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Worte only 875 words of "Streets of Fire" today, but the day also included a very productive phone call regarding a tie-in project, helping teach two karate classes, taking a karate class, and probably some other stuff too, so that's not bad. And I'll get more done tomorrow, I hope.

For now, though, the Chubby Hubby ice cream in my freezer is calling my name.....

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Behind the Lines"
Odo gets seduced, Kira gets pissed, Sisko gets promoted, Dax gets a command, Quark gets drunk, and Rom gets arrested. The DS9 Rewatch goes "Behind the Lines."

An excerpt:
And we get it again this time with the female changeling—whose primary motivation is to get Odo to rejoin the link, screwing the resistance is just a fortuitous side effect—working on Odo to the point where he’s become as disconnected from the solids as the other Founders are. The female changeling’s methods are meticulous and perfect, playing on Odo’s heart’s desire (which we know from way back in “The Die is Cast” is to return to the link), as well as his growing frustration with how vulnerable his love for Kira makes him, especially since her own feelings in return are not the same. The Founder slowly seduces him away from his concerns with the solids in general and Kira in particular, to the point where he’s too busy getting down and gooey to take down the security field, thus leading to Rom’s capture.

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So it was quite a busy weekend. So much so that instead of writing this blog post last night like I intended, I fell asleep for three hours, and when I woke up, I just kinda lay in bed and watched SG-1 DVDs. (I've been marathoning the show in preparation for the SG-1 projects I have in the hopper with Fandemonium, though none of them are actually approved or okayed yet, and so may fall through, but I've been enjoying going through the show in any case.)

Saturday we went to two parties: alorarose's birthday party at her house with her newly refurbished pool, then CJ-Con: the Afterlife Launch, a memorial party run semi-convention-style at C.J. Henderson's home in Brooklyn where his widow still lives. Both parties were fantastic, and we had a great time seeing old friends and making new ones. I'm really glad that we were able to put in appearances at both, and we had a fantastic day.

Sunday was the wedding of our friends Tara and Brad. I first met Tara at New York Comic-Con two years ago when she came over to The Chronic Rift booth and totally fangoobered me, as she was (and still is) a huge fan of my writing. We got to talking, her and me and Wrenn and also Laura Anne Gilman (who was hanging out at our booth), and we stayed in touch and became good friends. Brad had been with her at NYCC, initially standing about a foot behind her and rolling his eyes a lot at how goofy she was being, but eventually he realized that we actually enjoyed her company (and his once he started talking to us). We've hung out together, all five of us (the two of them and me, Wrenn, and Dale) any number of times since.

Yesterday, they got married at a Presbyterian church on Long Island, where the ceremony was jointly performed by two pastors who are also married to each other. Amusingly, though both have been ordained for a decade, this was the first wedding they'd done in tandem. I told them afterward that they should totally make it a thing, and they laughed and said they might.

In any case, it was a lovely ceremony, followed up by a delightful reception at an Italian restaurant elsewhere on Long Island, where we hung out with Geralyn and Danny, who are magnificent people, and a grand old time was had by all.



After crashing last night (it was quite a weekend), we got up this morning to have the car given a once-over for two reasons: 1) it's due for inspection and 2) we're driving it to Atlanta in ten days for Dragon Con. It needs some work, which will be duly taken care of.

Today I've got the rewatch to finish up (I've done all but the review, most of it accomplished in the diner across the street from the mechanic), more of "Streets of Fire" to write, plus I'm helping out at the dojo tonight. Actually, I'll be at the dojo a lot the next two weeks (at least until I'm off to Dragon Con), as Shihan is going on vacation starting tomorrow, and the rest of us black belts get to pick up the slack.

How was your weekend?

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I'm at 6174 words on "Streets of Fire," my story for V-Wars Volume 3, which includes something like 3000 words written yesterday and this morning. I like where the story's going.

Now, though, we're off to the first of three events for the weekend: a birthday party for alorarose and the memorial party for C.J. Henderson today. Tomorrow, it's Tara and Brad's weddding. Busy busy busy is us.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Sons and Daughters"
Alexander and Ziyal both return. This isn't necessarily a good thing. The DS9 Rewatch is reunited with some "Sons and Daughters."

