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Anime Review: Blood, the Last Vampire

I went to the store to pick up a copy of the Akira DVD, and a copy of Blood: The Last Vampire was next to it. I’m not a Vampire-genre fan, but the storyline sounded interesting, and since it was an Oshii film, I figured it would be worth a look. The first thing I thought when the movie was over was, “Ummm, where’s the rest?” The packaging said it was an 83 minute run-time.…

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Secret Rooms

Imagine you purchased an old 1918 house. Imagine living in it for three years. Now imagine finding a secret room behind a shelf. That’s exactly what happened to me. I was working on replacing my old cloth-and-asbestos wiring with modern (grounded) wire. An electrician pal of mine was doing the heavy work. We replaced my old dual 15-amp circuits (for the whole house + garage!) with a new breaker box. The new wires had to…

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Give Ralan Some Love

Yes, folks, it’s time to put your money where your pen is. If you’ve ever found a market opening on Ralan’s website, or chanced upon an important submission change notice there, it’s time to toss a few bucks into keeping Ralan’s online. The suggested donation is about $10US. That’s it…ten bucks for one year’s worth of good karma. Whenever I sell a story, I tithe the genre in some fashion. It could be a subscription…

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Tithing in the Age of Digital

One of the things I decided to do when I became a published author was to send in a portion of my earnings to websites that helped me along the way. I’ve donated to Duotrope, Ralan’s Webstravaganza and Critters.org. If you’re a new author, there are many sites with useful information, from marketing, genre news, and research, to free e-zines. Most of them ask for donations to keep the services running. Some, like the ones…

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Anime Reviews: Chobits

I have no idea who translated Chobits from Japanese to English, but give them a medal. Quite a bit of the anime imported from Japan attempts to show some humor, but normally something gets lost in the translation. Most jokes fall flat or get one smirk out of the audience. This is not one of those animes. Every episode is full of delicious humor, and most of them are flat-out belly laughs. Admittedly, most of…

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Conventions Events

OSFest 5 Panel Schedule

OSFest posted their panel schedule, and I will be on 12…no, wait, 13…panels this weekend. Friday 3pm: The Science of Steampunk 4pm: Creating an Author Co-Op 8pm: Marketing for Writers 9pm: Mash-ups: Mixing Genres for New Ideas 10pm: Writing Professionally Saturday 10am: Self-publishing 101 1pm: eBook Creation and Pitfalls 7pm: Strong Women in Speculative Fiction 8pm: Writers Groups 10pm: Where Worlds Collide: Parallel and Alternate Timelines 11pm: NEW! Character Building Sunday 10am: NaNoWriMo for Beginners…

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