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Friend Promo

I’m very fortunate. I’ve got a lot of very nifty friends and acquaintances, both the real-world and the online variety, and sometimes I’ve just got to show them off.

To that end, I’m declaring this an open “Promote Your Friends” thread.  Please feel free to post whatever cool projects or accomplishments your own friends have been up to lately.  (If you’re on my jimchines.com blog and your comment doesn’t show up, let me know and I’ll rescue it from moderation.)

Let the promo begin!

  • My daughter Clara was promoted from purple belt to third brown in Sanchin-Ryu on Monday.
  • Seanan McGuireis currently in Australia at Worldcon, where she’s a finalist for the Campbell Award for best new writer.  Between her Toby Daye books and the success of her zombie thriller Feed, I think she’s got a good shot at bringing home the tiara.
  • Lynne Thomas, editor of Chicks Dig Time Lords (and my archivist!), has a new project: Whedonistas: A celebration of the worlds of Joss Whedon by the women who love them.
  • My friend Steven Saus has a story online called The Burning Servant, part of a chain story project founded by Mike Stackpole.  (Stackpole sounds like he’s doing a lot of interesting stuff … I need to check that out!)
  • Elizabeth Moon is a well-known SF writer, but she’s also a very good blogger.  She wrote a great post about gender bias in publishing last week.
  • John Kovalic provides a very nice, pointed comment on race and gaming in this Dork Tower strip.  (Check out the follow-up strip, too.)1

Finally, my author friends have some new books out.

Your turn.  What nifty things have your friends been doing?

  1. I’ve never met Kovalic or talked to him much online, but we swapped a few e-mails and he provided a great blurb for Goblin Quest, and I figure that’s good enough to include him here!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Sep. 1st, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Great idea, Jim!

My BFF wickedkiwi, author of Alix & Valerie finished her second novel, The Blind Side of Love and is now working on a third, Rayne: The Third Seer which I'm really eager to read.

My friend Reina had an art showing of some of her old paintings in Harrisburg and sold a bunch of pieces!
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Given how few people actually finish even a first novel, that's great!

Does Reina have a web page or sample gallery online? (This is a blog -- we want links!!! ;-)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Here's a sample, I hope it works, it's all on Facebook. She's very local so she doesn't have a website that I know of.

Sep. 1st, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
My friend Dave Freer (his blog), who writes science fiction, has moved from South Africa to an island off the coast of Australia. He is also attending WorldCon, finishing his latest book, and making a new life sound fascinating to the rest of us. He's a good guy who deserves a wider audience, alas.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
I remember when Dave was prepping for the move. (As I recall, he had run into trouble being able to transport his pets, yes?)

I'm jealous of pretty much anyone and everyone who's at Worldcon right now! :-P
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
He successfully raised enough money to get the dogs and cats (with one cat rehomed in SA for a specific reason) through quarantine. They're all together again on the island.

Yes, brings tears to my eyes, it does.

I wish I had the money to travel to Worldcon.
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, this post is perfect timing for me! I just launched "The Circus of Brass and Bone", an apocalyptic steampunk serial story and podcast that follows a circus traveling through the collapse of civilization.

I'm doing this to raise money for my mother's cancer treatment--she was diagnosed with Stage3c ovarian and endometrial cancer while working at a school in India, so she doesn't have health insurance. Coming back to the United States for treatment means both my parents had to give up their jobs,too. And because of their choice of careers--helping others--they don't have much in the way of savings to fall back on.

All donations go to pay for my mother's cancer treatment and related costs.

Edited at 2010-09-01 02:27 pm (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
Very sorry to hear about your mother's diagnosis. How has the fundraiser been going so far?
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I've hit my mark to fund the next two episodes--nowhere near the $3,500+ goal yet! But then, I set it high.

At this point, it's about getting the word out. Also, writing the next episode.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
May I cross-post this to my journal?
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Please do!
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
I have done so. I apologize for hotlinking the image -- I solemnly swear I'll fix that as soon as I get home.
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Death Knight Love Story with Joanna Lumley and Brian Blessed
A mate of mine has a high-quality machinima project underway, using motion capture and the WoW engine and setting to tell a love story about undead evil knights:


Strangely, he's asked me to help with the fight choreography.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Death Knight Love Story with Joanna Lumley and Brian Blessed
Interesting! Does he have any idea how long this is going to take? I don't know how much work is involved in this sort of thing, but it looks like a pretty intense project.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Death Knight Love Story with Joanna Lumley and Brian Blessed
I'm not sure. Watch this space.
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
This is sort of a more personal project, and is a bit All About Me, but... I just moved cross-country and out of my parents' house for the first time.

