I try to avoid writing “Where I’ve been and why I haven’t been blogging” posts as I feel they’d be woefully repetitive at this point. To describe my blogging as “sporadic” these days would be more than generous. But! There’s a very good reason for that…
Without having made much fanfare about it – self-sabotaging modest as I am – I signed a four-book deal with Hardie Grant Egmont at the end of last year. Retrospective huzzah!
Since then, I’ve been buried in a cycle of writing, editing, proofreading, writing some more, editing some more, procrastinating, writing, sneaking off to watch Youtube, writing, editing…oh, and also working full-time and trying to maintain some semblance of a life. After all, dem bills don’t pay themselves, and that lawn don’t keep itself mowed.
God. Mowing the lawn. Is that really the most exciting example of living life that I could come up with? Heavens to Murgatroyd.
What’s the new series about, you might ask? And even if you didn’t ask and don’t care, I’m going to tell you anyway. That’s just the kind of guy I am.
It’s a Middle-Grade Fantasy series called Paladero, with the first book subtitled The Riders of Thunder Realm. The next natural question is ‘What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is a pala-whateveryousaid?’
“Paladero” is a term I came up with all the way back in the hazy days of 2007. First I took the word paladin (another term for ‘knight’), and then I took the word vaquero (the Spanish term for ‘cowboy’) and I smooshed ‘em together and came up with ‘paladero’.
Which is exactly what these characters are; they’re cowboy-knights. Or cowperson-knights, to be more specific.
Cowperson-knights who ride dinosaurs, to be even more specific than that.
This is an idea I’ve been working on for nearly a decade now in one form or another, and it’s so tantalisingly close to being out there in the world yet still so far away. The tentative release date for The Riders of Thunder Realm is currently July 2016, though this may shift depending on how I go with that whole writing-editing-watchingYouTube-writing-editing-working-living thing.
One way or another, I’ll make sure to update you as things progress. As it stands right now, I’ve seen some early cover designs that look so immensely exciting that I can’t wait to share them, but unfortunately I have to demonstrate some of that “patience” stuff your parents always warned you about. Blah.
But! Again! In the meantime I’ll be hosting another Writers Victoria workshop. This time it’ll be taking place over two days, which means we can get into even more detail about the writing and publishing process. It’s YA for Beginners, it’s Saturday 24 October to Sunday 25 October, it’s going to be awesome, and you can find more details on the WV website.
And even if I’m not blogging, you can still find me online. I have links all over this page to my Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr accounts. Please check ‘em out, give ‘em a follow, and stroke my fragile artiste ego. Tis much appreciated.
Til next time.
Last year, I was asked if I’d be interested in being a guest blogger for Writing Teen Novels. I was flattered to be asked and of course said yes. The aim was to write 12 posts that would run once a month through 2014.
If you’re interested in writing, and writing for young people in particular, I highly recommend checking out the blog. It’s packed full of insightful commentary from published authors, all hoping to share their expertise. And me too, making it up as I go along…which, really, is the definition of storytelling, isn’t it?
Hopefully this will go a little way towards explaining why I’ve been so quiet with the blog lately. The other explanation is this…
This won’t make any sense now, but with some luck it should with time. Hopefully I’m not jinxing myself by talking about it too soon.
I’m planning on writing up both a playlist for War Zone and another entry in the Making of a Superhero series of posts. With some luck that’ll happen before another New Year’s Eve rolls around. But in the meantime, make sure to keep an eye on Writing Teen Novels and please feel welcome to leave some feedback. I’d love to answer any questions anyone might have.
…or at least make up an answer.
If you go to the Australian iBookstore right now, you may see something that looks a little familiar…
Yep, that’s Vanguard Prime on the main page. No idea how long it’s going to be there, but it’s amazing nevertheless. Of course, this is to promote the free eBook novella Vanguard Prime: Red Alert, as well as the fact that the first two books in the series are available for digital download at $4.99. (Have I mentioned that yet? Oh. Yeah. I have. A lot. Sorry).
One thing I haven’t mentioned is the fact that Vanguard Prime: War Zone (which is officially set for release on August 29) has shipped early, so there’s a good chance your local bookseller may already have it in stock!
…What do you mean I already mentioned that on Twitter?
Okay, okay. Here’s something I’ve never, ever mentioned before. Penguin South Africa is publishing Vanguard Prime: Goldrush! Their website has the release date set as November 2012, but I’ve been told that’s a typo and it’ll actually be available in January 2014. So…yeah…hope you enjoyed that piece of previously unrelated news.
Oh! And here’s something else! War Zone now has its own page on Goodreads. I’m mentioning that just in case, y’know, you happen to read the book and, I dunno, want to rate it and maybe a little somethin’ somethin’ review. Is all I’m saying.
Alright. I think that’s enough rampant self-promotion.
….for now, at least.