For those of you that have read the ARC, here is a spoilerific thread where people are casting who should play who in a hypothetical Hard Magic movie.
Okay, first off this has fallen off the first page of the blog, so it is time to bring it back. If you want an autographed copy of The Grimnoir Chronicles: Hard Magic you can order them now from Uncle Hugo’s here. http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-correia-larry.php I’ll do personalizations too. Uncle Hugo ships to APOs and out of the country.
Next up, I’m going to StellarCon next week as the special guest, so if you are in NC, come by and say hi.
The eARC for Hard Magic is available from Baen, and take a look at these reviews. Not too shabby. :) http://www.webscription.net/p-1363-hard-magic-book-i-of-the-grimnoir-chronicles-arc.aspx Plus you can read all the sample chapters at the link.
In May I’m going on a mega tour. I’ll be starting in Minnesota, then kicking off 2 weeks across the whole western half of the US.
April 30 – Uncle Hugo’s Minneapolis, MN
May 3 – Layton Utah B&N
May 5 – Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ
May 6 – Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego, CA
May 7 – B&N Huntington Beach, CA
May 8 – Dark Carnival, Berkely CA
May 11 – Powells, Beaverton OR
May 13 – University Bookstore, Seattle WA
May 14 – Aunties Bookstore, Spokane, WA
May 15 – Hastings, Boise ID (and if Mike Shaffer is reading this, I still need to get ahold of your indy store in Boise)
Here is my presentation with John Brown about how to develop killer story ideas:
This one went really extremely well. This is kind of John’s baby and I am the Vannah to his Pat. (meaning I’m the pretty one). That bowling shirt makes me look chunkier than I am, but it sure does conceal a double stack .45 rather well. :)
I was just sent these links. I haven’t even listened yet but he told me that they sounded pretty good. Thanks, William!
Writing Action starring me: http://www.cardgameorganizer.com/WE/LTUE-2011-WritingAction-Hi.zip I’m downloading this now. I had a blast doing this presentation. Had a packed auditorium too.
James Dashner’s main address: http://www.cardgameorganizer.com/LTUE2011/MainAddress-JamesDashner.zip
This last weekend was the annual Life, The Universe, & Everything, writing symposium at BYU. I really enjoy going to LTUE. It is probably one of my favorite events. Not very fannish, no costumes, no Storm Troopers, just lots of writers talking about writing. For 3 days I get to hang out with writer friends, meet fans, do panels, shoot the bull with interesting folks, help aspiring authors, and inevitably eat too much. This was my fourth year attending.
On the way down my Ford Taurus turned into a toboggan and I got to slide down my road and into a ditch. Yay winter! Luckily a couple of my neighbors came along and pushed me out. No damage except for my pride.
The first panel that I did was all by myself, and it was Writing Action, which is based loosely on the Ask Correia post of the same name. I was surprised to see that they stuck me in a gigantic auditorium for that one, and then even more surprised when it totally filled up. I asked who had read Monster Hunter and had 200 hands go up… Wow. I just got a shiver. The Writing Action panel went extremely well, and I’m kicking myself for not getting somebody to record it.
I was on like 4 panels Thursday so they’re kind of running together now. I think I did something like 7 in all and recorded an episode of Writing Excuses. I was able to be on a few panels with some of my favorite writer friends like Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, Jessica Day-George, and Dan Willis. And on Friday night we did the second version of the John Brown-Larry Correia show again, and this one was recorded. I’ll post a link as soon as I get it. I was able to visit with many of my writer friends that I’ve known for a long time, like Paul Genesse, Eric James Stone, Brad Torgersen, and several others who I’m probably forgetting and offending by leaving off this list, but in my defense, I’m being audited today and I’m still on my first Coke Zero.
Speaking of Coke Zero, Howard Tayler is a quick thinker. See, Howard is an artist. He needs his right hand in order to make money for drawing stuff. I am a friendly person that likes to greet everyone with a handshake. However, I am five times larger than Howard and apparently have a very “enthusiastic” handshake. So now, if Howard is at an event he knows I will be attending, he keeps a can of Vanilla Coke Zero in his pocket. When he sees me coming, he immediately throws the can my way in order to distract me… Clever… Howard’s hands are safe and I get Coke. I approve of this plan.
