marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I've posted new fan art to the Books of the Raksura Compendium on my web site:

It's "When Moon first encounters Stone in The Cloud Roads" by Samantha Majumder. Samantha says: One of my favorite 'scenes' was when Moon encounters Stone for the first time and gets chased around a floating island a bit before he flies down to cling to the underside of the island and escapes. I enjoyed that part so much I painted what I thought the scene might look like with acrylic and watercolor and would like to show you as well. I attached a scan of the fan art to this email. I aimed to reflect how threatening Stone appeared to Moon as he was chased. Also, the cover art of your book influenced the yellow tinted sky.

Thanks to Samantha!

If anyone wants me to link to or post their Raksura art on the compendium, just let me know.
marthawells: (Miko)
I'm finished with the revision for The Edge of Worlds, yay! I'm glad I took extra time on it, because I feel like I've improved it in major ways from the second draft. The Night Shade editor Jeremy Lassen gave me some really good suggestions and comments, and other people gave me some great comments, and it all helped a lot. Today I'm just going to read over some of the newer bits and spot read others, and then get it sent in.

Speaking of which, here's awesome fan art by Pentapoda: Malachite from the Raksura Books


* It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt
Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll.

* A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica
As soon as Sophie Hansa returned to our world, she is anxious to once again go back to Stormwrack. Unable to discuss the wondrous sights she has seen, and unable to tell anyone what happened to her in her time away, Sophie is in a holding pattern, focused entirely on her eventual chance to return.

* Mythmaker by Marianne de Pierres
Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission).

These are old but I'm not sure I realized they were out in ebook:

* Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series It's a collection of essays on the Harry Potter series up to 2005. Mine is "Neville Longbottom: the Hero With a Thousand Faces."

* Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs And Killer Muppets an essay collection on Farscape. Mine is "Don't Make Me Tongue You: John Crichton and D'Argo and the Dysfunctional Buddy Relationship."


May. 18th, 2015 08:27 am
marthawells: (Reading)
It's been raining off and on all weekend, and we're getting flash flood warnings all over the place. Because this weekend was university graduation on Friday and Saturday, and there were tons of extra people in town, and students packing up to leave, and moving to new places, it was a dark wet hellscape as far as traffic was concerned.

The drought map is shrinking, but Lake Travis still needs more water, while I think we're full up. We did get the electrical work we needed done on the house Thursday. (The electrical riser was pulling out of the roof and needed to be replaced.) The power was off all day so they could do it, then the power company ended up hooking it back up again during a thunderstorm.

* I'm going to have stories in these two anthologies, coming up later this year: The Gods of Lovecraft and Mech: Age of Steel.

* Pentapoda did some lovely Raksura fanart

* I posted this yesterday:

* On the Roar of Approval For Self-Defenestration by Adam-Troy Castro
You make friends among folks who will not correct you when you step over those invisible lines, but who will instead applaud you, who will react to you most positively when you slip up and allow this ugly lesion on your character to hang exposed. They laugh and clap and tell you that you’re speaking truth, when instead you’re engaging in a little bit of social Tourette’s. They call over others, even worse than themselves, and before long you find yourself playing to a crowd that is itself getting worse and worse.
This applies to so many different situations inside every kind of fandom and outside it.


Apr. 13th, 2015 08:40 am
marthawells: (John and Ronon)
We had a situation this weekend where I kept smelling gas in the kitchen, just a little bit. After overcoming that whole "I'm just imagining it and if I call someone about it I'll be made to feel stupid and all but called/actually called a silly little girl" we called an appliance place and on their advice called the emergency gas company number, and it turned out it was an emergency. There's a leak in in the hose and valve connected to the stove, so that's turned off now and I need to call the appliance place again today to see if I can get the hose etc replaced.

Then we found out the gas company didn't get the hot water heater turned on right when they suddenly decided to install a new meter, so we had to get them to come out and do that, so there was no hot water for a while.

So that was the weekend, small yay.

