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Yeah, I know "three" is a long way from "a thousand', but with the house in chaos from drywall repairs and painters (who used the WRONG PAINT, so we had industrial fans running in front of open windows all night-grrrrrrr), it sure feels like it. This time it's my Samhain blog offering a few of my choicer real life tales of the weird. Think of it as a companion piece to the Samhellion freebie scheduled for later in the month. Creeeeeepy. Mwahahahaha!
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I took a page out of S.J. Willing's book today and posted a short short story for my Samhain blog. Consider it a free pass into the weirder corners of my mind. It's "All About the Flies". Really. ;-)

Also want to remind everyone that I'll be heading out to Hunt Valley, Maryland, for Balticon early tomorrow--er, today.  Hope you'll join me, especially for my five panels.  The Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading and the Legendary Triple Launch will have cooookieeeees.  And the Triple Launch will have Dragon's Lure, where you can make the acquaintance of the Estimable Lord Bai.
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For reasons beyond human ken, the good folks at Samhain Publishing thought I'd be the perfect person to open the next decade of the company blog. You can read the damage here. One thing you can be sure of, it fits right in with the Cartoon Network's New Year Looney Tunes marathon. Enjoy!
Wishing everyone the best of the New Year!
Cheers and cyber-confetti,
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It's heeeeeeeeeeere!
And yes, [livejournal.com profile] trollbabyfeet , you are responsible for adding that extra reason.  Mwhahahahahaha!
Enjoy!
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In a fit of temporary insanity, Samhain decided to unlock my cage and let me blog again.  The ostensible purpose was to allow the print authors an opportunity to flog their new paper releases.  I think the boadroom chatter went something like this:
"I hate to say it, but she's got a point.  We let the ebook authors promo their books with excerpts and stuff on their release date, why not the print authors?"
"Yeah, but that means turning Jean Marie loose again.  Remember what she did the last time."
(Collective shudder.)
"C'mon, she can't pull something like that out of her ass every time.  We'll give her a date a little back in the schedule.  Lead off with folks who know the drill.  They'll post excerpts and flog their contests.  She'll be stuck."
I think they forgot I've got 165,000 words to choose excerpts from, not just the 120K that made it to the book.  Mwahahahahaha!
So if you decide to follow the Promo Brick Road to today's Samhain blog you'll find some of the scenes that wound up on the cutting room floor.  There's a little bit of Michael Ryan (the actor who plays Deryk and one of the biggest spears on the Vanyr wall), more on the inspiration for Jagger (Ruth Thompson has a lot to answer for, LOL) and even more of the madness that is Dragon*Con.  And it closes with my favorite never-before seen morning-after scene.  
Enjoy!
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That got your attention.  Mwahahahaha!  
As I mentined a few posts ago, Samhain Publishing has established a blog for its writers.  Through no fault of the editor in charge, I snagged the Twelfth Night slot.  I was thrilled.  Twelfth Night was one of the first of the Bard's comedies I read as a wee lass.  To escape doing the dishes, I used to hide out in the bathroom of our quarters, my dad's Army manual on Shakespeare across my knees.  (Yes, Virginia, the Army used to have a manual containing the complete text of Shakespeare's greatest hits.  It was a kinder, gentler, hell of a lot more erudite time.)  I planned to explore how Shakespeare fed my love of fantasy, how his tropes and heroes remain my models to this day...
Nah, way too soppy.  Besides, who cares?  Well, maybe somebody does, but not enough to justify reading 500-1000 words.
Then I got enchanted by "The Annotated Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" blog that made the rounds on LJ earlier this week.  Laughed so hard I spewed iced tea out of my nose.  Agreed with every one of Chris's words and howled at his selected pics.  As an opening salvo on a possible blog on good writers gone sloppy, I shared the link with a couple of lists.  The subject looked like a real winner until a couple writers on one of the Samhain lists took extreme umbrage at the comments (not the blog, mind you, the comments!) posted after the blog.  Found the "author bashing" offensive.  Okay...unless I wanted to get into a rant on the difference between libel, slander and making free speech hay with the personal details LKH herself posts on her blog, that was out.
Fortunately, just as Rick and Ilsa always have Paris, I always have fan fiction.  And that crossover I mentioned?  It's in there.
Now that we've got the pimpage out of the way, am I the only person who thinks a Highlander anime movie signals the End of Days?
Hugs and shudders,
Jean Marie

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