Kevin J. Anderson's blog
In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to re-post some of my previous “kick in the butt” blogs, in hopes you’ll draw some inspiration, get fired up, and move that novel toward the finish line.
This one, posted last December, is about my personal-best marathon writing, a full-steam-ahead crash to write my big SF novel THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS. Not a schedule I would suggest any of you keep, but sometimes the deadline is a dictator.
Everybody knows the movie “A Christmas Story.” My childhood was like that, only around Halloween.
Another Teaser, this time the introduction and background for all the wonderful stories in A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY SEASON. These are some great stories to enjoy and to share. Amazing cover art, “St. Nicholas, Dragon-Sleigher” by Myles Pinkney. Stories include:
Even before WordFire Press became his publisher, I was a fan of Mike Baron’s dark, edgy fiction. I accepted two of his stories for my BLOOD LITE anthology series. I read his ground-breaking comics work on NEXUS, THE PUNISHER, THE BADGER, DEADMAN, STAR WARS, THE FLASH, and others. He has won both the Inkpot and the Eisner Award, two of the highest honors in the comics field. Like me, he grew up in Wisconsin, and he also escaped. And he also enjoys a good microbrew IPA. What’s not to like?
I just finished judging the eight finalist stories for the third quarter of the Writers of the Future Contest. I came home from my recent writing retreat in Breckenridge to find a stack of manuscripts waiting for me to read, and I worked my way through them, one or two per day.
Next week is Halloween, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the Holiday season. I’ve edited a new anthology of 18 magical, imaginative, and haunting tales of the holidays, A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY SEASON, just released by WordFire Press.
CLOCKWORK ANGELS: The Novel is an innovative project in many ways, a colorful steampunk fantasy adventure, a story of a young man’s journey across a landscape filled with wonders, lost cities of gold, alchemy, pirates, exotic carnivals, steamliners, a Watchmaker, and of course the Clockwork Angels. The novel itself was nominated for the Colorado Book Award and won the Scribe Award at last year’s San Diego Comic Con.
Another Tuesday, another appetizer of a new book, this time the opening chapter of a recent release from WordFire Press, THE CROWN AND THE DRAGON by John D. Payne, the novel based on the soon-to-be-released fantasy film from Arrowstorm Entertainment.
After Frank Herbert published his brilliant first novel THE DRAGON IN THE SEA in 1956, he spent years writing manuscript after manuscript, but was unable to find a publisher. Until finally in 1963 he wrote a ground-breaking work about a desert planet, which changed the face of science fiction forever.