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Archive for April, 2011

Necessity of Blindness: guest blog post at Grasping For The Wind

I have another guest blog post at Grasping for the Wind. I like this site. You should check it out.

This one is on the Necessity of Blindness. A key skill for novelists, IMHO.

I hope you like it.


My Norwescon Schedule

Here’s my schedule for Norwescon. I hope to see some of you there.
If you are unclear, Norwescon is a great regional convention. They cover the gamut from fandom, to writerly pursuits, movies, comics, costuming, cosplay, science fiction, horror, fantasy and more. If you are not familiar with this convention, I encourage you to check it out.


Thursday 9pm Cascade 8 Fantastic Fantasy Females
Is fantasy the new vanguard of feminist politics? Fantasy authors discuss the role of gender issues in their work.
Jean Johnson, Liz Argall, Kim Ritchie, J A Pitts, Julie McGalliard

Friday 5pm Evergreen 3&4 Supernatural Seattle
We are seeing an influx of Urban fantasy/magic/steampunk stories set in Seattle. Are there stories that are integral with something about Seattle or the Northwest’s culture, weather, or environment?
Cat Rambo, Julie McGalliard, J A Pitts, K.C. Ball, Kat Richardson

Friday 6pm Rainier Writers Workshop – Michael Polmanteer
King Arthur
J A Pitts, Sonia Lyris, Jeffery Brown, Eytan Kollin

Friday 10pm Cascade 3 J A Pitts reads Honeyed Words
Book 2 in the Black Blade series
J A Pitts

Saturday 11am Cascade 7 The Potassium Deficient Superhero
There have been many versions of the Green Lantern since his creation in the 1940s, and his abilities range from all powerful to parlor tricks. What are some of the best story arcs from the various Green Lanterns, and where is the character headed now?
Ashley Cook, J. Spyder Isaacson, Douglas Herring, J A Pitts

Saturday 1pm Rainier Writers Workshop – Doug Rudoff
The Martian Agenda
J A Pitts, M.H. (Maggie) Bonham, Paul Dixon, B. D. Gallagher

Saturday 2pm Grand 2 Autograph Session 1
Patricia McKillip, Kinuko Y. Craft, Marie D. Jones, Jim Butcher, Shannon Butcher, Lou Anders, John P. Alexander, Michael Alexander, Steven Barnes, Greg Bear, M.H. (Maggie) Bonham, Ted Butler, Kurt Cagle, Alan Clark, Bruce R. Cordell, Heather Dale, Caren Gussoff, Jean Johnson, Wayfarer’s Moon, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Ted Kosmatka, Nancy Kress, Larry Lewis, Todd Lockwood, Edward Martin III, Susan R. Matthews, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, G. David Nordley, J A Pitts, Mark Rahner, Kat Richardson, Mary Rosenblum, Lizzy Shannon, Jeff Sturgeon, Sam Sykes, Mark Teppo, Gordon Van Gelder, Dameon Willich, Matt Youngmark

Saturday 4-6pm Salon Writers Workshop – Ken Scholes & John Pitts Workshop
Ken Scholes, J A Pitts

Saturday 8pm Cascade 10 The Do’s and Don’t of Writing Great Sex Scenes
Pros will read examples of the most important do’s and don’ts of writing good sex scenes. 18+ With ID Only.
Jean Johnson, J A Pitts, Jack Skillingstead, Caren Gussoff

Sunday Noon Baker Writers Workshop – Sandra Odell
Sissy’s a Woman Now
J A Pitts, Alma Alexander, G. David Nordley, J.M. Sidorova


Read my new interview over at Genreality

My buddy Ken Scholes interviewed me for his weekly Genreality post.  Check it out.


Black Blade Blues at Freddy’s

Following a tip from my buddy Derek Victor Pounds, I stopped in at the Fred Meyers in Bonny Lake. My cell phone died while I was having lunch with Ken Scholes and Patrick Swenson, so I opted to stop at Freddy’s and pick up a charger for my car. Yes, I know. Why didn’t I already have one of those.

Anyway, after finding the appropriate piece of electronic magic, I made my way back to the books and magazine section of the store.  Lo, and behold, it was there.  That makes two separate Fred Meyers, in different cities, that have stocked the book.  I’m very excited.


Have you seen it in the wild?  I’d love to hear where you found your copy of the book.



Guest blog over at Grasping for the Wind

With much appreciation to John Ottinger III, I’m a guest blogger today over at Grasping for the Wind

I discuss why I love Urban Fantasy. Check it out. :)

In other news, I have a stack of ARCS for Honeyed Words I haven’t shipped yet. Wondering where I should send this batch.



Is there anything sweeter than typing “The End”?

With a heavy sigh of relief, and a quiet sense of accomplishment, I’m happy to report I have finished writing this book. First readers, beware.

This is the third installment in the Sarah Beauhall/Black Blade series and I’m feeling mighty.

It’s a draft, so I know I need to go back and fix stuff I’m not aware of yet (again, first readers beware) but I am happy.

Now, if I had a title that sang in my head as well as the titles for books 1 and 2, I’d be truly content.

I think to celebrate, I’ll drive over to the local B&N and sign the Black Blade Blues mass market paperbacks that came in. Maybe I’ll also watch a movie.

or pay my bills

or do my taxes

or, you know, shoot mutants in Fallout Three: New Vegas. At least for a little while.

Yeah, definitely shooting mutants…



The wild ox; strength and power.


Creativity; words, music, and art.


The troll cross; wealth and prosperity.


The sun; energy, honor, guidance.


Personally earned or lucky wealth and prosperity.


The harvest; patience and promise.


The chariot; journey and travel.

Note: This is not the real book cover.