Dragon*Con 2010

Ah, Dragon*Con! (Click the banner for link-y if you don’t know about Dragon*Con, you poor soul, you!) How do we love thee? I’m not going to count the ways, because I’ve got a dragon-sized headache today.

Though I will say that this year will be my third at Dragon*Con, or D*Con as it’s affectionately known.

My first year was back in 2005, when I spent the weekend following my dear elder (self-adopted) sister around like a puppy, mostly hitting up Wheel of Time Track panels and getting hopelessly lost. The highlight of that year was getting to meet, speak to, and get an autograph from Robert Jordan. Sadly, Mr. Jordan has since passed away; that panel & signing will be among my best D*Con memories. (That, and the Varsity at close-to-midnight, feeling like I had somehow found my way onto the set of The Fast & The Furious.)

In 2006, I returned – then fiancé in tow – and, since all of our friends were going to be there anyway, we went ahead and got married, too. I’d give you the highlights, but I honestly don’t remember much. I was kind of a nervous wreck that weekend. I do remember having lots of laughing friends around me, and a supportive set of not-parents (who I’m still trying to think up a way to repay), and that’s all that really matters, right?

So 2010 will be our triumphant return to Atlanta. I know, it would’ve made more of an impact to wait until our 5 year anniversary. But we’re impatient. So sue us.

With that said, I’m very excited to be heading back to Atlanta. I’ve got a huge assortment of things that I want to see this year. I’m not famous enough to be on any panels, but here’s a list of a few things I want to attend.

2010 Dragon*Con Sort-of Schedule

Thursday 9/2: We’ll be arriving sometime Thursday afternoon & hope to get registered before the big crowds. The last time we were there, I remember long lines to get through, but I hope D*Con’s management has found a better way to hand out badges. (I’m crossing my fingers but not holding my breath!)

Friday 9/3: I’d really like to see the Coca-Cola Museum this time around (60 varieties of Coke! *swoon!*), so I’m hoping to do that Friday morning, since most tracks don’t get geared up until Friday afternoon. At 5pm, there’s a Dragon*Con Tweetup in the Lobby of the Hilton. After that, I’m looking kind of open… Anyone (who’s not a homicidal murderer) want to tag along for dinner?

Saturday 9/4: There’s a ton of stuff to do!

  • 10AM is the Dragon*Con parade! If you’re going, you don’t want to miss this. I know it’s early, but get up for it – you won’t regret seeing all of nerd fantasy-dom taking over downtown Atlanta!
  • At 11:30AM, there’s going to be a YA Lit Craft Hour (Marriott-707). Since I’m all crafty and stuff, I’m intrigued – if I can make it!
  • Cherie Priest is also doing a 1-hour autograph session at 11:30AM (Marriott-M301-M304), and I’d really like to get my copy of Boneshaker signed.
  • Then, at 1PM, Brandon Sanderson is doing a Q&A session on the new Wheel of Time book, Towers of Midnight (Hanover C-E). That’s one thing I don’t want to miss! Remind me to tell you sometime how I met my husband because of WoT!
  • I have a conflict at 2:30PM, because Cherie Priest is doing her Clockwork Century panel (Westin – International C) at the same time as Jackie Kessler is going to be on the Growing Up Scared – Young Adults in Dark Fantasy panel (Hyatt-Montreal/Vancouver). I’m not sure which of those I’ll be able to make. We’ll have to see. But I really want to see Kessler, because I’d be thrilled to get my copy of Shades of Gray signed, and she does NOT have a signing listed on her schedule. *sad face*
  • At 4PM, the Art Show has an Artist Trading Card workshop (Hanover G). I’m not really an artist, but I’ve heard that there’s such a thing as Author Trading Cards, too, and I’d love to see a workshop on those.
  • Then, of course, I couldn’t miss An Evening at the Winespring Inn (Regency V), from the WoT track, at 10pm. I sure hope I’ll still be awake by then!

Sunday 9/5:

  • I bought my artist-husband a ticket to Stan Lee’s autograph session on Sunday, but they haven’t given a time for that so I’m crossing my fingers that it doesn’t conflict with…
  • Jim Butcher’s interview (Centennial I) by the Dark Fantasy Track at 10AM.
  • Then I have yet another conflict, as the Developing Characters Readers Never Forget panel (also attended by Cherie Priest) is at 2:30PM (Hyatt – Manila/Singapore/Hong Kong), as well as the first-ever Wheel of Time Mad Libs (Kennesaw). That’s REALLY a conundrum!
  • Then at 4PM is the Wheel of Time costume contest (Marriott – A601-A602). I don’t really have a costume, but I love to see all the shawls!
  • At 7PM there is a Wheel of Time Sword Form demonstration (International North).
  • And a Tower of Midnight fan discussion at 8:30PM.

