Tuesday, December 30, 2008
My copies of The Best of Every Day Fiction 2008 just arrived, complete with a Wall Street Journal review saying it's "worth checking out".
Very impressive volume.
I'm sick in bed with bronchitis and fighting with bookmark designs. The good news is that Borders here in Santa Rosa, CA will be poppin' them in SF/F book purchases before the Awesome Lavratt launch there on the 25th.
I can also pass them out at the next Odd Month Reading in Santa Rosa on the 10th. Here's more info on that in case you're local.
Redwood Writers presents
the Odd Month Reading Series...
into the new year!
January 10, 2009 2 - 4 PM
Rincon Valley Library
6959 Montecito Blvd, Santa Rosa
Redwood Writer, Ann Wilkes, will emcee this afternoon of literary delights from Sonoma County authors.
Redwood Writers is one of 17 branches of the California Writers Club, the nation’s oldest professional club for writers, founded in 1909. Its motto is "writers helping writers." 2009 is our centennial year – one hundred hears of literary history.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Favorite SF novel series? ... and randomness
Uplift War, David Brin
Ender's Game(first series), Orson Scott Card
Thursday Next, Jasper Fforde (okay, so it's fantasy...)
Foundation series and Robot series, Isaac Asimov
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, Douglas Adams
Grand Tour of the Universe, Ben Bova
Anyone else want to chime in here?
Awesome Lavratt now has three Amazon reviews to add to those I've had elsewhere.
Just watched Sixth Day again. I think it's almost time to watch The Thirteenth Floor again, too. Hmmm...I detect a pattern here. Perhaps I'm gearing up for another movie that involves only a number? 2012?
The Star Trek preview looks promising, too.
I now have a speaking profile (see link on right near the top). If you need a speaker, let me know.
I spent Christmas in bed with bronchitis. :( It's amazing the amount of email that accumulates in just a couple of days!
Finally, this is too funny not to share. Brought to you from the Brunching Shuttlecocks: The Geek Heirarchy.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Victimized! and Awesome happenings
Well, on a brighter note, the Awesome Lavratt book launch is scheduled for Janurary 25th at Borders in Santa Rosa, CA. I'm also going to be on the radio promoting it on the 7th at 7PM. The radio station is at 91 FM out of Rohnert Park, CA but is also streamed on their website.
I just joined yet another social network. This one is for speakers. And within it is a subgroup of speakers who are writers. And then, since they didn't have one yet, I started a subgroup of Toastmasters. I had a dozen new members overnight. I have mentioned that I'm a networking junkie...
I've also volunteered to speak for the American Cancer Society. Did I mention I also suffer from volunteeritis?
Of course, the problem is that what with the FT job, the book publicity and the holiday preparations, there hasn't been much actually fiction writing of late. >>takes a deep breath<< I have to get better at budgeting what little time I have. I think I may have to blow up the TV. Of course, it's going to become obsolete in less than 60 days anyway...
Friday, December 19, 2008
Awesome Lavratt available now!
Ask for it in your local book store. If you've read it, please give it a review. :)
In bed with a cold...more in a couple days.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Grasping for the Wind's Book Reviewers Linkup Meme
This was posted on Grasping for the Wind: Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Reviews.
Here's the deal:
My list of fantasy and sf book reviewers is woefully out of date. I need your help to fix that. But rather than go through the hassle of having you send me recommendations or sticking them in comments, what you can do is take the following list and stick it on your website, then add yourself to the list, preferably in alphabetical order. That way, I will be able to track it across the web from back links, and can add each new blog to my roll as it comes along. So take this list, add it to your blog, and add a link to your blog on it. If you are already on the list, repost this meme at your blog so others can see it, and find new blogs from the links others put up on their blogs. Everybody wins! Be sure to send the list around to others as well.
7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
A Hoyden's Look at Literature
Adventures in Reading
The Agony Column
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Australia Specfic in Focus
Author 2 Author
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
The Book Bind
The Book Smugglers
The Book Swede
Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Damien G. Walter
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Dave Brendon's Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
The Deckled Edge
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
The Discriminating Fangirl
Dusk Before the Dawn
Enter the Octopus
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin' Blog
Feminist SF - The Blog!
