Saturday, May 29, 2010

New fantasy book review added to Goodreads

The Weaving The Weaving by Gerald Costlow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The fantasy novel The Weaving marks the debut of short story writer Gerald Costlow as a novelist. Published by the Pill Hill Press, The Weaving is a clever, charming, and playful fantasy that injects fresh creativity into clich├ęs like the witch and the black cat and the trickster coyote.

The adventure opens with Rose, the famous and powerful Witch of the Woods, deciding that her loneliness has become unendurable. A witch always lives the single life because of the demands of her craft and the general reluctance of men to enter into a relationship with someone who can turn you into a frog. But Rose longs for love and she works her magic so that she can visit the Goddess and petition the divine to send her a mate. Rose's cat, Tom, advises against this reckless course, but Rose conjures her portal and goes through anyway. The Goddess is known as the Mother of All and also the Keeper of Stories. She tells Rose that she is not meant to have a lover, but, when the Goddess looks away, Rose daringly adds the word "romance" to her story.

The Witch of Woods returns from her holy visit without any knowledge of what happened. Tom the cat is no longer present, but Tom the man mysteriously arrives and is grievously ill. Rose nurses him back to health and they become happily married. Tom has no recollection of his past whatsoever.

What seems to be lovely for Rose has unfortunately set many things in the world amiss. In a neighboring kingdom, the ambitious Prince Valant (not Valiant) and the mediocre wizard Maynard unleash an ancient horror in the form of Lilith. This beast looks like an attractive woman but she possesses dreadful magic and tends to eat people.

To counter the growing evil of Lilith, three powerful immortal women, known simply as the Ladies, plot to destroy their ancient enemy. With the help of Keyotie, a shapeshifter who can be either man or coyote, the Ladies enlist their allies to move against Lilith and Prince Valant. Rose and Tom have an integral part to play in the attack on Lilith, and Tom is told that he will find out about his missing past during the quest.

Tom is a likeable character, but seemingly ill suited to dangerous adventure. He is generally most comfortable loafing about his wife's cottage and ignoring chores. His attempts at weapons training are disappointing, but he can throw a punch with great effect.

As The Weaving progresses a sprawling adventure with many characters unfolds. An important supporting character emerges in a man called the Duke. He is a brilliant strategist and is attracted to one of the Ladies. All the characters in the story come across in a very genuine way. Little details about their hopes and insecurities make them feel real. For example, Rose fears that Tom might find out he actually has another wife in his past, so she seeks sexual advice from a prostitute in order to make herself more desirable. And the overweight Duke begins to daydream seriously about losing weight as his attraction to one of the Ladies intensifies.

The characters in The Weaving provide its great strength as a story. The fantasy world is rich with detail with interesting little references to a unicorn, dragons, and a refreshing view of elves. In The Weaving, elves are a savage race that humans need to continually battle back to the fringes of the wilderness. This is a pleasing contrast to the usual fantasy book portrayal of elves as nearly angelic beings.

Costlow's novel possesses a steady pace without becoming draggy, but it thrives mostly from cleverness instead of raw action. Diplomatic finesse plays a bigger role than battle field bravado, and this serious tale maintains an undercurrent of humor akin to that of the Princess Bride. For example, an elaborate joke about face cream produced a long chuckle.

The primary weakness of the novel comes from occasional roughness in the prose. Transitions between scenes and characters are often abrupt and could have used more refining. A couple of times the action was a little hard to follow, but things would always smooth out. Wanting to know what happened next kept me from lingering on any minor confusion. I cared about the characters, whose motivations and psychologies were always engaging. The novel ends with an exciting and bittersweet conclusion that will deeply resonate with pet lovers. The Weaving is playful, heartwarming, and pleasant reading that will populate your imagination with characters that feel like dependable friends. I rate it four cat claws and a swishing tail.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Movie review: The Other Boleyn Girl

The 2008 film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl, a novel by Phillipa Gregory, presents a lavish historical spectacle without skimping on character development. Set in the England of King Henry VIII, the story includes both Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary, and portrays how their family dangled them in front of the King to win influence. Henry is considered ripe for seducing with a young woman because his aging Queen, Catherine of Aragon, has failed to produce a male heir.

