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Bid on a signed copy of Daedalus before midnight!

Con Or BustThis is it, people. Your last chance (for now) to own a copy of The Daedalus Incident before it hits shelves May 7.

Click here to bid on a galley copy of Daedalus before 11:59 p.m. EST tonight. Proceeds go to Con or Bust, which helps people of color attend SF/F conventions when they might not otherwise afford the cost. Help fans enjoy the SF/F community, help the community become more diverse and interesting. And get a book. Win-win-win.

Remember, I will personalize your inscription and, possibly, include a doodle of something. Or have my far more talented daughter do it, depending. You will literally be one of the first dozen or so people in the multiverse to read this thing in its near-final form. (This being a galley copy, there are a few copy-edits that haven’t been made.)

To bid, just click on this link and put a bid in the comments section. Be sure to follow the comment thread in case someone bids higher than you. Because bidding wars are fun.

And to everyone that already bid on this and other Con or Bust auctions, thanks for doing a good thing.

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Blogging at the Night Bazaar again

I’m traveling for work this week, but I’m still doing my thing over at the Night Bazaar. This week, they’ve asked us to discuss sexuality in SF/F, and I did my very best to keep it classy. Check it out!

Also, let’s not forget the Con or Bust auction. Click here to bid on a signed galley of The Daedalus Incident. You have until Feb. 24. Proceeds go to helping people of color attend SF/F conventions and enjoy the great community of SF/F fans.

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NaNoWri…wha? NaNoWri..d’oh!

Ever feel like this guy?

That bit about best laid plans seems apt nowadays. I started off NaNoWriMo quite strong, with three straight days of writing, averaging 2,500 words a day. Yeah…then I got an e-mail from my agent.

So, no offense to my fellow NaNos, but the awesomeness that is Sara Megibow takes precedence. I spent Friday and this weekend reviewing my project under submission. Ideas were hatched. Things were done. More things are ongoing. And another ball — or chainsaw, perhaps — was added to the items already in the air.

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In every great story…the bromance

The original bromance, now updated. Watch this series. For real.

First off, hope everyone likes the new visuals here on the blog. If anybody has a line on where I can get some good space and/or tall ship images, let me know in the comments. Heck, if anybody’s a whiz in Photoshop or other graphic design and wants to make a sailing-ships-in-space header for the site…for free…well, OK, I might be asking a lot. Can’t hurt to put it out there.

Now, let’s talk about bromance. Continue reading

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My name is Mike. I wrote a novel. (Hi, Mike.)

Not my book

This is not the book I wrote. Not even close.

If prior postings on this blog seemed rather disjointed and aimless, it’s because…they were. I was writing a book, of course, but it wasn’t something I shared with a lot of people. You see, I’ve been a professional writer my entire adult life, and I know how much effort it takes to complete any given piece of writing, from a 100-word news brief to a full-fledged book. I didn’t want to claim the title of “novelist” until I saw that there was a decent chance of actually becoming one.

Now, of course, I’ve not only written a novel, but I have an agent who, according to her last e-mail, “adores” my manuscript. I’d say she was just being kind, but her enlightened self-interest is working in my favor — she thinks she can sell this puppy and, thus, make money in her own right. To be fair, she really is super nice. You can follow her at @saramegibow on the Twitter thing if you’re so inclined. Continue reading

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A new year’s resolution

With the start of the 21st century’s second decade, I think it’s high time I joined the digerati and created a blog. Well, created a new blog. I’ve tried before, usually with some grandiose theme in mind, and it quickly became more chore than pleasure. I love it when my writing is fun; less so when it becomes too obligatory.

So I hereby resolve, for 2011, to keep up with this blog, but to abandon the pretense of theme or goal, at least for now. I’m going to blog about stuff I like, whether it’s about writing or beer or space sciences. I’m not going to try to be Writerly and Profound with each post. And ideally, I’ll have some fun stuff to share from time to time.

If all goes well, I might even have a chance to explain the URL of this blog. Stay tuned!

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