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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!

No Comments » Written on February 20th, 2013 by
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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…

Now Available for Nook: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

So, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll recall that just yesterday I announced that my 2009 novel from Hadley Rille Books, Buffalito Destiny, could be acquired for a mere $3.00 by Kindle-users over on Amazon.

While there was much rejoicing, there was also a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Or something like that. I like to think it was from all the rest of the e-reading public who fill their ebook fix via the much more popular format known as ePub.

As you know, Bob, Barnes & Noble’s ereader, the Nook, uses that format, and while there are still a few bugs in the system (e.g., they don’t have the cover art showing yet), Buffalito Destiny is now available in ePub format via BN.com, specifically right here at this link. And yes, it’s still only three bucks!

And again, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy which says if you’ve already bought a physical copy of book then you’re entitled to the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) for free. If this applies to you, follow this link to find out how to get yours.

Now Available for Kindle: BUFFALITO DESTINY!

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Buffalito Destiny

In 2009 Hadley Rille Books published my first novel, Buffalito Destiny, making it available in both Trade Paperback and Hardcover editions.

Beginning today, my own small press, Paper Golem, has made it available for the Kindle, and it only costs three dollars!

Seriously, a mere three bucks. No more excuses. Plus today’s my half-birthday, so… yeah, that means you should get a copy, right?

You can click this link and you’ll be whisked instantly to Amazon where you can buy a copy (and I encourage you to use that link as I’ll get a bit extra, courtesy of Amazon’s Affiliation program).

But also, because the ebook is being published via Paper Golem, it’s covered by our FREE EBOOK policy. Specifically, if you’ve already bought the book in “dead tree” format, Paper Golem will send you the ebook version (either mobi or ePub format) at no cost. Check out this link for the details.

And a special shout out to Elektra Hammond for her efforts improving the readability of the ebook!

End November with Buffalito Joy!

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Buffalito Buffet

Just a reminder that I’ll be reading from my new collection, Buffalito Buffet, at the Moonstone Arts Center tonight. The time is 7:00 p.m., and the address is 108 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia.

In point of fact, I’ll be reading from the novella “Barry’s Tale,” and since I don’t have time to read all of it, I”ll be handing out postcards with links to download the entire novella in a variety of formats that cover all your basic reading devices (except, you know, eyeballs).

This is all part of the Philadelphia Fantastic Reading series, a monthly gathering that begins with a reading, followed by a stroll to a nearby restaurant and an evening meal with excellent conversation.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading. And also, some lucky member of the audience will leave with their very own plush buffalito!

My-Down-to-the-Wire Philcon 2012 Schedule

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Year after year, it seems like Philcon’s destiny to be constantly besieged. Fortunately, they have some very good people who give of themselves tirelessly (even when people like me bitch and moan).

While I will be at the convention on Friday, I don’t have any programming. In fact, for reasons that are known only to the scheduling gods, I am not on any panels at all this year. That said, I will be doing both a signing and a reading. But my main focus will be a launch party for The Wizard of Macatwa And Other Stories by Tom Doyle, the newest book from my small press, Paper Golem. We’ll have copies of the book available for purchase, and anyone who buys one at the launch party will also get the ebook version at no extra cost.

Saturday, November 10th:
10:00 – 11:00am (Autograph Table) Signing
The prefect time to sign books, when I’m barely awake after too little sleep from the previous evening’s parties. Come on by!

12:00 – 1:00pm (Executive Suite 623) Reading
It appears I have an entire hour to use, so I’ll probably read my novella, “Barry’s Tale,” from my new book, Buffalito Buffet, which comes out the following Friday. Oh yeah, and everyone gets a free copy of the novella!

3:00 – 6:00pm (Executive Suite 823) Paper Golem Book Launch: The Wizard of Macatwa
Award-winning author Tom Doyle will be there to read several stories. Tom’s presentation is intense! Join us and help celebrate the release of his first book.

So that’s where you’ll find me. Barry will be with me, riding my shoulder as is his wont. Be sure to ask for a photo with him, as his Facebook page is getting stale.

The Buffalito World Outreach Project goes to Iran!

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In other news, word reached me at 3am this morning that the Farsi translation of “Buffalo Dogs” is all but completed.

I’m just doing my part to bring about global harmony (and world domination).

Happy Monday!