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Archive for March, 2012

Hey, all the cool kids are doing it.  Here’s my schedule for Norwescon this year.

Thursday        8:30 pm        Cascade 1
J. A. Pitts reads Mushroom Clouds and Fairy Rings
Post Apocalypse Fey story Rated G
J. A. Pitts

Friday        5 pm        Rainier
Writers Workshop – Thom Marrion
Werewolf Tango
Kim Ritche (M), Mary Rosenblum, J. A. Pitts, A.M. Dellamonica

Saturday        9 – 11 am    Rainier
Writers Workshop – Round Robin 3
Rebecca Birch – The Memory of Huckleberries; Christy Johnson – Where the Light Don’t Reach; Mae Empson – Bus and Bridge and Brother
Kim Ritchie (M), J.A. Pitts, Jim Glass

Saturday        11 am        Cascade 6
Fact and Fantasy
When does ‘staying real’ matter, and when does it just get in the way? Should fantasy Seattle streets match real Seattle streets perfectly? Does your pseudo-medieval weaponry have to perform like the real thing? How much can we alter history for the sake of the story before the reader cries ‘Enough!’
J. A. Pitts (M), Stina Leicht, Mark Teppo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Adrienne Carlson

Saturday        1 pm        Evergreen 1&2
Crossing Boundaries: Writing the Other
Can you write a great character of another gender? From a different culture? A different sexual orientation? How do you know what’s good characterization and what’s stereotyping?
Caren Gussoff (M), Diana Copland, Lorelei Shannon, J. A. Pitts

Saturday 3 pm Grand 2
Autograph Session 2
Meet the writers of all those fabulous SF/F books, share stories, and have them autograph their novels (especially the ones purchased in Norwescon’s wonderful Dealers Room). All of our distinguished Guests of Honor will be present. PLEASE: so that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a limit of three books to autograph at a time!

Saturday         5-7 pm        Salon
Evolution of a Writing Career with J.A. Pitts and Ken Scholes

 

I hope to see some of you folks there.  I’m especially excited to be teaching the Evolution of a Writing Career with Ken Scholes again this convention.  It’s a great way to hear a bit about our careers and ask questions to help you along your own.  Please come out.  It’s well worth the time.

Otherwise I’ll be hanging in the bar, wandering around the dealers room or crashing in the green room.

Come play, it’ll be a blast.

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Oh, right… the other news

Just wanted to share that I completed the ten page synopsis of the fourth book in the Sarah Beauhall series, then wrote a two page treatment for both book 5 and book 6.

Once I hear back from my agent we’ll send the proposal package over to Tor.

Titles are as follow:

Book 4:  Hearth & Home

Book 5: Sins of the Father

Book 6: Suicide Blonde

Keep your fingers crossed.  And as always — tell your friends, post reviews and buy more books!

John

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Contest winner and other news

I meant to announce the winners of my little give-away contest last week, but the week got away from me.

Right now I’ve randomly drawn 3 names from the list of people who posted here, on my Facebook fan page, and on my Livejournal account.

The winners are: Brian J. Hunt, Dreamline (Livejournal) and Arief Zanial.

I’ll contact each of you to see where to send your prize.

Congratulations.

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All about the milestones

Just hit 100 people who like my Facebook fan page. Hovered between 98 and 99 for a while. Either folks left, or Facebook lost the ability to keep track of numbers. I’m not making any assumptions.

So, with this auspicious milestone, let’s celebrate. How about a contest?

Comment here, Livejournal or the Facebook fan page and tell me a song that should be on Sarah’s playlist when she’s running. Something that would fit her character and something that would help her stay motivated to pound out those miles.

I’ll pick a comment at random and send that lucky winner or two a book. People need to already be reading Honeyed Words (or soon, as the mass market comes out in May) to get ready for the new book coming out in July: Forged in Fire.

Then I’ll check out all the songs listed and post a new playlist for Sarah that I’ll use when writing the next book.

Be creative, be inventive and pick something that would rock Sarah’s world.

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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.