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( 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
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( Apr. 27th, 2009 10:13 pm)
After Friday night I never did put my contacts back in so if I didn't recognize you, I'm sorry I couldn't actually see you from more than a few feet away and your name tag was a total lost cause.

I really love Ravencon, and in case I didn't mention it enough times during the con Vietnam 1 about two blocks down the road is one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at.

My Q&A/Pitch session was so packed that we never got to the pitch session. Lot's of good questions, some of which I can predict will be asked at any given Q&A session, but loads of others too. It was nice to have an actively interested group.

The Mil-SF panel was fun, we covered a decent amount of ground, and everyone on the panel actually contributed.

If you are free the second weekend of April next year you should Ravencon on your list of things to do, the short list.

If you want to be a programing participant and couldn't get onto the programming this year definitely start emailing soon. Most of the panels I was on or looked in on had five or six panelists.

Names you need to meet at a con: Gail Martin, Kelly Lockhart, Chuck Gannon, Peter Prelwitz, Bud Sparhawk, Allan Wold, Gray Reinhart, David Coe, Randy Milholland, James Maxey, Ed Shubert, I've met all of these people but Randy, Gray & Bud before and they are all fun.

Thank you again to the staff and volunteers at Ravencon, my co-panelists and the folks who helped me with the anime panel via Facebook.

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( Apr. 26th, 2009 03:46 am)
I had a lot of fun at the Q&A panel today, and was shocked by the number of people who showed up and were a very entertaining crowd to work with.

The mil-sf panel was killer, Julie Cochrane, Bud Sparhawk, Mike McPhail, Chuck Gannon and myself along with an assist to several great audience members had one of those fun panels that could have gone two hours and no one would have noticed. We touched on the aspects of Mil-SF bleed over to and from real world military, how units of various sizes will call for different psychological profiles.

Lastly, if you are ever in the area, go to eat at Vietnam 1, it is a killer eatery not even three blocks from the hotel the convention has been in the last two years. I had a fab differ with some very cool people there. 
For those of you who have never had the joyous experience of being in a smoky room with contacts, I applaud your good sense. I on the other hand got to spend half of last night with my contacts going through a Navy Seal workout in my eyes.

But that's not nearly as important as who I've gotten to talk too. My fan friends are here in full force, the con com has put together another excellent event and my first panel with Wombat, David Coe, Michael Ventrella, and two others whose names escape me.

Today I have a 2pm panel in the Potomac room. a 6pm in Dogwood and various schmooze sessions throughout the day and night.
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( Apr. 24th, 2009 10:13 am)
While the title may sound like something fit for the adult film world, I'm really headed to one of my faveorite conventions of the year.

Right now I'm sitting on the shuttlebus to Logan and expect to be making a few calls from the terminal and doing some client reading before getting high in the sky.

If all goes well I should be at the hotel before my first panel.
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( Apr. 23rd, 2009 05:07 pm)
I love review of books, especially my clients books. And of course reviews of my clients books where the reviewer clearly loves my clients work, well that's almost as good as selling the book was in the first place.

So I'm going to do a contest that may be continued for other books but will give unpaid reviewers a chance to win free books. Who knows, maybe some day I'll even have a spiffy graphic to go with it.

So what inspired this contest? Well, a wonderful review on KingoftheNerds. It's a real readers review, it feels genuine, and get's exactly what's right about the book. Here is a highlight of the review;

"...Enge's clever writing really came to the fore as the novel moved on and turned it into something that was truly fantastic (::groan::). It's old school and new school, dark without ever being oppressive and yet somehow managed to keep an almost constant smile on my face. It's one of those novel that leaves you a bit crestfallen that it's over, not because the ending was disappointing (it wasn't!) but because you have to stop living in the world it crafted. The second book The Crooked Way looks like it'll be out in October and I for one can't wait to read more."

Great review, full of spoilers though so be careful.

Now, back to that contest.

I've decided to call it the Lunchpail Review Contest.
To enter:

  • Write a review of The Blood of Ambrose somewhere online
  • email the review, a link to it, and your contact info to: lunchpail@onyxhawke.com
  • Entries must be received by 7pm ET May 21st 2009
I will post links to each of the reviews here on my LJ between May 22 and May 30th (possibly sooner depending on the number of reviews) and will after each review has been up at least one day post a poll for three days allowing readers to vote on the reviews.

The winner will receive a copy of This Crooked Way.

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( Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:00 am)
From the things that have not gotten a yes lately, some of the reasons are:

Too politically tinged

Laundry Lists

Lack of reason to care

Poor description
dFor those of you who dislike, or can't use MS Office, I wandered across IBM's Lotus Symphony a couple days ago when borrowing a computer for a few hours work. It seems to load a bit faster than Open Office, and feels smoother over all. It includes word processor, spread sheet and presentation tools.  It is also free.
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( Apr. 21st, 2009 12:25 pm)
The fine folks at Audible.com have gotten James Enge's The Blood of Ambrose up in audior formats. Go buy.

