Call Me Strega

“Call Me Strega,” a short prequel story to The Trident of Merrow starring Massimo, is up on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005WCCARC

Published in: on October 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fertile ground

Fertile ground. – From Amber’s blog, about an unexpected twist in her revision of “Initiation” thanks to some peer feedback from Sam.

You may recall I mentioned my plan to clean up “Initiation” and release it on Kindle as a 99 cent download. Well, there’s a kink in the plans, but it’s awesome.

Published in: on October 13, 2011 at 7:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Twisted vision

Twisted vision. Post on Amber’s other blog regarding how one particular artist’s warped idea of how Tosh and Massimo look. Inspired by this post by Ms Snarky.

Published in: on September 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Money meet mouth

Money meet mouth.

A post from Amber’s blog, Midnight Tales, but regarding the publishing and selling experience of The Trident of Merrow so far.

The Trident of Merrow now in paperback!

It’s finally here! 😀

https://www.createspace.com/3607284

 

Please spread the word around! Thanks!

Published in: on August 24, 2011 at 9:03 am  Leave a Comment  

The Secret Menu Of Writing Advice (link)

The Secret Menu Of Writing Advice.

Lots of good, no-bullshit writing advice in this one. Especially “if something isn’t working, do something different.” Whenever I’m really struggling with a scene, a line of dialogue, a point of view, etc, I find that turning something on its head or backwards often helps. Scene not working from this character’s POV? What about from the other’s? Stuff like that.

 

-Amber

Published in: on August 18, 2011 at 7:49 am  Leave a Comment  

It’s a really real book!

The proof arrived yesterday and it’s gorgeous! Check out the pictures on the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Trident-of-Merrow-by-Kristopher-Lewis-and-Amber-Marshall/168339719890789

Some people say that print on demand books they’ve seen through CreateSpace look unprofessional. I think this one looks pretty damn good. It was so exciting to finally hold it, turn it over in my hands, flip the pages. Years of effort and there’s finally a book to put on the shelf, and say, “I wrote this. We wrote this and it’s real and this is really happening.”

As it is a proof, of course there are some errors to correct before we can put it up for sale, mostly a few formatting issues. I’ll be uploading a corrected file within a few days. Once that’s approved (we probably have to order and wait for another proof to arrive to make sure the changes work) we can put it up for sale. 🙂

I’m impatient; I want to just hit “approve” now and get this thing out there! But Kris and I want to make sure that we have the best possible product available, so it will take some time. Thank you for being patient. You won’t regret it.

Published in: on July 16, 2011 at 11:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Proof is on the way!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile! I’ve been updating on Twitter but I should keep up with the blog also.

Kris and I have set up The Trident of Merrow on Amazon’s Createspace program so we can begin selling paperbacks. It’s not available for sale just yet; we’ve ordered the proof and it’s en route. Once we look it over and make sure it’s all right, we’ll give them the go-ahead to make it available. When it is, I’ll let you all know.

It’ll be exciting to have an actual book to hold in our hands!

Published in: on July 14, 2011 at 9:19 am  Leave a Comment  

The Trident of Merrow sale – last day!

It’s the last day of our discount: tomorrow The Trident of Merrow goes back up to $4.99. So don’t wait, get it today for $2.99. 🙂

I saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides yesterday with Garin, and it was pretty good. All the fun elements of a pirate adventure and the addition of mermaids that resemble our Maggies to no small degree. I recommend it.

Published in: on May 26, 2011 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Unwind by Neal Shusterman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the future, a war is fought over reproductive rights and a compromise is reached: abortion is illegal, but a child can be “unwound,” that is harvested for parts, when they turn thirteen. The is sophisticated enough to use every single cell (or at least ~99%). Old medical treatments fall into disuse because it is easier to replace than repair. And the person is not technically believed to be dead because he or she lives on in the person who receives their donated bits.

A lot of negative, or at least less positive reviews complain that this dystopia is far-fetched, and that is true, but so is The Handmaid’s Tale (despite all the people saying we’ll be there soon enough with the way arguments are going over women’s reproductive rights) and I loved that book. Honestly once I got into the story and suspended my disbelief, I stopped worrying about it. It is difficult to imagine that any parent would willingly “unwind” their child, no matter how much of a delinquent they are, because to us it’s tantamount to killing them. In the setting of this book, people have been convinced that it’s not murder because the person lives on in their body parts, which are grafted to patients much like donor organs are today.

Both sides of the abortion debate are looked at here, and questions raised without really forcing an answer. One character wonders if the practice of “storking” – leaving a baby on a doorstep with the understanding that if the mother isn’t caught doing it, whoever’s doorstep it is is required to take the child in – is better or worse than abortion. One could argue that at least the child has more of a chance that way. Risa, the character who brings this up, is a ward of the state who is sentenced to unwinding because the government has too many kids in the system to afford to take care of them unless they are particularly talented. Another character, Connor, tells of a baby who was surreptitiously passed from doorstep to doorstep for two weeks before his family realized the baby was dying and took it to the hospital.

Is it better to end the life before it’s born and has a chance to suffer, or give it a chance to either make it or suffer terribly? There is no right answer but plenty of opinions.

Whether or not a person’s consciousness lives on seemed to be questioned by most of the characters, but there are incidents in the story that seem to say that’s a definite yes, though perhaps not as advertised. There is a scene near the end that actually depicts an “unwinding,” and it is not for the faint of heart. It isn’t gory, but deeply unsettling, and while it happens to one of the least sympathetic characters in the novel, I ended up feeling sorrier for him than I expected. Don’t read it right before bed; it will haunt you.

Overall I enjoyed this book. It was thought-provoking, the world was well-built (no matter how far-fetched) and I cared about the characters. There was good character growth and development, and worry not, it ended on a somewhat positive note. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes novels about sci-fi dystopian “near futures.”

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Published in: on May 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm  Leave a Comment