agilebrit: (Hugs)
His novel "The Worker Prince" debuted recently, and it's not getting nearly as much love as it should be. It received an Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club's Year's Best Science Fiction Releases, and this edition (published by WordFire Press) is the Definitive Author's Edition. If you'd rather have the Kindle than the dead-tree version, you can get that here.

Blurb:
What if everything you thought you knew about yourself and the world turned out to be wrong? For Davi Rhii, Prince of the Boralian people, that nightmare has become a reality. Freshly graduated from the prestigious Borali Military Academy, now he's discovered a secret that calls into question everything he knew about himself. His quest to rediscover himself brings him into conflict with his friends and family, calling into question his cultural values and assumptions, and putting in jeopardy all he's worked for his whole life. One thing's for sure: he's going to have to make decisions that will change his life forever...

Welcome to the book that captures the feel of the original Star Wars like no other, Moses meets Star Wars...The Worker Prince.


Bryan was immensely instrumental in turning my novel from a lump of coal into a semi-faceted diamond, so I know he's got the chops to tackle a subject like this. Go forth and give it a try, if you're looking for something new and fun to read.
agilebrit: (Not the worst thing)
Well. I'm looking at these novel projects and realizing that, while the seven-point outline works really well for my shorts, I think I need something a little more extensive than that for a pair of novels. I pantsed the last novel, and that went all right (because I've apparently been doing the seven-point structure purely by instinct for years before I started using it consciously), but I think for these two I want something a little more... organized.

In the interests of that, I just toddled over to B&N's website, because I had a 25%-off coupon and I didn't get to use the 30%-off coupon over the weekend. I ordered Dave Farland's "Million Dollar Outlines," and "Serenity: Leaves on the Wind." Which should have gotten me free shipping.

And it did--until I applied the discount. Suddenly it's costing me way more because I didn't hit the magic $25 minimum. Aha, sez I, the new Carrie Vaughn is coming out at the end of the month, and I was going to buy that on the day anyway; I'll just pre-order it!

So I did, and that dropped the total price down below what two books would have cost me with shipping, even though the Vaughn book is a pre-order. Go figure.

But that means I have three things I wanted anyway coming to my door for a cost far less than it would have been in the store, and I don't have to leave my house. Win.

ETA: Well, that backfired. Since the Vaughn book isn't coming out until the 30th, that means my entire order will not ship until then. Which means I don't get the outline book in time for it to help me on these two until after the fact. Argh.

Oh well. I will muddle through them without it and then tweak them as needed after I read it. :p
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
What with all the taxes I did. But it's done. Go, me. I hope I didn't screw it up too badly, like I did last year.

Since the day couldn't get any worse, I decided to print out Hitman!Ben for a snail mail sub, because that's always fun. But I'm out of ink. So that's awesome.

Actually, I take that back. Today was a mix of awesome and awful. On the awful side, there were the aforementioned taxes (and three hours of my life I will never get back). I've had a cold for the past three days and am coughing my head off. Also, you'd think there'd be some kind of conservation of mass going on with all this goop in my sinuses, but I think a white hole has taken up residence inside them and is just... spewing mucus. It's gross, for the record. And my intestines have decided that they are also unhappy with the current turn of events. What fun, right?

On the plus side, we got paid today, so I got to put money in my anteater for MisCon, which I always enjoy doing. One more paycheck will have me fully funded for that. We ate at Famous Dave's, and it was delicious. And I picked up book 4 in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series, which I am enjoying immensely. I also picked up the Iron Man 3 Prelude comic after deciding not to blow ten bucks on Empire Magazine, whose cover story this issue is (you guessed it) Iron Man 3.

I got no writing or editing done. My head hurts and I'm tired and not real think-y right now. I may take a desultory poke at something tonight, but. . . I doubt it, honestly.
agilebrit: (Headdesk)
So, a friend of mine, the handsome and hard-working Dan Wells, has a new book coming out on Tuesday called "The Hollow City," about a man with schizophrenia who finds out that some of the monsters in his head are real. Now, Dan is a brilliant writer, and I was going to go to the book launch on Tuesday, because I like Dan and want to support him, plus I don't know how much more I'll get to see him because he's moving to Germany, where he is the David Hasselhoff of Horror.

I toddled over to Amazon to see how much this book was going to set me back and just about plotzed when I saw the cover price. Perhaps I would not have plotzed so much were I not assiduously saving to go to WorldCon in Chicago in August. I am all for supporting my local independent bookseller. But I'm not sure it's worth the extra $10 hit to my wallet right now.

