Monday, February 27, 2012

Project Spotlight: 12 for '12 by Matt Forbeck

I think we all can agree that November is a pretty great month.  It's smack in the middle of autumn, Christmas is right around the corner, you get to eat some great food at Thanksgiving, there's apparently a King Tut Day.  All good things.

For writers, November holds an additional importance in that it's National Novel Writing Month, affectionately abbreviated NaNoWriMo.  The goal is to complete a full-length, 50,000 word novel over the course of the month.  It's a great exercise to get writers to hunker down and hammer out that book that's been sitting on their harddrive or in their mind.  It's also incredibly challenging to dedicate yourself to meeting that deadline.

If writing one book in one month is a challenge, Matt Forbeck's 12 for '12, in which he attempts to write twelve novels over the course of the year, is a feat of Herculean proportion.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Forbeck is writing and releasing twelve books.  The first trilogy, a superpowered dystopia entitled Brave New World, was successfully funded through Kickstarter.  That said, Forbeck is now working on getting the second trilogy, Shotguns & Sorcery, underway.

Want to know what you're getting into before you back the project?  Forbeck is an established writer and has plenty of published works available for purchase in hard copy and eBook format.  Even better, he's released "Goblintown Justice", a short story set in the Shotguns & Sorcery world to give you an early taste of the trilogy.  You can download it in multiple formats from his site.

As you might guess from the title, this next trilogy is set in a fantasy world.  "Goblintown Justice" is a fast-paced and entertaining read.  Its world-weary, no-nonsense hero, contemporary language, and mix of magic and modern weapons (such as - you guessed it - shotguns) will remind the reader of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files.  Forbeck's short story doesn't reinvent any genres but it knows what it wants to do and does it very well.  The fictional world is well-realized and the characters are full of personality, impressive for such a short work.

The 12 for '12 experiment still has a long way to go.  If Forbeck can pull it off, it will be impressive.  If the whole thing can be as strong as "Goblintown Justice," it will be magic.

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