An excerpt:
The hearts-and-bat’leths resolution is wholly unconvincing, as Alexander is still an incompetent dip, the crew still doesn’t take him seriously, and Worf is still the worst father ever. One successful battle against two Jem’Hadar ships (whose success was on the backs of Martok, Worf, and N’Garen in any case) should not have had the profound impact it did. This wasn’t like Worf and Martok’s fight in “Soldiers of the Empire,” it was just a routine battle that they won. Why does that change anything? Aside from showing off Martok’s battle prowess, and making us wish they’d gotten David Graf and Sandra Nelson back (Zeller in particular does decently, but both his Ch’Targh and Gabrielle Union’s N’Garen are pale imitations of Leskit and Tavana), the entire Rotarran plot just feels like a waste of time.

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Living Colour's Vivid was always a favorite album of mine ever since it was released in 1988, when I was still in college. I think I played the tape endlessly throughout college. One of the songs on that album is "Which Way to America?" a song that is depressingly, heartbreakingly relevant 26 years after its release in light of what's been happening in Ferguson, Missouri this week.

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I'm a Locus best-seller again!
I'm pleased to see that The Klingon Art of War debuted at #5 on the August Locus media tie-in best-seller list, which tallies books sold in May (the pub month for KAOW). I was behind only two other Trek books by good buddies of mine (Serpent in the Garden by Jeff Mariotte and the latest Lost Era book by David R. George III), as well as Ian Doescher's brilliant Shakespearean Star Wars parodies (William Shakespeare's Star Wars and William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back). Pretty good company, that....

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coming in October: The Kobold Guide to Combat with an essay by me!
In October of this year, the fine folks at Kobold Press will be publishing a collection of essays edited by the mighty Janna Silverstein (scarlettina) called The Kobold Guide to Combat. One of the essays is by me, and it's about the vicissitudes of writing gaming fiction as compared to how you construct/play a game. The book will be out in October and is available for preorder here.

And here's the super-spiffy cover!

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From January 2000, here's me percussing during the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players' annual retreat, which that year was held at my and my ex-wife marinarusalka's apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan. Discovering these pictures (which I didn't realize I had) has been a huge nostalgia hit in more ways than one.....

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Kaylee and Louie united in their love for watching a starling gad about on the front patio:

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In 1994, Congress passed a law that allowed military surplus equipment to be given to local police forces. This probably seemed like a good idea 20 years ago, though the inability to think this through is pretty appalling, especially since nowhere in this was it mandated that the police forces in question be trained in how to use the stuff in a law-enforcement atmosphere.

Earlier this week, in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, an unarmed teenager named Mike Brown was shot and killed by a police officer. It's certainly possible that an unarmed teenager was a credible threat to an armed police officer, but I'm sorry if you have to use deadly force on an unarmed teenager, you are not qualified to do your job and should be relieved of it. Most cops go their entire career without even unholstering their service weapon outside the firing range or for maintenance. Firearms are the last resort, and an unarmed teenager is not a threat where last resorts should be gone to.

Anyhow, Brown is also African-American in a town that is 70% black, and the locals were understandably cranky on the subject of an unarmed black teenager being shot and killed. There was some rioting, but yesterday there was a peaceful demonstration in protest of the shooting. There were children at this protest.

The St. Louis County Police's response to this outrageous display of the Constitutional right to assembly was to show up in full riot gear with assault rifles and APCs -- generously provided from military surplus thanks to that 1994 law -- and point them at the demonstrators. Several people on the ground reported that cops were telling people that they did have the right to assemble while the cop in question was pointing an assault rifle right at them.

Look, I'm no kind of gun nut. I'd be happy if guns were eliminated from the world. But I also am realistic enough to know that that isn't happening, and that the fetishization of firearms in this country will keep that from ever happening. But if you're gonna have a weapon, you should goddamn well be trained in how to use it, and if you're pointing your weapon at a person, you're intending to shoot them. That's basic firearms discipline, and either these cops a) didn't know that or b) didn't care, and either case is scary as fuck.

