Holy crap, has it been that long?
Wow… sorry folks, I have been the most rubbish blogger every. My bad.
To be fair, though, I have been busy. Extremely busy.
Way busier than her...
Not only has the editorial side of my life taken something of a hike in terms of what I’m doing day to day, my superhero job (aka writer) by night is also rammed to the gunwhales.
So, like this but totally full
I finished a short story for the Horus Heresy recently, so that was a good win for me. It was only 5k but I needed it. You know, that little buzz you get from a sense of achievement, a task complete? It was that feeling I needed, because this bad boy is seriously busting my balls right now…
Awesome JS cover! Take that, you pesky elf! Whack!
Yep, you guessed it (which, let’s face it, wasn’t that hard was it…), it’s Time of Legends The Great Betrayal. It’s book one in a six part series about the War of Vengeance (that’s when the elves and dwarfs knockedf seven shades of shinola out of each other to dominate the Old World, the fools…) that I am writing with fellow author and all round good egg, Chris Wraight.
I have been writing the synopsis for what seems like eons. There is so much to consider, though. I should be writing it now but I needed to blog, damn it! Phew! That’s better. Can’t beat a bit of a vent now and then.
So, yeah, I’ve been working on the synopsis, trying to set up plenty of story to come in the next books, while being faithful to the established canon as written in the various Dwarf and High Elf Army Books down the years (oh, and Grudgelore that modest background book as penned by yours truly and Mr Gav Thorpe). Not an easy task I tells ya. Nope. Nope.
Anyway, having wrestled with the timeline, figuring out what I’m doing in the rather large twenty-odd year gap, I think I have it licked. But it has taken ages. This book, thus far has been a beast and I’m not even writing it.
With Nocturne it was the weight of the previous two novels that gave me trouble; with this one, it’s the fact that it’s part one of six and the opening is based heavily on established lore and lore that was written for a gaming setting, not a narrative one. See where I’m coming from here???
Okay, so synopsis nailed and here’s a cheeky snippet of an extract that I submitted today. You’ll have to pick up an upcoming Previews Catalogue to get the rest…
Cacophonous thunder rolled across the slopes of Karag Vlak. Earth trembled for miles. Fire wreathed the darkling sky. It warred with the furnace at the mountain peak, glowing hot and angry through swathes of pyroclastic cloud. Shadows lurked within it, drifting against the wind on thin, membranous wings…
Thurgin Ironhand eyed the enemy racing at his throng across the hellish plain and scowled.
‘They are swift,’ he said, feeling the tremor of their hoof beats through his iron wrought armour. Runes of warding fashioned into its breastplate began to ignite in a chain of forge-bright flares that painted the metal like parchment.
Never before had the dwarfs waged war against such a foe. All of the urk and grobi festering beneath the Worlds Edge could not come close in number to the glistening horde riding down upon them now.
Two hundred feet away from bloodying his axe and Thurgin gave an order, growled through the mouthpiece of his war helm and carried to every warrior of his throng through its runecraft.
Across the slopes of Karak Vlak, ten thousand dwarfs obeyed.
That was but the first rank.
Deep into the valley, standing upon the Fist of Agrin, Thrugin knew the High King fought alone. It was said of him that he could break the stars. To witness that rune blade he bore, gripped two handed and splitting heads as effortlessly as barrels, Thurgin could believe it.
The enemy closed, coming fast and hard on hooves of silver flame.
Thurgin, thane-king, felt the solidity of his clan brothers at either shoulder and smiled.
This would be a good day for the dwarfs.
Vengeance would be won.
He bellowed, his voice louder than a hundred war horns, ‘Khazuk!’
The throng answered, its many ranks adding to the fury of their reply, ‘KHAZUK!’
Axes and hammers began to beat shields, rising in tempo as the riders closed.
Thurgin slid the ornate faceplate over his eyes and nose until it clanked and the world became a slit of honed anger.
His brothers’ chorus resonated through his helm, chiming with the clash of arms.
It meant death.
Death to the enemies of the dwarfs.
Glarondril the Silven spurred his riders to greater effort. The enemy was close, a thick wedge of mailed warriors clutching blades and shields.
Twenty thousand noble lords at his command, armour glittering with the falling sun, lowered their lances.
