July 2010

New David Farland Writing Seminar: Write That Novel

Bestselling novelist David Farland, whom some of you may know as Dave Wolverton, has announced he will be giving a two-day writing seminar in the Boston area, November 13-14.  ”Write That Novel” is one of his popular most popular workshops.

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New Dungeons & Dragons story

My new “Dungeons and Dragons” novelette, Oasis of Blood, has just been published as featured fiction on the official D&D website.  It’s set in the Dark Sun universe.

http://www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/drfe/20100727

I wrote this story last fall on the cruise ship, while Rebecca and I were taking a Mediterrranean cruise.  I enjoyed the work very much.  The story is available for free download.

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German WINDS OF DUNE

Our German publisher Heyne has just released their translation of The Winds of Dune.  Heyne has always produced very nice-looking editions.

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HELLHOLE cover paintings

Stephen Youll, the fantastic artist who has done most of our Dune covers (as well as my three Star Wars anthologies and my solo novel Blindfold) has delivered his cover paintings for HELLHOLE, the first book in my new epic SF trilogy with Brian Herbert.  Steve painted two variations on a spectacular scene that really captures the planet Hellhole…a terrible place that only the most desperate colonists will accept, but also with a majestic secret.  An all-new science fiction saga for those who enjoyed my Dune novels with Brian Herbert or my Saga of Seven Suns series.

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Climbing Mount Ouray

Last Tuesday I climbed spectacular Mount Ouray, a very distinctive peak prominent on the drive to Salida, Colorado.  Ouray is 13,971 ft, a hair shy of a Fourteener—which means that very few people climb it, regardless of how spectacular it is.

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New Great Schools Series Announced!

A new series was announced this week by authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Heading back toward the formation of the Dune universe, Brian and Kevin will start working on their latest creation, THE SISTERHOOD OF DUNE, which will focus on the formation of the Bene Gesserit school.

More titles coming in this series will be announced in the near future....

Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction

Philip Athans, the managing editor for novels at Wizards of the Coast, has just put together an extensive and extremely useful book for aspiring authors in SF/F, The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction.  He did extensive interviews with me, R.A. Salvatore, Mike Resnick, Terry Brooks, and other bestselling, award-winning authors to develop an extensive guidebook on all aspects of developing, writing, and publishing in the genre.

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Brainstorming THE SISTERHOOD OF DUNE

Now that HELLHOLE is delivered and in production, Brian Herbert and I spent most of last week holed up together in intensive brainstorming for our next DUNE novel.

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Colorado Book Award Finalist

Just received my Finalist certificate from the Colorado Book Awards for The Edge of the World.

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