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Returning to a Review; Not a Spoiler Warning: After reading my review of The Dragon Slayer’s Handbook, author Merrie Haskell blogged about why she chose to write a heroine with a clubfoot, and why Tilda does not get magically healed at the end of the book.

The World SF Travel Fund: This project was started in 2011 with the goal of helping one or two international persons to get to a major SF/F event. As of this morning, they’ve met their $3000 goal, which funds the project for the next two years. But there’s 10 days left, and wouldn’t it be awesome to see it hit at least $4500 and provide them with a bonus year? The rewards are great, too. Donate $10, and you’ll get the e-books of the Apex Book of World SF, volumes 1 and 2.

Con or Bust Auction Begins Saturday, February 9: “Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions.” You can read more about the founding and history of the project on their About us page. Items up for auction includes books, critiques, Green Tea Yoda Oreo cookies, and much more.

Weregeek, a web comic, talked about the Hawkeye Initiative yesterday and suggested that someone should do something similar for fantasy RPG art. Hm…

What do you think of John Scalzi’s new tattoo? Okay, so maybe I Photoshopped it. For background and better picture of Gamma Rabbit, see John’s post here. I’m impressed and amazed at how effectively he’s taken a rather irksome annoyance and transformed it into a fundraiser which has drawn international attention and brought in more than $50,000 in pledges for causes such as RAINN, NAACP, Emily’s List, and Human Rights Campaign. Think we can convince him to get the tattoo for real if the pledges hit $100K?

Some friends of mine are Kickstarting Glitter & Madness: The Speculative Nightclub Anthology, a collection to be filled with “Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery” and more. If they meet their fundraising goal, you’ll get stories from Amal El-Mohtar, Diana Rowland, Sofia Samatar, Tim Pratt, and many more. Including a 16,000 word InCryptid novella from Seanan McGuire!

Finally, Darth Maul would like you to know that he is awesome. (I’ve had this stuck in my head ever since we watched the whole LEGO Star Wars “Empire Strikes Out” show over the weekend.)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



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Feb. 7th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah :-) The reporter emailed me when the story went live.
Feb. 7th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)

I would be more articulate but I just woke up and am going back to sleep. :)
Feb. 7th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
This sounds like an excellent plan!
Feb. 7th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Believe me, it was.
Feb. 7th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and RPG fantasy art NEEDS the Hawkeye Initiative!
Feb. 7th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Over on my main website, someone suggested the Gimli Initiative...
Feb. 7th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
LOL. Yes.
Feb. 7th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
This received a lot of attention the past 24 hrs, but more never hurts. M.C.A. Hogarth was told by Games Workshop that she couldn't use "Space Marine" as a title of one of her books because GW was claiming that term as trademarked by them. She writes about it here:
http://mcahogarth.org/?p=10593, with a follow-up late yesterday here:
Feb. 7th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
It just hit boingboing apparently. Hope it helps.
Feb. 7th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Love that Darth Maul moment! I'm going to be singing "awesome" to myself every time I hear that music.
Feb. 7th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
I think it's one of those things that can NEVER be unheard.
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Feb. 8th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
I understand completely :-)

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that there's anyone over the age of ten who takes this whole "classifying people as alphas/betas/gammas/etc" silliness seriously.
Feb. 8th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
The kids kept saying "Awesoooome..... Awesooommme....." for a week after that show.
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