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We’re heading out on the road again: this time to RavenCon in Richmond, VA, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Koger Center, Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. We just adore Raven for its wonderful mix of bookish, filk, and media programming and guests, and we’re really looking forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones. This year there will be several of us participating in programming: Barbara Friend Ish, Jonah Knight, and Leona Wisoker. And we’re bringing a terrific party for Leona’s fourth installment in her Children of the Desert series, Fires of the Desertfeaturing not only Leona, her beautiful new book, and dinner, but Jonah’s new Children of the Desert song. We’ll be selling Fires of the Desert and all our books from our table in the Dealers Room–and Fires of the Desert will be available for purchase at the launch as well.

Elsewhere around the con, we’ll be sitting on plenty of panels, doing concerts (well, Jonah will), and holding the fantastic meaty conversations for which RavenCon is rightly famous. You can catch us at these program events:


Friday 3 PM–Writing Fight Scenes
Friday 10 PM–Fighting Writer’s Block
Saturday 9 AM–What’s New from Perseid Publishing
Saturday 6 PM–Launch Party for Fires of the Desert
Saturday 9 PM–Reading
Sunday 10 AM–Writing Up Close and Personal
Sunday 1 PM–Signing


Friday 7 PM–Performance at Opening Ceremonies
Saturday 12 PM–Concert
Saturday 2 PM–Signing
Saturday 3 PM–History of Podcasting
Saturday 6 PM–Launch Party for Fires of the Desert (Jonah will perform his new Children of the Desert song)
Saturday 8 PM–Geek Music
Sunday 10 AM–Cross-Media Collaboration
Sunday 1 PM–Concert


Friday 4 PM–Another Galactic Empire
Saturday 1 PM–Potions, Poisons and Plots: Inventive ways to kill a character 
Saturday 4 PM–Social Media for the Introvert
Saturday 6 PM–Launch Party for Fires of the Desert
Sunday 10 AM–Cross-Media Collaboration
Sunday 11 AM–Naming Names, Titling Titles

Come out and see us this weekend. You’ll be glad you did.

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Here’s an event you won’t want to miss: the official launch party for Book 4 of Leona Wisoker‘s acclaimed Children of the Desert series, Fires of the Desert. We’ll be celebrating Leona’s fourth book-day at RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia, at 6 PM on Saturday, April 6. The party will take place in the con suite, and will include Leona and her fabulous new book, dinner, and other entertainments. Did we mention dinner?

Fires front cover RGB

Says Leona,

It’s in the con suite+it’s at 6 pm on a Saturday night=DINNER is MANDATORY. There will be veggie trays, homemade flatbread, cheeses, a shredded spicy beef dish in a crockpot, coffee, tea, pickled things, and cake. And other things. Depending on how crazy I get over the next week of con prep.

In addition, there will be an additional Moment of Awesome: our own Jonah Knight will be playing his new Children of the Desert song at the launch. This song is a HUGE SECRET. No one but Jonah has heard it. Nobody who’s currently breathing, anyway. This will be your chance.

You can keep up with late-breaking developments by joining the event on Facebook. And naturally we’ll be selling the book at our table in the Dealers Room all weekend, and copies will be available at the launch as well.

Can’t make it that night? Con-phobic? There will be a secondary event the following weekend. Details here.

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Attending the ShenanigansThis week we’re packing our bags, boxes, and cars for MidSouthCon in Memphis. This is one of my favorite cons, and I can’t wait to get there and see everyone. Joining in the mischief will be Mistress of Sales Rachael Murasaki Ish, looking to start something in the Dealer’s Room as usual, and Editor Anna Branscome, who is smarter than I and will be flying under the radar rather than sitting on panels. We’re all looking forward to all the book-and-writers conversation for which MidSouthCon is rightly known.

Speaking of conversations, I’ve been scheduled into some great ones:

Would You Rather?– Friday, 9 PM
This is a fun one: “a game of literary dilemmas”.

Be a Better Con Guest–Friday, 10 PM
Discussion about how to get on the con circuit and the ins and outs of working with conventions. Believe me, con chairs everywhere will appreciate your making the effort.

How Books Are Born–Saturday, 3 PM
Publishers explain how sausage, er, books, are made.

What Are You Afraid Of?–Saturday, 9 PM
Horror pros talk about what scares them. I try to figure out why I am on the panel.

Pitch It–Sunday, 10:30 AM
Editors and publishers critique writers’ one-minute elevator pitches. The audience is open to anyone, but you must sign up to pitch in advance.

Editor’s Round Table–Sunday, 2 PM
Q&A with publishing industry pros.

Whether you make it to those panels or not, you can find any or all of the Mercury Retrograde crew around the convention, talking with other book lovers, all weekend long: at our booth (or our friends’ booths!) in the Dealers Room, out in the hallways, or in the Hilton’s famous lobby/bar combo. Be sure to stop by and say hello–and don’t forget to ask Anna about Writer’s Rehab.

MidSouthCon will be held March 22-24 at the Hilton Memphis. More details here. Hope to see you there!

