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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 11:31 am
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Forgot to mention earlier, [personal profile] lonesomenumber1 won the [profile] helptheproject charity auction for a signed hardcover of The Death of the Necromancer, for a donation of $70.00. Yay!

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Saturday, February 27th, 2010 09:45 am
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Subject line from spam I got this morning: Seduce the daughter of the oligarch with your rich style! No matter where you are, Swiss watches will tell you the time! That's hilarious on about three different levels.

From [profile] shsilver: Luis Soriano and his Biblioburro

It's the last two days for the [profile] helptheproject auction! There are lots of fun items up for bid, like food, books, jewelry. My item, an autographed hardcover of The Death of the Necromancer is here.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 09:17 am
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The YA book I've been reading is Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi. It's book one of a series, was originally published in Japanese, has been very popular, and is now available in English translation. The first book won an ALA Batchelder award in 2008.

It's set in a fantasy world based loosely on feudal Japan, where a woman who works as a bodyguard ends up saving a boy prince, then discovers that he may be the host for an egg laid by a demon who reappears every hundred years. There's action, martial arts, strong female characters, fantasy demons and spirits, a well-realized world, and also a lot of complex themes. In the past, the dominant Japanese-like culture came in and colonized this area, and has been systematically subsuming the native culture, to the point where the original culture is losing the knowledge of its myths and legends; something that is about to come back and bite everybody in the ass when the hundred-year-demon shows up again. Everything and everyone is more complicated than they seem at first, there are misunderstandings and misguided attempts to protect the kingdom that leave people who should be on the same side working against each other, and so on.

If you liked Avatar: the Last Airbender, or good YA fantasy of any kind, you should definitely check this out. And the covers are gorgeous.

More links:

Stina Leicht's AggieCon report

Retro Future Art from Dark Roasted Blend

The [profile] helptheproject charity auction is still in progress. There are autographed books, food, jewelry, or you can get your tax return done. Plus fanfic and fanart and all kinds of fun stuff.

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Friday, February 5th, 2010 09:00 am
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An addition to my AggieCon schedule: I'll be doing an autographing Saturday, at 11:00 am. But you can ask for me to sign your books after my reading/q&a program at noon, or catch me after a panel, or whenever.

I've put a signed hardcover copy of The Death of the Necromancer up for auction in the [profile] savetheproject community over there, to benefit the Virginia Avenue Project. There are lots of other wonderful things up for auction. Stories, pottery, autographed books, seductive European cookies, pie in a jar. If I had any spare money, I would be all over the pie in a jar.


A neat website on airships Airships: A Hindenburg and Zeppelin History Site

An article by C.J. Cherryh on BookView Cafe about the history of SF/F publishing since the 70s Belmont-Tower used to buy “all rights”, meaning the writer sold his copyright to the publisher, and got about 300 dollars for his effort. Flat. A writer I knew well used to do a novel every time the rent came due.

Terry Pratchett, on his Alzheimer's and assisted suicide: A tribunal of mercy As I face Alzheimer's, I want to die at a time of my choosing. We need a better way of assisting loved ones who wish the same.
My mother had Alzheimer's, so this is a very personal issue for me.
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Save The Project is a fandom auction to benefit the Virginia Avenue Project, a free afterschool arts and academics program. 100% of participating children graduate from high school. 90% go on to college. 85% are the first person in their family to go.

I've put a signed hardcover copy of my book The Death of the Necromancer up for auction in the [profile] savetheproject community over there.

The Death of the Necromancer was published by Avon Eos in 1998, was a Nebula nominee, and has been out of print in the US for a while. A description, reviews, and the first chapter are on my web site here.

You bid by replying to the post, and when the auction closes on March 1, the winner will pay by donating directly to the Virginia Avenue Project organization. The winner can then forward me an email receipt or screencap of the donation, shipping info, and how you want the book signed, and I'll send it to you.

Before you bid, please read the instructions here: How to Bid


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