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Liesmith, chapter 5.

Alis’s Note
World comes atcha fast, man. So, uh. For those of you looking for things to do during lockdown, a reminder that I have various other books on offer from prices ranging from zero dollars to not-zero dollars!


Five

You’re a filthy traitor and I hate you forever.” Then, because lies always burnt on his tongue, “Or at least until lunchtime.”

“Sorry, man.” Em, apparently, had no such issues with untruths. “But the shrink moved my appointment to Friday. I can’t miss it, so . . . gotta pike on camping. Sorry.”

Sigmund groaned, slumping down across the table. Nine forty-six a.m. and they were at the café across the road from the office, having coffees and skipping work. Sigmund’s favorite pastime.

Em’s favorite, meanwhile, was ruining people’s days.

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2020-03-22T08:34:12+11:0022nd March, 2020|Tags: books, liesmith, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter four.

Alis’s Note
Eep. Late posting but I got distracted with finishing off the Unnatural Order edits… (Also, er. Playing Endless Legend but, ahem… Don’t tell anyone.)


Four

So here’s the deal.

You know what you can get away with doing, being the world’s third richest man? Being CEO of the world’s largest fucking technology company?

Fucking. Anything.

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2020-03-14T11:27:24+11:0014th March, 2020|Tags: books, liesmith, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter three.

Alis’s Note
I always feel like I should write more of an intro to these posts, so… uh. Yeah. Have one! Specifically: Sigyn’s “themesong”, and Lain’s, and Sigmund’s… and Travis’s.


Three

So there’s me, halfway up this hill in the middle of bloody nowhere, trying to wrangle this ancient wheezing ox we’ve got, pulling this enormous wagon.”

Strike one: It wasn’t an ox.

“And you can see what comes next, right?” Lain’s voice, floating over the cubicle partition. “Shitty little gravel path, overburdened cart—”

“Oh, no.” That was Divya, leaning against Sigmund’s desk, listening to Lain’s stories.

“Oh, yes,” Lain said. “And my brother and his mate, charging ahead on their scooters”—strike two: They were not on scooters—“and taunting me all, like, ‘Lain, Lain. Glaciers move faster. We’ll be dead before we get there.’ ” Strike three: They hadn’t called him Lain. “And finally I’m, like, ‘Right. Screw you guys.’ ”

“Uh-oh . . .”

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2020-02-23T08:22:32+11:0023rd February, 2020|Tags: books, liesmith, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter two.

Two

This part I piece together only later, dredged up from the fragments of memories and broken bodies left behind. That means some of it is lies. But, maybe, they’re entertaining lies.

And what are entertaining lies if not a story?

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2020-02-09T09:18:14+11:009th February, 2020|Tags: books, liesmith, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, chapter one.

One

Holy shit, you are such a dork.”

“I know.”

“You were talking to him for like an hour.”

“I was.”

“And you didn’t recognize him.”

“I did not.”

“Holy shit, man.”

“Yeah.”

“Holy motherfucking shit.”

“Yup.”

Once upon a yesterday, there lived a boy called Sigmund.

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2020-01-26T09:02:13+11:0026th January, 2020|Tags: books, liesmith, wyrdverse|

Liesmith, prologue.

Prologue

Everything is true, especially the lies. That’s the trick.

Every tale ever told, every whisper, every song, every single string of words ever uttered by mortal mouths or carved in rocks or scrawled on paper. It’s the ultimate human trait, this endless urge to speak and name and label. To attach sounds to things and meaning to sounds. To make language.

Sometimes, when a sound refers to nothing, something comes in to take its place. Pulled up from the black void behind the world, shaped into form and given story.

This is the thing we call the Wyrd, and it’s the place where gods are born. Well. Gods and monsters, and sometimes the line between the two is thin.

Humans might not believe in the old gods much anymore—they don’t venerate our deeds or perform our bloody rituals—but that doesn’t mean that we’re forgotten. Not with our tales recorded in bestsellers and played out on film and collected in the bits and bytes of libraries that span the globe. That sort of repetition ensures our survival more readily than any sacrifice or prayer, and with less effort on our part, too.

It’s good to be retired, even for a god.

