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Welcome to another Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auction!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Today’s auction is for a signed copy of THE RAVEN AND THE DANCING TIGER, and half a pound of specially roasted coffee beans, both from author and coffee geek Leah Cutter.

Cover of The Raven and the Dancing Tiger

About the Book:

Peter worries about just three things: dancing, finding a girlfriend, and hiding his raven soul.

Peter is a raven warrior, an ancient race known for their assassination and fighting skills. Through secrecy and strict teaching, they’ve learned to cope with the modern world.

When Peter meets Tamara, he knows she’s different. Special. He doesn’t learn until too late that she has secrets too. Tamara is a tiger warrior. And her kind are only interested in killing his kind.

About the Coffee:

Leah will be in touch with the winner to determine what type of roast you want. (Light? Dark? Espresso? Uncertain blend? Decaf? Etc…)

This auction is open to U.S. residents only.

How to bid:

  1. Minimum bid is $15. Bidding starts the moment this post goes live!
  2. Enter your bid in the comments. Bids must be a minimum of $1 more than the previous bid. (No bouncing from $20.01 to $20.02 to $20.03 and so on.) Make sure to include an email address I can use to contact you.
  3. Each auction will run for 24 hours, starting at noon Eastern time and running until noon the following day.
  4. To discourage last-minute sniping, I’ll wait until 10 minutes after the last bid to close an auction.
  5. If you want to be notified about other bids, check the “Subscribe to Comments” box when you bid.

Winning the auction:

I’ll contact the winner, who will then donate the winning bid to Transgender Michigan. You’ll forward me a copy of the receipt, at which point, I’ll contact the donor to arrange delivery of your winnings.

About Leah Cutter:

Leah Cutter writes page-turning fiction in exotic locations, such as a magical New Orleans, the ancient Orient, Hungary, the Oregon coast, rural Kentucky, Seattle, Minneapolis, and many others. She writes literary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror fiction. Her short fiction has been published in magazines like Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Talebones, anthologies like Fiction River, and on the web. Her long fiction has been published both by New York publishers as well as small presses.

Read more books by Leah Cutter at www.KnottedRoadPress.com, and follow her blog at www.LeahCutter.com.

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Don’t forget about the DAW Raffle!

My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to contribute:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at- gmail.com, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.” Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW.

You can donate more than $5. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle. This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does not count as a raffle entry.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Welcome to another Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auction!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Today’s auction is for a complete audio book set of the Goblin trilogy, by Jim C. Hines.

Goblin Quest - Audio Book Cover Goblin Hero - Audio Book Cover Goblin War - Audio Book Cover

The audio books are full-cast recordings from Graphic Audio, and the trilogy retails for $60. Each book comes as six CDs, with a runtime of approximately six hours apiece. They’re new and shrink-wrapped, but I’ll be happy to open them up and autograph them to you before mailing them, if you’d like.

About book one:

Jig the goblin was the runtiest member of an admittedly puny race. Jig was scrawny, so nearsighted as to be almost blind, and had such a poor self-image that when he chose a god to worship it was one of the forgotten ones – after all, what other sort of god would have him as worshiper? He also had a cowardly fire-spider for a pet, a creature that was likely to set your hair on fire if it got into a panic. Made to stand tunnel watch by the goblin bullies who’d been assigned the job, it was just Jig’s luck to be taken captive by a group of adventurers – with the usual complement of a dwarf warrior, a prince out to prove himself, his mad wizard brother, and an elfin thief. Forced to guide this ill-fated party on their search for the Rod of Creation – though Jig had no more idea how to find it than they did – he soon had them stumbling into every peril anyone had ever faced in the fantasy realms. And they hadn’t even found the Necromancer or the Dragon yet!

Listen to an excerpt online.

This auction is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

How to bid:

  1. Minimum bid is $30. Bidding starts the moment this post goes live!
  2. Enter your bid in the comments. Bids must be a minimum of $1 more than the previous bid. (No bouncing from $20.01 to $20.02 to $20.03 and so on.) Make sure to include an email address I can use to contact you.
  3. Each auction will run for 24 hours, starting at noon Eastern time and running until noon the following day.
  4. To discourage last-minute sniping, I’ll wait until 10 minutes after the last bid to close an auction.
  5. If you want to be notified about other bids, check the “Subscribe to Comments” box when you bid.

