Percy Jackson and the Diversity Thief (Minus the Thief Part)

rp-logo143x111Yesterday one of my son’s favorite authors, Rick Riordan (the Red Pyramid series, the Percy Jackson series, etc.), announced he will match donations up to $10,000 for my publishing colleague’s crowdfunding campaign. Who is this friend of mine? Bill Campbell, the mastermind behind Rosarium Publishing.

I first met Bill when another colleague, author K. Ceres Wright, invited me to a talk being given by Phenderson Djèlí Clark on the long-overlooked African American works of science fiction from the 1800s and early 1900s. It was a great event, one that was standing room only, and afterwards a group of us–authors, editors, and artists, including Phenderson–went out to break bread together.

Rosarium-billBill was part of that initial group, some of whom have gone on to form the Diverse Writers & Artists of Speculative Fiction (of which I am a founding member–more on that soon!). We’ve hung out off and on since then, and I can tell you from my 17 years in publishing this guy is noteworthy; he is not just a fan, not just a creator, not just an entrepreneur with great business sense, but somebody who strives to keep improving and upping the game for everyone.

Which is precisely what his fundraising campaign is about. To keep producing top quality products such as Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany edited by Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell, which was just today listed as a finalist for the 2016 Locus Award, he’s taking things to the next level.

stories for chipWith just over $5,000 left to go (when you factor in Riordan’s generous forthcoming contribution) the goal is within reach. If you like the idea of receiving all manner of great perks while also ensuring really cool things get made for a wider audience than ever before…please go and donate now! Even just $5 does actually make a difference! Also, please consider spreading the word to make this final phase of the campaign a success.

Thank you!

Here’s the direct link to the Rosarium Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rosarium-publishing-the-next-level#/.

Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.”

My publishing company has been plagued with serial returners (scammers) on Kindle, although I could not prove this is what was happening. Someone would just happen to purchase all the books we publish by a particular author, then return them. Now one such person has gone public to berate an author for not making their books free, thereby forcing the reader in question to go through *all the effort* of actually having to return them, since they cannot afford all the books they purchase. Read on for the result…

M.A. Kropp

This happened to an author of my acquaintance. She got an email from a “fan” and the gist of it was this:

Dear Ms. Author.

I really like your books. I think they are well-written and I enjoyed reading them. (So far, so good, right? Hang on.) However, I have returned them all because you priced them at $0.99 to $2.99, and that is too much to pay for them. I can’t afford to pay that much for a book, even though I liked it. In the future, can you make sure you make all your books free so I don’t have to return them?

And, when the author in question blocked this “fan” (and it seems, reported her as an abuser of the return system on ebooks), she sent another email chastising the author for blocking her and forcing her to open a second account (presumably to harass the…

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Last Call For a Beach Weekend, and the Collide International Award

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Join me this weekend, March 25-29, for a weekend of making your book happen. Also, if you are looking for a lot of money, three months in Geneva and Liverpool, and the chance to involve scientists in creating your work then continue reading below. First: Write at the Beach details…

Brainstorm, compose, edit, format and upload a Kindle book in just three days! You’ll need to do a little prep before this weekend but you’ll come out the other end with a completed product ready for sale. This workshop is ideal for any level of writer from unpublished to those with multiple releases. Learn speed techniques and leave your inner editor behind. You could even create a pen name and test out a new genre.

Never self-published on Kindle before? We’ll walk you through the set-up. Add optional extra writing days to fit your schedule and work on longer projects. Cost for the weekend is $350 and includes basic proofreading and cover design consultation. Details & signup here: http://www.broadkillresort.com/workshops-events

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COLLIDE International Award

1. Introduction

Arts@CERN has flourished since its creation in 2011, binding arts, science and technology to contribute to a fast growing knowledge-based culture. Today, we are pleased to announce the COLLIDE International Award, a major international residency programme and a new collaboration between CERN and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool).

COLLIDE International Award is a unique opportunity for artists to spend dedicated time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, where crucial questions about nature are addressed. COLLIDE aims to encourage curiosity, offering experimental and open-minded artists an extraordinary framework to inspire creativity both within the sciences and the humanities. Ultimately, COLLIDE proposes to transform the way art and science encounters are understood, and to challenge new modes of dialogue and enquiry.

As the cradle of the World Wide Web and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN is an eminent centre of science and technology with great relevance in the culture of today. As an international centre of excellence in these fields, CERN is an inspirational place for artists, designers and creators of any kind to explore and extend their research in the fascinating world of particle physics.