Anne Boleyn's father initially means to attract the favor of Henry with Anne, who her father sees as more ambitious and scheming. The younger sister Mary, however, catches Henry's eye, and he commands that she be brought to live at his royal court. Mary's father and uncle make clear in no uncertain terms that Mary is to abandon her new husband and submit to the King's advances. Ideally she will produce a male child and cement her family's relationship with the King that will bring wealth and power. The heartless use of the young woman, who is basically being prostituted by her male relatives, is shocking to watch and contemplate.

Meanwhile, Anne, who had been told to seduce Henry, is furious over her failure and terribly jealous of Mary's success, which includes birthing a boy. A rift develops between the sisters, and their ensuing rivalry pushes Anne to take great risks.

As history informs us, Anne gets her turn with Henry. She insists on marriage so that she can secure her family and best her sister Mary, whose son is a bastard. Anne seeks to bear a legitimate son and heir to the English throne. She becomes Queen, but soon learns how much she has gambled after bearing a girl, Elizabeth of later fame. Having forced Henry's split from the Roman Catholic Church so he could get rid of his old queen, Anne knows that Henry can certainly get rid of her. The disastrous results of Anne's gamble are well known.

The Other Boleyn Girl movie distinguishes itself with a fine script, written by Peter Morgan. While containing many nuances, the script is always understandable, smooth flowing, and well paced. The intensity of Anne's ambition is clearly portrayed, and the eruption of rivalry with Mary is deftly accomplished. The contrasts between the relationships each sister has with Henry are also striking and interesting.

The actors also do an exceptional job in their roles. Natalie Portman provides a convincing Anne Boleyn from the coquettish flirting of her heyday to her terrifying final moments before the axe man.

Scarlett Johansson is radiant as Mary. She performs with subtlety her transformation from sweet simple sister to royal mistress who must navigate the lethal whims of court.

Eric Bana plays Henry VIII in an innovative way. Instead of the usual big and blustering monarch who scoffs at excommunication, Bana plays Henry as a distant yet potent character. He seems to watch events unfold from outside them, even when he is orchestrating them. His aloof presentation of this famous character gently crafted a very kingly figure who was above every one. Eric Bana's Henry VIII creates at all times the effect that everyone is subject to him.

The Other Boleyn Girl is a fabulous movie. The momentous historic events of this drama play out mostly in the background. The story focuses instead on the fascinating relationships that altered a whole kingdom. The addition of the sister Mary injects the story with many emotional layers and gripping plot twists. I recommend it to people who appreciate character-driven dramas and historic settings.

As a fantasy writer, movies like The Other Boleyn Girl stimulate my imagination. Enter my enticing world of magic and epic battle and read The Rys Chronicles fantasy series.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My fantasy novel was mentioned on the Wattpad blog

Watt's up: The official Wattpad blog was kind enough to post about my fantasy novel Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I today after I recently added it to the Wattpad ebook community.

With a focus on serving ebooks to mobile devices, Wattpad is a popular site for reading and publishing.

Thanks for the link love Wattpad!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fantasy novel listed at Web Fiction Guide

Now that I am almost done creating the fantasy web novel version of Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I, I got it listed at the Web Fiction Guide. This site is a community-run listing of online fiction. With the exclusion of fanfic and erotica, the Web Fiction Guide catalogs, reviews, and votes on original fiction that is available to read for free online. The Web Fiction Guide seeks to sort out the good stories being produced as web serials and blog novels.

To view the listing for Union of Renegades and rate or review it, please use this link:

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Monday, May 17, 2010

11 things I love about the fantasy genre

I read many types of books, both fiction and nonfiction, but the fantasy genre always stays at the top of my reading pile. Many of the elements of fantasy that perpetually attract me are:

1. Sword fights - Some critics might label them juvenile, but the thought of defending myself from death and dismemberment is undeniably exciting. Swinging the blade along with a hero or heroine sweetly satisfies because it lets the civilized mind explore the properly forbidden realm of violence. As a reader, I am also attracted to the power represented by the sword. This ancient weapon meant for war and not hunting is a potent symbol, forged from the ores of the Earth and given deadly force by the strength of flesh. These ancient truths resonate with me.

2. Magical Races - Magic is an essential element for fantasy literature. It can come in many forms, but I prefer the magic to be exclusive to a special race. I enjoy thinking about a race apart from humanity that has an expanded command of the forces of the universe.

