Welcome to The Misenchanted Page, the website of fantasy and science fiction author Lawrence Watt-Evans. There are two versions of much of the site: No Frills and Spiffy. ''No Frills'' means almost no graphics, no frames, etc., and is intended for people with slow connections, visual impairment, or other reasons to keep things extremely simple. I recommend the Spiffy side for ordinary users.
For a quick summary of the latest news about my writing, see below. If you're strictly an Ethshar fan, then you can visit the portion of the Misenchanted Page devoted exclusively to The World of Ethshar. You can leave me a message in the Guestbook, or read a few of my musings in my Weblog. For everything else, choose No Frills or Spiffy
I have just launched my second Kickstarter campaign, to finance publication of Tom Derringer and the Aluminum Airship, my attempt at a "young adult" steampunk novel that turned out to not meet New York's standards for either "young adult" or "steampunk." Check it out.
The current Ethshar serial, Ishta's Companion, is still running, though I don't know for how long. The title in its eventual published form will be Relics of War. The serial will keep the Ishta's Companion name to minimize confusion.
The latest installment is Chapter Twenty-Two. Chapter Twenty-Three is mostly paid for at this point, but still a little short. When I sign the contract with Wildside, the serial stops, whether it's finished or not. I don't know when that will happen -- Wildside and my agent are hashing out the final details.
The final draft runs twenty-four chapters and a two-page epilogue. If the serial gets that far, the epilogue will be included with Chapter Twenty-Four.
An explanation of how the serial works is available.
Not so much writing news as publishing news -- for the first time my one-man publishing company, Misenchanted Press, has published a book I didn't write -- Warp Angel, by Stuart Hopen.
I read the original novel in manuscript, before Tor published it in 1995, and loved it, so when Stuart said the rights were available I couldn't resist. It's a bizarre, wildly inventive novel.
My daughter Kyrith is now doing a webcomic called Misguided Light. Check it out!
I occasionally send out e-mail notices called the Misenchanted Newsletter, updating the latest news on my publications. I've promised these will appear no more than once a week unless there are urgent corrections needed; it usually seems to run once or twice a month when there's no serial in progress, weekly if there are serial updates to report. E-mail me if you'd like to sign up for it.
In addition to the fairly concise reporting of writing news in the regular edition, I also now offer an occasional "chatty version," with more personal commentary, that you can also subscribe to. The chatty version comes out much less often.
If you decide you don't like either one, you can always unsubscribe; I have no interest in antagonizing readers by sending them things they don't want.
If you've signed up for the newsletter and haven't received it, please e-mail me and let me know! Issue #86 went out August 28th.