Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Release, Teaching, Meetings And Music by BJ Neblett

      Good gook-a-mookie it's December! Where did the year... wait, I know where 2016 went, I spent it writing! Today, December 1, the new edition of Paradox Ethereal Magazine makes its debut. Mary Vareli does a wonderful job with a beautifully laid out magazine expounding on everything beautiful. It is a free download for all, and it features a new short story by me, The Girl With The Stars In Her Eyes. Click the link and indulge your senses in this wonderful, groundbreaking magazine.
      Also this year I wrote a new contemporary literary fantasy adventure, Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: a follow up to it titled Princess Haylee, (looking more and more like a trilogy); getting said book off to the publisher, (check back here for release date); the release of my memoir Ice Cream Camelot in paperback; and selling said books and more at conventions and book fairs: Hugo House, Westercon, Orycon and Authors & Autographs to name a few. BTW, a big thanks to everyone who stopped by the booths and said hello. And don't forget, a review on Amazon or even your own personal blog of my books goes a very long way. Thank You! And looks like 2017 will continue to be just as crazy busy... just how I like it. Oh, before I forget, I'm taking a break for the holidays, but keep checking here for my next appearance, book signing, convention, etc. We've already got many in the works.
      If you are in the Seattle area, especially in or around the Ballard, the Ballard Writers Collective will be meeting tomorrow, Thursday, December 1, at the Royal Drummer Cafe, 6420 24th Ave NW, Seattle (Ballard) at 5 PM. The group is a great supportive bunch who welcomes newcomers and old writing vets. If you are looking for a writing group with a large collection of experience in all genres, be sure to stop by and say hello.
      Coming up in February I will be teaching a class, Short Stories And Shorter Stories at Seattle's Hugo House, 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle. It is on, guess what... short stories and flash fiction. You can click the link for more info, but my classes fill up quick so... In conjunction with a new semester, Hugo House is hosting its biannual class sampler, Write-O-Rama this Saturday, December 3, from noon to 6PM. This is your chance to spend the day sampling any number of upcoming classes, including my own. Hope to see you there.
      Finally, I have been coerced into once again picking up my guitar for fun and... well, just for fun. I'll be joining other guitar/music enthusiasts for an acoustic jam, Friday night, December 2, 6:30 PM at Cafe Appassionato 4001 21st Ave W, Seattle. The jam is open to all, you don't have to be a pro, or even good, and you don't even have to perform, sing along or just listen. Please be sure to come say Hi  if you read about it here!
Till next time...

Saturday, November 19, 2016

OryCon, Books And Beyone by BJNeblett

For those of you looking for something to do in the rainy Portland area this weekend, stop by the Downtown Marriott for Orycon 38. This edition of the sci-fi/fantasy convention features more exhibits plus expanded workshops and conferences. And there is a large vendor area where you will find me, along with my friends from Fuzzy Hedgehog Press selling our wares and signing copies of our books... everything from Young Adult, to Contemporary Urban Fantasy to Sci-fi and anthologies. Hope to be seeing you here, today, Saturday, Nov 19 until 7 PM or tomorrow the 20th 10 til 4.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

OryCon, Updates And Such by BJ Neblett

Wow, November already! Crazy. Then again I have been swarmed over with writing a new novel... actually my second this year: Princess Haylee book two of The Lost Princess Series. I finished book one, Planet Alt-Sete-Nine in July and want to have book two completed before committing to my publisher. Of course he is already talking about a spring/summer release date, which in publisher speak means maybe fall. We'll see. If you'd like to preview a taste of Princess Haylee, I will be posting a chapter or two perhaps in January.
NanoWriMo is here which I foolishly was talked into signing up for by my author KJ McPike. She is working on her own sequel, Emulous, a follow up to her excellent award winning and very popular Young Adult novel Xodus. If you are not familiar with NanoWriMo, it is for crazy people who challenge themselves to write 50,000 words in 30 days, the month of November... fun. Anyway, click the highlighted link words to check it out along with KJ's book site.
The weekend of November 18-20 I'll be joining my friend and author/publisher Matt Buscemi and some other writers in Portland, Oregon for OryCon, a sci-fi/fantasy convention. I'll be meeting and greeting and selling & signing copies of my books including Elysian Dreams, my contemporary fantasy adventure novel, and Matt's books including his anthology, Beyond The Hedge, The Light And The Dark. I have a well received short story included in this volume. Please do come by and say hello. It promises to be a lot of fun.
My historical memoir, Ice Cream Camelot is out in paperback through and on your local book seller's shelf. The eBook was very well reviewed and received and now you can add it to you book shelf!
I have created, finally, a new Facebook page. I don't think my publisher at Brighton Publishing has any hair left to pull out so I thought this was a good time to setup and update on Facebook. The link is to the right or just click the highlight. As they say, be sure to 'like' me and ask for a 'friending' if that's the right terminology. And check back often as I promise I will be updating and looking for your comments and such on a regular bases. As time permits. In between writing and teaching. Ok, when I can... I promise.
And speaking of teaching (see how writers do that? Cool, huh?) My first class teaching fiction writing at Seattle's Hugo House just concluded. On Saturday, December 3, I'll be joining a group of teachers for Write-O-Rama, one hours classes on everything from writing to publishing to poetry. I'll be teaching a class on the art of the short story and it is open to all. Then, my classes resume on February 5, Sunday (think that's the right date). This time around I'll be teaching Writing Short Stories And The Art Of Flash Fiction. Contact Hugo House for registration info which should be starting soon. Again, click the highlighted text for a link to Hugo House.
Finally, since we are nearing the end of another year, I'll be posting an updated 2016 Bibliography of all of my books, stories, poetry, etc and where you can find them. Check back for more.
Ok, enough said, and thanks for being there!