Over the past weekend I did presenter, panelist, and moderator duties across a wide variety of sessions at the Room 801 convention/conference in Sydney. It was a fantastic experience and I was glad to be involved with such a vibrant, positive event for the second year running.
One of the sessions I presented was a preview of the Dramatical Murder fangame I’m involved with making, Chequerboard Blues. I’m responsible for scripting and dialog on the project, which should be out later this year.
The audience response to the game preview was enthusiastic and positive, which made for a great first outing! I love this game, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.
A couple of weeks ago I visited the Hobbiton location in New Zealand, and 33 is the age where hobbits come of age, and I turn 33 at the end of this week, and so for these rather tenuous reasons here are 33 pictures of Hobbiton.
A little girl protected and raised under the watchful eyes of Lestat and Louis finally has the chance to grow up.
Prince Lestat is, aptly for a book with the title of a royal heir in its name, a book about lineages. Of genetics, cultures, histories, wealth, secrets, knowledge. Parents and children, for better or for worse. Over and over, Prince Lestat is a book about parents and children, and how children are heirs to the world their parents provide them.
In Eric Diaz’s review of the book he notes that among all the reunions, resurrections, and second chances in the story, Claudia remains absent: “Some deaths, it seems, are sacred.” This is a particularly noteworthy observation for those who’ve read the interim Chronicles, where Claudia’s spectre has been conjured up in various roles by the narrative, a spirit that seems unable to stay quiet for very long over the series.
I’ve always used my real name for all of my writing in the past, and never felt the need for any kind of pseudonym. When you use your real name for your work, however, it can be difficult to separate your own self-worth from any negative comments thrown in your work’s direction, especially if your self-worth is on shaky ground to start with.
So over the past few months, as an experiment, I’ve been writing erotica under the name Isobel Dorian and publishing it to Amazon. It has been a fascinating experience with a very sharp learning curve.
Now, because of a bit of ill health, I have to take a break from the project for a little while, so I thought that meant it was as good a time as any to collect the first round of stories at put them up as a single book. Enjoy!