January 2022 Urban Fantasy Author Update

It’s a new year, so I guess it’s time for another urban fantasy author update…

What I’m Reading

break from writing memeFiction-wise I’ve been looking for a decent cultivation fantasy novel, just to check out what that sub-genre has to offer. To that end, I picked up Tao Wong’s first A Thousand Li novel, and the first book in Sarah Lin’s Street Cultivation series. I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve spent some time with those stories.

Besides that, I’m reading various non-fiction titles in the self-publishing and writing niches. January is always when I examine what I’ve been doing so I can evaluate what’s working and what isn’t. Right now I’m working on streamlining my systems so I don’t end up spending 12 and 14-hour days finishing novels.

What I’m Watching

I spent a lot of time laying around over the holidays, recovering from surgery and from the plague. I finished the following streaming series during that time:

The Witcher S2 (★ ★ ★ ★ ☆) – After watching the second season, I can see why fans of the novels were so upset. No spoilers, but they did kill off a major supporting character in a rather unceremonious fashion (after writing the character poorly, no less). As well, the storyline took a sharp left turn from the novels. That said, judged on its merits as a standalone TV series I enjoyed it, even though the storytelling wasn’t as deep as it was in the first season.

The Wheel of Time (★ ★ ★ ★ ☆) – I have to say, this series grew on me over the course of the first season. TBH, I ended the final episode wishing the season were longer. I thought they rushed the timeline quite a bit, and the character development wasn’t quite there, but it had its moments.

Here are some other streaming series I’m watching or that I started and DNF’d:

The Expanse S6 (★ ★ ★ ★ ★) – This series never fails to delight. The writers do an excellent job of maintaining tension and throwing the characters into new situations. As well, the characters have real motivations that are consistent and that make them seem very much like three-dimensional people. Can’t wait to see where this season takes the crew of the Rocinante.

Hellbound (★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆) – I couldn’t get into it and I fail to see what all the fuss is about. The CGI is awful, and the characters are entirely unlikable. Hard pass.

The Silent Sea (too early to rate) – I watched the first episode and was intrigued. Will def return to it when I have the time.

Oh, and I also managed to catch Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home at the theater over the holidays. I didn’t think Eternals deserved all the hate it received. It wasn’t a perfect superhero movie, but it was better than the Loki series, that’s for damned sure.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was nothing more than two hours of fan service. Add to that the performances of McKenna Grace & Paul Rudd sprinkled with a liberal dose of 80s nostalgia, and what’s not to love?

As for No Way Home, it won my vote on two fronts. First, by finally introducing the MCU Peter Parker to some real tragedy. And second, by reconciling the first two Spider-Man franchises with the current incarnation.

Also, can I just say that Andrew Garfield is my favorite Hollywood Spidey? I know that’s not a popular opinion, but IMO he was the best balance of Parker and Spider-Man. And hell, he should get an Oscar just for his interview performances over the past year.

What I’m Playing

My wonderful wife somehow managed to purchase a PS5 for me (and hide it from me until Christmas, no less). Since PS5 game offerings are still a relatively shallow pool, I’ve been revisiting PS4 titles, especially Cyberpunk: 2077 (I enjoyed it the first time around, despite its many flaws).

Are the graphics amazing on the new Playstation? Yep.

Does it overheat like a mother-trucker? Absolutely. I’ve already had to replace the stock fan, and I had to add an aftermarket triple cooling fan to the back panel.

Word is, Sony reduced the size of the liquid metal heat sink due to supply chain issues. Big mistake. I think that decision is going to come back and bite them, but at least I finally got the overheating issues under control.

Sony, you owe me sixty bucks.

What I’m Writing

After a forced break due to eye surgery (no staring at screens) and the plague (who wants to write when you’re suffering from that mess?), I’m happily back at my writing desk.

Currently, I’m deep into writing Crowley’s third novel, Shade War. The story is shaping up, but it’s still too early to give you an ETA on the novel.

Once I finish Crowley’s trilogy I’m jumping straight into Druid’s Bane. Both these books are going to be a wild ride, so stay tuned.

11 Comments

  1. Thomas klasson on January 14, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Love your books, sadly Nextory didnt have all of Them or the Trickster seriers so i hade to buy it in book form instead xD
    /Love from Sweden

    • M.D. Massey on January 16, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Thomas. I’ll work on uploading the latest audiobooks to other platforms soon.

  2. Pete on January 14, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Looking forward to your new books. Work harder!

  3. Bob Davis on March 11, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Just discovered you, and I am so glad I did. I was floundering in the sci-fi fantasy realm with what felt like I was reading the same story with different characters from different authors. I’ve read everything now except the novellas and “Them” series, and I am burning through them at one book every two or three days.
    I am very excited for shade and trickster series to continue. Thank you for such refreshing stories !

    • M.D. Massey on April 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Bob! You’ll be happy to hear that I’m working on the third Trickster novel now, then I’m going to start another spin-off series and bounce back and forth between that series and Colin’s books. So, there’s plenty more to come!

  4. Darren on April 9, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Just finished up book 2 if the trickster series after cramming the 3 junkyard druid quadrology’s in march. Have to say i really enjoy the character progression and as a Brit some of the self depreciating sarcasm hits the spot too. All in all its a very nice universe (and beyond) to add to some of the others I read, many thanks.

    • M.D. Massey on April 19, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks, Darren! I’m working hard on Druid’s Bane. Hopefully I’ll announce the ETA for it soon.

  5. Rick on April 18, 2022 at 8:22 am

    I love you books that being said I am an auditory learner so I have to purchase your audio books and I love all your books and revolve Colin so far I’m even going to buy Crowley trilogy but there is a major discrepancy between the first book set and then toward the last the book set where Stephen Barnett says certain words that he said that throw me off every time he says the word dagda pronunciation of the word has changed and it throws everyone off and it’s irritating I’m kind of wondering is there a purpose for this change in the pronunciation or is it just something that was not meant be in the first place as a person who has auditorial sensory displacement when I’m used to a word in the lot of people that are like this are used to a word and then the word changes just out of the blue don’t get me wrong he’s a great narrator love how he brings Collin to Life and the others to life but it’s just those few couple words he says that really just strikes a nerve

    • M.D. Massey on April 19, 2022 at 5:41 pm

      I think it’s because his pronunciation improved over time. Glad to know you’re enjoying the books, and thanks so much for supporting my work!

      • Lecia Trevino on April 25, 2022 at 2:19 pm

        The pronunciations of your narrator Have overall improved over the series/s. That said, I cannot believe that you let him get away with some of the Texan mispronounciations, let alone the changes from book to book on the Gaelic…
        I love your world building, but this does throw me out of it, often

        • M.D. Massey on April 27, 2022 at 8:30 am

          Thanks for your comments, Lecia. Narration is perhaps the largest expense I have as an independent publisher, outside of advertisement. At the time we started putting these books on audio, I got the best narrator I could find, and Steven’s voice fit the character very well indeed. That said, I knew there would be compromises, but I also knew that Steven would improve as time went on. And has he! So, you’ll have to forgive the errors in pronunciation in the earlier audiobooks. I can assure you, his pronunciation of Gaelic beats mine, hands down.

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