They had ridden hard and far to reach this hellish plain. Glarondril would not be found wanting on the slopes of the mountain. He would see it through to the end, even if that meant his death. Whispering words of command to his mount, he drew the riders into a spear tip of glittering silver.
‘In the name of the Phoenix King,’ he roared, unable to keep his battle lust sheathed any longer. A sword of blue flame slid soundlessly from his scabbard. ‘For the glory of Ulthuan!’
So close… Glarondril saw their hooded eyes, shimmering like moist gemstones, and smelled the reek of their foul breath, all metal and earth.
‘None shall live!’
The blue fire sword was held aloft as a thicket of lance heads drew down upon the enemy.
Totally need to get a new PC (or, preferably, a Mac). I’m currently on this dinky little ASUS with an ‘ickle screen that makes my eyes hurt. After 100,000 words, they’ll probably bleed. Told myself I had to sort out my office first (which I totally will) and then my reward will be a spanky new, massive screened iMac of justice. Yeah!
Basically, I just need to throw out all the crap that’s in there already (junk, charity shop or EBay) and rip up the carpet, get a new desk, move some stuff around, lay down laminate (which is awesome), get some rugs and a new chair and I is done. Booyah!
So, New Year then right? :S
Doubtful. Reckon I’ll do it in stages.
*pauses to dish up dinner*
It’s chicken breast, generously seasoned with black pepper, Italian herbs and Cajun spices, plus sugar snap peas, carrots, broccoli and miniature potatoes. Slap a bit of pseudo-butter on the taties and you’re good to go. Hmm, tastes good in my belly.
Been working on the running and even joined this scheme called Park Run, where you basically rock up to a total park (one that’s covered by the scheme, not just at random) after having signed up online and do a timed 5k run with a bunch of other like-minded folks. Did my first one a couple of weeks back, missed the start but still clocked a 22:34 time. Bonus!
Since then I’ve been hitting the gym and can do 5k in under 20 minutes. Those are laboratory conditions, though (i.e. treadmill) so I’ll be interested to see how my newfound super powers holds up against the outdoors…
Also joined a bowling league (ten pin not crown) and had my second game last night. Currently sitting on a 191 average (actually that’ll be higher as I hit over a 600 series last night), which ain’t too shabby and that’s with a blinkin’ house brick, y’all.
Got my new ball but need to get it drilled and can only do that on Friday on account of the the dude who runs the pro-shop not being in until them. Inconvenient, but hey-ho…
Went to London last weekend and saw The Lion King amongst other things (the musical, btw, not the film). It was awesome (as is the film).
...not this one
And here’s me and my gorgeous lady about to head in…
Is that childish glee I can see on their faces... Hmm? Yup!
We went to London to see it, and stayed with Stef’s sister and her husband (who also went to show), and enjoyed the crap out of it. Brilliant, I’d say. Mad armatures representing leopards, elephants and rhinos. Also, the natty way the actors playing the lion characters could pull down their marks when in a confrontation. Stage craft was excellent and the music, everything was spot on. I would totally recommend. *****
Oh, I also started tweeting. Yup, I have succumbed to this oh-so modern way of keeping people updated on my comings and goings, and I love it!
Ha, ha – it’s like writing loads of odd little mini-blogs about all sorts of random stuff. Come and follow me @NickKyme and pay heed to my ramblings if you dare. Latest updates include BL Hat Day and the skinny of The Great Betrayal.
I’ll be updating and tweeting on a regular basis, so if you fancy having a quick hit of Kyme action then get signed up and add me to the list.
Other than all that, looking forward to Crimbo in a big way. Lord Shakespeare is well too (though, he did do a massive do-do on my kitchen floor today that needed a certain amount of scraping to lift…). He’s going to the vets tomorrow for a cheeky bum clean but am trying to keep that quiet…
Okies, time for me to sign off. I’ve not bothered spell checking this (too long, and on this crappy machine…), so apologies for typos etc. It’s all pretty much stream of consciousness anyway. Updates to come on the progress of The Great Betrayal as well as my novella projects.
Keep it real, folks.
Catch ya later. Ooh, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter. It’s @NickKyme, remember. Bwoop!