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My Preliminary Capclave 2014 Schedule

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The autumnal convention season is gearing up and soon I’ll be heading down to the Washington, D.C. area for one of my favorite events: Capclave.

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

Friday, October 10th

5:00 p.m. | Salon A – “Holy Shuftik!” he cried
How does an author create a distinctive language for characters in the future or in a different world and keep it understandable to the reader? What’s the right balance between creating language and making sure the reader can figure it out without a dictionary appendix to the story?
Paolo Bacigalupi, Tom Doyle (M), Diana Peterfreund, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and me.

Saturday, October 11th

11:00 a.m. | Frederick – Reading
I recently turned in a new novel to my editor at Tor, and assuming he doesn’t wrestle the manuscript from me, I’ll read you a bit of it.
Come to hear me, and stay to listen to Walter Hunt, who follows me (as if!) at 11:30.

3:00 p.m. | Rockville/Potomac – Rules? Rules? There are no Rules!
When writing fiction, if it works, it works. Our panel debates whether authors need to know “rules” that they can then break if they are good enough, or if this only constrains creativity.
Paolo Bacigalupi, Walter H. Hunt (M), Alma Katsu, James Morrow, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and me.

7:30 p.m. | Rockville/Potomac – Mass Signing
Your chance to get my signature on something! Woo hoo!
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sarah Avery, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Alma Katsu, Pamela K. Kinney, Barbara Krasnoff, Dina Leacock, James Maxey, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Michael A. Ventrella, Lawrence Watt-Evans, and me.

Sunday, October 12th

12:00 p.m. | Author’s Hallway – Shameless Hucksterism
They’ve given me half a table in the middle of a busy corridor so I can sell you things! Specifically, I’ll have copies of my books, as well as offerings from my small press, Paper Golem.
Tom Doyle will be sitting alongside me, so come visit him too.

2:00 p.m. | Bethesda – Best Books of 2014
Discuss your favorite new books of 2014. Which novels deserve your Hugo/Nebula/Tiptree/World Fantasy/Golden Duck, etc nomination? What novels won’t be nominated and deserve to be and why not?
Sarah Avery, D. Douglas Fratz (M), Jim Freund, Shira Lipkin, and me.

Tom Doyle at PSFS this Friday

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The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) meets this Friday night at 9:00 p.m. and their guest will be author Tom Doyle. Here’s the official blurb from PSFS:

“Tom Doyle writes science fiction and fantasy in a spooky turret in Washington, DC. He grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, so when he attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop there in 2003, it was like coming home. He lived in Japan for over a year and has traveled widely. In 2004, he visited Ireland for the celebrations of the hundredth anniversary of Bloomsday, and that experience contributed greatly to his 2012 Writers of the Future story.

Tom won the 2008 WSFA Small Press Award. He has published stories in Strange Horizons, Futurismic, Aeon, and Ideomancer, among others. His essays on science fiction and millennialism have appeared in Fictitious Force and Strange Horizons, and in the book The End That Does. Paper Golem Press has published a collection of his short fiction, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories. Tom has appeared on the Hour of the Wolf radio program and the Fast Forward TV show, and he has given a presentation on L. Frank Baum at the Library of Congress.”

Full disclosure, I published Tom’s short story collection. I did it because I think he’s a brilliant and extremely talented writer. But even better than that, he does a reading that is nothing short of awesome! So, if you’re anywhere near Philadelphia on Friday, or can get there, you need to go to Tom’s appearance at PSFS.

Oh, one more thing that PSFS didn’t know was happening when they invited Tom to be their feature speaker on Friday: He just signed a three book deal with Tor. Congratulations, Tom!

PSFS will be meeting at the University of Pennsylvania’s International House, located at 3701 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia, PA.

I can’t be there because I’ll be up in New York doing a hypnosis thing. So, tell Tom I sent you. Thanks.

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.

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)

Tomorrow is Sci-Fi Saturday in York, PA

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Tomorrow morning I’m hitting the road early and traveling to York, PA where I will be part of the festivities at Sci-Fi Saturday at the York Emporium. Also on hand will be Best-Selling author of Enchanted, Alethea Kontis.

The doors open at ten o’clock, and the event runs until six. There’ll be readings, and lectures, a game show, and even a light saber demonstration (bring the kids!). I’ll go on stage for an hour at one o’clock and talk about the Amazing Conroy and probably a bit about Klingon, as well as upcoming projects at Paper Golem. Yes, I am attending this event in my capacity as a triple threat: author/publisher/klingonist!

All in all, it should be a great day! But, don’t take my word for it, check out this article from the The York Dispatch who have labeled it as their “weekly pick.”

Not that you need any more inducement to attend, but rumor has it that Barry will be on hand as well, eager to pose with fans and talk about his forthcoming eponymous novella.

Saturday in the Library

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Yesterday, as I tend to do on every Saturday, I headed off to enjoy a Chinese Buffet brunch and a good book. I stopped on my way out of the house to snap this photograph of Valerie enjoying a sunny read in our library, bracketed by dogs. That’s Gej of course on her right, and her own dog, Sugar, nestled on her left.

And yes, my wife does have purple hair!

Valerie and Dogs

me and Good Reads

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I’m in the process of getting a new website (same URL, just different structure and some additions/changes to content). Part of this includes being more responsible to some of the other social network obligations I’ve taken on, in particular Good Reads.

Apparently for months and months Good Reads was sending me their version of “Friend Invitations” and I was oblivious to them. Ooops.

In an attempt to rectify that, I’m posting this message here, complete with a link to my Good Reads page. Voila!