Thursday, May 26, 2022

Travelers of Maradaine and More

 So I've been saying that I have some announcements coming up, and the first one is a small one, but one I'm definitely excited about: a Patreon exclusive series of epistolary microfiction:


This is something of a worldbuilding experiment, where I use an epistolary format to show the journey of a group from Maradaine as they explore the wider world around them.  So every installment will be a letter or journal entry from one of the travelers along their trip.  I think this will be a fun way to explore the wider world around Maradaine without having to get too bogged down in things like "plot".  

I will do free previews of the first three installments, and then future installments will be at the $3 "Red Rabbits" tier and higher.  There will be additional sneak-peak content at that tier as well! 

As you can imagine, this will be appearing on my Patreon. so please check it out.

I will have more news as the summer continues, and I'm very excited to tell you all about it when I'm able to!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April is the Cruelest Month

It has been a time of transition here for me.  A lot has been going on, and I've got many balls in the air right now.  I'll be putting out some announcements in the near future, especially with Maradaine related things, once I have some more ducks in a row and I'm ready to talk more directly about what's been going on.  As challenging as it has been, I am choosing to approach with optimism and see it all as an opportunity.  But the short version of it is: I'm going to be doing a lot to make it work, but I'm excited for it.  So watch this space for all the news, both good and... challenging.


And there has been some good news!  Worldbuilding for Masochists was nominated for the Hugo for Best Fancast for a second time.  Cass, Rowenna and I are quite thrilled our work continues to be noticed, and we're excited to celebrate at Chicon in September!  If all goes according to plan, we will all be there.  But, also if all goes to plan, all three of us will be at ArmadilloCon here in Austin in August.  I am very excited for that con this year, as it is shaping up to be truly excellent.

Before that, though, this weekend I'll be doing three panels at the online conference Writerfest.  It's got a great line-up of writers talking about craft, and I highly recommend you check it out.

Also, this is a good time to reming you all that I have a Patreon!  I have been... let's say "dilettante"... about using my Patreon, but part of the upcoming changes include doing more interesting and exclusive things there.
 
What is not exclusive is my latest novel, The Assassins of Conseqeunce, even if it was only released in electronic form.  (Are the changes and challenges related to that?  Yes.  Yes they are.  But we'll get to that.)  Assassins is the fourth Thorn novel, coming back to Veranix and the rest of the Aventil crew, and it's also the proper beginning of Phase Two of the Maradaine Saga.  If you've already read it, please, leave a review or otherwise shout about it, and if not, what are you waiting for?

As I said, there's more to come, but for now, I'll just give you this hint:


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Assassins of Consequence is here!

 Today is the day for The Assassins of Consequence!

As I mentioned before, this book is being released as e-book only, which is a shame, but hopefully in the future there will be physical versions as well.  But you can get a hold of it right now to find out what happens next to Veranix and his friends.  

This was an excellent natural continuation of Veranix’s tale after the events of the first Maradaine story arc. Plenty of action, so many heartfelt moments, and the resolution to several major plot points made for a very satisfying read.  -Powder and Page

So, don't dally!  Get your hands on it!

And then get ready for the next Maradaine Phase Two installment:

And after that?  I'm still keeping a tight lid on that for now, but not for too much longer!

But, for now, I hope you all enjoy The Assassins of Consequence, and are looking for more news to come.

The autumn semester at the University of Maradaine is underway, and Veranix Calbert is doing his best to balance the new responsibilities of being a fourth-year magic student under the militant Altarn Initiatives, while still acting as The Thorn, the street vigilante deep in a personal war against the drug kingpin Willem Fenmere. With the help of his friends Kaiana, Delmin, and Mila, he’s been able to strike real blows against Fenmere’s empire.
 
But Veranix’s fight has earned him more enemies than just Fenmere, including the mad alchemist Cuse Jensett, the imposters Erno Don and Enzin Hence, and the Deadly Birds Magpie and Jackdaw. These five killers join forces to escape Quarrygate Prison and offer an alliance to Fenmere, bringing with them the perfect leverage to seal the deal: the Thorn’s identity.
 
Once Fenmere knows who Veranix is, he doesn’t just want to kill him, but to utterly shatter him. Calling on everyone in Maradaine holding a grudge against the Thorn, he unleashes a brutal hunt against Veranix.  With old and new enemies all looking to claim the bounty on his head, stripped of the security of his secret identity, Veranix faces the most brutal fight of his all too-short life.

