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Advance Revisionary Copy Giveaway

My wonderful publicist was kind enough to send me a few Advance Revisionary Copies (ARCs). The problem is that they’re sitting on the desk right now, and Sophie the cat thinks the desk is her space, so I’ve got to get rid of them to keep the cat happy. You know how it goes. A few of the ARCs already have homes, but I figured I’d give one away here on the blog.

I asked for contest suggestions on Facebook and got a lot of entertaining ideas, including cover pose tryouts, flash fanfic of the books, and worst thing to create with libriomancy. But then as I was browsing through the news and getting bummed about the state of the world, I decided to go a different route.

The Contest Rules:

Revisionary - Cover Art by Gene MollicaFor a chance to win an autographed copy of Revisionary, leave a comment with something positive you’ve seen, read, or done lately. It could be:

  • An accomplishment by you or a friend/family member that you’re particularly proud of
  • Something that made you laugh
  • Something that made you feel hopeful
  • Or pretty much anything else that made you say, even for a moment, “Hey, sometimes the universe is pretty awesome.”

One entry per person, please. Anyone can enter, regardless of where you live. I’ll pick one winner at random this weekend, and get in touch with you about where to send your book.

What if I Don’t Win?

No problem! The book comes out in less than two months, and you can pre-order your copy through my handy little bookstore at http://www.jimchines.com/bookstore#Revisionary, or at your local bookstore. Alternately, you could put in a request at your local library.


Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Dec. 9th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
I run an artist's cooperative shop with about 50 local and regional artists. It never ceases to amaze me how much talent there is in my local area, and how many people come out to support us. I love giving hand crafted gifts at the holidays since they have such great energy invested in each one.

Of course, I also have to buy Doctor Who and Star Wars themed gifts my my goddesschildren, but I'm okay with that.

I had this same kind of feeling recently and asked my friends and readers on Facebook to tell me something kind they'd done for someone else (I gave away a gift card and a signed book to a random commenter). It was great to see the list of small and large kindnesses, and did a good job of reminding me that the whole world isn't well, you know.
Dec. 9th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
Cats smashing patriarch
Because this is fantastic: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahjewell/cats-destroying-the-patriarchy#.efrGZYPwQ

Also got random love from a colleague yesterday and it made my whole day.
Dec. 9th, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)
I saw a gif of a kitten trying to rescue another kitten from a tissue box. It made me laugh.
Dec. 9th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
I'm gifting my 10 year old niece your Goblin War series for the holidays, continuing my penchant for giving her books that are either written by friends or were formative when I was a wee little spriggan (Dr Seuss, COSMOS, and so on).
Dec. 9th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
Oh cool, thank you!

Are you in the U.S.? If so, email me your address at jchines -at- sff.net, and I'll send you some signed goblin bookplates to go with 'em.
Dec. 10th, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
It's the holiday shopping crush, and you know what? I've noticed a lot of people being really polite and friendly this year - saying excuse me in crowded aisles, tall people helping short people get things off high shelves (as a short person I very much appreciate this), and generally smiling and being cheerful at each other. It's a vague all-encompassing thing, but it's really lifted my spirits when I've ventured out. Especially the guy at the craft store who spent 15-20 minutes helping me try to find plastic deer antlers, though we discovered they were all out.
Dec. 10th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
I self-published a book, in both ebook and paper formats.
Dec. 10th, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
I have put up the holiday tree this year. I have no idea why, I haven't done it in about a decade. It kind of looks as a furrier version of Charlie Brown Tree, but I like it. :P
Dec. 10th, 2015 02:39 am (UTC)
I just got done giving my astronomy final (we went outside and looked at constellations, since they all have a project due), and some of the students hung around after the activity to hear more about the stars.
Dec. 10th, 2015 03:42 am (UTC)
Our cat is hyperthyroid and was supposed to gain a little weight before they could do surgery on her. We brought her back after a mere 4 weeks on medication and she's regained 3.5 lbs (starting from 12). The vet was startled, but it certainly made me both proud and hopeful. :)

Also, congrats on the book, of course!
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:06 am (UTC)
So every year, the craft store Michael's puts these 100 piece* art sets on sale for under $3 several times in the month of December. Those days, I like to go to the store, pick up a bunch of the sets, and then donate them to the local food pantry (which also does birthday bags and so forth). I've been telling as many people as I can about these deals, and I've gotten more than a few people who've said they love the idea and are going to try it, too! Warms my heart right up :)

* Technically, 24 of the pieces are the individual pages of the dinky little pads of paper included in the sets, but at $2.50 or less a set, I can throw in a pad of paper from the dollar store and be plenty satisfied.
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:14 am (UTC)
The actual event wasn't particularly recent, but I only read about it recently: an English woman found a teddy bear lost on the train and put up a picture of him on twitter in an attempt to locate his owner. Within a few days, the bear's owner was found (he proved to actually be a lion), and he was returned to her safely.

