New Excerpts Are Live

In all of the hubbub of launching When the Sky Comes Looking for You, I forgot to add some new excerpts to the site. So, here’s four new Thunder Road snippets for you to taste!

“The Empress of Marshmallow” from Pirating Pups. Read an excerpt here.

“Ballroom Blitz” from When the Sky Comes Looking for You. Read an excerpt here.

“Far Gone and Out” from When the Sky Comes Looking for You.  Read an excerpt here

“No Sunshine in Hel” from When the Sky Comes Looking for You.  Read an excerpt here.

Thanks for reading!

The 2022 To-Read List: November

Since one of my writing goals was to read more, I thought it would help to keep track of what I knocked off Mount Tsundoku. Here’s as good a place as any to post what I’ve read to keep me honest, and what I thought of each book immediately after finishing.

I’m changing how I build my to-read stacks in 2022. This year, each stack of five will have to include at least two books by women, one non-fiction book, one book by an author I know personally, and one anthology (I’m making a conscious effort to read more short stories this year). Previously my goal was for each to-read pile to contain at least one book by a BIPOC or LGBTQ2S+ author, one book by a woman, one non-fiction book, and one book by an author I know personally. Creating those piles from my own shelves was starting to get tricky after two years, and I still plan on trying to read through books I’ve already purchased as much as possible. I’m going to add at least one book from the library by a BIPOC or LGBTQ2S+ author for every stack I build to continue trying to diversify my reading.

The library has become my go-to for keeping up on what’s going in comics, so I’m sure there’ll be a number of graphic novels (and roleplaying games I backed on Kickstarter) that jump the queue and end up in the piles from time to time as well.

Transformers the Roleplaying Game by Renegade Studios: The Transformers RPG uses a similar rules set to the G.I. Joe RPG (I have clearly failed another saving throw against nostalgia). My biggest complaint about this one (and G. I. Joe the Roleplaying Game as well), other than both seeming a little fiddly for my gaming tastes, is that I can’t imagine wanting to play a Level One Transformer. Still, the book is very well put together, has great art, and the intro adventure looks fun.

The Autumnal by Daniel Kraus, Chris Sheehan, Jason Wordie, Jim Campbell: Fun spooky season graphic novel found at the library. Excellent folk horror tale with a very cinematic feel. Fantastic and creepy art.

Miskatonic by Mark Sable, Giorgio Pontrelli, Pippa Bowland, Thomas Mauer: An H.P. Lovecraft-inspired police procedural set during the early days of the Bureau of Investigation under Hoover. Plays with Lovecraft stories “The Shadow over Innsmouth,” “The Terror at Red Hook,” and “The Thing on the Doorstep.” I enjoyed the way it blended the three stories into one narrative.

Dead North edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: An anthology of Canadian zombie fiction. This book contains probably my favourite zombie story of all time, Richard Van Camp’s “On the Wings of This Prayer.” Other favourites from this anthology were: “The Herd” by Tyler Keevil, “The Sea Half-Held by Night” by E. Catherine Tobler, “Kissing Carrion” by Gemma Files, and “Rat Patrol” by Kevin Cockle.

SFSX Vol.1 Protection by Tina Horn, Michael Dowling, Alejandra Gutiérrez: I grabbed this one from the library without knowing anything about it. A near future puritanical dystopia being resisted by sex workers. I enjoyed the story, though it was a tough read at times, and really enjoyed the art.

Pathfinder Vol.1: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub, Andrew Huerta: Been reading a lot of Pathfinder setting material lately, so I decided to revisit this book. It was still a fun read. I like Jim Zub’s fantasy aesthetic, but Huerta’s art wasn’t to my personal taste.

Dracula by Bram Stoker, Illustrated by Jae Lee: I’ve wanted to reread Dracula for ages. It’s probably been over twenty years since I’ve read it. Really enjoyed revisiting it after all that time. I’m not used to reading works of this era anymore, so it definitely slowed down my reading. Reminds me that I want to write an epistolary story of my own some day.

Cold Bodies by Magdalene Visaggio, Andrea Mutti, Nate Piekos: A fun winter slasher comic. Really enjoyed this. It felt cinematic. Had it been an actual slasher movie, I’d have watched the hell out of it. As it is, I’ll probably want to revisit this read in the future.

