We Con the World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOGG_osOoVg&feature=player_embedded

It’s okay now though, because the news has explained to us that the problem isn’t that the IDF shot the guys that were stabbing them with knives and hitting them with pipes, the problem is because they responded with “disproportionate” force.  Which is ironic, because that’s the exact same word that Felipe Calderone used to describe the horrors of one of our Border Patrol shooting a Mexican drug trafficer that was about to brain said agent with a rock.

I’ll be a special guest at StellerCon 35 in North Carolina

I’ve just been invited to be a special guest at StellerCon 35 in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 2011.  Todd McAffery is the guest of honor. I’ve not read anything from the Pern novels, but my wife is a huge fan, as is my mother-in-law.  I’ve been sworn to bring back many autographs.  Larry Elmore is the artist guest of honor, and I’ve been a fan of his since I had Dragonlance calenders on my walls during my teenage years.

I’ve never been to North Carolina before. This should be fun.

If you like B-Movies, you need this book

http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Age-Crap-B-Movies-Glory/dp/1452822204/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275944837&sr=8-1   The Golden Age of Crap, by Nathan Shumate.

I first met Nathan when we were on a panel about B-movies together at a Con. Now my regular readers know that I know B-movies, but I stood in awe of Nathan’s encyclopedic knowledge of crappy cinema. The man is amazing; like a walking catalog of movies about chainsaw cannibals, monster fish, and space aliens made out of trashbags.  He asked me if I would be one of his cover blurbs for his upcoming book, and after reading the early copy, I was happy to do so.  

I reread the final hardcopy this week. Golden Age of Crap is a remarkable look at a host of movies, some good, some bad, and some head-’splodingly awful.  Nathan’s reviews are snarky, funny, and always spot on.  He even reviewed bad movies that I had never heard of, and that is really saying something. 

GAoC is a great read. You should go check it out.

New MHI Patches for Sale!

Team Haven

Utah County – And this one looks better in real life than in the picture. It got kinda squished in this one. It is actually the same size/shape/color as the original MHI patch.

These patches are $5 each. (that covers shipping too).  The Buy Stuff tab has information about everything else I’ve got for sale if you want to stick these with something else. My Paypal is slg2qcorreia@yahoo.com that’s an L not an I in the first part. If you dont’ like Paypal (understandable), e-mail me and I’ll send you a mailing address. If you are international and you are just getting patches, stick another buck on there, since contacting the post office about shipping rates to every single country on Earth is time consuming. :)

New patches are here!

I just got the Utah County MHI patches and Team Haven MHI patches.  I’ll get pictures up as soon as I can!  They look awesome. Yay!

I’ll be selling these soon. I’m going to have to bump them up to $5 instead of the regular $3 because I did them in a much smaller run. You guys are gonna flip when you see the walrus with the banjo.

Edit:  Just realized that both of my books were in the 5,000 range on Amazon today, which puts both of them in the top 100 of both Horror and Epic Fantasy. He he he.

I’m just shocked that the Israelis shot these guys. Shocked I tell you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LulDJh4fWI  Nope. That looks like “non-violent peace protestors” to me… Except for the whole beating a marine commando in the head with a pipe part.

Here’s a clue for protestors and the news media. If you beat a commando in the head, with a pipe, do not be surprised when you get shot. Friggin’ duh.

I love the news coverage though. They’re making it sound like Israel stood off and torpedoed a ship full of orphans.  Well, I guess we all know what the narrative is supposed to be.

You want to see a real peaceful protestor, who clanks when he walks?  I give you this guy:  http://thelawdogfiles.blogspot.com/2010/06/hoo-ah.html  If the IDF has an equivelent to OOOH-RAAAH! he certainly gets one.  Bonus points to the LAPD, who appeared fully ready to crack some friggin’ skulls in defense of the 1st Amendment.  

As an aside, I just found out that one of my Polish ancestor’s last names is Hebrew.  That grandma didn’t ever talk about her relatives at all.  I will try to confirm, because I love the fact that I might be a wise Jew-Latino. I would thereafter win every single argument on the internet, forever. I could argue with liberals and play not one, but TWO race cards!  My wife is part American Indian, which means that my kids could play THREE!  Holy crap! My kids could be Portuguese-Danish-Polish-English-Lithuanian-Indian-Jew-Mormons by way of the Azores, Mississippi, and North Africa!  The mind boggles! 

But I digress. If you have heard nothing on the news lately except how the Israelis are just a bunch of big mean bullies, go watch the first video. If that video had been a shoot or no shoot video for any police deparment in the country, then the guys with the pipes would have been eating lead real quick.

CONduit report

I went to a sci-fi/fantasy Con last weekend. CONduit is held every year in Salt Lake City.  This was my second year attending.  I was on three panels, did a signing, a reading, and got to hang out with some very cool people.

 I know some writers are a little uncomfortable with the public, but I love it. I’m an extrovert, and I’ve spent many an hour standing in front of very crowded rooms talking about stuff like I’m some sort of expert. I’m also one of the guests that doesn’t ever need a microphone. I’ve still got my instructor voice. I can be heard over gunfire; I promise the folks on the back row can hear.  I love to talk. I love people, which is odd, since I usually hate crowds, like at sporting events or concerts, but I love cons.  Maybe I’m just psychologically more in tune with a herd of geeks than the general public.  And as a rule of thumb, if I see somebody in public dressed as Sailor Moon, I get really uneasy. At a con, not so much…

