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Horror Show at Seton Hill Tonight

Come hear Seton Hill University professor and horror author Michael Arnzen read from his latest book, Proverbs for Monsters . Listen to his new spoken word CD, Audiovile . See his short horror movie, Exquisite Corpse . An entertaining multimedia presentation followed by discussion and book signing. THIS FRIDAY! NOVEMBER 30, 4-5:30pm Seton Hill University Administration Room 308 Free and Open to the Public NOT FOR CHILDREN Michael Arnzen , Heidi Ruby Miller , Seton Hill University , Proverbs for Monsters , Audiovile , Exquisite Corpse , horror , writing

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Susan Sullivan

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Susan Sullivan HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Diet Coke. The Coca-cola company would love to know that I'm hopelessly addicted. 4. What else can you do besides write? I'm a pretty mean tap dancer. And I can still twirl a baton. I recently put both of those talents to good use in a community theater production of South Pacific this past September. And speaking of community theater, I played Mickey the cop in the female version of The Odd Couple last April, and had several small roles in Little Shop of Horrors in May. I'm also an amateur cat wrangler. I have this Persian cat that can jump through hoops and shake paws, as well as perform basic dog-obedience commands. She's a hoot at parties. Once I started teaching her, three of my four remaining cats wanted to get in on the act. So, we've got a little feline circus going on at my house. 5. Who are you reading

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Mark Deniz

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Mark Deniz HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I started travelling properly when I was 28 (only eight years ago) and quickly realised it was something in my blood and something I should have started much earlier. I lived in Barcelona, Sweden, Istanbul, Copenhagen and California, before settling in Sweden again, due to my wife. Since Maddoc (our 19 month old son) was born, we thought the travelling would drop dramatically. However we have managed two trips to England, a week in Barcelona and a month in Australia in the last year or so. Australia was where we launched In Bad Dreams and I thought it was important that both editors and publsihers were there to promote our first book. My travel highlights would have to be San Fransisco (spent three months there in 1999), Barcelona (twice) and an Eastern Europe interail in 2003. I've been to some great places but would love to see more! 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. W

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Paul Melko

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Paul Melko with Tim Pratt's Hugo HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Er, none of them. They're just characters! Come on. They're there to tell a story. 2. Tell me about your travels. Japan for WorldCon was amazing. The flight was atrocious. Who put Japan so far away? 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Lots of Mt. Dew. 4. What else can you do besides write? What else can I do? Just about anything. I'm an omni-competent man. ;) What else do I do? Have fun with my four kids: Audrey, Eli, Graham, and Claire. Spend time with my wife, Stacey. And study: I'm getting an MBA at OSU. And I volunteer for SFWA. And... 5. Who are you reading right now? Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital. 6. Pop culture or academia? I love pop culture. I love to learn. I can't pick! My browser brings up a random Wikipedia entry as my home page. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? I'm sure it's coming up soon. 8. Where

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 39

This week on HEIDI'S PICK SIX : Tuesday - Paul Melko / Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Wednesday - Mark Deniz - Horror Friday - Susan Sullivan - Speculative Fiction HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Paul Melko , Mark Deniz , Susan Sullivan , fantasy , horror , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Johanna L. Gribble

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Johanna L. Gribble HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. My mother, father, and stepfather are all military, so by the time I graduated from high school I’d lived in Ohio, Texas, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington, and the Philippines. I’ve also visited Mexico, Canada, various Caribbean islands, and had a six-hour layover at an airport in Taiwan. My mother and I left the Philippines when the volcano erupted in 1991 and during one of our cross-country relocations our moving van caught on fire. After all this, you’d think I wouldn’t much like traveling, but while I live a relatively boring life in Baltimore now, I take an average of three to four plane flights a year to visit family and friends all over the country. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? At home, it varies between green tea, hot chocolate, and spice chai mix. I work too close to a Starbucks for my wallet’s pleasure, so I’m often seen with a vanilla Italian sod

PUBLICATION: Mr. Johnson's Boy by Heidi Ruby Miller in Eye Contact

PUBLICATIONS My short story "Mr. Johnson's Boy" was accepted for the Fall 2007 Issue of Eye Contact . Those of you who were in the SHUWPF critique workshop when I first brought the African-themed story to residency will remember it with the title "The Sands of Deng" . This will mark my first appearance in the literary-art magazine of Seton Hill University . Obviously, I'm feeling pretty good about it.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Tim Waggoner

