Apr. 27th, 2010
Mar. 31st, 2010
09:57 pm - In from the cold
Yes, I know I haven't posted in over a year. I could lie and tell you I have an excuse, but I don't. Real life and Facebook have sucked my me away. So here's what's been going on:
Work: I have a job now, part-time,rack jobbing and merchandising books for Lowe's and Dollar General. It's ok,and gets me out of the house.
Weight: I joined the Y in January and have so far lost 25 pounds from a high of 315. I have yet to kick diet soda, Little Debbies or tortilla chips. I do, however manage to do cardio three times a week now,and am slowly gaining muscle mass.
Writing: I turned 40 in July of last year, and vowed to kick my writing career back into gear. I have, but with mixed results, mostly due to poor work habits. I did complete National Novel Writing Month, and actually like what I wrote this time. It's an urban fantasy novel called Heart Core.Anyone who wants to read the first 3 chapters, let me know.
I've applied to a few agents, and bought Writer's Market, but so far met with little response.
One of the things I've done is start a new blog, that isn't a LJ. I like following people on LJ,but haven't been keeping up with it (obviously) Here's the addy for the new blog:
I need to post more, but am finding it hard to get my rhythm. I'm also writing for Cabarrus Now magazine, a local freebie.
I'm also hoping to get my long time project *Fnord* off the ground. If anyone knows any good artists and editors for fiction and RPGs, let me know.
Feb. 25th, 2009
This was posted to Kim Harrison's website,the day after the incident:
2/24/09 -- I can see why you're upset, Trevor. I would be too. What an awful thing for a person to do. Guess what? It was a misunderstanding between me and the staff. That's it. I said one thing, and it was taken as if I said something else. That's all that it was. I'm sorry. Whether you believe me or not, I am. I don't blame you for leaving. I would have too. But I do sign everything as it comes through the line. My standard practice is that I personalized one or two and signature on the rest, with the option of getting back in line to have me personalize two more and so on. It's the only way to get through the line when people bring me eight books at a time. Whether they are hard cover or paperback. But I'm glad you wrote me. Thanks for letting me know there was an issue. --Kim
Now that's how you handle problems,people.You do the best you can, and go from there. Bigkudos to her.
Feb. 24th, 2009
This is my letter to her,posted to her Myspace and website:
Dear Kim Harrison:
I am/was a fan of your books. I just attended your signing at the Books-a-Million in Concord,NC. I was low on funds, so I wasn’t picking up your latest in hardcover. So I grabbed the first book in the series, figuring my 16-year old stepdaughter would like it, since she likes similar authors. I waited for close to an hour, and got to the front of the line. I was then told I would have to go to the back of the line, since new stock had to be signed first. I tried to explain I had arrived late, and it wasn’t posted anywhere. So, embarrassed and humiliated, I left.
My wife,who is much better at this sort of thing than I am, went back to the store,and talked to the store manager. She was told that this was a request by you, the author.
Now my question is, Ms. Harrison, is how do you think such horrible manners are ok? Yes,I wasn’t buying your newest book. It wasn’t posted that you had to either buy it or a certain amount. Maybe it was said at the beginning. It wasn’t on any of the signage, or the media. Maybe now that people like me, who bought the first books in paperback, have gotten you to the hardcover ranks, you don’t feel you need us. If that’s the way you feel, fine. Just remember that what goes up, comes down, and you might just see some of us again. And my 16-year old stepdaughter? She’ll just have to make do without.
You ought to be ashamed of yourself. I know I was for coming and seeing you.
I mean,where do people get off?You get two books in hardcover,and suddenly people who buy you in paperback aren't as good? WTF?
Jan. 20th, 2009
01:11 pm - A letter to my daughter
Today was a big day in history.You won't remember much about it.You're only 3,but this is the day that things changed quite a bit in America. We elected an African-American president today.It might not mean much to you.Most of your life we've lived in a world where the color of your skin doesn't matter.When you play with Keira or Dendric,you don't care what color they are,so long as they share the toys. But for the rest of us,this world has changed a lot this day. We can still remember when a day when White cops beat a Black man by a road,and got away clean.It was in your grandfather's time that water fountains and motels were separated by skin color. Today is a giant step towards making things like that history,not today's story.
You won't remember what life was like under Bush.You won't remember the days after 9/11,when we traded freedom for security,and got neither.You won't remember the grinding feeling of an entire world looking at us with shame.Today,that day is no more.
Today begins a rebellion.It is a rebellion,because as Phil Brucato says,"hope is the bravest rebellion". Today is a day of hope,of realizing there is work to be done,but faith in that the road ahead has a light,and we will work toward it,to bring you a world better than the one we started with.You,the children of tomorrow,have placed your trust in us.Today is the day we start earning it.
Aug. 19th, 2008
McCain staffer slams Dungeons and Dragons players
Jimmy sez, "Michael Goldfarb of the John McCain campaign oddly disses gamers in his post yesterday on the John McCain blog."
"It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman's memory of war from the comfort of mom's basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others."
And yes,they do already have a pro-obama d and d crowd shirt available:
Aug. 8th, 2008
Jul. 17th, 2008
11:17 pm - My birthday was yesterday,part 2
Let me also really,really thank Terri and Andy for the HDTV they got me and the family for my birthday
YOU GUYS RULE!!!
10:21 pm - My birthday was yesterday
My step-daughter,Robyn,got me the coolest gift of the b-day extravaganza:
Yes,that is a Guild of Calamitous Intent shirt,from Venture Brothers.
I have really,really cool stepkids.
In other news, I totaled the van,and we can't get financing.We'll be carless for about a month, unless someone's got 5 grand to loan us,cause that's hwo much we need for them to evne look at us for a car.
So the plan is for Terri to haul our POS Ford Contour back here, get it repaired and run that into the ground until we can get our credit back up to where we can get financing for a new vehicle.
By the way, I officially HATE car salesmen. After the lawyers and politicans, they should be the next ones into the fire.
Jun. 10th, 2008
11:11 pm - Wolves win!!!!
My Chicago Wolves won the Calder Cup in the AHL tonight. I love the Wolves,and am so happy I got to watch them win it tonight,800 miles away.Its the only major league sports trophy I've ever drank out of, the last time they won in 2002.
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