In this one, Alley, Nick’s intel guy, is trying to help a relation of someone he once fought alongside. He is a reformed medieval academic, a former IT professional, and a retired soda jerk. Maybe I had to write it out to know the character well enough, or the events underlying the story, or whatever, but all that stuff is just background and I have to cut some, if not nearly all, of what I’ve written. Then a list of my works in progress. Flew into the light of Deneb Next year, I’ll try and do better. Rob Howell is the first person to have won multiple design awards in the same night since Bob Crowley back in 2007. I touched on this in this blog post: “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” That took time too. Finally, I turned my focus back to The Ravening of Wolves, the sequel to The Feeding of Sorrows. TSO is the best of this, having made a living melding genres into something spectacular. On May 11, 2018, The Old Vic will celebrate its 200th birthday; 200 days ahead of that occasion, the London venue marks the launch of its bicentenary … Also, if you have any issues receiving that email, including not getting it at all, problems with a file that large, or anything else. – George Halas. I’ll do another post next week about my goals and plans for 2021. And now, have a great week and a happy holiday season. It may seem cool, but that exposition might take the place of action later on or confusing the soul of the story. Heck, yeah, I’m gonna use that someday. Neil nurtured one hell of a garden. This one’s called The Ravening of Wolves, as the Foresters work with the Zuul to strike at those who’ve been attacking both units for years. – Robert Oppenheimer, This week only has one that I know of, Warrior Embraced by David Hallquist. Every story in here is absolutely amazing and powerful. Finally, there’s a list of the number of entries on Shijuren wiki page, which tends to shoot up in bunches as I’m working on a new Shijuren story. I love aphorisms, by the way, so if you’ve got some fun ones, send them my way. – Rush, Cygnus X-1. I just finished updating all the paperback setups as well, a process that involves a lot of futzing with Amazon. I’ll be adjusting some things related to my weekly email as part of this. Such a great song. This is true of all stories, long or short, but I think it’s more important with shorter stories because you have to focus on that soul and nothing else. Let me know, and I’ll make sure to help you. That totally throws me out of the story. An embarrassed elf stood at my door amid swirling snow. And northwest of Pegasus Sailed across the Milky Way, On my ship, the Rocinante I’ve taken some time off to spend with my sweetie. They make a delicious black and blue steak salad. This isn’t enough. This first section is what I’m working on or things in my life. Yes, readers need to know stuff. He’s a character from the Belisarius series by Eric Flint and David Drake. Really busy week going through short stories for Songs of Valor, the FantaSci anthology. This is hard. Can’t blame you, we’re doing some good stuff. I hope your holiday season is going well. You have to be ruthless with your own writing and take extra stuff out. Rush, all of it. In a vision once I saw: There were also three introductions/prefaces. I’ve got some stuff working on improving the Edward novels with the anticipation of another Edward book coming soon. First, let’s talk about exposition. Makes me feel a lot better about my progress as a book creator, which is different than a writer. My new backup process allows me to track how many words I use on the wiki, but that is someone misleading because that includes a variety of things like “BOX(width=”250px” align=”left” float=”right” bg=”#1f2e52″ style=padding: 10px” which shouldn’t really count. I’m really proud of how this turned out and you’ll want to get it when it comes out in March. Magnum Opus by Rob Howell (Shijuren series) Cranky Bitch by Glen Cook (Black Company series) The Dregs by Larry Correia; I’m still amazed by this collection of talent. He was about as flawed a man as he could be, which is why many of you have never heard of him. That especially includes a bunch of stuff about what the character is thinking. Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section. Summary: Robbie Howell's birthday is 11/07/1957 and is 63 years old. Olathe, KS writer Rob Howell has graciously allowed us to share his report on DodecaCon 4, held this past weekend in Columbia, MO.For his complete comments, see his blog, "Howell's Howls." Lost in Germany by King’s X. I can remember the exact moment I first listened to King’s X. I’ve probably used this quote before, but it’s too powerful not to use again. Actually, I published another Rick Blaine story. The good deeds a man has done before defend him.” Speaking of what I’m doing, I then have my schedule listed. So, while I only wrote about 20k words in those two total, they were two full-sized projects that I’m not counting in the above 200k. Number twelve, number two, number 47, etc. Rent value for a two bedroom unit in … In other words, getting in the way