Fan art

Some lovely fan art of The Element of Fire by punkranger


* The stories I wanted to read by Aliette de Bodard
Aliette writes about reading SF/F as she was growing up: There’s a lot of books in my reading that feature China, or some representation of the Far East–I read them all like I read invented worlds, because the China they depict is so out of touch with my family stories (I won’t say my family stories are all positive! Vietnam has… a complicated relationship with China)–surely they have to be about some kind of fictional China/Far East that doesn’t exist. They speak of martial arts and inscrutable, passive people awaiting to be saved; of some fount of mystical wisdom that awaits the traveller. I think fake!China must be some kind of faraway land invented by writers, because it cannot possibly be the real thing.

* Women in SFF Month Readers Recommendation Giveaway

* Right-Wing Trolls Hijack SciFi Oscars by Arthur Chu
This is about the Hugo awards situation, which I find really depressing. I have a voting membership this year, and I'm going to vote "no award" on every category.

* Talk with me about being a fan of SF and F by Mary Robinette Kowal
This is also about the Hugo awards

Novella rec

Introducing Midnight's Silence and a new series by T. Frohock
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The whole fan art piece by artist Magali Villeneuve for my Star Wars book Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge. You can see the bigger version here: And there's an interview with the artist.

The other posts on the site have the larger versions of the characters, but this is my favorite:

marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I was on yesterday, which was kind of surreal. Here's a quote from the interview they did:
"I think the key is not just seeing Leia as a stereotypical strong woman character, but as someone who is young but is a leader, who has taken on huge responsibilities, but also as someone who has an epic temper and can be sarcastic, and can make mistakes," Wells says. "She's not a perfect princess, she's a person with flaws and vulnerabilities who manages to do what she needs to do anyway, and I think those things were conveyed in Carrie Fisher's performance." and there's an excerpt from the book.

And I was also interviewed here on: Geeks with Curves

and This Blog is Full of Words

Razor's Edge Fan Art:

FanGirlBlog is posting gorgeous fan art by Magali Villeneuve of Razor's Edge every day, and my favorite is this one of Sian Tesar: I told someone the other day that it's kind of rare that you make up a character and say she's beautiful, and then someone draws her and she's just so beautiful you just want to sit there and look at her.

Raksura Fan Art

IvieMoon posted some very cool Books of the Raksura fan art: Moon and Jade

There's more fan art linked here on the Raskura Compendium section of my web site, plus links to stories set in the same world, etc.

(And if you want the books in ebook, or want to get them for someone as a gift, there's a cheaper ebook bundle of all three on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Or you can get them individual at a discount DRM-free from Baen Webscription Site.

Free Stories Thief of War by Beth Bernobich Stand at Dubun-Geb by Ryan Harvey


* Literary Trysts It Gives Me Great Joy To Think About: Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman
Because mine is an evil and a petty mind, suitable more to wallowing in the sordid sexual goings-on of literary giants than in reading their work, I take every opportunity I can to inform people who may not have known that Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde almost certainly had sex in 1882.

* This is an older link but I hadn't seen it before: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die
With a star corpse, and suspects ranging from Helen Mirren to Forest Whitaker, Annie Leibovitz and Michael Roberts create a film noir masterpiece to die for.

* A Reminder That Reality TV is Staged a post from one of the cosplayers who got depicted as a "villain" on Heroes of Cosplay.
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Ooh, had to post this: Gorgeous fan art of Sian Tesar from my book Razor's Edge:

And this one is Caline Metara:

They're by Magali Villeneuve, and there's more coming! I haven't see these yet either, they're torturing me by revealing them one by one too.

July Fourth

Jul. 5th, 2013 07:45 am
marthawells: (Miko)
We didn't do anything for the Fourth of July, since I had to work. I finished the first-pass proofs for the Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge the Star Wars novel (and it now has an official description here) and then worked more on the ending of Emilie and the Sky World.

That evening I had an appointment to go get pictures taken for an article in the local magazine for their annual Arts issue. This was the photographer who has done some really beautiful photos. We went out to a small private lake that belonged to an older neighborhood bit outside of down and took some really cool photos. I can't wait to see them.

That's pretty much it. I haven't been doing much of anything but working and occasionally playing on tumblr.


If you missed it:

* All the parts of The Death of the Necromancer are now online at Black Gate Magazine.

* This month is my twentieth anniversary as a published writer.

