April 28, 2016

Writing Update

Guess what? I’m back at the writing!

The other night I wasn’t planning on doing any, and I churned out a page after a quick format check of all my documents. It seems that the manuscript submission guidleines have either changed, or become slightly less strict in the past few years. I like to adhere to those as I write, that way I won’t have to worry about formatting later on.

I’m going to try and get more in from time to time, but I take that ‘random spout’ as a good sign. You can’t rush or force this. Sometimes it just comes, and other times, you just aren’t in the mood to sit at the computer. I’m also in the progress of migrating from my old main pc to my new main PC. It’ll take a little bit before it’s entirely back, but I’m up and running now.

All of my book titles are 'as of now.' I'd like to to use them, and explore what they could mean, or how to tie into my work. This may go against writing, in that you write first, and have your book title near the end, but I sort of had some titles first, then developed its meaning or a plot point about it. I have a general idea on my story, but sometimes a title can help the story out. For example, both "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Return of the Shadow" both work because they hint at what happens, or what "The Lord of the Rings" Part 1 is about.

It looks like I may still be able to make my Oct. deadline. Not for Volume I, but for the short story I’m working on.

April 24, 2016

Easier to Find Tolkien Hardbacks

Ok, I realize something now: when I suggest Tolkien books to get, I tend to favour my preferred editions of the books. At the time I publish those posts, they may be in stock. But, months later, they may not be, thus making them harder to find, even online. This post is for those who may not have the time and effort to go hunting after a particular edition; or anyone wishing to get hardbacks of Tolkien's books. 

The numbers I'm listing below are the ISBN, a direct link to a particular version of the book. I even put them in bold. In my research before writing this post, I have found some pretty common ones. So check these 'easier to find' hardback editions by plugging in the ISBN into whichever site you plan to buy them from [or search the ISBN on Google to read more about them. they are pretty basic, but still nice, and cost-effective.]


First up, we have The Hobbit, where it all began.

If you're shopping in Canada using Chapters, I recommend this:

9780007487301. [Note: the matching Lord of the Rings volumes are out-of-print (for some reason...) and very difficult and pricey to find. This edition of The Hobbit, however, works very well 'on it's own'. It's in hardback, and it's easy enough to find.]

If you're not using Chapters, are not fussy about what website to use, etc, then here is a great edition that Amazon.com (US) and the Book Depository (UK based, but free shipping) carry well enough:
9780547953830 *

 Next up, we have The Lord of the Rings, which can be sold as 1 one large book featuring the complete novel, or the 3 books that most people are familiar with. (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King), Of course, there is a box set as well.

* If you want The Lord of the Rings as a large single volume *

9780618645619 *

* If you'd rather The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King *

The Fellowship of the Ring: 9780395489314 *
The Two Towers: 9780395489338 *
The Return of the King
: 9780395489307 *
Box Set: 9780395489321 * [the same as above, except you get a box-sleeve that they slide out of. The books themselves are the same]. 

Other Tolkien books:

Let's not forget about the other stuff!

The Silmarillion:
9780808521402 ; 9780618135042 *

Unfinished Tales:

9780618154043 *

And last but not least....

The Lord of the Rings Reader's Companion

9780618642670 *The Companion is an annotated reader's guide which gives an awesome study of the evolution of the text, as well as some great material if you want a more in-depth reading experience. A definite recommendation on my part.

And that's it for the principal Middle-earth books! Anything marked with a "*" means that it'll go with other books that have been assigned that marker -  matching set, if you will.

These books I've posted about are stocked well enough (depending on the site you visit. I suggest, chapters.ca (or barnesandnoble.com if you live in the US), amazon.com, or bookdepository.com), and they are as reasonably priced as well. 

April 12, 2016

Game of Thrones: 20th Anniversary Edition

Whether or not we’ll have The Winds of Winter by then, (or know the release date) there’s a reason to celebrate 2016 for Ice and Fire fans – it marks twenty years since the saga first began with A Game of Thrones.

