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Today is the day that [ profile] kaerfel's book, The Rise of Renegade X comes out. She's been writing and submitting since she was twelve, and has brought worlds of wisdom and experience to our writing group. No one writes a killer query like Chelsea. Don't believe me? Go read the flap copy for her book. They used her query.
Why, here it is.

"Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he has only six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.

To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's "flying lessons" that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city--despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights--thwarting the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keeping his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero."

What was that link again? The Rise of Renegade X Official launch party tomorrow at the University Bookstore in Seattle, 7pm.
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I'm several chapters into [ profile] markteppo new book, Lightbreaker. It takes place in a world I've inhabited and orbited, and as a result, it creeps into my brain and freaks me out a little. It opens up just a few miles from where I grew up, and a lot of it so far has taken place on the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry run, that old landmark of my dreams and childhood. One of the characters is named Rasmussen, an old local name around Scandinavian Poulsbo. One of my old friends was a Rasmussen, the stoner son of two Republican pillars of the community, who had a house on Agate Pass and argued with the local Indians about the use of their beach.

I'm also excited because it's written by someone who doesn't have to bullshit their occultism!!
[ profile] kehrli, who is reading it simultaneously, said it was like reading hard science fiction with fantasy terms. Possibly a little dense for the uninitiated. But I'm like, "Yes! Oh, god, yes!"

Anyways, I'm a little biased. It will be interesting to see what Keffy thinks. And J. My dear old J. He'll piss himself when he reads this book. (Yes, Mark, I'm so buying copies for my dad and my old-boyfriend.)
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Only four hours sleep last night, still a little muggy. The fact that work's slow today doesn't help.

Last night, we went out with a bunch of people, whose LJ names I'm too tired at the moment to write out. But the focus of the group was [ profile] kenscholes and his wife, [ profile] jens_fire. [ profile] csinman has better coverage than I over in his LJ. I mainly wanted to share the recipe that came out of this experience. Inspired by the not-naked-at-the-time [ profile] spencimusprime:

Naked Mormon:

Absolute Pear
Stoli Citrus
Stoli Vanila
top with sprite on ice, with a cherry buried at the bottom.
Wrap in a white napkin

Keffy said it tasted like pear and popcorn jelly-bellies. I thought it tasted like Sunday School.


Sep. 28th, 2008 07:16 pm
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Just got back from Foolscap. I had a lot of fun this year, probably because I'm at the point where I know people well enough to just hang out. The panels were kind of...meh. But I suspect I'm also getting to the point where I've seen what can be seen at panels. That said, Keffy did great on his panels, and I had a lot of fun in the Typography panel--which surprised me with its large attendance. We asked the audience what they wanted out of the panel--were they designing stuff? Everyone agreed that they just wanted to see passionate people talk about something they knew nothing about. Later, David Levine and Tom Whitemore were making jokes about Kern County, CA. Was the town of Leading there? Keffy looked baffled, and I was happy.
The con was smaller this year, and the Guest of Honor--Esther Friesner--had a lot more contact with everyone. Even at Foolscaps in the past, the GoH has most always been a distant figure. At least to little old me. :-)
Anyways, Esther's an adorable, twisted little old lady.


May. 7th, 2008 07:24 am
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Last night, despair paralyzed me as I was going over my writing. It struck so hard, I think, because I've been going over some older stories I have that I really love, so the fear that only I can connect with this stuff -- and I connect pretty strongly-- is painful. I already know the only solution to said despair (chill out and be patient and let myself have fun, and probably also expand my feedback circle), but nevertheless, Synchronicity, in the form of Jeff VanderMeer posted for me this morning
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Money's tight lately for everyone in the house, but no emergencies have popped up, and I'm hoping things will get better in time. I'm sure we'll be fine. I might get a teeny raise in the near future. Maybe. But I think I lost Keffy's rent check, which makes me feel supremely stupid.

Nevertheless, I went to Mark Henry and Caitlin Kittredge's reading last night in Seattle. [ profile] csinman had to go to Sakuracon, and so decided to attend the reading, and [ profile] kaerfel and I were like, "well, why don't we go?" So San got a ride, I got someone else to pay the gas, and we all had a great time. [ profile] cmpriest has photos here.

Everything went really smoothly. I was a little annoyed at having to leave work early, but it turned out to be for the best. We also gave [ profile] oolong a ride to the convention center. Traffic was smooth; when we got lost, we quickly found our way. Life was sweet and relaxing and full of wonderful pizza. (I'm sure San will post pictures of the bird-poop pizza eventually.

I've never been to a reading before that wasn't at a con. I've also never gone up to an author to have a book signed. [ profile] mdhenry and [ profile] blackaire were of course, magnificent. I don't know if Mark read something a little different because we'd already heard him at Norwescon or what, but it was all fun.
Afterwards we ate alcoholic jello brains. Poor Chelsea didn't realize the alcohol bit until it was already in her mouth. :-( Then it was on to dinner at some sports bar where we could only hear half the table, but I didn't mind. I realize that I like moderately loud places, so I can yell without feeling guilty. Everyone there was awesome, and I'm grateful for the chance to hang out with them. I'm especially happy that I got to spend more time with [ profile] shadawyn. Oh, crap it's snowing and I've missed the bus already. Agh! Gotta go.
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Apparently my family is doing $1 Christmas presents. So I just got back from the Goodwill with a bunch of cheap paperbacks. Some are good (really old copy of Fahrenheit 451, Harry Potter and the Philosphers (not Sorcerers) Stone) others are silly (Choose Your Own Adventures!) And, I got The Female Man, by Joanna Russ, for myself. Holy Crap. I just grabbed it to make sure I got her name right, and inside it's stamped, "Please return to Women's Studies Library... University of Washington." and above that is scrawled, "Gift of Joanna Russ, 3/78"
I think I'm going to have to e-mail UW.


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