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I'm reading Sparrow Hill Road by [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire. I found I was really reluctant to read the book initially. It sat in my Kindle library for almost two weeks before I started reading it in earnest. Usually when Seanan comes out with a new book and I'm reading it the moment I realize it's in my e-book library. I suppose my reluctance came from loving the story in its original form on the Edge of Propinquity. While I know that Seanan tightened it up, it went through a more rigorous editorial process, and she filled out the world quite a bit, I was afraid it wouldn't be what I remembered.

Copyright 1600, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.com
Coffee Service for the Dead by Amber Clark. Copyright 2010, Stopped Motion Photography. Originally published on February 14th, 2010, in the Edge of Propinquity for Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire.
Let me just say that I was wrong. I should not have put any credence in that little voice that told me to be afraid of the changes. So far, I am delighted. I am half-way through the fifth chapter, Bullets and Bad Coffee, which maps to the second episode in its 12 story run on TEOP, Deadman's Party. I wanted a bigger world during the TEOP run and now I have it. This is more than what it was before and I'm okay with that.

So many visuals came to mind reading this chapter as they did back then and that's wonderful. Now if you don't mind, there's a girl in a diner I want to get back to.

NERDZ!

Aug. 13th, 2012 07:13 pm
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(Crossposted from Violet DeVille)

NERDZ!


"Nerds, like us, are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like, jump-up-and-down-and-strip-off-your-clothes-can't-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they're saying is 'You like stuff.' Which is not a good insult at all. Like, 'You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.'" 


- John Green said something like this. Sort of. We think the boobies are an added bonus.


Copyright


Purple Devil Productions presents...


NERDZ!


Epic. That's really all we can say to describe this evening of nerdy burlesque by some of the nerdiest performers around. Fantasy action and video games, Muppets and classic science fiction movies are just the tip of the iceberg of the nerdy topics that we have up our collective gloves.


Leading us in this romp is one of our favorite nerds, Violet Wilde. She'll be leading this team of explorers, celebrants, and geeks, in all things nerdy.


 



  • Scarlett O'Hairdye

  • Sailor St. Claire

  • Whisper de Corvo

  • Violet DeVille

  • Paige Rustles

  • Nathaniel Johnstone

  • Tempest

  • Morgue Anne

  • Bolt Action

  • Stella Vaughn


 


This is one epic evening. 


In fact, the evening is so epic we're doing twice the nerdiness over two days! First on Saturday, September 22nd, where doors open at 6:30 pm and the show is at 7:00! Then, then on Sunday, September 23rd, is an encore performance on at 6:30 pm and the doors open at 6:00 pm!


But wait, there's more! The truly fantastic gaming store Card Kingdom is joining the fun and they've assembled a prize package that only be described as amazeballs and we'll be giving one away each night as a part of our raffle. Surely, you're not going to want to miss out on this!


Tickets are $18 at the door and $15 through Brown Paper Tickets.


NERDZ! at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre
2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA


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Note: This is a cross-post from Through the Shutter

Here I am on the back side of a convention that has just wrapped up. Perhaps I should mention that this is my first Foolscap (http://www.foolscapcon.org/) and really kind of snuck up on me. It's a small convention down in the Redmond Town Center Marriot with a focus on writing and the visual arts.

"Her Return" (C) 2008 Stopped Motion Photography
"Her Return" for the "Reunions"
by James A. Sullivan.

Friday's first panel, "New Types of Artwork", put me into an interesting position. Especially when you consider this was my first time being a panelist. Out of the three other people who were panelists with me, I was the only one there. On the bright side, I only had one attendee, so it was all good. ;) We actually had a really good conversation about the creative process I utilize and how I've built some of the more complex images, such as "Her Return". For being a two woman show, so to speak, it went well.

More behind the cut. )

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Note: This is a cross-post from Through the Shutter

Sometimes my muse pokes other people in the loop too and, frankly speaking, that tickles me something fierce. I've always felt that photography is a collaborative process between the photographer and the subject. There's even more collaboration that can happen when there are other creative types in involved. You know, like writers and editors. When Jennifer Brozek, an award winning editor, author, all around amazing person, and the creator of Grants Pass, saw my original piece, she loved it. And then she got this look on her face. If you've ever worked with an author, painter, filmmaker, or someone other creative individual, you know what looking I'm talking about. I get that look, who am I kidding? But Jennifer came back to me and said, "What about this idea? Could you produce something like that?"


What idea was that, you ask?


More behind the cut. )

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Feed is an amazing ride!

Mira Grant is the open pen name of Seanan McGuire, author of the October Daye books from Daw Books and the Sparrow Hill Road series appearing in the Edge of Propinquity. The short of it is that she writes a lot and manages to keep the quality level consistently high across her work.

