September 13, 2017

Bookish Fun: Reviews, Hidden Books, Indie Authors, and More

You've probably noticed that this post isn't the final installment of Love & Chaos. That’s because I’m overwhelmed with school and work. I've already dropped one class and fallen behind in another. Additionally, I’ve had to work a ton of extra shifts that I signed up for early in summer before I knew I would be working a second job. I currently won’t have a day off until next Saturday, September 23rd, and as we speak, I'm waiting to see if I'll have to take tonight's shift for a sick colleague

Thus, I haven't had time (or mental energy) to write. School and work have to come first right now, so that's just how it is.


In lieu of something written by me, I offer some reviews about things written by me. If you're still on the fence about buying Miscast Spells or Outcast Shadows, I hope these reviews will convince you:
There are also a few more reviews reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for Miscast Spells, but sadly not so many for Outcast Shadows. So, here is the obligatory shameless plug: if you have read Outcast Shadows, please review it on both those sites. Every review helps.


In other news, here are some bookish things happening this fall.

September 18th is Hide a Book Day, a day where people "hide" books in semi-obvious places to spread the love of reading. This can be a great way for indie authors to get their books out there (think of it as a giveaway, minus the price of postage), or for a bookworm to promote their favorite titles. It's also a cute way to get books out of your hair if used bookstores wont take them (our local one has odd rules about hardcovers and library cast-offs). You can hide them with a little note or make cute packages like I did:

If you're in Flagstaff, you might just run across one of these!

September 25th is National Comic Book Day. There aren't any events associated with it that I'm aware of, but that doesn't mean there can't be. Read your favorite manga, graphic novel, comic book, or comic strip omnibus. Recommend some comics on social media. Wear a super hero shirt, or go the extra mile and actually wear comics:

I don't know what this is, but I'm going to wear it.

Later in fall is Indie Author Day, October 14th. This is basically a day for authors and libraries to get together and host indie-focused events like workshops, panels, and signings. You can see if there is an event happening near you, or you can contact your local library to find out about holding one.

And of course, in November is NaNoWriMo, but that is a post for another day... 

August 30, 2017

World of Recast Light: Immortal Beasts

Though both the goblin nations of Gammon and Catawampus claim to have resident immortal beasts, humans generally consider these creatures to be the stuff of legends, though Vít Karolek, author of Flora, Fauna, and Fungi of the Goblin World, claimed to have personally come across one. His book includes the following passage:

I have chosen to include immortal beasts under “Fauna”, though I do not suppose they are exactly what we would consider animals. Little is known about these rare creatures, though there has been some consensus among goblin scholars. The beasts have a fluid, or potential, form which gives them the ability to change shape. Some legends hold that the beasts can share their thoughts merely by touching another creature, though why they would want to is anyone’s guess. It is also believed that they do not age, nor reproduce. Whether they can be killed by anything is doubtful, and whether or not they can feel pain is up for grabs as well. Information on these creatures is hard to come by, and when found is too vague to matter. It would seem that the beasts want to keep it that way.

There was once a time when stories of such beasts were in vogue in the countries that would one day become the Empire. While some of this materialized in trivialities, such as “the drink of the immortals”—an earthy pu-erh tea said to have been introduced to humanity by an immortal beast—certain intellectuals seriously considered the metaphysics of how such creatures would actually operate. Some theorized that the beasts existed as potential realities, as opposed to the actual existence experienced by most beings (a theory to which Vít Karolek apparently subscribed). This potentiality would allow the beasts their shape-shifting ability, as they temporarily actualized the forms of other creatures. While some theorists insisted that the beasts could literally become anything, including non-living objects, others have concluded that a beast could only shapeshift to look like living creatures, and each beast—having its own unique identity—would only be able to take the form of a particular individual of each species.

August 16, 2017

Recast Light Teaser!

It's that time again! Time to change colors in honor of my next book. Recast Light, the third and final installment of The Styx Trilogy, is due out in June 2018. It's a long way off, but I will of course be posting character bios, world building posts, and publishing updates in the months to come. This week is the back-of-the-book teaser (it may be spoilery, so I'm putting it behind the cut.)

August 2, 2017

"Sunflowers", plus Life Update Vlog


The monsoons are almost over,
as is summer,
and the tilt in the sunlight,
for those who’ve noticed,
has shifted slightly towards fall,
and the sunflowers are blooming.

That field of them was slated for construction,
but we, as a city, rose up in protest.
As one, we demanded they stay,
this small field
of small flowers
that only bloom one month out of the year.

It’s their fragility that makes them precious.
Soon they will have gone to seed.
Soon, even still, they may be plowed under.
But at this moment, just now,
in the sunset and under the clouds,
the sunflowers are blooming.