The second volume is coming along wonderfully! The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and quite a few authors are ahead of schedule with their submissions and edits. In fact, I’d like to congratulate Michael Budd on being the first author to complete the entire process, from submission to editing to contract signing.
So what’s on tap for our second outing? Laura just teased some of the content in her prior post, so I’ll talk about the authors. Obviously things are subject to change, but as it stands now, it looks like Volume Two may be twice the size of Volume One. So far we’ve got…
- Every single author for Volume One coming back.
- Ken Hite and Eddy Webb joining us from the industry pro side.
- A significant number of new, up-and-coming authors.
As for my own contribution, I sent several pitches to the editors and asked them to pick the one that would add the most variety to the stories they’ve already received. They both picked Gnarl Saves Christmas, so I’m working on a comedy adventure, written in the form of a chintzy, holiday poem. My favorite gnoll will do what Elmo, Tim Allen, Ernest P. Worrell, and countless stop-motion characters have done before him, though he’s got his own way of handling the task.
This man had a smile and gifts in his sack,
But Gnarl was hungry and just grabbed his ax.
Now, fat men are not healthy for you or for me,
But what cardiologist would gnollish folk see?
So they clawed and they fought and they chopped him to bits,
Then put what was left on their wrought iron spits.
Gnarl and Sharpa hardly could speak,
For they’d never fought a wizard so stupidly weak.
But whatever the foe, adventuring can’t be done shoddy,
So Gnarl was quick to loot Santa Claus’ body.