Not a Blog

The Calendars Are Here

March 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm
Profile Pic

FYI, the Ice & Fire calendars have just arrived here from DBPro for signing. The huge boxes in which they came had both pretty well disintegrated in transit, which gave me some worry, but the calendars themselves seem unharmed.

All of them appear to have the Jon Snow cover.

There are quite a lot of them. I will get to signing ASAP, and it may take me a few days to deface them all. I need to get some silver markers too. That should show up best on the black, glossy covers.

As promised, I’ll post here as soon as the job’s done and the calendars are on their way back to the Dabels.

Thanks for all your patience.

Current Mood: null null

After the Signing

March 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Profile Pic

Yesterday’s signing at Page One went well. It’s always fun when the Wild Cards gang gets together, and we had a nice turnout and a lively crowd. Thanks to everyone who attended, to the good folks at Page One for hosting the event, and to Craig Chrissinger for acting as MC.

Those of you who weren’t able to attend can still pick up a hardcover first edition of BUSTED FLUSH signed by Melinda (Double Helix) Snodgrass, John Jos. (Carnifex) Miller, Carrie (Curveball) Vaughn, Caroline (Amazing Bubbles) Spector, Bud (Little Fat Boy) Simons, Ian (Genetrix) Tregillis, Victor (the Radical) Milan, and yours (the Great and Powerful Editor) truly by visiting Page One’s website at:

We signed a goodly stack of books, but the supply won’t last forever, so it’s first come, first served for the autographed copies.

And Page One will also be delighted to sell you autographed copies of Carrie’s latest Kitty book, Daniel Abraham’s AN AUTUMN WAR, Melinda’s EDGE OF REASON, the Green Ronin WILD CARDS rpg by John, HUNTER’S RUN signed by me and Daniel (but not Gardner), and John Maddox Robert’s latest SPQR mystery.

After the signing we all went off to Powdrell’s, ate us some barbeque, and talked about the Wild Cards books to come.

Current Mood: null null


March 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm
Profile Pic

Just a reminder, for all of you in the Albuquerque area… and maybe a few who aren’t. Tomorrow is the big mass signing at Page One, New Mexico’s largest independent bookstore.

I’ll be there, pen in hand, to sign copies of BUSTED FLUSH, the latest volume in our new Wild Cards triad from Tor. Contributors Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, Caroline Spector, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Walton (Bud) Simons, John Jos. Miller, and Victor Milan will also be on hand. INSIDE STRAIGHT contributor Daniel Abraham is also supposed to drop by, and you may catch glimpses of some of the other Wild Cards writers as well.

Page One should also have stacks of other works by most of the particpating writers on hand, so you will be able to get all kinds of other books autographed as well.

And if the Wild Cards crowd isn’t enough, this will be joint event with mystery writer John Maddox Roberts, who will be signing the latest of his SPQR series of detective novels set in the late Roman Republic.

The event will run from 4pm to 6pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 7) at

11018 Montgomery Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

See you there!

Current Mood: null null

Three New Minis

March 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm
Profile Pic

Dark Sword Miniatures has just rolled out three new miniatures in their Ice & Fire line.

There’s a couple of hedge knights, one young and one old — no, not Dunk, he’s “the” hedge knight in my Dunk & Egg series, and we’ll get to him sooner or later, but these are just a pair of random hedge knights, the vagabonds of the Seven Kingdoms.

Here’s a look at the greens:

The third new figure is a named chareacter: everyone’s favorite turncloak, Theon of House Greyjoy, seen with his bow in happier days.

All three sculpts are by Jeff Grace. Sorry, no painted versions to show you yet, but those are in the works.

For more views… or to place an order… visit the Dark Sword website at

Comments are welcome, but only on the miniatures, or minis and painting in general. Thanks for staying on topic.

Current Mood: null null

Boys Says Goodbye to TO

March 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm
Profile Pic

So the Dallas Cowboys have released Terrell Owens.

Smartest thing that Jerry Jones has done in years. Addition by subtraction.

I certainly hope that the Giants and the Jets both have the good sense to stay away from this guy. He’s a talented receiver, sure — although age has started to catch up to him — but he’s also a locker room cancer.

