Hello there, fans of fantasy and friends of Tellest!
This next month-and-a-half is definitely going to be a busy one for us. Let’s get the most awesome news out of the way first. Rhianna and I are getting marriedon Saturday! In a lot of ways, Tellest brought us together, so I thought that this was a fair place to announce the happy occasion. We’ve got some wedding-related goodies that we’ll be posting on the site in the next few weeks as well, but other than that, we’ll probably be a little quiet until we’re back from sunny Florida.
Luckily, I’m leaving you with a decent amount of news as well!
First off, I’d like to formally announce my first ever entry into NaNoWriMo. For those who don’t know what it is, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge for authors to write at least 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. Those of you who have been following Tellest for a while are probably well aware that it is a real challenge for me. The Fall took me almost half a year to write, and it didn’t even have 50,000 words in it by the time it was complete. I’m committed to the attempt though, and I’m going to give it my all. In November, I’ll give you more information about the story I’m writing, and give you previews and excerpts so that you can join in on the fun as well!
We’ve also got some very cool collaboration news to talk about. Earlier this year I began working with some fine folks at Worldspinner. Their Kickstarter absolutely crushed it last September, and they’ve been making great strides to bring a wonderful product to the world. It’s a worldbuilding tool that both gamers and authors can use to help with that process. It’s an amazing tool with a lot of potential to make your tabletop games, your world lore and your stories in general exponentially more robust. I’m just freelancing at the moment, proofreading and offering up some smaller plots that may randomly show up, but I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of their huge story!
Last but not least, I’d like to direct your attention to Bear Mountain Books. They’ve graciously decided to take the cover for Mageborn and poll their readers about it. So far, it seems that the cover image itself is appreciated, but the font and even the logo may be a little confusing. I love what Bear Mountain Books and Maria Schneider are doing for authors (and for readers) and I encourage you to give the site a gander. And you might as well like theirFacebook page as well—you’ll be the first to know about deals, reviews and book cover polls like the one running for Mageborn.