How is it August already?! The calendar is almighty. Perhaps it was another whirlwind month of busyness and activity. I thought things would calm down after working 200 hours in June, but they ended up being just as busy. You know what, though? It means I’ve got a shit-tonne of things to tell you about. Prepare thyself. Here’s everything that went down in July.
The juicy news this month is all about The Forever King, so let’s jump into that so you’re not fidgeting with excitement. First thing you need to know…
The Forever King is Finished!
If you missed it, I decided to finish The Forever King out in the wilds of Vancouver Island by a lake and some mountains. You can watch my adventure in the last BenCast. I’m pleased to tell you that the first draft of The Forever King is now complete at 150,000ish words, and I’m currently neck-deep in the second drafts edits. Second thing you need to know…
The Forever King Book Cover
This week, I also revealed the book cover for The Forever King! Go on. Drink that fantasy goodness in:
DAYUM, am I proud of that artwork. I can only claim the concept and colours, and all credit goes to cover designer Pen Astridge for turning my fevered, chimpish scribbling into this cover. I think you’ll be glad to see I kept the same style as the Emaneska Series. Let me know what you think of the design and this badass new character, Mithrid!
I’m pleased to say The Forever King will be available to pre-order from September 1st (ish) and launching on December 1st 2020. That’s barely four months away now and not long to wait. You can add The Forever King to your Goodreads, too.
The Last BenCast
In the last update blog, I told you about bringing my vlog series – The BenCast – to an end. 10 years and almost 100 BenCasts later, the end has, alas, come. I decided it would be a fitting end to the BenCast to film my writing excursion to the wilds and finish the new book on camera. You can watch in on my ‘Tube, and look out for the new vlog series starting this month: Road to a Million.
Whaaat? A new short story?
Earlier this year, I got to grimdark it up with another short story, called Road to Hella. Even better, the illustrious Grimdark Magazine were kind enough to publish it! It’s a new story about a hunter, the goddess of death, daemons, and big ole magical guns, and I’m honoured to have it amongst such fellow authors. Get yourself an issue or two of this awesome mag: https://www.grimdarkmagazine.com/product/grimdark-magazine-23/
The Fantasy Fiends podcast
Andy Peloquin and Stevie Collier are hilarious and brilliant authors, and the scurrilous pair were kind enough to invite me onto their fantasy podcast. We had a chat about how great power can lead to great evil. Watch on YouTube or Facebook.
The co-writing has begun!
The co-writing project I announced last month has officially begun. David Estes and I have been shaping up our world and making it into something dark and delicious. I don’t think I’ve done this much world-building in years, and this week I’ve broken ground on the first chapter.
And that is pretty much all of this month’s exciting news. Hope you’re looking forward to the release of The Forever King as much as I am. I’ll be back at the start of September with the August update. In the meantime, I think I need a godsdamn day off…