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Locus New and Notable List - February, 2015 [Feb. 10th, 2015|09:34 am]
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Yamada_BTG_cover-V06b-PrimeYamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate made the Locus New and Notable list for February. My books have made the list a few times and it's always cool. Especially when they say things like this:

"Parks is a versatile fantasy writer, but he excels at fiction inspired by Japanese culture and mythology, and this is no exception."

Granted, in reviewer-speak "versatile" is often a euphemism for, "Would you find one kind of thing to write and stick to it, please?" Regardless, I consider it a compliment of the highest order.

 
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WCSFA Reprint [Jan. 20th, 2015|10:17 am]
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WRITING 02Starting off the new year, I’ve just sold a reprint to the World Chinese SF Association (WCSFA). Reprints in general are a good thing. They get your stories out in venues/areas that might not normally come across them, and the WCSFA certainly applies. I’ve had stories translated into Japanese, French, and Russian, but this will be the first time for Chinese, so I’m looking forward to it.

Strictly from the business side of things, reprints are money for work already done. That is, stories you would have—and did—write anyway continue to pay off for you. Sort of an investment in the future. Even those of us who don’t earn most of our income from writing can appreciate that.

The story is “A Hint of Jasmine,” one of my Eli Mothersbaugh series. It was originally published in Asivmov’s SF back in August 2004. WCSFA has also bought reprints from Ken Liu, Aliette de Bodard, and Caroline M. Yoachim, among others. I know the story will be in good company. I’ll likely mention it here when it’s published. I’ll go look at it myself. Won’t be able to read it, but that’s all right. I know where to find a really good English translation.
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Celebrate Good Times, Come On! [Dec. 24th, 2014|09:52 am]
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Two For ChristmasThe last thing I want to do in this joyous season is start an argument, but in order to proceed with what I want to do here, which is wish everyone Happy Holidays, I feel the need to point out that there's a reason many people say "Happy Holidays" rather than simply "Merry Christmas." There's a lot going on this time of year. Let's break it down a bit:

Chinese New Year
Hannukah
Kwanzaa
Winter Solstice
Yule
New Year's Day (Western)
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Pancha Ganapati (Hindu)
Soyal (Zuni & Hopi)
Hogmanay (Scotland)
Quaid-i-Azam (Pakistan)
HumanLight (Humanist)
Dōngzhì Festival (East Asia)
and yes, Christmas.

And that's not everything by half. So here's the thing, and it's got nothing to do with either being "PC" or any imagined "War on Christmas." To automatically say "Merry Christmas" to someone whose background and customs you may not know is an example of unexamined priviledge and cultural assumptions that are as likely as not unwarranted, not to mention just plain rude. Sure, I'll say "Merry Christmas" to family and friends in person, but even then only when I know we're on the same page, which is not always the case. To say it here, on this blog, when I know darn well that not everyone reading this shares either my background or beliefs is to use the season as a club, not a hug. Sometimes I am a jerk, but I try not to be, and that's the beginning and end of it.

So Happy Holidays, everyone, because no matter what those holidays are, they should be happy, and that's what I wish for you all.

 
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Power's Shadow, Chapter 9, Part 2 [Dec. 15th, 2014|09:24 am]
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I should be able to finish at least through Chapter 10 without interruption. After that I'll have to see how fast I can get my studying done. Until then, on to Part 2.



Chapter 9, Part 2

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To Break the Demon Gate - 2nd Incarnation [Dec. 2nd, 2014|08:51 am]
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This arrived yesterday in a big bag labelled "Royal Mail." Author copies of To Break the Demon Gate, from PS Publishing. This is the limited edition. It's a little unusual to have both the trade and limited edition of a new novel out at the same time, but that's how it worked out. So we have a lovely hardcopy edition, a lovely signed and numbered hardcopy edition, and a colorful trade edition, in both print and ebook, and available in the usual places and B&N.

I have to say it's a good time to be a reader. Options galore.
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Power's Shadow: Chapter 8, Part 4 [Nov. 24th, 2014|01:06 pm]
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 I did have some notion of posting the excerpt here directly as I have been doing, but eventually I'm going to want to take them down, and that will be a lot easier if they're all in one place, so I'll post the link if anyone's interested. Power's Shadow, Chapter 8 Part 4.