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One of the best things about summer: 4-day cons. PlayOnCon takes place this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, and we’ll be there all four days. Zachary Steele and Barbara Friend Ish will be participating in panels and other fun. We’ll have a table in the Dealers Room–where you can check out, among other things, Zach’s forthcoming Flutter, the hilarious sequel to his Anointed, and pre-order your copy. (And don’t miss the Fairy Catmother t-shirts, on loan from friend of the house Diana Bastine.) And we’ll be hosting the very first public playtest of the Tarot-based card game Cliche Studios is developing for Barbara’s next novel, War-Lord of the Gods.

This is going to be an action-packed weekend! For this year, Faerie Escape: Atlanta has teamed up with PlayOnCon, so in addition to the usual fun at PlayOn there will also be programming for lovers of Faerie. We’ll be participating in some of it, including a workshop on bringing fresh air and fresh ideas to stories inspired by Faerie (6 pm Friday). We’ll also be hosting a program of faerie storytelling, including readings from Zach and Barbara, some of which will be sneak peeks at forthcoming works, as well as a reading from Ed Morris’s There Was a Crooked Man (performed by Sales Diva Rachael, since Ed can’t be with us this weekend).

PlayOn is also hosting a number of open-to-the-public meetups at the convention hotel, which we’ve already talked about here. Barbara will be hosting the writers’ meetup, and Zach plans to be present too; we’ll probably kick things off there with a couple readings there, too. Unless everybody just gets right into the spirit of the meeting without prompting; then we’ll just hang out.

Anybody who follows the play-by-play around here knows how excited we’ve been getting about gaming recently; we’ll be hosting a workshop on using game development to enrich the story world, Saturday at noon with James & Ant from Cliche Studio. This will be a very hands-on workshop, so if you’ve ever wanted to get advice from a live game developer, this is a good chance to do that.

There will be a lot more fun there this weekend, and of course we’ll be in the thick of it, including much more writing, publishing, and gaming programming. Hope to see you there!

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This weekend, we’re heading out to MidSouthCon in Memphis, TN. We won’t be working in the Dealers Room this time. Instead we’re taking it easy this weekend: connecting with friends old and new, taking in some panels, and generally enjoying ourselves. Our own Barbara Friend Ish will be sitting in on a few panels on Saturday and Sunday–and doing a reading & signing session for The Shadow of the Sun on Sunday morning. Here’s what her schedule looks like:


4 PM–Round Table With Editors and Publishers (Director’s Row 2)
8 PM–Flirting With the Gatekeepers (Director’s Row 2)


11 AM–Reading and Signing (Street Corner)
1 PM–Say What? (Directors Row 2)

If you’re within range of Memphis, stop in and say hi. You can find us by tweeting @barbarfriendish. Hope to see you there!


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A significant subset of Mercury Retrograde staff–as well as debut author Leona Wisoker–will be at RavenCon in Richmond, VA this weekend. We’ll be hanging out in the Dealers’ Room selling books and talking with fans, sitting in on panels, and hanging out in the bar. Because, of course, one must. If you’d like to catch a few panels before heading to the Dealers’ Room and the bar, allow us to offer a few recommendations:


5 PM – 7 PM           World Designing 101                             LW

6 PM – 7 PM           Book Launch Hour                                 BFI

9 PM – 10 PM         Got Sex?                                                BFI

9 PM – 10 PM      Book Signing                                          LW


9 AM – 11 AM        “Writing the Hook” Workshop Pt. 1         LW

1 PM – 2 PM           To Agent or Not to Agent                       LW

2 PM – 3 PM           Quick Write for the Charity Auction        LW

3 PM – 4 PM           The Pen is Mightier Than the…               BFI

3:30  –  4 PM         Kaffee Klatch LW

8 PM – 10 PM         Medieval Music for Fantasy Settings


9 AM – 11 AM       “Writing the Hook” Workshop Pt. 2        LW

10 AM – 12 PM      Breathing Life into Your Writing             BFI

1 PM – 2 PM          Leyaks Don’t Get No Respect                 LW

2 PM – 3 PM          World Building vs World Amending        BFI

3 PM – 4 PM          To Kindle or Not To Kindle                      BFI

Hope we see you there!

BFI = Barbara Friend Ish

LW = Leona Wisoker

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Quoth Ed:

I am reading from ‘There Was A Crooked Man’ tonight at Orycon, 7PM in the Madison Room (right down the hall from the Green Room.) If last night was any indication, you better get your seats now, because I plan on fillin up that room

All I can say is I wish I were on the correct coast for that.

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Ed Morris reports:

First Orycon panel in just a few hours, ‘Blending & Combining Genres’, 3PM, Ross Island Room. Tomorrow night at 7 in the Madison Room, I am reading from ‘There Was A Crooked Man.’

For information on finding OryCon and what’s happening there, go here.

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New photos up on Flickr

Ed Morris did a sneak-preview reading and signing of his forthcoming There Was a Crooked Man at the Human Bean Coffeehouse in Portland, OR–and we’ve got a couple great pictures. Thanks to the Human Bean for being such fantastic hosts!

Edward Morris at the Human Bean, Portland OR

Edward Morris at the Human Bean, Portland OR

Edward Morris signs There Was a Crooked Man

Edward Morris signs There Was a Crooked Man

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Edward Morris reads "Jihad Over Innsmouth"

via wajiii on Flickr

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