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It seems like it's been ages, and it kinda has--I started writing it more than four years ago--but my first novel is finally up for sale! Amazon has it in print and Kindle editions, and it's also at most of their international sites. Nook version is planned, but won't be out for a few months, since Amazon has exclusive digital rights for the first 90 days. However, the Kindle version is DRM-free, so if you're up for downloading and converting, have at it. It's also on the Kindle Lending Library, if you're short on cash.

Back-cover blurb, for those not already familiar with the story:

Young Mirya Thunderstone, like all Dwarf women, has lived her entire life inside her people's mountain home. Frustrated by her confinement, she longs to take up her family's legendary axe, and follow in the footsteps of her late, war-hero brother. But when an accident strands her outside the mountain, she finds there's more to being a hero than wielding a weapon.

Joined by a playful otterkin couple, a deadly Elf warrior, a laid-back Native hunter and an outcast orc, Mirya must use both her axe and her wits to find the truth behind the war that claimed her brother's life.

This is a YA novel in intent, but I think older and younger folks might like it, too. In terms of kid-friendliness, it's probably on the high end of PG: Some violence--not terribly graphic, and the romance bits are very tame. It's possible the language and social/philosophical issues might be a bit dense for younger ones, however. Basically, if your kid can handle Narnia or Harry Potter, she can probably handle this.

This thing is definitely fantasy-trope-a-go-go, but it's not exactly a Tolkien clone (nor did I intend it as such; I was actually influenced more by the Wizard of Oz and Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger series.) The setting is a fantastical/alt-history version of the Pacific Northwest, centering on Mt. Rainier, and the characters' cultures are loosely modeled on those of middle-ages Russia (Dwarves), Japan (Elves) and Salishan tribes. And of course there are gay and feminist characters and themes. Of course. ;)

I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about it, and if you enjoy it, please do leave a review at Amazon!

P.S.: Big up to [livejournal.com profile] foxipher for the gorgeous cover art. It's like she got inside my head and knew exactly what Mirya looked like. So happy with it. :)
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Just found out from my boss today that they're intending to keep me on for at least a couple more months, AND they'll work around my vacation schedule if I'm still on then.

Hot. Damn.

:D :D :D :D :D

It'll be a few more weeks before we have the cash reserves to buy the air tix/make the reservations, but...

Guh. I can't believe we're going to make this happen.

Will keep folks posted as to our plans. :)

*boogies*
Apr. 1st, 2010 01:09 pm

Love. It.

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Remember how I said I was worried that this new Muppet revival was going to be somewhat neutered because they're owned by Disney now?

Yeah. Not so much.



That is awesome.
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:47 pm

Reprieve!

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I'm still employed! For a while, at least.

I start a new (short) contract with the video team on Wednesday, and it'll go through mid-April. That should take me very close to my 12-month time limit, so I can then just take the summer off and start up something new in September or something like that. Should work out very nicely, I hope. It won't pay for the adoption, but it'll definitely get us far closer to paying off some of our house-related debt.

I'll be doing something sort of similar to what I've been doing on my current team, only wrangling video instead. I'm looking forward to it, actually. Video's been the one thing I haven't had a ton of experience with, and I like the idea of filling in that gap. I won't be actually editing any videos or anything. Mostly just looking for good stuff to promote. So if you run across anything, ping me!

Gonna have to find some way to celebrate this weekend, since it's also our 13th anniversary on Sunday.
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This is probably the coolest, most hilarious, most awesome thing I've seen in MONTHS.

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Details to come later tonight, when I'm not swamped with a ton of work projects that suddenly arrived in my lap today.
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No link because I don't want to jinx it (I'm silly that way. Sue me.) but...

With barely a moment of warning, we started drawing up an offer today. Our agent had a company meeting today, so we couldn't go over it to officially put it in, but we'll be hearing from her tomorrow.

GAH.

There are several catches: )

The thing about this place, though, is that it's the only one of the realistic possibilities that's really evoked an emotional reaction from us. We have two other options we may offer on this week if this falls through somehow, but neither has really fired us up the way this one has. They're not terrible or anything--both are perfectly lovely, and one certainly has some "wow" features--but they lack some of the "holy crap!" factor this one has.

Any good thoughts or wishes you may have available would be appreciated. I'd love for this to go through and work out for us!
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Thanks to my pal [livejournal.com profile] frogboy for pointing out this gorgeous, haunting song his wife wrote.



Link
May. 19th, 2009 10:58 pm

Whee!

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I almost wish I was still running Trash Overload, because the shirts made by this company would give me endless material.


Of course, the sad part is that I know people who would wear some of these...
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This is both awesome and creepy.

I'm currently watching M turn down our street.
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I can't believe I didn't see these before:

The real titles for several famous SF/F books:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

I haven't read all of those, but I'm familiar enough with them, thanks to my genre-novel-huffing housemate, that I get the jokes. Heh.


h/t to [livejournal.com profile] achariya for the link!
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Pimping something one of my officemates has been working on:

Vote Republicrat!
Aug. 11th, 2008 12:26 pm

<3

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Why are you not watching Cute With Chris? Hmmmm?

May. 31st, 2008 02:50 pm

Roaming

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Our original plan for my birthday was to head down to The Market, since it's been a dog's age since we were there last. Sadly, I didn't plan ahead, or I'd have realized that it's Market Festival time, and therefore every single person in three counties, plus a cruise ship load of tourists, was there. Parking was not to be had, and I'd have freaked out with the crowds, too.

So we drove up to Ballard instead. That looked a little boring, so we ended up in Fremont, where we decided food was in order, and stopped here for brunch, knowing nothing about the place.

That just happened to be one of the best meals I've ever had. Holy moly. We WILL be returning. Yes.

Ran into a co-worker who lives in the hood. That was odd. Drove back north and went to Country Village, which was kind of dead and boring and didn't have nearly the number of cute shops I remember. And then I started feeling icky and it started raining so we came home.

I suppose we'll probably do more stuff this weekend. I feel like finding a farmer's market somewhere and finding stuff to throw in a pan with olive oil. Or whatever. M promised to clean my kitchen for me for my birthday, which is very sweet of him. So I'll probably be doing something grand and messy with it sometime this weekend.

Any suggestions for other stuff we might do?
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Links gacked from [livejournal.com profile] classics_cat

The ultimate online party

An intervention

Slightly NSFW (language, adult situations)
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I love stuff like this--taking everyday sounds and turning them into music:

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