Location of the most recent breach into Malifaux, Latest area to be occupied by the forces of Cryx, Stronghold of the Dark Legion, Homeworld of the 'Night Reapers' Space Marine Chapter, Council of Seven allocated Deadzone and the lair of some opinionated git called GMort who they let hang out with them...when he's not distracted by Steampunk, Gothic culture or Cosplay...
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Warbeast Longlisted For David Gemmell Award
Asurmen: The Darker Road
Big Stompy Robot News
Newsletter Q&A - Phoenix Lords
Kickstarter - Dwarves of Iron Peak
Hard Drive Hot List (or, What I'm Currently Writing)
I'm chuffed to bits that Warbeast has been longlisted for this years Gemmell Awards. I've spoken before about the challenges I had writing in the new Age of Sigmar, and the final novel probably has more of my blood, sweat, and tears in it than any of my other novels (or at least late nights, excessive amount of biscuits, and frustrated editors).
Voting on the longlist takes just three clicks, and you don't have to register. I'd really appreciate your support!
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”
“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”
Both of these remarks (the first not really a verifiable quote, the second from George Santayana) could easily be applied to my mindset at this stage of nearly every novel I write. I am in that place where I wish I had been more diligent and disciplined in the opening stages so that I did not have quite so much work to do right now.
It is far from insurmountable, but a reminder of two things:
No matter how clever the idea, or what you are trying to do, or how you think you might improve things, if you have been successfully writing for twenty years with a particular process and have a deadline to keep, stick to the damn process!
‘I’ll do more tomorrow’, is the most terrible of justifications for being lazy.
Regarding the first point, I write to a plan. The plan might change, or even be thrown out of the window, but is what I do. If I do not have a plan, I should take a day or two or twenty to come up with a plan.
I have frequently characterised my process as think-write-think; being plan, type, and then edit. For reasons unknown (see first quote) I sometimes have the wild idea that I can be more organic, perhaps make up some stuff as I go along.
Result? Slow writing, that meanders and gets more difficult with each passing day. I then have to take time to come up with the plan with which I should have started.
The latter point is summed up by the second quote, because I won’t catch up the next day, or the next; I’ll have to catch up every day for the last two weeks before the deadline. That comfy two-thousand-words-a-day I scheduled becomes two and half, and then three, and then four...
While we cannot live in denial of our nature, we should at least try our best to grow, to develop favourable habits, and maybe have a smidgeon of self-awareness.
And hence, this brief newsletter introduction, and then back to more writing. With that in mind, I shall leave with two more happy thoughts, the second of which is an aphorism I created for Warhammer 40,000.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
“Hope is but the first step on the road to disappointment.”
Asurmen: The Darker Road
Asurmen: The Darker Road, my companion audio drama for Asurmen: Hand of Asuryan, was released this month on CD and MP3.
" It is said the Phoenix Lords arrive on the eve of great moments... Guided by fate, Asurmen the Hand of Asuryan comes to the craftworld of Ulthwé. At the behest of the head of the seer council, he joins the warriors of Ulthwé and the young seer Eldrad on a quest to the Crone Worlds in search of the oracle Hiron-athela. It is believed that this being holds an artefact that could safeguard Ulthwé's future, but in order to obtain it the eldar must travel a dark road... "
After several late nights painting terrain in a freezing garage, I finally managed to get my new Big Stompy Robots game ready to take to the ROBIN wargaming show. Well, almost - you may have seen a picture of me touching up the terrain paintwork 10 minutes before the doors opened...
I won't talk about it too much here, as I've gone into greater detail in the Big Stompy Robots Newsletter, and on the blog, but suffice to say I am happy with how it was received, and am encouraged to continue development of the game. A big thank you to everyone who took an interest and came over for a demo game.
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Adam asked: Gav. Since you’re writing about the Phoenix Lords… When it comes to writing about the Scorpion, will it cover Ahrha or Karandras or both? I don’t really think that you could tell the tale of the Scorpion without writing about both.
Well, that’s the question isn’t it? The truth is, it hasn’t been settled yet. That sort of subject will need to be cleared by GW – how much do we say about what and whom – so the scope of the Scorpion(s) installments are yet to be determined. At some point I would like the backstory to cover the breaking of the Asurya, which is based around Ahrha’s betrayal, so it would be difficult to avoid. Hopefully I (or someone else) will get the chance to look at Ahrha as well as Karandras (I take it you have read Path of the Warrior?).
If you want to ask a question, just reply to the newsletter and I'll get back to you as soon as my schedule allows. I'll pick a question to go in the next newsletter, and combine them all into a blog post for the website. Click the button below for the full Q&A round-up for February.
Bit of a different one this month. Here's a list of Imprints from major publishers, who accept submissions from un-agented authors.
An imprint of a publisher is a trade name under which it publishes a work. A single publishing company may have multiple imprints, often using the different names as brands to market works to various demographic consumer segments.
My first fantasy series outside of Black Library, Empire of the Blood, was published by Angry Robot, who at the time were an imprint of Harper Collins. It's a great way to get a foot in the door with a major publisher, and have the comfort of knowing you have an experienced and reputable organisation at your back.
The above links will take you to pages from "Authors Publish", a weekly online magazine for writers. They provide regular updates of publishers who are taking submissions, free eBooks to support your development as a writer, and useful blogs such as "How to know if you are really a writer"! If you're happy to receive a weekly email from them, I would encourage you to sign up.
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