Friday, January 28, 2011

A Wise Man Musing

Pat Rothfuss has been on tour promoting A Wise Man's Fear, his muchly anticipated sequel to The Name of the Wind, and he writes here, in a very charming way, about returning to his infant son:

At some point Sarah asks me if I’m crying, and I tell her that no, in fact I’m weeping, thank you very much. Because weeping is slightly more dignified, as it’s derived from the Old English wepan shedding of tears, not the the sissy Old French crier which implies a wailing noise.

I really enjoyed The Name of the Wind, and I'm excited to read the sequel but it's also nice to think that an author whose work I enjoy, at least viewed through the cataract of his blog, is a nice person. I don't get that sense from all the artists I admire.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

How I Write

Over on the Orbit website, Jay Courtenay Grimwood (author of The Fallen Blade) has some thoughts on his writing process:
I try to write 2000 words a day and every novel gets written three times. I regard writing as somewhere between a craft and a trade. It’s a learnt skill, like being an electrician. If you want to be an artist fine but that’s been you and your soul. The publisher doesn’t want to see it, your agent doesn’t want to see it, and nor does the reader. If they can see the caffeine, sweat and blind fear inherent in the writing process you’re probably doing it wrong.
Setting aside the typos in there (which look to me like autocorrect flubs) I'm always interested in how writers describe their process.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Game Of Thrones "Throne" Tease (HBO)

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Game of Thrones - Set Photos

HBO has posted a series of hi-res photos from their upcoming A Game of Thrones series.  It all looks good to me except Danny: blonde?  Not in my imagination.  Everyone else looks great though.  I can't wait for this.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Closing The Book

And now the page before us blurs.
An age is done. The book must close.
We are abandoned to history.
Raise high one more time the tattered standard
of the Fallen. See through the drifting smoke
to the dark stain upon the fabric.
This is the blood of our lives, this is the
payment of our deeds, all soon to be
We were never what people could be.
We were only what we were.
The distance grows vast.

Remember us

The Crippled God will be available Feb 21 2011.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Cuppa Joe

Over at Fantasy Faction there's an interview with the inimitable Joe Abercrombie, in which he raps about his new book, The Heroes:
Well, The Heroes is a book about war. More specifically, the great majority of it takes place in one valley, during the course of one three day battle, and follows the misadventures of six variously cowardly, selfish, murderous, ambitious, conniving, treacherous and otherwise largely unheroic characters mixed up in fighting on both sides and at various levels in the chain of command. All epic fantasy tends to be about war to some degree, but the way war is depicted is often somewhat shiny and heroic, with victory a question of clever planning and bravery. From reading a lot of military history I had deduced that war in the real world tends to be a more random, dirty, unpredictable business, with victory just as often the result of strange coincidences, personality clashes, mistakes, and bad luck. I wanted to write a story that tried to bridge the gap between that shiny, heroic, epic fantasy perception of warfare, and perhaps a more realistic, world-weary kind of take. Lord of the Rings meets Generation Kill, perhaps?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Break In The Signal

A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.  
- John Lothrop Motley 

Work has been extremely intense for the past two months, leaving me little time and energy to devote to The Crooked Crow, and based on schedule projections the pressure won’t ease up for another month or two.  But, there are things that need pointing to, pockets of information that must be released to the void, so here’s a bullet point-style rundown of that which has managed to pierce the veil (ordered as they occur to me):

~I finished Val Gunn’s novel In The Shadow Of Swords and must find time to write up my thoughts.  The Pull Quote: Terrific world-building, awesome female player, clumsy narrative tricks.

~C.C. James, PR Monarch at Seventh Star Press sent me a magical box containing Steven Shrewsbury’s new novel Thrall, the first two books in Stephen Zimmer’s Fires in Eden series, and a variety of posters and promotional materials.  Mr. Zimmer even graciously signed and personalized the two editions of his novels.  Muchly thanks to all and I promise to get to these interesting looking objects once my backlog has lightened.

~I devoured the first novel in K.J. Parker’s Engineer Trilogy; had a hard time swallowing part two (it’s so wide!), and am working on part three.  Am still in love with Parker’s voice.  Starting to doubt the rumour that Parker is female.  Will write at length about this when time permits.

~Ian C. Esslmont’s Stonewielder has been sitting on my desk for almost two months.  Need to do something about that.

~In a weird collision of my interests, Pat Rothfuss interviewed Jerry Holkins from Penny Arcade

~Kate Elliot wrote about ‘how to keep going’: Advice For Teen Writers 

~Amanda and Bill have proceeded with their Malazan Re-Read of the Fallen, and are up to Chapters 6 & 7 of Deadhouse Gates 

~Joe Abercrombie announced a deal for four more books set in the world of The First Law Trilogy. 

And... that’s it, I think.  I really want to read Stonewielder, and the titles sent to me by Seventh Star, and some things by Mark Charan Newton, and N.K. Jemesin and something called The Necromancer Chronicles by Amanda Downum.  Plus, this year will see the arrivals of new Erikson, Rothfuss, Lynch (hopefully: feel better Scott, we send you good energy) and Morgan.  I may need to stop working for a bit just to get caught up.