Raze began as an experiment to write an ongoing, long-form story with minimal editing. It was an exercise in expressing a few thoughts and feelings I’ve carried with me for a long time, thinking about some of the things, the good and horror, that persist in the world and about which we read every day in the news, as we scroll past with our thumbs, as we struggle to take in all that’s happening and think of something, anything, to do. Often we do nothing. Often we scroll onward and forget at the next headline. Without getting too self-important, I’ve explored and expressed some of those things. I’ve done it for more than a year. I’ve shown myself that I can. But, for now, it’s time to say goodbye to Raze.
A Story Without an Conclusion
I know where Raze is going, and someday I wish to finish the journey. For now he’ll pause, his own pen above the page, but still he’ll grow and change and his story will take greater form. But, for now, its become clear to me that I can’t pursue my other aims while putting the time and effort into this one. That’s in part because there are very few weekly readers – so for those of you following along, know that I do plan to return to this story and finish it. I’m just not sure when.
Other Stories Await
I have far from the most difficult life, and this isn’t meant to sound like complaining. Things are good, but time, as it is for everyone, is finite. Other responsibilities keep my away from the page and keyboard far more than I’d like. If I want to reach the point where I can put the time into this endeavor that I’d like, I need to focus, and prioritize, and choose. For now, that means pursuing the novels I’ve written and getting the next one done. It means putting my mind toward the many tasks that follow after having written. And so, for that reason, I’m leaving RAZE for now. For anyone reading this, thanks. You’re not forgotten, and Raze will be back.
Only One Day Left to Raise Money for Doctors Without Borders
Pretty simple: Your donation supports Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (UK). The more you donate, the more lottery tickets you get. Winning gets you a bundle of signed, numbered, dedicated fantasy novels, some less known, some from big-name, big deal-authors. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a signed Ours Is the Storm!
Donating is quick and easy
I’ve done it. Never fear! Go to this JustGiving page and donate. Your American (or whatever) moneys are automatically converted. Every £1 (about $1.25) gets you another ticket to win, and all of it goes to Doctors Without Borders.
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Fantasy Fundraiser for charity! Hosted by Booknest.eu and featuring 100 fantasy authors working together to benefit Doctors Without BordersSO yeah – It’s all there in the graphic. OK, most of it. BookNest.eu is hosting a lottery and auction, and they’ve recruited the 100 authors you see above to donate signed, dedicated copies of their books. That’s me and a whole bunch of other cool people, and you can win just by donating as little as £1 (about $1.25). Go here and do it now!
Charity – its the Season of Giving, right?
Here’s the thing. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). You’ve seen some of the horrible stuff that’s happening in parts of the world, and here’s a great chance to help and maybe win some cool stuff in the process. MSF does amazing work and everything they collect goes to making a difference. Read about what they’re doing in Aleppo and elsewhere. Every £1/$1.25 you donate gets you a lotto ticket, so what’re you waiting for? Or, enter the auction and put down the big bucks to win even more books!
Authors donating include Ours Is the Storm by yours truly as well as bigger names like Mark Lawrence, Django Wexler, Courtney Schafer, Michael J. Sullivan, and a whole lot more. Six lotto winners will get ten signed, dedicated books, and two auction winners will get twenty each. That’s eight different ways you can win, and like I said, the more you donate, the more lottery chances you get.
Chances to Win; Nothing to Lose
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I’m pleased to announce the beginning of a new project. RAZE is a fantasy fiction web serial I will be writing for free on my website, dthoursonpalmer.com, and updating weekly. It is the story of RAZE, the self-proclaimed world’s greatest warrior. Born Heshim, the son of poor grain and poppy farmers, Raze is taken from his home and begins the journey of a lifetime, frought with violence and tragedy, but also love and a search for wisdom and purpose.
In a prison cell, held by the enemies who first set him on his journey, facing execution at the hands of the woman he loves, Raze tells of his life, his travels, the wisdom he gained, and how he came to be known as the one whose name means “to destroy completely.”
My name is Raze, but my name as it was given by my mother and father was Heshim il-Naban, and I have been called by many others in many lands. Raze is the name I have chosen for myself, after some thought and time, and it is the name by which I’ve come to be known. It is true. It is destruction, to completeness. It is unmaking.
The Victorious Death of Eliza Warden, Part One of the Wardens Trilogy, is out with beta readers. So far the feedback has been both great and very helpful. The entire trilogy was originally planned as a single volume, but came in around 320K words, more than three times as long as Ours Is the Storm, so it got split into three volumes.
I had to do some looking around to find out, but apparently this was the product of about four years of work. Soon I’ll move onto the process of searching for an agent or publisher, or simply decide to keep on self-publishing. All of that will be after I get my reader feedback and then go back through and make sure I used all the right words.
After that will be another fun part – ARC reading! If you or anyone else is interested, I’ll be giving out free Advanced Reader Copies of tVDoEW so that I can generate reviews in advance of the book release. Alert your reader/reviewer friends, direct them to this site, and get them to sign up for updates, and I’ll be ever grateful.
In other news, I’m nearly done with the first draft of the first book of my Mona series. Some of you read the short stories recently which were the genesis of this character, but Mona is an ass-kicking petty thief, vigilante, and reluctant hero. She resides in the frontier city of Canifar, where she’s on the run from a dangerous past in her home of Ria Vancha. Look for more news about that one going forward.
I’ve got an exciting opportunity coming up here. I don’t want to say too much in case it doesn’t pan out, but I need your help! If you enjoy my writing, if you want to get a little more without committing to an entire novel, and you want to do me a HUGE favor…
I’ve got two short stories I’m polishing up at the moment. If you’d consider reading them both and filling out a pair of short questionnaires, basically telling me any problems and/or which of the two is your favorite, it would be a massive help. Please drop me a line if you’re interested at firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up for emails if you haven’t already:
To celebrate tomorrow, the day of my illustrious (regular) birth, I’m going to give away a few digital copies of Ours Is the Storm all week. If you want a shot, follow me on goodreads or like my page on facebook, buy a paperback (for sure I’ll give you a digital then), follow me on twitter, sign up for emails, retweet me – whatever!
UPDATE: If you sign up for updates to my page, follow me, like on facebook, etc., I’ll happily send you a free digital copy of Ours Is the Storm. This orginally began as a birthday giveaway, but I want to give out free books! If you would like a free copy, just shoot me an email at david [at] dthoursonpalmer [dot] com and let me know if you’d like epub, mobi, or pdf. Thanks for reading.