Winning the auction:

I’ll contact the winner, who will then donate the winning bid to Transgender Michigan. You’ll forward me a copy of the receipt, at which point, I’ll arrange delivery of your winnings.

About Jim Hines:

Jim C. Hines is the author of twelve fantasy novels, including the Magic ex Libris series, the Princess series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous Goblin Quest trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. He’s currently working on Terminal Alliance, the first book in his new Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer.

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Don’t forget about the DAW Raffle!

My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to contribute:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at- gmail.com, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.” Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW.

You can donate more than $5. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle. This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does n

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Welcome to another Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auction!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Today’s auction is for a signed trade paperback of the Spectrum Award-winning DARK WATER’S EMBRACE and a signed hardcover of CROW OF CONNEMARA, both by Stephen Leigh.

Cover of The Crow of Connemara Cover of Dark Water"s Embrace

The Crow of Connemara is a contemporary Celtic fantasy set primarily in Ireland.  Picking up threads from ancient Irish mythology and folktales, this story is fantasy, drama, and tragic romance all at once, a tale caught in the dark places where the world of ancient myth intersects our own, where old ways and old beliefs struggle not to be overwhelmed by the modern world.

Often compared to Ursula Le Guin’s ground-breaking The Left Hand of Darkness, Dark Water’s Embrace is a fascinating look at issues of human (and alien) sexuality. Stephen Leigh creates a rich world with elaborate care and uses this alien backdrop to delve into issues of survival, sexuality and the meaning of life itself.

This auction is open to U.S. residents only.

How to bid:

  1. Minimum bid is $20. Bidding starts the moment this post goes live!
  2. Enter your bid in the comments. Bids must be a minimum of $1 more than the previous bid. (No bouncing from $20.01 to $20.02 to $20.03 and so on.) Make sure to include an email address I can use to contact you.
  3. Each auction will run for 24 hours, starting at noon Eastern time and running until noon the following day. My webhost was down today, so this auction didn’t go live until 12:30. Therefore, it will run until 12:30 Eastern time tomorrow, December 1.
  4. To discourage last-minute sniping, I’ll wait until 10 minutes after the last bid to close an auction.
  5. If you want to be notified about other bids, check the “Subscribe to Comments” box when you bid.

Winning the auction:

I’ll contact the winner, who will then donate the winning bid to Transgender Michigan. You’ll forward me a copy of the receipt, at which point, I’ll contact the donor to arrange delivery of your winnings.

About Stephen Leigh:

Stephen Leigh, who also writes under the name S.L. Farrell, is a Cincinnati author who has published twenty-eight novels and over fifty short stories. His most recent novels are THE CROW OF CONNEMARA (DAW Books/Penguin, March 2015) and IMMORTAL MUSE (DAW Books/Penguin, March 2014); his next novel, A FADING SUN, will be a July 2017 release from DAW Books. Stephen’s work has been nominated for and won awards within the genre. He has also been a frequent contributor to George RR Martin’s WILD CARDS series. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University, and is a frequent speaker to writers groups. You can sign up for his newsletter at his website.

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Don’t forget about the DAW Raffle!

My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to contribute:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at- gmail.com, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.” Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW.

You can donate more than $5. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle. This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does not count as a raffle entry.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Welcome to number four of 24 Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auctions!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Attention writers: Today’s auction is for a critique of a short story, up to 7500 words, by Hugo award-winning author Naomi Kritzer.

Cover art: Comrade Grandmother and Other StoriesKritzer has been writing and selling her short fiction since before the turn of the century, and she’ll use that experience and expertise to help you improve your own story.

Disclaimer: Winning this auction does not guarantee you’ll win a Hugo award … but you never know, right?

How to bid:

  1. Minimum bid is $25. Bidding starts the moment this post goes live!
  2. Enter your bid in the comments. Bids must be a minimum of $1 more than the previous bid. (No bouncing back and forth in the bids one penny at a time.) Make sure to include an email address I can use to contact you.
  3. Each auction will run for 24 hours, starting at noon Eastern time and running until noon the following day.
  4. To discourage last-minute sniping, I’ll wait until 10 minutes after the last bid to close an auction.
  5. If you want to be notified about other bids, check the “Subscribe to Comments” box when you bid.

