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I'm Back!

Well, it's been a few months. I've been busy but I'm back to full-on WOT-Mania! At the moment I am:   1. Reading Book 4 2. Listening to Book 2 3. Re-reading the EOTW comic   Has anyone heard the news about Shannara? Elfstones of Shannara is being developed as a television series ala Game of Thrones. This should really put a fire under whoever has the rights to WOT, I think. I'm very jealous that GOT fans have their own magazine. I want my WOT magazine!   In other news:   My epic fantas

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Some Writing Advice

Character & World Building   As very writer knows, without strong characters a story is dead. It’s dead to the author, who won’t be able to do anything with their story, and it’s dead to readers, who are unable to invest themselves in the narrative. I’ve read more nonsense about character-building than any other aspect of writing. For the benefit of the inexperienced writer, I’ll pass on a few things I’ve learned about developing strong characters: Process: Writers, especially new wr

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I'm Published!

Well, the day has arrived! My epic fantasy, 19 years in the making, is at last available!   http://www.amazon.com/Carrot-Field-ebook/dp/B00D5Z4N28/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=GKXLJZ16EMPK&coliid=I1AH1ADDIV3DUP   It can only be read as an Ebook for now. The print editions will be available in September.   But I am now an officially published author!

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WOT; Book/Writing Update

Hey all! I've been mondo-busy, but I thought I'd catch up with everyone here.   I am 400 pages into TDR and loving it! It's my favorite volume so far, easily. I'm really enjoying every page equally. My goal remains to complete the series in time for the release of the encyclopedia.   My fantasy novel "Carrot Field" is due out May 31st from Pressque Publishing! That's a mock-up of the cover. You can get it from any online bookseller or as a special order from any bookstore.   I handed over

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TDR First 100 pgs; Sundry Updates

100 pages into TDR. Wow, this one hits the ground running! Lots of Lan, Moiraine, Min & Loial means that I'm a happy reader right now! Was that Padan Fain in the Prologue? Love the "Rand Cult," and Rand responding so realistically. Great action sequence early on. I confess to being baffled by Perrin: you wouldn't have to ask me twice to become a Wolf Brother! Where do I sign up? Ha ha sounds awesome to me :) Overall, so far, so great! I also re-read New Spring & am starting the EOTW comi

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Defining Fantasy; TGH; Book Update

With my first novel, an epic fantasy no less, about to be published in May, I've been thinking a lot about how I define "fantasy"." It's a thorny subject and one that can never be closed definitively. But every author who ventures into the genre probably has a pretty well-defined, personal idea of what "fantasy" is or should be. More on that in a bit, but first a few updates:   First, the novel, Carrot Field (think Watership Down meets Tolkien), is definitely coming out in May (from Pressque P

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Of Emerald Cities & Mad Hatters; Catching Up Etc.!

This Friday, March 9th, my most anticipated movie of the year opens: "Oz The Great & Powerful", from Sam Raimi (Spiderman, Evil Dead) and Disney. It is the first big-budget Oz movie since 1985's "Return To Oz", which was also a Disney picture. RTO was unappreciated in its time but has gone on to be considered a fantasy classic (as directed by Walter Murch) and one of the finest adaptations of the original L. Frank Baum books.   I am a life-long Oz/Baum fan and have been waiting for anothe

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Book Progress

What you see here is a rough concept for the finished logo. I'm really liking it. I hope the publishers decide to use it. They're a very small house, a start-up really, and their art department consists of one overworked person! I really wanted the Logo to be special, so I've been working on my own with a graphic artist. What do you think?   I met (by phone) my publisher this week and it went great. We talked about promotion and what comes next. They're really excited about the project. I am h

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Four Authors I Am Reading

I went through a phase that lasted about eleven years during which I could not read fiction. It just didn't hold my interest. It followed a far longer phase of gorging on prose; I guess it was the lash-back. In 2008 I started to feel the hunger for prose fiction again, and that has turned into a ravenous starvation that cannot be satisfied. Recently, four authors have become an obsession, I thought I'd share!   LEO TOLSTOY: I read War & Peace in high school but that was the end of my expos

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Various & Sundry

I had an idea for my novel, "Carrot Field", to have a logo instead of simple title text. A friend is working on the concept with me. This is a really rough concept sketch. But it gives you the "feel". I'm hoping to have a next-stage version end of this week to pitch to my publishers (part of the contractual agreement was my involvement on the cover & interior book design). Like it?   I just finished "Stedding Tsofu ", my second favorite chapter so far. I love everything to do with Ogiers!

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Just For Fun...

Here's a promotional image a friend put together for me last summer. Before I found a publisher for "Carrot Field" last October, I was thinking of doing a Kickstarter campaign.   My friend took some old artwork someone had done and cooked this up for me. Some of the character designs are definitely out of date, this art is from 2006, and I rewrote the novel from the ground up 2010-211.   But it's a nice image & gives an idea of what the book is like.   Enjoy!

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My Robert Jordan Story

I first encountered Robert Jordan in the mid 1980's. Both me and my older brother were obsessed with Conan. We read the comics, collected the "Ace" paperbacks, and spent endless hours debating RE Howard's mythology, drawing maps, and reading history to bolster our knowledge of Conan's world. We were intent on outdoing each other in the Conan-knowledge stakes. We were both wary when we discovered a series of orginal Conan novels, written by some author we had never heard of, "Robert Jordan". We w

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Gearing Up For The Long Haul

I am 2/3 finished The Great Hunt. I thought it would be fun to chronicle my experience of reading WOT. I have been converted to full-on Robert Jordan fandom and I consider him to be a great novelist. I am excited to see the archives made available to the public and to see the series completed. I think a wave of serious RJ scholarship is going to appear in the future.   I thought it would also be fun to chronicle the publication of my first fantasy novel (hopefully the first in a 10 volume cyc

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