* IvieMoon did a gorgeous portrait of Kade Carrion from The Element of Fire on DeviantArt.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
Just posted some new fan music by [personal profile] petercline for the Books of the Raksura on the Three Worlds Compendium.

The Compendium section has extras for the Raksura books, including short stories, fan art, and other fun stuff. There is Raksura fanfic out there, though I don't link to it on the Compendium. You can find some of it by searching on Archive of Our Own.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I still have holes in my walls and ceiling, but I'm hoping the contractor will have a chance to get to us in the next couple of weeks. It's going to take a few visits to get all the taping and mudding and texturing done, but after the first one, the holes will at least be closed up. I am looking forward to this, because they leak dust and smell funny.

Just wanted to mention that there has been a ton of questions and discussion of the Books of the Raksura in this post here.

* There is a review of The Death of the Necromancer here at Roqoo Depot.

* Style Reader did an outfit for Emilie of Emilie and the Hollow World! That's pretty awesome.

Here's a book release post for Mirage by Jenn Reese and Poison by Bridget Zinn Bridget died from cancer in May 2011 at the age of 33, before getting to see her debut book published.

Fun thing: Doctor Who: An Alternative History of 11 American Doctors
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
We had a huge windstorm yesterday, which I staggered around out in and planted tomatoes.

A few things I want to link to first:

Elaine Cunningham: Fantasy epics: "Boy Books?" The idea that women don't read or write fantasy is still going strong.

Judith Tarr: Winter Feed-a-Pony Sale Editing and Writing Mentoring, plus Camp Lipizzan

Think Progress: Why Seth MacFarlane and The Onion’s Jokes About Quvenzhané Wallis Are So Gross

Michele Sagara: Where is my outrage? Here. It's here.


There was new fan music by Peter Cline added to the Three Worlds Compendium! This is a song for Chime. (Scroll down to the bottom for the music. That's the page for all the Raksura short stories and fan art on my web site.)


Yesterday I picked a title for the sequel to Emilie and the Hollow World, which is the book I'm writing now, and the publisher really liked it, so it will be Emilie and the Sky World.

I've also gotten some really nice blurbs for Emilie and the Hollow World:

"A rollicking adventure yarn with plenty of heart - Emilie & the Hollow World shouldn't be missed."
-USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre

Emilie is the best kind of adventurer -- curious, courageous, stubborn, resourceful, and quick to make friends. I can't wait to see where she goes exploring next.
-Sharon Shinn

Martha Wells' Emilie and the Hollow World is a lovely little adventure story that brings a modern sensibility to a classic pulp trope, re-enlivening and re-envisioning it for a contemporary audience. The hollow world, the accidental stowaway, steamships, airships, the gentleman or gentlewoman adventurer--these are elements that would be at home in a story told in the thirties. The clever and competent young heroine on the other hand--well that's another story entirely, and one that Martha Wells handles beautifully. Unlike those thirties pulps, this a book you wouldn't be embarrassed to give a thirteen year old soccer player who can't see any reason she won't grow up to be a physicist and the next president of the United States. Deft writing and consummate storytelling make a classic story fresh again for a new audience. All in all, Emilie and the Hollow World is a ripping yarn for a modern audience.
-Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series as well as the forthcoming YA School For Sidekicks: The Totally Secret Origin of Foxman Jr.

and I got this really nice review: Kindle-aholic's Book Pile:
As I read Wells' Emilie & the Hollow World, I felt like my childhood fantasies had sprung to life. A strange world at the center of the earth? Check. Magic? Check. Fantastical beings and monsters? Check. A young, smart heroine? Check plus!

I was giddy with nostalgic joy. I wish I had this book when I was younger. I am buying the print version to go in my kids' library. I devoured this book and loved every second. I also obviously must read more books by Martha Wells.
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I'm getting the text of The Death of the Necromancer ready to release as an ebook. Hopefully this will happen sometime in the later part of February, if all goes well. The book originally came out in 1997, and was a nominee for the Nebula award in 1998.

I've had the cover done by Tiger Bright Studios, who did the covers for the ebook re-releases of The Element of Fire, City of Bones, and Wheel of the Infinite:

I'll post the Necromancer cover when it's closer to the release date. The book will also be serialized online free by Black Gate Magazine.