Monday 9/6 is, sadly, the day we leave to return to normalcy.

And there’s several things I don’t have times or schedules for yet at all. I’m hoping Jim Butcher has a signing at some point, because I’d like to get my copy of Backup signed, and something for my sister for Christmas. (Shhh… Don’t tell her!) There’s also a quick sketch contest that the Art track is putting on, and dear Resident Artist would like to get in on that. As far as I know, though, they haven’t released a day or time. And I haven’t run across even a website for the Writer’s Track but I’m sure there are panels there that I’d like to see (and the one, above, on Sunday at 2:30PM may be part of their track, but I can’t be sure because I can’t find a schedule).

One also has to account for the requisite trips to the Art show for their limited edition prints from attendees, as well as to the exhibition and dealer’s halls.

And in case anyone would like those schedules…

The Art Show is open: Friday from 1 to 8PM. Saturday & Sunday 10AM to 8PM. And Monday from 10AM to 4PM.

Both the exhibit (there are two) and dealer’s halls are open: Friday from 1 to 7PM. Saturday & Sunday 10AM to 7PM. And Monday from 10AM to 5PM.

Further, the Guest Hospitality Suite (or Con*Suite), where you can score free snacks and drinks, is open: Thursday from 8PM to 1AM. Friday through Sunday 9AM to 6PM and again 8PM to 1AM. And on Monday from 9AM to 6PM. You need a valid ID if you visit between 8PM and 1AM. Not sure why.

This and more info can be found on the Dragon*Con website. Don’t forget to subscribe to the Daily Dragon either via RSS or Twitter so you don’t miss any updates!

That’s pretty much where you’ll find me all weekend, barring last minute changes to accommodate friends. The schedules I’ve linked to are mostly tentative, so they could be subject to change. Hopefully we’ll be getting the real-live programming grids soon. Keep your eye on http://dragoncon.org for more details.

If anyone would like to meet up with me (and I’d be completely flattered if you would!) in between any of the above panels, please feel free to either message me via Twitter (I’m @kiaras.) or email me at kiara @  this domain dot com. This domain being waitingforfairies.com, of course.

http://dragoncon.org

Is Urban Fantasy Ruining Our Attention Spans?

It’s been a pretty long time since I’ve picked up a book in any genre except urban fantasy or YA paranormal. If you looked through my reading list for the last year or so, you wouldn’t see much traditional fantasy – except for continuing series – or very many other genres at all.

Now, I used to pick out epic fantasy series like some women pick out designer purses – compulsively, and with a Pokemon-style urge to “collect ’em all”.  I have several new (and some slightly older) fantasy series, as well as a few others in assorted genres, on my TBR shelf, so I decided recently to pick up a little something different.

The first is Rob Thurman’s Chimera. This book is a sci-fi fantasy from an author whose work I’ve previously adored. The author has compared it to the likes of Dean Koontz (whose work I enjoyed when I was younger). I’m currently a few chapters in and I believe the author isn’t far off the mark in her comparison. Stefan and his brother are on the run from some pretty scary bad guys.

And yet it hasn’t (yet, at least) grabbed me in that “must-stay-up-all-night-to-finish” kind of way.  I’m even vaguely disappointed in myself that I feel that way, but it’s the truth. Despite being full of creepy DNA-mangling and mysteriously stalker-ish bad guys, I haven’t been pulled in the way I was with Thurman’s other series.

Let’s try another example. If sci-fi thrillers aren’t my cup of tea anymore, surely my old stand by – the traditional epic fantasy – will pull me in, right?

Carol Berg’s duology that begins with Flesh and Spirit , comes highly recommended. It’s even won an award. I’m a few chapters into that one as well, and it has the timeless, slow, measured pace of the epic world-building necessary in this kind of fantasy. We’ve got a group of magic-users who are bred almost like cattle, wielding a mysterious form of sorcery that has to do with maps. Our drug-and-spell-addicted main character is a juicy bit of contradiction. We know he’s our hero, but even his own parents seem to hate him.

It sounds like an amazing start to a story, and it is. But that stately, intricate dance of world-building and story-telling hasn’t commanded my attention like some other epic fantasies have previously.

