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my friend and i answered suvudu's polls with a tourney of our own [Mar. 27th, 2010|08:50 pm]

[music |Boris - Amber Bazar]

fantasy heroes and villains tournament
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2009 [Jan. 1st, 2010|08:56 pm]

[mood |pleasedpleased]

These are the books I read in 2009, I made the goal of 50 spot on (with a little bit of a rush there at the end). They are in order of reading. Thanks to Goodreads for keeping track for me.

1. The Ivory and the Horn (Newford, #6),de Lint, Charles - I enjoy his tales of urban fantasy set in his city of Newford

2. Kushiel's Avatar (Kushiel's Legacy, #3), Carey, Jacqueline - I love these stupid books so much. Intricately plotted, kinda pervy, what's not to like. This may be the best of the bunch.

3. House of Leaves, Danielewski, Mark Z. - I wanted to like this, I really did. But alas, it bored me silly. Still, props for going outside the box (literally)

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U.S. border guards arrest author Peter Watts [Dec. 14th, 2009|01:17 pm]


Published On Sat Dec 12 2009

For Peter Watts, life can be stranger than science fiction.

Watts – who has written six such books – was on his way back to Toronto last Tuesday after helping a friend move to the U.S. Before crossing the Blue Water Bridge into Sarnia, American customs officers pulled him over. He says when they began rifling through his car and luggage, he got out. They ordered him back in the car; he asked what was going on.

What happened next has become the talk of the blogosphere: Watts too has waded in on it, posting that he was assaulted, punched in the face, pepper-sprayed and thrown in jail for the night, only to find that he was the one charged – with assaulting a customs officer.

Customs officials told the Star Watts was given directions "and became non-compliant...he did not follow directions and a physical altercation" ensued.

An officer with the Port Huron police told the local newspaper that Watts "angrily" got out of the rental car and when he refused to get back in, they tried to cuff him and he became "aggressive." In the melee, police said, Watts "choked" a customs officer.

"As a result of that he was detained and turned over to local authorities," says Ronald Smith, chief customs and border protection officer at Blue Water, adding officers were conducing "outbound operations" stopping and inspecting vehicles after the toll booths but before they hit Canadian customs.

Watts empatically denies any such action.

"I can state categorically that I did not choke anybody, I did not use profanity and did not raise my voice, I did not initiate any physical contact," says Watts, who is also a marine biologist with a PhD in zoology.

"All I basically did was use words to ask what was going on."

Now, friends are raising funds online to help Watts to help him cover his legal costs, which he says are overwhelming for someone who makes a living as an author.

Fellow sci-fi writer Cory Doctorow, who blogged about the incident at boingboing.net, chipped in $1,000 right off the bat – and while no one will say how much has been raised in total, friend David Nickle said it's enough to get Watts through the first hurdle. Should the case go to trial, friends will arrange a fundraiser.

"It's a bit like trying to figure out the mindset of a grizzly bear," Watts said when asked why officers attacked him.

Watts' next court appearance is Dec. 22. If eventually convicted, it's a felony charge that could see him imprisoned for two years and a possible fine of up to $2,000.

Watts had driven to Nebraska with a friend to help a retired University of Toronto professor move there, but their rental car had broken down. The two were driving a replacement car the rental agency had provided in the U.S.

After the incident, Watts' friend was arrested and interrogated, but not charged.

Watts, however, spent the night in jail, in the standard orange jumpsuit, and was released the next day on $5,000 bail. He was dropped off across the border at Canadian customs, without his coat – it was in the car, which was impounded – during a winter storm.

Watts is overwhelmed by the online donations, and jokes that while most people must be supportive, "it's quite possible that some people think I'm a ...jerk, but they hate homeland security more."

If more money is raised than he needs, it will be donated to charity, he said.

Among the many comments posted at boingboing.net, are some suggesting Watts must have had an attitude when dealing with customs.