...and I see via his webpage that he's going to be looping around to the area again twice more before he goes winging off to Germany. This opens my options.
agilebrit: (werewolf)
"Chimera" by [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella (Rob Thurman).

And, yo, y'all, this is a seriously good book. For those of us who've read her Cal books, we can almost see Cal and Niko and Robin in there...almost. The characters are actually very different and I love the SF plot. Also, Russian Mafia. Dude.

If you're slouching around wondering what to read next, you can't go wrong with this one. Seriously.
agilebrit: (werewolf)
"Chimera" by [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella (Rob Thurman).

And, yo, y'all, this is a seriously good book. For those of us who've read her Cal books, we can almost see Cal and Niko and Robin in there...almost. The characters are actually very different and I love the SF plot. Also, Russian Mafia. Dude.

If you're slouching around wondering what to read next, you can't go wrong with this one. Seriously.
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
Is an Evil Genius and I want to have his Writer Babies.

Yeah, I just finished "Mr. Monster," which is the sequel to "I Am Not a Serial Killer," which just came out in the US not too long ago, and which you need to buy and read yesterday. "Mr. Monster" is out in the UK but not the US, but I live in the same state as Dan and he was at CONduit, so I have a copy and you don't unless you were there too.

Anyway, it points up something I've said about ratcheting up tension before, to wit:
We can be afraid of what's going to happen to a character. That can hit us where we live and make us want to snuggle them like whoa. But what really makes us afraid? Is what that character will do when pushed to the very limits of his endurance. That right there is what keeps us up at night and keeps us turning pages. The Good character shoved headfirst into doing an Evil thing.


And Dan hits that note, not once, not twice, but several times in this book. He had me going "OH JOHN" and simultaneously wanting to hug John and run away from him very fast.
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
Is an Evil Genius and I want to have his Writer Babies.

Yeah, I just finished "Mr. Monster," which is the sequel to "I Am Not a Serial Killer," which just came out in the US not too long ago, and which you need to buy and read yesterday. "Mr. Monster" is out in the UK but not the US, but I live in the same state as Dan and he was at CONduit, so I have a copy and you don't unless you were there too.

Anyway, it points up something I've said about ratcheting up tension before, to wit:
We can be afraid of what's going to happen to a character. That can hit us where we live and make us want to snuggle them like whoa. But what really makes us afraid? Is what that character will do when pushed to the very limits of his endurance. That right there is what keeps us up at night and keeps us turning pages. The Good character shoved headfirst into doing an Evil thing.


And Dan hits that note, not once, not twice, but several times in this book. He had me going "OH JOHN" and simultaneously wanting to hug John and run away from him very fast.
agilebrit: (harshing my squee)
Okay, I'm reading a book.

I'm 455 pages into it, and I have 120 pages left.

And it's got cast-of-thousands-itis, the plot (such as it is) meanders all over the place both narratively and location-wise, and I'm not really enjoying it, particularly.

I hate not finishing it, but, dude. Life is too short to read a fiction book I have to slog through. I'm one of those people who hates not finishing a book I've started, but I think I'm going to give up on this one. I have two entire bookshelves full of books to read that I will no doubt enjoy more than this, and there's no sense in reading a novel if it's a chore.

Right? Validate me? Someone?
agilebrit: (harshing my squee)
Okay, I'm reading a book.

I'm 455 pages into it, and I have 120 pages left.

And it's got cast-of-thousands-itis, the plot (such as it is) meanders all over the place both narratively and location-wise, and I'm not really enjoying it, particularly.

I hate not finishing it, but, dude. Life is too short to read a fiction book I have to slog through. I'm one of those people who hates not finishing a book I've started, but I think I'm going to give up on this one. I have two entire bookshelves full of books to read that I will no doubt enjoy more than this, and there's no sense in reading a novel if it's a chore.

Right? Validate me? Someone?
agilebrit: (Sad)
Jim Butcher has the ability to rip my heart out, stick it in a blender, hit "shred," dump it on the ground, and stomp on the bitty shards. And he doesn't even have to kill a character to do it.

I literally had to set the book aside just now and Have a Moment. alsdkfja;lfjal;fj

Pages 206-208, inclusive. Those of you who've read it will know what I'm talking about. Spoilers in comments, no doubt.

Jim, honey, you're killin' me here.
agilebrit: (Sad)
Jim Butcher has the ability to rip my heart out, stick it in a blender, hit "shred," dump it on the ground, and stomp on the bitty shards. And he doesn't even have to kill a character to do it.