I honestly don’t believe that either of these situations stem from the authors’ lack of skill. They both seem to be excellent books. So what’s the problem?

Is it because no ogres or werewolves or vampires or other assorted mythological baddies have jumped out to create some chaos and carnage? Is it the lack of a romantic plot line that has me feeling like something’s missing? I’d like to think not, on that score, but I’m too invested in the answer. (I’d like to think I’m intellectually ‘above’ needing a romance to keep me interested. But I freely admit that could just be my genre prejudices showing.)

Is it just simply that urban fantasy as a genre is faster-paced than your typical sci-fi or fantasy novel? Or have urban fantasy novels become the literary equivalent of a chocolate chip cookie? Yummy and gooey and satisfying for a moment, but not very good for you in the long run? Remember – have too many cookies and your body starts to crave them over more filling foods.

Do you think the pacing of the urban fantasy genre has “trained” us to expect a certain pacing in our novels? And do you think this will have (or has had) an effect on our enjoyment of other genres?

Would You Like To Guest Post? And Other Miscellanea

Okay, first off, I know it’s incredibly short notice. But. I’ll be out of town the week of May 24th and am interested in hearing from anyone who’d like to guest post on WFF that week, or possibly early the following week.  Readers, writers of the published or unpublished variety, or anyone vaguely interesting would be welcome. Topics should relate to books in some way, but I’m open to exotic variations. If you’re interested, email me at kiara AT waitingforfairies DOT com, and we’ll talk. We’ll work in some extreme pimp-age for your own website/Twitter feed/other (non-pr0n) site while we’re at it. And I’m open to returning the favor at a later date.

If I can manage to get some rest from all the overtime at Ye Olde Daye Jobbe and from family obligations, I’ll have reviews for you from:

  • Devon Monk’s MAGIC ON THE STORM [link]
  • Leanna Renee Hieber’s THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER [link]
  • And I still need to say a bit about Jim Butcher’s CHANGES (I think I’m still recovering from that one! Brutal!) [link]
  • As well as the fact that I’ve just received my copy of Peter V Brett’s DESERT SPEAR [link]

So I hope you’re all looking forward to that. I know I’m looking forward to having all that stuff written and the work gone from over my head. Ha!

The short story I promised my writing partner, which is now over a month late, I think (It was an arbitrary deadline, but a deadline nonetheless.), still continues, although slowly. But I’ll take any progress rather than none at all, at this point. I’ve promised myself 15 minutes a day on it. If, at the end of those minutes, I want to quit working, then I can. I usually don’t want to, but must, because I’m typically scribbling furiously in a tiny notebook during a coffee break at work.

Ah, well. A writer does what a writer must. Right?

More Cosmetic Surgery

I know…

I shouldn’t have…

But it just felt so good.

You might have noticed that there’s a slightly different look here at WFF. Again.

I know. I promise this is the last time. For awhile.

I’ve spent my afternoon today very pleasantly occupied with a copy of Mimbo, Firebug, a WordPress test site, and lots & lots of child theme tutorials.  The result is what you see before you now.

My child theme, which I’ve dubbed Mim-Kiddie, isn’t significantly different in design from the original Mimbo. But there are subtle differences, and I’ve used several plug-ins and lots of custom functions to make those changes. I’m always thrilled when I can make some bit of code work the way I want it to.

I’m pretty happy with it. I feel like I’ve finally done what I wanted with a theme. Hooray!

If you have comments or suggestions, you’re more than welcome to leave them in the form below (or by clicking over and leaving a comment, if you’re reading via RSS). I’d be excited to hear what you think!

I’ve also turned on Intense Debate’s CommentLuv system, which will link to the last post on your blog when you make a comment. Because I love my readers, and you should all be rewarded with linkage for stopping by!

🙂

Small Outage Last Night

My apologies to anyone who tried to visit us last night and received errors or a strange-looking page. WFF was being migrated to a new hosting provider. Everything should be fine now, but if you find anything broken, please let me know.

On another note: Within the next week or so, I should have reviews posted for Gail Carriger’s Changeless and Jaye Wells’ Mage in Black.

Times They Are A-Changing

Hello again, readers and fans. I’ve been thinking bunches lately about the future of WFF (and myself). I’ve reached some conclusions, and now that I have a couple of days free to work on some of the goals I’ve set for myself, I’m ready to start announcing my intentions.

