August 29, 2014

"The Winds of Winter" Optimism

George R.R. Martin is finally back after a large amount of time traveling. This is good news for those eager for The Winds of Winter, and here's why....

Dream Publishers + A Few Requests From Them

I know with this post, I am getting really ahead of myself - but an author can dream eh? It is not my intent to 'step on any toes' here, but for me to merely express some of the big names in publishing whom I would love to work with and print Kalvel. And you know what, in the end all that really matters is if eventually I do get published...

August 23, 2014

"The Empty Throne" Cover Reveal

Here is the cover for Bernard Cornwell's upcoming book, The Empty Throne, which is #8 in his Saxon Stories series. This one will be out in the fall sometime, though the format which I will get it in (and have the rest of the series) will be out in May sometime.

August 22, 2014

iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program

If you are one of the (un)lucky few, you just need to back up your data, wipe it, and visit your local Apple Store or Apple-approved retailer for a fresh new battery. One major catch: If you've got a busted screen or other damage, you have to fix that first, on your own. But if that's not a problem, the program has already started in the US and China, with other countries to follow on August 29th. Check your serial here:

August 14, 2014

Quick Awesome Chapters Sale

Ending tomorrow is a box set sale at Chapters, Canada's national bookstore. You can save up to 50% on some boxed sets. To view them, go here

Highlights include: The Complete Far Side, The Hunger Games, Legend of Zelda strategy guide set, Divergent Complete series (including Four), Harry Potter Complete series (adult edition), The Chronicles of Narnia, and of course, A Song of Ice and Fire (trade paperback). To check to see if a series is eligible, type in the name of it (or author, etc.) and 'box' or 'boxed' and you should get a few results showing the various editions or types of sets.

Brandon Sanderson Goodreads Q&A

Earlier, Brandon Sanderson was part of a Q&A on Goodreads. Read it here:

August 12, 2014

Oblivion Checklist

So I've been playing Oblivion at a steady pace, in my spare leisure time - you know, when I've done some writing, not in the mood to watch a show / movie, etc...
Since this game is 'free roam' I only really follow a strategy if I get stuck on a quest, or if I want to read up on an area before I get there. I just hit level 20 last night, and here is my checklist for the foreseeable future:
- recommendations for fighters and mages guild for Bravil and Bruma. [My cities visited, in order, are Chorrol, Skingrad, Cheydinhal, Anvil, L, and am now in Bravil]
- getting the Relics of the Crusader [since I have blade specialty, I'd rather the sword than mace]
- Castle of Kvatch [Oblivion gate is closed, though. Chipping away at this one. My next step is the Guardhouse Key portion]
- Arcane University [enchanting and spell creation]
- Oblivion gates / main quest
- undecided about Shivering Isles.
The game is going pretty well - I am enjoying it and the story is pretty engrossing, as are some of the quests. The Knights of the Nine content is particularly interesting.

August 7, 2014

A Look at the New Edition of "The Ice Dragon"

New 'Stormlight' Story

Today, a new Stormlight story was unveiled. Is it a short story / novella / etc? Is it from Book 3 (or another book yet to come)? Either way, if you have not yet read Words of Radiance, here be spoilers after the jump.

August 5, 2014

Go Deeper Into Desolation

This post is for those who actually liked The Hobbit (Part 2), and have an interest in the trilogy's extended editions.