your favourite author.

Or. Y'know. Just some loser on Tumblr who keeps pretending they can write.

  1. Interview Inside a Terrarium

  2. Scavenger

  3. It Happened One Wednesday

  4. Hevun’s Rebel

For those of you already following - please reblog, I need readers.

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Dear Followers:

Once again, I must ask your aid. The book I have coming out this Friday, Hevun’s Ambassador, needs some free advertising. This is the first one that’s actually going to earn me any income.

And this one is really tough, because I can’t write a lot of ad copy without giving massive spoilers.

You may have already seen this pic in my blog:

As well as the link to the book’s page.

Once again,

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Things to be grateful for #5247985965490921… The fact that Xotxot came through with the brilliant cover on the right; so that you get...

Things to be grateful for #5247985965490921…

The fact that Xotxot came through with the brilliant cover on the right; so that you get to read a book with that cover, rather than the nasty thing on the left that I came up with.

First thing tomorrow morn, mytime, that cover is going to be in my Smashwords profile. Enjoy!

This is the shit I put together

This is the brilliance Xotxot made for me

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Progress report of a sort

Okay, so I finally got off my divot and transferred my soon-to-be-released free book into MSWord 7 ‘cause that’s the only editor that exists for the nice folks at Smashwords 9_9

Now I’m just waiting for @xotxot to get back to me about the cover.

I’m getting nervous. As I usually do when my success at a plan is entirely dependant on someone else. I’ve had plans of mine fail purely because

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An announcement

Firstly, I would like to thank Neil Gaiman for the idea that wound its way into my head and did what ideas do best: mutate into near cthulu-esque proportions.

See, the kind and apparently flamingo-like Mr Gaiman came up with/publicised All Hallows Read, an event in which people who celebrate Halloween [and even those who choose not to] can give away a spooky book to friends, family or complete strangers.

So I wrote a completely new story. From go to whoa,

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