Winning the auction:

I’ll contact the winner, who will then donate the winning bid to Transgender Michigan. You’ll forward me a copy of the receipt, at which point, I’ll contact the donor to put you both in touch so she can work with you on the critique of your story.

About Naomi Kritzer:

Naomi Kritzer grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, though she was born in North Carolina, lived in Indiana and Houston, Texas before she turned five, and spent a year living in London when she was 13. She moved to Minnesota to attend college, and hasn’t left. She and her husband have two daughters and three cats. In addition to her short fiction, she’s published six fantasy novels with Bantam Books. Her story “Cat Pictures, Please” was nominated for the Nebula award, and won the 2016 Locus and Hugo awards for Best Short Story.

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Don’t forget about the DAW Raffle!

My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to contribute:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at- gmail.com, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.” Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW.

You can donate more than $5. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle. This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does not count as a raffle entry.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Welcome back to the third of 24 Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auctions!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Auction number three is for a personally autographed hardcover set of either the INDA or the DOBRENICA series, by author Sherwood Smith. Sherwood is also willing to personalize the books if the donor wishes — doodles, notes about something they’re interested in on the text, etc.

Details and bidding at http://www.jimchines.com/2016/11/tgm-fundraiser-smith/

Cover - Inda Cover - Coronets and Steel

The hardcover books are available in the U.S. only. Anyone overseas is welcome to bid, but you’ll be bidding on e-book copies of the books instead.

About Sherwood Smith:

Sherwood Smith studied in Europe before earning a masters in history. She worked as a governess, a bartender, an electrical supply verifier, and wore various hats in the film industry before turning to teaching for 20 years. First book published in 1986. To date she’s published over forty books and been nominated for several awards, including the Nebula, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and an Anne Lindbergh Honor Book.

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Don’t forget about the DAW Raffle!

My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to contribute:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at- gmail.com, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.” Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW.

You can donate more than $5. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle. This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does not count as a raffle entry.

Reminder #1: Mary Anne Mohanraj and I are still looking for poems and proposals for Invisible 3. We’re interested in personal essay topics about representation in science fiction and fantasy, and poems exploring the same. There’s a $10 payment, and all profits from the anthology go to benefit Con or Bust.

Email your poem or proposal to invisible@jimchines.com or jchines -at- gmail.com by the end of the day on November 30.

I’ve seen a few comments from people who weren’t sure if they could write well enough to submit, or whether their stories were worth sharing. Please don’t self-reject. Your voice and your story matters.

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Reminder #2: The next TGM fundraiser will go up at noon on Monday. In the meantime, I’ve drawn the first winner in the DAW Books Raffle. But there are still eleven chances to win. A $5 donation gives you a chance at either a Tad Williams bundle or a bundle of all of DAW’s December releases (plus a random ARC).

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

The second of 24 Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auctions is up now at http://www.jimchines.com/2016/11/tgm-fundraiser-dellamonica/

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

Day two brings us an autographed advance review copy of THE NATURE OF A PIRATE, by A. M. Dellamonica. The winner will also receive a Tuckerization, meaning you — yes, you — will show up in the pages of Dellamonica’s next book.


Cover - The Nature of a Pirate


About A. M. Dellamonica:

A. M Dellamonica‘s first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth A Daughter of No Nation, has just won the Prix Aurora. She is the author of over forty short stories in a variety of genres; these can be found on Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and most recently, Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She teaches writing in person at the University of Toronto and online through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Dellamonica tells people she is bigendered, bisexual and bisectional. (The latter means that she sings both soprano and alto.) She has just completed her freshman editing project, the Heiresses of Russ 2015 anthology with co-editor Steve Berman of Lethe Books.

The first of 24 Transgender Michigan Fundraiser auctions has just gone live at http://www.jimchines.com/2016/11/tgm-fundraiser-wendig/ Head over to get the details and submit your bid!

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464. Every tax-deductible donation helps them continue to provide support, advocacy, and education.

We begin the fundraiser with autographed copies of the Star Wars novels AFTERMATH and AFTERMATH: LIFE DEBT, by Chuck Wendig.

Cover of Aftermath Cover of Aftermath: Life Debt

About Chuck Wendig:

According to Wikipedia, Chuck Wendig “is an American author, comic book writer, screenwriter, and blogger. He is best known for his popular online blog Terribleminds, and for his 2015 Star Wars novel Aftermath, which debuted at #4 on The New York Times Best Seller list and #4 on USA Today‘s best seller list. As of early 2016, Wendig writes Hyperion for Marvel and The Shield for Dark Circle Comics.” (I happen to know he’s also a skilled photographer, and connoisseur of creative profanity.)