Longest sentence I've written in a year. I'll try not to do that again.
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Power's Shadow: Chapter 8, Part 3 [Nov. 17th, 2014|10:03 am]
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Chapter 8, Part 3 now live at the web site.
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Yamada Monogatari: To Break the Demon Gate -- Addendum [Nov. 12th, 2014|08:51 am]
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Break The Demon Gates endpapers



The lovely dancer above is Ben Baldwin's illustration of Lady Snow, from the endpapers for the PS Publishing edition of To Break the Demon Gate. You haven't met Lady Snow yet, but if you're a reader of the series you'll see a few familiar faces. In fact, some of it will be very familiar, since Part 1 of the novel is a revised version of "Moon Viewing at Shijo Bridge."

I've said this before, but it bears repeating as the book is practically published even as I speak--I didn't know that "Moon Viewing at Shijo Bridge" was the opening to a novel when I wrote it, at least partly because it is a self-contained story arc all to itself. It wasn't the whole story, and I did know that at the time, but I assumed it was because later stories in the series would expand and resolve it the unresolved issues. I was wrong about that. The stories do not, for the most part, directly address the events from "Moon Viewing," nor do they ignore it, and some of the closure, as long-time readers know, comes from "The Ghost of Shinoda Forest." However, that still leaves one heck of a lot of story.{C}

I spoke about the timeline of the Yamada saga in a previous post, and it's back there somewhere if you're curious. The main point I wanted to make is that the events of the novel begin with "Moon Viewing" and then precede every other story written in the series to date. After the novel, Yamada's timeline picks up with "Hot Water" and then goes on through "The Bride Doll," all of which precede the second novel, Yamada Monogatari: The War God's Son, which should be out from Prime Books next year. Any other stories I do write or publish, separate from the novels, will probably fall into the timeline between To Break the Demon Gate and The War God's Son, for reasons that should be clear after reading TWGS. Unless I do something else entirely, which is quite possible.

So one part of the novel surfacing this month may be familiar. Most of it won't be, including the enigmatic Lady Snow mentioned above. I think you'll want to meet her. Feel free to tell me if I was right.
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The Ogre's Wife: Fairy Tales for Grownups--Obscura Press Print Ed. OOP [Nov. 4th, 2014|09:33 am]
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If you follow the link to the Amazon page for The Ogre's Wife: Fairy Tales for Grownups (TOW) at Amazon, you may note its status reads “Temporarily Out of Stock.” The fact is, other than whatever copies might be floating around with dealers—not many, I’m thinking—and not counting the few copies I still have, that edition is now officially Out of Print. The original publisher of TOW, Obscura Press, had been moribund for some time but finally decided to pull the plug on the operation. I’d been in contact with Gordie and knew this was coming. Frankly, I’d expected it to happen a lot sooner.

TOW was my first collection of stories, a World Fantasy Award finalist in 2003, and I was and am very proud of it. The book came out when PoD (Print on Demand) was just taking off, and PoD was a boon to small publishers who now didn’t need to sacrifice cash flow to print large numbers of books. The PoD outfit would print them instead, and only when orders were in. You’d start with a print run of maybe 250 or so for review copies and initial orders. It was ideal for shoestring operations and a lot of them sprang up and withered just as quickly, since they only lasted as long as the publisher’s enthusiasm and disposable income held out—even with the new technology, most of them weren’t money makers. Obscura did better than many, publishing books by Mike Resnick, among others. When Gordie offered to do my first collection--which so far as I knew would be my only collection--I couldn’t say yes fast enough, and it was a decision I’ve never regretted.

Regardless, it was once said of PoD books that part of their beauty was that they’d never go out of print. Wrong. It still takes a certain outlay to keep a book in the pipeline at a printer like Lightning Source and even though the print edition of TOW still sold a fair number of copies each year, the tipping point for Obscura finally came.

It’s not a bad thing. I already did the ebook edition on my own because I was dealing with a publisher who never claimed any rights that weren’t in the original contract. The ebook (Kindle, Nook, etc.) is still around. Now the print rights have reverted to me as well and I’ll eventually do a new print edition, probably through Createspace or the like. Likely with a new cover to differentiate it, and probably with some of the additional material I included in the ebook. But I’ll pause for a moment to acknowledge the passing after twelve years to Out of Print status of my very first book.

Crossposted from Richard-Parks.com
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(no subject) [Nov. 3rd, 2014|09:38 am]
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This monday we start Chapter 8, Part 1. Introducing Prince Dolan.
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