Thank you once again to all of the editors who published me this year, and to all of the readers who read, supported, and shared my work with others. Here we are, folks!
February was a pretty packed month, and while many events happened that were a blast, I am a little disappointed in myself that I missed out on the gym so much. News wise, the biggest thing to come out of February was that I made a new story sale to John Joseph Adams and the great team at Lightspeed Magazine! Thanks again to my writing group and other friends who helped whip this story into shape. It makes my sixth sale overall, and the third story due out this year, which is all sorts of wobbly-wobbly excitement!
More details as they come. So keep an eye out on my social media, friends! A little recap, a little book recommendation, a little teasing for the future, all rolled up tight, right here. Like a piece of sushi. I came into with a few goals, as detailed in my last post, but above all, this: Some of these things are easier than the others. Hoping to drop down towards the end by February-early March.
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It does feel good to be back at the gym, working out. Watching my breath, feeling my pulse throb in my neck, feeling my face heat and track the sweat falling down my eyebrow. Work has been going well; learning more and more each day in the weird and wild world of SEO, and Search. Meanwhile, work on the new novel goes on; a few more chapters done, and getting a better pace and rhythm with it, which is always exciting.
I wrote a piece for Tor. Reading wise, this was a very fantastic month for books. I have a review or two for the ones below, so consider this a quick snippet of thoughts:. The Art of Starving by Sam J. I loved the ever-living hell out of it. Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer — Epic fantasy debut involving giant, magical rainforests, reborn gods, and a stubborn as hell protagonist.
Definitely enjoyable, though I had my nitpicks. Bookburners by Max Gladstone et al. An awesome, campy, pulpy, fun and horror infused romp through the worlds of magic, mysticism, and myth, written by a group of very strong writers. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders — His debut novel, Saunders does to novel narratives what he has done to short story narratives: Not a novel to be missed. Including someone she loves. Philosophical, gut-wrenching, lovely, funny, and violent, while further deepening the mythos of the world.
City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett — The final book in his Divine Cities trilogy, Bennett knocks it out of the park, as Sigurd Je Harkvaaldson dedicates himself to hunting down the people responsible for assassinating his best friend and former Prime Minister of Saypur, Shara Komayd. Everything is firing on all cylinders, and I was in tears by the end. You need to rewrite your novel.
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Tell your first and beta-readers to go screw themselves, and shove your work into the world, critics be damned. Now getting back to work could mean a few different things, which is why I advocate taking time off from finishing a novel to working on it right away. I myself took a few months off from my critique for Magnetic , but I spent that time asking myself questions about my writing groups thoughts, talking it over with friends, and finding out the best way to preserve the heart of the story, but change the form of it.
Now, several months later, the re-outline has started. Now, I know the title of this post is cheeky, but I want to make a point here: Do I want to rewrite it? Like I said, hoping to maintain the heart of the novel, but change a lot of the outer layers to get to where I need to go. For those wondering, this is my eligibility post for the work I had published in It is a novelette at approximately 11, words, and is of the epic fantasy variety.
Set in a world of memory magic, it follows Glass Kiss, a Thoughtblade of the Cold Empire, who has been tasked by an outside force to betray her leadership, break into the Imperial Pillar on a holiday night, and kill a certain memory within the mind of the Prince of Pain.
It is the opening gambit in a potential triptych of stories set in this world, in this time, and I look forward to introducing more of the Cold Empire in the future. The opening gambit in a planned Cold Empire Triptych, BCS was the perfect place to introduce everyone to this world of memory magic, elemental golems, and giant, stone serpents. My twin brother got married to an amazing woman, and the day could not have gone more perfectly. I finished the second draft of my novel Magnetic, which was critiqued by my writing group, Altered Fluid.
It is a privilege to work with them, and an even greater one to give them my first finished novel, and ask them for their help. The critique, while stressful, has proven successful, and with their thoughts and help, I am now re-outlining the story for a third draft of the novel. It will be a different sort of beast, but of a similar caliber.
