2017 Wrap-Up

I don’t think I did one of these in December/January? Sorry if I did.

Anyway, just a super quick wrap of last year, mostly to keep my own head straight here.

2017 was a huge learning curve for me. For about 3/4 of the year, I didn’t really do much writing at all: it was all about the editing, formatting, and publishing. Inkprint Press released our first major titles, and WOW did we learn a lot from the process. Super cool. Thank you SO much to everyone who supported us in any way at all – and especially everyone who turned up for book launches, open nights, and who bought copies of our books!! <3 You guys are amazing. I still find it weird that people are willing to pay for things I wrote. So THANK YOU. Like, A LOT.

Published in 2017:

Darkness & Good anthology
Where Shadows Rise (Sanctuary #1)
Through Roads Between (Sanctuary #2)
Bodies In Motion (Newton’s Laws #1)

And the two I keep totally forgetting about,
The 32 Worst Mistakes People Make About Dogs
Sea Foam & Blood (combining/replacing Cherry Blossom and To Dust)

Writing in 2017:

Like I said, I didn’t do a *whole* bunch, but I did do the structural edits on Through Roads Between, and wrote the first almost-half of How Not To Take Over The World, the start of a new series which will be out at the end of this year. (Yes, I wrote it before the final Sanctuary book, because the final Sanctuary book was being obstreperous.)

 

And in addition to all that, my cake non-business totally exploded, and I was flooded with orders from family and friends from October through to, well, now (as you can tell from all the cake-themed Made-It-Mondays), and I took some really, REALLY great workshops with Dean Wesley Smith. I’ll do a write up of them all when I’m finished the current ones, and link to them all under the resources for writers tab on this site 🙂

All in all, a busy and satisfying year. It’s really good to be back focusing on writing new words now, but I’m so grateful for the learning opportunities I had throughout 2017, and I’m even more grateful to you for sticking with me along the way 🙂

Thanks for being here! I love you!! <3 🙂

New Storm Foxes Story On Darkness & Good

Another iteration of the Storm Fox story this time. I’ve picked away at it from a few different directions now, and I’m slowly getting a better idea of how this needs to form. Today’s version may end up being the first chapter of the novel, idk.

Anyway, hope you enjoy! 🙂 (Click the image to read)

Darkness & Good button with red text on a white background, with shadowed, dark grey leaves in the background. The leaves have red ribs and stems. Link goes to http://darknessandgood.blogspot.com.

A Happy Moment

In the midst of world chaos and a personally hectic week as school returns for a new year here in Australia, a bright spot arrived in the mail today:

Oh good, my fingers are perfectly covering the byline >.< That’s Liana Brooks’s name and my name under my fingers there, to reassure you 😉

And LOOOOOOOK!! I am *SO* happy with how these illustrations turned out. Some of them are better than others, but considering they were a last-minute thing that I couldn’t spend a huge amount of time on, I’m super happy. Look, here’s my favourite one:

So there we go. The pretty, shiny, Darkness & Good anthology 🙂 Available in online stores in print and ebook in early March.

Yay!

#MadeItMonday: Cover Reveal Time!!!

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂
Whee!!! It’s COVER REVEAL DAY!!! And yes, I am totally cheating and using this as a #MadeItMonday, because our budget for this anthology was about

this big

so I did the cover 😉

Darkness and Good: 38 fantasy and science fiction short stories by Liana Brooks and Amy Laurens

Yeah, okay, it needs a thin border around it. Hmm.

ANYWAY, yay! New book! We’ll be setting up preorders in the next couple of weeks, and the lovely Darkness & Good anthology will be released March 19. I’m excited!

From the Darkness and Good blog comes a collection of fans’ favourite stories, all in one convenient volume. Come read about gods and monsters, unicorns and shapeshifters, magical worlds and galaxies far, far away!

Oh, and if you’re a regular follower of the Darkness & Good blog, never fear – there’s some new content in this anthology too 😉

 

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

#MadeItMonday: Sketches for Darkness & Good Anthology

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! 🙂

Today you get a sneak peak at an upcoming release. If you’ve been following the blog for the last couple of years you’ll have heard about Darkness & Good, the short story blog I run with Liana Brooks and Thea van Diepen (and if not, go check it out! Free short stories posted weekly at least 3 weeks every month!). If you’ve been paying *super* close attention, especially on twitter, you might have seen comments about ‘the antho’ or, ‘D&G antho’: Hurrah! Liana and I* have collected all the most popular stories from the first two years of Darkness & Good’s existence, and are releasing them in an anthology!

* Thea only joined us after these two years 😉

I do all the formatting for our Inkprint Press releases, and will only a little hinting from Liana, decided that a) each new short story would start on a right-hand page, and that b) consequently, there were some blank left-hand pages, and that c) blank left-hand pages in the middle of a book look really ugly, so d) I should do some (quick) sketches to fill them! So the anthology will have illustrations, which is pretty exciting. It also has a cover, which we’ll be releasing *really soon*!! So much excite.

So anyway, my contribution to #MadeItMonday this week is one of my favourite of the sketches I’ve done for the anthology, for the story Red Planet Refugees, which you can read in raw, unedited form right here on the Darkness & Good blog 🙂 The sketches are just super quick line art, but it got me drawing again and I had so much fun doing illustrations for nearly half the stories! Yay!

Line art of washing on a line by a corrugated shed on a sandy plain or desert

Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made 🙂 🙂 🙂