A Chance at a Postcard from Martin

Dear friends,

If you’ve always wanted a postcard from Martin, here’s your chance! Either contribute, or, if you’ve already contributed at $15+, spread the word, over at


Let’s see if we can hit the $7000 stretch goal in the next 2 days, which is around what it’ll take to make me believe the final stretch goal will be possible ^_^

Best wishes,



This is exciting! And I hadn’t mentioned it here! But I will! Now!

So, listen. Listen.


A while back I started on what was going to be my happiest and best project ever, a series of “Hitherby Dragons” novels, not related stories like Enemies Endure but the heart of the thing; only the publisher I was working with flaked hard and the artist I was working with flaked hard and suddenly I was sitting there holding one and a half of the favorite books of mine I’ve ever written and nothing to do with it.

And ’cause I’m pretty easy to throw into despair; and because it’s a short novel and not a full novel and so hard to throw into regular publication channels; and because pulling together my current RPG project is the most genuinely incredible amount of work I’ve ever had to do on anything, I wound up just kind of sitting on this thing.

But you guys have restored my faith.

So . . . over on my Indiegogo, I added a stretch goal.

I don’t know if we’re going to get there, OK? I mean, it’s more than twice my original goal. And on the other side of that I haven’t finished researching prices on covers yet, I’m still talking to people, so maybe I’ll turn around after that and I’ll laugh because I’ll have to push on quite a ways past that to get my dream covers, or I won’t need quite that much! I’d feel really goofy about that either way!

But I love you all, and you have given me some faith here, so I’ll tell you what. At $5000 I’m going to release that first short novel, Jack o’Lantern Girl, and introduce people who maybe aren’t so much into reading fiction blogs to the story of Hitherby Dragons; and tell those of you who are into reading fiction blogs a lot more about what happened on the firewood world; and move finishing the second book, Firewood Boy, up a lot higher on my priority queue;

And, of course, include Jack o’Lantern Girl in the list of books available at the $5 level plus.

Enemies Endure Kickstarter—Well, Indiegogo—is Go!

It is here!

If I hit the target, then I’ll value this funding method, and be able to produce better gaming material and more nicely-produced books in the future.

If I go over the target, I’ll know that people are interested in fiction from me as well as gaming material.

If I go way over the target, I’ll probably get back to Hitherby.

However, even if you’d rather I focused on gaming stuff, don’t be too scared to contribute; a rising tide of not worrying about meals and having usable chairs and such lifts all project-boats. ^_^

So . . .


The site books.hitherby.com exists!

I have Hitherby-related novels to serialize, you see. Only, so far they’re all from chapters 1 and 2, so I can’t use the imago. It would be Wrong.

The serialization starts on the 29th and will get interesting around the 3rd. I expect the current project to run for about two years. Posts will be frequent but short.

This shouldn’t interfere with Hitherby per se. I mean, Hitherby is currently stalled, obviously, but this shouldn’t decrease the likelihood of Hitherby returning and may increase it.

Best wishes,


Short Update

I’m going to be starting the online serialization of a ~170,000 word Hitherby-related project shortly. Target is end of this month. However, I have things I need to do first that I can’t do while there’s construction across the street, and I don’t know how long that will go on or how functional I’ll still be when it stops. Still, if we are optimistic, assume that you’ll be seeing some cool stuff starting shortly before September.

Best wishes,


Forthcoming in March: “Fable of the Swan”

I am not yet in a position to restart Hitherby or decide if it should be restarted.


I wanted to let you know that my next novel, “Fable of the Swan,” the first piece of the Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine transmedia project, should be ready for electronic release soon—roughly a week.

After that I’ll be picking up some scattered strands of my life, possibly including Hitherby.

“Fable of the Swan” has thematic connections to Fable of the Lamb, so you may want to reread that. Actually you may want to reread that anyway; it’s one of my favorite Hitherbies, although it’s full of spoilers if you haven’t read the rest. ^_^