Eating Authors: Joanne Anderton

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Welcome to another installment of EATING AUTHORS, the weekly blog features that answers the question can authors remember what they ate? Or… something like that. This time around our guest is Joanne Anderton, a resident Sydney, Australia, that big island/continent on the upside down half of the world over on the other side of the equator (hey, don’t blame me, I don’t make the maps).

I first came across Jo’s fiction in the Fall of 2012 when we were both nominated for the Washington Small Press Award. Alas, neither of us won. In that same year though, she did take home the Ditmar Award for Best New Talent, and earlier this month her most recent book, The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories, won this year’s Aurealis Award for Best Collection.

If you’d like to check out her novel-length work, Unbound, the third book of her Veiled Worlds trilogy is finished and coming soon. Meanwhile, the first two volumes, Debris and Suited are out there waiting for you to scoop them up.

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Attention Ravencon Authors!

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This weekend, I’ll be down in Richmond, VA for Ravencon.

As part of the festivities, on Friday at 5pm I’m giving a talk about hypnosis, and a brief demo as well. If there’s time, I will hand out magic rings of hypnotic power to enhance the writing abilities of any professional and/or wanna-be authors in the room.

No, I am not bullshitting you.

And you know what? It doesn’t make one bit of difference if you don’t believe me, because that’s your conscious mind talking. All I need to make this work for you is to create the possibility in your unconscious mind. And that’s what hypnosis is all about.

So, if you’re a writer, and you’re coming to Ravencon, guess where you should be on Friday at 5pm?

Eating Authors: Daryl Gregory

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The 2014 Hugo ballot came out over the weekend and there is much hooplah in the streets of our genre right now. Congratulations to the many fine people who were nominated; I’m looking forward to seeing you in London. But that’s months away, and we need to focus on more immediate concerns, such as this week’s EATING AUTHORS guest!

Like me, Daryl Gregory was born in that city that led Carl Sandberg to wax poetic about its many aspects, and thus doom thousands of junior high students to painful memorization (I’m talking about Chicago here, in case that was too obscure or bizarre a reference). Unlike me, his parents didn’t haul him west. I’m sure there are other differences too.

And unlike some writers who find they can work at only one length or format, Daryl writes novels and short stories, comic books and graphic novels, and he does them all well. His first novel, Pandemonium, won the Crawford Award, and was short-listed for the World Fantasy Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award.

Daryl’s latest novel, Afterparty, hits bookstores everywhere tomorrow. Go buy a copy, because there’s a good chance you’ll be seeing it on next year’s Hugo list!

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My (probably) Final Ravencon Schedule

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One week from today, look for at Ravencon.

There’s been some ups and downs with regard to my programming, but here’s where I think we’ve landed:

Friday, April 25th

5:00 p.m. | York You’re Getting Sleepy: Lies and Truths about Hypnosis
A short lecture about common misperceptions of hypnosis (as maintained by media and popular culture), what doesn’t work, and what does, and maybe even a brief demonstration.
Just me and a room full of victims interested participants.

Saturday, April 26th

5:00 p.m. | Bon Air Secrets of Small Press Publishing
Nearly every SF/fantasy author has been published by smaller press some point in their careers. It is also known for publishing new authors, midlist authors, short story collections, and other “odd” books typically rejected by the big New York publishers. Our panelists represent a spectrum of publications, and can “tell all”
Philippa Ballantine, Rich Groller, Dan Hoyt, Edmund R. Schubert, and me.

6:00 p.m. | Board Room Reading
I’ll read a story from Buffalito Buffet, tell you a bit about my novel coming out next year from Tor, and maybe talk a little about the new book I’m working on.
Just me (and Barry).

Sunday, April 27th

12:00 p.m. | Room E Comfort Reading
Panelists discuss their favorite stories and novels for reading (and reading again) when you’re feeling under the weather.
T. Eric Bakutis, Elizabeth Bear, Parick Vanner, Rachael Hixon, and me.

1:00 p.m. | Room E Xeno-Linguistics
a discussion of how alien languages are used in SF, some simple tips for would-be writers to make their aliens sound… alien, general complaints about the use of “universal translators,” and more
Sarah A. Hoyt, Stephen H. King, Monica Marier, and me.

As you can tell from the list above, Programming did not give me a Signing slot. It’s apparently policy not to double-up authors (which seems sad and lonely to me) and the times they offered me didn’t fit my schedule. But, if you have something that cries out for my autograph, I’ll be happy to scribble in it in between panels.

Not only will this be my third con of the year, but also my third “southern” convention. Am I detecting a trend?

Eating Authors: M. K. Hutchins

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As I type this, it’s early Sunday morning and birds are chirping outside my office window. The weather forecast is for a bright and sunny day with the warmest temperatures of the year. Yes, my friends, it seems that Spring has come to my little corner of existence and all is right with the world. And with that chipper opening, let me introduce you to this week’s guest here at EATING AUTHORS, M. K. Hutchins, whose debut novel Drift comes out tomorrow from the fine folks over at Tu Books. I confess, I’ve not read it yet, but if books can be judged by their covers, than this one is going to be fantastic!

In the interests of full disclosure I should tell you that I published one of Megan’s short stories. It happened back in 2012 as part of the experimental anthology Cucurbital 3, in which all the authors wrote stories based on the same three prompts: Madness, Darkness, and Mattress. Hey, I said “experimental.”

The other thing I want to tell you about Megan is that she’s compiled histories of Mayan glyphs. Are you kidding me? Mayan glyphs are like kryptonite to me (if in addition to being Superman’s weakness, kryptonite also was a tasty and addictive candy with a rich nougat center and lots of chocolate throughout). So, knowing this, how could I not ask her to come here and tell us about her most memorable meal? And maybe some day she’ll let me take a peek at those compilations.

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Eating Authors: Joe Haldeman

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I don’t know about you, but so far April has been unfolding into quite possibly the best month I’ve had for a long time. And having this week’s guest at EATING AUTHORS continues that trend. He’s Joe Haldeman, and if you don’t know who Joe is, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this blog. But no, everybody knows Joe. He’s just that approachable, both in person and in his fiction.

I’ve had the great pleasure to be on panels with Joe at the Worldcon, and to sit and chat with him numerous times over the years, dating back to my first meeting with him at the Nebula Weekend in 1999 (where he won the Best Novel Nebula for Best for Forever Peace).

Joe’s career in the field is long and glorious. He’s won five Hugos, five Nebulas, a LOCUS Award, a Campbell Award (not that Campbell Award, the other Campbell Award), a Tiptree, a World Fantasy, and three Rhysling Awards for his poetry. Oh yeah, and in 2010 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America inducted him as a Grand Master.

But what I envy most about Joe is that he gets to spend half the year in Florida and the other half teaching at M.I.T. Speaking as a lapsed academician who misses that whole “life of the mind” thing, I can’t help but believe that he’s got it all.

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My Preliminary Schedule for Ravencon 2014

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In just a few weeks I’ll be driving down to Richmond, VA to participate in Ravencon.

Here is my schedule as I currently know it to be:

Friday, April 25th

5:00 p.m. | You’re Getting Sleepy: Lies and Truths about Hypnosis
A short lecture about common misperceptions of hypnosis (as maintained by media and popular culture), what doesn’t work, and what does, and maybe even a brief demonstration.
Just me and a room full of victims interested participants.

Saturday, April 26th

5:00 p.m. | Secrets of Small Press Publishing
Nearly every SF/fantasy author has been published by smaller press some point in their careers. It is also known for publishing new authors, midlist authors, short story collections, and other “odd” books typically rejected by the big New York publishers. Our panelists represent a spectrum of publications, and can “tell all”
Philippa Ballantine, Rich Groller, Dan Hoyt, Edmund R. Schubert, and me.

Sunday, April 27th

12:00 p.m. | Comfort Reading
Panelists discuss their favorite stories and novels for reading (and reading again) when you’re feeling under the weather.
T. Eric Bakutis, Elizabeth Bear, Parick Vanner, Rachael Hixon, and me.

1:00 p.m. | Xeno-Linguistics
a discussion of how alien languages are used in SF, some simple tips for would-be writers to make their aliens sound… alien, general complaints about the use of “universal translators,” and more
Other panelists, and me.

I think there’s a very good chance that I’ll have a reading, and I’ll probably be hanging out and signing things at some point in time. Otherwise, look to find me kicking back in the con suite or the bar.

And it goes without saying that Barry, my faithful plush buffalito, will be with me as I wander the convention. It wouldn’t be the same without him.

Doctoral Day 2014

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And lo, it is once again the 2nd of April, that special day when the world wakes up from the excesses of April Fools’ gags and gets back to work.

Unless of course you’re me. For me, April 2nd, is a holiday. It’s the anniversary of the successful defense of my dissertation, or as I like to call it, Doctoral Day!

Of course, there are many ways to observe this sacred holiday, but here are some suggestions to guide you:

If you have a PhD (or other doctorate) dress comfortably, enjoy a special meal, and spend time in the company of good friends. Also, do make a point of being pompous. What could be easier?

For those among you who (for whatever reason) fall short of that level of academic initials, all is not lost. You can still participate in the joy that is Doctoral Day. You just need to locate someone with a PhD and offer up unto that person some act of kindness. I recommend cake. Or tell them that you’ve just bought one of their books (lying about this is optional). Hmm, no, go with the cake.