I’m busy getting caught up on some a backlog of work so I can focus exclusively on writing after that, so today we have link salad.
First, here’s an interview I did for the Denver Post a while back.
This interview ended up being a bit different. It was a phone interview. (That’s not the different part.) And when the journalist called, she asked if her daughter could listen in, because she was a big fan of the books.
I said it was no problem, and when I found out that she was 18 and about to leave for college, I asked if she wanted some advice. Because I have a weakness for giving advice, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s college.
She said yes, so I gave her some advice.
What’s interesting is that they included the advice to the daughter in the interview. After re-reading it, I’m happy to say it was pretty good advice. It wasn’t just a product of over-caffeination.
Second, I wanted to point folks at Wednesday’s comic over at Real Life.
Why am I pointing you at that comic? Because right now I’m brewing a batch of mead, and I have done exactly what he’s talking about. Except without the smartphone. Because I’m apparently the last person on earth without a smartphone.
Thirdly and lastly, a quick story. Or rather, a series of stories that make a sort of story gestalt.
Though I don’t gamble much, it’s always fascinated me. Back in high school, I used what little calculus I knew to create a roulette betting system that I was pretty sure would make me rich.
Luckily, at that point in my life I didn’t have access to a car or a line of credit. What’s more, when I wrote a computer program to model my betting strategy, it kept losing money. So I gave it up as a bad idea and kept playing D&D instead.
Fast forward to last year, when Worldcon was held in Reno. A reader contacted me and asked if I’d like some help finding a room in Reno. Jade worked in the hospitality business, and hooked me up with some accommodations.
He also sent me this map:
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If you click on it, you can see that it has helpful tips on it, such as, “Do not go here or you will die.”
I got a kick out of it, and posted it up on Google+ for other people to see.
A couple days later when I was doing a signing in Reno, someone came up to me and said, “I went to that place that the map said I shouldn’t.”
I nodded. This didn’t surprise me. I had the same impulse when I saw it. The main reason I hadn’t already gone myself is that I was too busy with the convention.
“Did you die?” I asked.
“No,” he said. “But someone stole my car.”
At that point I decided to take Jade’s advice a little more seriously. And, as you can see, I’m still alive. So I count that as a success.
I found out a couple months back that Jade had actually started up a blog where he talks about casinos and gambling. It’s not only funny, but informative, as he has a insider’s knowledge of casinos and casino towns.
You can check it out HERE.
That’s all for now,
P.S. We’re still shipping out Worldbuilders prizes. So keep an eye on your mailboxes.