Realm Makers Writers Conference 2019

Hi friends,

As you may already know, I’m scheduled to be this year’s keynote speaker at the 2019 Realm Makers Writing Conference in St Louis, Missouri. The conference will be held July 18-20 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet, with Terry Brooks as the Guest of Honor.

TODAY is the last day for Early Bird prices, so if you’re planning to go and haven’t yet bought your ticket, now is the time to bite the bullet!

Fan Art Tuesday: Lloyd Bussio

Lloyd Bussio, artist and Lightbringer fan hailing from South Africa, shared the video below a while back. It shows his process in creating Andross Guile’s Nine Kings card, The Master:

We also featured the finished product here in 2016, when we only knew Lloyd as AceManOntheScene.

You can see more of his work on Instagram, or on YouTube.

Keep up the great work Lloyd!

UPDATE: Naming Rights Winner!

UPDATE: The JordanCon Silent Auction was a HUGE success this year! The naming rights went to Sam Baskin, and the $750 bid will benefit the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Iowa. Thanks so much Sam! His character will make an appearance in THE BURNING WHITE as Rivvyn Shmuel; the book is available for pre-order NOW, and is set to be released on October 22!

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Here’s your chance to become a character in an upcoming novel by New York Times Bestselling author & 2019 JordanCon Guest of Honor Brent Weeks!

Brent has very kindly donated the rights to name a minor character in one of his upcoming works. The stunning conclusion to the Lightbringer Series, THE BURNING WHITE, set to be released in late 2019, and will go into production in a few weeks. As the winner of this auction, you can submit a name (or variation thereof) that may appear in that book, or another upcoming project of Brent’s choosing. There is no guarantee that the name will be used in a specific book, but it will be used somewhere, and whatever he does is bound to be great. The character named will play a minor role in the work; there is no promise of dialogue or impact on the plot, but Brent will do his best to make the appearance a memorable one.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Hospice of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Rules and Conditions:

If you participate, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to the terms and conditions below.

  • You must be present at JordanCon in Atlanta on Saturday, April 27, to bid in the auction.
  • Brent will adapt the winning bidder’s submitted name to fit the world of the Seven Satrapies or Midcyru. Usually,
    this means altering the spelling/pronunciation to fit the culture of the fictional world.
  • If the winning bidder chooses to submit the name of someone else, the winning bidder must submit a written release
    from this other person giving permission to use their name.
  • This auction is for the ​name only​. The winning bidder ​may not​ dictate the character’s personality, description, or role in
    the story. Any such ideas become the sole property of Brent Weeks with ​no further​ compensation or acknowledgment.
  • If you are the winning bidder, you must provide contact information (Full name, proposed character name, email address,
    physical address, and telephone number)
  • Finally, we hope it goes without saying, but: the submitted name will be rejected if Brent feels that it is in any way
    offensive, ill-intentioned, or disruptive to the story.

The Release Date for THE BURNING WHITE is October 22, 2019. However, publication dates are naturally subject to change. The winning bidder may receive an email with updates regarding the actual release date.

April Q&R video is live!

Just in case you hear screams in this episode, that is either Joe Abercrombie down in the basement… or it might be my children.

Show Notes below:

Which character do you relate most to in the Lightbringer series? – 0:51
How do you go about creating different emotional atmospheres for each character? – 2:33
Is there anything major in the Lightbringer series that you regret writing a certain way? – 4:15
How do you get the right dialog/action balance in your scenes? 7:13
What sort of conflicts inspire you the most? – 8:44
How do you approach writing female writers that are well-rounded and dynamic? – 10:07
Seriously, what’s the deal with the clock? – 12:18

Got more questions? Ask them in the comments below.

Birthday Crossover Art!

Hi friends! Thanks for sending me your SPECTACULAR Hitchhiker’s Guide/Lightbringer or Night Angel fan art. You each made my 42nd birthday extra-special, and you managed to spark a little joy into our brittle, obsidian hearts.

This one is from Victoria, who asked: “[could Durzo] handle the best drink in existence?  Or if the ka’kari would ruin the full experience? Maybe it’s just me.” 

 

The next [delicious] one is from Deana, who said: “I hope you all enjoy Kip Guile in his Turtle-bear form holding Hellfang.  He’s falling along with petunias made of various luxin colors, including white. I made the turtle-bear of 3 different icing colors, and 2 different fondant colors to make it more dynamic. I hope the Chromeria doesn’t knock me for this. The cake is Devil’s Food, with chocolate filling and luxin color sprinkles, covered in buttercream icing. The “Don’t Panic” letters were drawn freehand with melted candy. Turtleback and flower pot are made of rice-crispy treats covered in icing and fondant.”

