August shenanigans

Well, ’tis August already, which means we’re way past the half-way mark of this particular Year of the Dragon. Not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but I was born in the Year of the Dragon, and the upcoming novel (out in October) is a tiny bit of an homage to things dragony as you can glean from this excerpt I did on the Forces of Geek website.

I have another excerpt from One Hundred Years of Vicissitude online as of yesterday, this time with Kohana and Wolram nattering about the world’s oldest novel, The Tale of Genji (源氏物語) thanks to Hannah @ Once Upon A Time.

If you don’t know of Genji and his one-thousand-year-old James Bond bedroom antics, here’s the place to indulge.

Speaking of the new novel, I just received this morning a fantastic review from Jessica @ Alwaysunmended, which was a treat to go through over coffee. Thank you, mate. What an incredible reading. Meanwhile, fellow author Craig Wallwork suggested on Facebook that “Reading One Hundred Years of Vicissitude is like running headlong into a bar brawl between Flann O’Brien and James Joyce: you know you’re going to get hurt and bloody, but you’ll end up richer for the experience.” (yep, I’m citing it here ‘cos I quite self-indulgently love the description, and it makes for a great propaganda plug!)

Anyway, other things are also afoot.

I’ve mentioned here that since the beginning of June I’ve been focused on my third book, titled Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? and I just tipped 14,500 words on that.

Basically it’s a novel dressed up as a superhero romp – referencing my absolute love for the medium when I was a kid – but undercutting this are intermingling threads that touch upon noir, pulp, love, discrimination, surrealism, and the nature of heroism. So far. There’s also the mystery regarding who actually is bumping off these people.

I’ve thrown a lot of the visual references/influences online here.

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