3. Pre-industrial societies - Most, but not all, fantasy novels are set in a world that is pre-industrial. It usually has technology similar to that of the ancient world or Medieval times. I think this setting is attractive to me because there are no cars. I'll admit it. I like horses. Better yet, how about riding a dragon?

4. High stakes - By this I mean that the plot is usually driven by the need to save the world, save the kingdom, save the princess, etc. It is something very important that matters to humanity, or elves, or fairies, or whoever. General fiction stories set in my real world simply don't captivate me nearly as often. I want to think big and get away from my little life.

5. Political intrigue - Many fantasy books include characters who are among the elite of society. Kings, priests, scholars, generals, warriors. Such characters are usually trying to maintain their political power and are under attack from scheming rivals. It is fun to read about people facing such problems in which failure can mean assassination, execution, or exile. I guess I enjoy fantasizing about being in charge.

6. Social commentary - Although fantasy tends to focus on hereditary aristocratic elites, the storylines often include other segments of society. Slavery, racial prejudice, gender oppression, religious fanaticism, and child labor frequently are examined within the fictional contexts of fantasy literature. I like fiction that tackles weighty themes that trouble our real world, and fantasy books can sometimes critically illuminate social ills.

7. Mythic scope - The events and characters in fantasy often operate on the level of legends and the shaping of worlds. This is very appealing because it adds to the impact of the story. The story is about something that mattered to the world, to its history and maybe even its creation.

8. Heroes - This is the genre that delivers good old fashioned sword-swinging heroes who will take on the bad guys. Such raw elemental displays of bravery make good reading.

9. Quests - The characters usually have to endure long dangerous journeys. They have to go here and get this magic amulet. They have to go there and build an alliance and gain an army. Quests are a very effective plot device, and I like the straightforwardness of it.

10. Taverns - Quests inevitably involve stopping somewhere for the night, getting a drink and dinner, and probably hiring a mercenary. Anyone who has been on a road trip can appreciate that feeling of wary excitement when entering a strange watering hole. Tavern scenes serve as a great way to bind the mythic and heroic characters to the readers by putting them in such an intimate and familiar situation.

11. Monsters - All manner of vicious beasts, undead, dragons, and tentacle-waving horrors assault the adventurers, and it often makes for thrilling action. I like these metaphorical battles that represent my fears of the overwhelming force of Nature, and, beyond that, the supernatural. Fighting monsters resonates with something deep in humanity that once struggled through a truly threatening and primeval world.

This rich and varied genre lets me enjoy my imagination and draw upon the deep experiences of humanity through the ages. I invite readers to discover my four-part fantasy series The Rys Chronicles by downloading Union of Renegades.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Book review of Buyology about neuromarketing

Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire by Martin Lindstrom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was very interested in the neuromarketing that this book was about. Neuromarketing is a new method of market research in which people are asked questions or shown images or other stimuli while they are scanned by an MRI machine. This allows scientists to see which areas of the brain are being activated. Through this technique, clues about what people are really experiencing, especially as motivations, are often revealed. For example, neuromarketing shows that cigarette smoking warning labels actually trigger smoking cravings. Even though the subjects say the labels act as deterrents, physiologically the story is the opposite.

This book was somewhat disappointing to me because I wanted the actual research results, which were buried in lengthy chapters that had no subheadings. The book was mostly packed with examples of marketing to build the case for what a specific neuromarketing experiment was going to test. Then the last few paragraphs of a chapter might reveal some findings from neuromarketing. I wanted less discussion of traditional marketing/advertising forms and more discussion of neuromarketing research results. The style of the book was mostly a long form rambling essay with no subheadings to help me find the juicy bits. So I ended up not really finding much information. The book felt padded. I think a 6-page report just about the new technique of neuromarketing would have been sufficient.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Discovered interesting Ezine for Pagan people

I should say that Nature's Child eZine discovered me. I occasionally publish mini-sites about topics I find interesting, and one is Natural Beliefs about pagan and wiccan views.

Nature's Child selected one of my articles for its quarterly publication that just went out to its 11,000+ subscribers. It was a basic informational article about common reasons people cite for choosing paganism as a religion.