The Foghorn Review
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
The Galaxy Express
The Gamer Rat
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
The Green Man Review
Highlander's Book Reviews
The Hub Magazine
Ink and Keys
Jumpdrives and Cantrips
Lair of the Undead Rat
League of Reluctant Adults
Michele Lee's Book Love
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
My Favourite Books
The New Book Review
OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat's Belfry
Outside of a Dog
Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Reading the Leaves
Realms of Speculative Fiction
Rob's Blog o' Stuff
Robots and Vamps
Sci Fi Wire
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
The Sequential Rat
Severian's Fantastic Worlds
SFF World's Book Reviews
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Speculative Fiction Junkie
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Sporadic Book Reviews
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review
Temple Library Reviews
Tor.com [also a publisher]
The Road Not Taken
Urban Fantasy Land
Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Walker of Worlds
Wands and Worlds
With Intent to Commit Horror
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The World in a Satin Bag
Young Adult Science Fiction
Ann Wilkes' SF Reviews List
Science Fiction and Other ODDysseys
Foreign Language (other than English)
Cititor SF [Romanian, but with English Translation]
Foundation of Krantas [Chinese (traditional)]
The SF Commonwealth Office in Taiwan [Chinese (traditional) with some English essays]
Yenchin's Lair [Chinese (traditional)]
Fernando Trevisan [Brazilian, Portuguese]
Human 2.0 [Brazilian, Portuguese]
Life and Times of a Talkative Bookworm [Brazilian, Porteguese]
pÃ³s-estranho [Brazilian, Portuguese]
Fantasy Seiten [German, Deustche]
Fantasy Buch [German, Deustche]
Literaturschock [German, Deustche]
Welt der fantasy [German, Deustche]
Bibliotheka Phantastika [German, Deustche]
SF Basar [German, Deustche]
Phantastick News [German, Deustche]
X-zine [German, Deustche]
Buchwum [German, Deustche]
Phantastick Couch [German, Deustche]
Wetterspitze [German, Deustche]
Fantasy News [German, Deustche]
Fantasy Faszination [German, Deustche]
Fantasy Guide [German, Deustche]
Zwergen Reich [German, Deustche]
Fiction Fantasy [German, Deustche]
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Being funny on purpose
Anyhow, after taking a few years off, I'm one speech away from my ATM-B certificate. The last project I had to complete was delivering a humorous speech. It's the one I saved for last. I've delivered plenty of humorous speeches. But they didn't have to be funny. Humor wasn't the point...wasn't a mandate.
So, I finally wrote a speech on Saturday. Tossed the whole thing Saturday night and wrote a different one Sunday...for delivery tonight! I'm never at a loss for words in front of a crowd. I'm a ham, in fact. But make me tailor a speech according to rules and make me include this or that and I falter. It's just not my style.
So, I think I've finally got it. Of course, I have to deliver it at a restaurant in a noisy room our group is sharing with another group... But I can't wait.
And the book tours I knew would come are here! I'm planning my first one now. If anyone knows of a venue or an organization that would benefit from a presentation by a SF author, drop me a line. I especially love talking at schools. All contacts welcome (within the Bay Area, though, for now).
The new back cover of Awesome Lavratt is going to be great!
Friday, December 5, 2008
EDF Anthology available - just in time for Christmas...
I'm so excited. So many things getting published and coming out all at the same time.
If you're local, I will be at the Center for Literacy Cafe in Healdsburg, CA next Tuesday reading Awesome Lavratt. I'll also have copies available for sale.
Here's the scoop and address:
DECEMBER CENTER LITERARY CAFÉ ANNOUNCES
An Evening of Community Spirit Performance & Holiday Cookie Exchange
December 9, 2008 7—9 pm Doors open at 6:30
Plan to join us and close out another year of Literary Café
Program: All open mic ◊ Prose, poetry, drama, musical accompaniment ◊
Sign up by telephone, email OR be spontaneous and take your chances for the free slots on the night of the performance
Bring your cheering fans
Five minute maximum…timed by a festivity bell ringer
Attention all Cookie Bakers: bring a plate of holiday cookies to share with Cookie Lovers (or other goodies)
BOOK & CD SALE TABLE FOR AUTHORS
Contact Cynthia Helen firstname.lastname@example.org
Healdsburg Senior Center
133 Matheson Street (first block east of the Plaza)
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This Ain't No Rodeo
My kind of mail!! This came in yesterday's mail. My story, "Bullheaded", is in print. You can get your copy of This Ain't No Rodeo, a collection of bullriding stories, now at Amazon.