I have a lot I want to talk about and so little time to do it! This is basically going to be an update post. What the hell is James doing? Well, I’m doing a lot. Too much? Possibly. But I’m doing a lot.
Let’s start with the biggest news.
I will be attending Norwescon 39 as a speaking “Pro” or panelist. The list of other Pros that will be speaking can be found here, but includes one of my favourite authors: G. Willow Wilson, so I couldn’t be stoked enough. I was originally planning on waiting until I knew which panels I would be speaking on to make this announcement, but it was pointed out to me that my name has already been put on the Norwescon web site, so I figured I’d better say something now. Although I don’t know precisely which panels I will be speaking on, I can tell you that I was invited to speak on diversity, and that my panels will probably focus on that. If anyone is unaware, Norwescon is a SciFi/Fantasy convention, so the subjects will probably be specialized to discuss diversity in fandom and media. As soon as I know which panels I’m speaking on, I will make an update to let you know. If anyone is interested in coming to see me at Norwescon, the dates are March 24-27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Seatac, Washington. You can find more information here.
Most of you already know that I have a short story coming out in Truth Beyond Paradox, published by Onyx Path Studios. I’ve been hinting at it for a long time, or just flat out blabbing about it with some. I’ve promised an update as soon as I knew it was available to purchase, but I’m mentioning this one just a bit early because it is not yet available. However, I do know that the final proof went to the publisher for press this morning, so I have a strong feeling that it is going to be available by early February (since it will be Print on Demand). I might be wrong, but you’ll know as soon as I do.
I’m going to be collaborating with ANTHM, a most amazing hip hop artist on the L.A. scene to write some rhymes and lyrics for Drag Down the Sun. I want you guys to check out his music, and if you love it, share it with your friends, because he is a brilliant artist and was one of the biggest inspirations for me to write the book in the first place. Drag Down the Sun is currently going through the “revisioning” process (Fuck off, Drennan!), but it has been seeing a lot of work and I’ve got a good feeling about how soon I can finish it.
Speaking of my pal, the illustrious Drennan (whose book, A Guide to a Happier Life just came out and is fuckrad amazing), there have been some hints on social media, but we are working together to produce an entertaining (and sometimes drunken) podcast for interested, budding writers not unlike ourselves. You will eventually be able to find us on RoughWritersPodcast.com and iTunes (the website is not there yet, but the domain belongs to me!) I’m also hoping/foreseeing that this is a project that is going to see the light of day sooner rather than later, and like above, you’ll know the moment episode #1 (or #0) hits the intarwebz.
Barely Salvageable Independent Press is putting out a pulp rag that I’ll be featuring a story (possibly two) in. I’m hoping against hope that it will go to press before Norwescon so I can bring a few copies. Right now that’s the goal, but either way, if you like independent presses with interesting content check out Barely Salvageable.
Black Night Prayer is still on hiatus while I focus on Drag Down the Sun. Deal with it.
Oh, and of course, most of you know that I’m back in school and working hard to kill it. I made the Dean’s List last quarter, so go me. Let’s see if I can keep that momentum up with all of these projects on the horizon. I’m thinking yeah, but I wouldn’t mind your support!
P.S. I’m probably going to be revamping my blog here in the near future, so if it looks weird and different, don’t get scared and run off!