I just got done reading the Summer 2010 issue of Nature's Child, which is divided into three sections: children, teens, and adults. Although I don't particularly feel the need to belong to any religious organizations, the topics covered by this publication were interesting. It includes fiction, book reviews, craft projects, herbal lore, homeschooling, and rites of passage to name a few.

A very interesting article was about the Advanced Bonewits' Cult Danger Evaluation Frame developed by Isaac Bonewits. This is a tool that can be used to examine a cult and judge its potential for danger or identify it is a likely harmless spiritual pursuit. Through questions that are answered with a numerical scoring scale, the frame seeks to separate harmless groups from dangerous groups. Among a long list of questions, topics like rigidity of dogma, level of control exerted by group leaders, isolation, and sexual favoritism are analyzed.

People interested in Pagan and Wiccan subjects or simply seeking new subjects to explore would likely find Nature's Child worth a look.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quotes from The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Quotes are fun to read, and the internet makes them easy to find. Sometimes you need a famous, meaningful, or funny quote for a project you are working on, like a birthday card, banquet toast, or speech.

I recently went through one of my favorite classic works and picked out some good quotes from The Art of War by Sun Tzu. No, I didn't bother with the totally famous one about "Every battle is won or lost before it's fought" because that little treatise on thumping your enemies is so packed with lesser known statements that deserve notice.

Here's a few examples:

When some are seen advancing and some retreating, it is a lure.

The sight of men whispering together in small knots or speaking in subdued tones points to disaffection amongst the rank and file.

There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare.

Visit the full page of Sun Tzu Art of War quotes and use them as needed.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Movie review of Red Cliff: Original International Version Part 2

Setting: Ancient China
Rating: 5 stars

Movie lovers enthralled by the first part of the Red Cliff saga will be thoroughly rewarded for watching Red Cliff Part 2. John Woo and his excellent cast starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung, and Zhung Fengyi create an epic worthy of grossing over $100 million in the Asian market. With great special effects that recreate colossal naval battles and a sparkling script full of intelligence and subtlety, Red Cliff Part 2 entertains during every moment.

The story picks up exactly where Part 1 left off. The imperial forces of the Han Dynasty as led by Cao Cao (Zhang Fengyi) have descended upon the fortress at Red Cliff where the Grand Viceroy Zhou Yu (Tony Leung) of the Eastern Wu Kingdom is holed up with his allies led by Liu Bei. The master strategist of Liu Bei, Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is working with Zhou Yu to craft plans to thwart the overwhelming invasion of Cao Cao.

Red Cliff Part 2 presents a wonderfully conceived dramatization of many principles explained in the classic Art of War by Sun Tzu. The character Zhuge continues to reveal his sharp intellect and far-ranging knowledge as he counters Cao Cao on many levels both physical and psychological. Zhuge uses weather to his advantage and takes a big gamble on the likelihood of shifting winds when a big naval battle begins. His ploys and cunning use of fire are truly artful as he makes war.

The struggle also emphasizes the critical roles of spies in waging war. Spies lend many advantages to the allies as the confrontation unfolds, both by gathering information about Cao Cao's camp and feeding him disinformation that undermines his trust in crucial commanders. Another elaborate ploy is achieved when Zhou Yu's wife, who is greatly coveted by Cao Cao, surrenders herself to Cao Cao. She hopes to prevent the battle by giving herself to him, but her goal is far more devious. No war that has already marshaled so many resources is going to be stopped by one woman, but she does significantly distract Cao Cao when he should be paying attention to his battle.

Red Cliff Part 2 rewards movie lovers with an intelligent action adventure that uses special effects but does not rely on them. The script and the actors are the strengths that empower this wonderful movie inspired by Chinese history and culture. Numerous plot twists and elaborate battle scenes constantly propel this movie that was a delight to experience.

As a fantasy writer, movies like Red Cliff stimulate my imagination. To enter an enticing world of magic and epic battle, read The Rys Chronicles fantasy series.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Movie review of Red Cliff: Original International Version Part 1

Setting: Ancient China
Rating: 4 stars

Asian cinema is not just about low budget kung fu movies anymore. The two-part $80 million production of Red Cliff directed by John Woo has raised the bar as high as a dragon can fly. Inspired by the epic labyrinth of Chinese history, the Red Cliff saga gives movie lovers an exciting and historically detailed adventure full of action and top notch performances.