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK’s leading media arts centre based in Liverpool, bringing people, art and technology together. FACT harnesses the power of creative technology to inspire and enrich lives through a wide ranging programme of exhibitions, research and innovation, and community-led projects. FACTLab is FACT’s experimental laboratory, a collaborative environment for interdisciplinary practice-based research and production operating at the crossroads between art, science and technology.

2. Criteria of the call

The competition is open to artists of any nationality or age. Their  proposal  should reflect upon encounters between art and science, and offer challenging methods of collaboration  with CERN scientists. The scope of this proposal should also consider a second developmental phase at FACT, where the artists will have the opportunity to expand their research and test its applications through FACTLab’s facilities and engagement with a wide range of communities. The ultimate goal for the residency will be the research and development of new concepts in laboratory contexts.

COLLIDE Open Call for Entries encourages the participation of artists interested in the ideas described above, complying with any of the following criteria:

  • Artists interested in the cultural significance of science.
  • Artists working with digital and scientific media, technology and concepts as inspiration for their work.
  • Artists engaging with an innovative discourse on contemporary culture, following ambitious standards of creativity.
  • Artists demonstrating an active interest in the institutional visions, research methodologies, and cultural engagement of CERN and FACT.
  • Artists interested in the processes of fundamental science and particle physics who are able to extrapolate this understanding into projects of artistic excellence.
  • Artists pushing the traditional forms of collaboration between the artistic and scientific fields, and asking innovative and provocative questions in this respect.
  • Artists approaching science and research from diverse angles of enquiry, such as political, ethical, or sociological perspectives.

3. Conditions and participation

COLLIDE International Award grants an artist with a fully funded residency at CERN and FACT. The artist will spend the first two months at CERN, Geneva, followed by a one-month stay at FACT, Liverpool (not necessarily consecutively).

The award includes the following conditions:

  • 15,000 Swiss Francs as an Award.
  • Allowance for two months at CERN, Geneva and one month at FACT, Liverpool.
  • Travel costs and accommodation within a fixed budget for the three months of the artistic residency at CERN and FACT.

 The awarded artist is expected:

  • To work with a scientific partner at CERN, and with the teams of Arts@CERN and FACT during the residency, exploring ideas and research and interacting with various communities in each location.
  • To conduct interventions, talks and/or workshops during the residency, including CERN and FACT staff, as well as other relevant communities such as artists, scientists, academics.
  • To communicate the creative process and research developed during the residency through social media platforms, a blog or similar, in order to reach global audiences.
  • To meet regularly with the CERN scientific partner in order to discuss the process of artistic research, exploration and discovery, and to additionally work with other scientists.
  • During the residency at FACT, to establish conversations and explore collaborations with scientists and academics from Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University.
  • To communicate regularly with the teams at Arts@CERN and FACT to develop the proposal and ensure its satisfactory completion during the residency.

The main scientific language used at CERN and FACT is English, therefore it is essential to speak English fluently.

FACT and CERN are equal opportunity organisations and are fully committed to a policy of treating all of its collaborators equally.

4. Key dates

The deadline for applications is May 23rd, 2016.

The Jury of this edition is composed of a panel of experts including Monica Bello, Head of Arts@CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Patrick Gyger, Director of Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (France); Tara Shears, Physicist at LHCb, CERN (Geneva) and at University of Liverpool (United Kingdom); Mike Stubbs, Director of FACT, Liverpool and Professor at Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom).

The jury board will meet in June 2016 and the results will be announced at the end of June 2016.

The decision of the jury is final and allows no further communication. The acceptance of the prize constitutes the acceptance of these conditions.

5. Submission of proposals

Artists intending to apply shall submit a proposal adhering to the criteria of the call. The proposal should describe, in detail, the project that the artist intends to undertake during the residency at CERN and FACT. The proposal should be accompanied by a filmed statement (no longer than five minutes), defending the relevance of the intended project.

All documents must be submitted in English. The jury will not review incomplete proposals.

SUBMISSION FORM

6. Contact and information

Contact: 

arts.collide@cern.ch
Arts@CERN arts.ch/cern
CERN home.cern
www.facebook.com/Collidecern
twitter.com/ArtsAtCERN

Join Me For a Weekend at the Beach!