James Dashner was this year’s guest of honor. James is a great guy, but I missed his main address because that was when the sandwiches arrived in the Green Room. Dashner… Sandwiches… Hmmm… Sorry, James. The turkey ones had cranberry dressing on them. There were other superstars there, like the extremely knowledgeable Dave Wolverton and Tracy Hickman.
Speaking of Tracy, I was able to attend my first Tracy Hickman’s Killer Breakfast. If you don’t know what that is, imagine a gigantic role playing game, that is mostly comedy improv, where the guy that wrote Dragonlance is the DM, and his goal is to run through as many audience members as possible, while killing them in the most entertaining way possible. If you manage to amuse Tracy, you stay alive longer. The first question he asks is how you got there, (meaning your character), and you have to come up with something entertaining on the fly.
When it was my turn, the “party” had just arrived at a terrifying castle (after the tavern had exploded, long story). I said that I was a mystic accountant, and that a spreadsheet had gone terribly wrong. Then Lord Soth came to kill me, so I told him that this was a splendid coincidence, since I had just finished Lord Soth’s taxes. I just needed him to sign here, and here, and then I could send them in. I got the evil overlord an excellent return this year. I was spared for one round. However, next round, he did not need any assistance on his 401k and I was brutally killed. I can only hope that he decides to resurrect me for next year’s tax season. If you ever get a chance to attend a Killer Breakfast, DO IT.
Speaking of role playing games, after a fourteen year hiatus I’ve started playing again, this time with a group made up of other writers. Yes, I know I don’t have any free time, but as a writer, I need to recharge my creative juices. I can’t just sit in front of my computer every night, and ammunition is very expensive. Thus my other geeky hobbies. Don’t worry, you will still get your Larry Correia novels in a timely manner. But anyway, I’ve started playing Legend of the Five Rings and I’ve been having a blast. I play an enormous, socially awkward, angry, disgruntled, uncultured Crab Clan samurai. (I let my tetsubo do my talking!) One night, we hooked up at Dan Well’s house where his bulldog immediately established dominance and declared that his proper sleeping place was on my shoe. That’s cool though, because Dan cooked gyoza.
I had a book signing on Saturday. Second year in a row, the BYU bookstore managed not to order any of my books. Thanks BYU! I was ready though, and had a couple boxes in my trunk. I sold a pile of them and autographed many more.
So, three days in Provo, spoke on seven and a half panels, attended a few others, talked to hundreds of people, sold a few boxes of books, slept on my sister-in-law’s couch, slid my Taurus off the road into a ditch, and ate all-you-can-eat sushi and all-you-can-eat pizza (in the same DAY!).
Even with all that, one of the most memorable moments for me was when I was walking down the hallway, and I overheard a few people that I didn’t know talking about me. It was basically, “Yeah, this Correia guy, I remember when he was brand new and nobody had ever heard of him.” “I know, right? Look at how he’s doing now. It hasn’t been that long. I want to be like him.” Then they saw me and got embarrassed. If you’re reading this, you really didn’t need to get embarrassed, because all I was feeling at that moment was humbled. It has been a crazy few years, and I’ve been really lucky and really blessed. I was exactly where you aspiring writers are now, and it wasn’t even that long ago. Successful writers took the time to help me out when I was new, and I love having the opportunity to pass it on now.
EDIT: I forgot to add…
HOW TO SCORE TEN MILLION COOL POINTS WITH YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW
I found out at LTUE that Lynn Kurland was going to be one of the guests. My wife is a fan of Lynn Kurland, but her mom is really a super hard core fan. So I went up to Lynn after her panel, introduced myself, and we talked for a bit. So, having had fans ask me to do this for them, I asked Lynn if she would mind if I called my MIL so Lynn could say hi. We missed her, but Lynn left a nice voice mail. My MIL thought that was super cool.
Thereby ensuring my place as FAVORITE SON-IN-LAW FOREVER! Sorry Rich and Eric. You guys are going to need to like win the Nobel Peace Prize or something… (on the bright side, looking at what they give those out for now, that could probably be arranged)
This week is the annual LTUE sci-fi/fantasy writing symposium at BYU. I’m on a mess of panels and doing a signing. This isn’t really a Con. There are no people in costume, but if you are interested in becoming a writer, or you are a writer and you want to get some new tips and tricks, then LTUE is absolutely awesome.
