Two Announcements and Some Miscellany


I’m a few days behind on this one, but I have a new book out in the world and it is a sexy, sexy beast. I mean, take a look.


It’s book two of the Flotsam trilogy, which kicked off with the release of Exile a few moths back, and will end with the release of Crusade next year. It contains demons, occult hit men, and a bloodthirsty Valkryie. It brings Ragnarok to the Gold Coast and engages in a moderate amount of property damage. It’s available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and direct from the fine folks at Apocalypse Ink.


Meanwhile, over at the day job, we got to announce this badboy:


We’re officially strapping in for a third GenreCon and I am fuckin’ psyched. We’re currently doing my favourite bit – finalizing the guest list so I can start deploying names when I come back to work in January – but even with half our guest list populated, I’m pretty damned eager to program this bad-boy.

Registration opens in February, 2015. Rest assured I’ll post some reminders here in the lead-up.


I’ve now hit the point where I’ve written every day for one hundred consecutive days. Admittedly, it isn’t always a lot of writing – the last couple of days I’ve only clocked up a couple of hundred words each due to a regrettable-and-now-done-with distraction caused by Master of Orion II– but after a year where I specifically set out to establish a daily writing habit, I seem to have settled into a routine that lets me hit 1800+ words for two-thirds of the month and maintain a somewhat respectable word count the rest of the time.

I’ve never been one of the “write every day” crowd, which makes this strange and uncharted territory.

Part of the reason I’ve eased off a little is because I’m looking at my potential to-do list for 2015 and pondering whether to try and push up my rate a little. A few years back I argued that one of the reasons I wasn’t much interested in indie publishing came down to the fact that I wrote too slow, but I’m only a couple of hundred words off the daily average I’d like to manage before I seriously contemplated setting up a hybrid publishing approach to my career.

In completely unrelated news, actor Vincent D’Onofrio is doing a spoken word album and, seriously, you have to go and listen to the opening track:

I swear to god, I am all over this once the album is live. Lets not talk about the wheel.

  2 comments for “Two Announcements and Some Miscellany

  1. 07/01/2015 at 12:05 PM

    Hello! Fellow Australian here. First off: I read your story To Dream of Stars in Apex Magazine and it was one of the strangest and wonderful tales I have ever read. The visual (and Love faction?) description of the Queen was especially fabulous. I’m a 17 year old writer who has never been published. Writing is my dream, and all that I have ever wanted to do. The idea of a day job is odious, but a necessary evil. I guess, what I’m trying to say is, would you have any writing advice for someone in my position? Perhaps it is unrealistic to believe you’ll make a living off your fiction one day. I’m too much of a stupid dreamer for my own good. Thank you for your words and imagination. Can’t say how much I adored it: you made it feel real. The stuff of stars in a place once belonging to God. It’s such a delicious concept.

    • petermball
      07/01/2015 at 1:31 PM

      Turns out, I have quite a lot of advice. I wrote some up and it quickly proved too long for the comments system to handle, so I've turned it into a blog post instead:

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