Okay, Scifi & Fantasy Fans, This One’s for You


Ladies and gentlehobbits, I present to you:

A Consortium of Worlds, Vol. 1 (Fall Issue)

This is the first issue of the new Consortium Books quarterly, speculative fiction, short story e-magazine for Kindle and Nook. If you don’t know what spec fic is, just think sci-fi and fantasy with, in our case, a little dash of steampunk and mythology thrown in. It’s a yummy stew of otherwordly writerliness, and, as you might have guessed, I highly recommend a generous helping!

Buy A Consortium of Worlds, Vol. 1 (Fall Issue) for $2.99 on Kindle!

Buy it here for $2.99 on Nook!

My ingredient for this recipe comes in the form of a high fantasy short story, “Dead Reconning.” I’ve set it in what’s known anecdotally in Consortium circles as my “Triad universe.” You’ll find out more about the Triad universe in Fall 2012, when Consortium Books publishes my first epic fantasy novel, Legend’s Artisans: Schism (working title).

But. “Dead Reconning.” In this story, Wolf Dornsson and Lendry Bersallir, his lady fair, are trying to escape both Lendry’s disapproving father and the general, countrywide menace of undead elven soldiers. There’s adventure, romance, heroicness, argument, grotesqueness, grossness, and sword-fighting. It’s a light-hearted romp with a backdrop of darkness, and I kinda like it. I hope you will, too!

My fellow cooks in the Consortium of Worlds kitchen are:

Buy A Consortium of Worlds for Kindle or for Nook. Happy reading!

Cover art: Image by Yours Writerly Drawingly; trade dress by Amy Nickerson Design.

Away Message and EXTREME Cuteness


Hello, my loves!

As many of you already know from Twitter and/or Facebook, I was stricken with plague a few weeks back. The dire malady didn’t affect my blog, really, as I posted something right at the start of the death-warmed-over-ness and then posted another something right as Horrid Gunkdom finally capitulated. Since then, I’ve been playing catch-up, which is my favorite game, and I just lied to your face about how much I enjoy playing catch-up.

The upshot of it all is that the blog has suffered this week. I am sorry. I want this place to be more for you guys than it is for me, and this week, I’ve let you down. I apologize. Please forgive.

Please especially forgive because the Suffering of Blog must needs continue into next week. You see, starting tomorrow, I’ll be facepainting part-time at the Oklahoma State Fair. It’s only four hours per day for four days…but that’s 16 fewer hours I’ll have to work with over the next six days. Therefore, although I hope to grace Court Can Write with my presence over the next week, I can make no guarantees.

The other thing that’s currently a thing is actually two things:

(1) final edits for the first issue of “A Consortium of Worlds,” our short story e-magazine, are due next Wednesday, and

(2) Shadows after Midnight final manuscript, back cover copy, and cover art with trade dress are due next Thursday.

I am a bee of much busyness.

I will come up for air, my dear inklings. And when I do, you shall be the first to know! (Or at least second.)

Also, I shall try to finagle permission from my employer to post pictures here of my facepainting artwork. Because I know you dears love visuals. And because I love you, I shall end this post with a VEC* for you:

*Visual of Extreme Cuteness, please click to embiggen!

**Origin of this image unknown. Please help me attribute, if possible! Thank you. : )

10 Things I’d Rather Do Than Fight a Zombie Elf

 

  

 This post is brought to you by the letter “Z” and was inspired by Consortium Books‘ upcoming short story e-zine, Consortium of Worlds, Vol. 1 (in which you can read my zombie elf short story “Dead Reconning”). 

  
 

10 Things I’d Rather Do Than Fight a Zombie Elf

In random order:

  1. Fight a living elf
  2. Make out with a non-sparkling vampire
    We all know how that would end, and it doesn’t involve vampiric vegetarianism.
  3. Take afternoon tea with Gothmog (“Elephant Man” orc in LoTR film The Return of the King)
    Talk about one lump or two. Have you seen that guy’s face?!
  4. Engage in a Worst Poetry Contest with a Vogon
    Internal hemorrhaging, anyone?
  5. Listen to Rebecca Black’s “Friday” until my ears bleed
  6. Work out to Richard Simmons’s Disco Sweat
  7. Play hide-and-seek with Darth Vader
    “The stupidity is strong with this one.”
  8. Clean the cats’ litterboxes
  9. Catch a dragon by the toe
    If he hollers, you’re dead. Because he breathes fire and all.
  10. Try to write a novel without any coffee

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What about you? What would you rather do than fight an undead zombie elf?

Zombie Courtney created with “George A. Romero’s App of the Dead” app for iPhone.