Wednesday, 23. January 2013 10:24 | Author:nathanlong
Monday, 31. December 2012 17:35 | Author:nathanlong
I know 2012 was a rough year for a lot of people and in a lot of ways, and it certainly had its ups and downs for me too, but – at least for me – it ended up on the plus side, so much so that I’m kinda waiting for the banana peel and the punchline and the wah-wah-wah trombone.
The first down-swoop of the year was losing the Gotrek and Felix franchise. Then the up-swoop of getting my first original novel, Jane Carver of War, published and garnering a host of positive reviews.Then the down-swoop of being so broke I had to go back to working for a messenger company in order to pay the bills, and thinking I was going to start my fiftieth year working for less than minimum wage.
But then, round about the middle of the year, all the swoops were ups.I started working for my pal Steve Wang as a shop assistant at his special effects shop, which didn’t make me a rich man, but paid better than delivering packages, and was infinitely more fun. I got to work at a monster shop! Who could hate that? Next, through the mysterious offices of my pal Kitty, who tipped me to the job opening, and to my pal Mike Stackpole, who gave me the nod, I started working at my dream job, writing scenarios and dialog for a computer game called Wasteland 2 at InXile Entertainment. On top of that, my second original novel, Swords of Waar, came out in November, just in time for my 50th birthday, and I’m playing in a band with musicians so talented I feel like I don’t deserve to be in front of them.
And to crown it all, I am still the world’s luckiest boyfriend, the guy who gets to love the beautiful and talented Lili Chin, who has stuck with me through all the up-swoops and down-swoops and loop-de-loops of my unstable, unpredictable life.
Thank you, Lili, and thank you, 2012, which like a good novel, had a lot of cliff-hangers and drama, but ended on a high note.
Here’s to another happy ending next year, with maybe a few less bumps along the way….
Wednesday, 7. November 2012 23:39 | Author:nathanlong
A while back I asked around for suggestions for a Jane Carver playlist – a Waar mix-tape if you will – and I got some great responses, and they in turn sparked some ideas of my own. So here it is, to celebrate the official release of Swords of Waar (okay, so it was yesterday; there was some kind of election going on yesterday, so I thought I’d wait ’til it was over) these are the songs Jane would be blasting as she headed out on the open road on her big ‘ol Harley.
Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
Devil Gate Drive – Suzi Quatro
Call me the Breeze – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Move Over – Janis Joplin
Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man – Bob Seger
Real Wild Child – Joan Jett
Flirtin’ with Disaster – Molly Hatchet
Nutbush City Limit
Highwayman – The Highwaymen
So whaddaya think? A true representation of Jane? Any that I missed? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to pick up Swords of Waar!
Damn. That last one always makes me cry. Sorry.
Monday, 8. October 2012 10:39 | Author:nathanlong
Not sure what happened, but who am I to complain? Even though it says right on the page that Swords of Waar is coming out Oct 23rd, apparently it’s available on Amazon right now! That’s right, you can buy the sequel to Jane Carver of Waar today! Be the first one on your block!
Friday, 24. August 2012 7:26 | Author:nathanlong
Jane Carver of Waar has become an audio book from Audible.com, and it’s great! I’m listening to it right now and really enjoying it! Dina Pearlman doesn’t have a southern accent, but she does have all of Jane’s bad-ass attitude and charm, and really brings the book alive. I stayed up until 3am listening last night. Go buy it now!
Monday, 16. July 2012 13:22 | Author:nathanlong
Finally met the mighty Dave Dorman face to face at Comic Con, and got to thank him for his great work. Here we are holding the amazing covers he painted for Jane Carver of Waar and the upcoming Swords of Waar. So cool to see them in the flesh… so to speak. Thanks, Dave!
Monday, 9. July 2012 2:21 | Author:nathanlong
My band, The Magnificent, the Hardest Working Band in Show Business, are playing their first show at the Echo in Echo Park in less than two weeks! Visit the Facebook Event Page for all the details. The most important thing is, come early! Doors open at 8pm and we have to be done and gone by 10 before Funky Sole gets started, so get in and get on the dance floor. We’ll take care of the rest!
Monday, 11. June 2012 14:29 | Author:nathanlong
Well, I woulda put these up on our band website, but the free version of WordPress is being weird and won’t let me post, so the debut will have to happen here. Here are a couple of songs from my stormin’ soul band, The Magnificent. That’s me and the Professor belting it out. He’s the one with the growlier voice. I’m the one with the higher voice.
Are you ready? Let’s rock!
Monday, 4. June 2012 13:55 | Author:nathanlong
Amazon UK is showing that Bloodsworn, my third Ulrika the Vampire novel, is now available for sale. And doing quite well, actually. As I write this its Amazon ranking is 1971! Woo hoo!
Tuesday, 29. May 2012 10:02 | Author:nathanlong
The day has finally arrived! Bloodsworn, the third Ulrika the Vampire novel has been published in the US! So excited to finally be able to share the bloodsoaked culmination of the trilogy. Yay!