Saturday, April 12, 2014

Some more CLASH! Dawn of Steam stories up

The Kickstarter for the game is going very well, over halfway to full funding at the moment, with many of the limited slots already claimed and closing in on 200 backers.

Two more stories have been published on Scribd over the past few days. Raven Stormshroud is a gunslinging, steampunk sky pirate. She is stuck on a flying city, besieged and not liking it. Every attempt she makes to break free only leads to disaster. Saeria Ilythia is a young elf (perhaps the first elf I've written about since high school...) who is bringing new, high tech to her people. Something strange is happening to the trees, though. This time, defending the tree city may have to begin in the lab she's created beneath the roots of a massive tree.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Mint, the Sleepless One (Episode 7)

Episode 7 is out today! This marks a significant shift in the narrative and has always been one of those episodes I've pointed to as showing what makes serial fiction so interesting. Mint, as you may know from the last couple of episodes, is an associate of the mad scientist Orgood. Chels and company realize that there's something odd about him, but only here as we switch to his perspective do readers discover just how and why he seems that way. There's a noir-ish feel to his voice here, which I hope readers will enjoy.

If this had been a traditional novel, I suspect some readers would react poorly to such a shift at this midpoint in the story, but as an episode in a serial fiction, it works to create a different view of events and will hopefully add an extra dimension of tension in the rest of the episodes, as they return to the more typical narration from the perspectives of the members of the Weave.

As always, the episode is available directly from the publisher. You can also purchase it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most other online bookstores (though some are less prompt in uploading the new books than others).

Thursday, April 03, 2014

CLASH! Dawn of Steam Kickstarter

I haven't had a chance for a couple of days to sit down at the computer, but be sure to go visit the Kickstarter for CLASH! Dawn of Steam. I'm impressed with how quickly the game is getting backers (over 100 before day 2 was up), and pleased with the reception my stories have been getting.

Throughout the month the stories will be used to help create buzz for the game. The first three have gone up already. Panstrom Swiftra is a dark and brooding sort of character, yet he's a champion of hope in the game. Zaraza Haedes is an ancient character who long ago sought out a magical weapon to save his people. He succeeded, but at a high cost to himself, because the weapon has corrupted him. He spent an age in exile and is returning now to create chaos. And Eve of Eden is a sky pirate. When her beloved island of Eden was threatened by the airships of the rest of the world, she took to the skies to defend it. Eve is quickly becoming a favorite character in the comments on the Kickstarter page.

I have to say that the game itself looks great. They've done a lot of testing to give it balance and plenty of opportunities for strategy, and the various characters give the game a lot of variety as you replay it. One of the limited levels has already been filled, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the others fill up soon, too. So be sure to check it out soon if strategy games and card interest you at all.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Writing with Children (post up on the Musa blog)

And I was right about my next guest post going up today. Writing with Children is about finding the time to write, even when it seems like there's no time. I'd love to hear some more tips from others for what's worked for you, not only parents but everyone who's managed to squeeze in some writing time in and around a busy schedule. So give it a read and add your own comment at the end. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Recent blog posts elsewhere

Yesterday I had a blog post on the Darkside Codex blog, How Addiction Came to Southwatch. This explores a bit how I came up with The Electro-Addictive Moth-Flame out of the raw material of the Darkside Codex bible.

And last week I also had a post up on the Penumbra blog, this one full of bad poetry. Or cheap parody? Something like that. It's called Beyond Heaven is part of a month-long series of posts by Penumbra writers answering the question of what a heaven designed for writers would look like. Hint: it begins with coffee.

One more guest blog post is coming up later this week. Maybe even tomorrow...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Episode 6: Completing the Map

Those who've been reading these episodes as they come out should feel a small frisson as they read that title: "completing" is a fraught word in Spire City, among the infecteds...

These first six episodes of season 1 form a unit of sorts, with their own arc within the longer arcs of the season as a whole and the series. So for anyone who hasn't been reading these all along, this is a great time to start. Are you more of a binge reader than a wait-patiently-between-episodes reader? Then grab these six episodes now and binge your way through them.

And if you have been reading them already, then take this time to recommend them to another avid reader you know.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First story for CLASH! Dawn of Steam is online

The first of the eight stories I'm writing for CLASH! Dawn of Steam has now been added to Scribd. Panstrom Swiftra, despite his gloomy appearance, fights as a Champion of Hope in the card game.

I'm currently writing the rough draft for the fifth story, and I think readers of many kinds will find these to be fun stories.