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BUFFALITO CONTINGENCY eBook is now available!

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Buffalito Contingency

I am very pleased to be able to report that at long last the electronic version of the second volume in the Adventures of the Amazing Conroy, also known as the novel Buffalito Contingency, has gone live.

Those among you who do your reading on any of the various Kindle type devices can acquire the mobi version of the novel by clicking this link to Amazon. And if you read your ebooks on any of the dozens of other devices that are ePub friendly, you can download that format by following this link to Barnes & Noble. In both cases, the cost is only three bucks.

One other point to make: while the print versions of this book were published by Hadley Rille Books, the electronic versions come to you via Paper Golem LLC. And as such, if you’ve already purchased a paper copy, you can get free copy of the ebook by following the directions at the Paper Golem website.

Thanks, and happy reading!

BUFFALITO CONTINGENCY – Coming soon to ebook!

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Buffalito Contingency

Last week, a few hours before I headed off to the glory that was Lunacon, my proof reader came through with the marked copy of my second novel, Buffalito Contingency. Let us all pause a moment and give thanks to the quick eye and keen mind that is Elektra Hammond. Anyway, as a result, I am now hard at work going through her recommended changes so that I can render the thing in ePub and mobi formats for your electronic enjoyment.

It’s been a couple years since I’ve read the book, and scenes that I’d completely forgotten about are leaping out at me and making me smile.

Given that it will surely be several days (if not a week or more) before the ebook version becomes available, here’s a snippet from near the end of Chapter Six: No Home Like Space to whet your appetite:

          “Did you just board, sweetling?” said the Wolly. “I don’t think I’ve seen you here before. And I know I’ve only seen one of your kind ever. By the way, my name’s Theodarast.”
          “I’ve met many of his kind,” said one of the Ersommerey. “One time, I was stuck in a lift room with five of them. They were very standoffish, but that could have just been because of the situation. No one likes being stranded in a box that could fall and kill you just for stepping out to get a quick tipple or snack.”
          “I was buried alive with nine of them while on a desert excursion,” said the other Ersommerey. “They didn’t care for sand at all. Do you? Oh, I’m sorry, I’m Mil and this is my husband Kel. We’re on our way to Sekestri.”
          “No you’re not,” said the Ninst. “This vessel doesn’t go to Sekestri. Where are you going, newcomer?”
         With a nod to the Wolly I said, “My name is Conroy and I boarded earlier today. I’m not sure what my final destination is to be. Mostly I just needed to leave Leftril. I’m working my passage as an entertainer. My first show is this evening. I hope you’ll all attend.”
          “What kind of entertainment?” asked Mil. “The last time we were on a cruise, they had a fellow who was his own father, and set some of the guests on fire, and then ate them.”
          “Never happened,” said the Ninst. “Kel, can’t you make her stop?”
          “Rara is right, dear. That never happened. That fellow was his own grandfather, and he didn’t actually eat the guests, he just promised they’d be on the menu the next day.”
          “I was with you both on your last cruise,” insisted the Ninst. “That never happened.”
          “You were asleep,” said Kel.
          “Fast asleep,” said Mil. “Snored so loud everyone on our corridor thought the ship had been hulled by stray debris.”
          “Don’t mind them,” said Theodarast, patting my arm with a hand that was nearly as large a small pony. “They’re like this every meal. I find it anchors me to listen to them, and prepares me for whatever wonders and miracles may await. But do tell us what sorts of entertainment we can expect from you. And when and where.”

And there you have it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to work.

Theoretical Lunacon 2013 Schedule

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If you’re attending Lunacon this weekend (i.e., tomorrow) you may already be aware that programming has not yet gone out to the participants. This will doubtless make for all sorts of “fun” at the convention.

That’s the bad news. The good news is word has gotten out that individual participants can go online to the same database questionnaire they filled out to become panelists, and find their schedules waiting for them.

Assuming that the schedule there is correct, here’s what I think I’m doing at the con this weekend:

Friday, March 15th:
20:00 – 21:00 | Grand Ballroom ? |Meet the Pros
 This wasn’t actually on my schedule, but I’m going to assume there will be such an event, and that I’ll show up for it.

Saturday, March 16th
10:00 – 10:30 | Bartell | Reading
 Start your Saturday off by listening to me read from my Nebula Award nominated novella “Barry’s Tale.”