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Tim Waggoner HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee, black. Period. No half-caff, low-fat, steamed mochafrappachaiaccinos. No mountain of whip cream with thick chocolate syrup drizzled on top. No goddamned plastic lid with a hole in it for sticking in an overlong straw like the proboscis of some gigantic plastic insect. Just. Coffee. Dammit. 4. What else can you do besides write? 5. Who are you reading right now? 6. Pop culture or academia? Why choose? I’m completely egocentric when it comes to things like this. Low culture, high culture, all I care about is if it’s interesting to me. Does it stimulate my imagination and feed my creativity? I recently saw an interview on TV with Walter Mosely and he said that when people ask what his influences are, he answers “Langston Hughes and the Fantastic Four.” Fuckin’ A. 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? I was writing a story called “

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 38

This week I'll have just two authors on HEIDI'S PICK SIX because of Thanksgiving. Both of them are from Seton Hill. Monday - Tim Waggoner / Fantasy, Young Adult, and Horror Wednesday - Johanna L. Gribble / Urban Fantasy HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Tim Waggoner , Johanna L. Gribble , horror , fantasy , writing , author interviews , Seton Hill University

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Jerry Ryan

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Gerald Ryan HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Pieter VanderHaar- In a SF novel in progress (Working Title – K/T Trek ) about time travelers at the Cretaceous/Tertiary Boundary, Pieter is an accomplished villain that you can’t help but understand and almost encourage. I’ve had as much fun writing about his history and past that won’t ever make it into the novel as writing about his thoughts and actions in the novel. 2. Tell me about your travels. Five years ago, I had a chance to vagabond through central and western Ireland for three weeks, staying in B&B’s, and seeing parts of the Old Sod that I never thought I would, due mainly to getting lost trying to follow the poor signage in Ireland. I’d live there if I could ever tear myself away from Chicago. I do a fair amount of bicycle touring. Two years ago, I cycled the KATY Trail, a rails-to-trails route across northern Missouri. I’ve cycled around Lake Michigan, in upstate New York, on Caribbe

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Sally Bosco

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Sally Bosco HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Cevin from my novel in progress, Cevin's Deadly Sin . It's a YA novel about a hetero male cross-dressing teen. He's a mass of contradictions but so lovable and a really good guy. 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? 6. Pop culture or academia? 7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote? 8. Where do you find your inspirations to write? I think that once you start writing, ideas are all over the place. I especially draw from my friends and their experiences. Also, I go into my dungeon, light some candles and turn on my lion-head fountain to get in the mood. 9. Food you could eat everyday. Indian food, especially Mali-Kafta Kasmiri (vegetable balls) 10. Are you into sports or other physical activities? I life weights and do cardio 4 to 5 times per week. 11. What kind of music speaks to you? I

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Fran Friel

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Fran Friel HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? I guess I'd have to say that Mama from my novella, Mama's Boy , is my favorite. She's one nasty broad and I certainly don't like what she did, but as a character, she came to me in something akin to mental Technicolor. A loud and vivid character, she was exciting to write and fascinating to discover as the story unfolded. She certainly added a lot of “flavor” to an already wicked story. 2. Tell me about your travels. I don't like preparing for trips, and I don't really like to fly (long story for another day), but I LOVE visiting new places and meeting the people who live there. I'm an American and I was born and raised in the lovely little state of Maryland, so of course I've traveled up and down the east coast. I went to college in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and I lived at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, with my daughter and first husband for about

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 37

This week at HEIDI'S PICK SIX : Tuesday - Fran Friel / Horror Wednesday - Sally Bosco / Horror Friday - Gerald Ryan / Crime HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Fran Friel , Sally Bosco , Gerald Ryan , horror , crime , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Ben Rome - 100th Interview

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Today marks my 100th Author Interview on HEIDI'S PICK SIX. Ben Rome HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Any that have a flaw of some kind that keeps them from being black or white. I love "gray" characters, because they're the most relateable to the human experience. 2. Tell me about your travels. I've been to about half of the states in the Union and Canada; my international travels are less, though it helps to be married to a travel company's HR guru.:) We've done a wandering drive of Ireland and been to Bermuda several times. We're currently planning a 12 day jaunt through New Zealand next fall. My better half has been to many more places than I; I live through her copious amounts of photos (she's a semi-amatuer photographer). 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? 4. What else can you do besides write? I play a lot of tabletop wargames, and to a lesser extent I can be slaved to my Xbox . And I seem to be the rare ma

