Jim C. Hines (jimhines) wrote,
Jim C. Hines

Bookplates, Bookmarks, Photo Voting, and an Important Announcement about Steam

Several people on my friends list have pointed out what wonderful gifts books make. I agree completely. To encourage the book-giving, if you plan on giving a copy of one of my goblin books as a gift, please let me know and I'll send you an autographed bookplate to go with it. (U.S. only, please -- sorry.) This offer good through Christmas or until I run out of goblin bookplates.

I'm also still looking for people who might be willing to drop off Stepsister Scheme bookmarks at conventions over the next few months. If you're up for it, please shoot me an e-mail.

Thirdly, a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to vote in the Stepsister photo contest. I'd encourage people to check out the fun pics if you haven't already. Just click on ye olde banner.

Finally, an important safety tip. Yesterday, I learned that when your oven is at 450 degrees full of hot, juicy chicken strips and french fries, it's a bad idea to open the door and immediately bend down to grab stuff, even if you're in a hurry. I was quite impressed at the targeting ability of the steam, which managed to burn my left eye but not my right, and to do so despite the fact that I was wearing glasses.

It's a very minor burn, and a half-hour of cold damp cloth pretty much took care of it. I did have a Mythbusters moment where I hurried to the bathroom asking, "Am I missing any eyelashes?" So nothing serious or crippling, but not a pleasant experience.

The lesson here? Steam is apparently very hot. It's also both evil and sneaky, and has precision targeting systems that bypass normal protections. Consider yourself warned!

Myth Gotten Gains, by Robert Asprin & Jody Lynn Nye
Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy
Red Hood's Revenge

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