Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Continued Praise for Stonehell and Clearing the Slate

Ken Harrison has his review of Stonehell Dungeon: Down Night-Haunted Halls up on The Rusty Battle Axe. A very fine review, too, if you’re one to take this scribe’s word for it.

In other news, I’ve finally managed to clean my plate of responsibilities that I owe others for the near future. This is the first time in a year that I’m free of obligations to others and myself, and I’ve quite honestly forgotten what that freedom feels like. I might even start posting content of relative value around here again to celebrate. Only until March, though, because that’s when I pick up pen and start writing Stonehell Two: The Quickening.

I spent the morning answering some interview questions for a forthcoming article and had quite a bit of fun doing it. I haven’t done an interview since my punk rock days, and it was nice to have the easy part of a writing assignment for a change. The interview also put two thoughts into my head: One was that I’d be willing to do more email interviews in the future if anyone else gives a damn about what I think. You can reach me at the email addy over there to the right. Two was that I might do a “commentary track” for Stonehell Dungeon in some form. Like any writer, I put a lot of personal touches, in-jokes, and obscure references into the book. I personally like hearing the stories behind such things, but I’m also very much concerned that, by pulling back the curtain, I’ll ruin the enjoyment of the dungeon for some people. Also, it’s often better to remain silent and be thought a wise man than open one’s mouth and prove you’re a fool. If you’d be interested in reading some behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the book, let me know. If there’s enough interest, I’ll figure out the best spoiler-free way of relating them.

12 comments:

grodog said...

I'm always interested in the obscure references, anagrams of player names, etc., Michael! :D

Allan.

The Rusty Battle Axe said...

Thanks for the kudos on the review. I'm looking forward to the arrival of my preordered "Dungeon Alphabet" as well as Stonehell, Part 2.

Red said...

One way to do spoilers would be add a 'spoiler' layer to the pdf, and leave it turned off by default.

Of course, I'm one of your pdf purchasers and would prefer it that way. :)

nextautumn said...

Definitely interested in the stories behind Stonehell. Also, just received my copy of the Dungeon Alphabet and it is awesome. Love it. Totally worth the money. I wish they wouldn't have actually printed the "great price" stuff on the book, and it looks like someone caught the spine with a box-cutter, but I don't care - it's really a little gem and I plan on putting it to use very soon. Thanks for all your hard work in writing it. Game on.

Andreas Davour said...

I haven't gotten my package from Lulu yet with Stonehell, but I'd love to hear the obscure stuff!

Chris said...

Anecdotage plz.

Michael Curtis said...

Also, just received my copy of the Dungeon Alphabet and it is awesome. Love it. Totally worth the money.

Was that a pre-ordered copy? I know Goodman was going to try and start filling the pre-orders in early January, so if it is a pre-order, that's a good sign for everyone else waiting on their copy. I'm certainly glad you like it, in any case!

Michael Curtis said...

OK, folks. Let me scratch my head a bit and figure out a commentary strategy. I might just make an occaisonal post here or maybe do a seperate PDF.

nextautumn said...

Yeah it was a preorder. And when I emailed them about the damage Mr. Goodman responded immediately with an offer to replace it for free. Great customer service. Now if I could just get him to get Otus to sign it ...

Michael Curtis said...

Have heart: If it's a pre-order you might just win the autographed copy!

Thanks for letting me know that the pre-orders are shipping and that GG is taking care of your broke book.

Pallando said...

Wait....The Quickening???

James said...

I'd love to read a commentary piece on Stonehell.