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Having spent the last few years caring for my mother, who suffered severely from Alzheimers (she died about this time last year), I felt this was a good signal to boost.  If you're a fan of Gaiman (or Pratchett, or the artist, Sean Phillips), or just want to contribute to a good cause...

http://www.teefury.com/a-good-omen
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The Great Way

There are lots of authors whose work I enjoy, but among living authors, I can count my favorites on the fingers of one hand. (Of course, I'm a mutant, and have seven fingers).  Among them is Harry Connolly, of "Twenty Palaces" fame.  What, you haven't heard of the Twenty Palaces series?  Shame on you.  Look it up on Amazon immediately. Harry's work is outstanding, (and Jim Butcher supports me in that claim).

I'm not really a big fan of epic fantasy, but there are some authors I'll read no matter what they write, and Harry Connolly is on of them. I just finished reading his latest effort, the "Great Way" trilogy, and am really glad I did.  It definitely lives up to it's original working title of "Epic Fantasy With No Dull Parts."  "The Great Way is now available in both ebook and print:  

http://www.amazon.com/Way-Into-Chaos-Book-Great/dp/0989828425
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I read the firs tone of the way trilogy and wasn't blown away - does it pick up more after that, do you think?  

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The interview is shorter and less in-depth than I had hoped, but still interesting.  Funny, turns out toward the end they touch on the same points about questions and answers as that Mused comic I posted a few days ago.
David Lynch can be a tough interview -- check out my attempt back in 2001. Patti Smith does a bit better in this joint interview on the BBC2 Newnight's
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THE GLASS - Cover

For those who might be interested to see it in a higher res version, here's a link to the original illustration for Stuart Sharp's The Glass:

http://duncan-eagleson.deviantart.com/art/The-Glass-429960690
Cover for Stuart Sharp's novel The Glass.   Angels and demons and conmen, oh my.  Digital painting in Corel Painter Reference shots: Leather 2 by Faestock Come Along Pond 4 by Faestock Da...
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THE GLASS

Catching up on some signal boost I've been meaning to get to...
Angels and demons and con artists, oh, my.

In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I created the cover for Stuart Sharp's The Glass. I try to read all the books I do covers for, and admittedly sometimes that's a chore, but this one was pure pleasure. Not a big surprise, as I enjoyed his earlier book, Court of Dreams, which was published by Pink Narcissus.

The Glass is an urban fantasy in a somewhat lighter vein, reminiscent of the works of Tom Holt, Christopher Moore, or Charles Stross' "Laundry Files" series.  Despite the light tone, however, there's some pretty serious violence and mayhem along the way.  Highly recommended.

The Glass on Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-glass-stuart-sharp/1118591712?ean=9781495412592
The Glass on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Glass-Stuart-Sharp-ebook/dp/B00I5JHUX8/

Court of Dreams on Barnes& Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/court-of-dreams-stuart-sharp/1106014052?ean=9780982991329
Court of Dreams on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Court-Dreams-Stuart-Sharp-ebook/dp/B006WBZU5G/
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So my friend John Dixon was fortunate enough to have the CBS TV series "Intelligence" based on his book "Phoenix Island."  Way to go, John.  I managed to miss the premiere, but caught up with it online (you can catch the pilot at the link below).  Based on the pilot, it looks to be a good series - which is pretty unusual, IMO, for a regular network series.   Second episode plays tonight at 10/9c.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/intelligence/
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"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then--to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you. Look at what a lot of things there are to learn--pure science, the only purity there is. You can learn astronomy in a lifetime, natural history in three, literature in six. And then, after you have exhausted a milliard lifetimes in biology and  medicine and theocriticism and geography and history and economics--why, you can start to make a cartwheel out of the appropriate wood, or spend fifty years learning to begin to learn to beat your adversary at fencing. After that you can start again on mathematics, until it is time to learn to plough."
-  T.H. White, The Once and Future King
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Just re-read "The Once & Future King," and "Merlyn" about a year ago. Loved it just as much as I had when I first read it 30 years ago (or maybe more).
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I've said for some time that comics needs more female creators.  Happy to see these folks are doing something about that.  Emet comics is rolling out a bunch of new comics this month.

http://www.emetcomics.com/
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Now there's some true "Wizardly" wisdom. Click the link... enjoy the discussion. Perhaps you'll find a question or two that you can collect along the way. I certainly did. Thanks for posting this, Duncan!
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WHITE KNIGHT

Bracken MacLeod's second published book, White Knight, confirms that the brilliance of his first novel, , was no fluke.   It's got a headlong, nonstop pace, a grim noir atmosphere, and tightly drawn characters who step off the page and grab you by the throat.   It's a short work - a novella or novelette (I've never been sure which term is correct, or what the difference might be) - if it were longer, I'd have to say it's not a book to start if you have to get up for work in the morning, because once you pick it up, you won't put it down until you're done.

White Knight on Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/white-knight-bracken-macleod/1119709413?ean=9780692024065
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/White-Knight-One-Press-Singles-ebook/dp/B00KWACACY/

Mountain Home on Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mountain-home-bracken-macleod/1115566739?ean=9781927112144
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Home-Bracken-MacLeod-ebook/dp/B00D4Z4B1C/
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My first novel, DARKWALKER,is finally out, and available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1939056047/

One of my all-time favorite authors, Charles de Lint, was kind enough to provide us with a cover quote:

"I loved this book from the moment I met Wolf. It's got high-stakes action and great characters without sacrificing any of its wonderful mythic resonance. What's not to like?"

Wow. Thanks so much, Charles!
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RIP Elmore Leonard.  Like Stephen King, Leonard was a great proponent of the "transparent prose" school, and a "pantser" as opposed to a "planner" (he never outlined his books).  His summation of his "Ten Rules for Writing":  "If it sounds like writing, rewrite it."   

My own favorite rule is No. 10: "Leave out the parts readers skip."

Elmore Leonard on Writing
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A writer, painter, sculptor, and digital artist, I'm best known to print comics fans for work on Neil Gaiman's Sandman, and my graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice's The Witching Hour.  My paintings and cover designs have appeared on science fiction and horror books by authors like Fred Saberhagen, Graham Masterton, Les Daniels, and Robert E. Howard.  I've illustrated magazines, book covers and movie posters like Nightmare on Elm Street & Blademaster, and theatrical billboards for the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Lamb's Theatre, and internationally reknowned magician Jeff McBride. The Who, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Def Leppard, and many other rock groups have used my designs on their tour T-Shirts.

I'm also a professional maskmaker - I create hand-sculpted leather masks, and have won a few awards with them.  Mask clients have included the aforementioned Jeff McBride (known for using masks in his magic performances), Wes Craven, the Smithsonian, The Big Apple Circus, and assorted small theater companies and independent films.
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These days, I'm focused on my writing. I've had a few short stories published, and have four novels making the rounds of publishers and agents. I've been getting some very nice personalized rejections, explaining why I've been turned down. To those who don't know the publishing business, this will sound like nothing to boast about, but other aspiring authors will get it.