dexbonus: leecario: ive been scrolling through tumblr and been reading people post “o I never found a valentine” and junk like that so i say we do some old kindergarden shit on valentines day and stick together like we used to. we should send each other drawings, cute pics, compliments, videos, whatever to each other were all getting valentines this year reblog so we can try to spread...
Dragonborn (Skyrim DLC)
Where to begin? Dragonborn is aesthetically great. That’s a good place to start, I think. The music is a three-way mix between the Skyrim soundtrack, a few new tracks and, best of all, some of the old Morrowind songs. Visually, Solstheim is distinct from Skyrim as I knew it would be. The south of the island ow looks more like Vvardenfell than the Solstheim I remember from Bloodmoon ever...
Back to work
So my little vacation from writing in a serious capacity has extended from the release of King of the Water Roads until a few days ago. I dug up a dusty old project and have determined it’s time to give it a try from an adult perspective (I finished the first “draft” at seventeen, with the expected results). I know more in terms of how to write, mythology, fantasy and just plain...
Was insane. Apparently the hardest project to pass through the office in some time landed right on my desk Monday. It got so crazy that I was drinking shitty vanilla brandy just to keep my shoulders below my forehead-level. By today, I was basically delirious with tiredness. To the point where, as I walked home from lunch, this was my thought process (I’ll try to preserve the cadence via...
More tech, a note, a confession and the usual.
Only in reverse order. The usual is, of course, that I would love for you all to tell people to buy my book. And yes, I know that I’ve linked it before, but my hands now have an impulse reaction to wrap the phrase “my book” in the link the first time it’s said in a given conversation. In any case, while I’m not an impartial judge I think people will enjoy it. The...
I did it!
I have a book out! King of the Water Roads is for sale on Libboo for $1.99 a pop. But here’s the trick, Libboo offers prizes for registered buzzers who plug books a lot. Since I am a registered user, that means I am eligible for prizes on my own book. So, who wants to compete with me? Who wants to beat me at my own game and sell more copies of that book than the writer himself? If you...
My book comes out in two days!
If you’re into the whole facebook scene, I made a page for the book itself and an event page for the book’s release via Libboo, an affiliate of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Give me a hand, guys. Due to expenses accrued during production I need to sell five hundred copies to break even. Some of you may recognize that number as the ballpark estimate of a successful first novel. That is...
I owe you one plug
Thanks Megan! Hey that Let’s Talk Fantasy Books blog is pretty cool. “She plugs my book and doesn’t afraid of anything.” She’s also a seemingly limitless source of fantasy .gifs, so if you want those definitely give her a follow.
Boston Book Festival!
I’ll be there! I have a mustache and a black cowboy hat, so say “hi” if you see me. I’ll be plugging King of the Water Roads there and chilling with Libboo. Come check it out!
The King arrives November 1st!
My book, King of the Water Roads: The Violet Scar, arrives on ebook November 1st! Any and all readers and lovers of fantasy, check out the link and tell all your friends! This will have to suffice for my Friday blog, because I am beat after my celebration workout. Speaking of celebrations, everyone is invited to the pre-release party, going on from a few days ago until the release itself on the...
In November, Americans and truly all citizens of the civilized world will have to make a vital, life-changing decision. They will have to decide whether to buy my book on Nook or Kindle. BOOSH! King of the Water Roads: The Violet Scar is coming November 1st via Libboo, the first novel by me, Joseph Mazzola. In the kingdom of Markasia, guardsman Garth Gerisson is branded a traitor. He escapes...
I play a little game with myself sometimes. I try to see which fanbase, as represented on Youtube comments, is the worst ever. Naturally, youtube comments are legendary for being the place where sexually frustrated teenage boys seem capable of venting only by anonymously hurling obscenities at the entertainment choices of other people who live hundreds of miles away. Therefore, what I am about to...
I went to a concert and kept pace with a train on foot. That was interesting. Either way, I’m hoping to write some extra stuff this weekend. it’ll be great.
It really does. But something happened this weekend I’ve been wondering about for a long time, so I figure I’ll talk about it. It’s not uncommon for me to wake up before I have to. Usually it’s only by a few minutes, so I just doze then get up. But today, it was a little different. This morning I woke up at 6:30. That’s my normal weekday time to wake up, because...
I love youtube
Right now I am loading up a few random vlogs and some let’s plays. All of them, I know in advance, will be absolutely great. I just want everyone to take a few moments to appreciate that the internet allows us to find and share talent across the world who, if they had started even a few years ago, nobody outside of their own neighborhood would ever have heard of. My recommendations for his...
Hey everybody, the Libboo Pilot is a thing now! Enough reblogging for the moment, let me tell all of you that Libboo’s pilot is finally happening. I don’t know exactly when my book will be out, but you can sate your appetite for good books until then with the e-book of The Heart and the Fist. I am also using this blog to demonstrate the new “buzzing” idea. The more...
Hey guys! While we wait for my book to come out on Libboo (here’s hoping it’s for the October 11th book drop) I’ve been looking over their current collection. One of the books I found on Libboo is called The Heart and the Fist, by Eric Greitens. I’ve only seen the first two stories but have ordered myself a physical copy of the whole book based on the Libboo sample alone....
