I am unbelievably sad that NC Soft is shutting down what I believe to be the best ever MMORPG, City of Heroes. I started playing alongside my spouse back in 2005 – we played daily for a couple of years until we moved to Saskatoon in 2007. It was just damned good fun and for a superhero junkie like me, it was like reliving my childhood fantasies. The servers will be shut down forever in November 2012 – I might log in again and do a couple of mishes to say thanks for the memories. Here’s someone’s COH Video – damn, I’m going to miss that game.
2) You’re shocked … horrified that someone could write something so cruel about your epic tome that took you two years to write.
3) You think about replying but think better of it. (Good for you!)
4) Then you wake up at two in the morning full or righteous indignation. They can’t say that about YOUR epic tome. Fuck them! You fire off a tersely worded reply to the review both on Goodreads and your blog.
5) You’re all “Fuck you … you blogger piece of shit. At least I’m published. You just have a blog!”
6) The blogosphere notices your little missive. It is not amused.
7) Book bloggers pounce on your momentary lapse of reason.
8) And you’re like ….
9) And then you’re like …
10) And then you’re like ….
11) Your agent has a new plan for your career. (Remember how hard it was to find an agent? Focus on that for a while because you no longer have an agent.)
12) And you finally realize that when you’re an author, it’s not about you … it’s about your readers. Bloggers are readers. You’re going to get good reviews and bad reviews because that’s the nature of the business. You swear never again to meltdown over a bad review and pray to God that you haven’t destroyed your career.
Leading audiobook producers AudioGO have signed up to create audio versions of titles from two of Osprey Group’s fiction division imprints: YA specialist Strange Chemistry and next year’s upcoming crime imprint, Exhibit A. The audiobooks will be produced in AudioGO’s specialist UK studios and will have worldwide digital distribution.
The first titles will be the debuts from the Strange Chemistry line: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond and Shift by Kim Curran, which will launch in the first week of September. Further titles will appear simultaneously with the release of physical editions from Strange Chemistry and, starting May 2013, Exhibit A.
So that’s wickedly exciting news. How strange it will feel to hear someone else’s voice reading my book! Oh, and in other news – I just sent STUDENT BODIES, the sequel to POLTERGEEKS, off to my editor this morning. Annnnd … Strange Chemistry Books has its official launch tonight at The British Museum. I wish I could be there – my agent, Jenny Savill is going and she’s going to be wearing her favorite necklace which, I might add, is the same colour as the cover art for POLTERGEEKS!