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September Update

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I’ve been here more than a year now, and the beach still surprises. The sky was an intense shade of pink that the camera really doesn’t do justice.

August is finished, and September is here. I’m making good progress on ‘Guardian of Empire’ (the working title for book 2 of the dragon thing) and I did some fun appearances during the month.

Oz Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney

The big upcoming news is that I will be at Oz Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney at the end of September. Many thanks to my patrons at Patreon who are helping me to get there – and here’s hoping that I’ll be able to visit more cities next year (including Perth and Adelaide!)
Brisbane is 22-23 September
Sydney is 29-30 September
I’ll have copies of ‘Scales of Empire’ in print and audio to sign, so come along and say hello!
Byron Bay Writers Festival
I didn’t take any photos at this event, but the weather was beautiful and the setting was fabulous. Highly recommended. I was the guest of the guys from Ingram Spark, who I have an excellent relationship with – they’re the ones who print my novellas that are so popular at the conventions. I sincerely hope I’ll get a return invite!
QWC Workshop on Fantasy
I presented a workshop on fantasy world building at the Queensland Writers Centre in August, and I think I broke everybody’s brains. They came in wanting inspiration and I gave them perspiration! It was a terrific bunch of people and I’m looking forward to giving this workshop again – the Alternative James Bond character they created (without input from me) was a married asexual black woman. Every time I do this exercise, Alternative James Bond comes out as someone different.
Golden Arcade, Sham Shui Po

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The ‘out-take’ going up for $2+ Patrons on my Patreon is an early extract that’s set in Golden Arcade in Sham Shui Po. I’ve made a public post about it that you can check out by clicking on the image: This is one of Hong Kong’s unique places to visit. When I was working as a computer consultant in HK, I spent a great deal of time there, and built relationships with some of the shopkeepers there. Read more about it on the Patreon page.
That’s all for August: I hope to see you in Sydney and Brisbane soon!

August Update

That really was a spectacular July full moon. 

August Update
Winter is a quieter season for us writers, so I’ve been concentrating on book 2 of the Dragon Empire series, tentatively titled ‘Guardian of Empire’. It’s coming along well, and now that the warmer weather is on its way, festival and convention season has started!
Byron Bay
Thanks to IngramSpark, the self-publishing arm of Ingram book wholesalers, for hosting me at a very well-received panel at Byron Bay Writers Festival! I’m following up with a Self-Publishing 101 workshop at Queensland Writers Centre in November.
QWC Fantasy Workshop
There’s still time to join this full-day workshop on writing fantasy, to be held at the State Library of Queensland. I fully intend to make people walk out of the room ready to rock the fantasy world.
Oz Comic-Con Brisbane and Sydney
Thanks to the assistance of my Patreon subscribers, I’ve been able to join Oz Comic-Con Sydney and Brisbane this year. Sydney is September 29-30 and Brisbane is 22-23. Come along and collect signed copies of ‘Scales of Empire’ – I will even have the audiobook of Scales in CD format! With the support of my patrons, I’ll definitely be doing more shows, hopefully even Adelaide and Perth next year. I didn’t make it to Melbourne this year, but I will definitely be there next year as well.
Public Patreon Post: ‘David’ Part One
I’ve made Part 1 of the ‘David’ Novella public on Patreon – anyone can view the post now. The link is here. I’m updating the story every month, and when it’s finished I’ll arrange for printed copies to be created. It’s a side-story from the Dark Heavens universe, that I haven’t released anywhere else.

