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Appearance: Three Rivers Arts Festival - Poetry Readings

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Appearances WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2007 at 7:30 PM WHERE: Three Rivers Arts Festival 121 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA WHAT: Green Hills of Earth , a speculative fiction poetry reading WHO: Bram Stoker Award winner Michael A. Arnzen and Asimov's Reader's Choice Award winner Timons Esaias , as well as Heidi Ruby Miller , Ziggy Edwards, Eric Davin , and Cheryl Ferrier I'll be reading Five parsecs away from SCIFAIKUEST 15 Cover Art by Bruce Boston and Robot knows which will be in the February 2008 issue of SCIFAIKUEST, along with some new work. Hope to see you there! Three Rivers Arts Festival , Green Hills of Earth , Michael A. Arnzen , Timons Esaias , Heidi Ruby Miller , Eric Davin , poetry , Pittsburgh

Book Signing: REI slide show for MOON Pennsylvania Camping

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Book Signings Tonight from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jason and I will be hosting a free clinic at the REI in Pittsburgh's Southside Works on our travel guide MOON Pennsylvania Camping . The clinic will include a slide show from our research trips throughout the state of Pennsylvania, a look at the TOP TEN campgrounds, and a question and answer segment open to the audience. We'll be signing copies of the guidebook afterward. Hope to see some of you locals there! Moon Pennsylvania Camping , Heidi Ruby Miller , Jason Jack Miller , REI , Pittsburgh , camping , outdoor activities , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Michael A. Arnzen

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? The Schwa E. 2. Tell me about your travels. I've been to hell. The handbasket came in handy, actually, when I tried to escape. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Nothing against tea or milk, but coffee packs the strongest punch. And I do like it rough. 4. What else can you do besides write? Hint taken. 5. Who are you, reading right now? Who am I, not to? 6. Pop culture or academia? The difference is academic. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? The opening section to Grave Markings. The disc failed and I had to rewrite it from memory FOUR TIMES. But a lot of people tell me it's the best opening to a book they ever read. Hmm...maybe I should rewrite more often? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? They're usually hiding in the closet. Biting their nails. Eye-balling me. Cowering. 9. Food you could eat everyday. Plastic, not so much. [Okay, seriously: Turtle Choc

Book: Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy

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Books Fantasist Enterprises has posted samples of the inside artwork for the Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy anthology. Alas, the art for my story "The Islands of Hope" isn't up, but I was able to preview the illustration and Julie Dillon captured the essence of my story perfectly. I can't wait to see the words and art together. Sails and Sorcery will be released in August 2007, but is available for preorder now. Sails and Sorcery: Tales of Nautical Fantasy , Heidi Ruby Miller , The Islands of Hope , Fantasist Enterprises , fantasy , Julie Dillon

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Tobias Buckell

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Tobias Buckell HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? Good question. I just finished up Karl Schroeder's Sun of Suns and enjoyed it immensely, and I am wrapping up The Android's Dream by John Scalzi, which was a lot of fun as well. Next on the bookshelf is another Phillip Reeves Hungry City Chronicles book . 6. Pop culture or academia? Pop culture. Without a doubt. I wanted to write some negative things about academics then realized I was an instructor at Seton Hill's Writing Popular Fiction program and hit myself, because I guess I am tainted with a little bit of academia. I'm the man, man. Frankly pop culture is what, after enough time passes, turns into the stuff that academia studies. Why not love the original source? I'm down with it. I want to be on the ground floor where the action is. 7. What

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 16

This week at HEIDI'S PICK SIX all the interviewees are mentors at Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program : Monday - Tobias Buckell / Science Fiction Wednesday - Michael A. Arnzen / Horror Friday - Lawrence C. Connolly / Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Tobias Buckell , Michael A. Arnzen , Lawrence C. Connolly , writing popular fiction , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Simon Haynes