Fundraiser for Transgender Michigan

I met Rachel Crandall more than twenty years ago, when I first started volunteering at the Listening Ear crisis center in East Lansing, Michigan.

I remember some of the conversations we had as she was coming out, and some of the challenges she talked about. We fell out of touch for a while, as happens sometimes. When we reconnected again years later, I was amazed at the things Rachel had accomplished, including founding the International Transgender Day of Visibility and working with her partner, Susan Crocker, to start what I believe was the first transgender helpline in the country.Transgender Michigan Helpline image

Transgender Michigan was founded in 1997, and continues to run one of the only transgender helplines in the country, available 24/7 at 855-345-8464.

We know transgender youth are at a higher risk of depression and suicide, and these coming months and years could be very difficult. Therefore, I’ve enlisted some very generous SF/F friends to put together a fundraiser to help Transgender Michigan continue their important work providing support, education, and advocacy.

 

24 Auctions in 24 Days

Each day at noon (with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend), I’ll post an auction from one of the people listed below. It could be for autographed books, a manuscript critique, a Tuckerization (where you get to be a minor character in an upcoming book), or something else altogether. Bidding will take place in the comments, one bid at a time.

The following day at noon, I’ll close the bidding and notify the winner. The winner then donates their bid to Transgender Michigan and sends me the receipt, at which point I’ll send your information to the donor so they can hook you up with your winnings.

Transgender Michigan is a 501(c)(3) Michigan nonprofit corporation, which means your donation is tax deductible.

Note: I will wait until 10 minutes after the last bid to close an auction. That will hopefully reduce the impact of last-second sniping.

 

Bonus Raffle from DAW Books

That’s right, there’s more! My publisher, DAW Books, has agreed to give away:

6 Tad Williams Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (hardcover first edition, first printing)  plus 1 Advance Review Copy of The Heart of What Was Lost.

6 DAW December Release Bundles: each bundle includes one copy of all DAW December titles: Dreamweaver, Tempest, Alien Nation, and Jerusalem Fire, plus a bonus ARC (dependent on stock).

Have I mentioned before how amazing my publisher is?

How can you win one of these awesome bundles? That’s easy. At any time between now and the end of the fundraiser, simply donate $5 to Transgender Michigan and email me a copy of the receipt at jchines -at- gmail.com, with the subject line “DAW Raffle Entry.”

Each week, I’ll pick at least one donor to win their choice of either a Tad Williams or a December Release bundle from DAW. (Which means the earlier you enter, the better your chances of winning!)

You can donate more than $5 if you want more than one entry. For example, donating $20 would get you four entries. However, you can only win a maximum of one of each bundle.

This is separate from the individual auctions. Winning an auction does not count as a raffle entry.

 

Our Donors

Here are the donors for the fundraiser.

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Yesterday was the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, memorializing those “who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.” In my mind, that makes today the perfect time to work to make things better.

My thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. Please spread the word about the fundraiser, and about the individual auctions as they go live.

And if you want a hint about tomorrow’s auction? Well…let’s just say the Force will be with you, always.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Cool Stuff Friday

If all goes well, Friday will be launching another project on Monday…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Terminal Alliance Unofficial Summary

Several people pointed out that the pre-order page for Terminal Alliance doesn’t yet have any information on the story, and it might be nice to know what they’re ordering. Dang…people are so picky, you know?

Anyway, I’ve updated my website with the following description. This isn’t the final, official synopsis, but it’s what I sent my editor for their sales meeting, and is true to the manuscript I’ll be finishing up and turning in.

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Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse, Book 1: Terminal Alliance

When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.

This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.

Their second impulse was to try to fix us.

A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but hey, at least they stopped trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.

A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago…

Amazon | B&N | Indiebound

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Two quick announcements today as I try to keep up with everything else.

Announcement the First: Terminal Alliance, the first book of my Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series, is now up for pre-order with a tentative release date of August 1, 2017. Insert anxious/excited author squeak here.