And it didn't stop there. They fired tear gas into people's back yards, two reporters were arrested (here's Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery's account of his warrantless arrest), as was a St. Louis alderman, and they were telling people standing in their front yards to go home. They also told the media to stop filming, which they have no right to do.

We're not talking about a major city here, we're talking about a town of approximately 21,000 -- to put it in perspective, more than twice that number of people live in my neighborhood in the Bronx -- that has an average of one murder per year, and they have access to APCs and assault rifles. Because of this, they get to turn their town into a police state.

All this because one of their own shot an unarmed teenager. Supposedly, Mike Brown was reaching for the cop's gun, though he was shot from 35 feet away, which puts that story in a bit of doubt. Even if true, there are other recourses for dealing with such behavior that don't involve discharging your weapon.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon this morning finally took power away from the St. Louis County Police in Ferguson and giving it to state and federal authorities. Let's hope this helps, but the damage has been done.

I close with this very prescient This Modern World strip from the great Tom Tomorrow, which sums it all up nicely.

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One of my favorite songs by The Who.....

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Rocks and Shoals"
Sisko and the gang are stuck on a planet with some very cranky Jem'Hadar, and an even-skeevier-than-the-usual Vorta. Back on the station, Kira comes to a rather brutal realization of what she's become. The DS9 Rewatch sings the praises of Phil Morris's awesomeness as Remata'klan in "Rocks and Shoals."

An excerpt:
“It’s not my life to give—and it never was” is one of my favorite moments in an episode filled with great ones, because that is the great tragedy of the Jem’Hadar. They are not permitted to think for themselves, and even someone as smart and savvy and dedicated and honorable as Remata’klan is subsumed and ultimately killed because of the Dominion’s conditioning. In the other plotline, Yassim blithely refers to the Dominion as evil, and we see it in what Remata’klan has been reduced to, wasting a truly impressive person by sticking him under the thumb of a scumbucket. We also see it in the scumbucket in question, Keevan, who manages the impressive feat of being the most despicable Vorta we’ve seen—and the competition is pretty dang fierce on that one.

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Well, the last couple of days have been entertaining....

On Saturday, we had to up Scooter's dose of the anti-inflammatories he's on from 50 mg to 75 mg. On Sunday, he developed diarrhea, which continued through Sunday night (we had to get up every couple of hours to take him out), and by Monday morning there were drops of blood in the stool. Now, this could have been from irritation, but it also could have been a bad reaction to the anti-inflammatories, so we took him to the vet. He'd already started to get better, and the vet prescribed antibiotics and probiotics, and the diarrhea's going away, and he's getting better. Once the -biotics have run their course, we'll put him back on the anti-inflammatories (which he needs -- stairs are getting harder for him, and we live in a second-floor walkup), and if the diarrhea reoccurs, we need to try different meds.

Fun fun stuff.

On top of this, a tie-in project I'm working on continues to change what it wants out of me, and I'm getting confused and annoyed, but plugging away. There's a bunch of Dragon Con prep that needs doing, including figuring out which books I have to order copies of to sell at the con and getting the car ready for the long drive down. And there's still my V-Wars Volume 3 story to finish....

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Robin Williams was found dead at 63, an apparent suicide. Williams has been fighting depression his whole life, and -- while the investigation is still ongoing -- it looks like he may have lost that battle. I first noticed Williams the same place a lot of us did, as the weird alien Mork in Happy Days, which led to Mork and Mindy (one of about a billion shows that spun off of Happy Days). Throughout an amazing career, I watched him, often laughing my ass off, but also being blown away when he did something dramatic. Most recently, I enjoyed his usual brand of insanity in The Crazy Ones, whose cancellation was a huge disappointment to me.

So many roles, but the ones I want to mention in particular are his guest turn on Homicide: Life on the Street's "Bop Gun," where he played the husband of a murder victim, a heartbreaking, complex, agonizing role that he just owned; and his uncredited supporting part in Dead Again as a disgraced psychiatrist, a bitter, angry part that was chilling.

