Monday, May 09, 2022

Summer 2022, Go!

I'm a little early, I know, but I wanted to give you all a little progress update!

First: the BLOOD OF THE QUEEN hardcover print proof has arrived and it looks extremely pretty! 

I'll be doing one final read through and then I'll be hitting publish either this month or early in June! Hooray!!!

Second: I'm also going to be releasing OF GODS AND JOTUNS very shortly (again either this month or early in June--whichever thing gets done first is what I'm hitting publish on even though I know I just said I was going to release OF GODS AND JOTUNS this month for sure over on Patreon, like yesterday! I'm living a wild life right now, what can I say? In my defense though, OF GODS AND JOTUNS is MOST LIKELY To be first since the proof I'm waiting on is just to double check the cover and story headers, not the text itself.)

This short story collection will be PAPERBACK ONLY, unless you're a patreon patron, in which case later this summer you'll also get limited time access to a patreon exclusive ebook download also at the ThorsBFF tier ($5/month). 

The flash stories are all already available online to read for free either here on the blog or elsewhere, and the short stories individually are either for sale in wide release or exclusive to patreon--but this collection brings everything together in one place in a nice little paperback (as requested by my mom), along with an author's note giving readers a little bit of context for each story!

Cover Copy:

One Novelette, three flash fiction stories, and five short stories, previously digitally published or otherwise released independently, but collected all together in print for the first time, including:
Favor of God
The Foundation of Rome
Imaginary Friends
Frost Bitten, Twice Shy
A Norse Lullaby
I am Europa
The Rule of Fate
Ned Thrall
Encompassing subjects from Samson and Delilah and the founding of Rome, to the thread of myth and even the experience of the divine in our present day, and onward to the far future of advanced science and its role in how we make sense of the limits of our DNA and the ramifications of genetic modification, there’s something for everyone in this story collection: fantasy, historical fiction and mythic retelling, romance, contemporary fiction, and even some sci fi!

I have one more semi-secret project tentatively planned for release in July--it'll release first to Patreon Patrons, who will get a limited time ebook download at the ThorsBFF tier, and then go out into the wider world, after, if everything goes according to plan. More on that next month! 

If you want to stay super on top of all this stuff (and get first dibs on my shorter works as well), I definitely recommend coming on over to Patreon where I share all this stuff first, now! You can patron up for as little as a dollar a month and still get access to a TON of content, including the entirety of COST OF LIVING and SON OF ZEUS!

Which reminds me of a fourth item:

I'll be doing an EXTREMELY limited print run of COST OF LIVING which will ONLY be available directly through me--if you want to be absolutely sure you get a copy, you definitely want to be on Patreon which already has a tier ($25 ThorLover) for signed paperback copies of anything I release! Patrons get first dibs and this book is going to be limited to a maximum of 50 total copies EVER. This book is never going to be for sale through other outlets--it will remain an exclusive Patreon serial, digitally, and the physical editions won't be distributed via any other outlet that isn't just me at a table somewhere, probably.

Here's a peek of that book, too, which looks mighty fine also, even if I do say so myself!

I haven't set a date yet for this but I'll let you all know when I know when it's actually happening and I'm getting ready to place the paperback order. But again, Patreon is your best bet to make sure you hear about it, since patrons get the news delivered directly to their inboxes.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2022

What have I been doing?

Sometimes, I get lost in the weeds, sure I have accomplished nothing with my time--this latest round was brought to me by looking at the vanity shelf in my living room with all my books lined up and the absurd feeling that I had nothing to show for myself for last year and nothing to show for myself this year.

When that happened, I decided I need a better visual representation of my work--because not all my releases end up in a physical form to help fill out that vanity shelf. And because I know that there are periods of extreme productivity and also fallow times, and we've been in the midst of a major life-altering pandemic, I went back to 2019 to make my graphic so I could see the larger shape of my work over the years, rather than just looking at the recent past.

 And on the first version of this graphic? I, of course, forgot a title!! So I had to go back in and edit, and this (slightly off-kilter image) is what I ended up with:

2019 was a banner year, unlikely to be duplicated anytime soon because I pulled so many short stories from the archive for Patreon--basically the entirety of my catalogue of short stories that were worthy of publication at all (because let's be real, my earliest works were not all gems!). 

In 2020, I launched AN ENTIRELY NEW PEN NAME and did all the production for THREE FULL LENGTH NOVELS, during an unprecedentedly horrifying pandemic! Nothing to sneeze at there! 

In 2021 I produced and released a novel I've wanted to get out into the world for YEARS and started the process of recovering and reformatting the interiors of my Orc Saga books, which I've been wanting to do for SO LONG but never had the time or resources to get done, and dropped what might be the last good short story from my banked works on Patreon, AND rereleased a 2019 previously Patreon exclusive story as part of a print collection as a fundraiser anthology for a local writers' group. During a year that threw literally every possible curveball in my direction! If the end result was just one novel and one hardcover edition of a previously published novel and one anthology copy on my shelf to show for it, I think that is still pretty solid work!

My plans for 2022 are not set in stone and might still change--because of the nature of the way I work now, I jump around a lot, and with *gestures at the world* it's that much harder to stay focused. But COST OF LIVING is already in process and well on its way to completion, with every post scheduled out to the finish, so if you're on Patreon you're already getting an entire book from me (for which I did all the editing and production work in 2021), and I have the print proof of OF GODS AND JOTUNS sitting on my desk right now, which will collect basically all my Amalia Dillin short stories (those unrelated to my Fate of the Gods series) in one paperback volume. I'm debating doing a hardcover for the hardcore fans--drop a comment if you'd be interested! 

I am fighting hard to wrap up drafting WINTER GAMES for a release this holiday season, but February got the better of my wrists, which has necessitated some time off from everything, so my fingers are crossed hard but right now that work and the BLOOD OF THE QUEEN hardcover are the things I am most worried about getting done. THAT SAID, it is only March 1st so I feel like I have time to make progress--to keep making progress toward all these goals. 


Now you know what I've been up to for the last three years, and what I'm (tentatively) planning for this one--keep in mind these are just releases, not everything I'm working on behind the scenes (like Orc3 and a Cinderella retelling set in the Orc Saga world, querying a Trojan War novel and writing an Aethra and Poseidon short story as Amalia Carosella, which will likely be expanded into its own novel, which I've already bare-bones outlined, and I can't forget my Heracles book, either, of course.) So if the thing you're waiting for isn't included in the graphic, it isn't because it isn't in progress. It's just that I am trying very hard not to waste energy beating myself up for not getting things done--and I am always beating myself up for not getting things done, even when I try to keep the external expectations minimal. In fact, beating myself up for not getting things done is what spawned the creation of this entire graphic! 

It's been a rough few years, fam. But I promise I'm doing my best.

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