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Simon Haynes HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. Until I turned 6 or 7 my parents took us (younger brother and myself) on holiday two or three times a year. We lived in the UK at the time and must have visited dozens of different countries, from Eastern Europe to North Africa and all points in between. When I turned 8 we moved to the south of Spain, where I attended local schools, and when I was 15 we moved to Australia. Once we got here that was just about it for the travel - it's 3 hours flight just to leave my home state. Next year is the 25th anniversary of our emigration to Australia, and it's been fantastic. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? Carpentry and home handyman stuff (that noise you can hear is my wife laughing. Ok, so I used to do a lot more before writing took over my life, but that goes for all my hobbies and interests.) I've spent the past fifteen years des

CONFERENCE: 2007 Pennwriters Conference (with photos)

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CONFERENCES BACK: Jason Jack Miller , Timons Esaias , and Heidi Ruby Miller FRONT: Ellen Spain , Victoria Thompson , and Mary Ann Aug The 2007 Pennwriters Conference The Write Attitude was a wonderful experience, both personally and professionally. Networking opportunities were the best of any conference I've attended because the group's officers, the editors, the agents, and the writers were all so personable. BACK: Mary Ann Aug and Heidi Ruby Miller FRONT: Lisa D. K. Coutant , Vice President of Pennwriters, Barbara Lockwood, President of Pennwriters, and Jason Jack Miller The above photo was taken after Victoria Thompson, mystery author and Seton Hill mentor, gave her keynote at the luncheon on Saturday. It was very inspiring because she used personal experiences to show just how fickle this industry can be, but also how rewarding to those who stick it out. Among the editors I met were Ginjer Buchanan, Senior Executive Editor and Marketing Director at The Berk

EVENT: REI Clinic for MOON Pennsylvania Camping

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EVENTS On Wednesday, May 30, 2007, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Jason Jack Miller and Heidi Ruby Miller will be hosting a free clinic at the REI in Pittsburgh's Southside Works on their travel guide MOON Pennsylvania Camping published by Avalon Travel Publishing. The clinic will include a slide show from their research trips throughout the state of Pennsylvania, a look at the TOP TEN campgrounds, and a question and answer segment open to the audience. They will be signing copies of their guidebook afterward.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Chris Dolley

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Resonance by Chris Dolley HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? This is a bit like being asked to name your favourite child. So the answer is, of course, all of them. Until they misbehave. I certainly loved writing for Graham Smith. I have my obsessive compulsive moments so it was easy to slip inside his head for 400 pages. And fun. He may be the least pro-active protagonist in literary history, but his quirky view on the ever-changing world around him was a joy to construct. Annalise was even more fun. I could have written dialogue for her all day and had to employ several large internal editors to prevent her from taking over the entire book. Nick Stubbs, my latest protag, is the opposite of Graham. He acts first and regrets it three pages later. Which is endearing - as long as you're the one doing the writing and not his sidekick. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Back in my student days it was neither. My preferred beve

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Charles Stross

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Charles Stross HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I have two answers to this question: (a) I try not to pick favourites, and (b) that would be telling. 2. Tell me about your travels. I travel too much. It's disruptive I can't write effectively while I'm traveling -- but I'm away from home for 2-3 months of the year. What I can say in my defense is that I write full-time, and it's a pretty isolating job; if you don't get out of the house from time to time you go nuts. So I go to SF conventions, I do speaking gigs, I even (occasionally) go on vacation. It seems to be an occupational hazard for writers ... 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Used to be coffee, but some time during the dot-com years I burned my stomach out and started getting acid indigestion. So these days I drink copious amounts of tea -- 3-6 litres a day -- and it's brewed for caffeine: milk, no sugar, and ideally it's bright orange and corrodes the spoons if

HEIDI'S PICK SIX- WEEK 15

Here is the line up for this week at HEIDI'S PICK SIX. It's all about Science Fiction. Monday - Charles Stross - Science Fiction Tuesday - Chris Dolley - Science Fiction Friday - Simon Haynes - Science Fiction HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Charles Stross , Chris Dolley , Simon Haynes , science fiction , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jane Wenham-Jones