This is my 4th year at LTUE. Last year I was a special guest. This year, though I’ve sold 4X as many books, I’m a regular guest. Go figure. It doesn’t really make a lick of difference anyway. Every year has been filled with good stuff. This is where I did that 2 hour presentation with John Brown last year that ended up on Youtube. (we’re doing a 1 hour version this year because of time constraints).
We are in a different building this year. I don’t know my way around BYU at all. I think we’re like 4 blocks north of where we were before. Last year I got a parking ticket. Crafty BYU and your camoflaged No Parking signs.
It is free for BYU students but anybody else would have to pay $25.
I’ve highlighed the panels/things that I’m going to be at in bold.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
– Best and worst writing advice ever given
(Anna del C Dye (M), Mette Ivie Harrison, Tyler Whitsides, Frank L.
Cole, James Dashner)
– Mormons and the Paranormal
(Blake Casselman, Nathan Shumate, Scott Parkin (M), Eric Swedin)
– The impact of free ebooks on retail sales of printed works at
(Dr. David Wiley)
– First Contact stories
(Helge Moulding, Eric James Stone (M), Roger White)
– Using the scriptures as a basis for fiction
(Michael R. Collings, Laura Lind, Scott Parkin (M), Bree DeSpain)
- Writing Action
(Larry Correia) This one is all me. I did a panel like this at UVU last year and it went great.
– Self-Publication pros and cons
(Jessica Douglas (M), LuAnn Staheli, Sandra Tayler, Anna del C Dye)
– Poetic license vs. authorial obligation
(Clint Johnson, Eric Swedin, Robin Weeks (M), Julie Wright)
– How to Scare People
– Masons: Fact versus Fiction
– Killer Openings: the first paragraph will make or break your story.
(Steve Walker, Lisa Mangum, Dene Low (M), Jessica Day George)
– Building believable aliens and monsters
(Helge Moulding (M), Howard Tayler, Dan Willis
– Coloring Workshop with Colored Pencil Tips
(Sarah B. Seiter)
“Portrayals of the Holocaust: Maus and Magneto Testament”
– Time Travel, Parallel Universes, and Quantum Physics: In a parallel
universe somewhere, you’ve already attended this session and know all
about how wave theory, super-strings, quantum entanglement, and things
like noetics bear on frequent sci-fi concepts like time travel and
mirror Earths, but since you’re not in that universe and don’t have a
map to get to it, you might want to attend this panel and get some
insight into actual physics . . . or just enough gobbledy-gook to make
your next story sound credible even though it’s quite fantastic.
Remember, in some universe, you are bound to be a well-known, well-
paid, best-selling author, adored by fans, critics, and even your
mother-in-law. Why not make this universe be that universe?
(Paul Genesse, Laura Lind (M), Eric James Stone,
– Dealing with Deadlines
(Rebecca Shelley (M), Emily Sorensen, Elana Johnson)
– Camera techniques for drawing
(Jessica Douglas (M), Brian Hailes, AJ Bell/Chris Weston)
“Ten Steps to Overnight Success, Or How It Only Took a Decade To Get
– Writing Strong Female Characters
(Sheila A. Neilson, Aleta Clegg (M), Clint Johnson, Jessica Day
George, Bree DeSpain)
- Plots, Subplots, and Foreshadowing
(Howard Tayler, Dan Willis (M), Larry Correia)
– Beyond Orcs and Elves: Diversity in Fantasy and Science Fiction for
Recent cover whitewashing controversies and the internet discussion
tagged #RaceFail have brought to light how little diversity can be
found in fantasy and science fiction for young readers. We’ll discuss
the history of diversity in these books, including
diversification through fantasy races that all share the same traits,
and ways for authors to consider diversifying their own stories. We’ll
also discuss writing cross-culturally, cultural awareness, issues of
appropriation, and other things to consider as you write.
- Contemporary/urban fantasy
(Michael Young, Larry Correia, Dan Wells (M), Leslie Muir Lytle)
– Slush Piles and what not to do when submitting your writing
(Ami Chopine (M), Lisa Mangum, Brad R. Torgersen, James Dashner)
– Drawing Humanoids
Improve your figure drawing and your doodling with this rundown of the
underlying proportions and shapes of the human body.
