* There are only a couple more days to get StoryBundle’s Urban Fantasy bundle, which includes Elizabeth Bear’s Whiskey and Water (a Promethean Age book) and Jim Butcher’s Working for Bigfoot (three never-before-collected short cases from the Dresden Files).
* Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal for her nomination in the inaugural Voice Arts Awards in the category of Outstanding Audio Book Narration – Author Performance for her work on the audio book of Valour and Vanity.
* Read Saladin Ahmed’s short story about Islam and knights and allegorical poetry, Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy.
* SF Signal interviews Martha Wells about the Raksura and her Three Worlds Universe: “I wanted to do something that was very different from my other books. I wanted a world where, as the characters traveled through it, the reader would have no idea what was over the next hill. I wanted scope to do things I hadn’t ever done before with magical cities, characters, and environments.”
* Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin comic series is now available in collected electronic form. It’s also available for purchase in physical form at your favorite local comics shop, Dynamite.com, and various online retailers through the Jim-Butcher.com store.
* Martha Wells reports: “I have a short story up at Podcastle, “Thorns” read by C.S.E. Cooney. It was originally in Realms of Fantasy in 1995, and was the first short story I ever had published: http://podcastle.org/2013/09/25/podcastle-279-thorns/”
* Here’s the most recent episode of Writing Excuses via Mary Robinette Kowal. It was recorded at the “Out of Excuses Retreat,” and the questions came from the attendees.
* From Mike Shevdon, some thoughts on providing content and what it’s worth. “Far too often authors are being asked to contribute their work for no reward other than the pleasure of pleasing others. It’s insidious, and at the base of it is the implicit assumption that an author’s work has little or no value, particularly when there is so much available for free.” Read the rest at Wattpad – Reaching the Next Generation of Readers?
Here’s a few things collected up over the holidays and in these first few days of the new year to share….
* Go to Waterloo Productions site to see the early trailer for the documentary for Lakeside, about author Jay Lake, his writing, his daughter, and his fight with cancer.
* Elizabeth Bear on The pitfalls of history: “One of the great lies of science fiction is the idea that we are writing for the future.”
* Bear also offers up some free fiction:
– The Deeps of the Sky (at io9)
– In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns (on her own site, originally published in Asimov’s, January 2012)
* Mary Robinette Kowal reports on her reading at KGB last month and provides important information on how to make entrails. Indeed, the set she made is available in the Fearful Symmetries Kickstarter (still some hours left to support this anthology and as of this posting, the entrails were still available).
* A Nicky Drayden guest blog in which she elaborates on how patience is a kind of bravery.
* Saladin Ahmed discusses world building in his essay “At Home in Fantasy’s Nerd-Built Worlds” (npr.org).
* Late Friday night posted a query wars update bringing the stats current and having a few comments on debut writers. Also, my agentquery.com profile has been reviewed and new information added, including recent books and a link to the Odyssey Workshop interview.
* In case you haven’t seen it yet: interview with Cherie Priest on Sword and Laser
* Some posts around the blogosphere from Chris F. Holm: Criminal Minds (talking about character names and Bouchercon) and at My Bookish Ways (guest post about his top 5 Halloween traditions – ’tis the season).
* In similar spirits, Martha Wells recommends some classic horror movies to watch during the month of October.
* Over at Genreality, Ken Scholes talks about the P’Andro Whym quote from Lamentation: ”Change is the path life takes.”
* Mary Robinette Kowal adds to her debut author lessons with some thoughts on using Facebook, then and now.
* From the guilty pleasures column on NPR: a review of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy by Petra Mayer, an associate editor at NPR Books.
* Chris F. Holm talks about the “cold open” technique at the Criminal Minds group blog.
* Adina Senft, author of the Amish fiction trilogy that begins with The Wounded Heart, responds to Rachel Held Evans’s blog about Christian bookstores dictating to the CBA market to keep fiction “safe” for the readers.
* Kameron Hurley with a take on how exposition helps or hinders the reader and characters over-thinking their own environments.
* Free books! Laura Anne Gilman continues her summer book give-away.
* Free fiction! Martha Wells has posted chapter two of The Siren Depths, book 3 of the Raksura. You can read both chapter one and two here.