I actually got to meet him once, a long time ago. When my parents and I took a trip to California in 1983, we spent about a week in San Francisco, and one day I was on my own, and my 14-year-old self just had to check out a local comic book store. So I did, and who should walk in but Robin friggin Williams. For a second, I wasn't sure it was him, but the clerk talked to him and he broke into a huge grin at one point, and then I knew it was him. Turns out that was his regular shop. I always loved the fact that he was a heavy comic book reader (his pile of comics to buy was pretty huge).

We've lost one of the greatest talents of our generation. Rest in peace, sir.

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the cover and publisher page for Out of Tune
Out of Tune is an upcoming anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry in which more than a dozen authors do stories based on folk ballads -- including me doing a new Cassie Zukav story called "Fish out of Water," based on the Child Ballad "Mermaid." The cover has been revealed!

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In addition, the publisher, JournalStone, has put up a page for the book.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "A Time to Stand"
The sixth season commences with a bang as Dukat is back in charge of the station with the Federation losing the war. Things don't look so hot as the DS9 Rewatch kicks off the six-part Dominion War arc with "A Time to Stand."

An excerpt:
The real meat of the episode, though, is back on the station. Jake is trying to be a wartime reporter and not entirely succeeding, Quark has his bar humming along nicely, and Kira and Odo are trying to find a way to reconcile their need to keep Bajor safe with their utter revulsion at both the Dominion and Cardassia. Having Dukat back on the station is Kira’s worst nightmare, made worse when he gets her in his office to lord his power over her. Dukat has always been skeevy, but never more so than when he cups Kira’s cheek in his hand and declares that they have an intimate relationship, and you just want to run right to the shower.

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a very lovely review of The Klingon Art of War
The good Mr. Jim Arrowood has written a really really nice review of Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War on his blog. Jim, who interviewed me about the book for The SciFi Diner podcast, wrote one of those reviews that us author types really treasure.

Money quote:
In any case, this book is so good on so many levels, I know that I will be coming back to it over and over again for inspiration, advice, and just for its pure entertainment value. I give The Klingon Art of War my highest recommendations, whether one is a Star Trek fan or not, there is a lot in this volume that will help one behave honorably and just makes good sense.

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review copies of Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution on LibraryThing!
The fine folks at LibraryThing are making 20 copies of my Sleepy Hollow novel Children of the Revolution available for folks who might wish to review the book. Info at the link.....

And please if you do sign up for this, let me know when you've posted your review. I'd love to see it (even if you didn't like it).

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: Fifth Season Overview
EVERYTHING CHANGES!!!!! It's a tumultuous season with shifting alliances, wars, visions, deaths, revelations, and time travel. The DS9 Rewatch does the fifth season overview.

An excerpt:
At the start of season 5, the Cardassian Union is in a shambles, the Klingons are at war with both Cardassia and the Federation, Bajor is on the verge of joining the Federation, Odo is a solid, the Maquis are a growing threat, Dukat is waging a one-Cardassian war on the Klingon Empire with a stolen Bird-of-Prey, Worf and Dax are both single, Bashir is dating Leeta, the O’Briens have only one child, and Quark is still on the Ferengi Commerce Authority’s blacklist. Plus the characters of Enabran Tain, Enrique Muniz, Tekeny Ghemor, Michael Eddington, Furel, and Lupaza are all alive.

By the end of season 5, none of those things are true.

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Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution. The book will be out in mid-to-late September. I'll be previewing it at my signing at the Bay Shore Barnes & Noble on Thursday, and expect some other nifty publicity, and more previewing at Dragon Con.

Cassie Zukav stories. I have a bunch of these floating around. "Fish Out of Water" will be in Out of Tune, edited by Jonathan Maberry and published by JournalStone in October. "Seven-Mile Race" will be in Without a License (see below). And "Down to the Waterline" was just rejected by Tor.com today, and has been duly submitted to Buzzy Mag. I have another Cassie story rummaging about in my head (one that takes place during spring break) that just needs either the time or the market.......

