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Heaven is very blue

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I'm enjoying the week greatly here at Blue Heaven, on beautiful Kelleys Island off the Ohio shore of Lake Erie. It's raining like a mother, and will for the rest of the week, but I'm still having a wonderful time and learning a lot.

There are two places and two places only to get free wi-fi on the island: the public library, and a local bar called The Village Pump. Guess which one I'm sitting in right now with Paul Melko, Greg van Eekhout, and Tim Pratt?


Hint: we're drinking beer.
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My Himmelblau

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So tomorrow afternoon I fly out to Ohio for eight days of novel-critiquin' good times. This space will likely be pretty silent in the meantime. Looking forward to it, [info]ccfinlay! (And all you other Blue Heaveners out there.)

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ShunnCast #15

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Epidode #15 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which a young boy named Joseph spins a tall tale about angels, warriors, and golden treasure, and all and sundry learn why it's rarely the wisest of ideas to entrust the only copy of your manuscript to someone who doesn't like you.

I might also add that I spend an inordinate amount of time nattering on about Calvados and other brandies.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=15

See also [info]shunncast.

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Millions of awards

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I learn via Jeff Ford ([info]14theditch) that Rick Bowes won the voting in the Million Writers Award for Fiction! Way to go, Rick!

And of course, though it's old news by now, Jeff himself won an Edgar over the weekend for his excellent novel The Girl in the Glass. Congrats, man!

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Electronic copies of two more new old stories have gone on sale at Fictionwise this week:

These are the last two stories that will go up at Fictionwise for this time being, and they bring the total number available there to fourteen.

The user icon for this entry is taken from the illustration that ran with "Two Paths" on its initial publication in Science Fiction Age over twelve years ago.

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Conning the city of angels

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I am confirmed as a program participant for L.A.con IV, the 64th World Science Fiction Convention. I don't know yet what I'll be doing on the program, but I will be at the con in Anaheim all five days, from August 23rd to 27th. I hope you will be too. (A lot of people don't like L.A. much, but I love it, as only someone who moved far away as a young child can.)

As a program participant, I get complimentary memberships for me and my wife. But since I had purchased one before getting added to program, I now have one Worldcon membership for sale. It can be yours for $175, which is exactly what I paid for it.


UPDATE:  The membership is tentatively spoken for. If this changes, I will post about it again.
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How do they do it?

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I know how much trouble I have getting anything done on days I post in the ol' LiveJournal. So how do the hardcore bloggers manage to get anything else done?

A mystery for the ages.

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ShunnCast #14

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Epidode #14 of "ShunnCast" is now available, in which I and my trainer Elder Fowler knock on many doors in search of elusive gold, stumbling at last upon a fairytale cottage and the irresistible enchantress within.

http://www.shunn.net/podcast?id=14

See also [info]shunncast.

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The veil beyond the mountain

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Electronic copies of two more new old stories have gone on sale at Fictionwise this week:

Each under a dollar! What a steal! Or collect all twelve!

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In a recent Craigslist posting, a dominant male businessman requests a Secretary-like secretary who, in addition to being able to take dictation and a good paddling with equal aplomb, must be discrete.

One presumes that this distinct and differentiated individual will also be discerning and prudent enough to gently inform her new master boss that the word he's looking for is discreet.

(Via Gawker.)

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