Thursday, October 24, 2013

Updates! Mostly Not About Me!

This past weekend in Seattle was Geek Girl Con. Sadly, I only got to attend Saturday and had to skip Sunday because of long-standing plans, but I still had a blast. I finally had a chance to shake the hand of Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency and to thank her for what she does. I also got to meet Kelly Sue DeConnick, the writer for the Captain Marvel comic, which is the first title I've gotten excited about in, oh... several years.

If it's not obvious yet, I can be a bit of a fanboy.

As for my own work, I'm close to finishing up work on the paperback version of Natural Consequences. The paperback for Poor Man's Fight will follow quickly after that (it's a shorter book, after all), and then it's full speed ahead on the sequel. The prologue is mostly written, but all I can tell you right now is that it features Alicia Wong, Gunny Janeka, lots of foreshadowing and a whole lot of stabbing!

It turns out I have something to share from another creator whom I've had the privilege to work with this year--Lee Moyer, who did the new covers for Good Intentions and Natural Consequences. His 2014 Literary Pin-Up Calendar is about ready for launch. This year's beneficiary is the Clarion Foundation, which supports workshops for fantasy and science fiction writers. To be blunt, it's a great calendar; I haven't seen anymore art than is currently on the webpage for the campaign, but what I've seen is pretty awesome.

Give it a look here and kick in a donation if you can, or just spread the word. You know you need a calendar for 2014, anyway. Why not make it an awesome one?

And so we close out this update with something I got from Geek Girl Con. I cruised through the artist's alley and met a great artist named Kiriska, and, well, after two minutes of looking through her work I couldn't resist her commission rates. We spoke very briefly, but ultimately she just said, "You had me at werewolves."

So here's Rachel and her weaponized monsters, because really, has she ever been anything but efficient?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Art for Art's Sake, and a Paperback Update!

So I said to myself, "Self, you know what you need after putting out Natural Consequences? You need a picture of something from the book. You need a picture of Alex having his worst birthday party ever."

And so I went to DeviantArt, and I found an awesome artist called Isikol, and well...

On another note: the paperback version of Good Intentions is now properly linked up through! If you were waiting on that to pick it up, wait no longer.

Work on other paperbacks and the forthcoming sequel to Poor Man's Fight continues!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kickstarter Support for a Worthwhile Project!

Hi all,

Not a lot to tell on my own projects for now. Today begins the review of the physical proofs for Poor Man's Fight in paperback, and the proof for Natural Consequences is on its way to me now. However, I had something special I wanted to share with you regarding a project of a very different sort by a good friend. I don't plan on doing this often, but this particular project seems entirely worthy of a blog post in support.

If you've attended any of the Renaissance Faires in the Pacific Northwest in the last few years, you may have come across Princess Lolly. I've known her a long time, and in addition to being a creative soul, she's astoundingly good with children, and provides the sort of entertainment and engagement for little ones that many Faires lack. Lolly has put together her first children's book, and it's up on Kickstarter now. It could absolutely use your support.

Give her project a look by clicking here!