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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!


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

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:


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, 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!

Philadelphia Fantastic – 7pm, Friday, November 30, 2012

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Buffalito Buffet

I have the pleasure once again of being the featured author at this month’s Philadelphia Fantastic Reading series, taking place for the penultimate time at the Moonstone Arts Center, 108 S. 13th Street, Phila., Pa, conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia

I’ll be reading from Buffalito Buffet, my new collection of stories from the Amazing Conroy series, which includes the original novella “Barry’s Tale,” as well as “Buffalo Dogs” — the very first story in the series, and several that are now out of print. Conroy is a stage hypnotist, turned smuggler, turned corporate CEO. He can usually be found in the company of Reggie, his alien animal companion that resembles a miniature bison, but can eat anything and farts oxygen.

All attendees will receive a free copy of the electronic version of the novella “Barry’s Tale,” and some lucky member of the audience will leave with their very own plush buffalito! Wow!

!!! The reading will not be in Klingon !!! (probably)

BUFFALITO BUFFET – According to Publishers Weekly

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Coming out in time for Thanksgiving (surely a great time to buy books!), Buffalito Buffet is the third book in the Amazing Conroy series.

Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about it:

Starting with 2001’s “Buffalo Dogs,” this collection reprints all seven of Schoen’s short stories featuring the Amazing Conroy, a hypnotist turned entrepreneur, and his pet buffalito, Reggie (last seen in 2011’s Buffalito Contingency), along with the all-new “Barry’s Tale.” The emphasis is on sly humor and social chicanery as Conroy uses hypnotism, subterfuge, and old-fashioned people skills to interact with a universe teeming with oddball aliens and their oft-confusing customs. He breaks an alien monopoly on buffalitos, dog-sized creatures that eat anything and fart pure oxygen; learns the secret of the galaxy’s greatest recluse; gets caught up in a murder; gambles for extremely high stakes; and pursues a legendary culinary delicacy. Schoen is clearly in his element and there’s a pleasant preposterousness to the whole thing, like a series of good-natured tall tales that end too soon.

“Pleasant preposterousness.” Yeah, I’ll take that.