of the story’s power. Dereliction of Duty is in a different series, the Imprint War. This week’s spotlight is on Barbara V. Evers, who is showing us all how to do a trilogy right. He has also designed both scenery and costumes for several Broadway shows, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Set Design for Ghost the Musical in 2012. I’m not quite sure how to count editing work in my word count, so that’s something I’ll have to figure out. Then there’s my updated word count. This is incredibly exciting and I look forward to bringing you all a bunch of great stuff to read. With choreographer Charles Augins injecting a blast or two of clap-happy hot gospel to keep the company on the move, Rob Howell's mini-turntable set and the excellent Howard Harrison's fierce yet shadowy lighting create a sleek, soulless world amid which the Chandlers maneuver like the clawing voluptuaries of ambition that they are. Both just need their print and read editing pass. There were a few of these submissions that suffered because the language was too modern for the setting. Been doing some reading. I’ve also started cleaning up the Edward books to match my new improved arrangement. Robert "Rob" Stuart Howell is a British costume and set designer. You can find it here: Patricia Reese Howell currently lives in West Point, MS; in the past Patricia has also lived in Aberdeen MS. Patricia also answers to Patricia Reese Howell, Patricia A Reese, Patricia A Rust, Patricia Ann Reese and Patricia Ann Rust, and perhaps a couple of other names. Under a Midnight Clear is almost done *and* I started next year’s. This seems like an appropriate quote after 2020. Today’s Weight: 355.0 (A bit of a step back, but Thanksgiving will do that). Truly an honor to be a part of it. I’ll send it out in .mobi, .epub, and .pdf formats. And whenever possible, weave it into conversations and side notes in the story and avoid a major infodump. With the heart and mind united in a single, perfect sphere. I’m also working on The Ravening of Sorrows. I could describe the journey of each story I’ve written, but I think you get the point. “I set a course just east of Lyra You can find it here: Not stupid slow, like the way I did it. Be open to finding a soul of the story after you’ve written it, then shaping the story around it. Required fields are marked *. Hence, I’m going to start counting the Wiki word count at 1/4th. Fill his mailbox, his inbox and his phone with birthday greetings. I’m actually working on a new story in the Four Horsemen Universe right now, the sequel to The Feeding of Sorrows. Summary: Patricia Reese Howell's birthday is 07/23/1965 and is 55 years old. “Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.” When I started writing “Here Must We Hold,” my story about the Battle of Maldon in Trouble in the Wind, I wanted to write a version where Byrhtnoth’s decisions weren’t because of “ofermod,” or hubris, but rather from smart strategic thinking that gave up a tactical advantage. By the way, if you’re interested in submitting a novel to New Mythology Press here are the basics: New Mythology Press Novel Submission Guidelines. He writes primarily medieval fantasy, space opera, military science fiction, and alternate history. Thanks to all of you who’ve supported me along the way. Lansing's motion picture roles included A Gathering of Eagles with Rock Hudson and Under the Yum Yum Tree opposite Jack Lemmon. “I did this to learn this and then did that to get this reaction.” This is, I think, especially useful in first person noir style stuff. sin’ auld lang syne.” “A damsel with a dulcimer I had the great honor of being the guest for the Scribblers Corner anthology Dragons and Dribbles. Not a bad week at all. Today, the Feeding of Sorrows turns one year old. Most of the time I write at least 4-6,000 words before I realize what the soul of the story really is. If you’ve seen my name popping up here or there a little more often, it’s not an accident as I’m prowling through the best way to do things. Well, this has been a wonderful and eventful week for me. Here’s a taste from Upon a Midnight Clear, the free story I’ll be sending out to those on my mailing list. The Off-Broadway production of Trevor will also continue its … It was about this point, I started to love poetry. My first time as a “guest star.” Thanks to William Joseph Roberts for the opportunity. Again, the e-book version is not the same. I’ll be doing more of that in Shijuren to fill in some of the blanks. Not at all. And if you want to start the series from the beginning, I Am a Wondrous Thing is here: This is the third in the Singularity War series. However, since it’s fresh on my mind, I thought I’d go over some of the things I saw in this process. I also had about 70k on my blog, so all told I counted 268,072 words. Generally, to this point, I’ve relied on you all talking about my books. Jamie Ibson That ended up over 100k words of worldbuilding, record-keeping, and foundational work. We also tried the gluten-free low-carb pork rind panko breading on Buffalo strips. I’m a pantser, especially with short stories. Robbie L Howell, Rob L Howell, Bob L Howell and Rob E Howell are some of the alias or nicknames that Robbie has used. ― Charles M. Schulz. Now that 2020 is in the mirror, it’s time for me to review my output for the year and give myself a grade. Missed it by 70k. At this point, it’s about arming up too damn quickly to fight a desperate fight. