Oct
16

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Mystery Box

lamb box sideAbout twenty years ago I was idly searching for Harold Lamb books in an online used book search service. I was well enough acquainted with Lamb’s work by that point to know the titles of all of his books, so I was a little mystified when two appeared that existed in no known database.

When I contacted the seller I learned that these were one-of-a-kind books. Dr. John Drury Clark had removed a handful of pulp stories from Adventure magazine and bound them in two small hardbacks. They were being sold off by his widow.

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Oct
13

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Corwin

corwinThe Kickstarter is just booming along. I’m not sure where the influx of new pledgers came from, but their numbers really leapt forward yesterday. I’m thrilled. That’s not to say I haven’t stopped hoping we will have more readers. I KNOW that there are more fans of sword-and-sorcery out there, so I hope you’re spreading the word about Tales From the Magician’s Skull.

As I’m still out slaying monsters and spinning plates, I thought I’d follow up on a suggestion from Mick and post some pics of the new family member.

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Oct
11

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Updates

shelves REHSeems like I’m just going to keep spinning those plates. Poor Bill Ward is still waiting on me to write the next comment on our long overdue Corum post. Chris Hocking may still be waiting for me to get back to writing up something for Wade Miller for our Hardboiled Monday posts, but that’s been so long forgotten that he may not remember.

Meanwhile the Kickstarter is going well and I’m busy behind the scenes working to promote it in various places. I’m also trying to revise one novel while trying to finish writing another. Also busy being that part time house/farm husband, including training a new puppy. None are impossible duties in the least, it’s just hard to do everything at once.

Shelves Lamb and PulpSince I have nothing really to report, I thought I’d fill the post today with shots of various parts of my office/library. Some of the books pictured belong to other members of the family.

And no, I haven’t read all of these, but I’ve sure read a lot of them. Some multiple times. Others are part of the TBR pile. It’s a great thing to look around the office and see all the cool stuff I’m looking forward to reading…
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Oct
9

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The Skull is Pleased

Tales 2Wow, well that’s pretty cool. The magazine Kickstarter made it’s initial funding goal in less than half a day, which is fabulous. Thanks to all who joined in.

Now I hope you’ll help me spread the word. I’m certain that there are more than the 200 something people who’ve currently pledged who like sword-and-sorcery and who would be thrilled to get a magazine like this into their hands. I honestly believe there are thousands of people who would dig what we’re doing here, and I’d like to find them and sign them up so that this magazine will be a viable and ongoing concern.

If you’re aware of message boards where like-minded sword-and-sorcery fans hang out, can you drop them a line and point them towards the Kickstarter? If there’s a Cimmerian mead hall nearby, can you swing in and tell them about our mad dreams?

Oct
6

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Make Your Pledge!

Tales 1The skull has risen with the full moon! At long last the Kickstarter for the new sword-and-sorcery magazine has launched!

Visit here to pledge your shekels, and ready yourself for adventure!

Writing

Bells for the Dead

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I’ve either been very busy doing family things or very busy relaxing for the last few days, so I’ve made no time for updates even though I’ve got…

Leveling Up

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Look at that — part 2 of my 4-part short story, featuring Lisette from Stalking the Beast, just went live. I hope you’ll drop by and take a…

Three

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Three quick things today, as I’m picking up more and more speed on the current project and don’t want to step away from it for too long. First,…

More on Character Strengths and Weaknesses

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

As long as we’re on the subject of reading outside the genre, I want to point once more to an excellent, excellent essay about the structure of adventure…

Reading Outside the Genre

Monday, November 18, 2013

I used to get advice about how I needed to read outside my genre, and I didn’t. I used to get advice about studying other writers for technique,…