(C) Sprout San Francisco

Here’s a snippet from the new novel.  Enjoy!  Bear in mind that this is hot off the presses, totally unedited, and will likely change substantially before publication.

I’m aping AA Milne a bit here, so for increased enjoyment, imagine the text as read in the voice of your favorite Brit.

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What I’m Working On

crying dwarfs

Deep Sounding Volume 2 is going on indefinite hold.  It’s not for lack of trying, but I have almost fifty thousand words of…well, to be frank, crap.  And I don’t mean “typical first draft” crap; this book’s a total wreck, the literary equivalent of shooting half a movie and then realizing you left the lense-cap on.  D’oh. Continue reading

Microdesign and the Second Wave

Yep, it’s yet another post about videogames.

I’ve had a notion kicking around my head lately that I haven’t really seen given a name or discussed anywhere else.  Playing Undead Labs’ State of Decay has got me thinking about it again, and I thought it might make a good subject for a blog post.

The idea I want to talk about is something I’ll call “microdesign”. Continue reading

Epic Fantasy Mailing List Party: Extreme Beach Volleyball Edition

I now have a mailing list.  Join it if you want to be part of the list of people whom I will e-mail.  There are multiple levels of subscription depending on the kind of e-mails you want to receive.  And by “multiple”, I mean “two”.


Nebula-nominated Vera Nazarian’s Epic Fantasy Party is still rockin on strong, and as a part of it, Deep Sounding is $2.99 for only THREE MORE DAYS. 

Like dwarfs?  Novellas?  Cheap stuff?  Tired of having to choose between them?

It’s okay.

You don’t have to anymore.

Howdy, Woolies!

Saw a big spike in blog visits (and book sales!) after yesterday’s post.  I presume most of the new traffic is coming from Hugh Howey’s generous link to the article on both his Facebook page and his Twitter, so I thought I’d better strike while the iron is hot and get to marketing my book to you guys while you’re still hanging around.

I thought about writing the normal self-published-writer self-marketing-rigamarole.  Stuff like “Hey!  Check out the book!  Drop me a review!  Tell your friends!  Here’s links my facebook and twitter; let’s network it up!  And dig these exclamation points!  They denote optimism and zazz!”

And then I thought, nah.  These are Hugh Howey fans.  They’re savvy readers.  They know what’s up.  If they want to check out my book, they’ll find it — and being fans of Hugh Howey, if they like it, I’m quite sure that they will make their opinion known.

So with that ugly business out of the way: welcome!  Come on in.  Put your feet up and stay awhile.  I’m Brandon; nice to meet you; make yourself at home.  There’s water in the fridge and leftover cookies on the counter.  Bathroom’s down the hall.  Remember to jiggle the handle and flush twice, cuz it sticks sometimes. 

And if you need me, I’ll be naked in the basement.  Knock first.