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. See more ideas about Scenic design, Set design theatre, Stage design. At this point, I’ve read a bunch of short stories over the years, written a dozen or so, and am in the process of editing my second anthology. Overall, this week has been fairly leisurely. It could be just a subtle thing like the last word in “Far Better to Dare.” It could be big like the gut punch at the end of “The Chaos of Well-Seeming Forms.” The twist in “What’s in a Name” is the word “Deor,” which is an odd word in Old English, but which added a neat addition to the redemption of Edward, provided the title, and shaped the soul slightly. It was the song that really got me into the depth of Rush because I already loved the poem. However, this does not mean I’ll stop writing. There's a birthday today and I'm celebrating. I think a George Halas quote is especially apt right now. There was another story in the We Dare series. I like to keep track of my weight, and I might as well do it here. I’m still not doing it well, but making progress. We also stopped at the Coneburg Grill and Pub in Peabody. To such a deep delight ‘twould win me” As we all know, we’ll see what happens. Alright, time to get back to editing. That paperback has the single best collection of SF/F short stories I’ve ever found. This was not my most productive week, but I did stuff I needed to do. Imagine, if you will, Gandalf saying, “Well, hindsight is 20/20.” Wait. Updated Word Count: I’ve decided I need to keep track of wiki entries better. Only this story matters and anything that’s extraneous drags it down. Today we’ll be doing some Zoom calls, like I suspect many will do. Also, re-doing the wiki made it much easier for me to re-edit I Am a Wondrous Thing and Brief is My Flame. I didn’t realize that until I reached the absolute end of the story and needed the extra gut punch. Those of you who’ve purchased it already will get the new version automatically. I have ten or so entries to add that have been mentioned in the books, and they’re all minor. The other will come out in the anthology. Anyway, I also did some more research on effective advertising techniques. It was a bit of a down week, though some of the reason why it feels down is that I pounded away at a bunch of details that need to get done, but which aren’t necessarily the big stuff like new words. He wrote only when he needed drinking money. The vast majority of stories that got put straight to the bottom of our list explained too much. Hugh Vanstone Bio, Photos, Theatre Credits, Stage History - Hugh has designed the lighting for more than 160 productions and worked for most of the UK's national companies and extensively on Broadway. " This past weekend I went to DodecaCon 4 in Columbia, MO. I learned a ton of things writing that series and I’ll never do that the same way again. I’m in the midst of re-editing the Edward books, and by the end of January, I expect them to be fresher and faster. Here’s the link for the paperback on Amazon: It’s a great day for football! That world is really coming into view, and I actually got about 1k written in next year’s story. Whatever I’m writing, I constantly think about Raghunath Rao. Let me give you an example from my story from this anthology. I spent the week cleaning up a few mistakes on the wiki. Most of Asimov’s robot stories turn on the Three Laws, so the reader has to know them. Your Christmas gift, Under a Midnight Clear, will be in an email immediately following this one. Chris and I are still discussing the ones we’re going to choose, so I’m not going to talk about results just yet. Written for a broad audience of laymen and students, the Mises Daily features a wide variety of topics including everything from the history of the state, to international trade, to drug prohibition, and business cycles. It is extremely rare that I know the soul of the story when I start it. This week’s spotlight is still on This week’s spotlight is on Christopher Woods and William Joseph Roberts, who put out their own take on the Salvage Title universe with Smuggler’s Run. Have a great week everyone. Here’s the verse of Auld Lang Syne that seems apt this year. If you ever wondered, this is why my cars are always named Rocinante. It means your story has to be clearly one of the winners. A buddy had suggested it and I picked up their CD Gretchen Goes to Nebraska. Anyway, you’ll see I add a few things besides simply tossing business stuff at you. I’d like to have a bunch of the worldbuilding already done before I start the next series. This is really exciting, and I can’t wait to share this great story and the others in this series. You can find it here: The wiki is now mostly current, though I keep finding things I should have put in from