Thursday, December 31, 2015

Life on the Theriopolis (Day-to-Day Soundtrack).

As I continue to research and write this book, I've come to see and hear its world more and more.  Pale skies, the incessant thud of a colossus's footsteps, dusty buildings and man-made everyday gadgets adorn the cities on the leviathans' backs.  These scenes, as well, have taken on a cinematic life of their own and led me to start collecting music that captures the feel of life on the theriopolis.  I feel like with no air conditioning units, cars, garbage trucks, police sirens or tens of thousands of people nearby, my characters would live their lives with far less background noise than we do.  This universe is a quiet dustbowl of worry and hope, so I went into my library and started snagging a couple songs that had that feel to them.

The following songs have helped me get in the right head space to set the subdued setting for the book - the downtimes that show the outside when everyone's sitting inside having lunch or at work, or just as dawn is breaking.  I also have songs for specific locations and events, but I'll get into those another day.  I should mention for legal purposes that none of these artists or their labels have endorsed this project and so on; these are just great inspirations that remind me of my book (and that my book reminds me of).  Enjoy!

The Protomen - Intermission

Saxon Shore - May 26

Atticus Ross - Human

Radiohead - Hunting Bears

A.O.S. - History Repeats Itself

Gustavo Santaolalla - Home

The Ocean - Siderian

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Happy Holidays (Proteus: First Look)!

This week, visual artist Nick Whitmire provided us with an early Christmas present: a digital painting of Proteus, the second-largest colossus in my upcoming novel.  Made entirely in ProCreate for iPad, this stunning portrait shows Proteus the day he emerged from the sea - no city on his back, no fog overtaking the landscape, just a 2,000-foot tall titan from the deep.

Proteus Emerges.  Image Ⓒ Nick Whitmire and A Carrier of Fire,
all rights reserved. Used by permission.

You can download the full-size image for free by clicking here (2900x4000 pixels), but for all intents and purposes this picture is Ⓒ Nick Whitmire and A Carrier of Fire 2015. Reproducing this image and selling it or claiming it as your own work is not only wrong but illegal. Please check out some of Nick's other work by visiting his website,, and keep visiting for more updates on the book. Happy Holidays and thank you for your interest in this project!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Playing Catch-Up ("Timeshare" Reviews, Media Roundup, Etc).

Hello there fans and friends; I'm so sorry for the last several weeks of radio silence.  I've been dealing with pre- and post-Thanksgiving craziness including having a table at my final comic con of the year, VA Comicon in Richmond, Virginia.  Here's what you missed.

I sent my short story ("Timeshare") from this next book out to a few people I know and trust.  Here's some of what I've heard back.

"Wow, this was fascinating!  The setup for the rest of the book was great; I can't wait to read more."
"I'm truly sorry it ended."
"[Timeshare] painted a surrealistic scene the likes of Blade Runner, 12 Monkeys, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien."

Next up?  I've been honored to have made appearances (in one form or another) on three podcasts since last month.  First up, the crew at 2 Fat Guys Podcast recorded a joint episode at VA Comicon simultaneously with the Full-Grown Fanboys podcast and I was the guest.  The link to the 2 Fat Guys copy is at this link (it's actually episode six but the page says episode seven, so if something changes, go to the main page at 2 Fat Guys and find episode six).  The Full-Grown Fanboys episode is the same besides the intro and outro, but you can download it from FGFB right here.  We spend most of our time discussing my books (including new details about this upcoming sci-fi project) and the con, but we slip in a couple riotously funny stories here and there as well.

The third podcast is Rafe Hates Caleb.  I'm honored to have earned Rafe's respect with this website and on their episode "Dodgeball" she talks about some of what she's seen on here.  Listen to the whole podcast by clicking here, but my bit comes in somewhere around the 33- or 35-minute mark.  I should probably clarify here that the new book isn't called Wandering City Blues (my fault!), but Rafe is really nice about it anyway.

Finally, I'm going deep into research mode for a couple months but I'll get back to posting more regularly, starting now, than I did in November.  Thank you for your continued support and interest in this project; it's going to be a Hell of a thing.