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Post RavenCon Hello

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

RavenCon was a wonderful, wonderful con.  Big thanks to Jana Oliver and Tee Morris for letting me play in their sandbox.  Ditto for the con organizers who did such a superb job.  RavenCon is turning into the little con that could, growing from 450 to over 700 attendees in just two years.  Can’t wait to see what they do next year.
It was such a great con I came home with the dreaded Con Crud, so a detailed report–complete with the infamous Strawberry Pic from the equally infamous “Shaken, Not Stirred–Sex in SF & Fantasy Films” panel will have to wait.  But there’s a teaser to be found on the Samhain Blog (it’s my turn today), and as always there are some great articles on the Fantasy & Enchantment Blog.  With regards to the F&E blog, though, start with the second one from the top.  The April 25 writer is just showing off.  ;)

Posted 11 years, 11 months ago at 12:35 am.

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We’ve Got Winners

Monday, April 16th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Congratulations, yourstrulee and sweetchibihentai!  You’re the grand prize winner and runner-up, respectively, in WardSmith.com’s first contest of 2007.  Yourstrulee will receive the crystal egg (suitable for containing wishes or demons as needed) and three Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab imps keyed to the to the top female mages in With Nine You Get Vanyr.  Sweetchibihentai will receive the three imps.  Thanks for participating!
No more contests ’til next month.  But don’t forget, you can still get copies of the lovely With Nine You Get Vanyr bookmark and cute Hail Dubyus global warming bookmark by sending me your name and address through WardSmith.com’s contact page.
Good luck on tax day, everybody!

Posted 11 years, 11 months ago at 9:40 am.

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Done

Friday, April 13th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

At long last the revised version of Highway from Hell is done.  All except for two small descriptive paragraphs I’ve decided to change tomorrow–er, later today.  I plan to let it sit while I finish a copyediting job to die for (another Kate Johnson!)   Two days of proofing, and it’s off to the beta-readers with thee.  
I’m more relieved than happy.  This is the last book I’ll ever work with 

on.  I think that’s one of the reasons it was so hard to finish.  Finishing it means letting her go–writing solo forever, when all I want to do is sit down and swap stories with a friend.  
But stories don’t get told unless you tell them.  I hope the beta-readers will like our take on Orpheus and Eurydice.  Even more important, I hope they’ll tell me when I’ve screwed up the pacing, the dialogue and the bits that hurt.  I’m still a newb when it comes to the craft of writing.
Or should that be the Craft?  Stories are magic  The word gives meaning to the event, as qnotku always said.  I can only hope a little of her magic rubbed off on me.
Be good–or be bad if it’s more fun.  Just try not to exceed the bail fund.  And be sure to tell me all the juicy details.  ;-)

Posted 11 years, 11 months ago at 12:04 am.

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Poking my nose out of the writing cave

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Very briefly–to remind everyone it’s Thursday Thirteen over at the Fantasy & Enchantment Blog.  Today it’s fantasy names, and as a bonus, you’ll find introductions to writers Dayna Hart and Melissa Lopez.
Yeah, I need to become a more active presence on F&E, but I’m trying to finish Highway from Hell and get it to the betas next week, and I’m crashing and burning on some copyediting jobs for Samhain.  With Jana Oliver (Sojourn), I’m also prepping a program for a high school in Richmond next week on history in sf and fantasy–two hours of unfettered access to all those young and pliant minds.  Mwahahahahaha!  Should be a great talk.  We plan to cover everything from Blood Ties to The X-Files, with a few kitchen sinks thrown in for good measure.
Will post more when I catch my breath.  Meanwhile, hope you’re enjoying the return to more spring-like temps.

Posted 11 years, 11 months ago at 1:05 pm.

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April Foolin’

Saturday, April 7th, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off


That pic of the Japanese maple on our deck wasn’t taken last fall.  It was taken twenty minutes ago.  If you squint hard enough you can even see the budding azalea budding behind the fence at the far right.
Told Greg it was his fault for getting all emotional about Karl Muck’s version of Parsifal last night.  Some things are just wrong.  Like snow in April in northern Virginia.  Or like a left-leaning Valentinian gnostic loving Wagner.  (Have I mentioned his cartoons lately?)  He still didn’t get it.  LOL
Not too much else to report.  Been burrowing in what one of my fellow Samhellions calls “the writing cave” all week.  I’m going to finish Highway from Hell by next Saturday if I have to write non-stop.  Well, starting Monday.  Still have to survive Mom’s Easter plans first.  ;-)
Also joined the Fantasy and Enchantment blog with a great group of Samhain fantasy writers: Jennie Andrus, Bianca D’Arc, Dayna Hart, Carolan Ivey, Melissa Lopez and most especially Gia Dawn–who will kill me for that when she finds out I wrote that.  Heh heh.  The group blog is just getting started, but we plan lots of great things, including a regular Thursday Thirteen and a newsletter.
And not a minute too soon!  The prospect of filling a regular mailing all by myself was giving me chills.  My life’s boring.  That’s why I became a writer, after all.
Wishing you lots of chocolate and the best of the season, however you celebrate it.  Cheers!

Posted 11 years, 11 months ago at 8:18 am.

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Waldenbooks Signing (With Pics!)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007 | Author: jmward14 | Blog | Comments Off

Sending a big thank you with smoochies to Store Manager Tracy McPeck, her colleagues Stephen and Susan, and all the staff of the Landmark Mall Waldenbooks in Alexandria, VA.  The Landmark Waldens’ is my neighborhood bookstore.  Literally.  It’s only a mile walk from the house, and I usually make the trek at least once or twice a week.  I suspect this was why Tracy kindly extended the invitation to hold my first signing for With Nine You Get Vanyr at the store March 31.  Either that or my famous puppy eyes routine finally got to her.  :-)
Fortunately, it turned out better than anyone could have imagined.  Friends and family attended in force, prompted by my nagging–er, informative emails and the items I sent to local newspaper events calendars.  One friend read about the signing in The Alexandria Gazette.  She said the item featured a picture of the book too.  (I so need to see a copy of that paper!)
In short, we sold out.  And the store promised to order more.  Well, they have to.  Mother wants three to send to the former chief engineer in her apartment building, her friend the cop and her priest.  And what Reyah wants–er, what Mother wants, Mother gets or there will be consequences.

Stephen, Jean Marie & Tracy at the Landmark Waldenbooks

Stephen (left), Tracy (right) and me at the Landmark Waldenbooks following the March 31 signing.

The post-signing party.  (You knew we'd have one.)

The after-signing party.  You knew we’d throw one.  One of the two main models fo the goddess Reyah is the seemingly frail lady in red to the right of the picture.  Trust me, she’s much scarier than she looks.

And the best part–when it was all over, Tracy told me I was her favorite author.  Ever!  It simply doesn’t get any better than that.
Hugs and grins,
Jean Marie

Posted 11 years, 11 months ago at 1:46 am.

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