“Where’s the Mountain Dew?”

Posted in Random with tags on April 10, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

Just over a month ago I packed up my belongings to put into storage, but I took the snapshot below before this particular picture went into a box. This was presented to me by the guys just before I left the UK in 2006. Pretty cool, huh?

Oh how fresh-faced and youthful we all looked...

Oh, how fresh-faced and youthful we all looked…

Must say, this really was one freakin’ awesome roleplaying group. We’d play every Wednesday at Graham’s house (accompanied by pizza and wine/beer), and damn it was fun.

We played D+D mostly – one mammoth campaign brilliantly run by Marky Mark Raynor that lasted the whole time – interspersed with random board game nights, a short Warhammer Roleplay interlude and an awesome Firefly adventure concocted by Graham. In the D+D campaign I played Tann, a human barbarian/druid with rage issues… until he got turned to stone and left as a statue in the depths of a dungeon. After that I played Azazel, a Tiefling spellthief who was a proper little bastard.

Ah, good times.

Oh, and if you don’t know what I was talking about with the title of this blog post (shame on you), then go here. Right now. Actually, even if you did know what I was referring to, then go watch it again anyway. You know you want to.

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).

And we have a winner!

Posted in Competition, World Eaters with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

There were some great entries into the competition I put up last week.

Matt’s suggestion of “A Pig” made me laugh the most, though Chris’s suggestion of Scout Sergeant Cyrus from Dawn of War II certainly made me chuckle (I played way too much of that game). I loved Boltorange’s idea of wanting to see Kharn take on the Skulltaker – I think there is definitely a story in that.

But there can be only one, and while I’ve deliberated back and forth, and loved all the entries… The winner is Gil Fuhr, with this suggestion:

“Lucius the Eternal! Not only because they make up 40K’s dichotomy of violence, but because they both have such personal tales of betrayal; so much in common & so different. And there is such backstory with Fabius Bile and Angron’s Legion wide implants. Then again, Fabius Bile would be a fun fight. What would his Rod of Torment feel like to Kharn?”

kev_walker_kharn_the_betrayer lucius

Kharn vs Lucius, huh. I like it. You sir, are the winner! I’ll be in contact with you shortly!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Wanna win a signed copy of Chosen of Khorne?

Posted in Competition with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

So, my beautiful girlfriend and I are off travelling the world in 3 weeks time (and I’m planning to do lots of writing along the way) – so I am currently doing lots of cleaning, boxing up, storing, chucking out and selling stuff. Fun. While doing this, I came across a spare copy of Chosen of Khorne that I’d not given to friends or family, and thought it’d give it away to someone.

Grr. Arg.

Grr. Arg.

So, here’s the deal. To score yourself this copy, I want you to tell me who, in a Black Library story/novel/audio/whatever,  you would most like to see Khârn fight, why, and who you reckon would be the victor. 30k, 40k – whatever. Bring on the smack-down!

I’ll leave this comp open for a week, so will pick my favourite response next Monday evening, Sydney time. Make sure to leave your details so I can get in touch and find out where to send the signed audio if I choose your entry as the coolest/funniest/most generally rad.

“KILL! MAIM! BURN! KILL! MAIM! BURN!”

My new Horus Heresy short story

Posted in Horus Heresy with tags , , , , on January 29, 2013 by Anthony Reynolds

Dark Heart, the Horus Heresy story that I wrote for the forthcoming anthology Mark of Calth is now available to download here.

dark-heart

The story is set during the Word Bearers’ attack on Calth, and is designed to tie in with Dan Abnett’s awesome Know No Fear. It features a certain young Word Bearer called Marduk  taking part in the attack on the Zetsun Verid Yard – and the subsequent counter-attack against the Word Bearers led by the big man in blue himself…

I’ve also written a short blog about writing this story for the Black Library site – check it out.

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!

Look what I picked up from the post office…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 6, 2011 by Anthony Reynolds

Chaos armour - it's spiky.

Hurrah!

The package seems to have had quite an adventure to get here. According to its delivery form, it went from the UK, to the US, to Australia, back to the US (Hawaii, no less), then back to Australia. Curious.

The omnibus is officially released in January.