“Sigils” is available on Patreon!

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cover design by Samantha Cantu

It’s here! Patreon subscribers at the $1 level and up now have access to “On The Market.” Not a subscriber? It’s not too late–sign up, and you can get the story! Here’s the blurb:

The City of Mages is built, but it is not safe. One of the mages is murdering the others, and Resident 5613 has been assigned to find out why–and stop the murderer if they can.

The story is attached here in the following formats: PDF, MOBI, and EPUB.

This one’s different than a lot of my other Aerdh stuff. The Magi are explored in greater depth–so if you’ve had wonderings about how the City of Mages came to be, this story fills in some of those gaps. And while there is the requisite amount of social justice navel gazing in this one, as always, this one is also a murder mystery.

As always, thank you for reading! Reviews are welcome and appreciated if you feel so moved! “Sigils” has a Goodreads page here.

Just Published: “The Music of the Spheres”

“The Music of the Spheres” is included in Capricious, issue 7available for purchase here.

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Polyphemus is a small, far-flung planet shrouded in darkness. While it is survivable for human life, many do not thrive there. But Wren does. Wren, blind and young and musical, walks across the skin of Polyphemus and feels the planet’s beating heart.

I love this story! It’s about finding a place you belong. It’s about dis/ability. It’s about how sometimes what is alien is actually familiar and vice versa. I am so glad it found a home. Pick up a copy of Capricious issue 7–all the stories in it are truly lovely.

“On The Market” is available on Patreon!

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It’s here! Patreon subscribers at the $1 level and up now have access to “On The Market.” Not a subscriber? It’s not too late–sign up, and you can get the story! Here’s the blurb:

Liro is stymied by a painting that could make or break his nascent artistic career. Shai is a runaway, come to the City of Mages looking for solace, and finding it only in the drug dens. When their paths cross, the moment changes both their lives.

The story is attached here in the following formats: PDF, MOBI, and EPUB.

The following TRIGGER WARNINGS apply for this story:
– addiction/substance abuse (both main characters)
– sex work
– attempted suicide

All things considered I think this is a pretty uplifting story, but the warnings above are definitely warranted.

Thank you for reading! Reviews are welcome and appreciated if you feel so moved! “On The Market” has a Goodreads page here.

“On The Market” – Cover Reveal and Release Date!

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Look at that! “On the Market” has a cover! Annnnnd it has a release date–next Sunday, this short story will be available to Patreon subscribers at the $1 level and up!

Here’s the Official Blurb:

Liro is stymied by a painting that could make or break his nascent artistic career. Shai is a runaway, come to the City of Mages looking for solace, and finding it only in the drug dens. When their paths cross, the moment changes both their lives.

(That was really hard to write. I hate writing blurbs. For what it’s worth, what I wanted to write was ‘Hey, read this, it’s about two queer mixed-race dudes dealing with self-acceptance and addiction. Also…um, trigger warning for addiction.’)

For those of you wondering, that is the same Liro from ARIAH (but quite a bit younger). This story is set in the City of Mages and is just under 6k words. Oh! Also, it has a Goodreads page here.

Patreon 2.0

Hi friends! I’ve done some thinking, and it’s time to revamp this Patreon. Not drastically – this is still a venue for exclusive Aerdh-focused fiction – but enough that I hope it will create a more consistent output from me, and therefore yield more consistent rewards for you all. As such, here are the revised subscriber levels, goals, and a draft release schedule through the end of this year.*

You can see this year’s release schedule by subscriber level above. Leave me a comment if you have any thoughts or questions!

2017 Release Schedule

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Subscriber Levels and Rewards

If you are a current subscriber, you may need to take a close look at these new levels and make sure that you are still happy with your current level.

$1 – Short and Sweet

  • Access to all unpaid update posts
  • Access to new, previously unreleased short stories (below 10,000 words) set in the Aerdh universe
    • These will be exclusive to Patreon subscribers for one calendar year before having a wider retail release.

$2 – Slim Volumes All

  • All $1 rewards plus:
  • Access to any new, previously unreleased novellas (between 10,000 and 30,000 words) set in the Aerdh universe
    • These will be exclusive to Patreon subscribers for one calendar year before having a wider retail release.