I will soon be implementing some changes here at Waiting For Fairies. Don’t worry. We’re still going to host reviews of your favorite upcoming fantasies and urban fantasies. That much isn’t changing, but we’re going to be growing.

I don’t know how many of you are aware that I actually host and maintain three websites. This one, of course; Lunar Meadows , which hosts a sort of lifestream, gathering posts from all across the web;  and Moonlit Glade, my writer’s cave. LM gets the most attention, because I am a Twitter fiend. WFF receives my best efforts, because I love books, the authors who write them, and being able to help promote the stories I love. This of course, means that MG gets sadly neglected.

We’re going to change all that. Within the next few weeks (or possibly even days), Moonlit Glade will be integrating with Waiting for Fairies. That means you will see more content, some of a different kind then you’ve seen here before. That’s okay. Don’t be frightened. Change is good.

Why am I doing this?

Mostly because I have a life and three websites are too much damn work to keep up with. I have a full-time day job, a baby writing career, a husband, friends, and various hobbies. That’s a lot. I’m just glad I don’t have kids.

All three sites were being neglected because of the things above. Also, I am tired of compartmentalizing my life. My original reason for the separate sites was that I wanted to keep a ‘professional’ writing area away from the less formal reviewing that I was doing. I didn’t want my writing voice influenced by the different voice I use for reviews.

This was a stupid idea.

I love books. I’m a writer. Most writers are also readers. Sometimes I write well, and sometimes I don’t. There are times and places for both of these things. Anyone who can’t respect and understand that… Well, I don’t care what those people think.

Other changes in the wind:

I’ll be implementing a series of posts called ‘Rapid-Fire Reviews’. I have several short reviews posted over on Goodreads that aren’t listed here at WFF. Why? Because I felt this website deserved longer, better thought out reviews than those. This was also a stupid idea. Those longer reviews never got written because I’d already said what I had to say about the book. Why have I been generating content for others for free instead of doing it for myself? Because, apparently, I enjoy being an idiot.

The look of WFF will also, necessarily, change. I’ll be moving away from the ‘magazine’-style layout into one that looks more like a blog. The idea is to keep the freshest content rising to the top so that you can find it. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure our archives and search engine are in top-notch shape so you can always find what you’re looking for.

When will all this happen?

  • As soon as I find a WordPress theme that I like and that can be customized suitably for my purposes. Done.
  • As soon as I’m finished customizing said theme. Done.
  • After I’ve managed to integrate the posts already posted on both WFF and MG in such a way that they make sense and work well together. This means also working with categories, plugins, and other such technological hurdles. Mostly done.

So there it is, folks. If you have thoughts or comments, please feel free to share them.

Wouldn’t You Like to Write a Novel Too?

“I’ve been thinking about writing a novel. But I just haven’t found the time.”

How many times have writers of all ages, ability, and publishing status heard these words or something like them*? This is probably the most irritating statement you could ever make in a writer’s presence. (At least, I can’t think of a worse one. Even a bad review is better than that.)

I am a (mostly) unpublished writer. And even I have heard this.You might as well just punch me right in the gut. It would have the same effect.

You see, writing a novel is a job. It’s a skill. It’s something that writers work very, very hard for. It’s not something one can complete in a day, or a week, or even a month**. In order to write well, one must do even more than that – a writer must complete one or two or seven or more novels before they come close to being publishing ready.

Most people believe writing is easy. And in every day life, it mostly is. Anyone can scratch out a note, make a list, or dash off an email. That lulls most ordinary people into the perception that writing a novel would be easy. It’s just a long letter, right?

Then again, I can run, but that doesn’t convince me that I could be a professional athlete. I can do a bit of 3D animation, but I wouldn’t just decide one day that I was going to go work for Pixar, either. I can tell you the symptoms of the common cold but that doesn’t automatically give me the knowledge and dedication that it takes to become a doctor. Why in the world do people remain convinced that absolutely anyone could write a novel and get it published with a wave of their hand – “if [they] only had the time”, of course?

“I could make up a great story like that, man!” Said with a snap of the fingers.And maybe you could. Far be it from me to try to crush anyone’s dreams. In fact, the first couple of times I heard this presumptuous statement, I tried to be encouraging and excited for the speaker. I pointed them toward NaNoWriMo and bestowed heartening words that I thought might help them toward their professed big dream.

After dealing with two or three of these people, though, I realized something. These people have no intentions of ever sitting down to write. They have absolutely no concept of the amount of work it takes to actually do the thing that they’re talking about. Nowadays, I just give those people a pained smile and change the subject.