July Update

July Update: Workshops and Articles
Once again I’ve released one of my previous Patreon posts to be fully public so anyone can go and see it. It’s an out-take from ‘Scales of Empire’ with Shiumo (in her human form) from Richard’s point of view. This is an example of $2+ content, so if you want to check out what I post on the Patreon you can go here. $5 and above patrons are reading a ‘Dark Heavens’ story that I haven’t released anywhere else!
See me at Byron Bay Writers Festival
I’ll be participating in a panel on self-publishing at Byron Bay Writers Festival, on Saturday 3rd August at 4pm. I’m a huge fan of self-publishing (as all the novellas are self-published) and love talking about the ins and outs of the industry. I’ll even be giving a workshop on the basics of self-publishing later this year at QWC!
Speaking of workshops, I’ve been booked for two workshops with the Queensland Writers Centre later this year: the first will be on writing Fantasy, a full day on August 11, and the second will be a ‘self publishing 101’ to be held on 24th of November.
I’m often asked about sensitivity and diversity in writing. I am not the person people should be asking, I am Whitey McWhiterson. So I wrote an article about why you shouldn’t ask me for the QWC, called ‘Punching Down’, giving general tips on how to ask appropriate people about writing culture. And once again emphasising that I am not the person that people should be asking about this. I’ll let you know when it’s released!
Dragon Empire 2
I’ve been posting the contents of the next Dragon Empire book onto the Patreon – thanks for the feedback guys! Working title for book 2 is now ‘Guardian of Empire’ because (spoilers) Jian is going to end up as Captain of the Empress’ personal guard. Harper-Collins have accepted this and I am absolutely positive that this title will be changed either by them or me before the book is finished.
That’s all for July, folks! Watch my Facebook for possible convention updates. Nothing definite yet!

June Update

I just finished the Rainforest Writing Retreat at O’Reilly’s mountain resort on the Gold Coast Hinterland. I was one of multiple presenters who gave workshops to developing authors over the weekend, and it was a great chance to share stories and bounce ideas off everybody. I gave my ‘don’t stereotype characters’ workshop and they asked me to redevelop it for a school environment – now that’s a good idea! I even had some free time and was able to do some walks with Queenie, who was also presenting there.

View from the conference centre, where the workshops were held.

Moran’s falls, a 500m walk from the conference centre

In other News!
– I have sent ‘Scales of Empire’ to Tor Publishing in the US. The woman at the post office was very impressed that I was sending mail to Fifth Avenue in New York. Now to sit and quietly panic over the possibility of rejection. After twelve years of being published, I can still get rejected!
– Babel press in Japan have renewed the publishing license on ‘White Tiger’ – and asked for the rights to ‘Red Phoenix’ and ‘Blue Dragon’ as well. They translate the books into Japanese and release them for the local market.
Patreon Posts Are Up
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$2 Patrons:
There’s an out-take (well, not really) from the Dark Heavens series. It’s early thoughts on John’s return that I wrote before he’d even left. I found it in the ‘unused’ folder in Book 3.
$5 Patrons:
Part 4 of ‘David’ is up. This is an unpublished original novella from the Dark Heavens universe.
$10 Patrons:
The first thousand words of book 2 of the Dragon Empire series!
$25 Patrons:
$25 patrons have the chance to win a signed copy of the audiobook of ‘Scales of Empire’.
Now back to work on Book 2, and watch this space on details of workshops I’m presenting at QWC.

May Update

Public Patreon Post: Out-take from White Tiger
I’ve made an early post on my Patreon forums public, so that everybody can see it. Click the link to read an out-take from White Tiger that really should have been included in the final book. My editor said it needed to go, and I listened to her. I regret it to this day.
Interview with Brisbane Book Authors
It’s been a busy April, with a launch at Bookface Springfield. What a great night that was! I also did a talk at Brisbane Book Authors, who meet at Mitchelton library. As a follow-up, Carolyn Martinez did a quick interview with me, and here’s the link to it:
I didn’t attend Gold Coast Supanova, but I’m planning to do next year’s Nova whether I reach the Patreon goal or not. If I do reach the goal, I’ll be able to do cities that are further away.
On to May! The next thing I’m doing is a workshop at O’Reilly’s resort in the Gold Coast mountains, called Rainforest Writer’s Retreat. It’s already booked out, and the lineup looks great!