 

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

WorldCon and the End of the Year

 Friends,

We've nearly made it through another year, and it's been a busy one.  Still one big event left for me: WorldCon in DC, and with it, this year's Hugo Awards.

Honestly, it was such an honor for Worldbuilding for Masochists just to be nominated.  I'm thrilled to be going as a nominee, that our work has been recognized by the community.  I have no further expectations, but we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, here's what I'm doing at WorldCon.  If you are also coming, please say hello.  

December 16, 2021

Public Hugo Finalists Reception 5:00 pm EST
The CW’s Contribution to Genre TV 5:30 pm EST
Writing “Gray” Markets 7:00 pm EST  - VIRTUAL PANEL

December 17, 2021

The Wizard’s Butler Did It: Fantasy Whodunits 2:30 pm EST - VIRTUAL PANEL

December 18, 2021

Kaffeeklatsch With Marshall Ryan Maresca 11:30 am EST
Signing – Marshall Ryan Maresca 2:30 pm EST
Hugo Award Ceremonies 8:00 pm EST
Hugo Awards Photo Opportunity 10:30 pm EST

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In the meantime, a reminder that I had two books come out in 2021, and I'm incredibly proud of both of them.  If you haven't picked them up yet, now's a fantastic time.  And if you have, they both make excellent gifts for the reader on your holiday gift list.  

VELOCITY: AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieboundBookshop 
VOYAGE: 
AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieboundBookshop 

I hope the end of the year is a wonderful time for you and yours, and see you in 2022.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Onward to 2022: The First Two Books of Maradaine Phase Two

 So, last week at ArmadilloCon, I had the pleasure of having a Special Guest interview, conducted by Thomas Wagner of SFF180, which we also recorded and he put on his channel.  I had a great time talking with Thomas about my process, the path of conceiving and writing Maradaine, Velocity of Revolution, and everything beyond that.  




And talking about beyond that, at the end of the interview, as well as immediately afterward on Twitter, I announced what the next two books are for 2022.  So let's talk about what those are going to be.


First off, we have coming in the Spring, The Assassins of Consequence.  While we've seen Veranix Calbert in The Fenmere Job and People of the City, we've not seen anything centered on his part of the city since The Imposters of Aventil.  So, here we return to the University, Dentonhill and Aventil, and the team surrounding Veranix as he continues his war against Willem Fenmere.  

The autumn semester at the University of Maradaine is underway, and Veranix Calbert is doing his best to balance the new responsibilities of being a fourth-year magic student under the militant Altarn Initiatives, while still acting as The Thorn, the street vigilante deep in a personal war against the drug kingpin Willem Fenmere.  With the help of his friends Kaiana, Delmin and Mila, he’s been able to strike real blows against Fenmere’s empire.

But Veranix’s fight has earned him more enemies than just Fenmere, including the mad alchemist Cuse Jensett, the imposters Erno Don and Enzin Hence, and the Deadly Birds Magpie and Jackdaw.  These five killers join forces to escape Quarrygate Prison and offer an alliance to Fenmere, bringing with them the perfect leverage to seal the deal: the Thorn’s identity.

Once Fenmere knows who Veranix is, he doesn’t just want to kill him, but to utterly shatter him.  Calling on everyone in Maradaine holding a grudge against the Thorn, he unleashes a brutal hunt against Veranix.  With old and new enemies all looking to claim the bounty on his head, stripped of the security of his secret identity, Veranix faces the most brutal fight of his all too-short life.


And what's after that?

In this one, Asti & Verci are now legitimate businessmen running the Rynax Gadgeterium, trying to settle into a normal, decent life for themselves and their friends, families and neighbors, while still planning to root out those responsible for the Holver Alley Fire and exact justice upon them.  But their sudden arrest throws all of those plans out the window, and now they must scramble to make a new plan from inside Quarrygate Prison.  Desperate to get her family back, Verci's wife Raych Rynax will have to come up with her own mad ploy to get the leverage she needs to save them.

In essence, equal parts Escape from AlcatrazSuicide Squad and Oceans 8.  

And that's what's coming in 2022!  More news on the future of Maradaine soon.

In the meantime, An Unintended Voyage comes out next week!  Still plenty of time to pre-order.  For those of you who have been waiting since A Parliament of Bodies to learn Corrie's fate, your wait is almost over.


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Thursday, October 14, 2021

ArmadilloCon Schedule

 ArmadilloCon starts tomorrow!  If you are in Austin, or can come there this weekend, I'd love to hear from you.  Here's my schedule of events:

Opening Ceremonies
Fri 7:00 PM-7:30 PM Ballroom D
N. Drayden, D. Liss, M. R. Maresca, J. Miles*, G. Villarreal
The formal start of the con. Get introduced to the con's major guests, and attend the Meet the Pros party afterward.