March 25-28 • Create a Kindle Book in a Weekend
(optional add-on writing days March 29-April 3)

JohnBio2016Brainstorm, compose, edit, format and upload a Kindle book in just three days! You’ll need to do a little prep before this weekend but you’ll come out the other end with a completed product ready for sale.  This workshop is ideal for any level of writer from unpublished to those with multiple releases. Learn speed techniques and leave your inner editor behind. Never self-published on Kindle before? We’ll walk you through the set-up. Add optional extra writing days to fit your schedule and work on longer projects. Cost for the weekend is $350 and includes basic proofreading and cover design consultation, add-on days are $65 per night. Share a room and get $75 back (Email us for details on shared rooms). Hosted by John Edward Lawson.

Reserve NOW at http://www.broadkillresort.com/booking/reservations/ while space is still available!

This Weekend: I Love a Writer!

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Our writers’ resort at the beach has many workshops on the horizon, and there is still space available for the upcoming I Love a Writer Weekend. This would be a great gift for the writer in your life! More information is available below, and all retreats/workshops are easily purchased through the links provided.

February 12-15 • I Love a Writer Weekend

Do you love a writer? Or maybe you love writing? Spend a weekend connecting with your partner and your muse. This couple’s weekend will be designed to inspire and encourage connection. Balancing creativity and relationships can be hard. Take some time to appreciate your partner and the arts. We will have activities for non-writers, writing time and couples time. Candle-lit dinner included! Cost is $300 per couple. Hosted by Jennifer Barnes.
Book Here


March 25-28 • Create a Kindle Book in a Weekend
(optional add-on writing days March 29-April 3)

Brainstorm, compose, edit, format and upload a Kindle book in just three days! You’ll need to do a little prep before this weekend but you’ll come out the other end with a completed product ready for sale.  This workshop is ideal for any level of writer from unpublished to those with multiple releases. Learn speed techniques and leave your inner editor behind. Never self-published on Kindle before? We’ll walk you through the set-up. Add optional extra writing days to fit your schedule and work on longer projects. Cost for the weekend is $350 and includes basic proofreading and cover design consultation, add-on days are $65 per night. Share a room and get $75 back (Email us for details on shared rooms). Hosted by John Edward Lawson.
Book Here


smaller_black_and_whiteApril 15-18 • Fiction with Limits Workshop

Flash fiction, prose poetry forms, and rigidly limited word count fiction writing is a challenge that can lead to jumping off points for longer pieces or just makes for a unique challenge. If you’re feeling blocked or just want to learn to harness the power of economy of words, learn how drabbles, tweet-length fiction, and even story sonnets can help reboot your creativity. Hosted by K.W. Taylor.
Book Here


May 6-9 • Create a Kindle Book in a Weekend
(optional add-on writing days May 10-15)

Brainstorm, compose, edit, format and upload a Kindle book in just three days! You’ll need to do a little prep before this weekend but you’ll come out the other end with a completed product ready for sale.  This workshop is ideal for any level of writer from unpublished to those with multiple releases. Learn speed techniques and leave your inner editor behind. Never self-published on Kindle before? We’ll walk you through the set-up. Add optional extra writing days to fit your schedule and work on longer projects. Cost for the weekend is $350 and includes basic proofreading and cover design consultation, add-on days are $65 per night. Share a room and get $75 back (Email us for details on shared rooms). Hosted by John Edward Lawson.
Book Here


May 21st, 1:00-8:00 • Broadkill Resort Open House

Come for a visit to check out the guesthouse. It’s likely that we’ll have a beach bonfire, literary activities, fundraising, refreshments and more. More details soon. If you would like to spend the night Email us for details.

Con Report: Broadkill Resort Writing Retreat

Eyewitness account from our inaugural writing workshop at the Broadkill Writers Resort!

J.L. Gribble

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural writing retreat held at the brand new Broadkill Resort! My amazing publishers at Raw Dog Screaming Press recently purchased a beach house in Milton, Delaware, where I and a handful of other authors spent a few days work-shopping, writing, and brainstorming projects–along with all the other fun and shenanigans that happen when many authors get together in the same place!

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Celebrating the Holidays at Broadkill Resort

by Jennifer Barnes on January 4, 2016

IMG_2980IMG_2978We were lucky that the Broadkill Resort was pretty much rental-ready when we bought it, but there were still a few things we wanted to improve before we started have workshops and retreats there. So over the holidays we decided to celebrate at the beach while making improvements to the house.

My sister came up with a fabulous Christmas/seafood themed menu and did most of the cooking. Here’s what we had:

It turned out to be the perfect weather for Christmas at the beach with unseasonably warm weather. It got into the 70s! Santa brought the resort a great yard wagon for carting things like firewood to the beach. We discovered mistletoe in a tree on the property and learned that space under the griddle of the antique diner stove works as an excellent broiler.

