I’m a novelist and hobbyist from northwest Arkansas. My married name is Fiona Canteberry, but I write and publish under my maiden name, Fiona van Dahl. On IRC, I go by ‘FekketCantenel’. I came up with the name for an elf character when I was a kid. (My best friend/chief beta reader once stopped in the middle of a conversation and asked, “Wait. What can’t Fekket ‘enel’?”)
This site has existed in several incarnations. On a previous host, it was home of the TGSBB, a board for beta-reading one of my first novels, The Golden Sands.
The url comes from a song from Yu Yu Hakusho (‘Homework ga Owaranai’, ‘The Homework Never Ends’), one of my favorite anime of all time. For me, the phrase holds a lot of meaning (I build my life around to-do lists and goals) and irony (I was homeschooled and therefore was never assigned homework).
See the main page for a listing of books I’ve published.
Free Review Copies
If you’d like a free review ebook or audiobook of any of my published novels, I’m flattered, and I’ll be happy to hook you up! And I appreciate everyone who posts reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. See the bottom of this page for ways to contact me.
I’ve been writing fiction since I was small, and have started (and usually completed) many novels. In order to help others understand the vague references I make, and to prove I really have been banging my head against this particular brick wall since I was a kid, I’ll list them here.
- Eden Green (2002), the first novel I ever completed, was about a teenage girl trying to save her aloof brother from a cult led by a voodoo priestess. I haven’t looked at the manuscript in many years, but it’s safe to say it bears very little resemblance to the version I re-wrote from memory many years later.
- Violet Sky (2003), a sequel to Eden Green, in which the titular character (now a member of the cult) attempts to escape from a mental institution; her brother has become a psychiatrist in order to help care for her. I would later borrow some of these tropes for The Golden Sands.
- The Golden Sands (2004), the adventures of Tep, a dark-skinned mage/assassin growing up an orphan among the pale people whose army massacred his people. Also featured are Anan, the young king who must stave off Tep’s misguided assassination attempts; the prostitute Sija, Tep’s best friend; and Raza, Tep’s sometimes-lover, later Anan’s wife. After a lifetime of battles, during which Anan is steadily driven insane, Tep is sealed for four thousand years and awakens in a modern mental hospital. His new goal is to murder Anna, the unsuspecting new vessel of Anan’s soul, and follow her into Hell to save Raza. And that’s the setup.
- The Neon Days (2005-2006), following the life and afterlife of Sija, and Anna’s gradual recovery from her journey through Hell. More is revealed about her own time in a mental hospital, cared for by her uncle Law. Heavily inspired by Jhonen Vasquez’ I Feel Sick.
- The Silicon City (2007-2008), in which Memoriam, an AI meant to mimic Anan’s mannerisms and knowledge runs amok and attempts to attain godhood. Tep, meanwhile, explores a new level of magic that lets him manipulate the fabric of space-time itself, with world-shattering results. Without spoiling anything, the trilogy closes out extremely definitively.
- The Singing Game (later renamed Unstoppable Force) (2009) takes place in a medieval fantasy setting in which a steadily increasing number of random people are born with telepathy and mind control abilities, with inevitable violent results. Two soldiers — T, a woman with no memories, and Tam, a more experienced man who takes her under his wing — work as psychic-exterminators, until T meets a mysterious low-level psychic named Xander with information about an assassination being planned by Illium, the most powerful psychic in the world.
- Immovable Object (2010/2011) follows the continued struggle of psychics versus military, as T and Tam desert and try to deal with the mind-virus in T’s head. Two godlike beings make themselves known: Mover, the immovable object, and Jumper, the unstoppable force. Their battle overshadows the mere human war and has implications on the existence of their entire universe.
- The Golden Sands (2012). I spent some time rewriting the old books as a new series, with some success. Characters changed a bit, but the overall timeline remained the same. However, the project stalled and is now on a back burner until I can justify going back into epic fantasy.
- The Story Behind My Badge and Hansel (later renamed The Story Behind My Eye) (2013) is my big, epic ‘alien invasion’ trilogy (the final volume of which would have been, appropriately, The Story Behind the End), taking place several decades into the future.
- Eden Green (2015), and this is where we catch up to my published works.
- Eternity Wood (2015), a stalled mythic novel outlined while tripping on acid, laying out the history of the needle parasite from Eden Green and the universe from which it emerged. Elements of it will appear in an eventual rewrite.
- New Night (2016), taking place in the aftermath of Eden Green, as everyday people struggle to make sense of this terrifying new world.
Here’s a rough timeline of my planned future projects:
- Eternity Wood, partially a rewrite of the mythic project mentioned above.
- The Story Behind My Badge/My Eye/The End, a rewrite and final completion of the above trilogy about an alien invasion of Earth. Takes place in the same world as Eden Green, but decades later.
- The Sai trilogy/series (The Golden Sands, The Neon Days, The Silicon City, The Pages War, The Bitter Descent, et cetera).
- The Force/Object set.
- The Confluence, an exploration of the closest thing I have to a conspiracy theory about how the world works.
There are several ways to get in touch with me for whatever reason. Please do! I love hearing from people.
This page was created on June 18, 2015, and last modified on September 26, 2016.
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