On October 18, the anniversary will be celebrated by publishing a hardback illustrated edition. At this point, all the details (artist who is illustrating, cover art etc) has yet to be revealed, but at the moment the page count is 992 pages, or 800, depending on which site you visit. The ISBN for this edition is
9780553808049. So far, only the first book in the series will receive this format. I’m sure it’ll be great for collectors to grab up though.

Other food for though I have:

Martin seems extremely dedicated to finishing up The Winds of Winter, the next book in the series. There has been evidence in the past 3-6 months supporting this. After the book comes out, I fully expect a few non 'main book' (but still related, and in the world and mythos) projects to come our way in between books 6 and 7.

I predict:

- There will be the fourth Dunk and Egg story published in an anthology
- Another 'history' story, similar to The Princess and the Queen, and The Rogue Prince, to come in another anthology.
- POSSIBLY The Princess and the Queen and The Rogue Prince published together in one book (with illustrations...?) This would be a publisher thing.
- Book 7 published, end of A Song of Ice and Fire.
- Martin completes Dunk and Egg over the course of time, as well as Wild Cards material, here and there.
- Martin completes Fire and Blood (The "GRRMarillion")

.....and that's it. That's how I see things happening.

April 1, 2016

Late March / Early April Update

So just a quick little update….

I’m still writing / and planning my book series. I’m not saying I’ve stopped writing it, but now I’m doing a bit more research and ‘planning’. So that’s the latest on me as an ‘author’. Still in mind, and written down, but not necessarily writing the ‘book’ itself at this point. Doing stuff so that I can writer further, and better.

Me as a reader: I’ve finished re-reading The Silmarillion. Since about October, I’ve been re-reading some Tolkien, beginning with The Hobbit, and continuing with The Lord of the Rings, and recently The Silmarillion. Now I’m on Unfinished Tales. Following that, I’ll take a Tolkien break, most likely with The Winter King, and the other two books in that series. Once I do return to Tolkien (not for a bit of time due to my reading pile) it will be for, in my reading (and also published order) The Children of Hurin, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun, The Fall of Arthur, Beowulf, and finally The Story of Kullervo. At some point I’d like to go through the Lord of the Rings Reader’s Companion.

Me as a gamer: loving the PS4, but haven’t put a lot of time into playing it. I’m currently on the Uncharted remastered set, which came with it. A few others I want to get it for it.
On the PC I’m going through Skyrim. I’m a Breton, specializing in swords and shields, light armor, I sneak when in ‘bad’ areas (caves, forts), auto run on, destro magicka for ranged, and resto magicka for healing etc. I may also do alteration in give myself shields etc, if those made it in from Oblivion.
I’m also playing through Twilight Princess (HD), and making the odd Mario Maker levels from time to time.
On my 3DSXL, I’ve got Fire Emblem: Awakening on the go. For the wii u, I connected an older external hard drive with the intention of downloading some virtual console / eshop games for it. So my remaining on-board HD space will be for Zelda U, as well as any content relating to it. Of course Mario Maker may have a few updates as well.

Me as a TV watcher: currently re-watching all of Game of Thrones. The next time I watch, it’ll be for Season 5. Gotta say, not waiting a year for a season, or a week for an Episode, definitely benefits the show. Well, all / most shows, yes, but Thrones in particular. Once I’m caught up before Season 6, I’ll squeeze the newest season of House of Cards in before then. After that, most likely Bloodline Season 2, and then, Vikings Season 4.

Me as a movie fan: I’ve got a few to see via Netflix, etc…but for the cinemas the big two in the next little bit I refuse to miss, and will see shortly after they release, are Civil War and Warcraft. There’s a few here and there throughout the year, but in the next bit those are the two I’m looking forward to. I recently saw Star Wars Episode VII, and my next one to see [not at the cinema] will be Dawn of Justice. I’ll be watching all the DCU and Star Wars Sequel Trilogy movies out of the cinema.

So that’s about it…also, for 37.5 hours a week, Mon-Fri I work. Need money to live, as well as pay for stuff I want. But, I’m buying less and less. I’m sure there will be a ‘surge’ at some point.