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And We Have A Winner!

And We Have A Winner!

The Gencon contest has produced a winner. The Judges and I had a tough time sorting through all the submissions. The creativity of the contestants really put a smile on our faces—and made me happy for the future of the human race. If the Zombi Apocalypse comes, I’m sure the contestants will be among the [...]

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Two 4-day Passes to Gencon Free!

Two 4-day Passes to Gencon Free!

As I noted in my previous post, I have been traveling a lot. I’ve been away from home in July more than I’ve been here. Fact is, I love traveling and attending conventions. And, thanks to the folks at Gencon, you have a chance to travel, too. Gencon, the “Best Four Days in Gaming,” and [...]

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Mysterious Ways: Chapter Six

Mysterious Ways: Chapter Six

In this chapter I get to describe a few of the circumstances that caused Connor Moran’s writing career to crater. I’ve never heard of all of them happening to a single book, but I have heard of all of them happening to a book. Publishing can be a very tricky game, and this part was [...]

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Mysterious Ways: Chapter Four

Mysterious Ways: Chapter Four

In the first draft of this novel, Chapter Four was considerably different. Merlin Bloodstone did not appear in it at all. My agent, Howard Morhaim, pointed out that the book read more like a Connor Moran novel than a Merlin Bloodstone book. I did a quick breakdown of chapters where Bloodstone appeared, and then compared [...]

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Robert E. Howard’s Adventures in Science Fantasy

Robert E. Howard’s Adventures in Science Fantasy

Earlier this year I had the honor of supplying the introduction to Adventures of Science Fantasy by Robert E. Howard. The book is published by The Robert E. Howard Foundation. They promote the works of Robert E. Howard and scholarship concerning same. It’s a very dedicated group which looks past glib dismissals of Howard’s work [...]

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Free Fiction X 2

Free Fiction X 2

For anyone following me on Twitter (@mikestackpole) or on Facebook, the following is old news, but I do have some new details. Night Shade Books has made a deal with Amazon to give away copies of At the Queen’s Command free. This offer, I’ve been told, runs at least until my birthday (11/27) and is [...]

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IOS 5 iCal to IOS Device and iCloud Event Syncing

IOS 5 iCal to IOS Device and iCloud Event Syncing

Please forgive the Mac/IOS 5 neepery here, but I ran into a problem using the iCloud service to move data from iCal, the calendar program on the Mac, to iCloud and down to my iPad. Specifically, while events created at the iCloud website or on my iPad would appear on iCal on my laptop, items [...]

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