Feb. 2nd, 2009

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Several happy things to post about today.

First and foremost (for my little world circle) - With the discovery and erradication of the black mold under the flooring in the bathroom, the Valkryie is off to school for the first time in almost two weeks. She's still grumbling about not feeling well, but her symptoms are now completely in the "I have a cold" range, rather than the "OMG, resperatory aliens have invaded my daughter" range.

On a more global scale, Iceland has appointed the world's first openly gay world leader! Hurray for openminded women in power.

On the literary front, I finished two projects last week, one being a short fiction work for a horror anthology (details posted here when I am allowed to release them) and another being my essay for Family Games: The Best 100, of which I am allowed to say this: "Family Games: the 100 Best will be a companion volume to Hobby Games: The 100 Best, published by Green Ronin and edited by James Lowder. The book will feature another all-star line up of designers and publishers writing about the best board games, card games, RPGs, and miniatures games accessible to non-hobbyists. We won't be repeating any games covered in Hobby Games: The 100 Best, and the essayists will include some people from the first book and between 30% and 50% new voices. The book will feature a foreword by board game legend and Senior Director of Product Acquisition for Hasbro Games Mike Gray (Fortress America) and an afterword by author and actor Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation)." I'm thrilled to be a part of this project, and can't wait to see it hit the stands!

Also on a literary front, two friends of mine have novels that are releasing in the very near future - Ari Marmell's "Agents of Artifice" which is a great fantasy novel, whether or not you're into flatcrack (aka Magic: The Gathering). If you are, it's a "have to read". If you're not, be warned, this might just pull you into it, by providing an interesting and exciting introduction to the dynamic world behind the cards. And, Lucien Soulban's Renegade Wizards novel, which is set before the War of the Lance, for you Dragonlance fans (or those just looking for a interesting new read in a well-thought out and superbly presented world.) Check them out and make some great writers very happy while providing yourself with a calorie-free, super-awesome indulgance.

In travelling news, I'll be in Seattle later this month for NOIR, a Camarilla convention, then travelling out to NY to act as a Gaming Guest for I-Con in April. Both May and August will find me in Toronto, for guest appearances at Anime North and Fan Expo.   I guess I'd better get that passport application in soon, I don't really want to have to re-route through Buffalo again this time!


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