Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Superman + Deleted Scene

This is a good reason why I continue to list PvP as one of the best comics out there.

In other news, I have a new Deleted Scene for ELANTRIS up. Hope you guys are enjoying these! Once again, scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the newest one.

Also, if you haven't heard, I'll be getting married in a few weeks. I'll post a bigger announcement tomorrow, in case you want to know where the reception is and all that jazz.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Two Warbreaker Chapters

Two more chapters of the free novel I'm releasing, WARBREAKER. I still intend to throw up some more ELANTRIS deleted scenes as well.

Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten

And don't forget the Forum thread where you can give me feedback on this novel. Give me enough, and I'll put you on the acknowledgements page when the book gets published!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Warbreaker + Harmonica

There's a new chapter of Warbreaker up over My Forums. I'm very pleased with how this book is going. If you're reading along, please register and give me some feedback on the forum thread! I really appreciate it. As a thanks, I give you the coolest thing I've seen in a while. (Other than new chapters of Warbreaker, that is!)

Warbreaker + Harmonica

Saturday, June 17, 2006

New Deleted Scene

Hey, welcome to everyone who clicked over from BoingBoing! Hope you enjoy your stay.

For the rest of you, there's a new ELANTRIS deleted scene. Like the others, this involves major spoilers, so if you haven't read the book, might I suggest the sample chapters instead?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

New Review

All right, as promised last week, I've posted a short review of MEN AT ARMS by Terry Pratchett. Linky Goodness.

Yes, I realize that I'm like fifteen years behind on this one. I've had a lot of stuff going on.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Warbreaker Sample Chapters

I've decided to start posting some working chapters of my new book, WARBREAKER. This is the book I'll likely publish after the MISTBORN trilogy (which means WARBREAKER won't be out until 2009 or so.) This book is a stand-alone, completely different from the other things I'm doing for Tor or the series I'll be publishing next year with Scholastic.

I'm posting these for two reasons. First, so that people can get a preview (since the book release is so far away.) I'm getting a little tired of emails asking me what WARBREAKER is! (I guess that's what I get for posting that little bar on my site telling people what I'm working on.)

However, I also though it might be an interesting exercise for readers to see my writing in its most formative of stages. These will probably change a fair amount before they get published, so you can follow along as I edit.

You can find the chapters, and new ones as I post them, at my forums.

Find them in this forum thread

Monday, June 12, 2006

Camping + Deleted Scene

Sorry for the lack of update on Friday. I was, against my will, again forced out into nature to endure the tribal ritual known as 'Camping.' It was quite loathsome, as you might imagine. There were bugs. And, like, bears and things. There was, however, fire.

I did take the opportunity to finally, after years of being told I should, read through a Prachett book. I'll throw up a review this week, if I manage to get around to it.

Until then, enjoy this short deleted scene. (Okay, so it's really a revised scene. But, that's close enough. Scroll down to the last one on the page--I'll be adding these all to the same page, one after another, as I build this collection of scenes. So, the new ones will always be at the bottom.)

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Emotion vs. Thought

It’s strange to me that there is such a stigma on enjoyment in the literary community. Why is it less valuable to enjoy a book, as opposed to find it thought-provoking? It seems to me that we’ve somehow come to place a stronger focus on thinking in our society, as opposed to feeling.

When I write, I want to make people feel. That is the art in which I engage. I tell stories, hoping to make people feel wonder, thrill, sorrow, or joy. I do like it when my writing is though-provoking, but this is not the focus for me. The story comes first.

Perhaps it’s because I, myself, am not a very emotional person. One of the few things that can provoke a strong reaction in me is a well-told story. So, therefore, I work hard to create stories of that nature. I find this emotional provocation as valuable, and as difficult an art to do well, as something capable of thought provocation.

I think this might be the disconnect between the popular fiction crowd and the literary fiction crowd.

<b>Story Idea of the day:</b> A society where it is considered wrong, immoral, or even illegal to provoke people’s emotions. It has been decided that extreme emotions are bad for society, and so laws have been passed to ‘save’ people from their emotions.</b>

This is an extreme extrapolation of some Victorian ideas. At one point (and, actually, we still do this a bit) it was considered a woman’s fault for provoking lustful emotions inside of a man. In other words, the man was bad for thinking the thoughts--but a woman was even worse for making the man think them.

What would a society be like that took this idea to the extreme? A society where you could be prosecuted for doing things that made other people feel emotional? If you made them angry for being of a race they hate, or if you wore clothing that made them feel lustful, or if you said things that made people sad.