DragonCon 2017 Schedule

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In the better late than never category, I realized I haven’t yet posted my DragonCon 2017 schedule. Allow me to remedy that now. Keep in mind, if you can’t make it to any of these planned events, feel free to hit me up in the hallway, between panels or at the bar. I’m a nice guy (or, I try to be, anyway), and I like nothing more than saying hi to friends and fans. Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself. I’m officially at the con from Friday, Sep. 1 – Sunday, Sep 3rd. Panel Info Title: Here Comes the Gener-AL! Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour) Description: When you’ve got magic as a weapon, you change the nature of warfare. Who are some of fantasy lit’s greatest strategists and tacticians, and what makes them so successful? Title: Masculinity in Star Wars Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: A706 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) Description: It’s a…

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Guest Bartending at Coup – NYC. Win a copy of SIEGE LINE!

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Here’s the TL;DR: I’m going to be bartending at Coup (64 Cooper Sq. in Manhattan’s East Village) on August 22nd, from 5PM-Midnight, and I need drink ideas. I was hoping you’d help me with that, and I’ll be giving those who provide the three winning drink recipes an Advanced Read Copy (ARC) of my forthcoming novel SIEGE LINE, before it goes on sale in October! And if you’d like to come out and yell at me to make your drink faster, well, that’d be finer’n frog hair. Here’s the details: Anyone following me on social media can’t help but note the . . . well, let’s not sugar coat it . . . litany of rage and despair that has consumed me since the election results, and the subsequent parade of national humiliations that has followed. Folks who have been with me when I started writing professionally distantly remember a time when I avoided politics, but it’s a position I…

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You probably know I keep two hydroponic gardens in my lightless, Brooklyn apartment. Miracle-Gro makes these cool self-contained units that most folks use to grow pot. I use them to grow flowers, lavender and petunias this year, the only real option in my sun-starved closet of a home. They make me really happy. The petunias add bright color and the lavender keeps the apartment smelling nice, and I get the added joy of being responsible for living things. But flowers are also messy, and even simple hydroponic gardening is work. They drop petals and “leaf litter.” Bugs are drawn to them, fungus gnats like hydroponic reservoirs. They condense and drip water on the floor. They need constant attention: pruning, watering, adding liquid nutrients to the reservoir. I can’t go out of town without arranging for a neighbor to look in on them. I’m beyond busy and intensely jealous of the time I spend having to care for them. It’s a…

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Done-right, better than done-fast

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Bear with me through another long winded analogy. I’m going to deliberately bury the lede to weed out the TLDN types. When I was heading up the Reserve at Station New York, one of my top metrics was safety. Like any machine shop, assembly line, and mechanic bay, Coast Guard stations take a lot of pride in mishap-free operations. Yes, we count the days we’ve gone mishap free. Yes, we proudly display signs that show our record. This is important. Because while the dramatic ways a guard can lose their lives (in a gunfight, during a rescue op) are also the least likely. Far more likely is an injury due to a boat accident, or hypothermia due to failed seal on a dry suit, or burns resulting from oil allowed to pool in the fantail. Part of bringing my people home safely after every mission was ensuring that the boring, by-the-book safety checks were performed rigorously and constantly. Even when…

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Not a one-trick-pony

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Those of you who follow me on social media probably already saw this announcement, that has acquired THE FRACTURED GIRL in a three book deal. It’s been a long and tough road to get to this point, with the original novel going through seven drafts over three years. Some of you have heard me read from the book at various conventions, or at the Twitter Fiction Festival last year in New York City. Others have heard me talk about it, at times with hope, at times in frustration. Suffice to say that I’m over the moon that the book (books!) have finally found a home, and that is that home. I have written extensively for them in the past, and have always thought their innovative approach to publishing may be the thing that pushes the industry into a new age. I’m not sure what the publisher will be releasing, so I’ll go light on descriptive details, but suffice…

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