That just made me really happy. The internet can do all sorts of horrible things, but we can also reunite a little girl with her lost stuffed animal.
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:34 am (UTC)
I finished teaching my first undergraduate class on Monday - they all did marvelous jobs on their final presentations! Today one of my students stopped by my office to give me a thank you card and wish me a good holiday break. I've been smiling for most of the day.
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:39 am (UTC)
Leaving a separate comment to say that both myself and my mom are excited about Revisionary! My mom doesn't usually read fantasy, but tried the series on my recommendation - it's so nice to be able to share and talk about these books with her. ^_^
Dec. 10th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
My wife, an astronomer, operates a 3.5 meter telescope. One of the programs she runs is called APOLLO, in it she shines a laser through the telescope and bounces it off of five retroreflectors on the moon (three left by Apollo astronauts, two by Russian Lunokhod rovers). One of the Russian rovers was lost for a few decades: when the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter finished its initial mapping of the moon, the landing site of the missing rover was found, and it was noticed that the tracks leading from it headed west instead of east, as originally thought. When the next run came up, my wife slewed the telescope in the other direction and located the new (to us) rover almost instantly. So now they can hit all five reflectors in one run!

The amazing part of this is that if they hit all five, in addition to measuring the distance to the moon down to a millimeter, they learn how the Moon flexes due to Earth's gravitational influence on it.

But the coolest part is her working with the former NORAD. She has to coordinate laser runs with NORAD to prevent her from lighting up certain classified satellites that are in orbit, so they send her a 'block file' that shuts the laser off during a run. The best part of this: the job title of the person she gets the blocks from is Space Battle Commander.

Most awesome business card EVER.
Dec. 10th, 2015 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm wrapping presents in a house with five cats (one of them under a year old). I should make a video but I'm laughing too hard! *Note to slef- Slef, buy more wrapping paper... and buy some to wrap presents in too.*
Dec. 10th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
Just the other day, I watched my teenage son playing his violin, and when he closed his eyes and started to dance with his instrument to "Ode to Joy," like it was just him and the music in the whole world and nothing more was needed in that moment, I was so happy I couldn't breathe. It was a beautiful thing to see.

Thanks for the contest, Jim.
Dec. 10th, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
The Japanese space probe Akatsuke, which was supposed to be on a drop-into-the-atmosphere-of-Venus mission a few years ago but failed a critical burn, got another go this week when it and Venus met up again. Due to Extreme Cleverness using the navigating jets (since the main motor was buggered in the last attempt), the Akatsuke ground control team succeeded and nudging the probe into a proper Venus orbit. Akatsuke is now in position to make many fine weather observations of Venus from orbit, and has started sending pretty pics already. :-)

It warms my heart when a space probe gets a second chance like this. The Akatsuke team must be, um, over the moon right now.
Dec. 10th, 2015 11:47 pm (UTC)
my cats always make me laugh (and they think the table is their spot), but my accomplishment was to make a crochet TARDIS hat that looks like knitting. it's the first time i've made anything like this. =)
Dec. 10th, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
My first book got published in November. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I am a published author now. I've always been very confident of my status as an author, but the part where people pay me for it is new!
Dec. 11th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
Two years ago I got sick and spent 5½ months in hospitals and rehab relearning to walk with a leg brace on a leg that had no feeling, no motor control below the knee -- and a heel wound that never healed. Just before Thanksgiving we lost the battle and the offending limb was cut off. I can now stand in the parallel bars for a minute and a half, and pivot 90°.

I know I can walk again. I will walk again.

Anyway, that's my little triumph. Have I told you I love your writing lately, Jim? (grin)

Dr. Phil
Dec. 12th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
One of the things that made me feel most hopeful lately was this awesome welcome message from Canadian kids (and a couple of teenagers) to the incoming Syrian refugees:

Dec. 13th, 2015 10:39 pm (UTC)
I took three lady friends to lunch & then to the Atlanta Radio Theater Company production of "An Atlanta Christmas" this afternoon. It was lots of fun!
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