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More Wild Cards Coming Your Way!

John Picacio never disappoints, and neither does Tor.com and their amazing art director, Irene Gallo. We have a couple of brand new original Wild Cards story coming up on Tor.com, with John providing the illustrations, and Irene has just shared his cover for the latest, a Drummer Boy novelette from Stephen Leigh.

Here 'tis. Enjoy.

"The Atonement Tango" will be available -- for free -- on Tor.com on January 18 of the new year.

You don't need to wait quite that long for your Wild Cards fix, however. On December 21, Tor.com will upload another WC story, Carrie Vaughn's "The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown."

And don't forget to check out the older WC offerings on Tor.com, some amazing original fiction by David D. Levine, Daniel Abraham, Cherie Priest, Carrie Vaughn, Paul Cornell, and Walter Jon Williams. You can find them all with a simple search, and read them all for free. The Recycler, Jonathan Hive, the Button Man, Earth Witch, the Understudy and Elephant Girl and the Sleeper, Pop Tart and Golden Boy... they are all waiting for you on Tor.com.



Dec. 9th, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: How do you keep track of your notes?
That's a great question Alex, I asked George this specifically as well last year, I'll dig up the answer if he doesn't have time to respond.

For me, I find keeping a very small notebook and pen along with my digital systems (phone/iPad/etc) with me at ALL times to be a critical component for a writer. There were SO many times prior to me doing so, where I'd have a great idea, find a great phrase I'd like to use, and so forth, that I just wouldn't remember completely or correctly once I got back home to my office. Now, whenever I have some flash of brilliance away from my desk, regardless of where I am, I can record it either manually, or digitally via my device I'm using. I usually use the voice message feature for this in terms of simplicity and speed, and then transcribe the message to a sticky note or my primary note/work book once I'm back to the comforts of home.

IIRC George said he used a combination of methods, I did ask if he used a "wall" or "easel", and that was his response. Again, I'll find the quote if George doesn't reply himself.

Alex, what do you prefer to use yourself? It's always interesting, and often instructive for me, to understand the process that other writers use, many of whom are new writers like us. Myself, I use a combination as well, as I said I use a small notebook/device when away from home, but I do immediately transfer any notes from these to my primary note/work book I'm using on a particular project. I also use an easel, where I can attach sticky notes and so forth, it's dry erase as well which I've found to work the best for me as I can just make notes and draw diagrams and flow charts which aren't permanent.

Regarding Wild Cards, I recently began reading this fantastic series as well, in addition to much of GRRM's other works. I had found a Youtube channel by Preston Jacobs, and he analyses ASOIAF of course, but also much of George's other works. 1000 Worlds, and of course Wildcards, and his videos are the reason I began reading Wild Cards. I've purchased ALL of them, and am working my way through them daily. Great news about the new Tor downloads coming, very generous, I can't wait to add another to the stack.

Finally, if you haven't read "Fevre Dream", you are truly missing out on what is in my opinion one of Martin's best stories. In a time where vampire books and films are a dime a dozen, and seem to getting progressively more...annoying, Fevre Dream delivers what is the best work in print regarding vampires. Also, being an insatiable fan of Mark Twain, the setting on river boats is incredibly vivid, filled with great descriptions and details about both the river and the boats. I highly recommend reading it.

Edited at 2016-12-09 07:24 am (UTC)


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  • grrm
    5 Mar 2018, 19:17
    Still working on that. When we have a final, I will share it.
  • grrm
    5 Mar 2018, 05:32
    All the Wild Cards books under Tor have had absolutely stellar covers. I'd frame them and hang them on my wall if I could.
  • grrm
    4 Mar 2018, 03:28
    Are all these examples digital artwork? It doesn't look like traditional oil on canvas. I miss the fantasy/sci-fi covers of the '70s and '80s. Even the paperbacks had amazing covers.
  • grrm
    3 Mar 2018, 17:49
    Whatever anyone can get their hands on is, I suspect, the right answer.

    At the last party, it was an open bar with pretty much everything you can imagine on offer. There were some special drinks as…
  • grrm
    3 Mar 2018, 00:07
    Any chance you could tell us who’s doing the cover art for Fire and Blood? And maybe when we can expect a glimpse of it. Thank you!
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