Nonfiction Update: I’ve Got a New Home

In September I announced that the Perilous Worlds project was done, and all my posts for them had vanished (temporarily) into the ether. I also hinted that our blogging crew might emerge at another website, and now it’s happened: I’m blogging as part of the web-presence for the magazine Tales From the Magician’s Skull at the Goodman Games website. I already had a relationship with Magician’s Skull because my friend Howard Andrew Jones edits it and my story “Dead Queen’s Triumph” appeared in the April issue.

My first article at Goodman Games is already live, a Halloween-themed look at the “weird menace” pulps and Robert E. Howard’s brief foray into this gory and bizarre corner of pulp history. This was one of the articles I had written for Perilous Worlds that dropped into limbo before it could be published, so I’m happy to see it crawl up from the lower depths to plague the world this October with grotesque mad science and deformity.

I believe some of my articles previously published at Perilous Worlds will resurface at Goodman Games, so I’m going to hold off on my earlier plans to post them on this blog. The future for this project is still coming into focus, but I’m glad to have a new home for my nonfiction.

First Kickstarter Stretch Goal: A Free Novella Sequel to Turn Over the Moon

Now that we’ve hit our first funding goal for in the Kickstarter for Turn Over the Moon, I can announce our first stretch goal: If we reach $1,500, backers will receive a free novella sequel to the novel next year, before it becomes available to the public.

This novella, which I’m currently developing, is part of the future publishing strategy for Ahn-Tarqa. The next novel I have planned doesn’t feature Belde or any of the other characters from Turn Over the Moon; it takes place on the other side of the continent in Najael (see the map above) and begins a parallel series to “The Saga of the Sorrowless” called “The Sorrow War.” The novella will let readers check in with Belde and her adventures during the gap between the novels in The Saga of the Sorrowless.

I can’t share anything more at this point except that the first Sorrow War novel is also underway with its story extensively planned out. I wish I could tell you the title of the novel and the novella, but final titles tend to come late in writing for me. (Turn Over the Moon had the working title of “Belde Novel” during the first draft.)

We’ve Hit Our First Funding Goal for the Turn Over the Moon Kickstarter!

I’m thrilled to announce that the Kickstarter campaign for Turn Over the Moon has reached its initial funding goal of $1,000—after only seven days! This is better than I could’ve hoped for, and I’m thankful to all of our backers for supporting us and our efforts to get my novel to the widest audience.

The Kickstarter will now receive funding on October 31 when the campaign ends, but we’re not done yet. Tomorrow, we’ll announce exciting new rewards as we aim toward reaching our stretch goals. The additional money we raise will go toward promotion for the book after it’s published.

Thanks again to our backers, and please keep spreading the word.

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The Kickstarter for Turn Over The Moon Is Live—Pre-Order Your Copy!

The Kickstarter campaign for Turn Over the Moon is now live! The campaign will help us raise money toward the costs of producing and releasing the book and advertising and promotion—but it’s also how you can pre-order your copy of the novel for when it’s released in November. By pre-ordering through Kickstarter, you’ll help us launch the book and get it visible to as many readers as possible.

(Update 1: We’re funded! We reached the initial $1,000 goal after only seven days. Now we’re heading toward our first stretch goal: help us reach $1,500 and you’ll receive a free novella sequel to the novel.)

(Update 2: We hit our first stretch goal of $1,500. Now we’re aiming for $2,000. If we reach that, all backers will be listed at the front of the book.)

The campaign will run through October. You can contribute as much as you wish—everything helps! Below is a quick rundown on the pledge levels to pre-order the book:

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A Nonfiction Writing Update

My writing life isn’t entirely focused on the arrival of Turn Over the Moon in November. Some shifts have occurred in my nonfiction work. Most of my recent nonfiction has been for this blog—and I wish I had more time to dedicate to making the stream of new articles into a steady one. But I do have some updates about my nonfiction articles; some is not new, but it is something I haven’t discussed until now.

In 2018, which was five hundred years ago as measured in pandemic time, I made the exciting announcement that I was writing articles for a new website, Perilous Worlds, the official web presence of the company that owns author Robert E. Howard’s characters, such as Conan and Solomon Kane. It was not only an important outlet, it was a paying outlet, something I’m not used to when it comes to my nonfiction. Thrilling news, and I launched into the assignment with the aim to write the finest, most professional, most entertaining articles I could.

The endeavor lasted six months. 

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