That gorgeous cover, by Paul Young
, will grace my next book from DAW
, Masks, written under the pseudonym E.C. Blake. I just got it this week, and now I'm doubly excited about the book coming out.
Here's what DAW has come up with for the book jacket flaps (Masks is coming out in hardcover, my first hardcover novel, so it actually has flaps). Now all I have to do is live up to it!
Masks, the first novel in a mesmerizing new fantasy series, draws readers into a world in which cataclysmic events have left the Autarchy of Aygrima—the one land blessed with magical resources—cut off from its former trading partners ...
As I noted last week when I made my excuses for not blogging very much, one of the tasks keeping me occupied was rewriting Masks, the first book in my upcoming trilogy for DAW (under the pseudonym of E.C. Blake).
This was an interesting pass through the manuscript, because its main purpose was to change the age of the central character, Mara, from thirteen to fifteen.
In addition, I completely rewrote the beginning of the book, adding quite a few new scenes from Mara’s childhood that hopefully will set up the story’s situation better and develop the character more fully in the minds of the (no doubt millions...millions!) of readers.
The “aging” process went very well: I didn’t have to change much at ...
I know, I know. I post about getting a cat and then I fall silent, which can lead to only one conclusion: the cat ate my blog post.
Not quite true, although Shadowpaw (Look! Another cat photo! Because there’s such a shortage of those on the Internet!) is sitting on my lap as I type this, purring and quite insistent I pet him. (It’s actually amazing how well I can type with cat legs sprawled across the backs of my hands.)
My real reason for not blogging: I’m in a bit of a crunch trying to get another rewrite done of Masks (wearing my E.C. Blake hat) because things are moving ahead to ...
I think I’ve mentioned—though no more than a gazillion times or so, so you might have missed it—that my next book to be published by DAW will be Masks, first book in a trilogy (and hopefully series) that will continue with Shadows and Faces.
Earlier today I spent a couple of hours on the phone with Sheila Gilbert, my editor (that's her on the right in the picture, with her co-publisher and co-editor at DAW, Betsy Wollheim, who won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor Long-Form this year at the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago), who had a...ahem...few notes about Shadows, the second book. Plus a few additional ...
You can now read the final issues of Fine Lifestyles Regina
and Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon
that I edited online. Just follow the links!
Here are the covers again:
The fall issues of Fine Lifestyles Regina and Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon, the last edited by me, are now out. Here are the covers. (Similar, but not identical!) They should both be online
sometime in the next little while.
Fine Lifestyles Regina includes a feature about me, written by Mark Claxton, and although I'm not exactly shy about promoting myself, I do feel I should emphasize it wasn't my idea: publisher Randy Liberet suggested it, and who was I to argue?
Once everything's online, I'll link to that and the other articles I wrote for ...
The freelance life is one of ups and downs and sudden changes of fortune, and it never pays to get too attached to anything. Even things that run for a very long time, like my science column, eventually wind down. And most projects never go on anywhere near as long as that did (around 20 years, which still boggles my mind).
Case in point: my editorship of Fine Lifestyles Regina, Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon, Fine Weddings Regina and Fine Homes Regina
I wrote for the first two issues of Fine Lifestyles Regina, but just a story in each. The offer to edit came along in the summer of 2009, and since then I've overseen the writing of five issues of FLR, and ...
The summer issues of Fine Lifestyles Regina and Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon, both of which I edit, are now online. Fine Lifestyles Regina features five prominent women on the cover; Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon has Vaughn Wyant and Lori Leach. We're already hard at work on the fall issue, due out in early October. Clicking on the covers below will take you directly to each respective issue.
Yesterday I posted my cover story from the spring issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina, an interview with Regina businessman Paul J. Hill. Today, I'm posting my cover story from the spring (and premiere!) issue of Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon, an interview and Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison. Enjoy! The summer issues of both magazines are just around the corner...
Saskatoon Mayor Donald Atchison likes to say anyone who doesn’t like the way things are going in this city should call his wife, Mardele, “because she was the one who encouraged me to run.”
It’s a joke, of course, and yet there’s an element of truth to it. She ...
What? You thought since I was already editing Fine Lifestyles Regina and Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon and Fine Weddings Regina, I was done? Ha! The Fine Lifestyles empire
continues to grow. Here's the cover for the latest in its stable of magazines that I'm editing: Fine Homes Regina.
Fortunately for my sanity, Fine Homes and Fine Weddings only come out twice a year...