Shield and Crocus blurbs

Dear all, I’ve been given clearance to release the two blurbs we’ve received so far for Shield and Crocus. “Blindingly creative, Shield and Crocus delivers action-packed, four-color fantasy with a lot of heart.” -Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident “Audec-Hal is a city where dispassionate robots co-exist with mad sorcerers and unpredictable storms…

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SF Squeecast

Earlier this month, I had the sublime fortune of being a guest on the Hugo-Award-Winning SF Squeecast, joining Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Lynne Thomas, and Michael Damian Thomas. http://sfsqueecast.com/2014/03/episode-34-ha-ha-ha-bang/ We talked about expectations, how expectations influence the way we experience content, how we squee, and how publishers/creators set expectations about their work. Then, at the…

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The Rules: list 15 writers/poets who’ve influenced you and will always stick with you. Don’t overthink. List the 15 influences in 15 minutes.

I’m going to skip authors who I met and befriended before knowing their work for this one (namely Marie Brennan, Darja Malcolm-Clarke, Alyc Helms, etc.)

These are roughly in chronological order of my encountering the author’s work.

Madeline L’Engle
Ursula K. LeGuin
Gary Paulsen
Margaret Weis
Tracey Hickman
Mark Rein*Hagen
Phil Bruccato
George R. R. Martin
Joseph Campbell
Chuang Tzu (probably not a real person)
Octavia Butler
China Mieville
Warren Ellis
Judith Butler
Scott Lynch

Over at SF Signal, I took part in a Mind Meld about Epic Geek Debates, which is a topic so perfect for me I had a lot of difficulty narrowing my experiences down to just one debate to talk about.

http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2014/03/mind-meld-epic-geek-debates-rants/

With shout-outs to my Skiffy & Fanty colleagues, and especially Kommandant Shaun Duke.