It’s the equivalent of someone who knows the basics of folding a paper airplane deciding they are going to build a Boeing jet in their back yard. Yeah, they might be able to do it one day. But right now, they have no idea of the hard work, the dedication, the blood-sweat-and-tears, the money, the long hours, the putting-off-of-doing-the-dishes, the self-doubt, the despair, the thrill, the joy, the heartache, and the team of devoted professionals it takes to construct a whole new world one tiny wheel-sprocket-nut-bolt verb-adjective-noun-metaphor at a time and then to release the whole beautiful thing into the wild.

I’m not saying don’t do it. In fact, if that’s your dream, then you shouldn’t let me or anyone stop you. But please, for the sake of my sanity, don’t dismiss it as a simple, easy thing to do. It’s not.

*Rant inspired by the wise, hilarious, and read-worthy Patrick Rothfuss.

**Yes, I do know about NaNoWriMo. I love it. I have participated every year since 2004. This DOES NOT mean that your NaNovel is ready to go out on submission to agents or editors on December 1st.

Wouldn't You Like to Write a Novel Too?

“I’ve been thinking about writing a novel. But I just haven’t found the time.”

How many times have writers of all ages, ability, and publishing status heard these words or something like them*? This is probably the most irritating statement you could ever make in a writer’s presence. (At least, I can’t think of a worse one. Even a bad review is better than that.)

I am a (mostly) unpublished writer. And even I have heard this.You might as well just punch me right in the gut. It would have the same effect.

You see, writing a novel is a job. It’s a skill. It’s something that writers work very, very hard for. It’s not something one can complete in a day, or a week, or even a month**. In order to write well, one must do even more than that – a writer must complete one or two or seven or more novels before they come close to being publishing ready.

Most people believe writing is easy. And in every day life, it mostly is. Anyone can scratch out a note, make a list, or dash off an email. That lulls most ordinary people into the perception that writing a novel would be easy. It’s just a long letter, right?

Then again, I can run, but that doesn’t convince me that I could be a professional athlete. I can do a bit of 3D animation, but I wouldn’t just decide one day that I was going to go work for Pixar, either. I can tell you the symptoms of the common cold but that doesn’t automatically give me the knowledge and dedication that it takes to become a doctor. Why in the world do people remain convinced that absolutely anyone could write a novel and get it published with a wave of their hand – “if [they] only had the time”, of course?

“I could make up a great story like that, man!” Said with a snap of the fingers.And maybe you could. Far be it from me to try to crush anyone’s dreams. In fact, the first couple of times I heard this presumptuous statement, I tried to be encouraging and excited for the speaker. I pointed them toward NaNoWriMo and bestowed heartening words that I thought might help them toward their professed big dream.

After dealing with two or three of these people, though, I realized something. These people have no intentions of ever sitting down to write. They have absolutely no concept of the amount of work it takes to actually do the thing that they’re talking about. Nowadays, I just give those people a pained smile and change the subject.

It’s the equivalent of someone who knows the basics of folding a paper airplane deciding they are going to build a Boeing jet in their back yard. Yeah, they might be able to do it one day. But right now, they have no idea of the hard work, the dedication, the blood-sweat-and-tears, the money, the long hours, the putting-off-of-doing-the-dishes, the self-doubt, the despair, the thrill, the joy, the heartache, and the team of devoted professionals it takes to construct a whole new world one tiny wheel-sprocket-nut-bolt verb-adjective-noun-metaphor at a time and then to release the whole beautiful thing into the wild.

I’m not saying don’t do it. In fact, if that’s your dream, then you shouldn’t let me or anyone stop you. But please, for the sake of my sanity, don’t dismiss it as a simple, easy thing to do. It’s not.

*Rant inspired by the wise, hilarious, and read-worthy Patrick Rothfuss.

**Yes, I do know about NaNoWriMo. I love it. I have participated every year since 2004. This DOES NOT mean that your NaNovel is ready to go out on submission to agents or editors on December 1st.

Tink’s Panties! It’s a Hollows Contest!

Waiting for Fairies is pleased and proud to announce our very first contest! In honor of the release of White Witch, Black Curse, the newest volume in Kim Harrison’s best-selling Rachel Morgan/ The Hollows series, we’ve managed to get our tiny little fairy paws on one of the limited edition WWBC Tour T-Shirts!

