The proof copy for the remastered "Flight Of The Vajra" has landed. With a big thud.
Proof copy for the remastered Flight Of The Vajra went thud on the doorstep last night. No wonder it left a dent. Look at that thing. It probably stops point-blank .22s!
I'll be giving the inside the full rundown this coming weekend, but a cursory once-over tells me it's good.
I'm still amazed this thing turned into the monster it did. No, maybe not amazed; it's actually easier than it looks to write a long book these days. It's hard to write one that sustains its length, though, and I'm still dubious with myself as to whether I pulled that off here. But I'm still proud of what I ended up with.
To steal an old chestnut: "If I had more time, I would have written a shorter book."
I had to fight the urge to make changes to 'Flight Of The Vajra' in its new edition.
What with Welcome To The Fold's remaster out of the way, I've now turned to getting Flight Of The Vajra remastered. With that came a temptation I've talked about many times before: the urge to rewrite the book, or at the least cut pieces of it that for some reason have gotten stuck in the back of my mind, like splinters under the skin. Just to shut myself up, I went back and re-read the passages in question, and found that they were nowhere nearly as terrible as I remembered. I left them in.
The all-new Infinimata Press edition of my psychological thriller / fantasy / headtrip is now for sale!
I'm pleased to announce the "remastered" version of Welcome To The Fold, with new cover art and tweaked innards, under the Infinimata Press brand, is now available in both recycled-tree and recycled-electron versions.
For those who don't know about it yet, here is The Blurb:
When a young woman joins an underground street-theater movement with plans to change the world, her boyfriend follows her in to "rescue" her ... only to find it may cost both of them their personalities, and maybe also their lives.
Annika always wanted to be someone else. One day, she found a way to do exactly that: join "Sunderlands", a live-action role-playing game based on the best-selling fantasy series. All unauthorized, all underground ... and all for the sake of creating a world where heroes were possible again.
Renton loved Annika just as she was. When she vanished into the game, he followed her in to get her back. What he didn’t expect to find was a plot to rewrite the stories of their lives from the inside out. And the stories of everyone else’s lives as well.
Of all my books, this is one of the two or three I'm most proud of right now. If you like it -- or even if you don't! -- say something on Goodreads about it and help spread word!
How everything from research on cults to classic shōjō manga fed into 'Welcome To The Fold.'
Most of the books in my catalog have multiple influences, but they all tend to flow into one thing: the book itself. Welcome To The Fold has multiple inspirations, but each one flows into one of the two halves of the story: the modern-day, here-and-now part; and the story-within-the-story that is pure fantasy. Each of those are informed by drastically different things.
On the dual-world setting and double-life people in 'Welcome To The Fold'.
In the first installment in this series, I talked about the basic ideas: a story about roleplaying games, in the sense that it was also about the impulse to be someone and somewhere else. The original idea, as incarnated in my unfinished screenplay version of the story, went like this:
How my new novel 'Welcome To The Fold' started as an attempt to address roleplaying games in fiction.
As far back as I can remember I always wanted to write a story about roleplaying games -- not one where RPG mechanics drove the story (e.g., the "LitRPG" trend now in vogue), or one about a gang of friends getting together to play every so often. In re that last, The Four-Day Weekend felt like it covered similar enough territory, for a different shared enthusiasm, that I didn't feel I needed to throw another bucket into that well. But instead I wanted to write something about roleplaying, about how the longing to be someone else, somewhere else, could become either a boon or a bane, and without making it into a modernized version of moral-panic dreck like Rona Jaffe's Mazes And Monsters.
The remastered version of my novel 'Welcome To The Fold' is almost done!
Okay, a short respite from the cauldron of molten lead we're all being collectively drowned face-down in. Proof copies of the newly remastered edition of Welcome To The Fold arrived over the weekend!
New editions of 'Welcome To The Fold' and 'Flight Of The Vajra' are coming.
Against many rather distracting odds, I dug out some time for myself and prepared the new editions of Welcome To The Fold and Flight Of The Vajra. Proof editions for both should be headed by way in the next week or so, and if they're good then I'll OK them and have the Kindle editions approved at the same time.
This page contains an archive of posts in the category Infinimata Press: Projects for the month of October 2020.
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