onyxhawke: (Default)
( May. 3rd, 2009 11:53 pm)
I've been reading client stuff a lot lately. I do so love it when a client whose work you enjoy greatly surpasses their previous efforts.

I saw Wolverine the other night. My brother and I both loved it, and judging by the fact that the whole audience was there until the credits rolled, and about eighty percent stayed until the credits stopped, I don't think we were alone in that. It was to me, a great character study. It wasn't as action filled as some of the other comic to movie translations, but I think Hugh Jackman did a great job with all areas of the part. I've heard that some people thought it was bad, terrible or worse. I wonder what provoked this? It's the origin story of a man with blood on his hands who is a good guy because he's seen the dark side and knows what he wants. I think it was pretty faithful to the integrity of the character.

Anyone else see it yet?

Apropos of nothing:
Music added to the library tonight:
Vaughan Williams Complete Collection, George Phillipp Telemann's complete Tafelmusik, Living Colour's Vivid, Royce Da 5'9" The Album, Saves the Day  Stay What You Were & Through Being Cool, Bishop Lamont The Confessional, Peabo Bryson Missing You, Handel   Fire, Water, Slick Rick Behind Bars, Jay-Z American Gangster, Wyman Tisdale Rebound
Those who were at Lunacon will be unsurprised that the Good is by far the longest section.

The good:
I arrived just before seven pm Thursday, having not eaten since mid day, I was merely famished. Dave & Barb Freer were in the lobby ready to start eating anyone who stopped moving, or was wearing an attractive cologne not having had a chance to eat since very early in the day. Eric Flint was there, as well as the Hoyt Collective. Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon arrived not to long after I did. We finally departed a bit after nine when it became noticeable that the Freer's and I were possibly not joking about which people would taste best with teriyaki and which with mango and papaya slices. Read more... )

Next Con:
chris signing

                                                Con Report — Lunacon 2009

Hilton Rye Town


the report )

Chris McMahon

Sightings and hug-bys:
Mary Robinette Kowal, Ian Randal Strock, Joshua Palimatier, Lawrence Schoen, Bob Eggleton, Kate Paulk, Jeff Warner, Gail Martin and of course all the Guests.

Oh, and Mercedes Lackey reccomended http://moonedit.com/

More later.
onyxhawke: (Default)
( Mar. 17th, 2009 11:28 pm)
In addition to Dave Freer i have two other clients attending Lunacon. Chris is an Aussie so he probably won't make it to cons stateside all that often, Charles Gannon is known to quiet a few from his days as a game writer.
Schedules )
onyxhawke: (Default)
( Feb. 19th, 2009 12:37 pm)

Finally! I saw the preview I wasn't allowed to share, and now, there is this cover final and one for all to look at. I tried to get a larger image into the post, but apparently Picsa, myself, and LiveJournal aren't a good mix.

Here's the Picsa link. And I'm sure you've all preordered already so I won't point out that large preorders make editors happy, and being happy makes them much more pliable when I twist their arms for additional books and better terms.
The nice folks at Audible have let me know that the audio version of James Enge's debut novel The Blood of Ambrose is scheduled to be released on April 21st.
onyxhawke: (Default)
( Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:12 pm)
Well Con goers it is nearly that time again! Lunacon is almost here with a Guest of Honor who not only hasn't been in the USA in five years, is looking forward to his first stint as Guest of Honor. Dave Freer who has over a dozen books on the shelf ranging from epic fantasy to space opera to urban fantasy will be touching down in time to meet the people he writes for. Larry Dixon will be Artist Guest of Honor, the Special Guest will be Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint will be Toastmaster.

Don't forget: Lunacon March 20-22, the greatest con this side of the moon.
[livejournal.com profile] davefreer 

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Jan. 26th, 2009 04:27 pm)
James Enge has turned in the sequel to his soon to be best loved Blood Of Ambrose to Pyr. The sequel is currently titled This Crooked Way
This is what he said about it in his conference on Baen's Bar;

Tasmarin is a place of dragons. a plane cut off from all others worlds where dragons can be dragons, and humans can be dinner. It's a place of islands, forests, mountains and wild oceans, filled with magical denizens. Fionn -- the black dragon -- calmly tells anyone who will listen that he's going to destroy the place. Of course he's a joker, a troublemaker and a dragon of no fixed abode. No one ever believes him.

