Still Kicking

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I’ll be the first to admit that 2017 was not a terribly productive year when it came to writing. While progress was made, it was far less than I had hoped. As is true in many aspects of life, the efforts which get the most enthusiastic response are the ones we focus on. It’s in my nature to address the things for which people are cheering me on, and I didn’t hear much from readers this year. So, I focused on other projects.

But with that in mind, I would like to do my own cheering for several friends and collaborators who have, or will soon be having, active Kickstarters for their work.

  • Artist Steve Crompton and “The Fellowship of the Troll” will be issuing a marvelous special edition of the Elven Lords solo adventure. Their Kickstarter has already reached its goal, but there are still rewards available if you love fantasy rpg products. Check out Elven Lords Revisited: Make 100 Solo Adventure.
  • Talk of the Tavern, a long-running and outrageous show now airing on Twitch, will be mounting a Kickstarter to fund upgraded broadcasting equipment. I am assisting them with their campaign and you will hear more about it very soon. In the meantime, check out their show which airs live Monday nights at 8 PM EST.
  • Finally, here’s where I need YOUR input. Is there anything you would like me to start a funding campaign for? Is there a specific series book you’d help me get support for? Have you ever wanted a limited edition enamel pin for a favorite character of mine? Would you help me fund broadcasting improvements for my Twitch channel? I’m really open to many projects, but as I indicated at the beginning of this post, I need to hear that there is true interest.

Drop me a line in the comments, via Twitter @wynnmercere, or on my Facebook page. I’ll be waiting.

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December Review Showcase

We love to hear what readers think about our City of the Gods novels! If you would like your comments featured in this blog, send them to wynnmercere@yahoo.com . This month we heard from Jay Allen Sanford of the San Diego Reader regarding our second book, Guardian.

I thought you and Wynn really tightened up your writing chops – not that the first book lacked, but there’s a confidence and flow to the second book that’s clearly due to more than having the luxury of being in the middle of a lengthy storyline in no rush to be concluded until vol 3.

I was glad to see D’Molay’s re-embracing of his Christianity resulted in him showing a more life-affirming heroic character this time around, instead of casually slaughtering Mayans with little more than an “oops” by way of reaction to his potential girlfriend’s disapproval.

Cool also to see Mordecai turn up, if only briefly as a messenger bat. The reference to his finely attuned fingernails seemed to harken to his “secret” origin story, so that was a chuckle for me!

It’s amazingly seamless, the way the two of you have merged your writing – when I read collaborations like George Clayton Johnson & Bill Nolan or King/Straub, it’s often easy to pick out bits and pieces clearly from one of the other. But COTG doesn’t come across at all as puzzle-pieces forced to fit via word processing alone.

Thanks, Jay! It’s good to hear that our styles merged more smoothly in this second effort. That’s something we continue to strive for in each new book. As for D’Molay, his character does continue to evolve toward the good as he deals with his renewed spiritual convictions. Yet we will find that stepping down the path of light isn’t going to completely relieve him of his struggles in book three. As for Mordecai and other minor characters who populate this world, we do try to incorporate little details from the Mythic Tales stories that others have contributed.