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - K. D. Wentworth

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K. D. Wentworth HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Haemas Tal of Moonspeaker and House of Moons is my favorite. I learned a lot while writing her, and she grew quite a bit over the course of the two books. She appears in a third novel, Moonchild , which was supposed to come out from Hawk a few years ago, then didn't because of financial troubles. I'm currently seeking a new publisher for it. 2. Tell me about your travels. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Actually, I don't like any of them. My mother told me I'd never be truly grown-up until I learned to drink coffee and I was delighted to find out that not-growing-up was that easy. I'm addicted instead to Diet Dr. Pepper. So far it hasn't seemed to help with the not-growing-older thing, though. 4. What else can you do besides write? I taught elementary school for 27 years but now I'm free at last! These days, in addition to writing, I also work on the con committee of a

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Brian Keene

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Brian Keene HEIDI'S PICK SIX 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? It's a tie between Tommy O'Brien, the blue-collar bank robber from Terminal , and Levi Stoltzfus, the Amish magician from next summer's GHOST WALK. 2. Tell me about your travels. I've been lucky enough to see every continent with the exception of Antartica. I spent a lot of time overseas when I was in the Navy--everywhere from Kenya to the Middle East to Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. And in the last ten years, I've been lucky enough to see most of America as a result of book signing tours and appearances and such. One place I always wanted to travel to but probably never will is Mars. 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? Coffee. Black. And lots of it. If there's no coffee, then tea will suffice, but none of that decaffinated stuff. I don't drink milk. Milk is the devil's work. 4. What else can you do besides write? Play harmonica. Cook. And I'm a pretty accurate target shooter. 5.

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - WEEK 36

This week on HEIDI'S PICK SIX : Monday - Brian Keene - Horror Wednesday - K. D. Wentworth - Science Fiction Friday - Ben Rome - Gaming HEIDI'S PICK SIX , Heidi Ruby Miller , Brian Keene , K. D. Wentworth , Ben Rome , horror , science fiction , writing , author interviews

HEIDI'S PICK SIX - Geoffrey Girard

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Geoffrey Girard 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? I can play piano, guitar and drums well enough to make money at it. I curse well and can draw dragons. I can program in C and build a MAME machine from scratch. I can still run a mile in six minutes. I can drink when necessary and never get a hang over. I can make dead authors interesting to high school students. I can talk in public without saying “um.” I can foresee each and every potential terrible outcome in any situation. 5. Who are you reading right now? My nightstand, as usual, is a total fiasco. Right now, it’s….. Bradbury, Tad Williams, Jonathan Swift, Palahniuk, Dostoevsky, King, Dickens, John Irvin, Robert Chambers, James Joyce, Edgar Rice Burroughs and a bunch of non fiction on Colonial America, D-Day and William Shakespeare… I’ll usually do two of three chapters a day of about seven differ

NaNoWriMo 2007 - Day 1

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1200 / 50,000 (0.2%)

Paul S. Kemp and Four Bit Stories

Paul S. Kemp is doing something very interesting at a site called Four Bit Stories . If you haven't already visited, check it out for the downloadable short story "One Thousand and One Words" . If you like it, consider sending him four bits via PayPal, just like throwing 50c into a virtual hat. It's a very cool concept, like the Amazon shorts, but without the Amazon involvement. On his blog , he will be giving us results of this experiment in a few weeks, including number of downloads and the percentage of downloaders who gave four bits. You can also find him on MySpace and be his friend. Paul S. Kemp , Four Bit Stories , One Thousand and One Words , short stories , Heidi Ruby Miller

NaNoWriMo 2007

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Good luck to all of you who are participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Feel free to add me as a buddy if you're registered. I'm actually just working on a novel-in-progress, but want to see if I can manage to double my daily word count. I'll be posting the word meter again. (Yes, I know that's more for me than anyone else, but it's only for this month.) Cheers, Heidi Heidi Ruby Miller , NaNoWriMo