Claim the Future - Deliria, Silver Satyr, Mythpunk, Spice & You

Claim the Future. We do.

Conventional wisdom says this: “Never tell people what you need. Never tell them what you have in mind. Never risk losing by showing your cards at the table.”

Damn conventional wisdom.

Here’s what’s up with the future of Deliria, Mythpunk and Spice.

Having seen the lasting legacy of a certain RPG, my former partners and I decided that Deliria should live again. Bringing that faerie back from near-death, though, would require more than a clapping of hands. It would take time, work, dedication and cash. And like Peter Pan, I need your help.

My partner Sandi/ Damiana calls magic “the art of getting off your ass and making things happen.” Last year, we made magic happen with Ravens in the Library. Funded by pre-orders and made possible by dozens of hard-working people, Ravens sold through six print runs and became a hallmark of micropublishing success. More recently, we've done the same with Arpeggio, the Little Webcomic That Could that's inspired, in part, by a certain bard we all know and love

I’ve written elsewhere about the laborious process involved in quality media publication. Traditionally, that process demanded a large company with deep pockets, wasting phenomenal amounts of resources to score the occasional hit. It no longer has to be that way, though. With high-quality print-to-order technology, web-based distribution, social media, and crowd-funding sponsorship, a small group of people can promote creativity and share it with a world-wide audience. 

This isn’t “the wave of the future” – it’s the magic of NOW.

We’ve done it before. We want to keep doing it. And we want to share that magic with you.

A few months back, we decided to create a gaming imprint – Silver Satyr Studios – to release new Deliria material. The long-limbo’d supplement Goblin Markets – The Glitter Trade will be our debut release. Other proposed projects include Powerchords, Roses & Thorns, several sets of Urban Fantasy Character Cards, Deliria: Street Theatre Faerie Tales, a new and pocket-sized Compact System rulebook, and perhaps even a new edition of Deliria itself.

Meanwhile, our fiction imprint, Quiet Thunder Productions, is producing two anthologies: Mythpunk: Rich & Strange and Spice: Tales to Make Your Toes Curl. Several other books are on the drawing board. Following the Ravens in the Library tradition, these books offer top-shelf fantasy fiction that dares to respect its audience. Cat Valente, Seanan McGuire, Storm Constantine, Angel Leigh McCoy, Amal El-Mohtar, Erzebet Yellowboy... these authors, and others, are already involved with Spice and Mythpunk.

Did I mention that every contributor is getting paid? And retains the rights to his or her work?

This isn't about individual books. It's about reinventing the ways books get made.

So yeah – that’s what we’re doing. Here’s what we need.


We need folks who can spread the word. Make connections. Toss in whatever they can afford (which we know is often very little) to help us pay our people, print our books, pay the many bills that comes with publishing, and make a little bit for ourselves in the bargain.

Here’s what we give our sponsors.

Occasional creative input. Eternal thanks. Frequent goodies. The chance to make things happen, and a hands-on role in the creative process.

Where traditional publishing relegates its supporters to perpetual consumers, and keeps most of the profits at the expense of its creative artists, we share the magic. Folks who’ve worked with us before – who’ve packed boxes, written stories, performed readings, illustrated books and so forth – know how sick we are of “conventional wisdom” and way in which it treats both artists and audience. All of us – Sandi, Sherry Baker, Bryan Syme, Sooj and myself, among others – work hard at slow yet steady paces to bring our work to life. 

We can’t do it alone. But we share the glory, too.

This is the revolution. The proof that conventional wisdom is wrong. As big-box media eats itself alive, the future of creativity comes not from the Next Big Thing™-comma-dammit shoveled through some corporate titan, but from people like you and us. People committing tiny acts of daily magic.

Right now, the future of Deliria looks like two books called Powerchords and Goblin Markets. We need to see whether there’s enough audience enthusiasm to support the hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars required to craft such books.

Obviously, we believe there is.

We believe in Quiet Thunder and Silver Satyr. And we have proof that we’re correct.

Are you with us? 

Thanks for whatever you can offer.

Together, let’s make things happen.

Magic's just the beginning of what we all can do. 
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Tell Stories

My Author Page on Facebook

Hello, folks.

I now have an official author page on Facebook: SatyrPhil Brucato - Author

(url is:!/group.php?gid=126494504028229&ref=ts)

On that page, I'll be posting information about my publications, interviews, projects and other related news. I'll probably also cross-post certain essays there, and collect and re-post older essays of mine there as well.

