Archive for March, 2012
Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup
Shotgun Gravy by Chuck Wendig
Somebody Comes to Town, Somebody Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
Timeless by Gail Carriger
Skylands: Large Living by Sylvan Scott
Christmas in NeverEarth by Sylvan Scott
The Rose Petal Thief by Sylvan Scott
One-Click Banishment by Jeremiah Tolbert
Goblintown Justice by Matt Forbeck
The Ereshkigal Working by Jonathan L Howard
Wizard’s Apprentice by Delia Sherman
The Sorcerer Minus by Jefferey Ford
Home Again, Home Again by Cory Doctorow
Nimbly and the Dimension Hoppers by Cory Doctorow
Life So Dear or Peace So Sweet by C.C. Finlay
Beasts of Burden by Sylvan Scott
Skylands: Storm Warning by Sylvan Scott
The Descent by Patrick O’Duffy
The Clockwork Changeling by Sylvan Scott
My friend Vince did a meme regarding seven things. So I took the challenge, and he gave me seven things to talk about.
“How you met Aaron”
Aaron is my boyfriend, for those of you who don’t know.
It all started with an email. A fan email. He wanted to let me know how much he loved my writings and fell in love with one character in particular. So I responded, and he responded to that…
…and I didn’t reply. I forgot to, and when he sent another email two weeks later, I thought it was brand new.
Of course, I realized my error, and one thing led to another. We started emailing each other. We started talking on the phone. He came to visit for a week, and then we were hooked.
Yeah, somehow I’m known for killing off my characters even though I don’t really kill off that many. It’s not done on a whim–if it serves the story, then I’ll do it, but only after thinking of it for a long time. One of the prime examples is the death of Soulfighter, a character I loved to write about in Gaming Guardians and Powergamers. Her death was a natural flow of events, and she died a heroine’s death. Her death meant something.
Of course, that doesn’t mean every death means something, but it should serve to further the story. That said, I hate killing off characters.
I was a barista for a while. Unfortunately it was for a Starbucks, which has no clue as to what a barista is. It soured me on ever wanting to work for a coffee shop again, but at least I got a novel out of it. (also, see jackals)
I’ve always loved Anubis, who is a jackal headed god. That said, I love the mythological black jackals. I created one for Second Life and after working at Starbucks I named him Venti. I even wrote a novel about his misadventures, and people seem to like the character.
Now, my question for Vince is will he ever read that book?
Unfortunately I’ve never worn leather pants, but I have worn vinyl pants. Stuff was skintight, lemme tell you.
At the tail end of January 2011 I finally started lifting weights. I’d always wanted to exercise, but I could come up with any excuse not to. One day, I decided to make myself a promise: If I could work out for four weeks, I’d try the dieting, the supplements, the works. I succeed! And ever since then I’ve been hitting the gym like clockwork. Vince hates me for my white genes, since I have supposedly gotten bigger than him in a year’s time.
I think he secretly like it, though. I know I don’t mind him checking me out.
“Best reaction you’ve gotten from fans over something you did in your comics”
I would say that one guy’s irrational hatred of Carpe Diem would be the best reaction. But I’ll say my boyfriend’s fan mail over Brahma in Gaming Guardians. The Alex story. You know the one, GG fans. Yeah, that one.
Goblintown Justice is a short story by Matt Forbeck, and can be found for free over at Smashwords. It’s set in his “Shotguns & Sorcery” universe, which will be a trilogy of novels.
“Ex-adventurer Max Gibson knows he’s found trouble when he stumbles out of his favorite tavern and into a murder scene, but when he realizes that both the victim and the blood-spattered orc kneeling over her are old friends of his, it gets far worse. Arrested as an accomplice to the crime, Gibson must work fast to find out what really happened and clear his name before his still-living friend pays the ultimate price.”
That’s the premise for the story. By reading the story you learn a lot about the setting, and it left me hungry for more. The mystery of who killed the victim is resolved fairly quickly, and logically at that. Matt Forbeck is an excellent storyteller, but I knew that going into the story.
If you’re a fan of fantasy settings that have a twist to it, Goblintown Justice is the story for you.