Most of ESPN’s talking heads seem to feel that the only team that might take a chance on TO now is the Oakland Raiders. Is even Al Davis that crazy? Maybe so. Sorry, Lodey.

The Cowboys also released Roy Williams. The safety Roy Williams, not the recently acquired wideout Roy Williams. Williams will have an easier time finding a new team than TO. He’s a liability in coverage, but he’s still a hard hitter and a punishing tackler, might be useful as a role player in the right defense.

FWIW, I have been very pleased by what the Giants and Jets have been doing in free agency. I was sorry to lose Derrick Ward (“Wind,” from Earth, Wind, and Fire) from the G-Men, but he deserves the chance to start, and the Giants are still set at running back with Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Danny Ware. Meanwhile, they have been bolstering what was already a pretty formidable defense, picking up Michael Boley from the Falcons, Chris Canty from the Cowboys, and Rocky Bernard from the Seahawks. Adding that trio to Osi, Kiwi, Justin Tuck, Fred Robbins, Jay Alford, and Barry Cofield should give the G-Men the most explosive pass-rush rotation in the league… and they were already pretty good at sacking the QB.

Meanwhile, the Jets have signed Bart Scott from the Ravens and Lito Shepard from the Eagles, and that should make their D a lot tougher as well.

As a fan, I’ve always loved tough D, so it’s great to see both of my teams strengthening the side of the ball.

(Comments welcome, but only on the NFL, please)

Current Mood: null null


March Madness

March 4, 2009 at 10:40 am
Profile Pic

My new Library Tower, under construction since last June, is nearing completion. A few more weeks, and I will finally be able to get my books out of boxes and back onto shelves, where they belong. This process has made me acutely aware of just how many books I have (a lot), and especially how many copies of my OWN books I have (more than I need).

We got a nice response to the TUF VOYAGING sale in January and the WINDHAVEN sale in February, so I figured I’d follow up with another sale for March, maybe clear off my shelves a little more. This month I thought I’d do something for my readers and collectors from outside the United States. So I’m going to put ALL my foreign editions on sale.

Over the years I’ve accumulated quite a few extra copies of many of my foreign editions, on just about all my books. A few of them are pictured here in this blog post. You can see many more on the Signed Books page of my website, where I’ve offered some for sale. Check out those listings at:

If you see anything you’d like to add to your collection, now is the time to get it. For the rest of March, I am reducing all the prices listed on that page by $5.

The prices listed (minus five bucks) would include Book Rate / Media Mail shipping within the United States. For overseas or international shipping, there would be an additional charge. Inquire at and let us know which book you’re interested in and where you want it shipped, and we’ll calculate the shipping charges for you.

French editions, Spanish editions, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, Czech, and many more… You’ll see most of these listed on the page I linked to above, but if you’re after a title or edition that you DON’T see, inquire. In cases where I only had a few extra copies I never bothered to list the book on Signed Books, but I still might have a copy I’d be willing to let go to a good home.

And yes, I do take PayPal. In fact, it’s my preferred method of payment… both for selling books, and for buying miniature toy knights.

And needless to say, I’d be glad to sign the books, and personally inscribe them upon request.

Thanks for all your help in clearing off my shelves and storage lockers.

Current Mood: null null

Once More, the Calendars

March 2, 2009 at 11:27 am
Profile Pic

It’s now March, and I think… hope… that we are almost done with the calendar business.

Les Dabel has assured me that everyone who bought and paid for a calendar has now been sent one (some have been sent two, or even three, he says, in cases where the first one never arrived). The international shipments may not yet have been delivered in all cases, overseas airmail being what it is, but all of them are on the way.

This leaves only the signed calendars. And no, those have not yet arrived here for signing. Let me say once again that the minute they turn up, I will post it here.

(Let me also say, once again, that I will NOT be signing any 2010 calendars. Les, Ernst, please do not offer any 2010 signed versions, I do not want to go through this again)

(And that’s March, FWIW. Arya and the dragon skulls. Komarck is amazing. I do hope enough of you nominated him for that Hugo, he deserves a spot on the ballot).

Current Mood: null null