I’m over on Tim Marquitz’s blog today, going on about Brutal Light and my Path to Dark Fantasy. Essentially it’s my longform answer to the question of what drew me to write dark fantasy fiction in the first place. Stop by and say hi!
I’m guest blogging on RJ Sullivan‘s blog today, nattering on about “The Story Behind Brutal Light”, wherein I tell the epic tale of how I pulled together enough neurons to write a novel, all the failed previous attempts, and how chucking most of that previous work helped me write the book published today. Do stop by and natter at me!
Today’s the first official day of publication for my dark fantasy novel Brutal Light! In support of it, I’ve managed to cajole, wheedle, and otherwise convince a group of fantastic folk to lend me their blogs over the next week-and-a-half or so. It wasn’t easy–I had to promise to keep the llama in line–but here’s the list:
12/1/11: RJ Sullivan — “The Story Behind Brutal Light”
12/2/11: Greg Chapman — Interview
12/3/11: Tim Marquitz — “Brutal Light and My Path to Dark Fantasy”
12/5/11: Lee Mather — Interview
12/6/11: Lincoln Crisler — “If It Doesn’t Make You Squirm…”
12/7/11: Sally Franklin Christie — Writerly Wednesday Interview
12/8/11: Su Halfwerk — “On Fighting the Internal Censor”
12/9/11: Sean A. Lusher — “These Books Made Me Weird(er)”
12/10/11: Kelly A. Harmon — Interview
I also have an interview with Keira Kroft, as yet unscheduled, and may be adding another stop before this is over.
The day has finally arrived. Brutal Light, my debut dark fantasy novel, will be published tomorrow, 12/1/2011. You are, no doubt, filled with questions. Possibly also turkey, or some other post-Thanksgiving foodstuff of choice. Read on, to learn where you might acquire a print or electronic edition, and some sales that will be going on.
First, let me cover print editions, for those of you who desire the paper. There will be no hardcover edition; paperback editions will be available from Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com. Note: they are not currently, as of this writing, there, but the pre-order links should be up before the week is out. Print editions should be available for shipping by mid-December. Also note: they may not be listed for the same price, for reasons I can’t control. I recommend you check both and pick the lowest-priced one.
You can also go to any brick-and-mortar bookstore that does special ordering for its customers and have them special order the book for you.
Next: Kindle editions. These are available from Amazon (no surprise). In fact, the Kindle edition of Brutal Light is already listed here.
But what of the Nook, I hear you cry! What of iTunes? What of other sellers? A Nook edition will be forthcoming from BarnesAndNoble.com, and I believe an edition will be available through the iTunes store before the year is out. I’ll be keeping an up-to-date list of all these vendors and links here, and will be announcing them as they come in on my blog and in my newsletter.
Lastly, I am working on the all-Semaphore edition, and will be unveiling it on YouTube as soon as the monkey learns not to go off-script.
Publication day for Brutal Light (or, as I call it, ‘Light Thursday,’ clearly superior in every way to ‘Black Friday’) looms ever closer. Suddenly all the advance prep work I’ve been doing doesn’t seem nearly advanced enough. I’ve got guest blogs to finish! I’ve got a newsletter to pull together! I have excerpts to… um… excerpt! Oh, and I’d like to write in there, somewhere. Really, I would.
So, let us bring forth the links, to give me cover so I can scurry off and make with the doing of those things…
Author Karina Fabian has been writing for a good cause. Her ongoing story, Christmas Spirits: From the Case Files of DragonEye, P.I. is raising money for Food for the Poor.
Lincoln Crisler, meanwhile, was in the study with the lead pipe and… no, wait, I’m getting my notes mixed up. Lincoln Crisler just put an excerpt from his novella Queen up on Facebook.
Something of interest to writers who tweet, or tweeters who write: 60+ Favorite Twitter Hashtags for Writers. Not all of which I use, though I should use #amprocrastinating. A lot.
Here are 10 Crazy Scifi Plot Devices That We’d Would Like to See. ‘We’ meaning ‘Io9,’ in this case.
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten what you went in there to do or get? Did you go into the room via… a door? That’s what you did wrong. Try teleporting next time.
Finally, in case you don’t have enough industrial-strength crackpottery in your life, take in this video that takes a look at what some say is THE TRUTH about our hollow Earth. Because knowing is half the… oh, never mind.
Over this past year, I’ve been working at the whole social media thing. You know, the whole interconnected mess of blogs, journals, Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, and the rest, through which I howl into the wires? I’ve had the pieces lying around for quite a while, but it hasn’t been until this year that I had to put them all together. And that was… and is… a lot of work. Even though things are far more advanced than they were when I first created an Internet journal.
Back in 1998, it was a lot simpler. I coded my first website by hand, and started up my journal with it. Whenever I wanted to do an update, I’d create a new page, write the update, and then would update the archive page, and also previous page to include a ‘next’ link. Then I’d FTP those three pages to my web space, and it was done. Easy peasy!
How would my readers, of whom I eventually had two digits worth, find out I’d written something new? Get this–they’d check my site. No RSS feeds or Networked Blogs then. They’d have long lists of journals in their browser favorites, and they’d visit each site one by one, just to see the updates. Every day. We had a lot more time back then. Also, there were something like twelve journals on the whole Internet.
I gave it up after maybe a year and a half. It took too much time. I was running out of things to say.
Then a friend introduced me to Blogger. It was cutting edge in 2001. You’d just type your words into the square, click a button, and Blogger would update your site for you. It was awesome!
I think I lasted two years with that. Once again, I’d run out of things to say.
Then came LiveJournal, which I joined in 2004. This time, instead of a web interface that updated my site, they kept all the updates on theirs. Even better, I could read the journals of many different people all in one place. I didn’t have to trawl through my favorites list hoping to see updates from people. Those who updated, I’d see right away.
I think it was this that kept me from getting tired of LiveJournal as well. Even when I went through periods when I felt like I had nothing to say, I always had plenty to read. I could go to one place, read it, and get on with my day.
Ever since then, I haven’t dropped any of my social networks. I just seem to collect them, like baseball cards or irritating rashes. Orkut fizzled, but Facebook caught and held me, and Twitter affixed itself to my succulent flesh soon after. I added Dreamwidth mostly as a backup for LiveJournal, on account of all The Drama that was going on about the Russians taking over. I got onto Tumblr because a few friends got on and because it had lots of neat stuff being easily shared. I added Google+ because… because it was there, I think. I don’t know, it was all a blur–see, there were these open bottles, and a shot glass that said ‘drink me,’ and next thing I know there was Lawrence Fishburne and Keanu Reeves, only they were wearing leather bustiers and showing me pictures of funny cats and then I woke up and was on Google+.
(That sort of thing happens far more often than you’d think.)
These days, there are all manner of people who will tell you how to use social media. But, I ask you… where are the people who will tell you how social media is using you? Do you know what will happen if you unfriend someone and that someone turns out to be Skynet? DO YOU???
(Sigh.) Never mind. I’m sure it’s just a little paranoia. I have to go ask the computer to schedule my updates and tweets now, so that they appear when the most people will see them. Very kindly, it tells me the best times.
Then I have to check Twitter. Someone called ‘Colossus’ started following me, and I don’t think it’s the X-Men character…