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2020-01-12T12:48:38+11:0012th January, 2020|Tags: books, liesmith, wyrdverse|

Free short fiction.

Well, there’s something to tick off that I’ve had sitting on the todo list for, er, ahem. Years. I have finally compiled a page of my random short fiction. It’s taken me so long to get around to this, mostly because I kept telling myself I was going to To Something with these stories and then… never did. So, failing that, here they are.

Almost everything here counts as backstory to Liesmith, and scratches my Sigyn/Loki OTP itch. In rough chronological order, the stories are:

  • “Fairytale”, Sigyn’s meet cute. Sort of. Also a rewrite of the original introduction to what would eventually become Liesmith (and at the time was called CORNER, because titles, what even are they?), and thus technically the Very First Piece of the Wyrd.
  • “Vartari”, a.k.a. the aftermath of Loki’s lip-stitching incident.
  • “Vow”, in which Sigyn and Loki are obnoxious tourists in the Abbasid Caliphate.
  • “Mothers”, because I can’t get enough of Sigyn and Angrboða (and their kids) conspiring against Ásgarðr.

There are also two contemporary stories:

  • “Blue Sky Mine”, set before Liesmith, and in which Travis is trying to launch a tablet, has an unplanned visit to the Pilbara, and Lain gets named.
  • “Focus Group”, set a little bit after Liesmith, and in which Sigmund learns the secret of LB’s success (and I show I can predict the tech industry).

Of these, “Mothers” and “Blue Sky Mine” are probably my favorites.

Finally, “My friend Vic was a weird kid.” is the non-Wyrdverse story. I went through a phase about a year ago of obsessively reading r/nosleep, and this story was the result. It was originally posted anonymously to that community, but the copy archived here is the slightly edited and cleaned version as opposed to the “I wrote this on my phone in one sitting then posted it straight away” version.

All-in-all, I think that’s something like 20k+ of free words to keep you amused so… enjoy!

2018-11-26T08:17:58+11:0020th July, 2017|Tags: free fiction, liesmith, stormbringer, wyrdverse, xp|

Go ask Alis.

bearkind asked:

Hey Alis! I just found your book Liesmith the other day and as of about an hour ago I have devoured both of your books. I absolutely loved the hel out of them and wanted to let you know you’ve inspired me to start writing. THANK YOU

Aw, thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

And even better, it’s an amazing and humbling thing to be able to inspire art in other people. I wish you all the blessings from the creativity muses going forward! ❤

2019-04-29T11:56:29+10:0028th January, 2017|Tags: go ask alis, liesmith, wyrdverse|

The Wyrdverse glossary.

Confused about the Naglfar? Never quite sure what a goði was?

Then never fear, dear reader! The Wyrdverse Glossary is (finally) here!

The glossary is a list of terms used in the Books of the Wyrd, Liesmith and Stormbringer. It previously appeared at the end of Stormbringer, but now it’s here, for all your delicious internet goodness!

For bonus points, it also features some super-badass illustrations from the mega-talented Neogeen. I will not lie: Neogeen was my number one monster design influence when writing the Books, so it was an amazing experience to work with her to bring characters like Lain and Hrímgrímnir (pictured above, and as seen in Stormbringer) to life.

What are the Books of the Wyrd, you ask? Why, they’re a post-Ragnarøkkr, Norse Mythology-inspired, queer urban fantasy, set in modern-day Australia and featuring more geeky pop-culture references than you can poke a stick at.

Queer? Geeky? Sound like your cup-of-tea-with-Tim-Tam-slams? Then you are in luck, my friend, because the first Book of the Wyrd, Liesmith, is on sale for 99c for a limited time only.

Not sure? Then no worries! Because an opening excerpt is available, as well as an extended outtake of one of the book’s chapters. Still not convinced? Well, here’s the beginning of the second bookStormbringer, while you’re at it.

Seriously, though: Queer. Geeky. Australian. Urban fantasy. Oh, and there are anthropomorphic feathered dinosaurs. I mean, really. What more could you ask for?

So. Liesmith. 99c. Get it. Boom!

Anime ending Lain by Neogeen.

2019-07-31T08:28:41+10:008th December, 2016|Tags: liesmith, neogeen, stormbringer, wyrdverse|