“The Meek Shall Inherit: Why An Aristocrat Will Never Save the Universe”
On that last one, what about Prince Roger or Miles Vorksogian?
(Robison Wells, James Dashner, Jessia Day George (M), Lesli Muir Lytle)
– The Writing Life: how to set and keep goals, how to prioritize.
(Angie Lofthouse, Julie Wright (M), Sandra Tayler, Berin Stephens)
– What is the McAuliffe Space Education Center Presentation
“The Path of Self Destruction: A Villain’s Guide to Manipulating the
– The art of podcasting (podcasting)
(Howard Tayler, Dan Wells (M), Robison Wells)
– Pay It Forward: Help other writers, and you’ll end up helping
yourself. Topics we’ll tackle include mentoring, managing expectations
of other writers, when it’s appropriate to pitch ideas to other
professionals, the downside of too much shameless self-promotion, and
building a writer’s community for support.
(Paul Genesse, Elana Johnson, Robin Weeks (M), Tristi Pinkston)
– Digital vs. traditional tools in Art
(Jessica Douglas, Rebecca Jensen (M), Sarah B. Seiter, Jess Smart Smiley
, AJ Bell/Chris Weston, Steve Keele, Isaac Stewart)
Reading: Dene Low
– The Lure of Horror
(Michael R. Collings, Eric Swedin, Eric James Stone (M), J. Scott
Savage, Blake Casselman)
– Marketing and Publicity–what can you do?
(Stacy Whitman (M), Bree DeSpain, James Dashner, Dene Low, Elana
(Heather Monson (M), Jessica Harmon, Sarah B. Seiter)
Reading: Julie Wright
– Comics and Webcomic
(Brian Hailes, Rebecca Jensen, Jess Smart Smiley, Emily Sorensen (M),
– Does Your Book Have a Soundtrack?
(Aleta Clegg (M), Sheila A. Nielson, Michael Young, Berin Stephens,
– Creating A Fictional Language (session 1)
(Nathan Richardson, Dr. Elzinga)
Reading: Eric Swedin
(Nathan Shumate, Jake Black)
– Streamlining your fiction
(Michaelbrent Collings (M), Clint Johnson, Rebecca Shelley, Berin
– Creating A Fictional Language (session 1, cont.)
(Nathan Richardson, Dr. Elzinga)
Reading: Aleta Clegg
Friday, February 18th, 2011
– Writing for LDS markets
(Lisa Mangum, Julie Wright (M), Berin Stephens, Tristi Pinkston)
– How to research, when to stop, and what to use
(Dene Low (M), Eric Swedin, Scott Parkin, J. Scott Savage)
– Fairy Tale Presentation
(Dr. Jill Rudy, Hailey Evans, Kristy Stewart)
– How to write a good short story
(Angie Lofthouse, Eric James Stone, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury (M), Dave
– Tracy Hickman Presentation
“Tohu Wabohu; or, There is no room in which there is no void, and no
void in which there is no room: An essay on Michael Collings’ Into the
Harlow Soderberg Clark
Reading: James Dashner
Main Address: Steve Keele
– What is an agent, and what can they do for you?
(Tyler Whitsides, James Dashner, Lesli Muir Lytle, Robin Weeks (M))
-Charisma is not a dump stat: The real world importance of personal
appearance and social skills in achieving your creative dreams.
(Howard Tayler, Jake Black (M), Tracy Hickman)
– Romance vs. Story with Romantic Elements: Injecting romance into
saving the world
(John Brown (M), Ami Chopine, Stacy Whitman, Lynn Kurland)
– Map Making for Writers. There’s some nice freeware online to help
writers make nice-looking maps for their books and for worldbuilding.
Reading: Eric James Stone
– Dialog Tags and Speech Patterns
(Michaelbrent Collings, Lynn Kurland, Tyler Whitsides, Angie
Lofthouse, Dave Wolverton (M))
– Starting, Finding, and Getting the Most Out of a Writing Group
(Sheila A. Nielson, LuAnn Staheli, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury (M),
– Drawing graphic novels
(Brian Hailes, Rebecca Jensen (M), Jess Smart Smiley, Emily Sorensen,
AJ Bell/Chris Weston)
– One on one Poetry Workshop
Bring a poem to Dr.Collings and he will go over it line by line with
you and help you make it better.