My favorite part is hanging out with the other writers. I’ve made some good friends amongst  the Utah Literati. As a group they’re smart, talented, and funny.  I got to be on one panel with my good friend John Brown (Servant of a Dark God) where we talked about writing Rogues, and then another about setting mood with Dan Wells (I am not a Serial Killer). I did another about getting published with Dan Willis (Dragonlance), Eric James Stone (many many short stories), Bob Defendi (too many RPG modules to count), and Brad Torgersen (just won Writers of the Future!).  Bob, John, Dan and I ended up having a long pizza fueled conversation about the future of the publishing industry. In addition I got to see Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series) and go to his birthday dinner with Jaleta Clegg (Nexus Point), Eric Svedin (Professor, who just survived an aneurism, very sobering), Julie Frost (much short fiction and Robert Downy Jr.’s #1 squealing fan-girl), and Patrick Tracy (who can bend nails with his hands).   I ate lunch with Leslie Muir (president of the Romance Writers), Jessica Day George (her books may have princess in the title, but boys can read them too!) and most of the above mentioned writers. I went to readings from Paul Genesse (who totally does the voices), super reviewer Nathan Shumate (Golden Age of Crap), and Tom Carr (Talking to Yourself in the Dark), Leslie (who did fine even though she’d not done one before).  I did a podcast interview with Dungeon Crawler’s radio (awesome guys).  I met a bunch of other people for the first time, like Barbara Hambly (very sharp lady).  I started to go to the Writing Excuses Podcast, but my kid’s demanded immediate lunch attentions, so duty called. I briefly said hi to a few of the other Utah writers I know, but didn’t get a chance to talk, which is a bummer because they’re cool too.  And I’m probably forgetting a whole bunch of others, and if so, I apologize, but you know how these things are.

And I bought way too many books, as usual. I’ll have reviews of them soon.  I’ll post one for Golden Age of Crap soon. (I was one of the cover quotes, so I got to read it early, it is awesome) and then I’ll be reading #2 in the Dan Well’s John Cleaver-Serial Killer series, Mr. Monster, because I loved the first one.  

The thing about cons is that they are a great tool for networking. If you are an aspiring writer, don’t feel bad about coming up and shooting the bull with the writers. We enjoy this stuff, and we were exactly where you were a few years ago.  You never know who you’re going to meet.  Play it cool though, don’t just jump on the writer, monopolize their time, and tell them the 45 minute plot synopsis of the novel you’re currently writing.  That does get you remembered, but not in the way you’re hoping for.

Here is an example of the awesome networking power of Cons. A large group of us went to lunch one day.  Mostly I was just tagging along with Super-Author John Brown, because I wanted to lord it over him that my publisher gave me permission to stick internal artwork into Grimnoir.  I had been inspired to ask Toni for permission after listening to Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn artist talk about interior artwork in fantasy novels.  He talked about tying in the aesthetic of the book to the style of the art, and that made me really want to do some 20s-30s style pulp ink art combined with art-deco symbology for the glossary.

So we get to the sandwich place. I only knew one of the aspiring writers, Dan Alanzo, but I didn’t know anybody else.  So we sit down, and there is a guy sitting next to me that I’ve never seen before.  He mentions his web cartoon, http://rocketroadtrip.com/ , (which is one that I read) and I had to jump in.  This was the dude! Ironically enough, Isaac Stewart is the aforementioned artist from the podcast that got me spun up on having Grimnoir art.  It is a small world.   Plus, check out his comic. It is about a big guy who is a gun-nut monster hunter… Ironically that is a plot I can get behind.

(I’ll post more about Grimnoir art later)

Overall, CONduit was a lot of fun.  I look forward to next year.  My next Con event will be LibertyCon in July in Chattanooga.

EDIT: Because I keep calling people’s books by the wrong names and there are too many writers in Utah named Dan. :)

Support George Hill for state legislature

http://www.votegeorgehill.org/ 

My friend, George Hill, is running for the Utah State legislature out in Vernal.  I don’t care if you live in Vernal or not, this is the kind of guy that this state really could use more of at the capitol. George is a vet, gun-monger, pro-freedom, opinionated kind of guy. And he’s a gun-blogger, so you don’t really need to look very far to see how he actually feels about the issues.  He’s running against an establishment, just kinda hanging-out, I don’t need to actually talk to my constiuents, type standard politician.

The campaign is gearing up, so I just donated some money.  If you try to donate on that page it says that it is broken, but if you go to www.madogre.com the button there works.

Attempt to go to post office FAIL

I’ve got a bunch of packages (patches & books) that were supposed to go out, but I keep getting thwarted in trying to make it to the post office. I’ve been swamped.  I apologize for the inconvenience.  But as of tomorrow afternoon, everything has been ordered in the last month should be out the door.  Including my third attempt at sending a bunch of patches to Switzerland. You have not been forgotten. (Attempt 1. send books, forget patches.  Attempt 2. Fill out paperwork wrong. Patches get sent back to me.  Attempt 3. Patches go out again tomorrow!) 

And I was waiting on some of them because I managed to run out of patches again, and kinda sorta forgot to change my address with my patch guy, so UPS delivered them to the house that I sold a few months ago.  Whoops.  So I’ve got to go bug the lady I sold my house to, in order to get my patches. 

On the bright side I’ve got two new MHI patches coming. The winner of the patch contest (Utah) and the Sam Haven Walrus w/ Banjo.  Yay!

Holy sample chapters, Batman! 5 sample chapters from Monster Hunter Vendetta

I just noticed that on the page to order the eARC, you can read the 1st 5 sample chapters now.  It looks like they’re not totally formatted yet. (Italics seem to be missing) but they’ll get that tuned up pretty quick I’m sure. 

http://www.webscription.net/p-1286-monster-hunter-vendetta-arc.aspx

Then if you like it, you can go ahead and get the whole darn thing now. I just paid way too much for a car repair, so order many many books.

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