We’re doing a deluxe edition of Days Gone Bad for the 10th Anniversary, and I’m so excited about this. As a kid in the 90s I was totally suckered in by every foil-enhanced comic book cover on the shelf, so of course the anniversary edition of Days Gone Bad will have foil! Shiny, shiny foil! You can follow the project now, on Kickstarter. Just click the “Notify me on launch” button once you get there. Project takes off on 09/01, and there are some pretty amusing stretch goals and add ons to this campaign, from exclusive merch to brand new bonus stories, and that series guide a lot of folks have been asking for.
I’ve been at this writing gig for many years, and full time for four years now (!!). I figured I’d summarize some of my must-haves here since many of you have asked. These are things I use almost daily when I’m writing, and I heartily recommend them all.
Keyboard – The Kinesis Freestyle 2 is my current favorite. The board is split in half and has various attachments you can use to make it more ergonomic.
Standing Desk Converter – If you don’t have a standing desk, VariDesk Pros are a great way to split the difference. Less expensive than a dedicated standing desk, but still an investment. Easily switches from standing to sitting.
Standing Desk Mat – This Topo Comfort Mat saves my feet if I’m standing for a long period of time. I prefer it over the flat mats as you can change the pressure points on your feet.
Notebooks – I love broad nibs, and thin notebook paper bleeds a bit too much for my preference. I’ve found the LEUCHTTURM1917 – Medium A5 Ruled Hardcover Notebook to be the best option to combat this. The paper is glass smooth and makes for such a satisfying writing experience. When I’m not using a LEUCHTTURM1917, I’m often using souvenir notebooks from Universal Studios with a medium nib or finer.
Andrea Anti-Noise Microphone – A less expensive option that doesn’t sacrifice too bad on quality. I usually use the NC-181VM but I don’t think they make it anymore. I’ve also used the NC-185 and it was almost as good.
Flexymike Single Ear Microphone – This Flexymike is my mic of choice. It gives me the best recognition rate in Dragon that I’ve ever had, and bonus, you can get a bundle that includes the next item on the list.
SpeechMatic USB Multiadapter – Regardless of the mic I’m using, I run it through one of these SpeechMatic adapters. It’s much like a preamp, and really ups the quality of your vocal tracks for transcription.
Transcription Software – Dragon Professional Individual is my favorite. I’ve trained it to recognize magic systems and all kinds of made up words. Can’t recommend it enough! It’s one of the pricier options out there, but the accuracy is best for me. If you have a heavy accent Dragon can be problematic, so be sure to test it out before investing.
Blue Light Glasses – You can add this coating for your lenses when you order from Zenni, or snag a non-prescription pair from Amazon. They help me avoid headaches with long days at the screen.
Tervis Water Bottle – My go to water bottle! You can buy replacement lids when they wear out too.
A throne claimed. A city reborn. A family broken.
Thanks to the help of Jacob’s Titan Mechs, much of Belldorn survived the battle that ravaged its shores. But the war is far from over. Demands to chase Ballern’s surviving forces across the sea meet more resistance than Jacob could have imagined when Lady Katherine ignores her allies’ protests and shifts her focus to reinforcing the city.
Alice knows they’ll need to grow their numbers if they’re going to stand a chance against Mordair on the other side of the Crystal Sea. Their hopes rest on Furi bringing the Skyborn into the fold. But Samuel has another plan that will take them back to where it all began … behind the towering walls of Ancora.
Whether they await Mordair’s return or bring the fight to him, their survival once more depends on Jacob’s allies. As hope begins to fade … so come the Stormborn.
You all finally broke me down. By that I mean I stopped procrastinating and got the store setup, haha. Check out the new Eric R. Asher Store to preorder any of my titles you’d like to have signed. Shipping will be a bit slow right now as I’ll be placing orders for inventory once every two weeks or so to avoid filling my office with too many books.
Some quick FAQs:
Q: Why is the shipping time 4-6 weeks?
A: Inventory is managed on demand. Books are ordered from the printer after orders come in. Once they arrive, Eric signs them, and then needs to ship them back out.
Q: Do you ship internationally?
A: Currently no, but we plan to in the future.
Q: Do you charge sales tax?
A: Sales tax is added when applicable.
Q: Do casebound hardcovers include dust jackets?
A: No, they are case laminate books which means the cover art is printed directly on the book itself.
A past unwritten. A shadow fallen. An enemy unmasked.
Time grows short to secure the desert city of Midstream. Fel struck a devastating blow, and it’s only a matter of time until their next attack. Out of options, Jacob turns to the abandoned works of Charles von Atlier to create a Titan Mech. The towering machine may be just the weapon they need to protect the city.
But Mordair’s thirst for power is escalating. As King of Fel he is taking full advantage of his alliance with the kingdom across the sea. Together, they’re preparing a siege on Belldorn sure to split their enemies’ focus.
Jacob and Alice are placing all their hopes of salvation in the Titan Mech when a terrible discovery in the Red Woods proves even that won’t be enough. Somehow, someway, they must strengthen their defenses. The quest to come will be their riskiest yet as they journey straight into the heart of Fel itself.
Damian Vesik returns in the latest book of the Vesik series! The 19th installment features a standalone story that’s a great jumping on point if you haven’t read Vesik in a while.
A hope lost. A fury reborn. An ancient warrior awakens.
Damian Vesik is back … but his time in the Abyss changed him. As he grapples to understand his oddly fluctuating powers, a call from his trusted mechanic Samir is the last thing he needs. But the strange occurrences at the autobody shop can’t be ignored.
Calling on Nixie—and a rather odd gift from a water witch clan—Damian uncovers a dreadful creature haunting Samir’s shop. Knowing he can’t face a basilisk in his current state, his only option is to seek out Gaia in his quest for answers.
Yet as destruction closes in on St. Louis, the only hope of salvation could be the ghost of an Utukku … one who is downright cranky about being dead.