Announcement the Second: Klud the goblin will be sending out another newsletter soon. I think this time I’ll pick a random subscriber to win an autographed copy of my collection The Goblin Master’s Grimoire. If you want to get in on this, you can sign up for the newsletter at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/goblin-updates/join or by sending an email to goblin-updates+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

Newsletters come out approximately once every three months, with information about new books and stories, appearances, and random snark from me and/or Klud.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Invisible 3: Call for Submissions

Invisible - Cover ArtIn 2014, twelve authors and fans shared their stories about the importance of representation in science fiction/fantasy in Invisible. In 2015, seventeen more people came together for Invisible 2. Their essays are personal, powerful, and very much needed. These stories help to create understanding and connection. They expose the power of our genre both to help and to harm.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m partnering with author and editor Mary Anne Mohanraj to begin work on Invisible 3.

We’re looking for personal, first-hand stories between 400 and 1000 words talking about the impact of SF/F stories and what it’s like to see yourself misrepresented or erased, or relegated to the backgrounds. We’re also interested in the ways underrepresented and marginalized writers have worked to reclaim space in the genre.

While the primary focus is on these personal essays, we’d like to incorporate a few poems for this volume as well.

As in previous years, accepted works will first be published online, and then collected and published as part of the Invisible 3 anthology. Contributors will receive a $10 payment.

Invisible 2Once author and artist payments have been covered, all additional proceeds will go to the Con or Bust program, helping people of color to attend SFF conventions.

Here’s our proposed schedule for the anthology:

  • By December 1: Interested authors should email invisible@jimchines.com with your proposed topic. (For Invisible 2, I had more than three times as many proposals as I could use. This will allow Mary Anne and I to make sure we have a range of topics and contributors.)
    • ETA: I’ve had two reports of emails bouncing from that invisible address. Most submissions appear to be coming through fine, but if you have any trouble, you can use my backup email address: jchines42 -at- hotmail.com.
  • By January 1: Mary Anne and I will contact potential contributors to let them know whether we’re able to use their suggested essays/poems.
  • By February 1: Contributors write and submit their works. Mary Anne and I will read and follow up with revision requests as needed.
  • By March 1: Final essays due.
  • March 15: Begin running the essays online.
  • By April 30: Publish Invisible 3.

Please comment or email if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Jim & Mary Anne

 

About the Editors:

Mary Anne Mohanraj wrote and edited Bodies in Motion, The Stars Change, and twelve other titles. BiM was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards and has been translated into six languages. TSC was a finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards. Mohanraj founded Strange Horizons, directs the Speculative Literature Foundation, and is an English professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jim C. Hines is the author of twelve fantasy novels and more than 50 published short stories. In addition to Invisible and Invisible 2, he edited the Heroes in Training anthology for DAW Books. He’s an active blogger, and won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Fan

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

A lot of people have been talking about harassment and violence since the election, often done in Trump’s name. Others claim the stories are all made up, that it’s deliberate fearmongering.

I get that a lot of people who supported Trump don’t want to be associated with racism and hatred, and sometimes it’s hard to know what stories to trust, especially on the internet. So I’m pulling together some examples where there’s documentation of what actually happened — actual news articles, photographs, video, etc. These things are happening in the U.S. right now.

Obviously, I denounce this behavior. It’s hateful, violent, and un-American. But the fact is, most of the people perpetuating or encouraging this stuff aren’t going to listen to me. I’ve been dismissed again and again as one of those gullible, libtard, SJW idiots. I’ll keep doing what I can to raise awareness and push back, but what would help more is for those of you who did vote for Trump to do the same.

Don’t pretend these incidents aren’t real. Don’t turn your back on people who are being harassed and attacked and threatened because they don’t look white, or because they’re not male, or because they’re disabled, or because they’re gay, and so on.

I keep hearing how angry Trump supporters are at being called racist and bigoted and hateful. Prove it. Speak up.

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  1. Racist graffiti at Maple Grove High. A bathroom at Maple Grove High school was vandalized with racist messages including “#whites­only,” “Trump Train” and “#gobacktoafrica.” (Photograph)

  2. Whites Only graffiti posted at Illinois High School bathroom. Article includes video with photos.

  3. Message of Unity Vandalized with “Trump 2016”. Theresa Govert, of East Haddam, Connecticut, painted a sign saying, “Dear Muslims, immigrants, women, disabled, LGBTQ and all people of color, we love you boldly and proudly. We will endure.” It was vandalized within the day. (Photograph)

  4. Black Penn students added to “Nigger Lynching” and other hateful groups.

  5. “Sieg Heil,” swastikas, racist Trump graffiti appear in South Philly.