Writing Large Series
Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom D
K. Baldwin, D. Cohen, M. R. Maresca, K. Redford, M. Wells*
Trilogies, pentologies, dodecologies, heptatriacontologies in three phases… how can anyone hope to keep anything straight in these gigantic epics?  Especially the people trying to write them!  Our panel talks about the perils, pitfalls and pleasures of writing stories of immense scope and scale.

Autographing
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Dealers' Room
C. Brown, M. R. Maresca, C. Panatier, M. Wells

Worldbuilding for Beginners and Masochists
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Ballroom E
J. Black, E. Cobbe, B. Jensen*, B. Liar, M. R. Maresca
How do you get started with worldbuilding? And how do you know when to stop? Do you ever stop? Do you need to stop? Or do you just keep going until it hurts? Our panelists explore the limits of world building, and how to get the most out of it by challenging presumptions of how fantasy worlds are “supposed” to be.

Marshall Ryan Maresca Interview
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom D
M. R. Maresca, T. Wagner*
An interview with our Special Guest.

Fannish Feud
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Ballroom D
D. Liss, M. R. Maresca, G. Villarreal, S. Felix, T. Wilson
Fans vs Pros game completely unrelated to the Richard Dawson show

Hopepunk
Sun Noon-1:00 PM Ballroom D
S. Kern*, M. R. Maresca, S. Leicht, T. Wagner
“Hopepunk is the opposite of grimdark.” Alexandra Rowland coined the term with that sentence, but what is ‘hopepunk’? Is it a subgenre, a style, a mood? Is it just fantasy where good people strive to do good in hopeful worlds? Or is there something deeper which needs exploring, especially in contrast to grimdark fantasy? And what does writing hopepunk fiction mean?

Shiny Seductive Sirens and Tying Yourself to the Mast
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Ballroom D
A. Fisher, M. R. Maresca*, K. Redford, P. Sarath, J. Reisman
It happens every time. You’re about a third of the way through a story, and you’re definitely out of the “honeymoon” stage of the project, when it hits: A Shiny New Idea.  It’s so fun and exciting, definitely not work like the current one is.  But you also know you NEED TO FINISH that current one.  So how do you tie yourself to the proverbial mast so you can ignore those shiny sirens and sail through the rocky waters of the murky middle and finish your story?


On more thing, I want to share this excellent review of An Unintended Voyage from SF&F Reviews, including saying "This is compulsive reading right here, that you’ll pick up and not put down, and then lament when you’re finished that there isn’t any more." I think this is a fantastic book and I hope you pick it up. And pre-orders are very important now, with the challenges of supply-chains around the world.



  
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Thursday, October 7, 2021

ArmadilloCon, AN UNINTENDED VOYAGE, and the future of Maradaine

 So, friends, we're already in October, which means that we're just a few days away from ArmadilloCon, my hometown SFF Lit convention, and this year I am one of the special guests.

So I will be there, talking about An Unintended VoyageThe Velocity of RevolutionWorldbuilding for Masochists and the future of Maradaine.  I'll also be teaching in the Writers Workshop.  It'll be good to do a real, live-and-in-person event.  I did poke my head in at the Writers League of Texas conference a few weeks ago, mostly just to test the waters of being at an event again, but ArmadilloCon will be the first real one I'll be attending since 2019.   I'm very excited.

And An Unintended Voyage is just a few weeks away!  You can still pre-order!  The initial buzz has been very strong, which makes me quite happy.  From Publishers Weekly: "Maresca returns to the universe of his Maradaine novels and masterfully expands the world beyond the reaches of the title city."  I'm really thrilled you all will get to join Corrie Welling on this adventure, with:

-working class heroine
-far from home, deep in debt
-found family
-an apocalyptic cult
-the world's biggest library

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Also, I'll be making a bit more announcement about Maradaine Phase Two.  I've been keeping this under my hat for a little while, but the ArmadilloCon attendees will get the first sneak peak of it.

ALSO also, a reminder that I do have a Patreon, which I am terrible about using in interesting ways, BUT I have a germ of an idea of some interesting things to do over there, namely a fun way to share more worldbuilding stuff from Maradaine.

Beyond that, I hope you've been checking out Worldbuilding For Masochists.  We've had some great episodes this year, and some really fun guests lined up.  I will be at WorldCon in DC in December, and I hope I'll see some of you there.