Starring Zhang Fengyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, and Tony Leung among many other fine actors, Red Cliff Part 1 begins with Prime Minister Cao Cao's (Zhang Fengyi) plot to absorb the power of his emperor, leader of the Eastern Han Dynasty. Granted authority to subdue rogue warlords, Cao Cao makes war on the idealistic Liu Bei who is rebellious because Cao Cao is subverting the true authority of the emperor. Liu Bei is served by many elite warriors who follow him because he is the better man and more deserving of their magnificent prowess in battle. The principle hero of the story is Liu Bei's master strategist Zhuge Liang (Takeshi Kaneshiro). It is Zhuge's challenge to avoid total destruction by the superior imperial forces led by Cao Cao.

Liu Bei soon suffers a bad defeat by Cao Cao's imperial army, and he must flee with as many of his civilians as he can save. Liu Bei's goodness is revealed by his devotion to protecting the people. He declares that if he cannot protect them then he has no right to rule them. Forced to flee, Liu Bei accepts Zhuge's idea that they must seek an alliance with the Eastern Wu Kingdom, led by Sun Quan who is also targeted by Cao Cao.

Sun Quan, however, proves reluctant to ally with Liu Bei because of political pressure to preserve the peace. In peace the people prosper whereas they suffer in war. Sun Quan is tempted to surrender to Cao Cao and expose Liu Bei to destruction. Persisting in his mission, Zhuge seeks to convince the Grand Viceroy Zhou Yu, who is Sun Quan's greatest general. Zhou Yu is receptive to the alliance. He is also a master strategist and is attracted to the intellectual challenge of fighting off the mighty army of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

As the story advances it very much revolves around the emerging relationship between the two master strategists as they work together to survive the onslaught of Cao Cao. Many other important subplots develop as well to enrich the film.

The only major criticism I have of Red Cliff Part 1 is the ridiculous fight scene near the beginning in which a general is trying to save Liu Bei's wife and baby. I realize the goal was to create drama, but the general fighting with spears and swords while carrying the infant simply offended all sensibility. He would have shaken the baby to death during his hectic battle, and why the mother threw herself in a well I will never fathom. This silly baby-saving scene cost the film a star in my review, but I want to emphasize that everything else about the movie was masterful, thought-provoking, and very entertaining.

Red Cliff Part 1 splendidly marries military action and hand-to-hand combat with a compelling script driven by politics, strategy, and ancient Chinese culture. Stunning special effects portray the massive armies of ancient China and its urban and rural landscapes. The translation into the English subtitles is thoroughly engaging. This is NOT a boring foreign film. Red Cliff Part 1 is by far some of the best entertainment produced recently by film makers of any country. At a length of two and half hours, Part 1 never dragged and left me entirely eager to watch Part 2, which I did the very next night.

As a fantasy writer, movies like Red Cliff stimulate my imagination. To enter an enticing world of magic and epic battle, read The Rys Chronicles fantasy series.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

New fantasy novel on Wattpad: Union of Renegades

I joined yesterday and added my free fantasy ebook Union of Renegades to its system. This site is a popular worldwide ebook community. Readers browse ebooks through the website, but Wattpad's primary appeal is its extensive content for mobile devices. Wattpad has ebook reading applications for almost any mobile device, including Apple's iPhone and iPad, plus Android, Blackberry, and others.

In this age of the text message and tweet, it may be surprising that people are actually reading longer works on mobile devices, but it makes sense. Some people choose to read on their mobile phones instead of investing in a dedicated ebook reader. Having access to novels through a mobile phone is handy, especially when stuck in a waiting room.

Even if a person does not read a whole novel on a mobile device, the platform still provides a convenient way to peruse new fiction and find works that a person might download later as an ebook or obtain as a book.

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If you want the mobile applications, go to and select the one that matches your device.

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Mobile users can also find my fantasy series through Stanza and the iBookstore for iPad.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

In my genre ebook collection of classics I am featuring this month the famous A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This is an action-packed and dramatic tale that any fan of science fiction and fantasy should read. Here's an excerpt when the hero John Carter and Dejah Thoris the Princess first speak:

I saw Tars Tarkas rise to speak, and on his face was such an expression as I had never seen upon the countenance of a green Martian warrior. It bespoke an inward and mighty battle with self, with heredity, with age-old custom, and as he opened his mouth to speak, a look almost of benignity, of kindliness, momentarily lighted up his fierce and terrible countenance.

