What’s been happening?

Hi folks,

It’s been a while between posts – apologies for that. So, what’s new with me?

Well, I’m currently travelling South East Asia with my beautiful girlfriend. We’ve been to Singapore, Thailand and Laos so far, and are currently travelling through Vietnam. The plan is to go back to Thailand next, there to knuckle down and get writing on a new (secret) project for Black Library. It’s going to be an interesting experience, writing from an island in Thailand – I think I’m going to have to be very strict with myself to put in the hours on my laptop. I think it’s going to work really well, though, and am looking forward to getting started…

Beautiful waterfall near Luang Prabang, Laos.

Beautiful waterfall near Luang Prabang, Laos.

From there, we are going to travel a bit more – Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), and possibly Borneo. Then we are heading off to the states, where all going well, I’ll get started on another BL project. In between all of this, I’m also starting work on a young adult fantasy book that I’ve been wanting to write for years. Exciting times! I’m planning to do a lot more writing this year than I have in the last 3 or so years, which I’m really looking forward to.

I’ve also got the hobby itch at the moment – which is, of course, entirely impractical as we are backpacking – but perhaps when we get to the states I’ll pick up some toy soldiers and see if anyone fancies a game. I’m torn as to whether I should add to my existing Chaos Space Marine force, or start a new one – Orks (partly ‘cos I reckon playing some old-school Gorkamorka would be a laugh).

Green and cranky...

Green and cranky…

Do I add some Word Bearers, daemons and cultists to my Death Guard army...

Or spikey… and cranky?

So, apart from travelling, trying not to get (too) ripped off, putting together proposals for Black Library and poring over the Chaos and Orky sections of GW’s online store, what have I been reading/listening to/watching of late?

What have I been reading? As well as lots of Lonely Planet guides, I’ve been on a bit of a Heresy kick, catching up on stories I hadn’t read, including Betrayer, Angel Exterminatus, Prince of Crows, and Chris Wraight’s awesome Brotherhood of the Storm. I also read Aaron’s impressive Void Stalker. Oh, and the stories from the forthcoming HH anthology, Mark of Calth (featuring a Word Bearers story I wrote). Right now, I’m also ploughing through George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, which I’m enjoying despite the lukewarm reviews I’d heard – perhaps I went into it with low expectations, and so am pleasantly surprised.

What have I been listening to? Not much, really – mostly car horns, the screech of tyres as we hurtle around mountain roads in the back of mini-vans driven by lunatics who think they are driving rally cars, drunken backpackers, etc.

What have I been watching? Again, not much. I’ve just got Beth up to speed on the two Iron Man films, Thor and The Avengers… she liked Iron Man, the others less so… not sure my attempts to turn her into a comic movie fan are working…

Right, our hotel room is almost ready now, so am gonna sign off – a lie-down is sorely needed (we were up at 4am to fly out of Hanoi this morning – urgh).

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5 Responses to “What’s been happening?”

  1. Nice to know that you are visiting Southeast Asia (the region where I am from). I am sure you have heard this a thousand times but I just wanted to say that your books have inspired me to build a Word Bearers miniature army. Thus far I have actually completed painting a Dark Apostle, an Anointed squad as well as some Cultists. Check ’em out at my blog http://foureyed-monster.blogspot.com/ if you are able.

    Last but not least, here’s to you and Aaron Dembski-Bowden for keeping the chaos flag flying in Black Library. Am an aspiring author myself and hope to submit a short story to Black Library one day … writing chaos-related stories of course. =)

  2. I’m gonna’ go with Spikey & Cranky: the Gods of Chaos don’t take kindly to those who try to jump ship, so I’e heard 😛

    • It will be months before I even have an opportunity to do any modelling/painting, but I must say I’m leaning towards green right this instant. But then, I’ll probably be leaning the other way tomorrow. We shall see!

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