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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
5:42 am
Phoenix Ascendant, the final snippet!
... and Kyri's enigmatic pronouncement takes on a horrid meaning in Chapter 26!
Monday, February 8th, 2016
7:04 am
Friday, February 5th, 2016
7:36 am
After a truly horrific shock...
... Kyri and party have to decide how they are going to deal with the half-vampire, half-demon Tashriel in Chapter 24 of Phoenix Ascendant!
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
6:57 am
Phoenix Ascendant...
... Chapter 23 finds that questioning an enemy may lead to terrible discoveries...
Monday, February 1st, 2016
6:31 am
In Phoenix Ascendant today...
... the cliffhanger of last week results in a surprising battle in Chapter 22!
Friday, January 29th, 2016
12:59 pm
Hugo Post 2016!
  Not that I ever expect a nomination, but it is time once again to begin nominations for the Hugo Awards!

My eligible works from 2015 are

  • Polychrome (Iris Mirabilis Press): My adult-readership version of an Oz book, Polychrome surpassed my expectations in Kickstarter and has sold a significant number of copies since. Polychrome, Daughter of the Rainbow, is one of the few to escape when two old enemies of Oz join forces and succeed in conquering the heart of Faerie. Carrying with her the source of a cryptic prophecy, she must seek out a hero who may -- and ONLY may -- be able to save Faerie from its new tyrants, and even once the hero is found, Polychrome herself must discover a strength and will of her own if their plans are to have any chance to succeed...

  • Phoenix in Shadow (Baen): Second in the Balanced Sword trilogy, an epic fantasy I first started writing in 1991 and which takes place on Zarathan, my RPG and writing world that I first started designing in 1978-79. Kyri Vantage, Phoenix Justiciar of the dying god Myrionar, and her companions Tobimar Silverun and Poplock Duckweed, succeeded in killing the False Justiciar Thornfalcon and revealing the False Saints for what they were, but they know there is far more behind the corruption of a god's chosen emissaries; they must follow the clues through Rivendream Pass to Moonshade Hollow, a place of horrific reputation... but what they find there changes everything they thought they understood, and hides an even deadlier trap than Thornfalcon's!

  • Castaway Planet (Baen): A (mostly) Hard-SF, YA-targeted novel set in the future of the Boundaryverse; the "mostly" comes from the fact that I include a slow-FTL drive to get my protagonists out of the solar system. The Kimei family and their Bemmie friend "Whips" were on their way to a colony world when something went terribly wrong and they were marooned with barely a handful of tools and no hope of rescue. Now they must find a way to survive on an alien world that hides more secrets than they can imagine.

  • "The Adventurer and the Toad" (Baen): A short story set on Zarathan, but a standalone in that world rather than directly a part of the Balanced Sword trilogy. Young Lalira Revyne has dreamed of adventure, but now horrific adventure has found her. But if she is to rescue her mother, she must overcome her own terrors to work with a companion she desperately needs... but fears above all things. Available in the 2015 Baen Free Stories collection.

8:33 am
In today's Phoenix Ascendant...
... Kyri has to contemplate a terrible possibility in Chapter 21!
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
6:05 pm
Answer for question 4602.
If you could go back in time and give some advice to your younger self, what would it be? What age would you go back to in order to deliver this advice? Do you think your younger self would listen to you and heed the advice?
I would never do it. Even a very small change in past events can have huge consequences. If I went back at any time earlier than 1990, I might never have ended up marrying Kathy (and in fact any change up until the wedding could do that). Sure, there's things I regret doing and would like to change, but the likelihood is that I'd cause something -- maybe a LOT of somethings -- to change in a way I didn't like.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
7:01 am
Today in Phoenix Ascendant...
... Tobimar and Poplock find themselves confronted by a new mystery in Chapter 20!
Monday, January 25th, 2016
6:38 am
Tobimar and Poplock...
... have an important secret discussion in Chapter 19 of Phoenix Ascendant!
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
8:21 am
Well, the Watchland's been freed...
... but that just means they have to figure out the next steps to take in Chapter 18 of Phoenix Ascendant!
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
9:34 am
Pardon my language...
but FUCK YOU, 2016! You weren't content to take away cool celebrities like David Bowie and Glenn Frey and Alan Rickman, now you have to start taking people I KNOW?

David G. Hartwell, long-standing editor at Tor and fixture at many conventions as a bookseller and panelist, is now no longer with us.

My sympathies to all his friends and especially his family.

While most of my interactions with David were fairly casual, he was one of those who read Polychrome and considered it for a long time. The fact he took that long to reject it was actually encouraging, and one of the factors that led to me publishing Poly myself.

He will be missed.
7:44 am
In Phoenix Ascendant today...
... the group has to start cleaning house in Evanwyl; in Chapter 17 they go to confront the Watchland!
Monday, January 18th, 2016
7:38 am
In _Phoenix Ascendant_...
... Chapter 16, we learn a little of what Xavier and his friends were up to while our main characters were running around Kaizatenzei. This is a bare-bones outline of some of the events in my projected Spirit Warriors trilogy.
Friday, January 15th, 2016
7:27 am
In Phoenix Ascendant today...
... we finally get to meet Xavier's four companions in Chapter 15!
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
12:54 pm
The 7, 7, 7, 7 meme...
... Going round my friends again (this time from julesjones):

Rules: go to page 7 of your WIP, skip to the 7th line, share 7 sentences, and tag 7 more writers to continue the challenge. Although, like Jules, I don't feel right "tagging" others.

