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The Writers of the Future thing

Guess i should at least mention how it was to go down to Writers of the Future, right?

It was cool and crazy and sleepless. Met some really cool people, made some new friends… awesome.

If you’re a writer, and you aren’t yet eligible for SFWA, you should be submitting to this every quarter. Some people have concerns about the organization behind the contest. I’ll let Frederik Pohl address that. Writers of the Future gave me more money for a single story than i’ll ever likely see again.

They put me up in a hip, swank hotel.

Swank Hotel For Grá

My fellow students were talented, funny and just great to be around.


They made me write an entire story in 24 hours.


And while the first half of the ceremony was imperfect. The second half was amazing and touching.

Notice Hercules in the lower left corner. :-P

Notice Hercules in the lower left corner. 😛

That's Eric Kotani on my right. He was full of rule.

That's Eric Kotani on my right. He was full of rule.

Blah blah blah

Blah blah blah blah

Before the ceremony, they unveiled our story art. I was blessed to have mine done by Ryan Behrens. You should watch for this guy’s name and/or hire him. He’s immensely talented.

Me with my artist, Ryan Behrens

Me with my artist, Ryan Behrens

The signings they arranged had their problems, but i generally had a great time and it was good practice for doing signings at cons.

Me signing book

I cut a rubber stamp specially for this book and stamped every book i signed. Whew. It was so many books that i used up an entire ink pad!

Some people asked if this was my "logo." The story is called Life In Steam. Teapot, steam, get it? Get it?!?

So, let’s sum up, class. It’s surreal, a decent little boost for your career, pays well and is a lot of fun.

Do it!