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Shameless Self-Promotion, Post #582

At least it feels that way sometimes. On one hand, I feel pretty fortunate that I have stories to promote. On the other hand, it’s easy to tell myself that no one–even loyal blog readers such as yourselves–really care that I have anything coming out, anyway. On the other other hand, well, I can’t get faithful readers if I don’t tell people my stuff exists. So. Without further ado:

1. Chicks Dig Gaming is a non-fiction book filled with essays written by women about … you guessed it … gaming. Jaleigh has an essay in this, too, so you should buy two copies. Or something. It comes out in November but is available for pre-order now.

2.  The Bard’s Tale is an anthology-slash-cookbook about … you guessed it … bard’s tales. The stories are either told by bards or feature bards as characters. Each story is illustrated and is accompanied by a recipe. I think it’s pretty cool, and I’m excited to be a part of it. The kickstarter runs through October 21st, but don’t wait! Five bucks gets you the ebook.

 

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Travel recap

I’m back from Seattle and Philadelphia, and to sum up: Seattle was beautiful and sunny and fifty degrees and the food omg the FOOD!  Philadelphia was snow-covered and majestic and FREE BOOKS everywhere and yet so cold that I thought I was going to die.  Seriously, I’m tired of winter taking a little of the fun out of everything.

I met so many wonderful librarians and booksellers, and I found the World of Warcraft players and AD&D Second Edition fans among them.  Really, there are few things more satisfying than confessing that you’re a gamer to a room full of strangers and then watching to see which ones light up and nod knowingly.

I also got to read an advance copy of E. Lockhart’s upcoming WE WERE LIARS after a dinner event we did together in Seattle.  Great read, and writers especially should take note of this book.  There’s a lot you can learn about structure and pacing.  I read it through once, then went back and broke the plot down to see how Lockhart constructed her story.  Elegant, well-planned, and she makes it look easy.  It’s not.  Look for WE WERE LIARS on May 13, 2014.

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Full circle

I’ve been going through a lot of old photos lately while putting together a presentation for my upcoming school visits for THE MARK OF THE DRAGONFLY.  It’s going to take time, but it’s been an interesting experience already.  Heck, reliving my hairdo throughout the 90s has been worth a chuckle or two.  Fireball red, really?  Why did I ever think that was a good idea?

One picture in particular caught my attention.  It’s from my first  trip to Gen Con, back in 1995.  I was 16 years old, attending my first  author signing at a convention.  My brother snapped the picture while Ed Greenwood signed my copy of REALMS OF VALOR.  It’s not a great picture.  You can really only see the back of my head and Ed’s beard, but oh, the feelings that picture brought up, especially when you consider that 13 years later we’d be doing an author signing together at the same convention.  I have pictures of that too, which I think will make nice bookends for the presentation.  That 16-year-old kid in that first picture had no idea where she was going, but the place she ended up was pretty great.

And to answer the obvious question, “why don’t I post the photos?”  It’s not what you’re thinking. It’s not the hair.  Truth is, I just don’t have my new scanner hooked up yet, which again proves that I still have a lot of stuff to work on and figure out.

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Cover art, geeks, and Red Aegis

This week I have three cool things to talk about.  The first is just a short note to say that I have seen the cover  for The Mark of the Dragonfly, and I hope to be able to share it soon.  Oh, and the release date on Amazon now says March 25th, 2014, so update accordingly, heh.

Second thing: this week I read Wil Wheaton’s book Just a Geek and loved it.  A lot of funny, poignant stories, beautifully written.  I also wasn’t expecting it to be a book for writers, but it is, and I’d recommend it for that reason alone, but it’s just an all around great read.

Third thing is a Kickstarter being run by Vorpal Games for the Red Aegis Roleplaying Game.  I’ll say up front that several of my friends and acquaintances are involved in this project, so I’m hopelessly biased here, but seriously, if you’re a fan of RPGs, you should check out this project.  Quoting the description on the Kickstarter page, “RED AEGIS is an epic, millennia-spanning, strategic roleplaying game where you claim your birthright, rally loyal followers to your cause, and forge a dynasty to stand the test of time.”  It gets more intriguing, though, as you will also “command successive generations of heroes from the setting’s ancient past to the far future.”  How cool is that?  I think they had me at that line, to be honest.

Anyway, I’m backing Red Aegis, and I encourage you to check it out, and while you’re doing so, scan the list of names involved in the project.  I think you’ll see some familiar and famous names in the RPG world.

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Blatant promotion

So my niece recently graduated with a degree in English with a Publishing Emphasis. She’s made a blog for writers, editors, and book lovers: The Rewrite Woman. She just started it, so it’s a bit bare-bones, but I anticipate she’ll fill it up with lots of wordy goodness.

As long as we’re promoting, now is as good of time as any to mention that I’ve got a story out in Sidekicks, available now.

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