(Michael R. Collings)
– “Space Warfare: Problems in Perspective and Strategy”
Reading: Nathan Shumate
– Characters’ morals/theology vs. authors’
(Aleta Clegg (M), Hickman, Brad R. Torgersen, James Dashner)
- The Problem of Sequels
(Anna del C Dye, Mette Ivie Harrison, Larry Correia (M), Bree DeSpain,
Jessica Day George)
(Brian Hailes (M), Jess Smart Smiley, AJ Bell/Chris Weston, Steve Keele)
“Edgar Allan Poe and the Deep Structure of Inception”
Reading: Rebecca Shelley
(Blake Casselman (M), Brian Hailes, Jake Black, Tracy Hickman)
– SF-Fantasy-Horror Poetry: how does it differ from mainstream poetry
in language, structures, devices
(Michael R. Collings, Charlene Harmon (M), Karen C. Evans)
– Plotstorming from Character: In some cases the plot of a book drives
the characters. However, characters that instead drive the plot can
make for a more compelling story. In this hour, we focus on how to
grow your plot from your main characters.
– When Plants Go Bad
Reading: Dan Wells (3:00 – 3:25)
Reading: Berin Stevens (3:25 – 3:50)
– Space travel without warp drive
(Helge Moulding (M), Eric James Stone, Roger White, Berin Stephens,
– Rewriting to Greatness–Five editing techniques to help improve your
– The Protagonist Compass.
(J. Scott Savage)
– Languages in Fantasy
Reading: Michael Young (4:00 – 4:25)
Reading: Jessica Day George (4:25 – 4:50)
– What You Can And Can’t Do In A YA Novel
(Mette Ivie Harrison (M), Elana Johnson, Bree DeSpain, Robison Wells,
J. Scott Savage)
(Nathan Shumate (M), Blake Casselman, Dave Wolverton, Jake Black)
– Drawing Oceanic Beasties
“Bella as Mother-Savior: The Powerful Feminine Journey of
Transformation and Choice in The Twilight Saga”
Reading: Roger White
– The Horror, the Horror!
(Nathan Shumate, Dan Wells (M), Julie Wright)
– How NOT to talk down to your YA audience
(Michaelbrent Collings, Clint Johnson (M), Stacy Whitman, James
Dashner, Frank L. Cole)
- How to get and develop killer story ideas
(John Brown, Larry Correia)
Reading: Lesli Muir Lytle
– Writing for Comics
(Blake Casselman, Emily Sorensen (M), AJ Bell/Chris Weston, Jane Black)
– Lessons on Story from THE HUNGER GAMES
– Creating a Fictional Language (session 2, cont.)
(Nathan Richardson, Dr. Elzinga)
– Zombies: They’re still here!
(Aleta Clegg (M), Nathan Shumate, Frank L. Cole,
– The Devil’s Snare
(Brian Hailes & Blake Casselman)
– Creating a Fictional Language (session 2)
(Nathan Richardson, Dr. Elzinga)
Larry Correia sneaks out with several other writers and plays a game of Legend of the Five Rings to represent the honor of Crab Clan. Hida Bushi all the way, baby.
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
– What I wish I had done, if I could do it all over again – A Guide to
(Lisa Mangum, Dave Wolverton, Brad R. Torgersen (M), Kathleen Dalton-
– Religion in Science Fiction: How to Make It Work
(Angie Lofthouse, Helge Moulding, Dan Willis (M), Michael R. Collings)
– Unicorns and Vampires meet real life–how to use sci-fi/fantasy in
(Amy Jones, Aleta Clegg (M), LuAnn Staheli)
– Killer Breakfast
(Tracy Hickman) I’m totally going to this one. I’ve heard legends of Tracy’s Killer Breakfasts. Think comedy improv with situations run by a living legend.
– What Exactly Does an Editor Do, Anyway?
(Lisa Mangum, Suzanne Vincent, Stacy Whitman (M), Tristi Pinkston,
Karen C. Evans, Dave Wolverton, LuAnn Staheli)
– How to recover from writing slumps (from family, illness, work,
The writer/artist and health (probably with a strong sub-topic of
depression and how to deal)
(Ami Chopine, Jessica Douglas, Howard Tayler (M), Berin Stephens)
– Killer Breakfast (cont.)
