A year or two back, I got really bored while waiting for an edit to come through, so I wandered into Bast’s room, found one of his stuffed toys – and created the dancing phenomenon that IS……Disco Dawg.
Lifestyle musings of a 35 year old guy
December 17, 2013
Blogging, Uncategorized Black Library, Citadel Journal, Citadel Miniatures, Fighting Fantasy, Game Workshop, Games Workshop, Halfling, Halfling Sourcebook, Halflings, Ian Livingstone, Inferno, Inferno Magazine, Interzone, Nottingham, Old World, Science fiction, Steve Jackson & Ian Livingstone, Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone, Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Armies, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer Fiction, Warhammer World, White Dwarf, White Dwarf Magazine Leave a comment
When I was a teenager, getting published was nowhere near as easy as it is today. I don’t mean to belittle the small, self-publishing or independent presses out there, but back in the eighties (and even the early to mid nineties) putting out your own stuff or getting someone with a local printing company to do so just seemed completely pointless. Every writer wants people to actually read their work, preferably hundreds or thousands of people (if they’re telling the truth).
I guess you had more of a market if you wrote contemporary or romantic fiction, but I wrote fantasy short stories….and the market for that was practically non-existent. If you wrote SF, you could try your luck at getting into Interzone (which was rumoured to have a subscriber base of over 2,000 and a circulation of around 10,000 in the UK), but for fantasy the markets were few and far between.
The obvious place to head was Games Workshop in Nottingham. Although their magazine White Dwarf had been converted into a catalogue for the increasingly lucrative products manufactured by Citadel Miniatures, there was still home for the occasional piece of fiction or ‘colour text’ set in the ‘Old World‘ of Warhammer. They put out a semi-regular magazine called The Citadel Journal (this was in the days before they decided to give short stories their own home with Inferno!), and I decided to start submitting to that.
My first acceptance was a detailed timeline and history of the halfling people, detailing a 700 year fictional history for the village of Stillwater and its hobbit-like inhabitants. When you wrote such a piece for Games Workshop (back then, at least) you had to wait for the company to find you an opening, so my piece eventually appeared when staff writer Wayne Oldfield did a piece on halfling armies (printed below). I was ridiculously proud when it came out, not least because there was genuinely nothing more exciting than getting an official publication inside your own hobby. Words really couldn’t describe it.
I have the folks at http://www.scribd.com/doc/82631909/Warhammer-Halflings to thank for the images below, and also for using my various contributions in the Warhammer Armies Halfling source book that followed: I’m glad I helped to shape a history for my favourite race in Games Workshop’s awesomely detailed world.
December 16, 2013
Blogging, Uncategorized Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Davey Swag, David Grimstone, David Lee Stone, Discworld, Doom, Germany, Gladiator Boy, Hodder Headline, Illmoor, Illmoor Chronicles, Itunes, Open Road, Open Road Integrated Media, Paperback, Penguin Books, Publishing, Rotterly Ghoulstone, Terry Pratchett, The Illmoor Chronicles, The Illmoor Chronicles USA, Undead Ed, United States, Youtube Leave a comment
First of all, a huge thank you to all the people who have been reading and following my blog and Youtube channels. We’ve now passed 5,000 views on blokecalleddave and a further 20,000 on Youtube. This makes all the effort to constantly write, perform or promote my work worthwhile.
I’m increasingly becoming less active in the world of publishing, so it comes as no small surprise to me that 2014 will be my busiest year ever. This was all announced very recently, so I’m juggling with the mammoth task of laying it all out just so I know who is doing what, and when. So here is the David Lee Stone / David Grimstone schedule for 2014. As always, a million thanks to all the hardworking folks at Penguin Books, Hodder Headline and Open Road Media for editing, publishing and marketing all my books. Love and light, people.
The return of The Illmoor Chronicles USA (still the series I’m most proud of). All six books will be published in the USA by Open Road Integrated Media, with an option for more titles in the series if the relaunch is successful. I’m extremely excited about this, not least because I’ve already started work on Illmoor 7…and would love to see it released! Format: ebook with paperback option. Available from Open Road, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Itunes.
The return of The Illmoor Chronicles UK, this time handled by Hodder Headline. The publisher will release all six books via Amazon, WHSmith Online and their own website at Hodder Children’s Books. Format: ebook.
Gladiator Boy collections 1, 2 & 3 to be published and flooded into the UK bookshops by Hodder. These new editions will be over 300 pages long, with puzzles and challenges to accompany the stories. Format: paperback. Available: all UK bookshops.
Gladiator Boy collections 5 & 6 to be published. Format: paperback. Available: all UK bookshops.
Undead Ed 3 published in hardback by Penguin USA. A title change (Undead Ed and the Fingers of Doom) has been announced. Format: hardback. Available: all USA bookshops.
18 books in two countries: not bad!
Looking Ahead – 2015
Baumhaus Verlag in Germany have announced that they will publish the Undead Ed series in 2015. This makes me very happy, as I’ve been published in just about every country on the planet except Germany!
December 14, 2013
Uncategorized Arnie, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Babies, Baby, Daddy Day Care, funny, funny videos, funny youtube videos, Kid, kids, Parent, parenthood, Parents, schwarzenegger, Total Recall Leave a comment
My version of Total Recall. Many thanks to my beautiful daughter Evie for playing Kuato.
December 13, 2013
Uncategorized animal, animals, blokecalleddave, David Grimstone, david grimstone youtube, Dog, Dogs, funny animal, funny animals, funny pet, funny pets, funny video, funny videos, funny youtube video, funny youtube videos, jake, pet, pets, Youtube, youtube video, youtube videos Leave a comment
I shot this video a few years back, just before the birth of my daughter. I had quite a lot of bad feedback from it, presumably because a few crazy people out there actually thought I was SERIOUS!?!!?
Note: the above clip is intended as a JOKE – I am not about to put my dog outside on Christmas Eve.
December 12, 2013
People constantly tell me that I’m exploiting Jake: well, I just asked him if he felt exploited….and you know what he said? Nothing: not a single word. So I’m guessing he’s just fine. Happy Xmas, humanoids!