Loot Fer Me!

I returned from my recent weekend in Texas to find a lovely little package patiently waiting for me.

Since I love getting absolutely random loot for no particular reason than the person sending it is made of pure win, I tore open the yellow mailer and inside was this:

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I immediately ripped open the cd — (It just affirmed why I don’t use CD’s anymore, they are too damn hard to open) and listened!

A big hug and thanks to Janiece who is made of awesomesauce.

If you’re looking to listen to what this group performs, here is a taste of them singing “Africa” by Toto with one of the most brilliant openings I’ve ever seen.

You’ve Been SteamPUNKED!

steampunked

So I bought this steampunkish ensemble. I had eye surgery back in 2007, so these glasses came with a Santa suit my father owned (don’t ask). I pulled up my hair and suddenly I’m ready to fight crime in a neo-victorian saga.

Oh, not to mention, I show you what a big SciFi Geek I am, and am standing in front of my “nerd” wall. To stage left is Jewel Staite (Kaylee on Firefly), Nathan Filion (obstructed by my fat head), my “I own the universe Bitches” wormhole certificated signed by Michio Kaku and underneath that is Jaime Bamber (Lee Adama on BSG). To stage right is a bunch of fake flowers and James Callis (Baltar — BSG). I have Boomer on my desk as well. 

The James Callis one says,  “Kiss me, Kate.” 

Oh, I wish I could. I wish I could. 

Yes. I am a geek. I get it. 

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It’s Peanut Butter Cookie Time!

It only happens once a year.

(Dramatic drum roll)

You think you can control it.

(More dramatic drum roll)

Yet as you look upon the wonderment of all, you feel your mouth salivate. In that one captivating moment, all your hopes and dreams come alive.

(Yet more dramatic drum roll ala 2001)

Okay, maybe I went a little far on that last one. I’m selling Girl Scout Cookies. I have two days to meet a goal of 100 boxes and I’m calling for help.

Yes. They are made from real girl scouts, and yes, they even taste better when left in a warm car. The same can not be said for milk or little old ladies.

I will even be accepting forms of payment through pay pal. They are four dollars a box, and go to help funding one of the fun and established groups in this country. My daughter joined them this year and is having a blast.

If you agree to purchase cookies and aren’t in my zip code, I will happily ship them. However, we need to act fast. This FRIDAY — 23rd, is the last day to order.

As always, thanks so much for your help and interest. I can’t wait to break open a box of Samoas in good time.

Podcasting for A Cause #5: An Excerpt from Hero

In our last podcast for the month of November, we are treated to an excerpt from Hero, the soon-to-be published third novel in Lee Stephen’s EPIC series.

For all of you fans, start salivating. If this excerpt gives you any hint of what the book will be like, you are in for quite a ride. 

For those of you who haven’t picked up the books, what are you waiting for? Now through tomorrow, 60 percent of profits will go right to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund

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All throughout the month of November, in an effort to raise Diabetes awareness, Lee Stephen and I have collaborated in some very special podcasts. Excerpts of chapters taking from the EPIC series of novels are for your enjoyment and to ultimately engage you in this wonderful story. If you are interested in purchasing the two books (the third will be published soon), now through the end of this month, Lee will donate 60 percent of all profits from the book purchases to the JDRF. (The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

If you would rather make a donation yourself, we highly encourage you to do so as well.

As always, thanks for listening and let us know what you think.

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Every year, over 180,000 Americans die due to complications with diabetes. It affects over 16 million people in our country and over 100 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral nerve and autonomic dysfunction, amputations, and many other health problems. Every year, more people die from diabetes than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Like many Americans, I was unaware of the intricacies of this disease until I saw how it affected the person I love most. As the husband of a type-1 diabetic, I witness the challenges my wife faces on a daily basis. Terms like “having a high” and “suffering a low” have become part of my permanent lexicon. I have been introduced to a world of needles, insulin pumps, and blood glucose meters. Experiencing her struggles and her triumphs has shown me just how much I take for granted.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The purpose of this podcast is to bring attention to diabetes through literature, and to implore those who find this to consider donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during this very important month. Because of the JDRF, diabetics have a network of international support and an organization dedicated to confronting and conquering this disease. There are two ways you can help.

First, you can go to www.jdrf.org and donate to the JDRF’s fight for a cure personally. Just click on the “donate now” tab located at the top-right of the menu. You can give any amount you wish as either a one-time donation or a monthly commitment. No amount is too large or too small—every bit goes toward finding a cure.

