Thursday, January 31, 2008
Rule #1: Never mess with his men.
Rule #2: Never mess with the woman he loves.
Rule #3: Never bet against him.
Soon, we'll be adding a 4th: Never mess with his countrymen.
Two heirs of Ezzer.
Whose side will you choose?
Okay, I stole that from my website, but it's still cool. I know that many of you have been sending me e-mails wondering when Out of the Shadows: Book II of the Elysian Chronicles will be coming out, and I've got good news! According to the ArcheBooks production schedule, Out of the Shadows is next in line to be edited.
You can click here for the production schedule to keep updated on what is going on.
I'll keep everyone posted on its progress.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I'm excited about this because working with a radio station will make it possible to reach more people than just me doing a podcast--especially a station that uses streaming audio technology instead of podcasting technology. (Podcasting can take up lots of bandwidth--meaning the more successful a podcaster is, the more bandwidth he/she has to pay for.) Ad Astra also will handle many of the things I don't know how to handle, such as editing and cutting sound bites, etc.
This week, I will be asking advice from a few people I already know in radio and working on ideas for two different shows that I will be presenting to Ad Astra later this week, so stay tuned!
- I met new author Stokely Gittens, whose book Peter Paul: The Chase Begins just debuted. Stokely and I have actually been friends on MySpace for a while, but this was the first time we met in person.
- Behind me was comic book/trading card artist Brian Kong. His work is amazing--I can totally see why companies like Topps hire him to create those hand drawn sports and movie cards that you will sometimes find in the bubble gum packs. Brian and I talked during the slow periods, and he taught me a lot about the comic book industry. He's also a Yankees fan, and he had some great pictures of Mickey Mantle, Joba Chamberlain, Derek Jeter, and Andy Pettitte.
- To my left was Erick Erickson, an artist who creates life-size heads of famous people.
- To my right was Mark Mekkes, the creator of Zortic--an on-line comic strip. He's also the author of the comic book series Abby's Agency. Mark works for Disney in his spare time, and we had a little chit chat about hidden mickeys.
- I also got to know science fiction author, Glenda Finkelstein. We had seen each other at other fantasy conventions but never really talked. It turns out that Glenda and I have similar purposes in our writing even though we write in different genres. Glenda is also an associate producer at Final Destiny Productions.
- I also met and was interviewed by the Alien Warrior Comedian--a comedian who dresses up like an alien (great makeup, by the way) and makes fun of humans. He is actually going to be on the next series of The Last Comic Standing. You may be able to catch the interview on U-tube.
Check all these people out on MySpace by clicking their names:
I also met several other cool people, including a world class juggler and some really great Star Wars fans. (I had lots of fun talking to them.) I forgot my camera this time, so no pictures.
Stay tuned for some really big news coming up...
Saturday, January 26, 2008
"Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you Roger Rabbit," said one of my new friends.
"Really?" I mouthed to her. (I feel uncomfortable pointing out celebrities in a crowd because I'm always afraid they'll be really annoyed with me.) All of us authors dream of one of the celebrity guests dropping by our tables.
She nodded, and we continued talking.
Then, he handed the brochure back to me and said, "I knew I had forgotten something." With that, he left.
On a lighter note, I've heard a bunch of "forgotten" jokes this week....
Stay tuned for Monday's blog, in which I'll discuss all the awesome things that happened and people I've met this weekend.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
"I like her," Ella said, pointing to the picture of the shifty lady I don't trust much. "She's pretty." Then Ella pointed to my dear friend and said, "I don't like her very much. She's... She looks funny."
I explained to Ella that this woman was really nice and that she helped me out a lot and that I liked her very much. I probably should have said, "Just because someone doesn't look pretty, doesn't mean..." You know the rest. It didn't even dawn on me to say that.
It saddens me that this youngster's natural reaction was to choose the more evil of the two women simply because she was prettier. I guess it make sense--especially being at Disney World. (I have watched way too many beautiful princesses dance around on stage today. For the sake of brevity, I will not go on a rant over the shallowness of the Disney's new theme for 2008, "Where Wishes Come True.") I also wish I was more on-the-ball to guide her thinking in the right direction.
Anyway, I hope that as Ella grows up, she will understand that "pretty" does not mean "nice" and that "ugly" does not mean "mean." I also hope all of us will remember not to make those snap judgments about people because of their looks.