Come join us there. I have a pile of projects appearing these days, and that page will feature the latest news.


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NANOWRIMO, Deliria & You

Hi, folks!

So, I've had several requests to "sponsor" a NANOWRIMO project based around my book Deliria: Tales for a New Millennium and its follow-up Everyday Heroes: Adventures for the Rest of Us.

Well, I'm not sure "sponsor" is the right word. Frankly, I'm a full-time writer doing the stavring artist tango at the moment, so there's not much I can offer beyond encouragement, endorsements and maybe an offer to read over the results (MAYBE...) when November is done.

What I can offer, though, is a ready-made setting filled with characters, plot threads and settings both mundane and magical.

So here's the deal:

To anyone who wants to write a NANOWRIMO entry based in the world of Deliria, I say "Go for it." Have fun. I'm doing it myself, and I'd love to hear what the rest of you come up with.

Such novels would essentially be considered fanfic - that is, works based on an existing property. In my case, though, I am encouraging you to write such books. Although they wouldn't be "canon," I'd love to see Deliria live on!

In terms of rights, I just request that all settings, characters, plots and entities that come from the two existing Deliria books (or from the currently unpublished one, iin case someone who worked on Goblin Markets wants to run with the stuff they created for that book) be credited as follows:

"Inspired by Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millennium and its subsequent works, originally authored by Phil Brucato* and copyright(c) 2003. All rights to the characters, settings or concepts derived from that book remain reserved by the original author."

If by some chance you sell a novel written under this arrangement, you agree to pay a royalty of 10% of whatever you make from the sale to me and my former partners Matt Wood and Kevin DiVico. (If such a sale occurs, we can discuss the details later.)

Please feel free to brainstorm here on the site. I'd love to hear about what y'all create, even if the results never leave your hard drive.

So, yeah - go for it! Good luck, and have fun!


* - As well as the names of any additional authors who wrote sections in Everyday Heroes or Goblin Markets; if you have questions about who created what, ask me about it.

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Ravens in the Library: An All-Star Benefit Collection

Ravens in the Library - Add to Cart
Featuring Tales by:
Ari Berk
Francesca Lia Block
Phil Brucato
Sam Chupp
Storm Constantine
Charles de Lint
Jaymi Elford
Neil Gaiman
Alexandra Honigsberg
Elizabeth Jordan Leggett
Shira Lipkin
Angel Leigh McCoy
Seanan McGuire
Kris Millering and Storm Wilder
Mia Nutick
S.J. Tucker
Carrie Vaughn
Catherynne M. Valente
Terri Windling

and others...

With Illustrations by:
Amy Brown
James A. Owen
Brian Syme

and others...

Edited by:
Phil Brucato
& Sandra Buskirk

Graphic Design by:
Sherry Lynne Baker
The Ravens in the Library Project, in connection with
"A Healthy Dose of Sooj"
and "Save Our Sooj" presents


A Limited Edition Collection of Stories and Art dedicated to the health of S.J. Tucker

This special VERY limited edition has been compiled to defray the medical expenses and recovery of musician S.J. Tucker.

The collection will NOT be released in stores! It will be available only as long as those expenses remain unresolved. After that, RAVENS IN THE LIBRARY will disappear.

Order your advance copy today... Before they fly away forever!

Add to Cart$25.00 includes shipping & handling
within the continental United States

Anticipated Release Date*: Feb. 22, 2009
Trade Paperback format
Color covers, B&W interiors
Self-Published by The Ravens in the Library Project

With Heartfelt Thanks to Ellen Datlow and all contributors.

* - barring delays in printing or production.

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Please Save Wikipedia Entries for Sooj and I?

First of all , thank you SO much to everyone who's been posting to cheer me up. I will answer each one of you personally, but have been preoccupied these last few days.

Newest entry on the string of Satyrish frustrations comes by way of an eager-beaver Wikipedia editor, who has apparently decided that the Wikipedia entries for Sooj and Phil Brucato need speedy deletion.

According to the deletion comment on Phil Brucato, my entry - which was not self-written - "reads like a self-written hagiography." Nice.

I have no idea why Sooj's is being placed on the chopping block again. The comment about it is maddeningly vague.

