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Off To Gencon

 
 
Okay. I’m rushing to get everything ready before I hop a plane down to Indianapolis today.

But before I talk about anything else, I have to send you to all to check out a link.

GO HERE.

(Seriously, go there.)

That is the coolest, geekiest thing that’s ever been done for my book. My hat is off to them. I am laughing with delight and shame. Ladies and gentlemen, the bar has officially been raised.

Okay, here is my Gencon Schedule for anyone who cares.

Panels:

Thursday 16th
10:00 – Worldbuilding: The Basics
11:00 – Worldbuilding: The Anthropology of Fantasy
12:00 – Avoiding Cliches: Prophecies, Chosen Ones and Orphans

Friday 17th
12:00 – Refreshing old characters: Pirates, Vampires, and Elves

Saturday 18th
4:00 – Alchemy and Sorcery, the Science of Magic in Fiction:
5:00 – General Q&A

Signings

Friday 2-4
Saturday 1-3

Both signings are happening at booth 2241, where the multifarious Tarol Hunt will be peddling his ass. I mean wares. I mean, comic. If you haven’t read Goblins yet, you’re really missing out. He’ll have copies of his book there for sale, so even if I’m not there, you should stop by and check out his stuff.

I’m also having a reading / Q&A session / signing at the Wayne Branch Library.

Thursday night at 7:00.

198 S. Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46231
For more info call: 317-275-4530

There will also be books for sale there.

Geekapalooza, here I come.

pat

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The Upcoming Festivitites in Indianapolis

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’m going to GenCon this year.

“What’s Gencon?” I hear you ask. Why it’s only the biggest gathering of geeks known to man.

And I use that seemingly sexist phrasing intentionally. Want to play a little game? It’s called, “Find the girl.”

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Can you find her?

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No I’m afraid not. To the uninitiated, this might look like a girl at first glance. But that is, in fact, a man. Trust me.

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Congratulations! You found the girl! Better catch an eyeful now, because she’s obviously legging it away faster than you can say, “I’ve got wood for sheep.”

I’m joking, of course. There are women gamers, many of them quite attractive and cool to be around. Many of them will be in attendance, dressed up in leather corsets, chainmail bikinis, Japanese schoolgirl outfits, and my favorite con occurrence of all — the catgirl.

Of course the fact that there will be guys dressed up in the exact same outfits can be troubling for some people. But not me. One of the coolest things I ever saw at a GenCon was a 6′ 4″, 300 pound man with a beard you could lose a ferret in dressed up as… are you ready? Sailor Moon.

It was awesome. He was my hero. You need serious nuts to wear something like that. And given the costume, there was little doubt as to… well… I’m sure you can see where I’m going here.

Anyway, here’s my schedual for the convention itself.

Panels:

Thursday 16th
10:00 – Worldbuilding: The Basics
11:00 – Worldbuilding: The Anthropology of Fantasy
12:00 – Avoiding Cliches: Prophecies, Chosen Ones and Orphans

Friday 17th
12:00 – Refreshing old characters: Pirates, Vampires, and Elves

Saturday 18th
4:00 – Alchemy and Sorcery, the Science of Magic in Fiction:
5:00 – General Q&A

If you’re not in the mood to show up and hear me talk geeky author talk, you can show up at the booths where I’ll be signing books, hanging out, and basking in the revelry.

One of my favorite webcartoonists, Tarol Hunt of Goblins, has agreed to let me hang out at his booth a little bit, so that anyone who’s interested can swing by and get a book signed by me.
I’ll be there, at booth 2241, from 2-4 on Friday, and 1-3 on Saturday. Feel free to stop by and chat.

Lastly, for those of you who really don’t want to brave the convention, you can catch my at one of the  Wayne Branch Library on Thursday night at 7:00.

198 S. Girls School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46231
317-275-4530

As always, this information is available on the tour dates page. But I thought I’d bring it to your attention here, just in case.

Later folks,

pat

 
 

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Writing, moving, and talking about books.

Sorry I’ve been gone so long, folks. It’s been pretty crazy around here. In addition to working like a dog on book two, this week I’ve had the untrammeled delight of moving all my earthly goods from one house to another. Moving sucks, in a nutshell. Do you have any idea how many books I own?

Anyway, aside from the general upheave, things seem to be settling down. My move is done, barring the last bit of cleaning I still have to do tonight. So for now I just have time to post a few, brief announcements.

1. I’ll be down in Indianapolis at GenCon from August 15-19th. I will be doing book signings, panels about writing, and workshops. Plus, I’ll just generally be getting down with my geeky self. (I’ll post up specific times and places in a couple days. Stay tuned for that.)

I will neither confirm nor deny the rumor that I might be dressed as a garden gnome at the convention.

2. The online discussion I’ve been having with Orson Scott Card about Harry Potter has turned out remarkably well. By this I mean I managed to avoid making an ass out of myself in front of one of my favorite authors. Plus, as an added bonus, I got to defend poor Tom Bombadil from unwarranted attacks against his character.

3. There’s a new Q & A up over at Subterranean Press. This interview turned out kinda different, as she asked me some probing questions about my geek heritage. So if you’re a gamer, there might be something interesting for you there. Plus I think I might have accidentally flirted with her a little. As with all my ill-considered choices, I blame caffeine.

4. Lastly is part two of the Q & A I did with Straight from the Barrel. It’s a little more serious than the Subterranean Press interview, but I talk about writing, racism, and one of my favorite webcomics. So there’s a little something there for everyone.

And I’m done. I’ve got to go rugdoctor my apartment before I get any sleep tonight. Wish me luck.

pat

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Working Under Deadline.

Just a brief set of announcements today, as I’m rushing to finish a draft of book two for my editor by tonight.

1. For all you geeks and gamers out there out there, I’m going to be attending GENCON this year. I used to go all the time back when they held it in Milwaukee, but when they moved it I was pissed and quit showing up.

But now my years of sulking are at an end. I’m heading back and this will be my first time attending in Indianapolis. I’ll be doing some panels, workshops, and signings. Maybe even playing a game or two. More details will follow later, when I have more time.

2. I’ve been crazy busy lately, so if I haven’t responded to your e-mail, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you. It just means that I’m waiting until I have a little free time.

3. I’ve put up the beginnings of an FAQ over here on the contact page. There will be more questions added in the future.

I’m also thinking of adding an IAQ for Infrequently Asked Questions. Such as “Do you like curry?” and “Do you know where I can buy a soccer ball?” (Yeah, those are real questions I’ve been asked so far.)

4. I did an interview for Ezzulia.

If you just clicked on it and are worried you can’t read it, relax. You’re not having a stroke. The interview is in Dutch, as the Dutch translation of the book went on sale about a week ago. I feel so international.

Lastly, I’m doing a book signing a week from now, on July 28th, here in Stevens Point. It’s at the Book World on Main Street from 1:00 to 3:00. Feel free to stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.

Later all,

Pat

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