The New Sound (Short Story with RockstarLit Book Asylum)

I was delighted to be invited to take part in To Be Continued, a collaborative short story feature hosted by RockstarLit Book Asylum. 5 Authors work together to write a short story, without knowing who each other is, communicating, or seeing any of the story beyond what came before.

So of course with each new update after mine, I’m just as surprised as you are!

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The cast of Tombtown — dollmaker style!

Having no art skills to speak of, it’s sometimes frustrating not to have even simple character art or references for my characters. I want to visualise them! And I want to share those visualisations!

I’ve been playing around a lot with doll makers and eventually came across Rinmaru’s Mega Fantasy Avatar Creator, a flash game and soon-to-be desktop game in which you came make the most beautiful and surprisingly customisable character portraits. Rinmaru has dozens of interactive story games and doll makers and is also available to support on patreon. I really recommend their amazing work!

Anyway, here’s the cast of Tombtown as created in Rinmaru’s doll maker, just for fun.… Read more

#VicorvaStorytime: The House Full of Faces

Have I ever told you about the time I went to a party in a house full of faces?

It happened this week, in fact.

It’s #VicorvaStorytime! CW for spookiness and a few pictures of manniquins and taxidermy.

This time, it has to be in a blog post. It’s just too long for Mastodon.

A cottage in pitch black surroundings. From the lights, you can just make out the front door, glowing invitingly.

After a hard month of crazed writing during NaNoWriMo, Joh and I were attending the TGIO (or Thank God It’s Over) Party.

The plan was to play board games and stuff ourselves with snacks and have a wonderful time with our fellow writing nerds.

This year it was in a new location, which had been offered to us for free by one of our participants.… Read more

I Ain’t Mad About It: The End of My SPFBO 5 Journey

This year I entered the fifth annual SPFBO, or Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. I didn’t really know what to expect, except that my book is completely unknown so the chance of getting any eyes on it was welcome. This isn’t the story of my unexpected rise to the heady heights of competition winner — I didn’t even make it out of Phase 1, though I did earn the title Semi-Finalist, which was nice.

But, as they say, winning isn’t everything, and I’ve gotten so much more from this competition than I ever expected.

There’s A Self-Publishing Community!

Honestly, one of the hardest parts of self-publishing has been that I don’t really know others doing the same.… Read more

A Fearsome Guardian (+ illustration!)

The dragon lowered a rainbow-hued head to sniff the small, furry morsel. To her surprise, it hissed and puffed up, and swiped at her with surprising aggression.

Perhaps it was more dangerous than it looked. She withdrew, curling her tail around her pile of gold.

The small creature stared at her, yellow eyes wide and suspicious.

Later, she found it batting at a stray piece of gold. She tried to take it back, and was again met with a hiss and a swipe.

In the night, she woke to something rumbling on her back. The creature again, now asleep and curled up in complete, purring contentment.… Read more

I’m a guest on The Protagonist Speaks!

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Author Assaph Mehr (represented by their character, Felix the Fox) hosts The Protagonist Speaks, where characters are interviewed in-world. It was a lot of fun to write and actually meant that I spent a lot of time getting more in-depth with Smythe’s history, something that will definitely show up in later books. It has all the long-winded, completely unself-aware chatter of Smythe with the added juiciness of some tidbits never seen before in-story.

Please do have a read, and be sure to check out the many other character interviews on The Protagonist Speaks! more

Exclusive Short Story: Tales from the Asylum on RockstarLit Book Asylum!

As part of the competition BOOKS & BONE is entered in (the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off), RockstarLit Book Asylum invited authors to submit short stories of the characters from their book when put in an Asylum.

And thus we have the story of Ree in Room 11.

It takes place outside the TOMBTOWN canon but I really enjoyed writing it and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!

If you do visit, please do leave a comment for RockStarLit. Timy and her team have been a delight to work with so far. 🙂

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I’m a guest for Self-Publishing Fantasy Month!

Jason Aycock, the host of Self-Publishing Fantasy Month, kindly had me visit on his blog to talk about my self-publishing experience as a debut fantasy author. It’s a very personal subject and I hope my post gives people a better idea of what to expect!

Anyway! Here’s the link:

Expectation vs Reality: My Self-Publishing Debut: more

I am a Sensitive Badass: Autism, Anxiety, and Seeing the Doubleclicks Live

The blog post title over a galaxy background

I am not the kind of person who goes to live shows. I’m not the kind of person who leaves the house, to be perfectly honest; I have that potent mix of autism and anxiety that can make things difficult. But over the last few years I’ve got my life into something approaching emotional stability, and so I occasionally, tentatively, venture forth with the support of my partner to try things that were impossible for me years ago.

I am also not the kind of person who does music. At least, not the way other people do it. I can find it grating and there’s a puddle rather than a pool of things I will listen to.… Read more