Four Days ’til TusCon

It’s Monday night, November 5th. That means:

  • There are fewer than nine hours before the polls open here in Arizona
  • There are fewer than twenty-two hours before the polls close here in Arizona
  • This time tomorrow night I’ll most likely be drinking to celebrate, drinking to drown my sorrows, or drinking because there’s still no clear election results
  • There are fewer than four days left until TusCon, the very first Convention where Green Bandit Press will have a booth!

As I write this, my lovely wife has already fallen asleep. Not hundreds of miles away as she was the last time I blogged, but beside me. She’ll most likely wake up when I close the computer and turn off the lights. It feels good to be in the same house again. Tomorrow we vote here in Flagstaff, then high-tail it down to Tucson to prepare for the convention.

This site may go down for a bit in the next few days, or start looking really funny, as I try to make it look a bit more presentable for the convention. I also plan to roll out a few more items of interest between now and Friday afternoon when the Convention gets underway.

Good night.

Don’t forget “Little Lost Dogs” is now available for Kindle and Nook!

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From Window Rock, With Love

My job takes me to places far flung across northern Arizona. From Flagstaff, to Williams, to Tuba City, Kayenta, Chinle, Second Mesa, and Window Rock: the capitol of the Navajo Nation. I drive past some spectacular country, and some abject poverty. I’m constantly inspired by the beauty present in Navajoland and the Hopi mesas. The characters in “Little Lost Dogs” make their homes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but much of my inspiration is drawn from the landscape and the people I meet here.

A three hour drive west, my dogs, Anaheim Bell and Ricardo Ancho are staying at a friend’s house, with his dogs. They’ve been playing happily all day, but about now they’ll have realized I’m not coming home tonight.

Two more hours south of our dogs is my wife, who is taking some much needed time with her family.

Another hour and a half south of my wife is our cat, who no doubt is kneading on blanket we got as a wedding present.

My internal clock says it’s almost 8pm, but here on the Rez, it’s almost 9. I’ve been driving and working all day, I’m already rambling, and I haven’t even started working on my NaNoWriMo story for the evening. If there’s a coherent point to be made here, I’m sure I’ve missed it. Perhaps it’s that I’m feeling stretched across an entire state this evening, which may explain why this post is more personal and less focused than the usual fare on this site. I’m looking for a connection somewhere.

Good night.

Don’t forget “Little Lost Dogs” is now available for Kindle and Nook!”

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My Dogs Are Defective

My dogs enjoy barking. Really. Dog walking buy? They want to make their presence known. People down the street coming home late at night? They want to make sure our house is safe. Invisible raccoon? Woof woof woof.

Trick or Treater at the door when it’s dark out, I don’t have my porch light on, and I never went to the store to buy candy? Utter silence. I hope that kid liked the pirouettes I gave her.

If you’ve got a defective dog story, I’d love to hear it.

Meanwhile, it’s November 1st, and that means National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) is upon us. My plan this year is similar to last year’s: I’ll be doing Reggie short stories. I got several done last year (met the 50,000 word goal easily) and three of those are going to be available in dead-tree format at TusCon November 9 – 11. If there are any unsold copies, I just might find a way to sell them through the website! But in the meantime, if you want to get your hands on them, you’ll need to come to Tucson, AZ in about a week!

Happy All Saint’s Day, and don’t forget “Little Lost Dogs” is now available for Kindle and Nook!

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Trick or Treat?

Happy Halloween to all my readers!

I must admit, though I often have grand plans for a costume, I usually end up throwing something together at the last minute. Tonight, a certain national burrito chain is giving $2 boo-ritos for those in costume, so I can’t just skip it.

When my wife and I moved into this house from an apartment, we figured we’d finally start getting trick-or-treaters. We didn’t exactly count on how early it gets dark this time of year. We know there are kids around, but by the time either of us is home from work, we’re pretty sure most of them have passed us by. Last year we put out a bowl of candy before leaving for the day. Some of it did disappear before we got home, but most of disappeared… later… when there were only really two suspects.

So, tonight, I guess I’ll leave the lights off, and come home in the dark. I don’t have any candy to hand out, and my wife, who will no doubt make me feel the shame I deserve for not putting candy out, is in Tucson this week.

So, Happy Halloween, everyone.

And don’t forget you can now purchase “Little Lost Dogs” for Kindle and Nook!

Edited to add this awesomeness:

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Countdown to TusCon, Nov 9-11

[Insert mandatory apology about how I haven’t been blogging here much lately in the last year.] [Continue with obligatory statement that I’ll “try to be better about it in the future.”]