11:00 – 12:00 | Oak | So You Want To Create & Sell an Ebook (M)
 Neil Clarke and I talk about the tools, techniques, and best practices involved in creating and distributing ebooks. WARNING: It’s extremely likely this panel has been canceled and/or removed from my schedule.

1:00 – 2:00 | Poplar | Less Sh*tty Second Drafts (M)
 Russ Colchamiro, Laura Anne Gilman, Michael A. Ventrella, C.E. Lawrence and I will discuss how authors figure out what’s not working in a manuscript and what might be likely to fix it.

2:00 – 3:00 | Poplar | Finding a Needle in the Slushpile (M)
 Despite the somewhat unspecific title, this panel is actually supposed to be about finding the gold amidst the dross of self-published fiction. It’s a thankless task and I will have April Grey, Neal Levin, Mike McPhail, and Andrew Porter grumbling along with me.

Sunday, March 17th
10:00 – 11:00 | Westchester Assembly | Autographing
 Please bring me something to sign as I hang out with Tim Rodriguez and James Daniel Ross.

11:00 – 12:00 | Poplar | Generic Alien Language Panel (M)
 Walter Stutzman, Ariel Cinii, and I will start with the basic question of how to represent alien language in fiction and jump off from there on related issues in language, linguistics, and philology.

12:00 – 1:00 | Birch | Hugo Worthy Fiction
 Lisa Padol, Byron P. Connell, Alex Shvartsman and I blow smoke about what we think will make the final ballot (assuming it hasn’t been announced by this time).

My shoulder-riding plushie, Barry, has once again been given no programming. First the college of cardinals slight him, and now this. Nonetheless, he will be in attendance in his role as the convention’s unofficial, eponymous, Nebula nominee. Mind you, he doesn’t know what any of those words mean.

Hugo Nomination Deadline! What are you waiting for?

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There’s a bit over 24 hours left before the window closes for submitting nominations for this year’s Hugo (and Campbell) Awards.

Depending on how cynical you are, you can see this reminder as one of two things.

It could be a selfless public service announcement exhorting you to participate in the process, because seriously, while the number of Worldcon members who vote has increased significantly in the last few years (due in no small part I suspect to the success of the electronic packet of free books that is worth several times the cost of a membership), far fewer people bother to involve themselves in the nomination process. This is your chance to help shape what we will all look back on as the Hugo-winners, so please take the time to let your voice be heard.

Barry

Oh, wait, I said this post could be two things, didn’t I? Well, the other thing would be yet another shameless reminder that my novella, “Barry’s Tale” is eligible for nomination. You may have heard of it, it’s already been nominated for the Nebula Award. And, as you know, Bob, the infinite worlds hypothesis assures us that there exists (or will exist) a future in which my novella wins both awards and I get to walk around insufferably with a big lucite bookend and a shiny metal rocket. All the while Barry (that’s him in the photo) rides triumphantly on my shoulder, chortling like a very satisfied plushie. But to guide us toward that one shining future amidst all the myriad realities, I would need your nominational help.

Yeah… I’m going to officially say I’m posting this because of the first reason. Really. Of course, that infinite worlds things also means there’s a place where the second reason holds sway. But that’s not this reality, right?

Best Fan Writer Hugo Nomination? Moi?

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It has been brought to my attention that there are some people out there in the world (and by “world” I of course mean the population of genre fans and pros who are responsible for all that’s good and just) who, due to my weekly blog feature, Eating Authors, insist that I am eligible, and should be considered for, nomination in the Best Fan Writer category for this year’s Hugo Awards.

My reaction was, “Huh!”

To elaborate: while I would certainly not turn down such a nomination, and would be exceedingly chuffed to receive it, there is no doubt in my mind that folks can do much better than to put my name on such a list.

Those of you who aren’t as stunned by the notion as I was, thank you for your kind thoughts. I’m flattered, honored, and all those other emotions associated with people who typically have far less ego than me. Truly.

But speaking of ego, if you’re still enamored of my blog series, take that good will in hand and carry it over to the Novella section of the Hugo nomination ballot. There’s a spot there where my name (and the title “Barry’s Tale”) might actually have a shot. Maybe. If bunches of other people die (horribly or otherwise, and no, I have nothing to do with it if it happens, just sayin’).

Thanks.

Using Hypnotic Mind Control, aka Award Deadlines

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Welcome to March!

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I don’t know about you, but I’m expecting it to be a very busy month with lots of crazy things happening involving or resolving what I’m going to be doing for the rest of the year in terms of my day job, my writing, and yes, even my work as a hypnotist. But you don’t have to worry about any of that. No, you’re only job is to watch the pretty spiral for a few minutes.