These shirts were briefly available via Ms. Harrison’s website for purchase outright, but the last orders were due in by February 16th. So, if you managed to miss out – here’s your chance for a do-over!

One lucky winner of our contest will win themselves the shirt, emblazoned with the palm print of Kisten’s killer on the front and the tour cities on the reverse. Two runner’s up will get themselves a packet of T-4 Angel tomato seeds. Grow your own viral tomatoes! Kim herself will be running her own contest regarding these seeds later in the summer – if you’re brave enough to actually grow them! Keep an eye on Kim’s site for more details.

Here’s the swag:

White Witch Black Curse Tour T-Shirt
White Witch Black Curse Tour T-Shirt

And here are the rules for the contest:

  • The headline is a clue: To enter, post your favorite Hollows-themed swear in the comments section of this post. (An example is: ‘Tink’s Panties’ but it doesn’t have to be one of Jenks’ swear words.) Yes, this means you’ll have to have read the books – or at least be able to run a quick Google search – but why would you want to win this if you haven’t?
  • ONE comment per person only, please, or you’ll be disqualified.
  • Because I’m paying shipping out of my own light pockets, I have to limit winners to those with a mailing address in the continental US. *If you have a friend that fits the above who’s willing (and trustworthy enough) to accept it and forward the item to you, then feel free to go ahead and enter at your own risk.*
  • Contest will run through 11:59 PM ET Saturday, February 28th, 2009. The winners will be drawn at random by a web-based random number generator and announced the following week. Winners can expect to have their prizes mailed within two weeks of the announcement. I’ll provide delivery confirmation for the T-shirt for everyone’s peace of mind (specifically my own).
  • If you have questions, please use our contact form.
  • For more information on WWBC, The Hollows, or Kim Harrison, please see the links in this post.
  • Important: This site does have comment moderation turned ON. If your post does not appear right away, rest assured it has been received and will be posted shortly. DO NOT post more than once!
  • Edit: And this should go without saying but just in case – PLEASE don’t list your mailing address in your comment. Winners will be contacted via email for this information.

Tink's Panties! It's a Hollows Contest!

Waiting for Fairies is pleased and proud to announce our very first contest! In honor of the release of White Witch, Black Curse, the newest volume in Kim Harrison’s best-selling Rachel Morgan/ The Hollows series, we’ve managed to get our tiny little fairy paws on one of the limited edition WWBC Tour T-Shirts!

These shirts were briefly available via Ms. Harrison’s website for purchase outright, but the last orders were due in by February 16th. So, if you managed to miss out – here’s your chance for a do-over!

One lucky winner of our contest will win themselves the shirt, emblazoned with the palm print of Kisten’s killer on the front and the tour cities on the reverse. Two runner’s up will get themselves a packet of T-4 Angel tomato seeds. Grow your own viral tomatoes! Kim herself will be running her own contest regarding these seeds later in the summer – if you’re brave enough to actually grow them! Keep an eye on Kim’s site for more details.

Here’s the swag:

White Witch Black Curse Tour T-Shirt
White Witch Black Curse Tour T-Shirt

And here are the rules for the contest:

  • The headline is a clue: To enter, post your favorite Hollows-themed swear in the comments section of this post. (An example is: ‘Tink’s Panties’ but it doesn’t have to be one of Jenks’ swear words.) Yes, this means you’ll have to have read the books – or at least be able to run a quick Google search – but why would you want to win this if you haven’t?
  • ONE comment per person only, please, or you’ll be disqualified.
  • Because I’m paying shipping out of my own light pockets, I have to limit winners to those with a mailing address in the continental US. *If you have a friend that fits the above who’s willing (and trustworthy enough) to accept it and forward the item to you, then feel free to go ahead and enter at your own risk.*
  • Contest will run through 11:59 PM ET Saturday, February 28th, 2009. The winners will be drawn at random by a web-based random number generator and announced the following week. Winners can expect to have their prizes mailed within two weeks of the announcement. I’ll provide delivery confirmation for the T-shirt for everyone’s peace of mind (specifically my own).
  • If you have questions, please use our contact form.
  • For more information on WWBC, The Hollows, or Kim Harrison, please see the links in this post.
  • Important: This site does have comment moderation turned ON. If your post does not appear right away, rest assured it has been received and will be posted shortly. DO NOT post more than once!
  • Edit: And this should go without saying but just in case – PLEASE don’t list your mailing address in your comment. Winners will be contacted via email for this information.