I'm also pretty sure that my BFF has an essay in Whedonistas (though she doesn't appear to be listed on the site). So I'll be yoinking that as soon as it comes out.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the move, and good luck!

It may be that they just haven't posted the full ToC for Whedonistas yet....
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
Random: I saw Elizabeth Bear's name, and had to go clicking through the link to find why it was her name sounded so freakin' familiar. Then I saw it. I read three books in a series of hers. It's always so odd when that happens...

Sorry, nothing nifty for you though. Maybe next month. That's when everyone seems to have books coming out.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Bear is also involved in Shadow Unit, and is one of the better-known folks on the SF/F blogosphere.

Most of the time, books tend to come out on the first Tuesday of the month :-)
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, thus they can be good timing for that last Friday of the month paycheck! Must cover the basics you know: food, rent, books. (But this is also good to know. It makes Tuesdays exciting again.)

I get this feeling that the more time I spend following authors, the more authors and books I will find. I think this is a good thing.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
My husband (and best friend :P) has three flash stories coming up on Flashshot! He had spasms of excitement when he saw his name on their website this morning (Christopher Jensen):

Sep. 1st, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Very cool! Are these his first publications?
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yes. :)

He's threatening to start keeping a tally on the fridge. "But it's NOT a competition!"
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
My friend, graydown, has started up a short, biweekly podcast about science and science fiction in the Midwest (central Great Plains definition of Midwest), The Voice of the Vortex. She's a science journal editor and a soon-to-be-published (short story) author.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Jim, thanks for mentioning my book.

Let me post some nifty things friends of mine have been up to:

The documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown is available on DVD. Some friends of mine made it. They also made an e-documentary called Splat Pack about horror filmmakers.

Oops. I'm at the day job and have to day job a bit.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
ashenseraph finished a massive re-write on a novel, and she'll have another novel coming out in I think she said October.
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
http://kck.st/cnQTwh is a link to a fundraising project to get something Wookiee71 worked on published.
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
My friend Ripley Patton (rippatton) just won the 2010 Sir Julius Vogel Award for best short story for her piece "Corrigan’s Exchange", tying with last year's winner Grant Stone.

The Sir Julius Vogel Award is New Zealand's premiere science fiction/fantasy/horror award. Sir Julius Vogel was Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1889. He was also the author of Anno Domini 2000 — A Woman’s Destiny, the first full-length science fiction novel by a New Zealander, which portrayed a utopia in which women had equal rights and held positions of authority. Pretty cool eh? :)

Edited at 2010-09-01 04:16 pm (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the mention!
I'm grateful for the mention here, Jim. For those who are curious, the Chain Story is a group of standalone stories that share a common "frame" - they're all told in "The Wanderer's Club".

The project is well into its second volume now, with two stories after mine. The hub for the project is at http://chainstory.stormwolf.com/.
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
My friend arianhwyvar is selling her jewelry at DragonCon for the first time this year!
Sep. 1st, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
I have an LJ friend Lane Robins who has published four books and is writing three more as we speak (she publishes high fantasy as Lane Robins and urban fantasy as Lyn Benedict).
Sep. 1st, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I love bragging on my friends! I apologize for not knowing how to add in links to things. My bad.

My writer pal Mindy Klasky's book, To Wish or Not To Wish, just came out and it rocks. I gobbled it up in two days. (It is the 3rd and final installment in her theatre/genie series.)

I'm in the middle of Maria V. Snyder's new book, SPYGLASS (also #3 in a series) and still consider her to be one of the best fantasy authors writing today. (Present company included, of course.)

Just got the newest book from my all-time favorite author, Jennifer Crusie (funniest woman on the planet, as far as I can tell). MAYBE THIS TIME is based on Turn of the Screw...but with Crusie's own humor and flair for language and characters. Also, there are ghosts.

And if I get to brag on myself (if I don't, who else will?), my 4th and 5th books are out from Llewellyn this year. EVERYDAY WITCH A TO Z SPELLBOOK came out in July, and WITCHCRAFT ON A SHOESTRING has a release date of...holy crap...today! [Damn, I guess I'd better go blog!]

And I'll be at the Saratoga, NY Barnes & Noble on Sept 11th doing a 7 author signing, which should be way cool.

Thanks Jim!
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