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Bloggers around the interwebs are chatting about a new series of discussion questions about The Shadow of the Sun this week. You can catch the Week Three posts and the comment threads springing up in their wakes by clicking through the links below. Rather than bombard your feed, we’ve just updated the original post on our blog–and the discussions page for that book on the website. Participating bloggers include:

A Dab of Darkness
Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers
Just Book Reading
Lynn’s Book Blog

And the list of related posts on Barbara’s blog continues to grow.

Conversations about the read-along are also taking place on the Mercury Retrograde Press Goodreads discussion group.

If you like this book, you’ll love these conversations. If you’ve been feeling shy in previous weeks, it’s not too late to jump in to the comment threads. Stop in and join the fun.

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Shadow front cover 2012 smallAnother batch of terrific discussions about The Shadow of the Sun went live around the blogosphere yesterday: not just the Week Two posts themselves, but the comment threads that spring up in their wakes. Rather than bombard your feed, we’ve just updated the original post on our blog–and the discussions page for that book on the website. Participating bloggers include:

A Dab of Darkness
Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers
Just Book Reading
Lynn’s Book Blog

Conversations about the read-along are also taking place on the newly-minted Mercury Retrograde Press Goodreads discussion group.

If you like this book, you’ll love these conversations. Stop in and join the fun.

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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:

Leona:

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

Jonah:

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

Barbara:

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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Shadow front cover 2012 smallThe first of the Mercury Retrograde book read-alongs begins today. Join book bloggers across the Internet in discussing The Shadow of the Sun. Participating bloggers include:

A Dab of Darkness
Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers
Just Book Reading
Lynn’s Book Blog

Conversations about the read-along are also taking place on the newly-minted Mercury Retrograde Press Goodreads discussion group.

 

As posts go live, we’ll be adding links to them here.

Week 1:

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along Part I: Dab of Darkness

All the Myths I Stole:
Barbara Friend Ish’s response to nrlymrtl’s challenge question

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along–Part 1: Just Book Reading

Place as Character: Using Worldbuilding to Develop Story
Barbara’s response to Amy’s question on her Just Book Reading post

The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish Read-Along: Week 1: Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers

The Shadow of the Sun Read Along, Part 1: Lynn’s Book Blog 

Week 2:

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along Part II: Dab of Darkness

That’s Not Even a Real Word! How I invent languages for my fiction:
Barbara Friend Ish’s response to nrlymrtl’s Week 2 question

The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish Read Along: Week 2: Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers

The Shadow of the Sun Read Along – Part 2: Just Book Reading

Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish, readalong week 2: Lynn’s Book Blog

Week 3:

The Shadow of the Sun Read Along Part III: nrlymrtl’s post on Dab of Darkness

The Sex Lives of Male Characters: Our Cultural Assumptions in Action:
The first of Barbara’s responses to nrlymrtl’s question for Part 3

Writing About Sex: Love Through Other Eyes:
The second installment of Barbara’s response to nrlymrtl’s question for Part 3 (live 4/16)

The Shadow of the Sun Read-Along–Part 3: Amy’s post on Just Book Reading

The Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish Read Along: Week 3:
Sue’s post on Coffee, Cookies, and Chili Peppers

Shadow of the Sun by Barbara Friend Ish, readalong week 3: Lynn’s post on Lynn’s Book Blog

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If you missed the earlier post about read-alongs, online book discussions, and how you can play, you can find it here. It’s easy to get involved by clicking through to the participating blogs. You can also add your blog to the list.

This particular read-along is being led by nrlymrtl, host of the Dab of Darkness blog. Here is the

Planned Read-Along Schedule

April 1st: Chapters 1-7
April 8th: Chapters 8-15
April 15th: Chapters 16-21
April 22nd: Chapters 22-28
April 29th: Chapters 29-END

Don’t have a copy of the book? Not to worry. For the duration of the Read-Along, you can download your free eBook here. And Dab of Darkness is hosting a giveaway that includes not only eBooks but a couple of signed Trade Paper copies.

nrlymrtl is a master of spinning interesting questions. This should be a great conversation. See you around the blogs!

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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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Want to win a free Mercury Retrograde Press book? Of course you do. Click over to the Dab of Darkness blog, where nrlymrtl is conducting a really sweet giveaway: a chance to win a Trade Paper book (if you’re in the US) or an eBook (as long as you’re within network range of Earth). The best part? You get to choose the book you want.

While you’re there, you can read an interview nrlymrtl and I did about goings-on around here. Or–wait? Is it the other way around? Is it possible this post you’re about to click through to find is actually about the interview, and the book giveaway is sort of an afterthought tacked on to the end?

Guess you’ll have to click through to find out.

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And now for something completely different: Faerie Escape Atlanta. This is the most unique of the cons we haunt, and it’s right here in Atlanta. Not your ordinary con, Faerie Escape runs intimate and deep-thinking program that focuses on real dialogue between the attending pros and the people sitting on the other side of the table. Most of the time there is one discussion panel, one workshop-type session, and one game going on; but if you have an interest in things Fae, that’s by no means a slim program. This year’s edition is scheduled for this weekend, and we have some truly fun stuff planned. Here’s where you can find us:

Friday 7-10 PM: Gathering of the Summer Court

A meet-and-greet, with performances, stories, and a movie offering by Atlanta-can-claim-her-now writer/director Lisa Stock. It’s open to the public. Last time this was one of the highlights of the weekend. Several of us will be there.

Saturday 12-1:30 PM: Faerie Writing Workshop

Join author and editor Barbara Friend Ish in writing a Faerie-inspired short story. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss Faerie character types and story elements and then develop our own Fae-inspired short stories. Workshop participants are invited to read from their stories at the Mercury Retrograde Salon Saturday evening, and finished stories will be included in the 2012 Faerie Escape Chapbook.

Saturday 5-7:30 PM: Mercury Retrograde Salon

Join Mercury Retrograde Press editors, staff, and friends for merriment and mythic munchies. The evening’s entertainments will include readings from the participants at the Faerie Writing Workshop, recitations from Strunk & White’s Elements of Style by Mercury Retrograde editor Anna Branscome, and a performance of the Big Books Rap* by A Dark Fable.

Barbara Friend Ish will also be there. So, I am certain, will a number of other familiar faces, lured by the promise of a couple of once-in-a-lifetime performances and some Sunshadow Ale.

The Faerie Escape Program intriguingly lists the Salon as being held in the Mercury Retrograde Suite, which is not on the convention map. I note that the map does include references to Narnia, however. Typical Faeries. If I had to guess, and of course I do, I would put my money on this event taking place in the “Zinfandel Room”. Stop by our table in the Marketplace, aka the Dealers Room, for better intelligence on this.

Sunday 12-1:30 PM: Children’s Literature Workshop

Hosted by Zachary Steele. Literary magic for the younger set.

Sunday 1:30-3 PM: The Future of Faerie Fiction

With Barbara Friend Ish and Anna Branscome. We’ve seen an explosion in literature about faeries and fairy tales, and there is no sign of it stopping. What are the next big things in writing about fairy tales, the fae and all their myriad offspring?

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These are just the places we’ve promised to be. Anna has her eye on a mask-making workshop; there are some conversation sessions I’d like to attend. But you know how it is when you step into Faerie territory; time and place are unpredictable. There’s no telling when or where we’ll end up.

One thing’s certain, however: Rachael Murasaki Ish will be present in the Marketplace all weekend (except during the Salon on Saturday), bringing books and other delights to lovers of literature. Stop by and say hello.

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* You know, the immortal verse by friend of the house Jim C. Hines, which appears on the back of our Big Books T.

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