What words of moment were to have fallen from his lips were never spoken, as just then a young warrior, evidently sensing the trend of thought among the older men, leaped down from the steps of the rostrum, and striking the frail captive a powerful blow across the face, which felled her to the floor, placed his foot upon her prostrate form and turning toward the assembled council broke into peals of horrid, mirthless laughter.

For an instant I thought Tars Tarkas would strike him dead, nor did the aspect of Lorquas Ptomel augur any too favorably for the brute, but the mood passed, their old selves reasserted their ascendency, and they smiled. It was portentous however that they did not laugh aloud, for the brute’s act constituted a side-splitting witticism according to the ethics which rule green Martian humor.

That I have taken moments to write down a part of what occurred as that blow fell does not signify that I remained inactive for any such length of time. I think I must have sensed something of what was coming, for I realize now that I was crouched as for a spring as I saw the blow aimed at her beautiful, upturned, pleading face, and ere the hand descended I was halfway across the hall.

Scarcely had his hideous laugh rang out but once, when I was upon him. The brute was twelve feet in height and armed to the teeth, but I believe that I could have accounted for the whole roomful in the terrific intensity of my rage. Springing upward, I struck him full in the face as he turned at my warning cry and then as he drew his short-sword I drew mine and sprang up again upon his breast, hooking one leg over the butt of his pistol and grasping one of his huge tusks with my left hand while I delivered blow after blow upon his enormous chest.

He could not use his short-sword to advantage because I was too close to him, nor could he draw his pistol, which he attempted to do in direct opposition to Martian custom which says that you may not fight a fellow warrior in private combat with any other than the weapon with which you are attacked. In fact he could do nothing but make a wild and futile attempt to dislodge me. With all his immense bulk he was little if any stronger than I, and it was but the matter of a moment or two before he sank, bleeding and lifeless, to the floor.

Dejah Thoris had raised herself upon one elbow and was watching the battle with wide, staring eyes. When I had regained my feet I raised her in my arms and bore her to one of the benches at the side of the room.

Again no Martian interfered with me, and tearing a piece of silk from my cape I endeavored to staunch the flow of blood from her nostrils. I was soon successful as her injuries amounted to little more than an ordinary nosebleed, and when she could speak she placed her hand upon my arm and looking up into my eyes, said:

“Why did you do it? You who refused me even friendly recognition in the first hour of my peril! And now you risk your life and kill one of your companions for my sake. I cannot understand. What strange manner of man are you, that you consort with the green men, though your form is that of my race, while your color is little darker than that of the white ape? Tell me, are you human, or are you more than human?”

“It is a strange tale,” I replied, “too long to attempt to tell you now, and one which I so much doubt the credibility of myself that I fear to hope that others will believe it. Suffice it, for the present, that I am your friend, and, so far as our captors will permit, your protector and your servant.”

“Then you too are a prisoner? But why, then, those arms and the regalia of a Tharkian chieftain? What is your name? Where your country?”

“Yes, Dejah Thoris, I too am a prisoner; my name is John Carter, and I claim Virginia, one of the United States of America, Earth, as my home; but why I am permitted to wear arms I do not know, nor was I aware that my regalia was that of a chieftain.”

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Monday, May 3, 2010

My sales figures for fantasy ebooks published at Teleread today

Because some people might be curious about how much money a self publishing fantasy author could actually earn selling her fiction as ebooks, I compiled my first quarter sales figures and published them at the Teleread blog today.

The quick answer is $580.85 for January, February, and March 2010.

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Self publishing fantasy author IS making money with ebooks

Sunday, May 2, 2010

George R.R. Martins fans should listen to interview at Dragon Page

The popular science fiction and fantasy podcast at the Dragon Page has produced a nice interview with famous fantasy writer George R.R. Martin. Even he admits that he has taken far too long writing A Dance With Dragons, but he insists that he is making good progress. Of course he cannot commit to a finish date. That's OK. I'll be here to read when its published.

George R.R. Martin explains that he simply is not a writer who can write good stories at a rapid pace. Amen to that. I can totally relate.

He does address head-on that some fans are unhappy with the lateness of A Dance With Dragons.

List to George R.R. Martin interview