So this week was pretty phenominal, but for mundane reasons that would be boring to anyone else. So what I’m going to do today is tell you all that Libboo’s Pilot starts very soon. My book, King of the Water Roads: The Violet Scar, is part of the program so it should be coming out fairly soon as well, but possibly not immediately. They’re releasing books in stages, so...
Know what I love?
That scene from “O Brother Where Art Thou,” which is my favorite movie ever of all time except maybe Red vs. Blue, when they’re escaping Cousin Wash’s barn. It watches like your funniest friend’s most ridiculous anecdote sounds. I mean, let me lay it out for you: “So here we are, the barn’s on fire, Everett’s screaming, Pete’s in a rage,...
Hi guys. Sorry there was no post on Friday, but I was going to a show for the band Legend of the Hidden Temple. I’ll try to post something big and amazing during the week proper to make up for it!
A few words that mean nothing.
Hi everyone, Since it’s political season I figure it’s a fitting topic. There’s a few words that have been used so relentlessly that they mean nothing. While this is enspired by the time of the year, this is not exclusively a political post. Sellout: Selling out is when you do something you don’t want to do in your art for money. So most accusations that an entertainer has...
sassysharpshooter: thequeenofvillainy: You know what’s creepy about Humpty Dumpty? They never said he was an egg. OH SHIT
A Friday Post
Don’t give me grief, where I am it’s 11:30. So still Friday. Anyway, things are going pretty well here. I may have to put off the writing process post until next week, though. I finished my book last weekend, just in time, and sent it off to Libboo. I also got a new computer, a Lenovo this time, so I know it won’t break if I cough near it. I just learned today that my office...
So close! So damn close to being done but I like putting out at least a few words each week. This weekend is going to be a major working weekend. I have to implement the edits on the last three chapters of King of the Water Roads: The Violet Scar, obtain the cover art from my cover artist, turn the .doc file into a .epub file, oh and that comes after doing one last check for spelling,...
Close to done
Hi guys, no real blog post today. I have about a week, probably less, to finish my book. So yeah, I’m a touch busy. Ideally I’ll be done by next Friday, though.
Reposted from my RT site journal for lack of time, and for abundance of relevance: Well wow. There’s a lot of ground to cover, both here and in terms of catching up to things that happened during the event. I still haven’t checked the messages from my editor or listened to last week’s RT podcast. So let’s talk RvBTO finale. I kept a journal to detail things out of pen...
Tomorrow I set off for Toronto, so I can get in the day before the final RvBTO begins. It winds up the hostel does have some web access, so it may be that I’ll be talking to you fine folks from time to time over the next week. I am bringing with me my adventure journal, still battered from camping, clothes (mostly Red vs Blue shirts and my normal pants, of course), various basic supplies...
Hi guys, guess what I’m doing? I’m writing a thousand words per day until August 1st, when I got to RvBTO. I want to be at twenty-five thousand before I go, and I’ll send all of what I have to my editor to work on in the week I might not have computer access. Then when I get back it’s back to it, because I need to have this finished three weeks before Libboo’s pilot...
To say this week was busy would be a woeful understatement. So here’s a jenky version of my friday post on Saturday because I was overwhelmed: Draft -1 of KotWR is going fine, and Draft Zero is going great. If all else goes according to plan, it should be done in time for the Libboo Pilot. Here’s hoping, now I have work to do.
Echo Chamber Season 2 review and some updates
Hey guys, this week I review Echo Chamber’s second season. So, first a quick recap. Echo Chamber is a show starring Tom Pike, Dana Shaw and Zack Wallnau made for and about one of my favorite websites, TvTropes, a site about the conventions of all fiction. The plot follows the three main characters, also named Tom, Dana and Zack, as they attempt to, and this is the fun bit, make a show for...
Harry, you’re my hero My everlasting childhood From Quirrel to Tom Riddle You...– ~Megan (via letstalkfantasybooks)
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So yeah, this looks pretty interesting. Myself being a fantasy writer and all that. growingupandsettlingdown: For all you fantasy book nerds out there, check out letstalkfantasybooks and spread the word :) letstalkfantasybooks: A blog where all reading lovers can unite , and discuss the wonderful escapes of reality that are books .
The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard Review
Hi guys! Despite the evidence of your senses, my blog is not strictly Elder Scrolls themed, but I thought I would do something nice for my PS3 and PC brethren by giving a spoiler-free review of the new DLC expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which if you have been away from the internet since a month before E3 is called Dawnguard. Let’s start with the integration into the existing...
New and improved preview
Hi guys, guess what? There’s a new version of the preview for my book on Libboo! It’s been edited and this is, I’m almost certain, a vision of the actual final draft of the book that will appear in public probably/hopefully alongside Libboo’s upcoming new program whossname. Oh, and yes, that was someone else editing and yes I intend to pay him fairly.
Hello and happy 4th of July for all of you who are American and for the ones who aren’t that’s still cool, sit back and enjoy the holiday as best you can while you’re off discovering the higgs bosun. On the subject of science, today I had a thought about science writing. Now a friend of mine recently suggested to me that I read the book by Pascal Boyer called Religion Explained....
Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Ending Reactions (Huge...
Psyche. I meant to do this tomorrow but some things have come up requiring me to do this tonight instead. So some of you may remember my pretty vitriolic reaction to the original three-ish endings to the Mass Effect finale. Well, now that the extended cut DLC has come out I feel it is important that I go through and examine them as I wait for these two interviews with George R. R. Martin to load...