GO Fest 2021

Pokemon GO! From time to time, I mention here that I enjoy playing Pokemon. Since we’re nearing the annual extravaganza that is GO Fest, it seems a good time to bring up my ongoing offer. If you also play Pokemon GO, email me your friend code > always.forthright at gmail dot com. I play daily. I send gifts. I love raids. To quote Professor Willow, “Let’s GO!”

Okay, so … head canon

Vassal. Some of my reviewers are confused because Miroku believes he is returning to the Western Lady’s airborne castle. I mean, that was canon. I can picture the panels clearly. The lady. The stairs. The … oh. Oh, wait.

So. If something happened in Unspoiled, it’s still pretty much canon. Right? ::facepalm:: Do I fix it … or leave it?

“Who Stole the Cookie” | art by lila-me

Narration, Day 9

Governed by Whimsy. Join me over at Cryptid Audio, where Travis Baldree will soon be wrapping up Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology with its titular story. Today’s probably the last session for my books (for a while). If you weren’t able to drop in, fear not! The anthology audio book will be available from Tantor on August 10, 2021. And Mikoto and the Reaver Village will release on August 17, 2021.

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Narration, Day 8

Dragged Through Hedgerows. Join me over at Cryptid Audio, where Travis Baldree is narrating Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology, which will release in audio format from Tantor on August 10, 2021. Travis has done the first few chapters of Songs 03, establishing voices for Daroo, Charles, and Coop, so look forward to the balance of that story today. If you can sneak a peek, it’s loads of fun to watch him work.

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**ADDENDUM** He fit in an early session this morning & will return at his usual time, which is 1pm (Pacific).

NARRATION, DAY 7

Followed & Dragged. Join me over at Cryptid Audio, where Travis Baldree is narrating on Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology, which will release on August 10, 2021. He’s well into Songs of the Amaranthine, #2, Followed by Thunder. We’ll likely make a first foray into Dragged by Hedgerows, too. (Yay, My weekend needed some Coop!) If you have a little time, it’s a treat to watch Travis work.

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Narration, Day 6

Marked & Followed. Join me over at Cryptid Audio, where Travis Baldree is working on Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology. He’s already begun his foray into Marked by Stars. After that short story wraps, I’m sure we’ll go straight into Songs of the Amaranthine, #2, Followed by Thunder. I wonder if we’ll get more drop-bys with it being the weekend …?

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Narration, Day 5

Mikoto and the Reaver Village + Anthology Time. Join me over at Cryptid Audio, where Travis Baldree will (definitely) be wrapping up his narration of Mikoto and the Reaver Village today. Then, it’s straight into Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology, which includes the first four short stories in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection. First up: Marked by Stars! ::twinkle::

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Narration, Day 4

Mikoto and the Reaver Village. Join me over at Cryptid Audio, where Travis Baldree will (probably) be wrapping up his narration of Mikoto and the Reaver Village today. It’s been fascinating to peek behind the scenes & fun to hang out with readers. Come chat with us. And maybe level up! ::twinkle::

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Audio Books

Do you have Discord? Oh, m’dears, I am giddy. I have been saving up a nice treat for you, and I can finally share the news. As you know, Travis Baldree is our narrator for the Amaranthine Saga. Currently, the first three books are available in this format. The quarantine rather disrupted Tantor’s production schedule, so Bk4: Mikoto and the Reaver Village and Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology have been patiently waiting their turn. And … it’s their turn! ::twinkle::

Why you really want Discord. As it happens, when the publisher/author allows, Travis streams while he works. He’ll begin streaming my books next week, so I’m inviting you all to join us on the Cryptid Audio server. Maybe you’ll only be able to sneak a few peeks. Maybe (like me) you’ll be camped out for every single session. Here’s the link: https://discord.gg/duzCS2D

Keeping it simple:

  • Get Discord (desktop edition is spiffy, but of course there’s an app, too)
  • Click the link to join Cryptid Audio
  • Choose a nickname for use on that server (especially if you want me to recognize you) – to do so, click the Cryptid Audio drop-down menu (top left on the desktop edition) & select “change nickname”
  • Choose a role (as a “Listener,” you’ll receive a notification when Travis begins his sessions)
  • Show up & join the #listeners-lounge to chat
  • When it’s showtime, Travis will show up as LIVE & sharing his screen. I usually pop out the video so I can also chat, but I’m on a laptop, so I have the luxury of space.
  • Schedule! Travis generally works from 9-11am & from 1-3pm PACIFIC. But sometimes he starts early, so make sure to secure “Listener” status if you want a ping when he’s starting up again.
  • He’ll be reading Mikoto & the Reaver Village AND Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology (first four Songs of the Amaranthine tales) back-to-back, but not necessarily in that order. (I’m hoping for the short stories first, but it’s pretty much up to the publisher.) We’ll know Monday.
  • Monday, you say? My books are scheduled to begin on Monday, May 24.
  • How long? Oooh, I think Travis said he has 8-10 days blocked off? Maybe? He works every day, so that means the sessions will include one weekend.
  • Leveling Up. There’s a sort of mini-game that runs on the server. If you chat, you gain XP, and when you attain sufficient XP, you level up. Whenever that happens, Travis will congratulate you. And this is quite wonderful. Chatting is highly encouraged.
  • Fair Warning. You can definitely chat with me during these sessions, but I have DMs and Friends Requests turned off. I mostly use Discord to stay in touch with my kids. If I started chatting with my readers, too, I’d never get any writing done! ::twinkle::

Release Dates. Governed by Whimsy: The Anthology will release in audio format on August 10, 2021. And Mikoto and the Reaver Village is scheduled to release a week later, on August 17, 2021.

Reminder! Travis also reads Bard & Barbarian, my Patreon exclusive story. Narrated chapters post every other Wednesday over there.

If you have questions that google/faq lists can’t answer, nudge me in comments or email me (if that’s more comfy). Now! Let’s flood Travis’s server with new members! ::twinkle::

Showing Up

Captured on Film. After a lengthy delay, Captured on Film (Songs of the Amaranthine, #6) is beginning to crop up in other venues. It’s live on the Barnes & Noble site, which means the wait is (or nearly is) over for those still waiting to meet the Dare brothers. **ADDENDUM: Yep, it’s live on the Kobo site, too!

This means that by the end of the month, I’ll be able to share quotes or character art or some of the other fun stuff that’s come my way since Songs 06 first released. ::confetti toss::