I literally had to set the book aside just now and Have a Moment. alsdkfja;lfjal;fj

Pages 206-208, inclusive. Those of you who've read it will know what I'm talking about. Spoilers in comments, no doubt.

Jim, honey, you're killin' me here.
agilebrit: (Giggle)
Er. That is, I can haz [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella's new book, released today, titled "Roadkill."

Seriously, you guys. Ben's sarcasm has nothing on Cal's. He could take lessons. In fact, I'm taking lessons, because this woman has things to teach me about writing.

Speaking of Ben. Ben is going on the back burner for now. For which, honestly, he's probably grateful. I mean, there's no sense in working on a sequel for a novel that's not even sold yet, amirite?

THEREFORE. I am working on the Chains story. And this one is going to get a semblance of an outline--at least to the halfway point--based around the template that Dan Wells outlined at LTUE. I don't know if it's going to be a novel yet or not. We'll see, as the thing gets fleshed out. But considering the problems my protag has, and the number of people vying for his attention (not to mention his hand in marriage--it's good to be the King, or first in line for the Kingship, in this case), it could easily, I think, be one.

But I'm not going to be upset if it turns out to be a short story either. Seeing as that's the milieu that's chosen me, it would be normal. For once.

Speaking of Dan Wells, his novel "I Am Not a Serial Killer" drops at the end of the month, and I urge you all to go out and buy it. I picked up the UK version (yeah, he got it published overseas first and it's doing gangbusters over there, OMG) at CONduit last year, and it's brilliant. Totally cannot wait to pick up the UK version of the sequel at this year's CONduit--he did a reading at LTUE and I thought I was going to die of squee.
agilebrit: (Giggle)
Er. That is, I can haz [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella's new book, released today, titled "Roadkill."

Seriously, you guys. Ben's sarcasm has nothing on Cal's. He could take lessons. In fact, I'm taking lessons, because this woman has things to teach me about writing.

Speaking of Ben. Ben is going on the back burner for now. For which, honestly, he's probably grateful. I mean, there's no sense in working on a sequel for a novel that's not even sold yet, amirite?

THEREFORE. I am working on the Chains story. And this one is going to get a semblance of an outline--at least to the halfway point--based around the template that Dan Wells outlined at LTUE. I don't know if it's going to be a novel yet or not. We'll see, as the thing gets fleshed out. But considering the problems my protag has, and the number of people vying for his attention (not to mention his hand in marriage--it's good to be the King, or first in line for the Kingship, in this case), it could easily, I think, be one.

But I'm not going to be upset if it turns out to be a short story either. Seeing as that's the milieu that's chosen me, it would be normal. For once.

Speaking of Dan Wells, his novel "I Am Not a Serial Killer" drops at the end of the month, and I urge you all to go out and buy it. I picked up the UK version (yeah, he got it published overseas first and it's doing gangbusters over there, OMG) at CONduit last year, and it's brilliant. Totally cannot wait to pick up the UK version of the sequel at this year's CONduit--he did a reading at LTUE and I thought I was going to die of squee.
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
So. The lovely and effulgent [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella (Rob Thurman) has a new book coming out. And if you're not reading her, and you like urban fantasy, you need to be. Because her books are amazing and brilliant and she's teaching me things about characters and writing just by me reading both her Cal Leandros and her Trickster books.

Roadkill, the new book in the Cal Leandros series, drops tomorrow. And I don't do this very often, but I'm going to urge you all to go out and buy it this week. Why this week? Because the publishers look very very hard at the numbers in the first week's sales and I want more of these books. Also, the NYT only looks at the numbers for the actual drop date onwards for the bestseller list. So, the bookstores that put the books out early? Are screwing the writer.

Also, if you buy it between tomorrow and Saturday? She'll send you the first chapter of the next one. Details here.
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
So. The lovely and effulgent [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella (Rob Thurman) has a new book coming out. And if you're not reading her, and you like urban fantasy, you need to be. Because her books are amazing and brilliant and she's teaching me things about characters and writing just by me reading both her Cal Leandros and her Trickster books.

Roadkill, the new book in the Cal Leandros series, drops tomorrow. And I don't do this very often, but I'm going to urge you all to go out and buy it this week. Why this week? Because the publishers look very very hard at the numbers in the first week's sales and I want more of these books. Also, the NYT only looks at the numbers for the actual drop date onwards for the bestseller list. So, the bookstores that put the books out early? Are screwing the writer.

Also, if you buy it between tomorrow and Saturday? She'll send you the first chapter of the next one. Details here.

Go, me.

Feb. 17th, 2010 04:57 pm
agilebrit: (Giggle)
I shipped off the Sold Soul story to Writers of the Future today. Yes, I realize that the deadline isn't for another month and a half or so, but if I sent it elsewhere and it actually sold, then I'd be stuck for the third quarter in a row with no entry (or scrambling trying to write something on the fly), so...yeah. Off it goes, and now I don't have to think about it for awhile.

I'm reading a book I found via PubRants that may be Relevant to Your Interests, o flist. It's called "Soulless," by [livejournal.com profile] gailcarriger, and it combines steampunk, vampires, and werewolves into a Victorian comedy of manners that is absolutely brilliant. You can read the first few pages here.

In fact, do it now, I'll wait. Go on, you know you want to.

Back? Isn't that DELICIOUS? And the rest of it continues on in that vein. I'm so glad I found something to carry me through until [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella's new book comes out in a couple of weeks. It has me giggling like a madwoman.

Go, me.

Feb. 17th, 2010 04:57 pm
agilebrit: (Giggle)
I shipped off the Sold Soul story to Writers of the Future today. Yes, I realize that the deadline isn't for another month and a half or so, but if I sent it elsewhere and it actually sold, then I'd be stuck for the third quarter in a row with no entry (or scrambling trying to write something on the fly), so...yeah. Off it goes, and now I don't have to think about it for awhile.

I'm reading a book I found via PubRants that may be Relevant to Your Interests, o flist. It's called "Soulless," by [livejournal.com profile] gailcarriger, and it combines steampunk, vampires, and werewolves into a Victorian comedy of manners that is absolutely brilliant. You can read the first few pages here.

In fact, do it now, I'll wait. Go on, you know you want to.

Back? Isn't that DELICIOUS? And the rest of it continues on in that vein. I'm so glad I found something to carry me through until [livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella's new book comes out in a couple of weeks. It has me giggling like a madwoman.
agilebrit: (Tony Stark--Anteaters)
I love Robert Downey, Jr. If he's in a movie, I will go see it, no questions asked. He's one of those actors guaranteed to get my butt in a seat. This is not a secret.

I also love vampires. As long as they don't frakking sparkle in the sunshine. Because that's just wrong. This, also, is not a secret.

HOWEVER.

Anne Rice will always be conflated in my mind with the "you're interrogating this from the wrong perspective and straining my Dickensian principles to the max" wank that resulted when she got in a pissing war with some reviewers at Amazon. She strikes me as having an overinflated sense of her own writing. Everyone needs an editor, Anne. Even you. I have never picked up one of her books, nor do I intend to.

THUS, I do NOT want to see RDJ as Lestat, regardless of his fitness for the role. If he plays it, I will go, and hold my nose, because Lord knows I've seen him in some godawful movies (US Marshals, I'm looking at you, and yeah, Singing Detective, don't try to hide behind US Marshals, your butt's hanging out).

If Robert was to play a vampire, I'd rather see him as Jack Fleming, [livejournal.com profile] p_n_elrod's vampire private investigator. Because that would be a cool period piece (1930's! Speakeasies!), and I like Jack. Jack is cool. If you haven't read any of these, you should run out and find "Bloodlist," the first one.

And I'll stop babbling now, and write. I was hoping to break 100K today.
agilebrit: (Tony Stark--Anteaters)
I love Robert Downey, Jr. If he's in a movie, I will go see it, no questions asked. He's one of those actors guaranteed to get my butt in a seat. This is not a secret.

I also love vampires. As long as they don't frakking sparkle in the sunshine. Because that's just wrong. This, also, is not a secret.

HOWEVER.

Anne Rice will always be conflated in my mind with the "you're interrogating this from the wrong perspective and straining my Dickensian principles to the max" wank that resulted when she got in a pissing war with some reviewers at Amazon. She strikes me as having an overinflated sense of her own writing. Everyone needs an editor, Anne. Even you. I have never picked up one of her books, nor do I intend to.

THUS, I do NOT want to see RDJ as Lestat, regardless of his fitness for the role. If he plays it, I will go, and hold my nose, because Lord knows I've seen him in some godawful movies (US Marshals, I'm looking at you, and yeah, Singing Detective, don't try to hide behind US Marshals, your butt's hanging out).

If Robert was to play a vampire, I'd rather see him as Jack Fleming, [livejournal.com profile] p_n_elrod's vampire private investigator. Because that would be a cool period piece (1930's! Speakeasies!), and I like Jack. Jack is cool. If you haven't read any of these, you should run out and find "Bloodlist," the first one.

And I'll stop babbling now, and write. I was hoping to break 100K today.

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