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Archive for January, 2013

Elvis Time

Not sure if all of you know this, but my wife thinks loves Elvis.  We have a special Christmas tree just for Elvis ornaments and she has several shelves of Elvis related items above her desk.  We have a lot of Elvis music in our house.  She’s read nearly every book ever written about Elvis (only one she’s missing that we are aware of) and she’s watched all kinds of movies that even tangentially  link to Elvis.

We’ve done the Elvis in Seattle tour for our 15th wedding anniversary, and for our 20th, I surprised her with a trip to Memphis.

She got to spend a lot of time with original Sun records as a kid, listening to any and everything on that label.

With that in mind, we are going to the 16th Annual Elvis Invitationals at the Experience Music Project here in Seattle.  This will be our fifth or sixth time going.

We are going, don’t you want to go, too?

If you’re feeling froggy, jump on over and join us.  I promise you it will be an experience you will never forget.  It won’t be nearly as entertaining as this:  John Scalzi in a wig, or Jim C Hines in tights in their charity pose-off (which you should totally support), but it will be an experience.

The bands are great, the impersonators usually span a scale of amazing to so drunk they forget the lyrics.  There’s a lot of crowd dancing and singing along.  And the punk band, Graceland Five do very strange things to the King’s repretoire.

So come out, rock the sky church and have a great time.

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Buy the book: Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon

When you find something that you really enjoy, you can always make it better by sharing it with your friends.  I’m an old school AD&D player from way, way back.  I love the game, found it helped me in my ever increasing appetite for story.

Now that I’m writing and publishing my own tales, I like to find stories from people that keep me entertained.  This book is one of those.  It reminds me of the old AD&D days, breaks some genre tropes to keep it interesting and is a satisfying story to boot.

Please check this book out, and it just came out in paperback.

http://www.saladinahmed.com/wordpress/785/ Crescent_Moon

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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.