Feed is a political thriller involving up and coming journalist who run an online blog and the story just happens to have zombies in it. Don't get me wrong, the living dead are important to the story she's telling, but it's not just about the zombies. Unlike most stories of the living dead, this story does start at the beginning, but starts about 20 years after the Rising. Seanan deftly and vividly builds her world, one populated by people leveling in fear, and builds a subtext to the story that pushes a sharp social commentary on the state of our world without being overbearing.

Feed is a story in which our heroes and heroines are smart and the stereo-typical "rules of surviving" in a horror story don't come into play here. I like that a lot because we get to see how people who are used to living with the horror that doesn't lie down. You would think that with a story like this that would be a lot of exposition that interrupts the flow of the story. In many stories, we don't know the origins of the monster and in other stories we and wish we didn't. Here, Seanan, solved the boring exposition problem though an ingenious way. Blog entries by key characters are attached to the end of each chapter, shedding light on the pages before or setting you up for a hard fall in the next chapter.

Seanan's love the genre is apparent in the approach she took with Feed. The zombies in this book are a monster of our own making, science with ramifications that no one could see coupled with a well intentioned act of terrorism and the world goes sideways. But the worst monster in the book isn't the undead. No, that monster still lives and breathes and walks among us. Seanan ups the ante in third act of the story and slams the hammer down on the reader by taking a huge gamble in the story arc. That gamble pays off for her in a huge way, but like me, you may be calling her names at that point.

In all, Feed was an excellent and fascinating read for me and I highly recommend it. This is her book that I like most so far and it will live on my bookshelf next to Stephen King and Clive Barker when I finally get it back from the friends I've lent it to. I'll be coming back and reading this story again.
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Note: This is a cross-post from Through the Shutter

As a photographer who works with editors and authors, sometimes I find that we don't necessarily share the same vision for an image. That happens and it's not the end of the world when it does. Sometimes, I just nail it and a smile creeps over their face as they nod, taking it all in. Often, I'll shoot many more photos than needed and many of those won't see the light of day ever.


Yesterday, my muse hit me at while I was walking out the door, an idea about telling a portion of the story in a more non-traditional way; the comic book panel. Very specifically, using a number of photos I took for Grants Pass (Morrigan Books, Amazon). Some of these photos saw use in trailer and again here.


Here's the result of my muse grabbing me by the hair and saying, "Listen up!" It was inspired by the epilogue of the book, "Journal Entry" by Kaylee Allard.


Copyright 2010, Stopped Motion Photography


 


There are a couple of other stories from the anthology that I want to give this treatment to include "An Unkindness of Ravens" by Stephanie Gunn and "Remembrance" by James M. Sullivan. Maybe one or two more beyond those.

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Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

I admit it, I've been on a bit of a reading binge lately. Yesterday, I finished up Rosemary and Rue and I liked it. I liked it a lot and I'm not a big fan of fantasy, preferring horror and science-fiction for my reading time. To be fair, the story of October Daye is urban fantasy, rather than pure fantasy and the book is very urban in tone.

Here's the basic premise of the book: October "Toby" Daye is a changeling, half human and half fairy, who works as a private investigator. The story opens with Toby doing a job that goes wrong and she spends the next 14 years as a fish. In that time, the world has moved on without her, including her husband and daughter.

For the next 6 months following her escape from the pond, Toby turns her back on the fairy and its politics. That is until the Countess Evening Winterrose curses Toby to solve her own impending murder. Now Toby must solve the crime and bring the murderer to justice or die from Winterrose's binding.

I had the hardest time putting the book down. I was reading while walking to the deli to get lunch, reading while code was compiling, where ever I could get. The action was well paced. Toby was brutalized like Bruce Campbell in a Sam Raimi film. The world is rich and vibrant with so many nooks and crannies that have yet to be explored. Plots relevant to main story arc were tied up nicely, but there are plenty of loose threads hanging in the winds for future books.

If you haven't read Rosemary and Rue yet, you should drop everything, go get it, and enjoy. If you ask me, March 2nd, 2010 cannot get here soon enough.
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Grants Pass
 
A week and a half ago, I finished up Grants Pass, created by Jennifer Brozek ([livejournal.com profile] jennifer_brozek), edited by Jennifer Brozek and Amanda Pillar ([livejournal.com profile] amandapillar), published by Morrigan Books. I suppose I should offer a quick disclaimer. I have been a cheerleader of this project since the beginning when Jenn and I would take our lunch time walks when we used to work together. So I've been anxious to get my hands on this book for a long time.
 
Personally, I am a slow reader, so if a book doesn't hold my interest, I'm not about to invest any more of my time with it. With that said, you might be wondering how Grants Pass faired? Swimmingly! There was only one store that I didn't really care for in terms of style and storytelling, "Black Heart, White Mourning" by Jay Lake, but the story did make me think and that's a good thing. Three of the stories actually made me cry.
 
