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last day to enter the eReader drawing!

Today is the last day to buy tickets for the eReader drawing that benefits the Carl Brandon Society and the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship. Please buy some tickets here to support a good cause and win one or more eReaders loaded with tons of free fiction from writers of color, including my science fiction short story “My Father’s Eyes”. Tickets are available until midnight and winners will be selected tomorrow.

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this is the morning report

Happy Friday! I’ll try to keep this short, just a few quick updates and things to think about over the weekend.

1) My fellow Altered Fluidian, Devin Poore, has his first fiction sale up at Eschatology: The Journal of Lovecraftian and Apocalyptic Fiction. It’s a very short but powerful story called “Before the Wind” that I hope you’ll check out:

The newscaster’s voice came faint and agitated from the speaker above the water fountain, going through the motions, repeating it all over again. It was the same news I had been hearing for days from different sources, but maybe this time I would pick up something missed before. Something to point me to the north or south. Something to give me a hint of those I’d left behind.

There, you’ve already read 15% of the entire piece, and you can find the rest here.

2) As The Thing might say, “It’s nominatin’ time!” OK, he would probably never say that, but it is nomination time for the Nebula Awards. To make it easier for everyone to choose which of my piece’s to support, I only published one short story this year (so far): “My Father’s Eyes” in Sybil’s Garage No. 7. If you are a SFWA member and you read and enjoyed my story, this is one way to show your appreciation. I hope to have it available online in one form or another before the nomination period closes on February 15, 2011; sadly, I am not yet a SFWA member, so I can’t include it in the members-only discussion area. You can of course still order the magazine and read it. You also can still buy tickets for the Carl Brandon Society raffle for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship (until November 22, 2010), to win one of four eReaders that comes with my story and many others from writers of color pre-installed.

3) I have more I wanted to share, but this post is already running long, so I’ll leave you with this: our Star Trek Re-Watch on “The Day of the Dove” is now up at The Viewscreen. The episode–which concerns a sparkling, hate-sucking, vampire alien that pits the Enterprise against a crew of Klingons in bitter swordplay stage combat–is probably best skipped, but if you read my recap you can still participate in the ongoing discussion of its heavy-handed indictment of war and racism. There are a lot of uncomfortable things going on in this story, but at least it makes for lively and thoughtful conversation, which is one reason we enjoy doing these reviews so much.

I’m planning on spending the next several days in focused writing and revising, which I’ll probably elaborate on a little in my next blog post. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend! How will you spend it? I suspect a lot of people will be going to the movie theater to see the eagerly-anticipated The Next Three Days, which finally opens today. Are there any other interesting film releases this weekend?

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eReader raffle & free e-books!

First of all, is “eReader” the standard terminology now? I would have expected it to be e-reader. E-books are still e-books though, right?

Anyway… the Carl Brandon Society, an organization that helps “build further awareness of race and ethnicity in speculative literature and related fields,” is holding an eReader drawing to raise funds for the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship allows two writers of color to attend a Clarion writing workshop, perhaps the only way some students are able to attend. Octavia was one of my favorite writers and my first instructor at Clarion West in 2005, so I strongly believe in both the Carl Brandon Society’s mission and the workshops they support in her name.

The drawing for one of five e-readers eReaders (two B&N Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader–all loaded with free fiction from SF writers of color) is open now until midnight EST on November 22, 2010. Tickets can be purchased online beginning tomorrow for only $1 each; you can buy as many tickets as you like for each of the available devices, but you can only win one of each! Winners will be chosen randomly by an impartial computer intelligence on November 23 and announced on the Society’s blog. More details on the prizes and rules for the drawing are here.

Please consider buying some tickets and spread the word via your social media platform of choice!

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