Jul 192016
 

Hey, folks. ArmadilloCon is in a little less than two weeks, and as usual, I’ll be attending this year. I’ll be posting my actual panel and other attendance schedule in the near future.

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about in this post.

As you may well know, there’s been an ongoing discussion over the past few years about sexual (and other) harassment at genre cons. Now, to my knowledge, ArmadilloCon has not had a problem with that, and they’ve got a pretty solid anti-harassment policy in place. But, of course, the fact that I haven’t heard about it doesn’t mean it never happens, and an incident can occur even at the best of cons.

So…

Below, you’ll see a photograph of me. (I’m the guy in the middle, with the beard.) If you are at ArmadilloCon, and you are being harassed or otherwise made uncomfortable by somebody, and you happen to see me? Come join me. Don’t worry about asking first, don’t worry about interrupting. If I’m having a conversation, come join it. If I’m sitting alone, come talk to me. If I’m in a panel, come find a place to sit–or even come sit up front next to the table, if you feel you need to.

Tell me what’s going on. I’ll give you a place to be part of a group, if that makes you feel safer. Or, if you’d prefer, I’ll escort you to go find a staff member, or out to the parking lot, or to your room, or wherever you need to go to feel safe. If you need me to call somebody, I will.

If you’re not comfortable with me doing it, either my wife will go with you (if she’s present), or we’ll go find one of the female guests of the convention.

Seriously, I mean this. Interrupt what I’m doing. I’ll help, or find someone who can.

Again, I want to be clear. ArmadilloCon is a good con, run by good people. I’m not doing this because I feel they’ve in any way fallen down on the job; they haven’t. I just want to do what little I can to make our community as safe and as welcoming as possible.

I hope nobody needs to take me up on this, but please, please don’t hesitate to do so if you feel the need. And I hope to see you all there, having a great time.

That’s me in the middle.

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Jun 282016
 

Heya, folks. Been a while, but I’ve got some news.

Hot Lead, Cold Iron is now available in mass market paperback format! (For those not familiar with the different formats, that’s the “standard” paperback size.) If you’ve been waiting, if you haven’t wanted it in the larger trade paperback or e-book formats, now’s your chance. :-)

The third book in the series, Dead to Rites, will be out in about a month and a half, so now’s a good time to catch up on the series, too.

More soon.

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Feb 162016
 

Well. You guys could easily have been forgiven for assuming that I’d abandoned this site; I’m afraid it’s been way too long since I updated. A combination of real-life issues and a lack of any substantial news combined to where I’d lost track of how long it’d been. I hope you all had a great holiday season and new year.

I still don’t have any major news to share, but here’s what I’ve got.

1) Dead to Rites, book 3 of the Mick Oberon series, has been completed and sent to editing. I believe it’s due out this summer, but don’t hold me to that. More details when I have them. I’m really happy with how this one came out; it’s got a different feel to it than the first two books, while still very much being part of the same series.

2) Some of you may recall my involvement in a Kickstarter last year, for a project called “The Lost Citadel.” If not, you can get the gist by clicking here. It’s a fantasy-horror shared world project, and my contribution to the first anthology–a short story entitled “Requiem, in Bells”–has been completed and delivered. I should have details on when that anthology will be available (both for Kickstarter backers and for purchase) in the near future.

3) Due to technical difficulties, I have been unable to get into the e-mail address associated with the editing/critique service I offered. If you’ve sent me something to that address and are waiting for a response, please resend using my standard contact page and put “critique” in the subject line. Sorry for the inconvenience.  :oops:

4) And finally, here’s the cover for Dead to Rites. :-D

Dead to Rites cover

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Oct 272015
 

Okay, this isn’t news per se. But I really feel the need to put this on the front page, rather than under the blog tab, because it’s important.

Today, WFC came out with an absolutely toothless, insulting harassment policy. On the same day, SXSW canceled various panels on harassment and safety in fandom spaces, over threats of violence. I’m not often a fan of the whole “If you’re not on one side, you’re on the other” dichotomy. But sometimes, it’s accurate.

Convention-runners? If you aren’t overtly anti-harassment? YOU ARE PRO-HARASSMENT. Maybe you don’t mean to be, but that’s the message you’re sending to the people who do the harassing and those who are victims of it, and guess what? Those are the only messages that count.

Step the hell up already.

Obviously, I’m not the one threatened by a lack of such policies, but that’s exactly why I–and other people in my position–need to support this effort. Sadly, the people who are affected aren’t likely to be heard. A while back, author John Scalzi created a pledge, which many authors signed, saying that he (and they) would not attend any conventions that didn’t have a functional anti-harassment policy in place. Consider this public notice that I’m on board.

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Aug 172015
 

Tomorrow, August 18th, is release day for Hallow Point! The second book in the Mick Oberon series will be available online and on bookstore shelves in all the usual places.

In celebration/promotion, I’ll be doing an AMA over on the fantasy sub-forum on Reddit.com.

What’s an AMA? It stands for “Ask Me Anything,” and it’s basically an open Q&A session. Starting at around noon CST (give or take), I’ll be posting a link to the discussion. It’ll be open all day for people to swing by and post whatever questions they want–and I do mean whatever. Ask me about Hallow Point and Mick Oberon, sure. But you can also ask me about any of my other series or characters. Ask me about my game work. Ask me about my writing process. Ask me about my personal history. Ask me about my taste in movies, or books, or cuisine. My background. My cat. Anything at all.