For those science-fiction fans in the crowd, we’re giving you another option. In honor of this important month, 60% of Epic’s November sales will go directly to the JDRF. Every book purchased, whether for personal enjoyment or as a gift, will assist in the cause. It’s an opportunity to contribute to something good and discover a new science fiction series at the same time.

The goal is awareness, whether through literature or personal charity. What’s important is that people take action. Diabetes is a devastating disease, but one we are on the brink of curing. Please join us in this effort to raise awareness and make a difference!

If you donated because of this message, whether by contributing on your own or by purchasing a book, please let us know! We would love to know how much we were able to raise through this effort. I would also love to thank you personally for joining the fight. I can be reached at lee(AT)epicuniverse(DOT)com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Sincerely,

Lee Stephen
Author, Epic Series
www.epicuniverse.com

Stealing A Book Meme

Books – A Meme

Stolen from various members of the UCF. 

What was the last book you bought?
Backup by Jim Butcher (Haha! I got a LE 1st Print HC – Neeneer)

Name a book you have read MORE than once
I don’t read books more than once. It’s a pet peeve actually. I can usually remember the gist of the story if it’s a book I like and there are just so many out there that I need to read, that I can’t go giving books special treatment!

Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?

Changed the way I see life? I wouldn’t go that far. Given me another perspective on the way things are, could be, were? Sure. Forever War by Joe Haldeman and Citizen of the Galaxy by Heinlein are right up there in making me hope for a better future than the one they provide in their stories.

How do you choose a book?
(E.g. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews?)
If I don’t have reader recommendations from friends, and I’m just browsing in the book store, then cover actually plays a rather large part in my selection. I hate to say it, but had I never heard the rave reviews concerning Patrick Rothfuss‘, The Name of the Wind, I would never have picked up the first version of the HC. It looked pretty cheesy. I ended up picking it up though and it’s now a collectable. Go figure. 

Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
I think I may own like four non-fiction books. I suck like that. My fiction collection is outrageous. 

What’s more important in a novel, beautiful writing or a gripping plot?

Both. A gripping plot will not forgive crappy craft but beautiful writing doesn’t matter if I don’t give a shit about the characters. (I’m gonna steal Janiece’s answer)

Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Auri (Name of the Wind), Kvothe (Name of the Wind), Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings), Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files), Lasciel (The Dresden Files), John Perry (Old Man’s War Trilogy), Tobias Cressen (The Alchemist), Ned Stark (A Game of Thrones)… Ahhh. I can’t possibly name them all. 

Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, Agent to the Stars by John “No Comment” Scalzi, Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell

What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
A Decade of Whatever (Honestly, I skipped all the entries that were done since I started reading the blog back in early 2007), but it was nice to go back and see the stuff I had missed. Good mix of humor, politics and catassery on the part of John Scalzi.

Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
I really try not to, but I had to throw out my first book just about a year ago. The Story of O was just awful. I was hoping for a nice erotic fantasy read, but got rather sick to my stomach.

Podcasting For A Cause: The JDRF #4

This excerpt is taken from book two of Lee Stephen’s EPIC Series entitled “Outlaw Trigger”. We follow a stressful battle in progress through various perspectives, against the Ceratopians on the streets of Khatanga.

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All throughout the month of November, in an effort to raise Diabetes awareness, Lee Stephen and I have collaborated in some very special podcasts. Excerpts of chapters taking from the EPIC series of novels are for your enjoyment and to ultimately engage you in this wonderful story. If you are interested in purchasing the two books (the third will be published soon), now through the end of this month, Lee will donate 60 percent of all profits from the book purchases to the JDRF. (The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).

If you would rather make a donation yourself, we highly encourage you to do so as well.

As always, thanks for listening and let us know what you think.

—–

Every year, over 180,000 Americans die due to complications with diabetes. It affects over 16 million people in our country and over 100 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral nerve and autonomic dysfunction, amputations, and many other health problems. Every year, more people die from diabetes than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Like many Americans, I was unaware of the intricacies of this disease until I saw how it affected the person I love most. As the husband of a type-1 diabetic, I witness the challenges my wife faces on a daily basis. Terms like “having a high” and “suffering a low” have become part of my permanent lexicon. I have been introduced to a world of needles, insulin pumps, and blood glucose meters. Experiencing her struggles and her triumphs has shown me just how much I take for granted.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The purpose of this podcast is to bring attention to diabetes through literature, and to implore those who find this to consider donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during this very important month. Because of the JDRF, diabetics have a network of international support and an organization dedicated to confronting and conquering this disease. There are two ways you can help.