A Girl Called Echo Vol.1: Pemmican Wars by Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk:

A Girl Called Echo Vol.2: Red River Resistance by Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk:

A Girl Called Echo Vol.3: Northwest Resistance by Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk:

A Girl Called Echo Vol.4: Road Allowance Era by Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson, Donovan Yaciuk: I read the complete series in one go. Echo Desjardins slips from her present into the past learning about her Metis history. Includes reproductions of historical documents and a time line of events. Excellent introduction to some history on the prairies that I wasn’t taught in school, and just a good read with great art and beautiful colours.

Castaways by Laura Pérez, Pablo Monforte, translated by Silvia Pérez Labayen: Set in Madrid in the 80s and then Barcelona ten years later. Each location and time receives its own colour palette browns for the 80s and blues for the 90s. I don’t read a lot of European comics. Very different pacing and structure than I’m used to, but it held my interest despite lacking any speculative elements.

Pathfinder 2nd Edition Absalom City of Lost Omens by Paizo: A fantastic bit of setting lore that opens up campaigns worth of adventure. I think even if you didn’t want to use the city of Absalom as it exists in Pathfinder’s Golarion setting, you could mine this text for ideas for any major fantasy city in gaming. Really impressed with this supplement.

Here’s what I read in January.

Here’s what I read in February.

Here’s what I read in March.

Here’s what I read in April.

Here’s what I read in May.

Here’s what I read in June.

Here’s what I read in July.

Here’s what I read in August.

Here’s what I read in September.

Here’s what I read in October.

Check out my roundup of my 2021 reading here.

Check out my roundup of my 2020 reading here.

Award Eligible Works Published in 2022

It’s that time of year again! If you are one of those nominating, or thinking about nominating, works for science fiction/fantasy-related awards (the Nebula, the Hugo, the Aurora, in particular), in 2022 I published the following:

Books:

When the Sky Comes Looking for You, Ravenstone Books (October 2022). If you’re voting in the Auroras, When the Sky Comes Looking for You is eligible in the Best Related Work category.

Short stories:

“The Empress of Marshmallow,” Pirating Pups: Salty Sea-Dogs and Barking Buccaneers, Tyche Books, Rhonda Parrish, editor, August 2022. About 5800 words, eligible in the short story category. Read an excerpt here.

“Ballroom Blitz,” When the Sky Comes Looking for You, Ravenstone Books, October 2022. About 7550 words, eligible in the novelette category. Read an excerpt here.

“Far Gone and Out,” When the Sky Comes Looking for You, Ravenstone Books, October 2022. About 8000 words, eligible in the novelette category. Read an excerpt here.

“No Sunshine in Hel,” When the Sky Comes Looking for You, Ravenstone Books, October 2022. About 9400 words, eligible in the novelette category. Read an excerpt here.

If you’re voting on any the various speculative fiction awards this year and want to read more of any of these stories please drop me a line, and I’ll make sure you can read any of my work that interests you. If you’re looking for more additions to your reading list, Cat Rambo and A.C. Wise keep pretty comprehensive lists of who published what in 2022.

Thanks for reading, folks!

A Couple Fun Things

A couple fun little bits of promo material happened to cross my desk at the same time yesterday, so I thought I’d post the links here too.

I wrote up a guest blog for the publishers of the Thunder Road series where I talk about my “writing studio.” I give a little tour of where and how I write.

It took me a moment to decide exactly what I should call my “studio.” I can—and do—write pretty much anywhere and everywhere. I write on the bus to work, on my coffee and lunch breaks. I’ve dictated scenes into my phone while on the road, edited on planes and in hotels on my way to, from, and during, conferences. I’ve transcribed notes on the couch while watching D&D livestreams and cartoons. Pretty much wherever I can steal a moment and a scrap of paper and pen is fair game to make some new words or fix some old ones. All that said, my home office is still where I call my writing home.

And, an interview I gave with Kelsey James with CanStar News to promote When the Sky Comes Looking for You is out in the world now, where I talk about about my love of fantasy and how I ended up as a fan of Norse Mythology.

“What I like about fantasy, as a writer, is it allows you to do anything,” Ginther said.

Thanks for hosting me, and thank you for reading!