Dec
23
2017
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Book of the Week: Lammas Night.

Katharine Kurtz’s Lammas Night is what you get when a talented writer decides to combine World War II, modern occultism, and an uncritical willingness to take The Golden Bough more seriously than it deserves.  Well worth reading if you like that kind of literary blending.  Which I, of course, do.

I’m going to have to update the sidebar later.  This Chromebook gets less responsive every year.

Dec
18
2017
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In the mail: Girl Genius: Second Journal, Volume 3.

The full title is Girl Genius: The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne Volume 3: The Incorruptible Library, which is a bit of a mouthful. I always pick up my volumes via Kickstarter, but it’s also available on Amazon if you happen to be one of those poor unfortunates who didn’t manage to get on that already.  It’s the usual pretty book with entertaining steampunk mad science adventures; so if you did do the Kickstarter, look to your mailboxes.

Dec
16
2017
8

Book of the Week: The Anubis Gates.

Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates is one of the best time travel novels ever written. I don’t say that sort of thing lightly. What makes it stand above most of the rest of this particular genre is in Powers’ uncanny ability to find hollowed-out places in the historical records where one is able to pour in a story or three. You are left with the sense that while things might not have turned out the way that he portrayed them (usually a safe bet, since he writes fantasy novels), but they should have turned out that way and there’s no way to disprove it now anyway. This was the first one of his that I read, and I’ve been buying Tim Powers on sight ever since.

And so, adieu to Carter and Lovecraft.

Dec
09
2017
2

Book of the Week: …None of the Above is Suitable.

Sorry! It’s just been not a great week for books. I’ve read a bunch, but I wasn’t wowed by any of them. They weren’t bad, most of them; they were just kind of OK-I-guess. And I don’t want to name names, because apparently the easiest way to destroy a writer’s inner tranquility and will to live is to say that you were kind of indifferent to his or her latest tome. I freely admit to having a history of being a bit of a sadist, but I don’t throw punches like that unless they’ve been thrown at me first. I’m not a monster.

So, I dunno: go read Guns of the South, or something. That was a solid Turtledove AH.

Dec
06
2017
13

Just mailed out the contract for the short story I sold.

God willing and disaster doesn’t strike, the anthology that my story’s in will be out in March 2018.  And damned if I can think of a way that it wouldn’t count, either. It’s a real book from a real publisher and they’re paying me actual money and I only signed over pretty standard first-use rights while retaining ownership of the story itself.  This shi… stuff’s legit.

Oof. I need to go eat a sandwich.

Moe Lane

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Dec
05
2017
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In the e-Mail: @hplhs’s The Rats in the Walls.

The CD for The Rats in the Walls (including props) will be coming by regular mail, but the HPL Historical Society sends over the MP3 version when the physical copy ships.  And if you’re a fan of radio plays of this sort; the physical copy is worth the extra price, largely because it does come with props that are absolutely designed to be used in tabletop games. The HPLHS is very gamer-friendly, and it shows.

Dec
03
2017
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Post-NaNoWriMo progress report: now at the ‘shove it all out’ stage.

I’m starting to understand why people say the only thing harder than starting a book is finishing one. I’ve been trying to figure out how to end this one for the last three days.  I think that I have an idea now, but it’s going to be a grind to write at this point.

That’s it. But I feel better for admitting that I was stuck there, a little.

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Dec
02
2017
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Books of the Week: Carter & Lovecraft and After The End of the World.

Both by Jonathan Forward: Carter & Lovecraft is Mythos-tinged horror, and After The End of the World is its alternate-universe horror sequel*.  There has been a bit of an under-the-radar** controversy in the last few years in the horror community over old HP Lovecraft; which is complicated by the fact that it’s virtually impossible to write intelligent horror fiction that is neither positively nor negatively defined by the stylistic and conceptional tropes that Lovecraft instituted. Many, many, many reactionary*** critiques-in-fiction-form of Lovecraft’s views and literary style have been written; what distinguishes Forward’s two books here is that he can write.  I suspect that he also likes HPL a bit more than can be safely admitted among his set, but that’s just me. Anyway, fun books.

And so, adieu to The Dragons of Dorcastle oh my God that was such a good series I just chain-read it all.

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Nov
30
2017
5

NaNoWriMo, Day 30: 2159/44006.

It is not done.  But it is almost done.  There are in fact about six thousand words left in the story, because we have gotten to the point where the nature of the final strike will be revealed to our heroes, and they will go out to thwart it.  Plus an epilogue.  In other words, the goram thing will be done by Sunday and I am not feeling bad about it in the slightest. 44K and almost done for a first try is respectable. Besides, it’s not like I get any prize money if I got to 50K.

So there it is. I finish the book, resolutely not look at it for a couple of days — I said a month, but that’s ridiculous.  The point is to get this puppy into publication shape, so that’s what’s going to happen — and then we go on with the process. And have things get a little more back to normal around here.

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Nov
29
2017
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NaNoWriMo, Day 29: 1084/41487.

It’d be longer today, except that I am trying to decide whether to kidnap our heroes and take them to the final showdown.  Yes, that’s normally a no-brainer, except that it doesn’t quite work in the story as written so far.  Trying to decide how to go with that requires sleeping on it, I think*.

41K. I can see the end from here!  …Thank God.

Moe Lane

*Also, I have Patreon obligations, and I had to finally finish one of them up today.  I’ve written something like 3K words in total today, which ain’t bad.

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Nov
28
2017
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NaNoWriMo, Day 28: 1691/40763.

Yeah, I’m definitely getting sick of the sight of this book. It’s very exciting! Soon I will dread it.  All of this is apparently par for the course when it comes to the publishing process, which is why I’m so pleased about my adverse emotional reaction.

Close to 41K. Oof.

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Nov
27
2017
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NaNoWriMo, Day 27: 1706/39072.

We are getting towards the end, and I’m actually starting to feel that ‘sick of writing this book’ sensation that supposedly writers feel. I’m certainly ready to actually work on something else at this point; there are a couple of short stories that have occurred to me, one involving a pun-filled title. So love that news or dread it, as you please.

39K. Groovy.

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