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While at Eastercon, I kept hearing about “Other Londons”? There’s Un Lun Dun, A Darker Shade of Magic, a third example that proves my point…anyway who cares about London? I live in Sofia, and I’m thinking about Other Bulgarias.

Fortunately I don’t have to think long. Like everywhere else on the Balkans, Sofia is a layer-cake of various historical empires, from the Roman “Serdica” to the Byzantine “Triaditsa” to the Bulgarian “Sredets” to the Ottoman “Sofya.” Imagine a character whose magic power it is to hold an object and transport herself to the an alternate history that split from ours at the time of that object’s manufacture.

“I enter the Sveta Sofia, and find it’s grown. A huge, decrepit dome rises now caps the building like a broken eggshell, and water drips onto secondary roofs of timber and cloth. No metal or plastic, which is a bad sign. A shaven-headed boy in black robes uses a bronze sickle to beheads a dove right in front of me. Which is probably a worse sign.”

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You may not be aware that my best buddy Arianne “Tex” Thompson has published her second book, Medicine for the Dead. We’re using it as an example how authors improve from one work to another. Now bear with me. The shmoo part is going to make sense.

One Night in Sixes (the first book)

My wish for you is that you’ll always look back on your earlier work and think it sucks.

Don’t be like Vegeta

Reviews of Medicine for the Dead and Kingdoms of Evil. Which are worse??

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia

I finally whip out the shmoos?

K strategy and R strategy

Selection bias

I recently wrote a novella

Wonderful, Awful Ideas every Friday!

Dare I dream of a second alternate history fan?

A. Lee Martinez and Daryl Gregory

I don’t suppose I need to link to Terry Pratchett, do I?

Or Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosiverse? (Including Ethan of Athos! Come for the man-love, stay for the telepathy!)

The Paralysis of Freedom

Are you tuned in to the rustling of the sea urchins?

 

Dan Koboldt! (he knows about archery)

Bokken in the back seat

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When the Dark Lord was defeated by the elvish armies, the people of The Land thought his evil empire would crumble and leave them in peace. They were wrong.

It takes a lot of administrative work to make sure all the orcs are properly fed and armed, and the Dark Lord was only the top of a mighty pyramid bones and bureaucracy. Now, even a thousand years later, War 52A-B(3) rages on, and the Land is wracked by paroxysms of secretarian violence, misappropriation is rife upon the Accountant Sea, and the People toil in full compliance with the Standards of Subjugation.

But once a quarter, so it is said, between the hours of 11:45am and lunch time, deep in the labyrinthine vaults of the Rooms of Waiting, there opens a slot in the Complaints Window. And the smallest of heroes may find in his hands the One Form, which, when properly signed, stamped, copied, and notarized, may be cast through that Window, and get his permit approved to re-zone all the Land.

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This week I’m talking with William Campbell Powell, author of EXPIRATION DAY, aYoung-Adult Science Fiction Robot Crossover. Bill didn’t know he was writing YA until his editor at Tor told him he had.

Coming of Age

I’m not sure if YA exists

The Hunger GamesEnder’s GameNaughts and Crosses

When all the characters have their own agency, that’s a good book

Fair CoinSister MineSummer Prince

The movie and the derivative movie 

VnLittle Brother,Homeland, and When We Wake

Australia’s policy on climate change

Saturn’s Children

Do you ever really grow up?

Charles Stross and Aliette de Bodard

Jennie Goloboy, my agent

And for discussions in the comments:

Where does the pairing between YA and post-apocalypse come from?

If the main characters are growing, at what point do the books in a series stop being YA?

Do you have any suggestions for our list of excellent recent YA fiction?

Draft one of my historical fantasy novel is done as of 6:47pm 3/31/2015 (after 16 months).
In my office on Gurko street, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Listening to the soundtrack of Muhteşem Yüzyıl
185 pages, 6,600 words.
First line: "The bare branches of the oaks striped Elena's hands with shadow as she cast the rings."

There is still a lot more work to be done, of course, but for that I need beta-readers! Are you interested?

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www.thekingdomsofevil.com/?p=4…

While at Eastercon, I kept hearing about “Other Londons”? There’s Un Lun Dun, A Darker Shade of Magic, a third example that proves my point…anyway who cares about London? I live in Sofia, and I’m thinking about Other Bulgarias.

Fortunately I don’t have to think long. Like everywhere else on the Balkans, Sofia is a layer-cake of various historical empires, from the Roman “Serdica” to the Byzantine “Triaditsa” to the Bulgarian “Sredets” to the Ottoman “Sofya.” Imagine a character whose magic power it is to hold an object and transport herself to the an alternate history that split from ours at the time of that object’s manufacture.

“I enter the Sveta Sofia, and find it’s grown. A huge, decrepit dome rises now caps the building like a broken eggshell, and water drips onto secondary roofs of timber and cloth. No metal or plastic, which is a bad sign. A shaven-headed boy in black robes uses a bronze sickle to beheads a dove right in front of me. Which is probably a worse sign.”

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Happy birthday! :party:
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy Birthday 1st Emoticon: Happy Birthday 
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Happy Birthday to you.  enjoy,
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Thanks
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Evenape Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Happy belated birthday good sir! :)
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bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Belated? Maybe you mean "early" :) My birthday's not until the 23rd. But thank you!
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Evenape Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yep, I realised afterwards that it was still the 21st, and thus I'm 2 days early xD

just, happy birthday good sir :D
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