Week 16 of 2022
It’s always exciting when I finish a big editing pass on a novel. The Door Into Winter went off to the editor and will come out on the 10th of May.
For those who thought I said the 9th, I did, but only because I apparently can’t read a calendar. The 9th is a Monday, and we do our releases on Tuesday. One day I’ll learn how these calendar thingamajigs work.
Anyway, I love how The Door Into Winter. I always go into that big edit knowing I’ve got some weak spots, places where the narrative isn’t as strong as it needs to be. But that’s why I do this particular pass, and it’s a terrific story.
I love stories of heroes doing heroic things, so that’s what I always write, and this has all that.
Also, of course, we’re still celebrating Aaron Rosenberg’s amazing story of skullduggery and mayhem, Deadly Fortune. Thanks to all of you who supported the release.
This week, I’ve turned my attention to Embers & Ash, by Marie Whittaker. This has more of a gothic fantasy feel. It’s a about a princess coming of age to ascend to a cursed throne. Fun stuff.
I also started on a new project that I can’t talk about just yet, but I’m loving it so far. More of a mil-fantasy thing.
Tonight, I’m headed off for a small trip with the sweetie to see the stepdaughter. Most importantly, she and her fiance are now in a place to take their kitty back, so it’ll be a meow-filled ride.
With that, I better get moving.
What I’m Listening To
Chop Suey by System of a Down. Such a great song to jam to.
Quote of the Week
Here’s a teaser quote from The Door Into Winter. Something I’ve always wanted in Shijuren were dwarves, my favorite of the standard D&D/Tolkien-style races. We’re calling them Delvers, or in Svellheim, the Dvergr.
Here’s something from a pair of new characters:
Sakhroa took a deep breath. “We mine in uncertain stone. I cannot but continue to dig, yet without bolstering it will collapse and slay us all.”
“Should this vein prove fruitful, I shall bring you that bolstering.” Karreka bowed slightly. “The path inside is fraught with peril.”
“The path outside is treacherous,” replied Sakhroa.
“Only in paths conjoined can we preserve our kin,” they said in unison.
– The Door Into Winter
PS: I also added undead, which I absolutely love as bad guys.
Dudes In Hyperspace
The latest show includes stuff on the Masters, which didn’t turn out nearly as dramatic as they often do. .
Cool Stuff In Eldros Legacy
The Door Into Winter by me is coming May 10th!
New Mythology Works in Progress
2023 FantaSci Short Story Contest open call.
The theme is Bonds of Valor, and you story must include deeds of valor centered around bonds between characters. This could be a romantic relationship, a buddy adventure, oaths to kings, or whatever you can come up with.
Deadline: November 30th, 2022
Word Count: 7-10,000 words
Specifics: Times New Roman, 12 point font, 1.5 line spaced.
I’m currently working on Embers & Ash and something new, The Chimera Coup.
And another book swap with Jessica Lewis. This time it’s her story The Music. Get it here: storyoriginapp.com/giveaways/7b679af6-08f9-11ec-a5c7-9f431ddfa2ec?swapId=817f5c40-a4c0-11ec-a182-7f20841f5e9a
Rob’s Works in Progress
- Rick Blaine (8,845)
- CB (8,418)
- VAL (571)
- Planet Comicon, 22-24 Apr., Kansas City, MO
Today’s Weight: 320.6
Updated Word Count: 135,836
Eldros Legacy Archives: 813 entries
Have a great week, everyone.
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