Thursday, April 17, 2008

Next Up

So far all of the collection e-books I've posted over on Scribd* are made up of stories from the old web sites or e-stories I've published in the past. The next free e-book will be a bit different, as most of the stories in it will be those that no one has read but me:

Cover art credit - Photographer: Bertrand Benoit, Agency: Dreamstime.com

Ravelin is the world I used as the setting of my fantasy stories Red Branch and Throw, as well as about a dozen others. I wrote all of these stories as character and world-building exercises back when I played around with the idea of pitching an epic or byzantine fantasy series.

It was an interesting experiment, because while I had no problem with the setting or the characters and their individual stories, I never hit on the one major concept that I felt would tie them all together and make them work as part of a successful novel series (that and there aren't any dragons, hobbits, magic, orcs, quests, trolls, witches or wizards on Ravelin. I kicked them all off the planet before I started writing.)

I should have this one put together and posted some time in May or June.

( Cover art credit: © Bertrand Benoit | Dreamstime.com)

*Note 9/3/10: Since Scribd.com instituted an access fee scam to charge people for downloading e-books, including those I have provided for free for the last ten years, I have removed my free library from their site, and no longer use or recommend using their service. My free reads may be read online or downloaded for free from Google Docs; go to my freebies and free reads page for the links. See my post about this scam here.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, I feel like this is a huge treat! I read all of your short stories before you began to put them in collections, so while those are nice, I was looking forward to something new. And here it is! Thanks for being so kind to your fans!

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  2. I am just happy that you are putting these early short stories in collections for us to enjoy!

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  3. Well, there must not be orcs, dragons, elves and the whole shenagian in Fantasy (Guy Gavriel Kay does fine without them) but I think most readers prefer an overarching storyline to connect books these days. Except in Sword & Sorcery where Odd Tales of a Hero still find homes in magazines (wish I could write those), and there you need some powerful magic, preferably on the bad guys' site. *grin*

    I admire writers who can create interesting worlds. I'm a lazy sod and filch existing ones even for Fantasy, and just add my own twist of a magic system, a bit like Jacqueline Carey. Because if I try to build a world, it'll look like Roman or Mediaeval Europe anyway. :)

    Looking forward to your Fantasy story collection.

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  4. Fantasy without fantasy tropes. I'm intrigued. Very intrigued. Thank you for the new short fiction, a lovely gift for your fans.

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  5. Well, that's a nice surprise to look forward to!

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  6. Chomping at the bit.
    And what a gorgeous cover.

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