– A librarian’s view of what kinds of novels kids are reading and
publishers are buying.
(Sheila A. Neilson)
– Creating Fantasy Art
Main Address: James Dashner
– Can a YA protagonist have adventures and still have a family?
(Tyler Whitsides, Mette Ivie Harrison (M), Lesli Muir Lytle, J. Scott
– Military on Military SF
(Roger White, Brad R. Torgersen, Frank Hennis, Steve Harmon (M))
– Anime and Manga–what it is; what’s good in SFF
(Stacy Whitman (M), Jessica Harmon, Scott Parkin, Joe Monson,
“Zombies and You: A guide to what does and does not constitute an
– Lucky 13 Writing Workshop
Signings in 1188: Jake Black, Larry Correia, David Farland, Paul
Genesse, Tracy Hickman, Dan Wells
– Archaeology in SF Media
(Jessica Harmon, Charlotte Randle)
– Writing Excuses Podcast
(Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, Dave Wolverton, Tracy Hickman)
– How the Internet is shaping our kids and our future
(Eric Swedin, Sandra Tayler)
“Jacen Solo’s Journey of Self-Discovery”
– Bell/Weston presentation
Signings in 1188: Jaleta Clegg, Frank L. Cole, James Dashner, Mette
Ivie Harrison, J. Scott Savage, Eric James Stone
– Fractured Fairy Tales
(Paul Genesse, Suzanne Vincent, Scott Parkin (M), Jessica Day George,
– Building believable economies/politics
(Dan Willis, Eric Swedin (M), Roger White, David Ferro)
– Writing Excuses Podcast, cont.
(Howard Tayler, Dan Wells,
– Using the Open Source Program Stellarium in the classroom
Signings in 1188: James Dashner, Bree Despain, Clint Johnson, Rebecca
Shelley, Lisa Mangum, Berin Stephens, Julie Wright, Michael D. Young
– Can your dreams pay your bills? A discussion of how to set up your
finances to facilitate your dreams. Managing money does not have to be
scary. We’ll begin by discussing basic budgeting and move into taxes,
self-employment and further organization you may need as your dream
(Rebecca Shelley, Ami Chopine, Sandra Tayler (M), Dave Wolverton,
Michael R. Collings)
– Humorous Horror: The Funny Side of Fear
(Aleta Clegg (M), Dan Wells, Eric James Stone,
– Pitching to agents/editors
– Psychology of the Samurai:
(Dr. A. L. Carlisle, Steve Harmon)
in 1188: Jessica Day George, Dene Low, Sheila A. Nielson, Eric
Swedin, Brad R. Torgersen, Roger Bourke White Jr.
- Memorable Villains
(Leigh Averett (M), Larry Correia, Dan Willis, Steve Harmon)
– Why write genre books instead of something closer to “real life’?
Why write about worlds that don’t exist?
(Michael R. Collings, James Dashner (M), Tracy Hickman)
– Keele’s Korner, the Second Generation
(Joshua and Kevin Keele)
– Fights and Weaponsmasters: what to do when your character knows more
about fighting than you.
(Adam Meyers, Ben Isaacs)
– Regional Publishers
(Lisa Mangum, Dave Wolverton,
– Borrowing from historical and current events
(Dene Low (M), Paul Genesse, Michael Young,
– How to Make a Graphic Novel: From idea, to rough draft, to completed
draft. Collaborations: Making the most out of team-produced comics.
How to join writing and drawing talents to make a cohesive story.
(Dan Willis (M), Jake Black, AJ Bell/Chris Weston
– Regional Publishers
– Why we Love Lovecraft
(Eric Swedin (M), Michael Hall, Dan Wells) Probably going to sit in the audience for this one. I’m a sucker for Lovecraft. We have the same birthday. :)
– The Business of Art
(Jessica Douglas, Brian Hailes, Howard Tayler, Sarah B. Seiter (M),
– Ecology and Evolution
(Dr. Stephen L. Peck)
LTUE Banquet ($20/person, seating limited) Tickets must be purchased
by 10 PM on February 16. There will be no tickets available at the
And somewhere in there I think I’m supposed to be guesting on Writing Excuses again.