I have multiple works in progress, so here they are. You can also tell that I have a tendency to rather long sentences:

Challenges of the Deeps (Arenaverse 3):

In all directions were almost uncountable alien figures – bipedal, amorphous, multilegged, tentacular, floating – moving into or out of the Gateways, meeting with each other, avoiding others, and passing eventually out of Transition through a great archway into Nexus Arena proper. A Milluk – the same species as Vengeance Leader Selpa'A'At – was walking with spidery elegance alongside a sluglike Shiquan; a massive Daelmokhan's semi-saurian body maintained a slow, dignified pace in order to continue a discussion with one of the Blessed To Serve. A dozen dozen other species, all intermingling, talking, gesturing, moving in a dazzling and, Ariane admitted to herself, somewhat intimidating array of diversity and mystery.

     But the very sight sent a thrill through her soul, and she knew she was home. She felt the grin spreading across her face as she stepped forward and headed down the ramp. "We're back, Arena," she said.

     Welcome back, Captain Ariane Austin, said a quiet, yet some how profoundly powerful, Voice in her head, a Voice she had heard a few times before: the voice of the Arena itself, or whatever intelligence hid behind and within the nigh-omnipotent Arena.

Princess Holy Aura (first in The Ethical Magical Girl series, hopefully):

     Steve goggled down at the slightly oversized rat with its overly-shiny white fur, tiny golden crown, sitting on his hind legs and regarding Steve with a far too knowing look and holding what looked like a star-shaped brooch. "Become what?"

     "Mystic Galaxy Defender, Princess Holy Aura," Silvertail repeated calmly.

     The repetition of the ridiculous phrase left Steve speechless. He would have laughed, but the situation was not, in fact, funny; instead, he stood there, rubbing his broad face and feeling the never-quite-eradicated five o'clock shadow rasping on his palm, looking around at the monstrous, eyeless corpses scattering the alleyway around him, trying to grasp everything that had happened.

     As the ebony bodies began to evaporate like dry ice in the slanting sunlight breaking through the clouds, the ludicrous words finally bounced back into his consciousness. "ARE YOU COMPLETELY BLIND?"

     "While ordinary white rats do often have vision problems," Silvertail replied primly, "I can see far better than you – into the soul, in fact, as well as more mundane spectra."

Demons of the Past: Retribution (third in Demons of the Past, a space opera with Weird Stuff)

    Understatement indeed, Vick's telepathic voice said. Given what we have learned, bringing one into the center of the Vmee Zschorza might simply be aiding in the destruction of the Meld. Still, this leaves the problem of how to prove the existence of a bodiless, mind-controlling parasite – or, perhaps, of Viedraverion, the being currently going by the name of Shagrath.

     "That's true. If we proved he existed – as the monster we claim he is – our other claims would probably be given weight, too." She thought about it a moment. "But again, I can't see how we could actually do that."

Choosing the Players (The Spirit Warriors, volume 1)

     Xavier blinked himself slowly awake. A room he didn't recognize. Carefully fitted stonework, painted in a pattern of sunset colors that made the room feel warmer, comforting. A soft bed under him, one that smelled new-washed. His head was slightly elevated, and looking ahead he could see the wall, also of stone with a polished wooden door – currently closed – in the center.

     Just tightening his gut in preparation for sitting up warned him that was a terrible idea. A wash of sharp, ripping pain screamed at him to lie back down! He did so immediately; his training with Shihan had taught him to listen to what his body told him, and there obviously wasn't any emergency right now that justified taking chances.

French Roast Apocalypse (Fall of Veils 1, writing this with Kathleen)

He'd be in the center, with the pendant held overhead in the proper position. Around the pentagram he drew runes, and placed small candles at the tip of each point from his travel bag. The candles represented the souls he'd be channeling to cast the ritual.

When finished, he studied the diagram. He was a poor artist, but the design was simple enough to pass, and his inherent mystical talent would make up for the minor deficiencies.

Deliberately, carefully, he stepped into the center of the circle, and lit the candles. The moon was almost at its apex, and the shadows around him crawled and shivered from the faint breeze rustling the trees above.

The Adventure of the Reluctant Detective (short story for the anthology Alternate Sherlocks; technically this one is done but I still may have edits to do depending)

     "'Mr. Holmes,' she said without preamble, 'I am assured by certain people of my acquaintance that you are to be absolutely trusted, even in cases of extraordinary nature and sensitivity.'"

     "'It is essential to my profession that I am completely discreet and reliable,' I returned. 'I solve cases which the police may not, and this often involves me in events of most peculiar and singular nature.'"

     "'This is most assuredly such an event, and one of great horror as well,' she said, and the way in which her voice nearly broke conveyed the stress she labored under.

     "I then assured her that I was entirely at her disposal and encouraged her to speak.

     "She had returned to the estate following her father's death, and had remained as details of the inheritance, which was divided among the three daughters, were worked out. There were apparently some irregularities with the accounts that drew out the proceedings.

I have one other in progress, but it hasn't quite reached seven pages yet!
8:11 am
The party meets up...
... with a couple of old friends in Chapter 14 of Phoenix Ascendant!
Monday, January 11th, 2016
7:50 am
The week begins...
... with our heroes finally coming home to Evanwyl! In Chapter 13 of Phoenix Ascendant, Poplock has a mission!
Friday, January 8th, 2016
7:35 am
Kyri and the others...
... finally depart Kaizatenzei for home in Chapter 12 of Phoenix Ascendant!
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
6:57 am
We find out something..
... new about our main enemy in Chapter 11 of Phoenix Ascendant!
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