2 Years in the Asylum

The good thing about anniversaries is that they roll around every year. And thus, here we are, celebrating the 2nd birthday of my baby blog. Or is it toddler now? The second year wasn't less eventful than the first one, even though 2019 was one of my worst years personally. As last year, I'd like to take a look back at this past year and highlight some milestones and memories including a lot of pictures.

The New Sound – Part 1 by Tyler Hayes

10 weeks, 5 authors, 1 story. In To Be Continued... I asked 5 authors (self-published and traditionally published alike) to write a story together based on my prompts, without knowing about each other. They each had 2 weeks to write their part before I forwarded it to the next person to continue. Each part is somewhere between 500 - 1000 words long. So, are you ready to continue the story?

Adventures in the UK – London and BristolCon 2019

In October once again I headed to the UK to attend BristolCon, because I had a good time there last year and after the crazyness of WorldCon I needed something smaller and cozier of a social event. Plus I knew there would be friends waiting for me, old and new. But I still wanted to make the most of my vacation, so I decided to seize to opportunity and stay in London for a few days. It didn't go quite as I expected, but I still had a great time.

Guest Post: Behind the Walls of Ioth by D.P. Woolliscroft

This is book 2 of the Wildifre Cycle and continues the story from both Kingshold and Tales of Kingshold (two books before book 2, what? I know but you can read here if you want to know more). 95% of Kingshold took place in the titular city and I tried really hard to make it come alive in the story, but also tried to do that in a couple of other ways too. There is the great landscape of the city of Kingshold that was made by Jeff Brown and there was the map of the city. It’s these things that I am here to talk about today. Maps! And the reveal of the full landscape art for Ioth. 

1 Year in the Asylum

RockStarlit BookAsylum celebrates its first anniversary! I tried to summarize this past year in one long blogpost with milestones, memories and a little sneak peek into the future 😉

Let’s Talk About the Importance of Self Care

If you are following me on social media, or know my personal life because we are friends, you might have noticed my bitching on social media in the last few weeks. I've said a few times, that January was a complete shit show on a personal level. Got myself physically and emotionally exhausted, then when it seemed like I've got a bit of time to catch up to myself, life dealt me another punch in the face and that kind of broke me and left my pieces on the floor in tiny pieces. And although I've dealt with it pretty well according to circumstances, it's going to be a long way to heal completely. It is what it is, life's not always kind, and self pity is not exactly the purpose of my post.

Cover Reveal: A Ritual of Bone by Lee C Conley

You might have heard about The Dead Sagas series by Lee C Conley, of which the first book, A Ritual of Bone was one of the entries of this year's SPFBO. I haven't read it yet, but my co-blogger, Jen did, so here is her review. I had, however, the pleasure to meet Lee in person at BristolCon, where he showed me and a few other people present the drafts of the rebranded cover, getting feedback from us. I'm happy to announce the new cover is done and I have the honour to present it to you!

Advent Book Calendar 2018

During my Advent Book Calendar event I'm going to reveal 1 book a day until the 24th (the last one will be a bit different), a book me or Jen loved this year (regardless when it was published) with a little explanation. Keep checking back, I will update this post as the month progresses.

How Blogging Changed Me

Back in March I decided to start a blog, mainly because I wanted to support some indie authors I got in contact with during my Before Blog life. I didn't really expect to be succesful or even popular. I thought of it as something to play with in my free time and occupy myself with so I wouldn't think about how boring my life is. Instead, things got crazy pretty quickly, and here I am, 5 months later, reflecting on how much I've changed.

Author Interview with Damien Black

Damien Black, author of the Broken Stone Chronicle series, SPFBO finalist who ended up snatching the third place thanks to the tie on the second place. Ex-journalist, ex-musician (although you can never stop being a musician deep, deep down). I've pretty much publicised already in my Devil's Night Dawning review how I got to meet him and how he played a big part of my being here today, so I won't repeat myself. Let's just say he is one of the nicest people I've ever met and he made me into a sorceress, lol 🙂 He is currently being busy writing book 3 of his epic fantasy series, but took the time to answer some questions! 

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