$4 – Word Hoarder

  • All $1 rewards, all $2 rewards plus:
  • Early and automatic access to all novel releases (ebook formats only)
    • Includes both Aerdh novels and any non-Aerdh novels
    • Subscriber price is lower than ebook retail price
    • Patreon access will be 2 weeks to one month earlier than retail access to ebooks

$6 – Completionist (limit of 5 subscribers per calendar year)

  • All $1 rewards, $2 rewards, $4 rewards plus:
  • Signed paperback edition of all novel releases
  • Choice of 1 project of 10k word scope (commission or edit)

Patreon Goals

$100 – Monthly AMAs

Do you have questions about writing? Publishing? Character arcs in Aerdh? Worldbuilding in Aerdh? Life in general? If I get to this goal level, then I will unlock a monthly AMA session, hosted on Google hangouts, where Patreon subscribers can ask me anything they want.

$200 – Serial Monthly Content

Here’s an idea I’ve been playing around with: serialized monthly fiction delivered to your email inbox like clockwork! I’ve got a few different narratives I think it could work for, but I definitely need some additional start up funds to make it work (for cover art, copy edits, etc), so this is a stretch goal for now.

Other Things of Note

I’m going to start placing last year’s rewards/releases up for retail as they hit the one-year mark, and I’m going to make that a standard practice from here on out as I’ve gotten some requests for access to materials released through Patreon from people without access to it. A delayed release schedule like that seems the fairest way to both meet that need and honor you lovely people who have subscribed here, but please let me know if there’s an angle I’ve missed by doing this.

I’m making a concerted effort to keep my blog, Patreon, and newsletter all relatively aligned, which means they are somewhat duplicative. I’m not sure how many of you are subscribed to my newsletter, but that is where I typically let folks know about new releases. Random thoughts go on the blog. Free Patreon posts always get cross-posted on both the blog and the newsletter.

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*I have much of 2018 sketched out, too, but that is pretty far down the line, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Book Review: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab


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Notes on Diversity:
It’s subtle, but it’s there. The ruling family of Red London–Kell’s London–are definitely brown folks. And Rhy Maresh, the crown prince of Red London, seems pretty canonically bisexual. Lila is definitely gender non-conforming. I am not venturing that she’s trans or genderqueer, but she is performing, quite consciously, a very butch and very hard kind of femininity.

Now, that does mean that our leads, Kell and Lila, read as straight-ish and White. The major antagonists are also White. So it’s a decidedly White book, but there are at least queer brown people in power, so there’s that.

Review:
V.E. Schwab has two enormous strength going for here in this book: first, she can write; second, she can fascinate. She constructs effortlessly emotional sentences. The book reads fluidly, quickly, and packs a great number of punches. Schwab is a smooth and evocative writer, which is needed when outlining the nuanced differences between the various Londons.

Which brings me to point two: the story’s hook is great. Four parallel Londons, each linked and locked by magic, each with its own history and relationship with magic. And within all of those worlds, there are only two people–Kell and Holland–who can travel between them. Only two people who can see these other worlds and report back and forth.

The opening scene is masterfully done, and tragic, and beautifully sets the stage for everything to follow. This is a tale of obsession and sacrifice, and all of that is spelled out in those opening interactions Kell has.

We start with Kell as he travels and as he flirts with danger, and then the plot ratchets up when his flirtations get the best of him. But by then, Lila Bard, hungry thief and sharp-tongued street rat, has already linked her fate with his. They cut a blood-soaked trail from one London to the next, plagued by an artifact they only half understand, while hunted by the sadistic rulers of White London–a London hungry for power and dominance.

I loved this book. It wasn’t perfect–the plot took too long to fall into place, which meant the pacing was uneven, but the story and the world was fascinating enough that I kept going anyway. Lila is a deeply fascinating character. The counterpoint of her poverty to Kell’s confused by privileged life bore out interesting moments and conversations throughout.

I’m one of the lucky ones who can read the next book in the series right now.