Could somebody please protest these deletions and edit the articles? Give support from outside periodicals, cite interviews, or whatever? For obvious reasons, I can't - and shouldn't - do it myself, nor can Dami (my Wikipedia editing account is linked to the computer we share). My Wikipedia article is referenced on my resume and writing credits, and its deletion would be embarrassing.

Oh, and the deletion is set to occur in three days - Sept. 9.

If you're a fan of our work, or just someone who thinks that Wikipedia is getting oddly cut-happy (what with the constant threats to remove s00j's entry, and the removal of the "Wendy Trilogy" reference from "Peter Pan in Popular Culture"), please protest these proposed deletions and edit the articles to conform to Wikipedia's editorial standards.

Grrrrr... this week continues to grow more irritating.

Thank you, everyone.

And thank you, aztecconsulting, for bringing this to my attention.

Now we're gonna go fly a kite with[info]nixve

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We're on our way down to FaerieWorlds this afternoon, once I finish teaching today's class. Hope to see ya there! 

Oh, and we'll have copies of all of
Wendy Rule's hard-to-find albums for sale at the Tricky Pixie table, as well as tickets for the upcoming gig we're sponsoring for those two artists on Sept. 12 at the Little Red Studio

Come forth, ye Fair Folk, and dance yer little hearts out! We will! :)

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Green Man in the room...
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Getting the game on...(grins) the spirit of getting things more looks like at least one possible game has been inspired by the last post.

===Anyone out there considering starting a game, or is looking for one in their area? I may be running one in the Washington DC area (I live in Rockville). I have been meaning to start one. If I do, it will not be until mid-January.
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Help out my Brother

On October 4th, my older brother Rem was riding his motorcycle, 1980 Harley FLH bobber, down High Street here in Columbus. If your not familiar, High St is one of the two busiest streets in Columbus, it runs North South right by OSU Campus.
Anyhow, some dumb whore thought it would be a wise idea to not look before she opened her fucking driver side door. My brother Rem now has a steel plate in his foot, and three steel rods in his toes. Insurance has taken care of some of the bills, but for everything he needs.......... the numbers are really scary, and he makes Pizzas, and is looking at being out of work somewhere between 6 weeks and 6 months depending on the surgeries yet to come.
Both he and I have no problem admitting to be pretty simple guys honestly, but I can honestly say that without him in my life none of you would know me now.
If you can spare some cash to help him out, I have created a PayPal account for him,

Please.... if anyone can help, he more than anyone deserves it, even if it is only a dollar.

JT Whitney
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Seeking Novel Sponsors

Good morning, everyone!

I've often said that the reason I had not yet finished a novel was that no one was paying my rent while I wrote one. Well, yesterday, the beautiful, beloved daimiana_swan offered to help do just that. She has become an official sponsor for my novel Rosefox & Flame. And that has been all the incentive I needed to jump back into that project full-time.

Now I'm committed to writing a minimum word-count per week, with a goal of finishing at least a first draft of the book by November; at the point, I may take on my second novel, Lady Vagabond as a Nanorimo project. Two novels in two months? A challenge - but then, I like challenges, and work well when I have set deadlines and a definite paycheck attached. That, honestly, is why I've continued doing RPG and journalism work - I know when it's due, what it involves, and what I'll get paid for doing it. So yes - damiana is helping me finally write a novel or two by giving me the paycheck and structure I need to do so.

Can anyone else out there help her help me?

What I'm Doing

Starting today, I'll be offering sponsorships for my novels Rosefox & Flame and Lady Vagabond. All donations from $10 upward are welcome.

* Rosefox & Flame is a high fantasy romance set in the realm of Coldhaven. Following the adventures of a traveling player and a courtesan, the tale weaves between the rich chambers of House D'Olamare to the thick forests of the Eiderwald.

* Lady Vagabond is a magical realism novel set in the modern world. A young woman receives a wake-up call from a mysterious weirdo who seems to know far too much about her...

Each week, I'll post an excerpt from the book-in-progress up here. I'll also keep a word-count meter running, and make frequent updates about the progress on the book. Sponsors can contribute at any point from now until the end of the project in question.
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I'm deeply excited by all this. In July, Ari Berk and Holly and Theo Black entreated me to finish a novel. Most of you have at one point or another asked, "When are you gonna stop writing games and start publishing novels?" Now I can do that.

And I will.

The adventure begins today.

Wanna come along?
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