The masterful James Enge was interviewed by the incomparable Sara M. Harvey for SFScope. You can see the interview here, and keep up with both of their exploits: [livejournal.com profile] jamesenge & [personal profile] saraphina_marie  assuming of course that you aren't already reading both of them.

Facebook | Powell's Books, Inc.'s Notes

Powell's has responded to Amazonfail. 

Now go buy my clients books. :-)


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( Apr. 14th, 2009 11:14 pm)
It was 11:14pm ET when I started this post eight minutes after I got home, as I mentioned I've been busy. I signed a new client, one Irene Radford. The divine mind behind the Dragon Nimbus series, the Star God's series, and Merlin's Descendants series, among others. Go buy dozens, they're good reading and it will help me sell more of her stuff. You can go read this fab ladies far more interesting blog here: [profile] ramblin_phyl 

The other thing I did was talk to a writers group. Somehow they managed to put up with me for two hours of talking and still invited me to Friendly's for soda and ice cream afterwards. I had fun, they were a great audience attentive, inquisitive and they even laughed at my jokes. It was a fun day, but seven hours out of the house did cut into how much attention I could pay to the world. If the world ended, we were invated by aliens or anything like that please tell me.

Today I'm busy, and i'll report on that later. But for now, enjoy:

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( Apr. 12th, 2009 12:36 am)
Having gotten buried in reading, both work and fun, I completely neglected to book a flight for Ravencon this year. That's now done. Next years con schedule is rounding out too. It looks like; Boskone, Norwescon and World Fantasy Con.
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( Apr. 8th, 2009 11:18 am)
Does anyone have an experience with Odiogo? I've listened to a few articles read by it, but don't have a firm opinion on it.Does anyone know if it will even work with LiveJournal?
This months tempest in a tea-cup is based on the thin skin of people who might be the topic of discussion. That's right ladies, gentlemen, writers and readers of all ages, we're talking Queryfail. A great summary of the event is posted by Jim MacDonald over at Making Light, and while there's not much to be said about the point of the event that isn't summed up by Colleen Lindsay's early posts on it

Colleen_Lindsay: Remember, if you’re participating in #Queryfail Day to a.) use the #queryfail tag, and

b.) NO PERSONAL IDENTIFIERS from queries. #queryfail

Colleen_Lindsay: It’s about educating, not about being mean! =) #queryfail

This was repeated more than once. And yet, several people got upset about it. Why, who knows. From the admittedly light skimming I did, it looked the usual offal about "My original idea might be stolen!!!!EventyANGST!!!111!!" and the "How dare you mention that I'm not perfect!" crap.

News flash: There are no original stories left, haven't been seen before the written word. There are original executions, but anyone who states that such an execution could be compromised not by a multi-page examination of the text of a book, but by a one hundred forty character (or less) riff on the query is arguing from a well emoted out position.

Were their direct quotes used? Of course there were, they make the best examples, and of course the only people who might be able to identify the writer of any particular query by a one sentence quote are: 1) The writer, 2) other professionals that have seen the query and 3) anyone the writer may have bounced their query off before dispatching it to the Stygian depths of an agent/editors inbox. So how is this public humiliation? It isn't. The agents and editors who might have or might in the future see it will probably reject it or have for the same reason(s). Your friends or family members are either not using a large enough cluebat, or you're just not asking the right questions to get the answers and or help you need.

What Queryfail did was take not just the people who are actively seeking improvement and hold them up as an example, but take some things from a bit further down the food chain. Most of the people who take part in activities like Ms Snark once ran, are close to being at the right level, and that makes it harder (at least for me) to see the difference between right and almost right. I've learned more about good writing from reading bad, bad writing than from reading the cream of the crop. Not because there isn't stuff to learn in the great writing but because the bad stuff is usually disjointed enough to stick out where as good writing is nearly invisible.

I may or may not do something similar to queryfail in the future, but if i do it is educationally intended and if you think I'm being mean, really ask my (real) friends they can set you straight.

It seems like I can't go a single day without someone emailing me a link to something new on

James Enge's The Blood of Ambrose. Today is no different. I got a link to an interview on Tor.com with James.  Enjoy.

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( Apr. 6th, 2009 10:23 am)
For those who just won't buy a book without knowing what's inside the nice folks at Pyr have posted the first three chapters of The Blood of Ambrose to their website.
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( Apr. 6th, 2009 10:19 am)
I ran across this set of pictures, and wondered how many writers actually visualize some of the creatures they put into their world. Spider-bats and or spider-lizard combinations seem to be pretty common, yet none of those here.

So for those writing fantasy, or even non terrestrial SF, how detailed is your mental image of non sentient creatures?

The Blood of Ambrose is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



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