Dragon Precinct stuff. Mermaid Precinct will be written as soon as I can clear six weeks to write it. I've written "Partners in Crime" for Without a License (see below) after the story was rejected by Sword and Sorceress.* And some time in the next month or so I have to write the as-yet-untitled second case for Torin and Danthres, which I'm doing via Kickstarter, and which you still have time to contribute to!!!!!.

Without a License: The Fantastic Worlds of Keith R.A. DeCandido. I have picked and ordered the stories for this -- and, in the case of "Partners in Crime" and "Seven-Mile Race," written them. I still have to write the story introductions.

"Streets of Fire." I'm in the midst of this story for V-Wars Volume 3, to be published by IDW next year. This story will also feature Mia Fitzsimmons, the Daily News reporter from "The Ballad of Big Charlie" in V-Wars, as well as two NYPD detectives seen in V-Wars.

X-Files story. Once "Streets of Fire" is done, I'll be writing a story for one of IDW's upcoming XF prose anthologies.

Stargate stuff. My Carter-and-Teal'c short story "Time Keeps on Slippin'..." for the Far Horizons anthology is awaiting MGM's final approval. Sally Malcolm of Fandemonium Press said at Shore Leave this past weekend that they're shooting for an October publication date for the anthology. Meanwhile, I have two SG-1 proposals in with Fandemonium (one a collaborative one for a six-book series of which I'd write two, one for a standalone SG-1 novel), both of which are also waiting on MGM's pleasure, and I've got another SG-1 notion in my head that I need to write down and send in.

Tie-in project #1. I've had a pitch in with an editor for eleven months now. And I've got another possible collaborative project in the same line that's in the early development stages.

Tie-in project #2. I've written several one-page pitches for this particular developing line of tie-ins, and I was asked to flesh out six of them. Two of them were already fleshed out, and I have to spend this week turning the other four from one-pagers to 4-6-pagers. If this goes through, it will be tremendous fun, and there's a chance I'll have six novel contracts, which will do wonders for my peace of mind....

Mystery novel, historical novel, science fiction novel, urban fantasy novel. As long as Wrenn is also freelancing and not working a full-time job for a financial institution, I don't have the time to spare to write a speculative novel, which makes it impossible to carve out the time to write any of these. And I can't sell something on a proposal and three chapters. Goddammit.



* Given the recent revelations about S&S founder Marion Zimmer Bradley, I'd say I dodged a bullet there.....

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So calling me "Stinkburger Chef," or "Stinkburger" for short, was all the rage at Shore Leave this past weekend. Several people greeted me thusly (Dave Mack was, naturally, the first), and a grand old time was had by all.

Best of all though was Shore Leave regular and fan of my work, Diane Bellomo, who created several stickers with "Stinkburger Chef" on them. I put a small one on my badge, and also put one on my name tag that I put in front of myself on panels.

Lorraine Anderson was kind enough to take a picture of the latter:
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Close second to Diane's wonderfulness was Cary Abend, who tried to get a chef's hat made with "Stinkburger" stitched on it, but he couldn't get it in time for the show......

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me signing The Klingon Art of War (and other stuff) at the Bay Shore B&N on Thursday!
Barnes and Noble has been doing a really cool stores-wide thing called "Get Pop-Cultured" this summer, and the one in Bay Shore on Long Island has included me as part of the fun. On Thursday the 7th of August at 7pm I'll be signing The Klingon Art of War (and probably most anything else you shove in front of me). The store is located in the Gardiner Manor Mall on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore -- details here. Come on by and say hi!

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We are home safe from another magnificent Shore Leave. I've been to this convention 16 times, including each of the past 15 of them (in 1992, and then from 2000 forward), and I've always had a great time.

I'm too tired to do a full con report, but the high points included:

A Boogie Knights concert that was pretty good despite the best efforts of Conventional Magic, who borked our sound yet again, including not adjusting the mics depending on who was singing lead (even though we provided them with a sound map so they could do that). That was one of many sound issues throughout the con, sadly. Still, we had fun and so did the audience, which is the important part. We even dragged out some songs we haven't done in ages, like "Lycanthrope in Love" and "One Small Ring."