earlier books and finding fun world-building ideas. My next release will probably be the second in the Libri Valoris series of fantasy anthologies. I immediately loved the way Neil Peart twisted and wove these words around into such a neat pattern. Even if you already have a copy so you can gift it to someone. Headed for the heart of Cygnus These don’t always change, but I like to remind myself what I’m doing. It’s good to get back into the groove. I still remember the first time I heard these lyrics. I think 2021 will be an amazing year for Shijuren and it will catapult into something special. It’s one of those “nobody is writing exactly what I want to read so I’ll do it” sort of projects. Believe me, I’m as guilty of this as anyone, and it’s a major part of my editing process to cut that sort of thing out of my own stuff. But that’s part of that process, not this story. As we’ve posted in a variety of places, New Mythology Press is accepted submissions. Exposition only as needed for *this* story. Next comes the New Releases section. My birthday is the 16th, which of course was the date of the first atomic bomb explosion in 1945. Returning to “The Chaos of Well-Seeming Forms,” I mentioned I thought it needed an extra gut punch and that’s because I think short stories need a twist. Again, I’m honored with the opportunity that Chris gave me here, and I can’t wait to get you a bunch of cool stuff to read. It goes to the editor this weekend. Everything on 2015. Editors are nice like that and the 148k original draft that seemed bloated ended up as a 124k sleek creature I’m pretty pleased with. Rob has 1 job listed on their profile. This seemed to spark some interest, so I then did a sketch of some of my thoughts behind a few characters, Irina Ivanovna, Eleonore Drechsler, and Etain Muirghein. There were days in the past, though…. Robert A. Howell added a new photo to The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation's timeline. Finally, Chris Kennedy decided to give some unknown guy a little help and wrote a book with him. I also dabbled in something that’s specifically Conan-esque. Interestingly, research for that one page gave me a bunch of new ideas because I stumbled across a fable sunken city. What? Rick’s storyline simply takes too long because it requires a goodly number of Stargate trips, which in the 4HU are 170 hours gate to gate plus the time to get from gate to planetary orbit. See below for the Creative Commons limits to the work on this website. This is something my dad showed me could be a lot of fun. However, that’s not always the case, and took away space for action without adding as much as the author realized. Future Conditional Old Vic, London. Finishing None Call Me Mother has really opened my mind to some great plans in Shijuren. I did my second Nick Patara, PI story. Rob’s Update: Stories, Magic, and Books, Oh My! This has the benefit of double-checking all my backups. Wheeling through the galaxies, It’s not something I’ve done a ton of, and I think I’m missing some opportunities there. Let me lay down one overarching principle: “Only *this* story matters.” There’s your TL:DR of this post. It was always meant as a work in progress anyway and it’s serving its purpose as a font of ideas for the next Edward novel. James Chandler. Show, don’t tell, the character as much as possible. *And* on top of all of that, I keep adding to the wiki. Exciting stuff! 2014 has begun afresh with new and exciting announcements about upcoming opera seasons, live broadcasts, unanticipated debuts, masterclasses, and birthdays (Happy Birthday Marilyn Horne!) The Ferryman By Jez Butterworth Directed by Sam Mendes Designed by Rob Howell Composer & Sound Designer Nick Powell Royal Court Theatre, Chelsea, London Saturday 29th April 2017, afternoon CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARNCE Turlough Convery - Lawrence Malone, IRA man Eugene O'Hare - Frank Magennis, IRA man Gerard Horan - Father Corrigan Stuart Graham - Muldoon, an… Tolkien never stopped trying to fix all the errors he found that crept in from faulty work and decisions made by editors thinking they’d be “helping.”. Tell us what we need to know and nothing else. Delicious. Anyway, I want to take a moment to thank the nearly 400 people who went out of their way to say happy birthday. This is a fantastic album, and the first song, Out of the Silent Planet, just blew me away. Likewise, if you’re writing an urban fantasy or SF and the characters speak in a Shakespearean style, the readers are going to wonder what the heck is going on. Actually, now that I think of it, I did quite a bit of research during the year to turn some instinctive things into known things that I can consciously call on instead of relying upon their appearance. We hope you had a great day, Alyssa! In an anthology where you’re surrounded by great stories, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. I have finished the new read through on A Lake Most Deep and it’ll be renewed over the next week or so. Actually, I can’t thank you enough, but I’ll certainly try. Most are familiar with Robert