"The question is what is attitude?" he said. "I've been told by cops in the system that the mere act of getting out of a car, the mere act of taking any action at all, not simply responding to an order...is considered attitude...what they take offence to is not necessarily what anyone else would find offensive."
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(no subject) [Nov. 11th, 2009|09:41 am]

I want to write some short fantasy stories for fun. What are some races that are never used in fantasy novels or not used a whole lot? I have also been trying to google food. Anyone know of a website that would explain food that was used in taverns?
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Books for Health Care Update [Aug. 11th, 2009|10:46 am]

[mood |goodgenerous]

I often say that, if I were rich, I would use a good 10% of my money, if not more, to help worthy causes.

I am not rich. Far, far from it, in fact. But I still would like to put my money where my mouth is, as they say.

So, I'm going to donate all profits I receive from my book sales at Lulu, from now through August 31, to helping MoveOn.org fight for health care reform. This is a critical issue that President Obama is trying to push through for the good of all Americans, and maybe this way, I can help.

Visit my Lulu store now and pick yourself up some late summer reading! You can also order them from Amazon.Com. Any sales of my books that I see went through before September 1, I will donate to the cause.

I will also do my best to post an accounting here. Please, help out this cause and allow me to help it by purchasing some of my books!
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The Adamantine Palace [Apr. 19th, 2009|08:41 am]

Quiet in here these days. If anyone's still dozing in the corner, please excuse me banging my own drum for a moment.

Dragons the way dragons are meant to be. Big and monsterous. Fantasy people the way fantasy people are supposed to be. Small and crunchy mean, murderous and petty. Sex murder and betrayal all wrapped up in a tidy little fire-breathing package.

The Adamantine Palace: In bookshops now.

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Any recommendations? [Apr. 17th, 2009|05:52 pm]

I'm wondering if anyone can recommend me some good books to read?  I'm hoping this is the place to ask!

I'm an avid reader, mostly fantasy novels.  Some of my favorite authors are Jacqueline Carey, Anne Bishop, etc, etc.   Anyone read anything good lately?  Have anything to recommend?  I'd be extremely greatful!

Just finished reading the following:

Sara Douglass - Serpent Bride & Twisted Citadel
Trudi Canavan - The magician's Apprentice
Ian Irvine - A Shadow On The Glass
some Anita Blake books

Thanks in advance!
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Arg... books again! [Apr. 16th, 2009|11:57 am]

[mood |contentcompelling]

Lulu is having a contest for its authors right now; they're seeing who can sell the most books.

I haven't bothered to market my books in a long time, because, frankly, Internet marketing is a tease who takes all your time and gifts and doesn't put out. That's about how it makes you feel, too!

I still wish people would read my novels. It's not like I didn't work my ass off for years to become a good writer. It's not like I didn't study plot, theme, characterization, dialogue, etc. upon etc. ad nauseum. I mostly enjoyed writing and was fraking good at it, but the whole game is much more one of luck than talent. Don't believe me? Think "Eragon."

Anyhow, I'm not going to be a wuss about this. My books are great, and most of you will love them. Give yourself a treat. Help me to maybe get close to winning the $500 top prize, which would be a tremendous help to me and my family.

Click over to my Lulu storefront and have a look.

There are my three fantasy novels, my fantasy anthology, and a dream journal with a kick-ass cover. The covers for my other books aren't too shabby, either.

Why are you still reading this? Go!
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Funky Razunki! [Apr. 14th, 2009|06:19 pm]

[mood |artisticartistic]

Huh... I just realized that rhymes with "monkey." Works for me!

I said I would post more 3d modeling videos. My original intention was to post only finished models as turntables, but a fellow 3d modeler on YouTube, Tanoatan, gave me the idea to record my zBrush modeling sessions. He posts some of his and they're amazing.

I posted this one to give people an idea of my first sculpting stage in zBrush.

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Something to see! [Apr. 11th, 2009|07:29 pm]

Here's a turntable of my Flamblinker model. Head over to YouTube to subscribe to my channel as well. I'll be posting more models as I create them.

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