The Knights of Dark Renown…

I’ve always made it a policy not to comment on other writers’ work, one way or the other, but I can’t help myself this time! I finished The Knights of Dark Renown by David Gemmell last night, and it’s easily one of the best fantasy books I’ve read.

It’s the first time I’ve read Gemmell, and I’m looking forward to getting into the rest of his stuff. It’s been quite a while since a book has kept me up until 3am without realising how late it is.

On craft and learning…

I came across a series of Youtube videos a few days ago that I want to share here, as I think they are a pretty incredible resource for anyone interested in writing.

It’s a series of lectures given by Brandon Sanderson on creative writing and the publishing business in general. Brandon wrote the Mistborn series, among other things, and was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. He’s easily one of the biggest (if not the biggest) name in modern fantasy writing, so anything he says is going to be worth listening to.

It would be a pretty big treat to get to see a one hour workshop with someone as talented and high profile as him so for them to have put an entire academic year’s worth of lectures (I think there’s 2 years there now) online for anyone to watch is unbelievably generous.

If you write and want to improve, watch ’em!

All work and no play…

Well, I’ve been pretty rubbish at keeping up with my blog posts — I’ve just noticed that it’s been over a month since my last one. The same reason as I gave last time still stands, which is that I don’t have any interesting news to report!

I blame that entirely on the fact that I’ve been working pretty hard on getting all my releases ready for this year. The final part of the Society of the Sword trilogy is awaiting copy editing, the book to follow has just returned from its developmental edit, and the one to follow that is being readied for developmental edit. All work and no play, as the post title indicates.

It’s around this point with a book — approaching copy edit — that I usually settle on a title. I never like the working titles that I give them. As such, I’ve almost settled on a name for the final part of Society of the Sword. To whet your appetite, here are a few that didn’t make the grade:

-The Final Intrigue (bleh)

-The White Banner (even more bleh, and almost completely irrelevant to the story!)

-Soren’s Big Day Out (ok, I just made this one up. And it’s not even that funny… I’ll get my coat…)

As to what I’ve almost decided on? Well, I’m afraid you’re just going to have to wait a little longer on that one!

Hope everyone’s well!