I happily host David Jordan on the blog today, who recently published his anthology, titled The Echoing Green and Other Stories. He is going to tell you a bit about the anthology and how it came around, plus I'll share a little excerpt and you can download one of the short stories as well!
October was mostly about catching up, and cram in as many things as possible before I headed to the UK toward the end of the month. I had a great time both in London and Bristol - article coming soon, I promise, unlike the WorldCon one... - and it charged me with energy and good feels. It was awesome to meet old friends and make new ones and I already can't wait for the next BristolCon. But until I get myself together, take a look at what we were up to this past month. We are getting near the end of phase 1 in SPFBO and we are done with slush piling so we'll start announcing our semi-finalists real soon. But we also read some other great books too, and hosted awesome authors. August went away in a blink of an eye and I'm both sad and happy about it. I had some great times, but I also got damned behind on EVERYTHING. September will be about trying to catch up to myself.
Today I bring you a guest post by Ross Hughes, who wrote an article about how modern fantasy is trending away from fictitious races and what he thinks where fantasy is headed these days.
So you want to be an author? Awesome! Keith McArdle, author of SPFBO4 entrant Fallen Empire, the first book of the Ironstone Saga - find an excerpt at the bottom of this article - and a few other books besides has some advice for you!
I guess I don't have to introduce Ulff Lehmann, author of Shattered Dreams and soon to be released Shattered Hopes. We've had quite a nice chat about writing and fantasy all things fun in an interview before. This time he shares a short story with us about the real evil behind the mask of kindness. This is not a fantasy story but deals with a very serious topic. How far would you go to keep your family out of harm's way? And what would you do if the worst already happened?
All of us got pet peeves, aren't we? My newest guest, Andy Peloquin decided to write up an article about anti-stereotypes he enjoys reading about. Let's face it, we all like to turn our back on stereotypes and find something new and fresh wich twists these tropes we know too well.
Amanda, like a hawk sensing its prey, swept in and took the opportunity. Which made me pretty happy, because, well, you know, I'm a music addict, so finally someone combined my two love: books and music! Amanda gives us a glimpse how she uses music during her story. This article is rather interesting, so hopefully you'll like it as much as I do!