Another cool thing: [personal profile] petercline wrote some music for The Cloud Roads! You can listen to it on my web site on the fan art section for the Raksura books.


Book View Cafe: Stories to Honor Octavia Butler
Eleven original stories by recipients of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship (2007 through 2012), plus a reprint of "Speech Sounds" by the scholarship's namesake, Octavia E. Butler. This anthology also includes a brief memoir of Butler by her Clarion classmate Vonda N. McIntyre and an introduction by Nalo Hopkinson. Edited by Nisi Shawl, published by the Carl Brandon Society, the administrator of the Butler Scholarship Fund, and available at Book View Cafe.

Fan Art!

Jan. 18th, 2013 11:04 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
Not sure I can post on LJ right now, but: New fan art for the Raksura books! Jade, Moon, and Chime by [personal profile] pentapus I love fan art!

If you do a search on Raksura at DeviantArt, you can see some more here.

And I have a couple more posted on my site here
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
ETA: Ooh, The Siren Depths ebook is available DRM-free at the Baen ebook site. Should show up at other retailers soon!

Two things for Saturday morning:

The Cloud Roads ebook for Kindle US is back to its normal $7.99 price, but now The Serpent Sea Kindle US is on sale for $1.99.

And if you missed my post last night, there's new fan art by Jessica Peffer for the Raksura books:

The rest of the fan art I've gotten for the Raksura books is linked on the Three Worlds page here. I love fan art! It's great to have this for the book's official release date, which is this coming Tuesday, December 4.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
Yay! Great new Raksura fan art by Jessica Peffer:

The rest of the fan art I've gotten for the Raksura books is linked on the Three Worlds page here. I love fan art! It's great to have this for the book's official release date, which is this coming Tuesday, December 4.
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
Got some lovely new fan art for the Raksura books! It's posted on the Books of the Raksura page here, or the direct link is here: Moon and Jade by [personal profile] pentapus
marthawells: (Default)
I just got new fan art from Jessica Peffer (her site is Neon Dragon Art)

This is the Fell, in all their forms. We talked quite a bit about this in email, so this is very accurate.

The Fell )

This is now on the Three Worlds Compendium too.
marthawells: Atlantis in fog (Atlantis)
We had some great rain yesterday afternoon and last night, and looks like more today. It's such a relief. I made it to the grocery store this morning, since we were pretty much out of food. I also got vinegar since I need to do a vinegar and baking soda drain volcano on the kitchen sink.

I have new people on my friends' lists in various places, so thought I'd mention again the Three Worlds Compendium on my web site. It's got the short stories set in the same world as The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea, information about the world for fun and as a resource for fanfic writers, and a link to some great fan art, which I'm hoping to have more of.


The kickstarter for the Tales of the Emerald Serpent Shared World Anthology is really starting to take off. You can buy in at $5.00 for an ebook copy of the anthology, but some of the more expensive buy-ins have cool rewards. Like for $140.00 you get all the previous rewards listed, plus Juliet McKenna will make you a cross-stitch smart phone cover with an image from the anthology's art.

Also, the big reward at $350.00 is all the previous awards listed, plus you receive a physical copy of one of the book’s nine short stories, personally signed to you by the author AND the original artwork for that short story. This is a first come, first serve basis, so please check updates to see what authors have already been pledged.

My story is still up for grabs. It's about two characters, Jelith and Kryranen, who are archeologists/pot hunters in the lower levels of the city. Here's a short bit from the beginning of the story:

Snippet of Revenants by Martha Wells )


Mar. 11th, 2012 09:06 am
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
Awesome good thing yesterday:

Jessica Peffer sent me this lovely fan art of Moon from The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea:

This absolutely made my weekend! I love his expression, and that he's wearing the consort bracelet Jade gave him. This is part of the Three Worlds Compendium now, and you can see Jessica's other artwork on her web site at

I posted about this on Twitter first, and N.K. Jemisin linked to some of the fan art she's gotten for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms here (click on the "Fan Fun" tag for more) and Kate Elliott got one of Andevai from Cold Magic and Cold Fire here. (You can see the artist's other work at Spiral Knot.)


The artist Moebius (Jean Giraud) passed away yesterday, and John Picacio has a memory of him here. This Tumblr has a collection of his work.


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