Writing Projects

WoA cover mockupI’m so happy about my current writing projects, I want to share what’s going on.

First, the layout of War of Ashes: Fate of Agaptus is in its later stages and looks so darn good! Dale Horstman is doing a fantastic job. If you think this cover looks nice—and it does!—just wait until you see the whole thing.

Sisiutl_mask

Second, I’m under contract for more writing for Evil Hat Productions: a Fate World called Sisiutl’s Children. I feel tremulous because writing about other cultures is fraught with danger, but I’m going to give it my best shot and ask for cultural review by knowledgeable people of these cultures. Here is the blurb:

“If you will stare fear in the face, I will be at your back. Together, we will stand up to the Devourers.”

The great spirit Sisiutl has taken it upon himself to help humankind grow in wisdom and strength. He sees light and dark in each soul, and coaxes out the light or punishes evil. Those he finds worthy become heroes — protectors of the Coastal People and mediators with the Spirit World. Bonded with the great water dragons that are Sisiutl’s progeny, they will fight monsters, arbitrate disputes, harvest knowledge, and face the darkness in their own souls.

Sisiutl’s Children is a Pacific Northwest fantasy setting based on the coastal Native cultures — Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and others — mixed with the dragon-riding tales of Naomi Novik and Anne McCaffrey, where the heroes battle supernatural threats to protect their clan. Will you ride the dragon into battle or will you be the dragon?

And thirdly, I’ve also lined up an assignment for Vigilance Press, an as-yet unannounced project in their Tianxia line. This is all so exciting!

Credits: War of Ashes cover mockup: art © 2015 ZombieSmith, layout by Dale Horsten, coming out soon from Evil Hat Productions. Sisiutl mask photo licensed under Public Domain via Wikipedia—carving by Oscar Matilpi.

Advent Day 11: Steadfast

Today’s topic is “Steadfast.” I can’t think of anything that evokes steadfastness better than the totem poles carved and raised by Pacific Northwest native peoples, from Salish tribes of the Puget Sound and Georgia Strait area to the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw wonders of Vancouver Island, to the Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands, a.k.a. Haida Gwai, to the Tsimshian, and Tlingit guardians of the coast of British Columbia and Alaska.

The photo is of a totem pole near the Burke Museum of Natural History on the University of Washington campus in Seattle, and was taken with my trusty Holga toy camera. (Whenever I see someone pay hundreds of dollars for a Lensbaby accessory that will turn their expensive Nikon into my cheap plastic Holga, I giggle.)

Advent Day 11: Steadfast

Image by Sophie Lagacé 2005, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.