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Jane Wenham-Jones HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Gaynor from One Glass is Never Enough because she's a thinner, prettier version of me, Cari from Raising the Roof because she is a bit like how I was once and Ben from the same book because he's huge and sexy. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? I loathe and detest milk and I gave up coffee about six years ago. Mainly because I drank so much it made me jittery and brought me out in blotches. Now I cannot manage without gallons of green tea with lemon. And good white wine.... 4. What else can you do besides write? Sadly, I have never learnt to play the spoons. Or the guitar, or the piano. I have also singularly failed to acquire fluent French or Spanish - to my eternal regret. What I can do is talk a lot, dance on the table, sing when three sheets to the wind, make good mashed potato, reverse-park into tiny spaces, attract dodgy-looking blokes and manage to spend th

News: Seton Hill Writers

News #1: Jason and I will be at the Penn Writers Conference this weekend. Hope to see some of you there! #2: K. Ceres Wright started a new blog interview series on her LJ ( dohlman ) where she will talk with experts with interesting jobs and hobbies. #3: The Romance Studio reviews Ancient History by Penny Dawn . K. Ceres Wright , Heidi Ruby Miller , Jason Jack Miller , Penny Dawn , Ancient History , Penn Writers Conference , writing , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - J. A. Konrath

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J. A. Konrath HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Beer. I love beer. In fact, back in '93, I married a case of Corona. She had nice cans, and went down easy. Unfortunately, it didn't last more than three days. You could say I pissed that marriage away. 4. What else can you do besides write? I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue. Plus other stuff, probably. Like Jenga. 5. Who are you reading right now? On the Ropes by Tom Schreck. It's a mystery about a boxer-slash-social worker named Duffy, and it's funny as hell. Tom has got a great website at www.tomschreck.com. Tom also owes me some steaks for mentioning him here. Mmmm. Steaks. 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? In the laughter of children. And that's gotten me into trouble with the authorities. 9. Food you cou

AWARDS: 2007 Arthur J. Rooney Awards for Jason Jack Miller and Shara Saunsaucie

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AWARDS The recipients of the 2007 Arthur J. Rooney Awards for Fiction are: JASON JACK MILLER and SHARA SAUNSAUCIE

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Danny Adams

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Danny Adams HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Lucian Aurelianus, the main character in my unpublished novel about Camelot after the death of King Arthur. Lucian grew up saturated in Arthur's idealism, but a family squabble led him to go fight barbarians in the "North Country". He returns just after Arthur's death a hardened, tired cynic, but desperately wanting to recapture the idealism and hope he once new...particularly when the handful of surviving Knights of the RoundTable ask him to help rebuild what was lost with Arthur's death. I've seen a lot of people struggle with hopelessness and frustration and a feeling of powerlessness like Lucian does. While I was writing Lucian, he became an offering to the people I know who are struggling, and a tribute to those who surmounted those troubles. 2. Tell me about your travels. Unfortunately there's not much to tell, but I could tell you what I would like to do. I would li

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 14

Here's the interview line up for this week at HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Monday - Danny Adams - Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Poetry Wednesday - J. A. Konrath - Mystery Friday - Jane Wenham-Jones - Romance and Chick Lit HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Danny Adams , J. A. Konrath , Jane Wenham-Jones , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - CHARLOTTE BOYETT-COMPO

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Charlotte Boyett-Compo HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Any of the Cree men but most especially Viraidan. He is just such a wounded man. He died for love and was re-born to love that woman all over again. He's gorgeous and sexy and muscular and as one of my signature Prime Reapers has such raw power you feel intimidated just looking into his golden eyes. And he has a wicked, wicked sense of humor: a must in any man! 2. Tell me about your travels. Well, with my DH, Tom...better known as Buddha Belly to my readers...I've traveled to all but five states. Have been to all the landlocked Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Tom was career military so we've lived in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, New York, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. I've also lived in Ohio and Alabama when I was a child. I've seen the Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, Mt. Rushmore, and been up in the Sears Building in Chicago and the CNN building in Toronto. I

