Monks, Cartographers, Death: a Blog Round-Up

The Annurian Empire

I haven’t published anything on here for a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy writing posts for other blogs. Here’s a round-up of the latest crop:

We’ve All Got It Coming: On the role of death as the ultimate, inevitable spoiler.

Cartography and its Discontents: Exploration of the role of the fantasy map, and a chance to make a little fun of my constantly disoriented wife.

Fire Lookout, Monk, Water Skier, Teacher: Some thoughts on the best career for an aspiring writer.

Read or Die: On the importance and difficulty of reading while writing.

Huffington Post Interview: In which I explain why I don’t like to break things, then discuss a vicious, sadistic wizard.

Algebra for Fantasy Writers: Self-explanatory, really.

The Log Goblin: An original short story. As opposed, I guess, to an unoriginal short story?

That ought to keep you busy for a while. Oh, and if you missed it somehow, the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne is finished! The final book, The Last Mortal Bond, dropped two weeks ago. Happy reading!

 

7 thoughts on “Monks, Cartographers, Death: a Blog Round-Up”

  1. jaylykens says:

    Will definitely be checking these out! Also, see you tomorrow in SF! 🙂

  2. Paul Highum says:

    So glad to have some new posts to read, though fully understandable that you have been to busy to write much on this blog itself lately. I just wanted to say that I loved your trilogy, truly thought it was fantastic, and that I look forward immensely to your future books. Thanks for entertaining us.

  3. Cmak says:

    Totally bummed that I missed your reading at the University of Washington Bookstore! As a graduate student, I’m pretty oblivious to happenings outside of campus, but dang I should’ve seen this advertised somewhere on campus! Found out about the event on April 1st! Cruel fate! I never thought I’d ever feel disappointed about missing a chance to meet an author.

    1. bstaveley says:

      I’m bummed, too! I try to post this stuff on my fb and twitter accounts, but I know how easy it is to miss things in those feeds. At any rate, I hope to make it back out that way before too long…

  4. Anders says:

    Thanks for the Trilogy, Brian – I loved all of it. I think you wrapped it up very well (these things are tricky!) but it would be cool to hear you tell about how you made certain decisions and why, what got changed in the process and why. Just as a “first it was this, but that didn’t work at all, so then my Beta said What if Valyn is emo?” type of thing. I love those.

    Anyway – question and minor spoiler: Why flaunt a badass like that Noble-gone-Robey-Fighter in book #2 and then not use his awesome skillz at all in book #3? Talk about a non-smoking Chekov! I would have loved to see him involved in some of the action in Annur. Not that there was too little of the action… Less is not always more.

    Again, thanks and I look forward to your Pyrre books. And the Robey-Nobley wrap-up. And Nevariim info – any at all…

    1. bstaveley says:

      Thanks, Anders! I’m tempted to write one of those process posts, but sometimes people don’t like to see how the sausage gets made. Of course, those folks don’t need to read it, I suppose. Like you, I love seeing behind the curtain. As for Gabril, honestly, I thought he’d play a much larger role in the third book. Then I realized how many characters absolutely demanded my full attention (K, V, A, Nira, Flea, Pyrre, Long Fist, Tan, Gwenna, Talal, Annick, etc, etc) and I just didn’t have room for him. I’m not done with him yet, though, have no fear on that account…

      1. Paul Highum says:

        I agree with Anders about a process post. Of particular interest to me is if you always planned on what happened to/with Tan happening because I thought his role in the third book was so interesting and so revealing of the books’ philosophies and belief systems.

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