I might swing by throughout the day to answer a question or two early. Whether I do that or not, I’ll be back around 7:00 pm CST to do a couple of hours of real-time answering. I’ll post answers to existing questions, and I’ll watch for additional questions or follow-up questions. It basically becomes a live Q&A at that point. I’d very much love for to see a bunch of you there at the time, so we can turn it into an ongoing conversation. I’ll wrap it up somewhere between 8:30 and 9:30 (again, give or take), and pop back in the next day to see if there are any lingering/straggler questions that came in after I was done.

Very much looking forward to seeing you guys there. :-)

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Aug 132015
 

For those who’ll be attending Geekfest at Central Texas College in Killeen, here’s my schedule.

Friday, 8:00 PM: Q&A with Gabrielle Faust and me, followed by meet & greet, room 141.
Saturday, 12:00 PM: The Role of Role-Playing Games in Writing Fiction, room 101.
Saturday, 2:00 PM: The Importance of Research in Developing Role-Playing Games and Novels, room 101.
Sunday, 3:00 PM: Methods of World-Building for Fiction and Role-Playing Games, room 101.
All “panels” but the first one are with just me, so I will be involving the audience rather heavily, making these more conversations or Q&A than panels/lectures. (That’s more fun anyway.) Be prepared to participate; I hope to see some of you there. :-)
Also, Hallow Point is out next week!  8-O I’ll be doing an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on the fantasy sub-forum on Reddit that evening. This is your chance to ask me all those burning questions I like to pretend you have about me and my work, so don’t miss it!
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Jul 172015
 
Hey, folks! My ArmadilloCon panel schedule, if you’ll be there:
Saturday, 4:00 PM, Ballroom D: Speculative Fiction as a Mirror to Religion
Saturday, 8:00 PM, Southpark A: Writing for the Gaming Industry
Sunday, 11:00 AM, Dealer’s Room: Signing
Sunday, 12:00 PM, Ballroom F: Performing Major Surgery on Your Novel
Sunday, 2:00 PM, Southpark B: The Magic of Collaboration
I’ll be around a lot more than that, and I’ll be attending other panels as a guest, but that’s the formal schedule as it exists. Really hope to see some of you there.
Here’s the full (current) schedule for the con: http://2015.armadillocon.org/grid
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Jul 072015
 

So, I’m not traveling much this year and it’s mostly smaller venues, but… CONVENTION SCHEDULE:

ArmadilloCon: July 24-26, Austin, TX.

http://2015.armadillocon.org/

Geekfest: August 14-16, Killeen, TX.

http://www.starsatnight.org/geekfest/

GaMExpo: October 9-11, San Antonio, TX.

http://thegamexpo.com/

Be really cool to see some of you there. :-)

Also, important reminder: My art/prose Mick Oberon contest is still open and ongoing. Could win free books, and possibly also get me pointing people to your art or your writing; don’t just sit this one out. :-)

Rules and details here.

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Jun 222015
 

So, Hallow Point–book two of the Mick Oberon series–comes out in a little less than two months. And we’re going to celebrate.

How are we going to celebrate? By creating prose and/or art.

Here’s the deal. I want you folks to either draw or write a scene involving Mick Oberon. It can be action-oriented, quiet and contemplative, mysterious, whatever. It can take place in Chicago, or in the Otherworld. If you’re drawing, it can be an original scene or a scene from Hot Lead, Cold Iron. If you’re writing, it has to be something original. Don’t try to tell a whole story. This is a snapshot. One image. Nothing more, nothing less.

The portrayal of Mick needs to be accurate. I don’t mean you have to master the 1930s lingo or anything, I just mean the character has to be reasonably well portrayed. He should be using his wand, not a gun, that sort of thing.

Here are the official rules:

1) The picture or scene must go up online in a publicly visible place. Your web site. Your Facebook page (with the entry visible to the public, not just friends). Anywhere like that.

2) The picture must stay visible until the contest ends, which will be shortly after the book comes out. Pin it, or occasionally repost or link back to it.

3) The picture or scene must also include a paragraph explaining where the image comes from and why you’re posting it. In other words, mention/link to this contest. :-)

4) Once you have posted it, use the “Contact” page here to send me a link to it, and also to how you want your name listed (see below). Please change the Subject line to “Mick Oberon contest”.

5) Entries must be posted (and I must be notified of said entry) by July 24th to be considered valid for this contest.

Prizes and rewards. Everyone who participates–everyone–will be listed on a “special thanks” page at the end of book three.

Two randomly chosen entrants will receive signed copies of book two (Hallow Point).

And finally, a single winner–the person whose entry I like best–will receive a signed copy of book two, as above, but will also receive a signed copy of book three, when it comes out, and will also receive a personalized dedication in book three. (Either to you or to a person of your choice.) Your art doesn’t have to be the best. I’ll be choosing, at least in part, based on what I think best exemplifies the character and the mood of the stories, even if it’s not the most perfect drawing or prose. (Also, I will then post the winning entry on my site, with a link back to you.)

That’s it. Any comments or questions, send ‘em to me using the “Mick Oberon contest” subject line, as above.

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Jun 162015
 

“The city is called Redoubt… and so far as anyone knows, it is the last.”

James Lowder​. Janet Morris. Mercedes Murdock Yardley​. Keith Baker​. Bracken MacLeod. Brian Hodge. Malcolm Sheppard. Natania Barron​. Erin M. Evans​. Kealan Patrick Burke​. Damien Angelica Walters​. Joe McKinney​. From an idea conceived by CA Suleiman​, Jaym Gates​, and myself, and also including stories from CA and me.

And those are just the core team. Check out some of the stretch goals.

Artists include Samuel Araya​, Mark Kelly, Chris Malidore, and the Todd Lockwood​.

And it’s finally launch day! Jump on in and help us make this the best book it can be. You’re not gonna go wrong with that table of contents. :-D

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/casuleiman/tales-of-the-lost-citadel-transmedia-anthology

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