Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
Things are starting to come together now for EOLYN's debut as a Hadley Rille Books publication. The release date has been set for early May. Ginger Prewitt is drawing up a map; and Jesse Smolover has agreed to work with us on the cover art. Both artists have collaborated with Hadley Rille before; Prewitt has done maps for Kim Vandervort and Terri-Lynne DeFino, and Smolover did the cover art for DeFino's FINDER. I met with HR editor Eric T. Reynolds on Wednesday to talk about cover design. We came up with some very cool ideas, and I am excited to see what the artist does with them.
In other good news, my flash fiction short "When Sally Met Ben" has been accepted for publication in the December/January issue of 69 Flavors of Paranoia. This is a great little story that grew out of a writing exercise with my local writers' group, the Dead Horse Society.
In honor of the holiday weekend, I'm giving myself a break from writing a full blog post, but not without giving you a little treat. This is an audio recording of the opening pages of Chapter 1 -- part of the reading I did for World Fantasy at the end of October. The acoustics aren't the best, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. If you haven't read all of Chapter 1 yet, you can find the text by clicking HERE.
The image used for today's video is from Biogradska Gora National Park in Montenegro, one of the few remaining patches of old growth forest in Europe. This scene is a bit more summery, maybe, than what is appropriate for the reading, but I liked the photo so I decided to use it anyway.