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New Website and Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2014 by Anthony Reynolds

Hey guys,

I’ve just spent the afternoon getting my new website all sorted out. Check it out over at http://www.antreynolds.com/

I’m also going to be running my blog out of that site from now on – it will be running from here specifically – so please head on over that way for future blog posts. It’s still all brand-spanking new, so I’m putting the final touches to it (so if you spot any mistakes, please let me know!) but will look to put up a few new blog posts there over the next few days.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Ant

Welcome to the future

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 4, 2014 by Anthony Reynolds

2014, eh? Geez, that crept up on us, didn’t it?

Back to the Future II was set in 2015 – so I guess this year is going to have to have a heck of a lot of technological breakthroughs to look forward to: self-sizing clothes and shoes, flying cars, hoverboards, nuked food, etc.

Come on Mattel, up your game and release a hoverboard.

Come on Mattel, up your game and release a hoverboard.

2013 was a crazy, wonderful year for me.

I proposed to the love of my life, Beth – and she said yes. I visited and lived in twelve different countries. I caught up with amazing, brilliant friends all over the world – you all know who you are and you freakin’ ROCK – and met loads of new ones along the way.

I got to know my future in-laws, who are awesome. I got to snowboard in Colorado on Christmas day, which was both mad and rad.

A snap of Beth and I, moments after she said yes. Awww.

A snap of Beth and I, moments after she said yes. Awww.

I got to work with some incredibly talented friends and experts in their field, and am incredibly thankful and humbled to have been given some amazing work opportunities. I got to two Games Days (US and UK), and met loads of awesome fans who said nice things about my stories, and got to hang out with authors whose work I admire and respect.

I got to write some stories that made me grin, laugh and pull my hair out in equal measure – some of which have yet to see the light of day (or even be announced yet…) and I’m currently just about to cross the 50% mark of my latest novel for Black Library, which I can’t wait to share but  must remain, for now, tight-lipped about.

2013 hasn’t been without its challenges and periods of stress, but all in all, it was pretty damn freaking good. You’ve got a lot to match up to, 2014, but I’ve got a good feeling about you. We’re gonna get along just fine, I’d say.

Sketch of Kharn by the incomparable Jes Goodwin. Was great to write about him again (Kharn, not Jes...)

Sketch of Kharn by the incomparable Jes Goodwin. Was great to write about him again (Kharn, not Jes…)

Over the next few weeks I’m going to give a bit of a run-down on my favourite books/movies/games of 2013, and the ones I’m most looking forward to in 2014, as well as aiming for a more regular presence both here, on my author Facebook page (go like it HERE so I’m not talking into the void) and in the twittersphere (here!) on my news, random musings on stuff, and whatever other nonsense I fancy blathering on about.

To all of you, I hope you have a wonderful 2014, that it’s kind to you – but not dull – and that the next twelve months is filled with laughter, happiness, good books, good games, and good friends.

Cheers!

Ant

Writing advice from Neil Gaiman

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 2, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

Some pretty good writing advice to be found right here:

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2013/03/princess-and-some-thoughts-on-writing.html

Simple and succinct.

 

What’s been happening?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 29, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

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).

I’m on Facebook!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

Hey folks,

A very quick message to say I’ve now got a Facebook author page. Go like it. You know you want to.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anthony-Reynolds/124609001040044?ref=hl

See you there!

Oz Games Day 2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by Anthony Reynolds

Oz Games Day was held a few months back (geez, where did that time go?), and once again, it was an absolute cracker of a day.

This year on the BL stand I was joined by my good mate Gav Thorpe (aka the Gavinthrope, the Thorpinator, the Spleen, or Captain Nosebag – take your pick), as well as the mighty Matt Farrer and the fearsome Henry Zou (he’s not actually that fearsome – he’s rather nice, really).

BL Seminar, or a really crap boy-band… take your pick.

On the Studio stand there was Jes Goodwin, Jeremy Vetock and artist Kevin Chin.

One of the reasons I love Games Day is catching up with old mates. It was fantastic to hang out with Gav again, as well as with Jes and Jerm, who are all friends that I worked with in the UK. It was also good to meet Kevin for the first time, and to catch up with Matt and Henry, and Mal and Michael from BL. Good times.

Manufactorum IV… I mean, the Games Day hall.

I love Oz Games Day. The venue is awesome (just check out that picture up above – how 40K is that?). The GW staff always take care of us – thanks  guys, especially to Matt Farrer (who provided me these pics) and the big man, the one and only Craig O’Neill. And most of all, the fans – who are the ones that make the day a success – are awesome.

Chosen of Khorne was released on the day. I’m really happy with how it turned out – love Kharn’s voice – and it seems to have been pretty well received. Would love to write some more about Kharn in the future…

Less of a ponytail, more of a nub. Nub nub nub.

Writing can be a pretty lonely pastime. It’s hard sometimes to have a sense that people are actually reading your books until you go somewhere like a Games Day and are blown away by having folks coming up to you to talk about how much they enjoyed your work.

Thanks everyone who came, it was great talking to you all!

 

An update at long last. And a squid.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 7, 2012 by Anthony Reynolds

Yikes. Has it really been that long since my last blog update? That’s a little crazy…

In an effort to make up for that, here is a photo of me with a squid on my head.

What?

So, erm, I’ll try and blog a bit more often then…  And in the meantime:

What I’m reading: 

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan. Very thought provoking. I saw him speak at the Opera House some months back, talking about food, food production, factory farming (and how it’s bad for us, the animals, the environment), sustainable farming methods, etc. I really want to have my own little farm now. One day!

Also doing quite a lot of re-reading of Dan Abnett’s Know No Fear

What I’m listening to: 

Xavier Rudd’s Spirit Bird. Dead Can Dance’s Anasastis. Fiona Apple’s The Idler Wheel

As well as plenty of Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Red Fang, etc. Was listening to lots of Sun Kil Moon until I saw him in concert – wonderful musician, but geez he acted like an arse, and I can’t bring myself to listen to his music for now.

Oh, and Nine Inch Nails and the soundtrack to Inception are still my go-to writing music choices.

What I’m watching: 

Not very much, which is rather nice actually. My TV viewing is pretty much restricted to watching the rugby – which of late has meant watching the Wallabies lose to the All Blacks. Sigh. Hopefully we can beat the Springboks on Sat night.

I’ve also been watching the latest season of True Blood – I’m about half way in to the season. Good fun.

What I’m writing: 

Something that may or may not involve Word Bearers…

Games Day

Oh, and it’s Oz Games Day on Sunday in Sydney! I’ll be there along with fellow authors Gav Thorpe, Matt Farrer and Henry Zou. Be sure to pop along to the Black Library stand to say g’day. Hope to see some of you there!