The last story I finished writing at Clarion, I finally found the time to edit, revise, and re-tool this scaled tale, and am very happy it has found a home at Shimmer.
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A story of two men, magical guns, and dragons from another world, it is also about love, grief, and endurance in a world that wants to kill you. I have been recently promoted at work to a position that is at once scary and new, as well as fascinating and fun. What else need be said? The fight has always been fought, of course, but now we must all fight: I will do my part in , and I hope you do, too. I could disarm a bomb today, wrestle a shark tomorrow, and it would still prove the more difficult of the three.
I am working through it, and something inside of me is resetting like a broken bone, but it is a fragile, tentative thing.
Taking more time for mental health. As established in this question , all of Rick Riordan's mythological series take place in a single universe. I have not read any of his books, but this gave me a question. If I were to read the books it would be my first time reading them and I would intend to read all of the books at once.
In what order should Rick Riordan's mythological series be read to make the most sense, and what is the chronological order? Percy Jackson and the Olympians deals with the Greek gods. The Heroes of Olympus deals with the Greek and Roman gods. The Kane Chronicles deals with the Egyptian gods. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard deals with the Norse gods. The Trials of Apollo has Greek so far, and might have Roman. There may be some slight spoilers included here. I tried to put them in spoiler quotes, so don't click those if you haven't read them yet.
There might be a few minor spoilers not marked, but I tried to mark them all.
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I will present two orders here, chronological order and the order in which they should be read first. This is mostly in chronological order, but it's ordered more in how they came out and how they will make the most sense. When there are books just listed in order, that's the order that the series goes in. This is the sequel series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians , and is a continuation of the stories. After this would be a good time to read The Demigod Diaries , a collection of short stories, which have stories from The Heroes of Olympus.
These are sort-of in the same universe see the other question but they are with entirely different characters. The series makes several references to Percy Jackson and the Olympians , though, so read that first. Now, you should read The Trials of Apollo and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard together, as they take place at the same time and may have spoilers if not read together.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard focuses on Annabeth's cousin, and is sort of a continuation of The Heroes of Olympus , as it makes several references, and Annabeth appears in the books. The chronological order is great for a re-read, and probably isn't bad if you're on a first read, but the above is better for first ;. This is the beginning of the stories, which introduced us to Camp Half-Blood and all our favorite characters. It focuses on Percy and Annabeth's attempt to rescue Charles Beckendorf from giant ants. This is the first book in the The Kane Chronicles series. As near as I can figure, it takes place around now, in between Percy Jackson and the Olympians: This is a short story set a month after The Last Olympian , and focuses on Percy and Annabeth's attempt to recover Hermes'caduceus.
This is a short story written by Haley Riordan, Rick Riordan's son, and is canon. It focuses on what happened to an enemy demigod after the Second Titan War. This is the second book in the The Kane Chronicles. It focuses on Carter and Sadie's attempt to wake the god Ra. This is the first book in the The Heroes of Olympus series. It is set around six months after The Last Olympian. This is a short story that focuses on Leo's attempt to recover a part before his project destroys Camp Half-Blood, while simultaneously dealing with the Maenads, the crazed followers of Dionysus.
It's set about a month after The Lost Hero. This is the second book. It focuses on Percy's experience with the Roman Camp Jupiter. This starts around -5 minutes after the end of The Son of Neptune. The Staff of Serapis. Annabeth and Sadie fight the god Serapis. Set a few months after The Son of Sobek. The Crown of Ptolemy. Third and final crossover. Set a few months after The Staff of Serapis. Carter, Sadie, Annabeth, and Percy. The first book in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Magnus and his friends rebind the wolf Fenris.
Set a few months after The Heroes of Olympus. This is the first book in The Trials of Apollo. Apollo falls to the Earth as a human for punishment, and must fix the broken Oracles.