 

This one is from Zsuzsi, who said: “So, did you guys know that under the RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE, there’s a blue cell with a prisoner inside? And there’s an android called MARVISIA, who has to throw a blue bread down a chute every single day? …It’s a diorama with some discussions. The dolls, the blue cell and the bread are planned and crocheted by me for this mission. But I have to say special thanks to my 4 year old daughter, who did not draw all over my notes. 🙂
Sentences with blue – are from the book Restaurant at the End of the Universe…
Sentences with red – those are from Blinding Knife… well, a bit modified 🙂
Oh, and I know Gavin’s hand is on Blood Forest, but let’s say, he’s pointing at Ru 🙂

 

Next we have this bit of hilarity from Tim:

 

And finally, an excerpt from the short story created by Sophia:

“The Wight in question was the strangest red wight or wight of any color that [Gavin had] ever seen. The halo around its eyes had clearly broken and the red had gushed through, drenching the oddly triangular eyes in an even, scarlet glow. The body was made with a strange kind of silvery luxin. Silver! Gavin had not known about the existence of this metallic silver luxin. It was strange behavior, particularly in a red. Why would a crazy, hot-headed red choose a silver body? And how? Still, its physical aspects were not even the strangest thing about it. That would be the fact that it looked depressed instead of angry and passionate. A red.”

You all are the best. Thank you again!

Real Life Fantasy: A Brief History of Blue

The color blue has a pretty awesome place in human history. Many professional smartypantses [archaeologists, evolutionary biologists, historians, et al] believe humans evolved the ability to perceive the color, in a gradual shift from bichromatic to trichromatic vision. Last time we shared a bit of Real Life Fantasy, it was mentioned that there’s no word for the color blue in ancient languages (including Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, among others). The coolest evidence of this lack is in Homer’s version of The Odyssey, in which he describes the sea as “wine-red” rather than any shade of blue. And if our man Homer didn’t even have a word for blue, it seems safe to expect that none of his friends had the word either.

But luckily for Ironfist, and Cruxer, and Samila Sayeh, blue started showing up in Egyptian jewelry around 4,000 BCE, and in pigment (known now as “Egyptian Blue”) around 2,200 BCE.

Egyptian Juglet, ca. 1750–1640 B.C. (Photo: Met Museum, Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1922. (CC0 1.0))

Multiple shades of blue–including ultramarine and cobalt blue– were being used by artists centuries before the era of the Seven Satrapies. By the time Gollaïr and Solarch show up around 142 anno lucidonius, they have a full complement of blues from which to choose.

Small sculpture of a young blue dragon
“Blue Morpho,” Windstone Editions

ANY way,  this entry into RLF canon is an article from My Modern Met–the website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There they talk about blue’s place in art history (which is to say, human history). It’s brief, and beautiful.

classic Vermeer portrait of a young woman wearing a blue headscarf
Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring

 

THE WAY OF SHADOWS is a Kindle Daily Deal

Amazon is offering THE WAY OF SHADOWS as a Kindle Daily Deal for $2.99 today (US only). So open up that Amazon app and buy a copy before the deal vanishes into the night.

 

The Way of Shadows cover

 

Reasons to buy a(nother) copy of Night Angel #1 for Kindle:

  1. You want to protect your [signed] 10th Anniversary omnibus
  2. Your friend/parent/coworker/cousin/roommate/sibling borrowed it months ago & refuses to return it
  3. It’s your bookworm friend’s/parent’s/coworker’s/cousin’s/roommate’s/sibling’s/partner’s birthday
  4. Someone you care about/random stranger asked for a book recommendation
  5. You’ve read Lightbringer 50 times and need a new series to get into
  6. You want to read along while you listen to the dulcet tones of the audiobook narration

You’re welcome!

March Q&R video is live!

Well look at that–another Q&R video on Brent’s official Facebook page:

Show Notes:

.14: “What’s the deal with the clock, Brent?”
.42: “How often does a mirror like Janus Borig appear?”
1.03: “Do you have any idea where you’re going with your next series?”
1.28: “Are you playing D&D at the moment?”
2.44: “What is your background besides writing?”
2.55: “How long did you consider the concept of the Lightbringer series before writing it?”
5.08: “What was the biggest inspiration behind the drafters and their abilities?”
8.12: “Were the book four twists planned from the beginning?”

Additional Resources:
Home page for D&D online: http://ow.ly/dyea50nuof3
And speaking of D&D, here are Lightbringer Character Sheets: http://ow.ly/8UQG50nuof0
Gloomhaven: http://ow.ly/qJfF50nuof4
Further reading on The Medici Effect: http://ow.ly/LjB250nuof2
Further reading on Siddhartha: http://ow.ly/lllL50nuof1