Last weekend, my family and I got our Halloween on. Every year, we go pumpkin picking and hay riding and start decorating for this spookiest of seasons. And this year, we’re adding a new level to our Halloween celebrations.
On October 1, I began my term as president of the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City, and my first official act was to bring about a board vote to take on sponsorship of a local Halloween event that is very special to me and very important to our community.
Several years ago, Kristine Kathryn Rusch sent me an online Christmas advent calendar to share with my daughter, Nola. That one thoughtful gift has turned into a much-anticipated family tradition, in which Nola, my husband, John, and I eagerly check into that calendar each day to see what new and wonderful surprise awaits us.
It’s not a religious thing. It’s a magical Christmas calendar that helps us count down the days until Santa’s visit with games, computer crafts, fun scenes, and more. It’s lovely. I hope Kris knows just how very special it is to us.
I, in turn, started sending it as gifts to friends and family. And that is how Kris discovered it. That is the magic of the holiday season, to me.
So, when Kris proposed the idea of a holiday project that would be a Calendar of Stories, the staff here at WMG jumped at the idea. After a year in development, the project has launched on Kickstarter as the WMG Holiday Spectacular 2019!
Yesterday was the six-month anniversary of my craniotomy to remove a grade II meningioma. That’s kind of amazing. It both doesn’t feel like that long and yet feels like an eternity ago. I’m still healing. Still figuring out the way my brain works now. Still finding workarounds to some of the maybe-permanent brain damage the tumor and surgery caused.
But I’m here. That’s huge. And I’m doing remarkably well, all things considered. So, I’m really grateful.
I was reminded of how lucky I am that all went well last week, when I discovered that two of my high school classmates have died in the past two months.
Last week was a crazy one around here. Release weeks—The Renegat is out in all forms but audiobook, which I have no control over—are always busy, but we have a lot more irons in the fire right now, including one major project that I’m working hard on but can’t announce just yet. Stay tuned for that.
Kristine Kathryn Rusch started teaching her Romance Craft Workshop in Las Vegas, which wraps up this week. For those interested in attending one of the 2020 writing workshops Kris does, click here. And don’t forget about the study-along option for those who would rather learn from the comfort of their own homes.
Speaking of 2020 workshops, Dean Wesley Smith has opened up registration for the 2020 Business Master Class, again held in Las Vegas.
This week, I’m reflecting a lot on the love and support we’ve received this year through the amazingly successful Kickstarters we’ve conducted. Not only for our Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Subscription Drive, which just ended with a whopping 387 backers pledging $31,074 (thank you, thank you, thank you!), but also The Diving Universe Kickstarter, which sees more fulfillment of rewards shipping out soon and the wide release of The Renegat in ebook, trade paperback, audiobook AND hardcover tomorrow, September 17!
Publisher’s Note: Last Chance to Get Great Rewards from the Pulphouse Subscription Drive on Kickstarter!
Our Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Subscription Drive on Kickstarter is going amazingly well thanks to fans both new and long-established. We are so very grateful for your support!
If you have been meaning to check it out but haven’t yet (and believe me, I get it; so much to do, so little time…), now is your last chance. The Kickstarter ends Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 3:38 p.m. PDT.
As of this morning, we’ve already hit four stretch goals, which means supporters at the $5 level and higher get the following great rewards (in addition to their initial pledges):
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Did you know that Oregon was the first state in the US to enact an official recognition of Labor Day as a holiday? Neither did I until I looked it up. The State of Oregon passed the legislation on February 21, 1887. Four more states followed that same year. Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894. Its intent is to honor the achievements and contributions of American workers. You can read all about the history of this holiday at https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1.
WMG Publishing gives its employees today off—which is why I wrote this blog last week. I am enjoying today with my family on my daughter’s last day before school starts. We will, I’m sure, be helping keep the US economy strong by doing some back-to-school shopping.
Two years ago, WMG Publishing decide to bring back a publication dormant for more than twenty years: The three-time Hugo Award-nominated Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. And now, it’s time for our first subscription drive after two years of publishing success with the magazine. And like all our subscription drives, we’re doing this one on Kickstarter. But more about that in a minute.
First, a bit about the role Pulphouse Fiction Magazine plays in our product offerings.
Pulphouse adds a different flavor to our magazine line.
We had a wonderful visit with our own Dean Wesley Smith last week as we did some business strategizing and also planning for the next Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Kickstarter, which launches this week. Last week also saw the publication of five new books: three that you’ve heard about and two new ones of the Pulphouse variety.
First up, the ones you knew were coming: Killing the Angel of Death by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Luck Be Ladies: A Poker Boy Collection by Dean Wesley Smith, and Fiction River Presents: Sorcery & Steam, edited by Gwyneth Gibby, are all available in ebook from your favorite retailer. The paperback volumes will be available soon. Click on each title above for more details and purchase information.
And now, more on Pulphouse.
The fog has arrived on the Oregon Coast, so it’s time to break out the jacket again in case I need to bundle up a bit for my daily walking endeavors.
And that has me thinking about bundles. Good thing, too, because we have only a couple of days left on the Sorcery & Steam Storybundle, while a new Storybundle called Racing the Clock launches late Tuesday/early Wednesday (depending on where you are in the world).
What a thrilling addition to our August lineup.