Oppenheimer’s quote from the … When you lay all that out, a *down* week for me right now is still pretty darn productive. I believe all three of the books are in the can and they’ll come out monthly. If you haven’t already, it’s here: The gist is where offering four slots to any aspiring writer and FantaSci will pick one as their winner, but you can find the details here: Slug bug orange, by the way. I have started another edit in my copious spare time of A Lake Most Deep, with the intent to provide fresh versions of all the Edward books in early 2021. Truly an honor to be a part of it. Anyway, here’s the updated total: 293,605. That was all, but in the end, it became more of a story about the hero in the Wanderer or the Seafarer, two of my favorite Old English poems. Then I realize that much, if not most, of what I’ve written so far is not actually relevant to the soul of *this* story. Roger will celebrate 74th birthday on December 5. I think we all need a little extra, and that means we all need to try and do a little extra for each other. With that, I better get working. And I mean strike! In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame, And they all have a twist at the end, some which have never stopped resonating with me since the first time I read this collection in the early 80s. At least now. It sells heirloom turkey red flour that she can eat without normal gluten issues, so we came back with bags and bags of it. I’m still waffling on how I’ll count edited works, as that will be more and more common, but I have goals I strive for each year. So does “OK.”. I’m definitely getting better. So I try to have all my stories have some sort of twist at the end. It might work, like David Weber’s Jiltanith character from his Mutineer’s Moon series, but it has to be explained. This is going to be a great anthology. There are many out there with more experience than I,  but this contest really helped coalesce my thoughts on short stories to something more concrete, so I’m going to post on this as much for me to remember as to help you all. That should cover most, if not all of you, but if you need it in another format, let me know. If you read it and liked it, please leave a review. Sorry I’m a little late from last week, mostly because I got distracted the past couple of days. Truth be told, it’s been my laziest week in months. Jul 14, 2020 - This Pin was discovered by Mariana Miranda Tellez. They just released Into the Light, the second in their Out of the Dark series. Starting next week, there’ll be new worldbuilding content that might give hints at future plans. It’s really easy to throw in details the author thinks the reader needs to know. This has become a relaxing process as I start playing with world-building ideas. I also had to rebuild the wiki for Shijuren in 2020. That’ll take whatever time it takes. This wasn’t as uncommon a thing for me as it was for many people, but it’s never a good thing for your intel guy to look embarrassed. As I’ve said before, I’m really pleased with how this story turned out. This week, he releases his second novel in the Salvage Title universe, Action. Rob Howell attends The Old Vic Bicentenary Ball to celebrate the theatre's 200th birthday at The Old Vic Theatre on May 13, 2018 in London, England. There’s little that’ll bring a story to a screeching halt like a sizable infodump near the start. With novels, you want to have some misdirection, extra plants, and some additional frippery. They need to know only if the plot twist turns on it. He’s the driving force behind the 4HU’s Peacemakers, which has become a great thing in its own right. This week’s spotlight is on Kevin Ikenberry, who is an incredibly smart guy. For None Call Me Mother, a novel which needed more tactical discussion than a short story, my editor told me I’d gone overboard and I cut back on them dramatically to get a faster, sharper story. I’ve set it to not shuffle, by the way, and I’m having fun listening to the albums in album order. First, I want to thank all of you who’ve joined the mailing list this past week. You can find it here: Discover (and save!) I had a very productive first half of the week, but got distracted by my birthday on Thursday. A garden to nurture and protect”, – Neil Peart (1952 – 2020), “The Garden” from Clockwork Angels. There will be more changes as I adapt to this amazing new opportunity. I think, long-term, that’s where my 4HU future really lies. My sweetie and I opened our presents last night and snuggled on the couch watching Youtube videos of Rowan Atkinson, Monty Python, and Victor Borge. This week’s spotlight is on Christopher Woods and William Joseph Roberts, who put out their own take on the Salvage Title universe with Smuggler’s Run. Needs to have heroes doing heroic things, just like you’ve come to expect from all the books from CKP. I wouldn’t have guessed that in the 80s, but I still love them. When I finish them, of course. Melissa Olthoff My e-book creation software can let  me do just about anything. Readers don’t always need to know technical details or the physics/metaphysics underlying a universe.