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25 November 2011 @ 04:14 pm
Black Friday  

You want to shop really truly small-business local for Black Friday? Here are a few options:

Harry Connolly has just e-pubbed the first/last 20 Palaces novel, TWENTY PALACES. It’s a prequel, and also the last 20 Palaces novel for the foreseeable future. Buy it through Paypal at his site (the above link) and he gets the seriously lion’s share of the proceeds, so that’s the best way to get it!

Laura Anne Gilman is less than $1K away from full funding on her Lands Vin novella–and she’s also halfway done *writing* it, so for heaven’s sake, the opportunity is rife!

And since I haven’t mentioned it in a while, the Old Races Short Story Project is wrapping up at the end of December, so if you’d like to get your half-dozen Old Races short stories, this is the ideal time to do it. The final story will be sent to patrons on December 1st, so strike while the iron is hot!

In other news, it was a very exciting mail day. A giant box of 2012 calendars arrived, far more quickly than anticipated! I’m pleased with them, so I’ll be getting those into envelopes and into the mail this weekend.

Even more excitingly, my Brennan stereo arrived! I’ve been wanting what I kept calling a “solid state” stereo, one that was basically just a hard drive wired to play music, into which I could put a USB stick & up-or-download more music, pretty much since the advent of digital music. Last year Charlie Stross pointed me at the Brennans, and this year I got one! I am full of squee! Like so: SQUEE!

Someone asked, so here’s the dinner party of my own characters:

1. Janx, because, well!
2. Daisani, similarly
3. Belinda, though I might want her on the far side of shatterproof glass
4. Rodrigo, who is nearly the only decent human being in the Inheritors’ books, except he’s not
5. Gary, because who wouldn’t want Gary over for dinner?
6. Chelsea, because she’d keep Janx & Daisani in line if necessary
7. Seolfor, whose story I wish I’d gotten to tell
8. Melinda, because she might let slip some of her secrets
9. Kelly, who would just be fun, and
10. Morrison, because I’d like to see what he looks like

(What? you say, not Joanne or Margrit? Well, no, because I know them. I don’t need to have dinner with them, or even Lara. Most of the ones listed have a lot of secrets they’ve kept from me. Maybe not so much Belinda or Rodrigo, but they’d be very *interesting* to have as dinner guests, and the rest of them, well. Yes. I’d like to learn what dining with them could tell me.*)

*yes, yes, writers are crazy…

…who would *you* have dinner with, of my characters? Doesn’t have to be ten, just maybe your top choice. Out of curiosity. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on November 25th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Having Gary over, you could probably talk all night just finding out what his full story was.
kit: garrisonreport_nodominionmizkit on November 25th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
I think you could talk for *weeks*!
Astres - Kate L.astres on November 25th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
What about Billy?! One would think you'd want to sit him next to say, Daisani, just to see what might pop up in that conversation :)
Axisor: ADHDaxisor on November 25th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
woot! finally bought in to the Old Race's Short Story Project. I've been wanting to all year and other things keep coming up and damnit I want a xmas present to me because frankly, tires and a new battery are just not satisfying.

I also hope to get an ereader this holiday season so hopefully I'll be able to load these lovelies on that (along with Gary's kickstarted extravaganza!)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on November 25th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I would like to have dinner with Suzanne(?), Herne's grand daughter. And Cerunnos. And the rest of the hunt.
kitmizkit on November 26th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
Mmm, yes, Cernunnos. I didn't even think of him! I did think of Suzanne, but I have Plans for her, so I figure she'll let me know more about herself as time goes on... :)
Chrysoulachrysoula on November 25th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
What are these Brennan stereo things? I can't seem to find them on the internets.
kitmizkit on November 26th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
angharaanghara on November 26th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Are you kidding? If my characters ever got together in a large group, they'd probably murder me. I put them through such a helluvalot of grief. But if you really insist, I'll get these ten in the same room (and then run for my life):

From "The Hidden Queen"/"Changer of Days" books: Anghara, Favrin, and Kieran, and possibly ai'Jihaar (but she might have seriously strenuous dietary requirements)

From "The Secrets of Jin Shei" and "Embers of Heaven" - there's EIGHT protagonists in "Jin Shei", not to mention all the supporting characters, so this is REALLY playing favourites, but if I had to pick, then Tai and Xaforn from "Jin Shei", and Amais and Xuelian from "Embers"

From the Wirldweavers books, Thea, obviously, and then Grandmother Spider and - dammit I know he is historical but he is SO a character in here - Nikola Tesla

And if I may be permitted to use a character from an as yet unpublished novel which I am working on RIGHT NOW - Emily WInterthorn.Yeah, yeah. You'll find out. I hope.
kit: inheritorscyclemizkit on November 26th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, the murdering problem is why I'd have to keep Belinda on the other side of shatterproof glass. I think she's been screwed over more badly than any of the others, *and* she's a trained assassin. :)

I think it's *totally* fair to invite a character from an unpublished novel. And I love her name!
Amandatreehugginhippy on November 28th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Yes, writers are crazy, but it's an awesome crazy :) I remember writing a story once, but the character were being stubborn. So I wrote a short bio from each of them using their POV. After finishing, I realized that I'd used different handwriting for each character. That was spooky. I think it may also have been one of the last times I really wrote anything :(