A hugely successful Meet the Pros, in which I sold many many books (including all the copies of The Klingon Art of War that I brought -- the book dealer also sold out of their copies of KAOW) and signed many autographs and gave away a lot of Kickstarter cards and Sleepy Hollow business cards. Indeed, the general response over the weekend to both The Klingon Art of War (from people who'd bought and/or read it) and Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution (from people who either already knew it was coming and especially those who didn't know about it until they learned of it from me this weekend) was phenomenal. Very very gratifying and encouraging and stuff.

After MTP, a bunch of us got together and showed our baseball plumage:
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Top row (l.-r.): Wrenn Simms (Phillies), Allyn Gibson (Nationals), Zan Rosin (Phillies), Ariel Vitali and Lisa Stuckey (Dodgers), and Phil Giunta (indeterminate).
Bottom row: me (Yankees) and Bob Greenberger (Mets).

A packed reading/Q&A in which I read from Children of the Revolution and took questions about various and sundry things. They scheduled it for Friday at 4pm, and I was worried no one would show. The opposite happened: I got my biggest crowd ever for one of those things, and one of the biggest audiences of the weekend.

A fun Match Game, in which they overbooked the contestants, so Steven H. Wilson, Bob Greenberger, and I were a three-headed monster taking turns as one of the contestants. We billed ourselves as the Marx Brothers: Groucho, Harpo, and Karl.

Lots of fun time hanging out with my fellow authors and friends and such. At one point, Wrenn and I sat in the lounge outside the bar and were joined at various times by about twenty different people (not all at the same time) just sitting and chatting and having a fantastic time.

Some excellent panels: me, Greg Cox, Aaron Rosenberg, and Jeff Lang espousing on the differences between an original tie-in novel and a novelization; me, Greg, and Peter David on why people still read movie novelizations; me, Jen Rosenberg, and Russ Colchamiro talked about social media for writers; me, Dave Mack, Kirsten Beyer, Mike McPhail, Christopher Bennett, and T. Eric Bakutis (who, BTW, is an excellent moderator) on writing action scenes; and me, Eric, Melissa Scott, and Jo Graham on fantasy without modern measurement.

A well attended self-defense workshop, in which everyone did very well. In particular one guy (a jiu-jitsu practitioner) complimented me afterward for being the first person he'd seen do one of these who actually gave useful self-defense techniques. I honestly think he went there expecting to trash me, and was pleasantly surprised when he couldn't. We had a good talk afterward.

Fine dinners with my fellow authors at Silver Spring and Andy Nelson's -- the latter a superb BBQ place (one that even midwesterners Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore liked) -- in which much joyous conversation and enjoyment was had. A high point was Kirsten Beyer telling me how much she loved writing President Nan Bacco.

I didn't see much of the actor guests -- I rarely do, honestly -- but I did get to talk a bit with Teryl Rothery (Dr. Frasier on Stargate SG-1), who is a delight. Also Eve Myles (Gwen on Torchwood) hugn out in the bar and in Ten Forward Saturday night (and was rather hung over for her Sunday Q&A).

Two other magnificent things this weekend:

In my author bio I wrote, "Keith R.A. DeCandido is surprised and appalled to realize that this is his 15th consecutive Shore Leave. He thinks he deserves some kind of prize, and urges the con com to get right on that."

I didn't think anybody actually read those things, but the con com (notably Inge Heyer, the guest liaison motherfucking con chair) did read it, and I was made the Shore Leave bunny for the weekend, an honor that was presented to me (in the form of bunny ears) right before the Boogie Knights concert.

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And then there was Diane Bellomo, a Shore Leave regular and a fan of my work, who made a whole bunch of stickers of varying sizes with "STINKBURGER CHEF" on them. I put one on my name card and one on my badge. This also lead to me quoting the mighty Ed Zimmerman's review of V-Wars all weekend, of course.......

As ever a great show. I'm sure I left something out, but that's only because I'm overwhelmed by the awesome. We should totally do this again next year!!!!!!!

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