On Friday I received some disheartening news: Booktrope, my publisher for the past two years, will be going out of business on May 31st. The news hit me and the rest of my fellow Booktropian authors pretty hard. While there were recent signs of problems, I hadn’t expected things to take this particular turn. [Read more…]
Well, it’s official: I’ve now begun to write the sequel to Zeus Is Dead. Or perhaps “follow-up” would be a better term. When I first wrote Zeus Is Dead, it was meant as a single novel rather than a part of a larger series. There’s no “To be continued!” on the end of it. But I had so much fun writing it that I wanted to come back to that world.
Anyway, sequel, follow-up, another-damn-book, whatever you want to call it, it’s coming, and I’ve gotten the first few lines done:
I’m still doing my best to finish A Dragon at the Gate, however. The ZID sequel is where my brain goes when I still want to be creative but need a break from the bleaker cyberpunk world of The New Aeneid Cycle. Essentially, I’m procrastinating. But at least I can make procrastination work for me and for all of the fans of Zeus Is Dead.
Also lately I’ve been playing Fallout 4 to procrastinate, but that doesn’t help anyone but Bethesda.
Well howdy, pardners! Y’all saddle up here and let’s go see us some rootin’-tootin’– Okay, you know what? I can’t pull that off. So instead of going all cowboy on y’all, I’m just going to say that it’s time for Chapter 8 in Michael Reads Percy Jackson: The Battle of the Labyrinth…
We Visit the Demon Dude Ranch
This past week I had the pleasure of joining the folks over at the Seattle-based podcast known as the Super Awesome Geek Show! After putting up with my bragging about the recent honors for Zeus Is Dead, and a bit of talk about The New Aeneid Cycle, I got to hang out and and talk about some of the new geek TV out there, and–of course–Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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…]
Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure just got its first big honor: a FINALIST in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards! And there’s even a snazzy looking seal to prove it…
So of course I’m taking the opportunity here to re-plug the book, which fantasy author Jody Lyn Nye called “full of laugh-out-loud moments, lashings of sly wit, moan-worthy puns, and a complex, fast-paced storyline.”
“I have not enjoyed a tongue-in-cheek comedy book this much in a long, long time.”
–Abyss & Apex Magazine