Actually, I don't mind the taste of pumpkin but this piece of art...
Found this image (and heaps of other amazing pics) over here - but sadly couldn't find individual credits at that particular site.
Just a note to say that I’ll probably have a few scheduled posts (rather than ‘live’ ones) coming up in Feb and March.
They’ll feature tiny updates, links, pics, mini reviews – but will all be pretty short posts nonetheless.
I’ll still be around but I have too many deadlines for various projects, including a host of freelance jobs that help pay the bills – so that’s coming first. I’ve got a new book in per-release right now, but other than that, it’s low on the radar for releases and social media for a while too :)
Back soon as I can!
Here's the full cover for the first 'Book of Never' The Amber Isle - due March 1st.
So happy with it all, especially that burst of light from the lantern. And the way the title font has been roughed-up is ace too :) Thanks to both Lin and Rebekah!
Next Amber Isle update will include chapter two. To see chapter one - just click on over here.
So things are looking good with Greatmask - I've sent it off to the publisher and when I get the revisions back we'll get stuck in to it for a 2016 release!
I'm about to release a short story too - which fans of The Fairy Wren might enjoy. In other writing news the first book of my 'Never' series is on its way out into the world on March the 1st and I'm hoping you like it! Just about at copy-edit stage with that one and I've written several drafts of Books 2 and 3 and yesterday I started the first draft of Book 4.
By doing this I hope to have all five titles released at regular intervals, with the final story (Book 5) due for release in early 2017 at the latest. So, fingers crossed that all goes to plan!
On the new 'Forthcoming' page I've also announced another project 'The Moss Dragon of Brittlekeep' which I hope to share more about soon :)
Until next time!
I've been a little obsessed with this song lately.
I can't recall exactly how I stumbled across it but I suspect it was thanks to the AWESOME Mysterious Cities of Gold - but in any event, I'm really enjoying the song. I was already a Neil Young fan but for some reason I'd never heard Cortez the Killer or the Zuma album, which surprised me. A lot. And so perhaps in honour of that surprise I thought I'd share the song plus a bit of trivia about it (thanks, Wiki!):
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about this song is that it seems to upset some historians. Now, I understand that representation is a great mediator of reality but I doubt Young ever claimed to be presenting a historical document.
It's obviously romanticising history for the purpose of song - and listeners need to learn how to navigate all forms of media. Obviously, the Aztecs did indeed know war and hate and yeah, Cortez did murder a lot of people - but interestingly, Young seems to humanise the coloniser in the second last verse:
And I know she's living there
And she loves me to this day.
I still can't remember when
or how I lost my way
Like whoever wrote the wikipedia article on the song, I too wonder, does Young sing from Cortez's point of view there? Is Cortez pining for La Malinche? (And what a fascinating figure she is too.)
Next week - another banned song :)
Here's a small blurb for The Amber Isle, first in the 'Book of Never' series:
Roguish 'Never' is on a quest to both lift a curse on his blood and to learn his true name; but upon joining a group of treasure-hunters he soon finds himself unearthing world-altering secrets that have long lain dormant within the Amber Isle.
First in a series of epic fantasy novellas to be released in March 2016.
I'll be sharing the full cover art in a future post, so stick around if you're interested :)
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline