Vacation, & a taste of what’s to come

September is going to be a busy month. Rather than sitting around, writing about anime, preparing the season preview, and finishing my book, I’m going to try to do all of those really fast, because Stilts is going on vacation!

I’ve got two overseas trips planned, one for work (blegh), and one for fun (yay!). If any of you happen to be in Munich at the end of the month, and you happen to see a ridiculously tall blond man at Oktoberfest yammering about something nerdy and drunk, that might be me! Ditto to several nearby cities. I’ll be getting around, in the best of ways.

That means you shouldn’t expect to hear from me until roughly October. My posts at RandomC will be covered by my fellow writers (<3 everyone, you rock!), but this field will lay fallow for the duration.

I didn’t want to leave you without a little something though, so I have a tasty morsel to present. Remember that book I’m always talking about? The one that’s coming together at glacial speed? Well it’s almost done, and since the core story isn’t liable to change much at this point, I’m ready to start releasing intriguing tidbits to my hungry public. All three of you. (Predictable joke, I know.)

One of my mentors taught me that a crucial skill to being successful as a writer is being able to succinctly describe what your story is about; to develop a good elevator speech, so you can grab potential readers’ attention, and so readers can decide whether they want to know more.

I present to you the elevator speech for my book. This is like the back-of-the-book blurb, but shorter. Here it is:

The book is called Wage Slave Rebellion, and it’s an urban fantasy adventure set in a sword & sorcery world. It’s about three friends who hate their crappy jobs, so they decide to become monster-slaying adventurers instead. It’s kind of like Terry Pratchett spliced with a badass action anime.

That’s what I’ve been working on! It’s the first in a series, though I think I’ll save the unveiling of the series’ name for a little longer. Are you excited? I know I am. Or sick. Oh gods, I hope this works…

Feel free to give me your thoughts on the trip or the elevator speech. I re-enabled comments on this post. I’m considering opening them across the site again, so feel free to give me feedback on that as well.

Just don’t expect me to respond too quickly. To the wild blue yonder I go!

6 thoughts on “Vacation, & a taste of what’s to come

  1. Adding that to my list of stuff to watch out for, now that I have a name to work with other than Stilts. 🙂
    Enjoy the vacation, party hard, and don’t let the evil known as work drag you down.

    • My goal is the end of the year. It’s an open question whether I’ll finish everything in time though … the first book is always the hardest. A lot of stuff I need to do that I’ve never done before.

      I’ll post here and elsewhere (repeatedly, and probably enough that you get sick of me) when it’s released though.

  2. Were the protagonists edged to “live their lifes” by a smoth-talking tall man who ironically doesn’t take his own advice?

    Anyway, that looks pretty interesting and hmm… “stilty”. Thanks for giving us that sneak preview – I’ve been dying to know something about your book since forever.

    Enjoy your vacation!

    • Hmmm, perhaps they are. All I can say is that perhaps that “smooth-talking” tall man might be able to take his own advice soon.

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