He's dead serious.

Others strive to refresh the magics that built this place. To do so they need the combined magics of all the intelligent species, to renew the ancient balance and compact. There is just one problem. They need a human mage, and dragons systematically eliminated those centuries ago. Their augury has revealed that there is one, and they seek her desperately. Unfortunately, she's fallen in with Fionn, who really doesn't want them to succeed. He has his own reasons and designs.

The part he hadn't worked out is that she will affect his plans too.  Chaos, roguery, theft, heroism, kidnapping, love, trouble and war follow. And chaos. Did I mention chaos?

If one were wanting to know when it will be available... Toni's Table in Baen's Bar would be the place to ask since I haven't been told yet. Dave can be found on his LJ [livejournal.com profile] davefreer on facebook, and of course on the
Bar in "Dr Monkey".

onyxhawke: (Braaaaaains)
( Jan. 18th, 2009 02:04 pm)
Well, it's snowing outside, but the con is still in full swing. My two panels were well attended. The first one was with the fabulous Sara A. Harvey, Keith R. A. DeCandido, James D. Macdonald, and Inanna Arthen. Where we covered bad contracts, the unfortunate experiences of Sara and Inanna, James's work with Writers Beware and some of the practices Keith obsereved at a former employer. While the range of things that can go wrong with a contract, or the relationship with an agent, or publisher is a seriuos topic, this was a fun panel. I haven't had as much fun, complete with laughs, swearing, anecdotes and one upsmanship.

Next panel was on bio ethics. This panel had people with varied backgrounds and when it got rolling we discussed a variety of topics from autonomy to informed consent, all of which feed into the ethics equation. Thomas Easton (m), Bonnie Barlow Turner, Amy Chused, Richard Stallman, myself and one other person who's name was not on the schedule were delighted to have a full audience.

I'm off to see if i can swing lunch or at least a drink with one of my clients.


onyxhawke: (Default)
( Nov. 19th, 2008 01:39 pm)
John Scalzi, he of the internet Mecca the Whatever blog has posted about Dave Freer's latest book. He mentions that it is an idea book, and much like his Old Mans War it has real character development, and real live plot. Go see what other people have to say.
onyxhawke: (Default)
( Nov. 5th, 2008 06:45 pm)
Dave Freer along with a talented cast that includes Sarah Hoyt, Carrie Vaughn, Alan Dean Foster, Irene Radford, Jay Lake and other names you either do know or soon will know and love are now on the shelf in Dan Hoyt's new anthology Better Off Undead.I'll admit I haven't read everyone who has taken part in the anthology but most of them I already love. 

Do not pass go, proceed directly to the book store.

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Oct. 15th, 2008 01:45 pm)
The following people owe me sleep and should make reparations quickly.

First up is the delightful Carrie Vaughn. I got to meet her in the lobby of one of the three hundred hotels attendees of Denvetion were spread across. I'm possibly the last person on the planet to read Kitty And the Midnight Hour, but if I'm not, and you're among those who hasn't go do so. The characters are very real, the plot is solid and the story is very internally consistent. I was hesitant to pick this one up because well, the werewolf is named Kitty. I'm glad i did finally read it, but i had no intention of reading it all in one night.

Jocelyn Drake writes the other type of fanged fiend of the night, and does so with a few variations that make her vampires distinct. NightWalker follows a vampire who is called upon to confront enemies she thought were dead, by an unlikely enemy of her enemies who is not her friend. After that it gets complicated.

Bill Fawcett's collection of major military blunders How to Lose a Battle is a great read and the type of history i wish people would send me. It covers battlefield blunders including those in the Punic Wars, the Napoleonic wars, and World War Two. One of the highlights is a day by day dissection of Gettysburg. It is not intended to be a bone deep guide to any of the battles it covers, but it is a great place to get a look at how to realistically screw up your characters lives.

Don't forget that Dave Freer's Pyramid Power and Slowtrain are both on the shelves, and that most stores will order at not extra charge if you ask.

