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Archive for March, 2010

Norwescon schedule, and I teach a class

Norwescon starts tomorrow. I’ll be at the convention about 5pm. Busy weekend ahead of me.

First off, my buddy Ken Scholes has had to take a pass on the convention this year due to life complications. He’s fine, just a bit overwhelmed with new babies, book deadlines, etc. This left a hole in the convention schedule that I’ve agreed to step in to. I’ll be teaching a class from noon to three on Friday called The Evolution of a Writing Career. Come along and join the fun. Worse case, you can heckle me.

Here’s my weekend.

Friday, 12:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m.
Evolution of a Writing Career
(not sure where yet)

Friday, 3:00 p.m., Cascade 4
Crossing the Rainbow Bridge to Valhalla
Valhalla: home of the fallen heroes and central focal point of Norse Mythology. We review the various concepts and conceits of Valhalla in pre-Christian Scandanavia and what the promise of living in the Halls of
Heroes meant to average Norse men.
Jeff Davis, John A. Pitts, Ben Thompson

Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Evergreen 3 & 4
Autograph Session #1

Friday, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m., Cascade 3
Reading: John Pitts
Black Blade Blues, Urban Fantasy Novel excerpt, Rated: PG
John A. Pitts

Friday, 9:00 p.m., Cascade 6
Gender Queers in Urban Fantasy
Where are the novels that discard the gender binary in this genre? Where are the drag queens and other gender queers?
K.C. Ball (M), A.M. Dellamonica, John A. Pitts

Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Baker
Writer’s Workshop Round Robin #2
James Mead – Pathfinder, Stephanie Weippert – Desperation, Douglas Rudoff –
Shade btw Blue & Green
John A. Pitts (M), James C. Glass, Mary Rosenblum

Saturday, 10:00 p.m., Cascade 7
Avoiding Cliches in Urban Fantasy
How many hard-boiled PIs does one genre need? Gritty locales are fun, but why can’t we ever be at the beach? Magic users, vampires, and werewolves, oh my! Do we need something more original?
K.C. Ball (M), John A. Pitts

Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Baker
Writer’s Workshop: Jeremy Zimmerman
Court of the Red King,
Rhiannon Held (M), Andrea Howe, Rosemary Jones, John A. Pitts

I hope to see the lot of you there.

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First ever contest for Black Blade Blues

And, I’m not even hosting this one.  My friend Sän, who just happens to be an amazing artist, surprised me by deciding to host a book giveaway contest for artists.  Said, he wanted to cross-pollinate his creative worlds.  Pleases me to no end, let me tell you.  He said some mighty fine things about the novel, as well.
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If you want to be creative and artsy, and win a signed copy of my book in the process, check out his contest HERE. Only, I’m sure he’s giving away a final product, unlike the picture here which is an advanced reading copy.

I’ll be giving those away over the next four weeks.

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I am certified in Wilderness First Aid

Girl_Scouts_LogoI took Wilderness First Aid training this weekend with the Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross. It was a great time. We were at Camp Lyle McLeod on the Olympic peninsula.

There were nine students and two instructors. It was a great weekend.
All the students really welcomed me, which I worry about being the only guy to attend these training weekends (so far). I’m so excited to be helping the Girl Scouts, especially since it means spending more adventures with my daughter.

Red CrossWilderness First Aid is a little depressing. If you are way out in the back country, and help is a long way away, things can go wrong really fast. I feel lucky to have had the training experience I did. The instructors were excellent and the learning environment really helped make the scenerios we practiced all the more real.

I am planning to continue pursuing the outdoor classes, including canoeing, more advanced camping, and more advanced first aid. Who knows — I could go all the way to wilderness EMT. Only time will tell, but I’m jazzed at the thought.
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I slept in one of those partial structures, floor, and half-walled tent with canvas sides and roof.

The second night, I had a fairy in my tent. I swear, I totally understand how people think they see them. I guess the mundanes could consider I saw a bat, but the critter flitted around in circles, faster than I could keep up. All I saw was this sparkling flutter flashing through the beam of my light. Whatever it was, I opened the canvas tent flaps on both ends of the tent, and it seems to have flown away. I guess it was a friend of Tadger’s. Tadger is the part tiger, part badger, part fey critter that lives out out at the camp.

Tadger has been known to visit some of the other Girl Scout camp sites in Western Washington, but I’ve yet to have a sighting. But then again, this was only my second over night and my second camp. There are four more camps to visit in our region.

Next I’ll spend the weekend at Camporee as the official First Aider. That will be a hoot!

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First signing for Black Blade Blues

Black Blade Blues is almost here.

It’s official. I’ll be reading & signing at the UW Bookstore on the Ave on April 27th at 7pm along with Mark Teppo for his book Heartland, the second in his Codex of Souls series.

Come help us launch our books into the world.

Mark has done this before, but I’m a rookie. Hear about my series and the life of Sarah Jane Beauhall.

I’d love to see you there.

It will be a total kick. I’ll even answer questions, for those brave enough to ask.

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Uruz

The wild ox; strength and power.

Ansuz

Creativity; words, music, and art.

Othala

The troll cross; wealth and prosperity.

Sowilo

The sun; energy, honor, guidance.

Fehu

Personally earned or lucky wealth and prosperity.

Jera

The harvest; patience and promise.

Raidho

The chariot; journey and travel.

Note: This is not the real book cover.