You see, March is also the month that members of SFWA submit their final ballots for the Nebula Award. And because of my self-serving use of my powers of evil mind control, I’m sitting here with a nomination for Best Novella for “Barry’s Tale.” In addition, the deadline for nominating works for this year’s Hugo Awards is coming up fast on March 10th, and it would be a shame to have gotten the Nebula nom and not have a matching Hugo nom, so…

Just relax, stare at the spiral, open up the appropriate window in your browser, and let your conscious mind drift off into bliss while your unconscious mind does my bidding. That’s right. I would add a maniacal laugh here, but I don’t want to distract you from your trance.

Oh, what the heck, you’re already done voting by now. Bwahahahaha!

Also, thank you.

“Barry’s Tale” is on the Nebula Ballot!

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The bad news is that I’ve been home sick since Monday. I’m feeling better, but about all I’ve done for the past couple of days is sleep. Ugh.

The good news is that the SFWA announced the results of the recent Nebula nominations, and my novella, “Barry’s Tale” has made the ballot.

This is probably where I should begin practicing the line about “it’s an honor just being nominated” — and it is! — because the competition in my category is fierce: Aliette de Bodard (whose work in the last couple of years has been blowing me away!), Nancy Kress (with whom I studied at Taos, her teachings made my novella possible in the first place), Jay Lake (whom I have known since we were both just starting out and love like a brother), Ken Liu (who has been kicking ass and taking names left and right), and Robert Reed (whose got more than 200 professional sales, and a Hugo to boot).

I’m positively giddy to see my work alongside novellae by these people. Giddy, I tell you. So giddy, I’m thinking of getting a tuxedo (and a matching one for Barry, of course) to wear to the Nebula Awards Banquet.

Congratulations to the many other fine authors who have been nominated this day:

For Best Novel: Saladin Ahmed, Tina Connolly, N.K. Jemisin, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Kim Stanley Robinson.

For Best Novelette: Catherine Asaro, Andy Duncan, Ken Liu, Brit Mandelo, Meghan McCarron, Rachel Swirsky, and Catherynne M. Valente.

For Best Short Story: Helena Bell, Aliette de Bodard, Tom Crosshill, Leah Cypess, Maria Dahvana Headley, Ken Liu, and Cat Rambo.

For the Andre Norton Award: Kelly Barnhill, Holly Black, Leah Bobet, Libba Bray, Sarah Beth Durst, Rachel Hartman, Alethea Kontis, David Levithan, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, China Miéville, E.C. Myers, and Jenn Reese.

Hypnotic Updates and a Reminder

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Recently I’ve been spending time (six days, actually) up in New York City taking courses and getting certified in the area of conversational hypnosis. Things went very well, and I’m happy to announce that I am now a certified hypnotherapist!

Seriously.

Not to worry though, I promise to use my powers for good (mostly). In fact, in addition to gaining some added verisimilitude for my fictional tales of the Amazing Conroy, my intention is to develop materials that make use of hypnosis to help writers with the sort of problems we all tend to phase (e.g., motivation, writer’s block, hating the book we’re in the middle of). I’ll be easing into this slowly, but bit by bit you’ll be able find audio files for these sorts of things available for free at www.hypnosis4writers.com.

Mind you, while audio files can be very effective, they pale compared to what hypnosis can accomplish in a more interactive setting. So as 2013 unfolds I expect I’ll be offering sessions for small groups of writers at various conventions. As well as one-on-one appointments, as circumstances allow.

Oh, and as long as I have your attention, this is a good time to remind you of a couple things:

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If you’re a member of SFWA (Associate, Active, or Lifetime), the deadline to submit your Nebula nominations is fast approaching.

And given that you’ve been staring at the swirling image on this page (hey, I said “mostly” for good), I should also remind you that my novella, “Barry’s Tale,” published last November in the collection Buffalito Buffet from small press Hadley Rille, is eligible for your consideration. Thanks.

Also, call your mother.

Now, you won’t remember any of this, not consciously. That’s right, you’re going to forget. Even after you finish reading this page, you’ll remember that you’re going to forget. In time, you’ll have forgotten that you remembered to forget, and that’s as it should be, but don’t worry about remembering that, because once you’ve forgotten to remember to forget that you’ve forgotten to remember, it means you’ll have remembered to forget that you’ve remembered what you’d forgotten…