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Oct. 14th, 2008 08:23 pm)
Dave Freer, along with a few other fantastic folks have decided to form a group blog. Dave got the intro post and he has since been followed by Rowena Cory Daniels. Go look http://madgeniusclub.blogspot.com/
onyxhawke: (Default)
( Sep. 1st, 2008 12:26 pm)
Jenna Waterford's The Accidental Mime is up for you reading pleasure. Click here. In she same issue of the ezine is an interview with this moderately well known lady "Robin Hobb".

onyxhawke: (Default)
( Aug. 31st, 2008 09:06 pm)
Dave Freer posted two interesting things that i thought I'd mention.

http://davefreer.livejournal.com/73720.html on his feelings after finishing something. And http://davefreer.livejournal.com/74253.html what he wants to write in the future.

Editors and publishers interested in the latter should call me immediately.
onyxhawke: (cookie)
( Aug. 22nd, 2008 12:36 am)
While this is probably old news to everyone other than me, Pyr in their wisdom has decided to add the sensational James Enge to their blog. So when you aren't worshiping his words at his LJ, or Black Gate, or Flashing Swords you can join him and some moderately well know folks blogging at the Pyr blog.
Yesterday was fun, and all the set work was done by two so I relaxed a bit more the rest of the day. The morning panel The Agent Behind the Curtain was a bit more general than I expected, but probably what the audience needed. Joshua Bilmes did a fantastic job moderating, Eleanor Wood contributed in that cool reasoned way she does. Lucienne Diver was her usual strong business woman self. And Kristen Nelson was the only one i hadn't met before, she was sharp and well focused.

Next I had the signing turned pitch session. This was in the dealers room, thankfully far enough away from most things that I could here the people who were talking to me. The dealers room is large and I spent half an hour talking to Howard and Sandra Taylor. I ran into Jeremy from Night Shade and talked to him for a while.

So aside from Schlock Mercenary I also noticed the folks from Girl Genius, and a demo station for the various versions of Soul Caliber 4, featuring Star Wars characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

Today the only real plans are a brunch with the conchair of Lunacon to beat him into persuade him of a few things I'd like and give him a bit more background on some of the folks who I know want to be there or are going to be there.

After that is a late lunch with [personal profile] canarynoir and then visiting folks at one or two of the parties.

For those keeping track; I talked to Steve Stirling, Jay Lake, Peter Heck, Ken Shoels, and a half dozen others i should remember but don't.

Depending on mood and energy, i may send out a few more submissions later this afternoon.
Yesterday's  Shmoozing 101 panel was fun. Unfortunately Ginjer Buchanan wasn't with us, but thanks to Mary Robinette Kowal and John Sclazi, it was a fantastic panel. I like panels that don't suffer from dead air and panic as people realize they will have to actually talk instead of just sit at the table and hope someone will buy somethign in the dealers room or art room with their name on it.

Schmoozing 101 was a lot of fun, I'd never met John Scalzi before even if I've commented on his blog a couple times, Mary i met and got a ride to the con hotel from the overflow at WFC Austin and have run into a couple times since. The two of them did a lot of the work and I chimed in to the person who said "don't be stupid." I don't think i actually said it in those words, but I'm sure the sentiment got across.

I did get to meet a couple of my readers, and someone who submitted something to me during the Winter Workout and was willing to speak to me anyway.

For those who hadn't noticed, there is a full page ad for Lunacon in the program book right next to the one featuring Lois Bujolds new series. There is also a full page color ad that features both Slow Train and Pyramid Power, both of which are available for pre-order.

Today i have two events.

one is an eleven thirty panel The Agent Behind the Curtain in room 506, and the other is immediately after at 1pm a signing in Hall D. After that i can go back to being invisible and maybe go to lunch. Please stop by the signing even if just to say hello, feel free to pitch your book to me.

For those who know them: Silverdrake, and Mike, The Hoyt Collective Family, Kate Paulk, Greg D, Cynthia Gonslaves, and a few others are here.

Oh yeah, for anyone at the con who hasn't discovered it there's free Wi-Fi on the 16h street mall, its the "Downtown DenverWiFI" network, I'm able to sign into it sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Plaza.



onyxhawke: (Default)


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags