So, this is pretty much just here to remind you that I will be at the Tucson Festival of Books this impending Saturday (and maybe Sunday).
Will there be copies of BLACK HALO THERE? AVAILABLE A WHOLE TWO GODDAMN WEEKS AHEAD OF THE NORMAL RELEASE DATE?!
I DON’T EVEN FUCKING KNOW!
Seriously, though, Maryelizabeth Hart from the fantastic Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore told me she was on it, doggone it, but it’s still uncertain. There will, of course, be copies of Tome of the Undergates available and everyone will basically want to get stuff signed or be punched square in the noodle.
…you know, it occurs to me that I rarely actually talk about myself on this blog. Most of the posts tend to be focused around the philosophy and ethics of the craft (I call it “the craft” because I sometimes feel I’m not a pretentious enough tool), but very little about the actual workings of what I’m doing.
Part of this is because I don’t usually talk about myself in conversations that don’t involve bench pressing, how many people I’ve seduced or my radical views of manatees and their slow and subtle erosion of our civil liberties. Another part is that I’m just not sure what authors usually talk about when it comes to blogging about their own work and thus, I’m not too sure what should be here.
More chatter about the plot, maybe? What you can expect from the next book? A weekly column in which Kataria gives you poorly-thought-out and poorlier-spelt relationship/hunting advice?
I guess, as ever, I shirk all responsibility and turn it to you, the viewers. Is there anything you’d like to see? Any questions you’d like me to answer? I know I come off as extremely intimidating, what with my gruff demeanor and warpaint and my shrine of smooth, spherical objects arranged in a precise, almost ritualistic octagon around a framed picture of Blake Charlton that is signed “To Chestie, avec l’amour.” But I really do like it when people talk to me.
I crave it.
That said, there’s something slightly more useful I want to bring to your attention.
I really need to update the links page, since I have thus far discovered some really good webcomics like Unsounded and Cheap Thrills and, probably one of my new favorites: Manly Guys Doing Manly Things. It’s a really interesting concept: the world of video games frequently produces hyper-macho, uber-masculine male protagonists that are just too badass to function in normal society and need help reintegrating into civilization. This is a really good comic.
What’s even better, though, is that the author, Coela Squid, actually knows a thing or two about writing. Take this blog post here, where the oft-misused and always-overused term “Mary Sue” is discussed and covered along with the driving concepts behind character motivations, relatability and likeability. It’s very much worth a read and I will just weep tears of blood if you don’t.
Anyway, that’s it for now.
Oh! Hey! Also, I’ll be at Norwescon next month! How in the hell! Come see me or I will come see you.
Which one of us?
Let’s find out together.