What’s going on

Let’s see. I went and saw Kong this week. Enjoyed it, but then I’ve always like giant monster movies. A shiver went up my spine at the end when…well, you’ll have to stick around to the end credit scene to hear what I mean.

I also saw John Wick and John Wick 2. There’s something funny about scary bad guys who have their own boogeyman that give them nightmares. Not for the faint of heart, though. Lots of blood and stylized violence.

The NFL Draft Combine ended, and I used to watch it, but not so much any more. In my middle age, sports just doesn’t interest me anymore. I wonder why? Anyway about the Combine, the sports channels sure do like to hype it up like it’s the most important thing since the SALT talks between the US and the USSR. Maybe that’s why: sports is fun, but it shouldn’t be life and death, which is how some people seem to view it.

As for my writing, book 1 of the Chronicles of William Wilde tentatively titled William Wilde and the Necrosed is still with the editor, and at my current pace, I should have the first draft of book 2, William Wilde and the Stolen Life, done by the end of March. I’ll eventually have more information about the series, like what it’s about, etc. in the future.

Journeys anthology/Update

Still motoring along with book 2 of the Chronicles of William Wilde. At this rate, I’ll have the extended outline done by next weekend. Fingers crossed. Although this series takes place in 1986, starting out in Cincinnati, OH, several characters from the Castes and the OutCaste make it over to our world from theirs. How they do it and why is explained in further volumes, but for those paying attention, a big clue is present at the end of A Warrior’s Penance.
In other news, Journeys, the anthology in which my offering, The Broken City, is featured, releases in just a few days. Order your copy here. Although the story is about Hume during the Fall of Hammer and take place several hundred years prior the Castes and the OutCastes, there is a sly reference to several characters from the main trilogy along with some history about the founders of a certain city.
Oh yes. And Journeys features many great writers, such as John Gwynne, Gail Z. Martin, Juliet McKenna, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jacob Cooper, Julian Mills, Charlie Pulsipher, and many more.

Status Update

Currently, I am in the middle of writing book 2 of my next series, The Chronicles of William Wilde. Book one, William Wilde and the Necrosed, is with my editor, David Farland. Yes, that David Farland. Pretty thrilled about the person editing my book. You know, the person who helped Brandon Sanderson learn the craft of writing.

Anyway, after I’ve edited the first book to David’s satisfaction, I’ll be sending it along to the beta readers.

Meanwhile, Journeys, an upcoming anthology in which one of my stories is included, releases on Feb. 15th. There are some great stories in this collection, including one’s from John Gwynne, Gail Z. Martin, Juliet McKenna, Jacob Cooper, Charlie Pulsipher, Adrian Tchaikovsky. The list goes on. Here’s the link for the preorder.


A new short story

I was asked to submit a short story to the new Journeys anthology, which is currently free on KU and $0.99 on Kindle. My story deals with the legendary warrior Hume at the time of Hammer’s Fall. Some of the other authors are bestsellers, so I’m giddy with excitement at being including with them.
The collection is edited by Teresa Edgerton, published by Woodbridge Press and includes stories from John Gwynne, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gail Z. Martin, Juliet E McKenna, Julia Knight, Juliana Spink Mills, Jacob Cooper, Samanda R Primeau, Steven Poore, Dan Jones, Charlie Pulsipher, Anna Dickinson, Thaddeus White, and Davis Ashura aka me and it releases on February 15, 2017, but it’s available for preorder right now.

Steampunk paintings of mecha and werewolves attacking European peasants

Came across these steampunk paintings of mecha and werewolves attacking European peasants. The artist is Jakub Rozalski, who goes by the sobriquet “Mr. Werewolf”, and his paintings are from a set titled World of 1920+, an alternate history that inspired the board game Scythe and a video game. The paintings are wonderful, and I’d definitely read the book that had any of these paintings as the cover art.

Rogue One-Some thoughts

I know the movie was released a week ago, and most everyone who cares about the movie has already commented on it. I’ve seen it twice, both time with the mini-nerds aka my sons. I’m not going to go into an in depth review, but it wasn’t the shiny, nothing ever gets dirty, sanitized, and lobotomized versions of Star Wars from of Episodes 1-3. It was grimier, with some of the grayness of BSG-but thankfully with characters that are more likable. In that, it’s feel is more like that of Firefly, but it didn’t have Firefly’s humor-few shows or movies do. And in the end, it’s own important story, one that in the Star Wars universe is just as important as the samurai-battle-for-the-future-of-the universe as we see in the main Episodes.

So overall, I loved Rogue. I definitely liked it better than Episodes I, 2, 3 (not a high bar to overcome), 6, and 7. After the first viewing, I was torn as to whether I liked it better than Episode 4. After the second viewing, I’m no longer torn. I like Rogue One better.