Blogging consistently may not be my strongest of suits, but I have some big news for anyone still reading this site. Quite a bit of it, actually:

  • eBook: “Little Lost Dogs” is now available for sale as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle, as well as the Nook. The current version is unillustrated, and goes for $2.99. We hope to have an illustrated edition up soon (We’re shooting for November 9th). Please tell all your friends with eReaders (since I know you all have already read it here).
  • TusCon: Green Bandit Press will have a dealer’s booth at TusCon 39 in Tucson, AZ this November 9-11. We are currently putting together some items to sell, and we hope to have more on that for you later as the convention approaches. This will be the 1st convention I’ve been to as a dealer, so wish me luck. Anyone who wants to come out and see our booth will be welcome. Anyone wishing to bestow legal tender upon us will also be permitted to do so at this time.
  • Hard Copy: We are currently working with a printer to produce items for sale at the aforementioned convention. Once this immediate need is settled, we are going to look into the possibility of getting a dead-tree edition of “Little Lost Dogs” printed, as well. Once I have a quote, I’m going to throw a page up on Be thinking about suggestions for incentives to donate Green Bandit Press!

So, there you have it. Let’s hope I can follow up for at least the next few weeks! See you all tomorrow!

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NaNoWriMo Day Two

Today’s [EDIT: Yesterday’s progress. This should have posted on the 2nd] progress report: I’ve broken 6,000 words, more than 1/10th of my monthly goal. Not bad for two days’ work. This first story is turning out to be, well, wouldn’t you like to know?

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NaNoWriMo Day One

This year I’m engaging in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’m not exactly playing by the rules, as I’m using pre-existing characters (Reginald LaKino et al), and writing short stories rather than a novel. I think this qualifies me as a “NaNo Rebel.” Or not.

Today’s progress report: I’ve broken 3,000 words (out of the NaNoWriMo official goal of 50,000 in the month of November), and found myself googling for the nutritional value of blood. Did you know lamb’s blood contains 17.4 grams of protein in every 100 pound serving? Or that it contains 212% of your daily allotment of Iron? And all with only 75 calories and almost no fat. No wonder Dracula stays young and beautiful!

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October’s Full Moon, and Makeup Movies

I forgot to announce it (I’ve really been out of the habit of blogging) but my wife and I watched The Wolfman (the Lon Chaney, Jr. version) for this month’s Full Moon Monster Movie. To make up for the fact that we missed last month, we also re-watched Shaun of the Dead earlier this month, with a couple of our friends. I’ll try to get a third monster movie in for October, and post all three reviews here as soon as possible.

I’m going to do a site-rearrangement soon, and I hope to get back to blogging. I’m going to be participating in this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) as a NaNo “Rebel.” More details to come. Hopefully the writing fury that is NaNoWriMo will rub off on the blog.

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Full Moon Failure

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. Life happens, and we missed the full moon this month. I didn’t just forget to blog about it, my wife and I were unable to observe our monthly tradition due to a family emergency. I’m thinking of ways to make it up to you all in October.

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Blogroll Roll Call #8: Adventures in Querying

Today, I’ll be recommending to you a blog by a friend of mine, Melissa. That intro may seem familiar, but this is a different Melissa. This time, I’m featuring Melissa Dickerson‘s blog, Adventures in Querying. The previous Melissa writes non-fiction. This Melissa writes fiction. The first five pages of her first novel, Something To Hide are available here. If you are a literary agent, or know someone who is, please take a look. Something to Hide is an exciting tale from the very first sentence. Melissa has a knack for realism that keeps the story grounded, even when the more fantastical elements of the plot begin to rear their heads. There’s one image in particular that I can’t get out of my mind. I won’t say more, after all, the book is called Something to Hide.

Why I Bookmarked It
Much like the previous Melissa, I’ve known Melissa Dickerson for years, primarily through H2G2. Back then, H2G2 was definitely a place where you could stretch your imagination, and Melissa definitely hung out with some of the craziest of us. Additionally, I believe that links on an old college-hosted website of hers may be partially responsible for my webcomic addiction. It was only natural for me to bookmark her blog.

Why I Still Read It
Adventures in Querying is about Melissa’s quest towards publication. She’s currently seeking the representation of a literary agent to help get Something to Hide published. The process is nail biting to follow. Anyone who has ever obtained an agent, or failed to obtain an agent knows this. Of course, getting rejected by agents is only the first round. Once she finds an agent, she needs to be ready to get rejected by publishers. Having read her book, I know that it’s worth publishing, and I’m interested to see how it’s received.

Why You Should Read It
Melissa has a sharp sense of humor, even in the face of adversity. Anyone who is interested in getting published should follow her blog, to see what the rejection process is like. Anyone who thinks getting published is easy should follow her blog, to learn just how wrong they are. Anyone who happens to be a publisher or a literary agent should follow her blog because… wait. If I have publishers and literary agents following my blog, why am I sending them all to Melissa? Have I no self-preservation instinct? I’d love to hear from you, too!

Anyway, as I was saying, check out my Melissa’s blog, her website, and the ”excerpt from her novel. Follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.

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