Thanks, Worldbuilders auction bidders!

Just a quick note to say a hearty thank-you to everyone who bid on my Worldbuilders auction, wherein I offered a critique of up to 25,000 words of fiction. The final bid was $330, all of which goes to Heifer International.

Honestly, it’s stuff like this that makes the author thing worthwhile. I get to read spiffy new fiction, the winning bidder gets some ideas from a published author, and most importantly, folks who really need a hand get a lot of help.

There are still auctions going as we speak, and Pat Rothfuss and others are offering lots of other goodies at the Tinker’s Packs store. So you can still help out and get cool stuff. It’s a win for pretty much everybody.

Again, thanks to the winning bidder and to Worldbuilders. It’s a privilege to be a part of it.


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NFL GeekPicks: Week 12

Well….that was interesting.

Last Sunday was the first time in quite a while where I was able to sit down, crack open a fine craft beer, grab some nachos and actually watch football, as opposed to reading recaps on ESPN the next day on the bus.

And I watched a lot of conventional wisdom explode a la Death Star.

Seriously, who thought Denver would collapse at St. Louis, of all places? A few folks thought the Chiefs would trounce Seattle, but I wasn’t among them, and my faith in a Seahawk return to the playoffs is waning. What happened to the Saints this season? Sheesh. And we all know Washington is bad, but really, we didn’t know it was get-trounced-by-the-Bucs bad.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals are sitting pretty with the league’s best record, and the Patriots, written off weeks ago, are on a rampage. So…well, all right then. I was wrong. I only take solace in the fact that others were just as wrong.

So with my utter wrong-ness in mind, here are this week’s picks. (Winner in italics.)  Continue reading

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Guest Post: Alis Franklin on the misunderstood Loki

We all love us some Loki, amirite? Of course, we have Tom Hiddleston to thank for that, because his Loki — trickster god, son of frost giants, serious daddy issues — is the most well-known of the 21st century. Rightly so, because he absolutely nailed it on screen.

But Alis Franklin, author of Liesmith (out now!), begs to differ with our friend Hiddles and the good folks at Mighty Marvel. She argues that Loki is very much misunderstood, and she ought to know — Liesmith is all about the mythology, along with a good dose of queer urban fantasy besides.

So here’s Alis to tell us why we’re getting Loki all wrong, Hiddles notwithstanding:  Continue reading

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Back to school day, via Skype

This morning I had the pleasure of talking with Scott Reintgen’s class at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, N.C., thanks to the magic of Skype. Though, with the temperatures in the 20s here in Jersey this morning, I would’ve been quite willing to head down there.

We talked writing for a solid 45 minutes, and the students were polite, engaged, smart and pretty darn funny at times. They had excellent questions, including a couple that really got me thinking. I’ll see about posting some of their questions as an Author FAQ in the near future.

So thank you, Mr. Reintgen’s class, for being awesome. It was a blast. And thanks for the group photo, too!


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Bid on my Worldbuilders critique auction; improve your fiction, improve others’ lives

Got a piece of fiction you want critiqued? Like helping the less fortunate? Then it’s time to get clicking, y’all.

As part of the fantastic Worldbuilders charity masterminded by Patrick Rothfuss, I’m auctioning off a critique of the winner’s work, up to 25,000 words. I’ll read it, comment within the text, and also give you a write-up of my overall thoughts. If you have questions, we can iron them out via e-mail afterward. With two published novels under my belt, along with a nice bucket of accolades on each, I’m pretty certain I can give you a good critique.

I did this last year and enjoyed the heck out of it while raising some serious bucks for charity. Last year’s critique winner went on to self-publish his work and thanked me in the acknowledgements, which was mighty kind of him. He also donated $395 for my critique, which was amazing and humbling. (I also did a Tuckerization for The Venusian Gambit last year that garnered another $200, but sadly, I don’t have one to offer this year.)

The bidding on this year’s critique is already up to $102.50, and there’s still more than seven days left to go. Can we top last year’s donation? That would give me a serious case of the warm fuzzies.

As a reminder, Worldbuilders supports Heifer International, which helps families and communities around the world become self-sustaining through the donation of farm animals, seeds and equipment. This is more than just a handout, gang — it’s a very real chance at making permanent, positive change that can last generations. You totally want to support this. I know I do.

So click here and get bidding! Also, be sure to check out the other Worldbuilders auctions as well as Pat Rothfuss’ Tinker’s Packs shop, which also supports Worldbuilders. And my thanks to everyone who already jacked that price up. You’re all good humans.


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Thank you, Mysterious Galaxy!

Just a quick note here to thank the good folks at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego for a great reading the other night. We were small but mighty, and we all had a blast. In fact, their enthusiasm was contagious — so much so I ended up sharing details about the upcoming The Venusian Gambit as well as an inkling of what my next projects might look like. This is what happens when I get over-caffeinated and chatty.

Mysterious Galaxy is really quite a great store for SF/F fans, and if you’re anywhere in southern California, I urge you to check it out. They also have signed (and dated) copies of both my books available in person or for shipping — contact the store for the latter. And you can get your Kobo e-books from them as well.

Many thanks, David and Sam, for being gracious hosts. Enjoy the Fat Tire in good health!


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I’m signing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego tomorrow!

Just a quick reminder: If you’re on the West Coast, I hope you’ll stop by Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego for a reading, Q&A and signing tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. There’s a Facebook event listing as well, so if you’re a Facebook fan, be sure to check it out, “Like” it, repost it…really, whatever you Facebook people do.

I’ll be reading from The Enceladus Crisis and, quite possibly, a bit from The Venusian Gambit. That’ll be the first public reading from Gambit, which isn’t out until May 5. Plus, you can ask questions, hang out, whatever suits your fancy.

See you there! And of course, if you can’t make it, I hope you’ll consider ordering my books or e-books from the folks at MG, because they’re awesome and it’s good karma to support great SF/F stores like this one.


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