Just a reminder

Only 5 days to go on the Fireside Magazine Issue 3 Kickstarter, and we still have more than $4,000 left to raise. If you’ve been thinking about throwing in a donation, now’s a really great time to do it! Help support great art, fiction, and fair pay to contributors!

Remember,

Issue Three will include short stories by Daniel Abraham, Elizabeth Bear, and Mary Robinette Kowal, as well as one by Lucas J.W. Johnson… We’ll have a comic written by Rachel Deering and drawn by Christine Larsen. And our artist for the issue is Lisa Grabenstetter.

And if you contribute anything, you get a copy of your very own! Pretty damn exciting, yes?

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Literary influences

Do you remember the first book that really grabbed you? The one that fell apart in your hands from constant rereading and spring-boarded you off into your career as an obsessive lifetime reader? (I’m assuming you’re a reader here, because I most certainly am and who would visit my blog if they’re not like me at least a little? Right?)

Well, mine was A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. I have no idea why my mom decided to bring it home from the library for me that day. To the best of my knowledge, she’s never read it herself (though she can feel free to contradict me if I’m wrong, or fill in the story if she remembers) and it certainly wasn’t a new release in 1992 when I was 7.

But whatever the reason, there it was. And that story, of a young and talented wizard whose life and career nearly end at the hands of his own hubris, really got to me. I remember carrying around laminated bookmarks I’d made myself, painstakingly copying out the poem and runes from the front of the book. I hunted down the trilogy, the copies with my favorite cover art of course (these ones), and still have them on my shelf to this day.

Yet for some reason, I think this might be the first illustration I’ve ever done of Ged.

Ged and Hoeg

(Bigger, better view here)