I just noticed we hadn’t posted anything for a couple of years. YEARS. Where does the time go? (Hangs head in shame.) Well, the manga project is still on hiatus; Connie is still busy at her studies; KVJ is still busy writing stuff. We actually got together in person back in April — that’d be April 2014 — and had a chance to brainstorm a bit more, but student life doesn’t leave time for much else.
Meanwhile, I’ve had a couple more books set in the Blackdog world come out with Pyr. Look at the beautiful covers by Raymond Swanland.
The Leopard: Marakand Part One. Cover by Raymond Swanland
The Lady: Marakand Part Two. Cover by Raymond Swanland
If you’d like to know more about The Leopard and The Lady, both published by Pyr in 2014, you can check them out on my website. And Blackdog and “The Storyteller” too, of course.
Well, not much, lately. We haven’t abandoned it! It’s just progressing very slowly; Connie’s studies have to take priority over getting this out, though it’s still on our minds and every now and then, we get a little further with it. Meanwhile, though, Connie has had some other book-related work. Here’s the cover she illustrated for the revised second edition of N.T.P. Murphy’s two-volume magnum opus, A Wodehouse Handbook.
This first volume is pretty much a social history of the first half of the twentieth century, setting Wodehouse’s works in their cultural context, as well as tracing all his many sources. Murphy’s found the origins of the house and grounds of Blandings Castle, Bertie’s flat … even the Empress was inspired by a real pig, it turns out. I found, reading it, that it not only provided a lot of background information for Wodehouse, but could be really interesting in providing social context for the ‘golden age’ mystery writers, authors like Dorothy L. Sayers (my favourite) and Agatha Christie, as well.
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Magic—not spells and hurled fireballs, but that inspiring combination of wonder, awe, and excitement that drives artistic creation—is, for me, born on the edges of things. Edges mean boundaries and borders, tension and change and flow. In the landscapes of fiction the rise of desert into mountain, the uneasy meeting of the cleared and settled with the primeval forest, the hint of island shadow on the horizon of the sea, are the sorts of places that suggest Story. They are zones of transformation where things can or might or should happen, the places where change is found, and change coming for good or ill to a character or to their world is what drives stories. . . .
The complete essay is a guest post over at Fantasist Enterprises, so you can head on over there to read it all.
Blackdog is now available through Kobo, for all those use prefer ebooks. Here’s the link to it. (I know, a cross-posting from thewildforest.wordpress.com — but Moth is central to both stories.)
And it’s also out for Nook as well, here.
Another poster-like image featuring Ulfleif. She is ascending the Mertynsbeorg. The rocks with the swirly designs mark the god’s hill.
Three cheers for me! (Hey that’s the title of one of my favourite books!) Blackdog has made the shortlist for the 2012 Sunburst Awards in the adult category. The jury said, “Blackdog is everything high fantasy should be … This is a strongly imagined fantasy world, its peoples rendered with both wit and insight.”