  6. Pride flags on people’s homes set on fire the day after the election in Rochester, NY.

  7. Students yelling ‘cotton picker,’ heiling Hitler at this local school. Confirmed by this letter from the principal.

  8. Y’all black people better start picking your slave numbers. KKK 4 Life. Go Trump. Photo of graffiti from a high school bathroom in central Florida.

  9. Two Oregon high school students suspended for harassing Hispanic students. A group of 30 to 40 students gathered in the parking lot with Trump signs and American flags, the newspaper reported. “Pack your bags, you’re leaving tomorrow” and “Tell your family good-bye” were shouted at Hispanic students, according to witnesses.

  10. Vandal wrote ‘Trump!’ on door to prayer room used by New York University’s Muslim student organization.

  11. Video of a self-described Trump supporter’s racist rant against another driver.

  12. Florida truck decorated with “Kill all Muslims” and “All Muslims are child-molesters.”

  13. Campus police investigate robbery as hate crime. “‘Comments made to the student indicate she was targeted because of her Muslim faith, including her wearing of a traditional garment and hijab,’ a statement from SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, Vice President of Student Affairs Eric Rivera and Interim Chief of Police Josh Mays said.”

  14. Texas State University police investigating fliers calling for “tar & feather vigilante squads”. “Now that our man TRUMP is elected and republicans own both the senate and the house — time to organize tar & feather VIGILANTE SQUADS and go arrest & torture those deviant university leaders spouting off all this Diversity Garbage,” the flier reads.

  15. San Jose State Police issue alert after student attacked, choked with her head scarf.

  16. Wellsville softball field dugout marked with swastika, graffiti. “Make America White Again”

There are so, so many more reports out there of people being harassed and attacked. I could spend all weekend adding to this list of documented incidents. Shaun King has been collecting reports over on Twitter. He has reports of people being threatened, insulted, physically and sexually assaulted, and more.

The typical defensive reactions I’ve seen fall into one of three categories:


  1. It’s all made up. It’s not really happening. It’s just liberal fearmongering.

  2. It’s all being done by liberals to make Trump supporters look bad.

  3. Well, what about these other things that Hillary supporters did?

Starting with the first point, we’ve all learned you can’t trust everything you read on the internet. We know that one report of an attack against a Muslim girl by Trump supporters turned out to be fabricated. So sure, we can’t say 100% of what’s being shared and reported is true. But it’s equally absurd to claim 100% are false. It didn’t take me that long to find support and evidence for the stories I linked to above. Not everything is true? Okay, fine. But a lot of it is, and that should be horrifying to all of us.

To the second point, that these are all done by liberals or Hillary supporters or whatever? Do you have any evidence whatsoever for that, or are you just using it as an excuse to ignore what’s happening? Even if this is true — and I’ve seen nothing to suggest that it is — this harassment and violence is still being done in Trump’s name, which means we really need to see Trump and his supporters speak out loudly against it.

As to the third point, that Hillary supporters did bad things too? One piece of this claim seems to default to, “All protests against Trump are riots,” which is a very dangerous road to go down. I’ve seen reports of people attacking a man for being a Trump supporter. (Snopes describes this as a mixture of fact and fiction, saying it actually arose out of a traffic altercation.) Look, it’s certainly possible that there are instances of Hillary supporters committing acts of harassment and violence too, and that’s not okay either. But this doesn’t erase the documented harassment and violence happening in Trump’s name.

If someone describes an act of hatred, saying “They did it too!” doesn’t make it all right. It just gives you an excuse to keep ignoring what that person is telling you.

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These incidents of racism, sexism, bigotry, harassment, and hatred are happening. They’re real. It’s easy to close your eyes and pretend they’re not happening when you’re not the one being targeted. But those people who are being targeted? They’re Americans. They’re men and women and children. They’re your neighbors. They’re your child’s schoolmates. They’re your coworkers. And they are afraid. They’re afraid because they can’t close their eyes. They’re afraid because they know they could be next.

They’re afraid not just because of the people committing these acts, but because so many more people stand by and say nothing. Because so many of us let this happen.