I’m Playing World of Warcraft Again

A few years ago, back before I had a kid, I used to play World of Warcraft. I started playing because a good friend of mine started playing. And she started playing because a friend of hers was playing. We leveled up together, joined his guild. Friend started dating her friend. I mailed a holy priest and got into healing. Did some raiding. Wrath of the Lich King came out. Friend and friend-of-friend broke up. Guild split up. I realized I needed to focus on finishing my dissertation anyway and stopped playing.

And now here I am again. 

Look the world is terrible, and I need something that helps me unplug. WoW’s stream of endless, mind-numbing quests is exactly perfect for that. I actually always really liked leveling. And, perversely, leveling healing characters. So now I’m back again. 

It’s bizarre–it’s like going back to your hometown and noticing all the things that have and haven’t changed. The Cataclysm expansion totally blew apart and stitched back together old world Azeroth zones. They are prettier than they used to be, and the quest lines are darker than I remember them being. Spending and talent trees are so much more streamlined than they used to be. Everything is half-familiar.

I’ve rolled a Draenei Shaman. I’m doing every Alliance quest in every zone (including the starter zones–they give killer rep). I’ll report back on my weird experiences here.

New Patreon Release: In The Company of Strangers

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A brand new, never-before-seen Aerdhverse novella is available via my Patreon for subscribers at the $5 level and up! For information about Patreon subscriptions and the reward tiers, go here. If you subscribe now, you will also get my previous releases, “A Matter of Circumstance” and “The Adviser and the Diplomat.”

In The Company of Strangers is directly tied to both Ariah and “A Matter of Circumstance.” While you don’t have to read either of those to read In The Company of Strangers, it will probably be a richer experience if you do. Here is a blurb for the novella!

All Sorcha and Shayat know about Ma-Halad is that Ariah might be there. They walk through the tall gold grass with a skeleton of a plan, a handful of food, and lies on their tongues.

But Ma-Halad is ruled by The Butcher of the East, an ambitious general facing down impossible orders from the Emperor himself. Sorcha and Shayat are marked the second they appear in town. Ferreting out Ariah under The Butcher’s watchful eye will be no easy task.

Final thoughts: If you enjoy this novella and feel so moved to do so, you can review it over at Goodreads. And many, many thanks to The Kraken Collective for supporting this release!

In The Company of Maps!

REMINDER: In the Company of Strangers, my Patreon-exclusive novella, will drop this Tuesday. It’s definitely not too late to subscribe ($5 and up gets the novella!) and get the story!


Here’s a map I drew specifically to make sense of what I was writing for In the Company of Strangers, so I thought I’d share it with you. I love maps, and I tend to sketch them as I go, and then refer to them as I revise to make sure what I’m writing makes sense. It gets really iterative–I end up adding to the map as I revise, too, because there are little details I write in that I’ve forgotten about (like the grain fields).

Announcing The Kraken Collective!

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The Kraken Collective is an alliance of indie authors who have pooled resources to publish high-quality fiction while retaining complete creative control over our stories. We aim to provide a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy stories, all starring LGBTQIAP+ characters. From alien hunting lesbians to complex political fantasy, The Kraken Collective publishes queer SFF that will blow your mind away and leave you craving more.

Although it begins as a simple cooperative between authors, we aim to grow into an unique publishing model capable of supporting queer indie voices everywhere in SFF. We are committed to building a publishing space that is inclusive, positive, and brings fascinating stories to readers.

Featuring:
Claudie Arseneault
Lyssa Chiavari
Me!
RoAnna Sylver

 

Why a Kraken?
Cephalopods are fascinating and deeply intelligent creatures: masters of camouflage, brilliant escape artists, and underwater innovators–from the millimeters-long cuties to the kraken-like giants, they’ve impressed us with their constant ingenuity and creativity. In short, they are awesome.

Just like us.

We hope to create a kraken-sized cloud of ink through our stories and that, like an octopus hiding in its ink, you too can find refuge and solace in our worlds.

Learn More About Us!
Want to learn more about what we’re doing? Come to the website! Join our mailing list to get news and updates about our releases!

But Wait, There’s More!
In The Company Of Strangers, my Patreon reward novella which will be released next week, is the collective’s first release! Check this out:

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I got a Kraken on the cover. You see it? It’s so cute! I love that little dude.