The first of those was "Animal Husbrandy" by Seanan McGuire ([livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire) , which hit  me really hard, both when Seannan read it aloud at Soul Food Books and when I read it again on my own. As a parent, I connected with one of the character and the choices he has to make for the betterment of his child.
 
"Newfound Gap", by Lee Clark Zumpe, had me with hope, that desperate kind which pushes people forward. Sometimes that drive pays off and sometimes it doesn't. My need for Kleenex was based out of one of those two ends. I'll let you read the story and find out which.
 
Lastly, "Remembrance", by James M. Sullivan ([livejournal.com profile] sylvan), sets us up with hope again, like several of the other stories. Like "Newfound Gap", the hope pivots around reconnecting with a separated loved one and doing whatever one can to survive.
 
If you like apocalyptic fiction with good character development and well told stories, I can't recommend this book enough.
 
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You might be thinking, "Dear goddess, what on earth did he do this time?"

I can't believe how emotionally charged this is. I mean, I'm beside myself. Really I am.

The Boy broke one of the cardinal rules of the house: He spoiled the ending of a book.

Some minor spoilers to Grants Pass follow. )

Now that I've wrested the book out of his hands, I can sit down and read it.
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This is the project I've been working on with Jennifer Brozek, for her project "Grants Pass", an anthology about what happens after the world comes to an end and civilization's thin veneer is wiped away. The project features stories from authors like Ed Greenwood, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, and Seanan McGuire, just to name a few.



"This is a unique anthology that deserves attention. You’ll hear echoes of Stephen King’s The Stand, David Brin’s The Postman and even Cormac McCarthy’s The Road as you read this series of stories about the survivors of a great plague. The stories are varied and lively, and their talented authors lead you (sometimes kicking and screaming) toward sanctuary. If you’re reading these words now, dive into these pages, and meet the survivors at Grants Pass."
-- Patrick Swenson, editor of Talebones Magazine.
"Each story from Grants Pass draws from the same well of emotions and horror as Stephen King's THE STAND and Robert McCammon's SWAN SONG. It'll take you to the darker sides of humanity and yet, at the end of the road, Grants Pass will show you the hope and possibilities of the human spirit."
-- Jason Sizemore, Stoker-nominated editor-in-chief of Apex Book Company and author of Irredeemable.
"Grants Pass is a remarkable, disturbing, and worthwhile read, and one that is likely to stay with the reader for some time to come. I’m predicting that this anthology will be up for a swag of awards come the next round of Aurealis, Ditmar and Australian Shadows nominations."
-- Chuck McKenzie, HorrorScope
Available for pre-order from Morrigan Books.
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We gots books that we are getting rid of...

And by books, I mean in excess of 150 gaming books are going away. Our original plan was to take them to Half Price Books, but some people expressed an interest. So we're changing our plans slightly. This Saturday, starting at 10:00 am at my house in Kirkland and the books will be for sale in the "make an offer" category.

What's left I will take to ECC on 8/30 (I'll be like a drug pusher out of the back of my van.) and the same rules apply.

The books generally fall into these categories:
  • GURPS (mostly older printings and duplicates of books I am keeping)
  • White Wolf (Vampire, Mage, Werewolf, Changeling, Hunter, Kindred of the East, Mummy, etc. Vampire will be 2nd edition items, while everything else is a mixture of 2nd ed and Revised)
  • AD&D (1st, 2nd, and some 3rd edition books)
  • Star Wars
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • Mind's Eye Theater (Lots of 2nd edition and Revised)
  • And more...
Sorry I don't have a complete list of books, there are a lot of them...

Any questions?
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[livejournal.com profile] gaaneden says: I blame you.
Me says: Oh? For what?
[livejournal.com profile] gaaneden says: Wanting this: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0545044251/ref=ord_cart_shr/103-0722130-6395801?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance
Me says: Glad I could be of service then. :D
[livejournal.com profile] gaaneden says: bah

Let's face it though, that is a damn fine looking boxset of books.
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...we are continuing today. And that is me reading Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows to [livejournal.com profile] gypsiequeen and kids. We read the first two chapters Saturday morning at about 1am. The Girly Girl passed out in the recliner and today, we started about 1pm. It's slower reading it outloud, but we've been making good time. We've covered the first 10 chapters before stopping to eat dinner. We're going to be picking up right where we left off here in about 15 minutes.
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He's a fan of the series and speculates on the last book in the way only he can. :)
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The artwork for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows deluxe edition has been released. I suspect much squees. Especially from [livejournal.com profile] jwyldragon. ;)
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...and maybe for you too, if you're in you're interested.

Anyways, she's been saying for some time now that she wanted to wait to purchase the Harry Potter books until the box set came out. Well, it'll be here soon.

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