First, you can go to www.jdrf.org and donate to the JDRF’s fight for a cure personally. Just click on the “donate now” tab located at the top-right of the menu. You can give any amount you wish as either a one-time donation or a monthly commitment. No amount is too large or too small—every bit goes toward finding a cure.

For those science-fiction fans in the crowd, we’re giving you another option. In honor of this important month, 60% of Epic’s November sales will go directly to the JDRF. Every book purchased, whether for personal enjoyment or as a gift, will assist in the cause. It’s an opportunity to contribute to something good and discover a new science fiction series at the same time.

The goal is awareness, whether through literature or personal charity. What’s important is that people take action. Diabetes is a devastating disease, but one we are on the brink of curing. Please join us in this effort to raise awareness and make a difference!

If you donated because of this message, whether by contributing on your own or by purchasing a book, please let us know! We would love to know how much we were able to raise through this effort. I would also love to thank you personally for joining the fight. I can be reached at lee(AT)epicuniverse(DOT)com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Sincerely,

Lee Stephen
Author, Epic Series
www.epicuniverse.com

Podcasting For A Cause – The JDRF

Last week, I mentioned a very special event taking place during the month of November. As we’ve rolled past the cats, witches and ghouls that mark the month of October,  I have teamed up with published Science Fiction author, Lee Stephen, to help raise diabetes awareness. Please take a moment to read his letter below, consider an option and listen to the podcast read by me. Thank you for your support in advance and take note that this will be a reoccurring event throughout the Saturdays in November.

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Every year, over 180,000 Americans die due to complications with diabetes. It affects over 16 million people in our country and over 100 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral nerve and autonomic dysfunction, amputations, and many other health problems. Every year, more people die from diabetes than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Like many Americans, I was unaware of the intricacies of this disease until I saw how it affected the person I love most. As the husband of a type-1 diabetic, I witness the challenges my wife faces on a daily basis. Terms like “having a high” and “suffering a low” have become part of my permanent lexicon. I have been introduced to a world of needles, insulin pumps, and blood glucose meters. Experiencing her struggles and her triumphs has shown me just how much I take for granted.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The purpose of this podcast is to bring attention to diabetes through literature, and to implore those who find this to consider donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during this very important month. Because of the JDRF, diabetics have a network of international support and an organization dedicated to confronting and conquering this disease. There are two ways you can help.

First, you can go to www.jdrf.org and donate to the JDRF’s fight for a cure personally. Just click on the “donate now” tab located at the top-right of the menu. You can give any amount you wish as either a one-time donation or a monthly commitment. No amount is too large or too small—every bit goes toward finding a cure.

For those science-fiction fans in the crowd, we’re giving you another option. In honor of this important month, 60% of Epic’s November sales will go directly to the JDRF. Every book purchased, whether for personal enjoyment or as a gift, will assist in the cause. It’s an opportunity to contribute to something good and discover a new science fiction series at the same time.

The goal is awareness, whether through literature or personal charity. What’s important is that people take action. Diabetes is a devastating disease, but one we are on the brink of curing. Please join us in this effort to raise awareness and make a difference!

If you donated because of this message, whether by contributing on your own or by purchasing a book, please let us know! We would love to know how much we were able to raise through this effort. I would also love to thank you personally for joining the fight. I can be reached at lee(AT)epicuniverse(DOT)com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Sincerely,

Lee Stephen
Author, Epic Series
www.epicuniverse.com

P.S. – Diabetes Awareness Month is symbolized by a gray ribbon.

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—From Dawn of Destiny — Chapter 0 & Part of Chapter 1

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Woo! I Am Featured on io9!

There is nothing like 15 minutes of fame!

Around three weeks ago, Dr. Horrible and the Evil League of Evil started accepting applications to join up for a common cause; to beat down good with an ugly stick! When they had first mentioned this was going to happen during ComicCon, I started busily writing the song I wanted to include in my submission.

So far, I’ve been featured on io9.com and wonderflonium.com. Io9 mentioned me as one of their favorites, but I’m not quite sure what kind of favorite. 😉

Hopefully, this will definitely get the attention of Dr. Horrible and who knows, I might just have to start fighting good!

*practices her evil laugh*

Here is the video below. I know I look awful, but who the f cares!