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Bear Weiter
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So this happened today - or, rather, it was announced today - I'm joining the Monte Cook Games team as its Art Director. I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity - the team, and the work they've done, is second to none.
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The title spread from the upcoming issue of Black Static (#27) for my story "The Little Things" - yeah, I'm jazzed.

And, yeah, I'm Jacob Ruby.
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That looks great, man!
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Recent short story acceptances:

"The Collector" will appear in Slices of Flesh, released at World Horror 2012.

"The Little Things" will appear in a forthcoming issue of Black Static, possibly as early as February.

I blog briefly about it below.
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I finally caught up with all of the follows from the past couple of months - I scanned roughly 400 followers' pages and added several. To those of you who have figured out how to add useful info to your rollover info you have my eternal gratitude.

To those of you I did not add back, it's probably not personal - I'm primarily interested in following other writers (and writing-related people), artists, and other creative types. If you are one of those and I haven't followed back, send me a note.
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Yeah. I think we must be in circles that get shared or listed somewhere for people to follow. I know I foolishly added my name on some list of writers - beware what you wish for I guess.
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Galen continues her 30 Character Challenge with a Dryad from Christie Yant (a wonderful writer). You can also follow Galen's progress here:

http://www.30characters.com/author/galendara/
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no.2 of the 30 character challenge, a Dryad inspired by +Christie Yant
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I'll be hanging out at this, plus reading at the Edge event just prior, signing at the Edge table... occasionally going to panels... It should be very easy to find me. #WFC2011
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InkPunks! This weekend! At WORLD FANTASY CON! A schedule of events and appearances. (thank you +Morgan Dempsey !)
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Do you read Black Static? If so, did you read my story ("The Little Things" by Jacob Ruby - one of my pen names) in the current issue?

If not, would you like a copy? I picked up several extra copies and I'm giving them away over the next couple of weeks (between now and World Horror - end of March). If you'd like a chance to win a copy leave a comment on the link below (the link, not here on Google+) - and make sure to register with an email address where I can contact you. I'll start randomly picking names in a few days, drawing from the same pool several times over.

(Comments require approval due to spammers - please be patient if your comment doesn't immediately show up).
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It would be easiest for me to keep a tally of people through the comments section of the link above - plus it gives me your email address to contact you should you be one of the winners (right now only a few have commented so odds are rather good). If you have a problem commenting, though, please let me know.

I won't use those comments/emails/etc. for anything else but this drawing - no mailing list to worry about.
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Because I just put down the last words on the first rough draft of my first novel, I thought I'd look around to see what should be good novel lengths. This article seemed like a good source of info.

And for the record - I'm thinking of mine as a young adult horror book (though that may still change) and it currently weighs in at 82k words.
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On the Ink Punks site (where a great group of people write about the creative process) I have a guest blog, discussing the use of friends for critiques.
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Where Orrin starts a contest and I share it - go to his original post to enter!
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CONTEST!

Okay, here we go. To celebrate the fact that I suddenly have over 800 followers on this here Google+ thingy, I figured I ought to post something cool. Since I don't have anything particularly cool to post right now, I figured we could have ourselves a good ol' fashioned hole digging contest. I'm going to keep it really simple. Everyone who comments on this post gets entered and then I'll put all your names into a hat or something and I'll draw one out at random and whoever I draw will get an original flash fiction story, written by me and printed out on nice paper, mailed directly to them and signed by me. Sound like a plan?

[EDIT: It has occurred to me that I should probably set some kind of deadline for this. Let's say the cutoff is Monday November 28th at 12pm CST, in the United States.]

Commenting multiple times will still only get you entered once (sorry) and if you win you're going to have to be willing to email me your address. Other than that, it's fair game for everyone except people who already live in my house, which I think only currently excludes two of you.

(Please feel free to re-share, but in order to be entered into the contest you'll have to come here and comment on the original post.)
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I got my Wacom Inkling yesterday and so far I'm loving it. My first impressions below.
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We pre-ordered as soon as we could after checking Amazon daily. I knew they'd be popular - and for good reason.
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+Galen Dara Joins the 30 Characters Challenge, and uses a character of mine from an as yet unpublished short story for her first drawing.

Very flattering.

(a very rough bit of info on the character and story follow the image in the comments area)
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Writer, Illustrator, Animator, Art Director of Monte Cook Games, Owner of Wombat Studios
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Overland Park, KS - Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN - Lawrence, KS - Leawood, KS - Prairie Village, KS
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Writer (as Jacob Ruby and Bear Weiter), Illustrator, Animator, Art Director at Monte Cook Games, Owner of Wombat Studios
Introduction
I am a designer by trade, running my own business - Wombat Studios - since 1997; I specialize in 3D illustration and animation (the vast majority of which is done for medical visualization - devices, procedures, etc.), motion graphics, short videos, and design.

I recently took on the position of Art Director at Monte Cook Games.

I have a BFA in painting, though I haven't painted in a traditional sense for at least ten years. I have been getting back into drawing, though, and plan on doing more - mostly on the computer.

I have been writing short and long speculative fiction since 2009. Primarily a horror writer, I also enjoy elements of fantasy and sci-fi, though not hard science fiction. Early works were published under the pen names Jacob Ruby and Virginia Ray, but since 2012 all works have been penned as Bear Weiter . More information can be found at my writing site (link to the right).

I am married without kids, but I do have a step daughter of sorts (it's complicated) and my wife and I live with our four cats: Xena, Sky, Yuki, and our newest Taro, a savannah - he's young, but growing fast.
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  • University of Kansas
    BFA in Painting, 1991 - 1994
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Jacob Ruby