News: Seton Hill Writers

News The Spring 2007 issue of Eye Contact has work from WPF writers and artists Jason Jack Miller , Adrea Peters , Melissa Doll , and Michael A. Arnzen Romance Bandits is giving away prizes for comments. Contributors to this new group blog include Seton Hill alum K. J. Howe , as well as Trish Milburn , Christine Zampi, Donna MacMeans , Cathie Shaffer, Anna Campbell , Beth Burgoon, Joan Kayse, Kate Carlisle , Jo Lewis-Robertson, Caren Crane , Anthea Lawrence, Christine Wells , Cindy Munoz, Tawny Weber , Cassondra Murray, Anna Sugden , Inara Scott, Suzanne Welsh , and Jeanne Pickering Adams. Jason Jack Miller , Kim Howe , Romance Bandits , contests , Eye Contact , writing , photography , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX -Lucy A. Snyder

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Lucy A. Snyder HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? "Favorite" is kind of a tricky term; I don't write about characters I'm not interested in, but there are characters I'd like to do more with, and in that sense I favor them. From my new short fiction collection Sparks and Shadows, I'd have to say one of my favorite characters is Nturi from "Burning Bright". I want to tell her whole story in a novel sometime. Of course, I can say that about a lot of the characters in those shorts. Sparks and Shadows I'd like to revisit Charlie ("... And Her Shadow") as an adult, because she's definitely got some unfinished business with the supernatural world as well as her own conscience. And I'd like to do more with Nikolai Zorleski and his crew. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, tea, and milk are my holy beverage trinity. That first cup of coffee with lots of milk in the

PUBLICATION: Robot Knows by Heidi Ruby Miller in SCIFAIKUEST

PUBLICATIONS Geoffrey Girard reminded me that my journal hasn't had much about me in it for some time, so here's some good news of my own to promote. I sold my poem 'Robot knows' to SCIFAIKUEST. Those of you who attended the Poetry Panel at Confluence 2006 heard an alternate version to this joined haiku. It will be one of the poems I read at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh on June 2, alongside Timons Esaias and Michael A. Arnzen. If you're in the area, please come and see us.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Mark W. Tiedemann

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Mark W. Tiedemann HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Aside from the main character of a novel that may never be published, I'd have to say Tamyn Glass in Peace and Memory. She's an independent merchant, a shipmaster, on the far side of fifty, and very much her own person. She's tough, sympathetic, with wide-ranging interests, and by the standards of a lot of pop culture pertaining to women she's atypical. Remains by Mark Tiedemann But of course a character is very much a part of his/her setting, and Peace and Memory is currently the best realization of my Secantis universe. After her, I'd have to say Lis from Compass Reach is a very close second, almost a tie. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I've made a living as a professional photographer and photofinisher most of my life. I picked it up in high school and over time got fairly good at it. (My prefere

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 13

Here is this week's line up for HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Monday - Mark Tiedemann - Science Fiction Wednesday - Lucy A. Snyder - Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Poetry Friday - Charlotte Boyett-Compo - Medieval Historical Romance HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Mark Tiedemann , Lucy A. Snyder , Charlotte Boyett-Compo , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jim C. Hines

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Jim C. Hines HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? That's a tough one. Jig the goblin is great -- he's a cowardly runt, but he's clever. Plus he has a pet spider who can set things on fire. What's not to love? I think my favorite thing about Jig is that he never pretends to be anything he's not. He's a coward and a goblin, which means he's perfectly happy to leave you to fight the dragon while he runs away. In Goblin Hero, there's a lot of pressure on Jig to be something more. The other goblins expect him to be this great hero and leader -- after all, he survived the first book -- but the only thing Jig wants is to be left alone. Well, he also wants a good pair of boots. I'm also quite fond of Talia, from The Stepsister Scheme. She reminds me a little bit of River from Joss Whedon's Firefly. Talia's sane, but she has that whole "I can kill you with my mind" attitude going. Only in Talia&