So at last I bid a fond farewell to The Titan’s Curse. Though this one also took me the longest to blog my way through, that’s nothing to do with my enjoyment of it. In fact, this is my favorite of the series so far. Things got complex, stakes got higher, and save for my dislike of the junkyard, I enjoyed everywhere the plot and characters went. I’m eager to see how book 4 measures up.
Archives for 2015
So I’ll be the first to admit that my reading of The Titan’s Curse has gone really slowly—far slower than I’d have liked to have done for you all who have been with me on the journey. I feel bad about that, and the book itself is now piling on:
For a minute we stood there regarding the palace, the way we’d stood together in front of Westover Hall, what seemed like a million years ago.
Exciting news! Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure, just won the bronze medal for General Fantasy in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards! (There was no category for Comedic Fantasy, or Fantasy With Greek Gods on TV and Exploding Venomous Kittens.)
You can check out the full contest results in all their glory (and see Zeus Is Dead among the group so you can check my story) on the Readers’ Favorite site here!
Haven’t experienced the comedic fantasy novel reviewers have called “a hilarious mythological tale of god-like proportions”? Pick it up today!
(What? I’ve got to shill at least a little here, don’t I?)
Writing a story never quite goes the way you think it will.
Something always changes along the way, even if you plan ahead of time. Things occur to you while writing, characters take control in your head, and sometimes just the act of getting an idea on paper brings out its negative points that didn’t seem nearly so problematic beforehand. And that’s not a bad thing; often this leads to something better in the end.
Yet that voyage of discovery takes time, especially when you–and here when I say “you” I mean “me”–are not the fastest writer in the world. How I long for the prolific rate of Stephen King, but that’s just not how my mind works. (Also, Stephen King doesn’t have a non-writing day job taking up his time.) And all that is my lead-in to saying that A Dragon at the Gate is not progressing as quickly as I’d like. [Read more…]
Guess what time it is! Then again, who cares what time it is, because here’s another Guest Geek post! (People are way too obsessed with this whole space-time continuum thingy we live in anyway.) Today actually combines two features here on Geek Notes: The Guest Geek post—but we already covered that—and the less-frequent geek-related Top 5 List. Today’s guest is Brittni Williams, who’s selected what I think is a rather difficult topic: the Top 5 Best Video Game Movies. That’s a heck of a minefield right there, and let’s be honest, the pickings are pretty slim. Turning video games into movies (and, frankly, vice-versa) has rarely turned out well, and a list like this is sort of like listing the top 5 healthiest foods at McDonald’s. Still, I think Brittni manages to make some good picks out of what’s available, though I differ a little on the details. Yet enough of my blatherskite! Here’s Brittni…
So the folks over at XCOM.com just tossed up a new video with a look at the strategic side of the upcoming XCOM sequel. Obviously I’m looking forward to this one, or I wouldn’t be talking about it here. I’m a tad bit biased. I’ve played countless hours of XCOM with the Enemy Within expansion–well, technically Steam has counted exactly how many hours, but I’m keeping that triple-digit number a secret–and as far as I’m concerned, November can’t come soon enough.
Here’s the video, for starters… [Read more…]