“Boxed” would be more accurate, but doesn’t make as catchy a title. Patience, I will explain.
The desk on which my computer sits, the desk where I do my writing, has two sets of shelves, bracketing the space where the monitor sits. The set of shelves on the right is divided in half vertically (so as to create two shelves, one on top of the other), and is where I keep all my CD-Roms, zip disks, and floppies.
The set of shelves on the left is divided in thirds horizontally. The three spaces are tall enough to fit oversized books in them. In the first section, I have a dictionary, thesaurus, Chicago Manual of Style, and Strunk & White. In the next section, I have my 3.5E core books. Ever since I won MoP, I’ve kept all my hardbound FR source books in the final section.
I took them down and put them in the box with all my other D&D stuff yesterday.
As many of you probably already noticed, I scheduled a book signing at the local Borders. Check out the Events page for details.
Last year, while writing “How Burlmarr . . .”, I held a contest to come up with the draconic word for “lightning.” I picked three finalists from the entries. Now that the book is out, many of you have read the line where Burlmarr/Palarandusk utters a draconic phrase to cast the spell chain lightning:
Svent throden ghiks mirth krahkxiss!
The literal translation of that line is “Kill many orcs with lightning!” The word I chose, “krahkxiss,” was submitted by Kaiscomet. As a prize for being selected, I’m going to send him a signed copy of Realms of the Dragons II. I’ve been unable to contact him so far, though, and would appreciate anyone’s help if they know how to get a hold of him.
In other news, Wizards has posted my Author Profile, a sample chapter, and a character profile of Kestus Aentius from Maiden of Pain. Go check them out.
Looks like I won’t have any input on the cover this time. It will be done by the same artist who has done the first two books. In Phil’s words, the cover is “very creepy, and very cool.” I can’t wait to see it!
As far as my continued relationship with WotC, Phil told me that he is sitting down with some of the other editors and going over their work-for-hire guidelines for 2005. Once that has been hammered out, all the authors who are in the FR pool will be advised. At least I got a copy of the 2005 FR Style Guide in the mail the other day. That’s a good sign, right?
One of the guidelines in the open call was that iconic characters, i.e., NPCs that held positions of import or impact withing the Realms, were not to be killed or even made an integral part of the story. In my attempt to adhere to that rule, I chose Luthcheq as my setting, because none of the “big names” resided there. Even so, the Karanoks, ruling family of Luthcheq, had write-ups in both 2E and 3E. Therefore, I made every effort to be ambiguous about any final resolutions concerning the family.
That has changed with the revisions Phil gave me. I’ve been given the green light to shake things up for the Karanoks. In fact, Phil actively encouraged me to pursue a couple events I had set up to their logical conclusions.
He’s also allowing me to basically fill in the blanks on an “origin story” for one of the Karanoks. This is part of the revisions to the prologue I started this weekend. What was the second half of the prologue has been turned into Chapter One (subsequently bumping the previous Chapter One to Chapter Two, and so forth down the line), to be replaced by the origin of this member of the Karanok family.
I have to say that I am honored, and a bit surprised, at the impact my first book will have on the Realms. It’s no RSE (Realms-Shaking Event), but I have it from a reliable source that it does create a great lead-in to some future happenings planned for this part of Faerun.
I went book-shopping on Saturday. I had finally finished book ten of the Wheel of Time and had a day of sitting at a garage sale ahead of me, so I thought it’d be a good time to pick up a couple new books.
I got a couple FR books I had been meaning to buy. The first was The Yellow Silk by Don Bassingwaithe, the final book in the Rogues series. I ended up finishing it that day. I could not put it down. I think both it and The Alabaster Staff were my favorite of the series.
The other book I got was Lady of Poison, book one of the Priests. This is the series that my book will conclude. I wanted also to see how other authors handled their priest characters.
Another reason I went book shopping was because I had heard that Wizards was starting to advertise Maiden in their current releases. I knew of at least one title that listed it, and figured it would also be mentioned in the first Priests book. What I didn’t know was that in some books, there was a promotional blurb along with my name and the title:
The book that Forgotten Realms novel fans have been waiting for–the result of an exhaustive international talent search. The newest star in the skies of Faerun tells a story of torture, sacrifice, and betrayal.
I nearly cried. I mean, it was cool enough just to see my name in ink, but reading even a vague description of the story, it was like the impact of realizing I’m getting my first novel published hit me all over again.