NaNoWriMo 2017

After a couple of outings (Word on the Street Toronto, Bazaar of the Bizarre Halloween Edition), things are going to be quiet until they ramp up for the release of the next book.

But if you want to know what I’m up to for all my free time of November, it’s the same thing I do every year, Pinky.

Quick Reminder: Word on the Street 2017, This Sunday

Don’t mind me, nothing to see here… except for a quick reminder that I’ll be at Word on the Street Toronto this Sunday, September 24. If you have a quick look at the festival visitor map, you will find Zone 1 right next to Queen’s Quay West, most of it right past the parking lot. Keep going south, and if you can persevere through that Writer’s Block, you’ll find my table in the Fringe Beat just before Zone 2.

I hope to see you there!

Important Ebook Link Changes

My first book was launched, using Kickstarter funding, via Matador Books. That was a neat experiment, but for my needs, I may as well do things very close to on-my-own; paperbacks on CreateSpace and ebooks manually put in Kindle and Kobo stores.

I chose to discontinue ebook support via Matador Books early last week, and that means The Gift-Knight’s Quest needed to be added once again to Amazon and Kobo. I have updated the links on that book’s page to reflect the new ebook availability.

This doesn’t mean anything to The Crown Princess’ Voyage which had been my “trial run” for this kind of release.

Another thing I did recently was offer these titles to Bakka Phoenix Books in Toronto. I think they’re still putting them into the system; if not, they’re already there.

Status Report 7/18/2017

First Draft on Wattpad

If you want to know how rough a first draft is for me, you can examine Apotheosis (working title) on Wattpad.

That project began November 2016 and was resumed June 2017, in the gap time between work stints.

Info: contains violence, stands alone as a read but can supplement Gift-Knight continuity

Overhaul Paused

The next project was supposed to be working through the next draft of what could be The Masked Queen’s Journey, The Mad Queen’s Mask, The Masked Queen’s Revenge… there’s a branch point in time and space, different universes changed solely by the title of this book, and in all other respects resembling our own.

But it’s time to get my work clothes, my bag, and most likely prepare to go craft things in return for funding, so the overhaul is paused. I can’t remember the last time I felt like I had limitless energy, but it was probably an age where there was nothing serious to do with it. Except spinning around in circles very fast and being a tornado; there’s nothing more serious than that! But now I know I end up budgeting my energy when there’s full time work, and at best, I’ll only add notes to the appropriate file instead of actually changing the manuscript.

The work tends to be seasonal, so I may find myself living in a shotgun shack behind the wheel of a large automobile coming down from the physical labor at the end of 2017, but staring down the practical deadlines of March/April to finish final draft of the book, and to decide which title-universe we’re in.

Reading and Giveaways

Information for The Bookshelf 2017 event.

Reading Things Aloud

It turns out I will be reading at The Bookshelf in Newmarket. My time slot on the list is from 12:45-12:55PM. Now I’ll have to see how much material I think is ten minutes’ worth, cut it in half, and then I’ll be prepared.

Giveaways: Amazon and Goodreads

On Amazon, for US participants, we have The Crown Princess’ Debut Giveaway. Three copies with a deadline of May 15. Hope they go to good homes!

On Goodreads, for Canadian participants, we have Book Giveaway For The Crown Princess’ Voyage. That giveaway runs a bit longer and ends on the 30th.

Helping you get into the series

Upon releasing a sequel for a not-wildly-popular series, I knew it was important to help people get into it with the greatest ease, while still covering marginal overhead for people who helped me list the first book everywhere.

Until May 14, you can get The Gift-Knight’s Quest ebook for 99 cents US, 99 pence, or a buck thirty-five Canadian.

Hope that helps.

Follow this link to Amazon dot com

Follow this link to Amazon dot ca

Follow this link to Amazon dot co dot uk

The price adjustment will also be available on all other retailers where this ebook is sold by May 4, if not sooner.

Cover Reveal and Ebook Release

The Mad Queen Alathea holds her mask aloft on this trilogy-completing cover by Rona Dijkhuis.

I’ve decided to address a couple different things in one post.

Yes, that’s the third book’s cover

Since “Featured Image” is a thing on this WordPress blog, let’s go with that first. Some of you noticed, and one spoke up (hello, Maria!), about the third cover shown on my Teaser Banner Image. Yes, that’s an actual third book cover. Yes, there is an actual third book in the works.

To be quite honest, the first book had been in the works since 2008; the second, since 2010; this one, 2011. I mean something more substantial by “in the works”, such as “this project is definitely going ahead in some form”. And I can now say that instead of only having a first draft, some meaningful thought is being put into the revision process. Once this second book is good and launched, I will have nothing else to do but finish the writing I started in November 2016, and then finish the third book, in whichever order happens to work.

Alathea is depicted here as the titular Mad Queen, wearing some of her symbolic talismans of power and holding aloft her mask. A bit of the fortress details are visible, where we see some stone work but some suggestion of utilizing natural rock formations. People who read the sequel may have some idea what goes on the other end of that rope. If you’ve looked at each cover, you’ve noticed that Derek got bright colours and a clear sky, a little too fantastic perhaps to reflect what’s real but a better reflection of his mindset at some point; Chandra got cooler colours and a slightly cloudier sky; Alathea gets rough seas in the distance and signs of an impending storm. All by design.

The ebook is out

Yes, the ebook is out. Not just “pre-orders” out, but out-out.

Follow this link to the ebook’s page, for the time being an Amazon exclusive.

Early Paperback Availability

Three-cover banner by Rona Dijkhuis

Hey, seems like it’s been a while. It has! Just one quick announcement today.

If you can’t make any of the conventions this month but you want a physical copy of The Crown Princess’ Voyage (Book 2, The Gift-Knight Trilogy), then I’m here to tell you the book has already been quietly available via CreateSpace as I prepare to order copies for those aforementioned conventions.

Follow this link to the CreateSpace listing.

If you’re waiting for the ebook, you have four more days. At least you won’t have to deal with shipping!

April 2 Writing Exercise

I wonder how to make a proper disclaimer for what I’m about to compose. I guess I’ll cover the basics and hope to address anything that crops up later if and when necessary.

This is a writing exercise. It could also be a teaser for the third book. It could also be full of spoilers, yet without any guarantee that I’ll keep a single word of the text once I actually get around to the overhaul job of the third book. The first draft does exist, but large sections need to be rewritten; nothing new to me, considering what I had to do to The Gift-Knight’s Quest and at least 50% of The Crown Princess’ Voyage.

Every book in this series is rated young adult and up due to violence and some mature themes.

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Next Appearance At Ad Astra 2017

Hello, folks!

I waited a while to confirm, but I am indeed debuting The Crown Princess’ Voyage at a vendor table at Ad Astra 2017.  You can find my table in the hall outside the main room from May 5-7.

I am far from the main event, with the guests of honour being Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain, S. M. Stirling and Eric Choi; there’s a good lineup of past guests of honour as well. Panels abound. Lots to see.

Ad Astra happens at Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel, 600 HWY-7 E, Richmond Hill, Ontario.

In the meantime, I have one of those eight-hour-a-day jobs to keep me occupied. When I’m back to live streaming and working on manuscripts, I’ll be sure to let you know.