You want to push back against the idea that Trump supporters are racists and bigots? Then prove it! Speak up against the hate. Not just the blatant stuff, like the KKK’s planned victory march in support of Trump, but the everyday harassment and dehumanization.

Your voice is powerful. So is your silence.

“The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept.” -General David Lindsay Morrison

The Happy Thoughts Post

Just got back from voting. I am officially declaring this the Happy Thoughts Post. Please post pictures, links, etc. of a non-political nature that make you laugh or smile. Like…

The San Francisco Zoo will be live-streaming its Red Pandas on the Firefox Facebook page today from 10-11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Or Brigadier Sir Nils Olav, the king penguin at at Edinburgh Zoo who “is an honorary member of the King of Norway’s Guard and gets to inspect the soldiers when they visit the Scottish capital.”

Saluting the penguin

So post your link(s) and share the happy. If anything gets caught in the spam filter, just ping me in a separate comment and I’ll get it freed up.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Pre-Election Thoughts

  1. Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are going to be the next President of the United States. You have the right to vote for whoever you want, but at this point in time, neither a write-in nor a third party candidate is going to win this election. This means the only votes that will count toward the selection of our next President are votes for either Trump or Clinton.
  2. As big and loud as the 2016 presidential campaign has been, it’s not the only thing on the ballot. All those House and Senate seats are arguably just as important, if not more so. Please take time to research and vote on those other candidates as well.
  3. If you’re knowingly lying or spreading misinformation in order to support your candidate? To me, that’s an admission that even you know your candidate isn’t good enough to win on their own merits.
  4. The same goes for efforts to intimidate voters, trick people into not voting, or otherwise impede people’s ability to vote.
    1. No, you cannot vote via text message.
    2. Voter intimidation should be reported to 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
    3. The majority of states do not require Photo ID to vote. (Though Photo ID may make the process easier.) Check the laws for your state.
  5. I have November 8 off from my day job. If you’re local and worried about voter intimidation, let me know and I’ll be happy to go with you to the polls.
  6. Don’t know where to go to vote? Google’s got you covered. It’s a good idea to double-check your voting location beforehand. (I’m sure mine isn’t the only one that’s changed since the last election.)
  7. Want to check the other races and candidates before you go to the poll? Ballotpedia lets you enter your address to pull up a sample ballot for your location. Googling “Sample Ballot” + [Your State] will probably also bring up links letting you see what’s on the ballot.
  8. Not registered yet? Eleven states (and the District of Columbia) allow you to register to vote up until election day.
  9. Voting selfies? Time has a map of where they are and aren’t legal.
  10. Still not convinced? Do it for the sticker! Those “I Voted” stickers are surprisingly useful. They can be used…
    • As emergency bandages
    • To patch plumbing leaks
    • To cover up an ex in an old photograph
    • To hide that zit on your chin
    • Stick it to an attacker’s glasses to temporarily blind them in one eye, destroying their depth perception and giving you time to escape.
    • If your significant other is into politics, show up wearing your “I Voted” sticker…and nothing else. (Be careful where you put it, though. Ouch.)
    • Use the sticky side to get all that cat hair off your clothes.
    • Fold it in half and use it as a bookmark.
    • Put it on a political baseball cap and hide a few letters to create a very different message: “Make America   eat Again!”
    • Budget flypaper!

 

Comments are closed. I imagine most of you can understand why…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Cool Stuff Friday

Friday cannot wait until Wednesday…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Racism and the Romani People

In some respects, this is a retread of a blog post I did on Halloween three years ago, about the way we as Americans treat “Gypsies” as imaginary fantasy beings, like elves and wizards. But I keep running up against it. Last week it was someone doing their “Gypsy” accent and talking about their costume. The next day, one of the blogs I follow used an image of an old “Gypsy” fortune telling machine as part of a post about the current political situation.

When I pointed out to one of these individuals that “Gypsy” was a racial slur*, they said they knew, but used it because people wouldn’t understand, otherwise.

