Tim Pratt
SF and Fantasy Writer

If I May

Compared to the brutal brutality of endless work I wrote about last time, the past few days have been quite mellow. Worked a bit on my novel City of the Fallen Sky, wrote a review of Mira Grant’s Deadline for A Certain Magazine (short form: go read it, after you read the first book in the series, Feed), and did a personal essay about why I’m so excited to be in Welcome to Bordertown which will appear, uh, somewhere, at some point. I also got a mental handle on the story that’s due May 15, so I should be able to draft it soon.

Got a good chunk of money from France for the first two Marla Mason books. Used it to pay down credit card debt. We’re broke again, now — but the hole we’re in is just that much shallower. The goal for the next couple of years is to murder debt. Every book I write is a step in that direction.

Readingwise, I’m almost done with Joe Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy. Then all I’ll have left of his to read is The Heroes. Sob! What gritty-fantasy-with-minimal-magic should I read next? (I asked the same thing on twitter yesterday and got some good suggestions.) I’ve read K.J. Parker’s oeuvre, and await the next George R.R. Martin, but beyond that, I’m looking for more.

My nephew (8 years old) stayed with us for a couple of days. We took him and River to Adventure Playground over by the marina: a fenced-in lot full of scrap wood, bits of metal, barrels, broken rowboats, old tires, sheet metal, rope, and other stuff, where the kids build their own play structures. Pretty awesome. My nephew adores the zipline. River is too young to do any building, but he painted a bit and climbed on some of the multi-story kid-built edifices and generally marveled at everything. We had a picnic and splashed a bit in the waters of the bay too. A nice afternoon out. It’s pretty much summertime here. Oh, May, you’re very welcome after all that rain. Loveliness abounds.

3 Responses to “If I May”

  1. Abbie Says:

    > gritty-fantasy-with-minimal-magic

    You should read mine! Guild of the Cowry Catchers – dark, nautical fantasy with pirates and wyverns. The first book is 99, and it’s illustrated. 😀 The fullcast audio is free.

    Cowry Catchers might not be an eBook if you hadn’t been so open about your experiments with eBooks. You were the first author I ran across who was posting detailed numbers about selling eBooks off your site. Thank you. It was terribly helpful.

    Your short stories are some of my favorite in podcast land. I particularly loved “Annabelle’s Alphabet” on the Drabblecast. I read Bone Shop recently. It was my first Marla book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Nex is also sitting on my Kindle.

    Thanks for being awesome.

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks Abbie! I’ll check it out.

  3. thomas Says:

    Gritty fantasy that’s relatively low on magic:

    Sarah Monette’s “Melusine” trilogy.

    “Zoo City” by Lauren Beukes (it’s urban, South African fantasy).

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