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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Best Non European Fantasy (Final Round!)

What is the non-European fantasy Setting?  

Our final round is live!  

Eight names culled from 16 of your nominations have come to the final round for you to decide which non-European fantasy setting is the best. Please don't forget that we're talking about books, not their lovingly created movie renditions.

This poll will only run until a week or two into August (as long as it takes to get nominations for our August poll), and then hopefully we'll be back on the 1 month = 1 poll track. 

The poll itself is on the lower left of the side menus–just below the "About the Author."

Since I can't really stop shenanigans, I welcome all the shenanigans. The main one is of course that Polldaddy tracks your IP for a week so you could vote from multiple computers or vote again after a week, but people have also enlisted friends, family, and even author forums or Facebook communities to join in the fun. Vote early. Vote often.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Quickie on the Fly (Personal Update)

I do NOT drool.....I'm pretty sure.
Image description: Me...asleep. (Except I was totally not really asleep; just posing.)
Just a quick one today. We woke up to a car blocking our driveway and I might did need to tag in early since no one can actually drive away from here with child in tow (but everyone still has to go patrol).

This weekend, starting around Friday at noon, I worked 42 hours. I let you figure out the math on that one. So I'm a little tired. Exhausted really. (Is there a word bigger than exhausted? I'll coin one: ennerhaustevated. I'm ennerhastevated.) Needless to say, I could use one...last...spectacular flurry from the hands of Jazz.

And a nap.

So while I am almost giddy at the fact that I'm literally on the LAST DAY of summer-schedule-imposed writing limitations, I actually need to extend this bullshit by 24 more hours.

Then tomorrow, up will go the final round for the non-European fantasy poll, and I am working on some actually real content for Wednesday. (I told you this old baby could still fly.)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Best Non-European Setting (Poll Results Semifinal 2)

Thank you to everyone who voted in our poll. The top four names from each semifinal will go on to the final round (which I will put up Monday [and save the Mon post for Tuesday], so that the poll doesn't run too far into August). I wish there could have been a bigger spread between fourth and fifth place, but I had to get 'er done.


Unfortunately, I am running late for my teaching job, so I can't do much more than post the image. Fortunately this is my last day of teaching and of jazz hands blog posts and daily writing that gets funneled into journals and Facebook posts since I don't have the time to really write something crunchy.

Of course, I'm taking a three day weekend as promised to rest and recuperate. (I won't even be putting a menu up tomorrow–expect radio silence.) Also, I'll be moving next week, so I'm a little thin on promises for exactly when Writing About Writing will fire up the old schedule in earnest, but if all goes well, time seems like it will not be my enemy after this weekend.


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Lord of Light–Zelazny 9 25.71% 25.71% Monkey and The Monk A. C. Yu and Wu C. 6 17.14% 17.14% Haroun and the Sea of Stories–S. Rushdie. 6 17.14% 17.14% Throne of the Crescent Moon–S. Ahmed 5 14.29% 14.29% Who Fears Death–N. Okorafor 4 11.43% 11.43% Tales of the Otori–L Hearn 3 8.57% 8.57% The Fox Woman and Fudoki K. Johnson. 2 5.71% 5.71% 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Best Non-European Fantasy Setting (Don't Forget to Vote)

What is the best non-European Fantasy Setting?   

Please don't forget to vote in our current semifinal round for best non-European fantasy setting, the results of which I will tabulate tomorrow. (I'll put the final round up first thing next week.)

Everyone will get three votes (3). The top four names will go on to the final round. Before you simply vote for your favorite four, consider that, as there is no ranking of those four votes; each vote beyond one dilutes the power of your choices a little more. So if you have a genuine favorite–or pair of favorites–it's better to use as few votes as possible.

The poll itself is on the left side, at the bottom of the side menus.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

June's Best

As we jazz hands up this last jazz-handian week, I gaze back upon the rockstar entries from yestermonth that will go on into the Hall of Fame to be studied by future historians writing their dissertations on two bit bloggers before they became four bit bloggers.
While you can expect to see the major updates to the Hall of Fame menus in the next three weeks or so, here are the best of June.

Four Things Your Editor May Not Tell You (But You Should Know) By Bethany Brengan

One of our rare guest posts to top the charts. Bethany Brengan delights us with an explanation of things most writers don't know about editors....but should.

Mailbox: Writing for Income

Yep. I make money from writing. And it's even drifting into not-terrible territory. But it's also not why I do any of it.

Mailbox: How Many Books

How many books do you have to read before you can write a book?

Honorable Mention:

Rage Against The Brecheen (Menu Tour) Though this has been a menu for years, our Friday repost of our menus