April 3, 2009

Wow. Have I had "January" spelled wrong in the prior entry all this time? That’s embarrassing.

So, haven’t updated in a while, but here’s the news to date. First off, I’ve had a number of articles come out for Dragon and Dungeon online magazines. There are the two linked articles, "Codex of Betrayal: Alloces" and "The Spawn of Alloces", in Dragon 373. And we had "Deities and Demigods: Bane," from the prior issue, Dragon 372.

Second, Wizards has announced a large portion of their schedule for the rest of this year, and there are a great many books to which I contributed: The Eberron Campaign Guide, the Eberron Player’s Guide, Draconomicon 2: Metallic Dragons, and–most important to me personally–The Plane Below: Secrets of the Elemental Chaos. Why is this last one so important to me? Because it’s the first major D&D book from Wizards of the Coast on which I served as Lead Designer. (For those who don’t know, that means that I envisioned and put together the outline–with input from the WotC staff, of course–parceled out assignments, approved some of the basic material, and so forth.) I also, in addition to those duties, wrote an enormous chunk of the book. Hopefully, most of you will feel that I did at least a halfway decent job; it was a lot of hard work, but it was a great privilege.

Finally, I promised to announce the new title of my novel–formerly Shades of Grey–once it was decided. Well, after much discussion with my editor (and between him and his publisher), the title of the novel going forward is The Conqueror’s Shadow. I believe it should still be hitting shelves early next year.

And I believe that does it for now.

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