My writers group cryptopolis finished its critique of the third book in the Gordath Wood series — actually, it’s the first book in a duology, not the conclusion of a trilogy.

So the group got together and created a little surprise for me.


What is the significance of the Golden Chobo, you ask? Well, when you combine a bunch of smart-ass writers and certain fantasy tropes, say, the Golden Child, and a novel with “scary hoboes,” as one member put it, you get the Golden Chobo.

The significance of the crow and the tiara with the word “malcra” on it will be clear when you read the book, and it is one step closer to fruition.

Thanks guys for pertinent, thoughtful critiques, some truly dreadful puns (that would be Fred, who in the picture below is holding a postcard for Space Squid magazine), and good laughs. My books would never be as good as they are without your insightful comments.


NicoleMD · March 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Woot! Great pictures. Looking forward to more Chobo jokes in Book 4.

Patrice Sarath · March 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

with the first book it was horse porn, with this one it was the Golden Chobo. I can’t wait to see what happens with Book 4. That would require me to start writing it.

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