Pre-self-edit Warmup Exercise

I made the exercise its own page on the site.

Have fun. Happy procrastination 8)

Big Event

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First, the official bits:

LPI celebrates a great summer of reading with the End of Summer Blog Event. Monday through Friday, August 24 – 28, we’ll feature author and editor profiles on the LPI Blog. Many author profiles will include giveaways, so please come visit for your chance to get to know Lyrical Press and win prizes.

We’ll round out the week with two live blogcasts:

Saturday, August 29, 6 – 9PM Central Time: Author Chat

http://lyricalpress.blogspot.com

Many, many LPI authors will be joining in the fray while Editor in Chief Emma Wayne Porter announces giveaway winners and hands out even more free goodies. Readers are invited to ask questions, hang out, and get to know the people behind all those stories.

Sunday, August 30, 6 – 9PM Central Time: Editor Chat

http://lyricalpress.blogspot.com

During this live blogcast, the LPI editorial staff gets its day in the hotseat. Readers are invited to give their opinions on what kind of stories they want to read. Authors are invited to ask questions about submission guidelines, and maybe even pitch an idea or two. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to speak directly to publishing staff, and be heard!

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And now for the unofficial bits:

Both blogcasts will be held right on the LPI Blog, and we’re expecting a lot of author traffic. All the free ebook winners accumulated in the author profiles will be announced during the blogcasts, though people won’t have to be present to win. We’re often so all-business at LPI, I’m really looking forward to getting everyone together to just hang out and have some fun in real time.

Sunday’s chat with the editors will be a free-for-all. Authors, if you’re shopping for a publisher, here’s your chance to talk directly to LPI staff about how things work in-house, what all the acquiring editors are looking for, maybe some talk about how digital publishing differs from print.

Readers, this chat will be great for telling us what type of stories you like to see, your shopping preferences, and basically anything you want to talk about. Editors so rarely get to speak directly with readers, I think it’ll be a great opportunity for both sides.

Hope to see you there!

Things I Learned This Weekend

I had a really…weird weekend, most of which doesn’t bear talking about.

There were a few things worth noting, however:

  1. You can’t get mad at your children for acting just like you do.
  2. You can still get mad at your children for acting just like their father.
  3. I want this for Christmas: Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid

Okay, maybe I just want Denis Leary for Christmas, but I’ll take what I can get.

December What?

I’ve still got the post-release day hangover going; I sincerely hope I didn’t get on stage and sing Smelly Cat or anything Saturday night.

Someone mentioned there might be drama over the fact we’re only doing one release cycle this month, so here’s the scoop: Back in… July or August (I can’t remember which) we decided that since the late stages of December aren’t too great for sales, we’d close the cycle to give our first-cycle releases a fair shake, and to give the staff a break.

Of course, “break” means everyone’s free to reformat backlist for the 60 gabillion new formats we’re shipping out, but still. It’s the thought that counts, right? Right?

In other news we’ve got some really good books this month. I wasn’t copy editor on any of them, so I can’t play the “I have a right to be biased” card. There are three of them, however, that are great personal favorites.

I’ll have to hold all my bias cards until February and March, because I can’t wait to tell the tornado story. *rubbing hands together*

Somebody Loves Me

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Ms. Candice gave me this blog award, God love her.

Now, I’m supposed to do some things like nominate seven others, but considering the size of my…magically disappearing blogroll (I’ll remedy it soon, I promise) it would be hard to pick seven ppl out of that formidable list.

And since I’ve been rather all work and no play lately, I’ve decided to bend the rules a bit and list some of my newer, favorite procrastination devices.

  1. Failblog.org My number one guilty pleasure, inflicted upon me by my daughter.
  2. SWGEmu forums This one’s not new, and a very long story, this. It’s an interesting project. And I can’t get banned for linking it on my own blog, so there. FAQ here, if you’re interested.
  3. Loops of Zen This evil little flash game added a good ten minutes to this blog post.

Okay, email beckons. The big Lucas Arts/Bioware announcement hits today, so I wouldn’t recommend yimming me between the hours of 1-5pm. I will be busy monkey-pounding the refresh button, since no one bothered to include a timezone in the hype-invites. (Boo.) I’m assuming Pacific because of the Lucas Arts thing, but I’m not taking any chances.