We’re about to put 2013 in the rear view mirror. I hope it was a great year for all of you and I hope 2014 is even better. I had a very good year, read some good books, watched some good shows, and enjoyed some great company. The major personal and professional milestones:
First, we had our second daughter (and fourth child), Evelyn Sloane. Kempland is abundant in love.
Second, everyone in Kempland is healthy … Read the rest
Boba Fett and Bossk always get their man.
(Editor’s note: After you’ve read this entry, you can read my review of the Strength Phase of P90X3 right here; in fact, all my fitness-related posts can be found by clicking one of the tags on this post).
So, I’ve done P90X, P90X2, thrown in some Insanity (you can read my earlier fitness related entries here; they’re gold, Jerry! Gold!), and I received P90X3 a few days … Read the rest
I sometimes get questions like this: ”What would happen if Egil and Nix met Cale and Riven?” Usually I dodge the question or laugh it off. But David Craddock forced me to write an answer to that question for this interview with Fantasy Book Critic.
Turns out, the answer is Quentin Tarantino. Weird.
Also, we talk the Sundering, Egil and Nix, tie-in fiction generally, and a variety of other things. I hope you enjoy.… Read the rest
Those of you who care about such things perhaps know already that I’ve done P90X and P90X2. I wrote about my general experience and results here, in case you missed it. And I reviewed Plyocide (from P90X2) and Kenpo (from P90X).
Sometimes I’m asked by folks who are considering trying one or both which one I prefer. At the moment, I do a hybrid P90X-P90X2-Insanity routine that works really well for me, and … Read the rest
We recently sold German translation rights to The Hammer and the Blade(with A Discourse in Steel soon to follow hopefully) and today I happened to see the cover art for the German version.
Somehow the boys from Dur Follin look very German in this art, which is, I suppose, the point. I put the original art here too, so you can compare if you like.
Egil ist ein Deutscher!
Seems that at least some folks are interested in catching up on the Erevis Cale stories before they dive into The Godborn. Excellent! You can see a complete list and ordering of the Cale stories here, but one of the stories that’s very hard to find is Another Name for Dawn, which is Cale’s origin story. It appeared originally in Dragon #277. I reproduce it here for those who’ve been unable to … Read the rest
Doctor Who Eve got me to thinking about the series, the way it tells stories, and most importantly, the mood it sets in telling them. It also got me to thinking what it did for my own storytelling.
In the past, when it came to the kind of stories I liked, it’s safe to say I preferred dark (very dark) dramas and the like to anything else. I detested comedies (I still dislike most comedies, … Read the rest
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold two more Egil and Nix novels, A Conversation in Blood and Ass Kicking Sword and Sorcery IV: This Time it’s Personal (not the actual title; but really, shouldn’t it be?) to Del Rey. Here’s the link to the announcement. As you can see, I’ll be working with the most excellent Frank Parisi, with whom I’ve had several gun duels and two whiskey-drinking contests. Oh, and he also … Read the rest
I’ve posted this kind of thing before, but it’s always a humbling, wonderful thing to get mails like this. I’m sharing this with permission. I’ll point out, as I have in the past, that emails like this really make writing stories professionally a rewarding gig.
Mr. Kemp. I have to begin with saying, Thank you. Through the entire series following Erevis Cale I seem to have found my own faith. You may not have meant … Read the rest