Seriously, though – IT’S ALIVE! (And the first reviews are in already!)
Seriously, though – IT’S ALIVE! (And the first reviews are in already!)
I’ve neglected this blog for a while now. One reason for this is that I’m rubbish. Another is that I’ve been happily inundated with enough editing work to keep me busy until at least October, with further jobs tentatively scheduled for later and in the new year. (Exciting, eh?)
But the main reason is that myself and a few others have been hatching a brand new project: THE FANTASY HIVE.
Launching on January 1, 2018, The Fantasy Hive is a personality-driven celebration of the genre. TFH will host features, interviews, articles and lists, as well as reviews of books, games, films, comics, TV shows, etc. – basically, a nucleus for anything and everything spec-fic related.
As you can see, we have a pretty impressive list of talent holding the front lines already, with plenty of others waiting in the wings for the curtain to rise. Some of my favourite people in the world (and across the world, from the UK to the US to NZ, from Ireland to Canada, from Japan to Germany and Sweden) are currently coordinating their efforts to make this new site as awesome as it can possibly be.
A few people have joked about the ‘hive’ thing, and the implication that the rest of the team are the drones/workers to my ‘Queen Bee’. While I’m not going to be falsely modest about my own role in putting the site, and the team, together (basically, I put the site and the team together) there’s no way I’m going to take credit for what’s happened since. My aim has always been to create something collaborative; something which harnesses and encourages the enthusiasm and imagination of its contributors; something people will come to recognise as a hub of positivity and excitement, and which generally conveys an unconditional and all-encompassing love of the genre. Something people are proud to associate themselves with.
I’m delighted to say that we’re well our way to achieving this.
Work on the main site is being completed behind the scenes, and will continue for the rest of this year. However, you can visit our landing page if you’re curious. Additionally, you can follow our social media accounts for updates, fantasy-related posts and pictures, and a bit of banter and all-round silliness. Right now we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Come and say hi, and help us spread the word!
Finally, THANK YOU to everyone who’s already supported the Hive. What an amazing fellowship we are, indeed.
Here they are: the first five eliminations from our SPFBO batch over at Fantasy-Faction! We’ll be back in three weeks or so with another five . . .
It’s not often you can grab an ENTIRE trilogy of awesome books for less than £3. So believe me when I say you should shoot on over to Amazon and grab all three books in the Song of the Ash Tree while they’re 99p apiece. DO IT!!
Someone *cough* may have gotten a bit carried away making banners during all the excitement. If you’re on social media, feel free to borrow the banners and share the love!
Last month, I was asked to contribute to Tor.com’s ‘Best of 2017 (So Far)‘ list! Here’s the list; you’ll find my picks a little way down the page.
Contributors were asked to limit our choices to just three. Which would you have chosen?
Back in March, Fantasy-Faction’s head honchos (Marc Aplin and Jennie Ivins) asked me to step up and help out with editing duties. Having written regularly for the site since July 2016, I’m familiar with the contributing team and was excited to have an opportunity to assist with acquiring, organising and editing new content. Marc’s day job has kept him away from FF throughout the past few months; when I agreed to step in, Jennie was finally able to take a well-earned break to deal with some important personal issues.
On April 9 – just one year after my grandad’s passing – my grandma died. Those who know me well are aware that this preceded my Annual Mental Breakdown. During the AMB (’17 edition), I threw myself into my new role on FF, despite Jennie’s compassionate offer to let me step away again. I buried myself in my FF editing responsibilities, and did the same with other projects and interactions in an attempt to escape from the fact that I was completely and utterly failing at Real Life.
The usual counselling, medication, GP visits and back-to-work interviews came after, and while I’m still a bit fragile I’m happy to say that the worst has passed.
However, continual involvement in online projects (such as FF) has left me somewhat burned out. Running a site that large is hard, guys – especially when you’re doing it alone. This is why I intend to stay on as assistant editor while handing the main reins back to Jennie. It’s been a challenging and eye-opening three months, but it’s also been a lot of fun. I’d like to say a brief but heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone involved in making my editorial stint such a rewarding experience. You’re amazing.
After sitting down and having a serious think about what I want to do with my life, I’ve realised several things.
As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve made the decision to step back from my role at Fantasy-Faction for the foreseeable future. While I’m no longer running the show over there, I intend to continue as an active part of the team and of the SFF community whilst focusing more closely on my own writing and editing.
Here are some of the things I will still be doing:
Mr Hughes and I are also moving house in a couple of weeks. While this is currently making everyday life even more stressful, we’re both looking forward to it, and I intend to do whatever I can to make the most of our fresh start. With that in mind, I’ve set up a Patreon page (which you can check out here) which will hopefully enable me to realise my own goals while continuing to support self-published fantasy authors.
Thanks again to the amazing friends and family who’ve put up with me during the last few months. <3
It’s official: my editing services are now available for hire! I’m offering high-quality line editing, copy editing and proofreading at competitive rates, with a focus on self-published fantasy fiction. I’m even offering a 20% discount to participants (past and present!) in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off! Check out this page for details, rates, and testimonials.
Head over to the page for full details. Please feel free to contact me should you wish to see my CV – and please don’t hesitate to spread the word about my new venture!
The awesome folk at Tor.com have just published my fifth article over there! A Beginner’s Guide to Malazan Characters: Deadhouse Gates is a follow-up to last year’s guide to Gardens of the Moon.
Once again, there’s a whole bunch of fabulous artwork to accompany it, and I’d encourage you to check out all of these brilliant artists on DeviantArt!
Mark Lawrence has done it again. And by ‘it’, I mean kicked off another bollock-chillingly thrilling round of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, aka. SPFBO3 (Check out my updated SPFBO page for more details and a brief run-down of what the contest is all about, as well as links to other related articles.)
In the meantime, here’s some banners I cobbled together. Feel free to share, download, use, mock, lick, shit on, etc., however you see fit. And if you’re on Twitter, be sure to check out the #SPFBO hashtag!
(Click on each image for an enlarged version.)
Check it! I reviewed the incredible RED SISTER by Mark Lawrence over on Tor.com.
If you haven’t read the book yet, read it NOW!