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Look, the treatment of the Romani people throughout history has been horrific, and continues to be to this day. We’re talking about a group who have been persecuted, enslaved, and murdered for centuries. Here are a handful of the many examples:

  • 1749: The “Great Roundup” in Spain. During the reign of Ferdinand VI in Spain, thousands of Romani were “deported, interned, subjected to forced labour, punished, hurt and killed.”
  • 19th-20th Century: The Church of Norway and the Roma of Norway.
    • “End of 19th century: Legal to shoot Roma people, priests that gave baptism, confirmation, wedding or funeral to Roma people were in risk of losing their job.”
    • “Most of 20th century: Children were taken from their parents (1500 children out of a population of less than 10.000 were either brought up at other people’s homes or in institutions) laws were enacted to make it impossible for Roma to continue their traditional living and Roma were subject to forced sterilization, often without their knowledge.”
  • 20th Century: Hounded in Europe, Roma in the U.S. Keep a Low Profile. “One law in New Jersey, enacted in 1917 and repealed in 1998, allowed Gypsies to be regulated more harshly than other groups by allowing local governments to craft laws and ordinances that specified where Gypsies could rent property, where they could entertain and what goods they could sell.”
  • World War II: The Roma Genocide. The Roma were among the first victims of Hitler and his Nazis. “[A]t least 500.000 Roma were victims of the genocide, amounting to perhaps as much as 70-80% of the total Roma population in Europe at the time.”
  • 1979: Sterilised Roma accuse Czechs. Beginning in 1979, Czech doctors sterilized Roma women against their wills. This policy officially ended in 1990, but human rights groups say the practice continued through at least 2003.
  • 2008: This persecution of Gypsies is now the shame of Europe. Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni responded to a wave of violence against the Roma people with the quote, “That is what happens when Gypsies steal babies.”
  • 2012: The situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States. “[O]ne in three is unemployed, 20% are not covered by health insurance, and 90% are living below the poverty line. Many face prejudice, intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion in their daily lives. They are marginalised and mostly live in extremely poor socio-economic conditions.”
  • 2016: NYCC ’16: Anti-Romani Statements Made at X-Men LGBTQ Panel. American author Peter David defended the portrayal of Romani people as thieves, relaying a story about how Roma parents break their children’s legs to make them more effective beggars. David refused to discuss the issue further, and “told the questioner to go away.” (David later apologized, saying he was mortified and ashamed of himself.)

There’s a lot more information out there about the Roma and the discrimination they continued to face. There are an estimated one million Roma living in the U.S. today, but many prefer to keep a low profile. From the Hounded in Europe article linked above, “‘Traditionally, nothing good has come from being identified Roma because the prejudice is so high,’ says Robert Kushen, executive director of the European Roma Rights Center.”

I grew up ignorant. I had no clue “Gypsies” were a real thing. I thought nothing of the person in my D&D group who played as, and later dressed up as, a “Gypsy” character. Eventually, a friend of Romani descent helped me start to open my eyes.

In the U.S., racism against the Roma is similar in some ways to racism against Native Americans. We erase them, replacing real, living people with stereotypes and costumes and caricatures. The idea of a white person dressing in black face and putting on a minstrel show would horrify to most of us today, but people think nothing of dressing up in their homemade “Gypsy costume” and putting on their best fortune-teller act for Halloween or the local Renaissance Festival.

Is that conscious, deliberate hatred or intolerance? Not always. But it’s still racism. It’s still hurtful and damaging to a marginalized group that’s been targeted for hatred and extermination for centuries.

Harm done in ignorance is still harm.


*The last time I talked about this, a commenter challenged whether “Gypsy” (or the derived word “gypped,” which is essentially equivalent to saying “Jewed”) was really a racial slur, or if I as a white person not of Roma descent was just White-Knighting and making a big deal over nothing. Here are a few links and references for that conversation.

  • Always Romani, But Never a Gypsy. “It is an ethnic slur word for my people. Originally it alleged incorrectly that we came from Egypt, instead of India, but, over the centuries, it has come to imply we are thieves.”
  • The Problem with the Word “Gypsy”. “There are Romanies (like myself) who take no offense to the word, and in fact, have embraced it and there are others who abhor the word, likening it to the word ‘nigger’ when describing an African American or ‘spic’ and ‘wetback’ to refer to a person of Mexican heritage.”
  • I’m sorry, but no you cannot & never will you be. “This little word, ‘gypsy’, makes my skin crawl. It causes aches in my heart and beats at my soul. I die a little inside everytime I must say or write the word. ‘Gypsy’ is a racial slur. It is tantamount to the ‘N’ word. Like the ‘N’ word, ‘gypsy’ was created by people who believed we were sub-human and enslaved us.”

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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