6. August 2013 14:30
Review: This review really liked the Shadowrun Kickstarter anthology with my story "Locks and Keys" in it.
Publication: Blue Shift Magazine #1 is out. It includes my satrical SF story "Infestation of Adverts."
Contest: Apocalypse Ink Productions is doing a GoodReads giveaway of Children of Anu, Book 2 of the Karen Wilson Chronicles.
Event: I'm about to run off to SpoCon and then GenCon. My SpoCon schedule is:
5:00pm – Spokane Falls, Ballroom C
Creating a Background Story for Your RPG Character / Villain
Come join our panel of experts to up your game on a believable and dynamic background story for you RPG characters/villains.
11:00am – Parkside II
World-Building: Developing a Realistic Cityscape
No, you don't have to be an architect or engineer. And while it certainly couldn’t hurt to have some knowledge, what you need can be gained from any city. Just be observant; look and watch the actions of the world around you. Take account of how things are set up in the city…. Buildings, streets, sidewalks, bridges, and yes, even skywalks, too. Consider anything that you would find useful in your city, and then build upon it - futuristic, fantasy or even ancient ruins. The more real it is for you, the better you can share it with others. Talking it over with others can help. So come and hear what the Pro’s do to create their cities.
12:30pm – Reading Room
Reading by Jennifer Brozek - probably from "Infestation of Adverts."
6:30pm – Parkside I
How to Get Your Gaming Works Published
Come engage with the pros on how to get your fantastic ideas from the gaming dungeon to the halls of published gaming works.
2. January 2013 11:32
A day late and not a bit sorry. I’ve had family here for New Year’s and it was fabulous. We went to Pike’s Place Market, the Space Needle for brunch, the Chihuly exhibit, drove out to Ocean Shores (and got to see sun, clouds, rain, and snow along the way) where the ocean almost ate our car at high tide. Introduced them to the BBC series Sherlock, and generally had a mighty fine time. But now, it’s time to get back to my writerholic routine.
I’m very much of the opinion that if you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going. I also believe that if you don’t have a plan, you won’t get to where you want to go. As I am an author, I think of these things in terms of writing. Especially since I’m my own boss. I need something to hold up to myself and say… I did good!
Looking back at 2012
- New short stories written: 10; 8 sold, 2 pending
- Total short story subs made: 17; 9 sold, 5 rejected, 2 pending
- New articles written/published: 6
- RPG contracts: 8
- Anthologies edited: 3 (Dangers Untold, Beast Within 3, Coins of Chaos)
- Total new words written: just over 146,000
- Things published: 3 fiction books, 10 episodes of the Nellus Academy Incident, 3 RPG products, 4 short stories.
Looking at 2013 (turned in or contracted)
- Short stories to be published: 5
- Nellus Academy Incident episodes to be published: 15
- Anthologies to be published: 2
- Fiction books to be published: 2
- RPG books to be published: 2
Goals for 2013
- Short stories to write: 13 (Book 4 of the Karen Wilson Chronicles)
- Novelette to write: 1 (“Dreams of a Thousand Young” for Jazz Age Cthulhu, Innsmouth Free Press)
- Novel to write: 1 (YA book #2)
- RPG projects: 2 (Colonial Gothic: Roanoke, GRUNTZ fiction ebook)
- Books to edit: 3 (AIP projects #1, #2, #3)
- Anthologies to be edited: 2 (Project #1, Project #2)
Not bad for 2012 or for projected 2013. Of course, I’m not all writing, editing, game design, and publishing. No. I’ve got some travel in the mix. Projected conventions: 7. I don’t know for sure if I will make them all but this is what I have planned.
- Rainforest Village Writers Retreat, WA – Feb 27 - March 3 (Session 1 attendee)
- GothCon, Sweden – March 28-Apr 1 (GoH)
- Origins, OH – June 12-16 (Panelist, Dealer)
- WesterCon 66, CA – July 4-7 (Panelist, Dealer)
- Cascade Writers Workshop, OR – July 25-28 (Guest Speaker)
- GenCon, IN – August 15-18 (Panelist)
- Convolution, CA – Nov 2-4 (Panelist, Dealer)
8. December 2012 09:45
Sunday is my birthday. I’m getting older than I’d like to admit. As much as I like gifts, I decided that for this birthday, I was going to give out a gift of fiction. In 2009, I created a chapbook called Mastication. It’s a series of six stories about things that eat people. We had 200 copies made and that’s it. I know there are physical copies of this once free chapbook out there for sale. Now you can get it at the Apocalypse Ink Productions store for free.
And because people have asked…
My ThinkGeek wishlist is here.
If you are going to donor money in my name, please donate it to a charity caring for animals. In truth, I really love this.
Thanks for sticking around. I appreciate it.
30. July 2012 12:39
Here are some very cool odds and ends.
I've seen the new Shane Tyree cover for The Beast Within 3: Oceans Unleashed from Graveside Tales and it is to die for. Were-shark for the win!
I have a new review of Industry Talk: An Insider's Look at Writing RPGs and Editing Anthologies by the esteemed Richard Dansky. He liked it and that makes me happy.
Danielle of Dark Quest Books emailed me a new review of Human Tales anthology on the Billion Light-Year Bookshelf by Liegh Kimmel. Liegh had a very interesting point of view of the dark stories within this anthology.
If you like Battletech fiction, my new episodic gritty YA story, The Nellus Academy Incident, has begun on Battlecorps.com. You need a subscription to the site to read the story. Here is the announcement about it.
That's it for me. I hope all is going well with you.
10. May 2012 11:41
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDUSTRY TALK PRESS RELEASE MAY 2012
Industry Talk; Your guide to breaking into games, editing anthologies and managing your career
Release Date: May 10, 2012.
“Want to write for games? Want to navigate the dark labyrinths and endless mazes of freelancing? Let Brozek be your guide.”
– Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds and 500 Ways to be a Better Writer
Apocalypse Ink Productions brings you INDUSTRY TALK, by award-winning editor and veteran freelancer Jennifer Brozek, a collection of her previously published columns Dice and Deadlines and The Making of an Anthology. This insider’s guide for freelance game writers and editors contains brand-new content addressing frequently asked questions like "How to pitch an anthology", and includes advice on managing a freelance career.
“If you’re going to make that leap, though, and come over to the freelance side to join us, don’t go blind. Do your research. Ask questions. Read this book.”
– Matt Forbeck, author of Amortals and Vegas Knights
Available: May 10th, 2012
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Industry-Talk-Insiders-Anthologies-ebook/dp/B0081WAGEE/
Drive Thru Fiction: http://www.drivethrufiction.com/product/101746/Industry-Talk%3A-An-Insider%27s-Look-at-Writing-RPGs-and-Editing-Anthologies
Nook and ePub forthcoming.
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