Well, I survived NaNo with my fifth win – still plenty to do on the novel, of course, but I’ve made a good start. BUT that’s not what I want to tell you about today.
Today, I am excited about the…
Yes! It’s Christmas soon (like it or not), and Alex Jane has done a fantastic job at making the run-up to the holidays a little more fun for fiction-lovers.
Every day from the 1st-24th December, a different author will be posting a short story, completely free, for you to enjoy. Some of the authors will be suggesting charities you might like to donate to but that is absolutely optional. The identities of those authors and the order in which they’ll be posting is a closely guarded secret – you don’t want to open the doors too early and spoil the surprise – but I can reveal that I am taking part at some point during the 24 days, and that so are some truly fantastic authors I know. Then, of course, there are many I don’t know at all, so it’s a great chance to expand all of our reading lists!
I should warn that this calendar opened up to the rainbow after some time being planned as an M/M (male/male) calendar, so it does skew towards M/M but there should be some variety in there somewhere! There will also be various ratings, kinks and heat levels, so please check the listings on the masterpost as they appear.
You can get to the masterpost by clicking on the banner above (or here) and there’s a closed Facebook group (applications are usually approved pretty fast unless you’re an obvious spambot) here so you can chat with authors and other readers and keep track of the calendar. Please do check it out if you’re interested, it’s such a lovely idea and I hope it’ll become an annual tradition.
Talk to you soon!
I wrote a quick post on the subject of Call To Arms for Charlie Cochrane’s blog. You should definitely check it out and, of course, buy the charity anthology itself if you feel so inclined.
Talk to you soon!
It’s time for NaNoWriMo again, and I’ve signed up as usual (because apparently I’m a total masochist). I’ll be writing a historical novel that may or may not involve a romance (I honestly can’t tell if that will pan out right now).
You can follow my progress via the widget below, and if you’re also participating you can add me as a buddy. My username is @masqueblanc.
I probably won’t be updating much during the month (no change there – I really am sorry about that) but I’ll see you on the other side!
It’s my birthday, which means it’s also launch day for my brand new Patreon page! Patreon is a platform that allows you to support creators in doing what they do best, by effectively giving them $1 (or more if you like!) now and then.
My Patreon currently works on a per-creation basis. I’ll be adding new free content at least once a month, at least for a while, and I hope to add about two pieces of paid content a month (until I can increase it to three; beyond that I’ll be switching to a pledge-per-month system so it doesn’t get silly for anyone). Everyone can see my free posts, but paid posts will be Patron exclusive.
Please go and check out the page – the free story is at least some indication of what you can expect from my writing – and tell your friends! I hope you’ll enjoy the content over there and, hopefully, renewed activity on this blog.
Thanks, and talk to you soon!
The situation at home continues to be somewhat fraught, to say the least, so I’ve not been keeping up with this blog the way I’d have liked. Truth is, writing has been difficult in general lately, so even if I had been blogging regularly I’m not sure what I would have said.
BUT! I want to fix that. I’m hoping to start putting some short stories out on a more regular basis, and in order to try to motivate myself I’m setting up a Patreon account. I’m still sorting out some posts to queue so nobody’s signing up for a blank canvas, but I’m hoping to officially launch on October 7th (or 8th, depending on how busy I am on the 7th). I’ll share a link nearer the time, so keep an eye out!
I’ve put most of my previous projects on the back burner for now as I’m having trouble finding either the time or the attention span to write novels. So Patreon rewards will be largely short stories and behind-the-scenes insights. Right now, I’m also working on a longer-term project, building a fantasy world from scratch so I can play in that – and I’ll be sharing maps and such with my patrons first, until I have enough to start writing.
Once I’m creating consistently for Patreon (knowing people are paying for things makes it much harder to let them down), I hope I’ll fall into the sort of routine that will make it easier to post here more often, too. There will be a delay between some things getting to Patreon and making it onto this blog, however, I’m afraid – part of the reward system for signups over there!
Talk to you soon, readers, and thanks for sticking with me for this long!
Sorry for the radio silence – and I’m also sorry that I can’t promise it won’t happen again. Unfortunately, my life is going through a very hectic period, so I’ve barely had chance to write recently (though I did write 7000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo in April) and I have had no idea what to blog about.
Currently I’m working on short story submissions for Manifold Press’ two upcoming anthologies – No Holds Bard and Call to Arms – and continuing with A King’s Ransom. The latter is running long, the former is running short, and the one in the middle just really needs beta reading. Hopefully I’ll have some updates for you relatively soon, but I can make no promises!
Thanks for bearing with me, and hopefully I’ll talk to you soon!
Well, I’ve written a bit of fanfic this week but I’ve been so busy, tired and – frankly – emotionally drained that I haven’t managed to get a lot else done. I did go and see the new Beauty and the Beast on Friday, so that was a nice day, but other than that I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather since my last blog post. Hopefully I’ll get back to work on my original projects in the coming week.
Talk to you soon!