We worked on many projects to improve the house including:

  • Fixing all the doors that were sticky (most of them) and adding doorstops
  • Getting more than a trickle of hot water out of the shower
  • Touching up paint around the windows
  • Painting the bathroom mirror
  • IMG_2990IMG_2989Fixing a crack in the entry door
  • Cutting and stacking firewood
  • Security updates
  • Yard clean up
  • Hanging a new bird feeder

There are also a few projects we began that are not yet completed

  • Painting the entry door
  • Adding built-in bookshelves to one of the bedrooms
  • Installing a dry erase board for workshop use
  • Flagpole rehabIMG_2984

During our yard clean up we discovered a hinged flagpole that had been lowered and was almost buried by sand. We’re excited at the prospect of having our own Broadkill Resort flag in the near future but first the flagpole needs some repairs.

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Support the literary arts by donating to the Broadkill Resort Scholarship.

Your Life Savings Could Be Wiped Out In A Massive Derivatives Collapse by Ellen Brown

Source: Your Life Savings Could Be Wiped Out In A Massive Derivatives Collapse by Ellen Brown

Announcing the Broadkill Writers’ Resort

Seven years ago I found myself in a marshland over night, and fell in love.

I was staying with my wife’s family at a house in Delaware. Over the last 25 years they have been gracious enough to let me stay with them at beach rentals every summer, starting down at Dewey Beach on the Atlantic coast of Delaware. Gradually we moved up through Rehoboth, and as that city grew increasingly crowded we continued up to Lewes. Lewes was nice enough, but after staying there for five or so years my in-laws decided to try a new place: Broadkill Beach.

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Historic Lewes

My wife and I arrived seven years ago with our 3-year-old son in tow. He was sick, and rapidly infecting us with whatever he had. We couldn’t sleep, couldn’t get comfortable, and were in the middle of nowhere. The outcome could have been terrible, but turned out to be just the opposite.

It’s hard to adequately describe the serenity of the area. Broadkill Beach isn’t a proper town. It’s a community of houses along a single road that runs parallel to the beach. There is one store, the Broadkill General Store, and that’s it. The beach itself is just inside Delaware Bay, so the water is more calm than at those other towns along the ocean. On the other side of the road, behind the houses, you have miles of untouched wetlands in every direction. This is the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Nobody knows about Broadkill because it’s tucked away behind the Wildlife Refuge, and a half hour removed from the entertainment offered by Rehoboth.

I’ve been meditating regularly for years now, and realized that just sitting on the upstairs balcony, listening to the breeze sweeping across the wetlands, and the gentle sound of the waves, left me feeling as refreshed as active meditation. At Rehoboth you can find yourself fighting for a space on the beach during the busy times, but even on July 4th weekend the beach at Broadkill remains virtually empty. Miles of beach to fill with the residents of just a couple hundred houses…that math results in basically a private beach.

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Sunset over Broadkill

After just a few days I knew I would one day own property there. I wanted to wake to see the sunrise uninterrupted by human constructions, and see the stars and constellations of the night sky–none of which are visible at home due to light pollution. Now that dream is coming true, sort of.

You see, when it was just a personal dream it was nice, but seemed a bit unnecessary or self centered. However, in the last 12 months we at RDSP rented a luxury resort for two writers’ retreats, and the thought was planted that perhaps we should take things to the next level. We began to think in terms of a permanent writers’ retreat. What better location than at Broadkill Beach?

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The most crowded it gets

During this last summer we spent months on scouting expeditions to find just the right location. We needed a place that could accommodate multiple authors, be secluded yet have easy beach access, with appealing amenities, not to mention be something our team of investors could manage. The house we settled on is unique even among the eclectic beach houses that have built up here and there over the last century at Broadkill.

For one thing, it is at ground level making it accessible to everyone, opposed to most of the Broadkill homes which are on stilts. The rooftop cupola provides a unique place to write, away from distractions or noise, with 360 degree views out over the landscape. The kitchen is equipped with a massive industrial stove top and ovens from a 1960s diner. The spacious custom outdoor shower, referred to by the previous owner as a “bathhouse” due to its size, can handle any needs after beach excursions. And there is so much more! Custom built in bookcases, custom shelving in the master bedroom closet, all seasons room, etc.

Now, after several more months negotiation, our team has finally closed on the house. There will be constant news pertaining to the Broadkill Writers’ Resort in coming days, including the scholarship for writers to attend free of charge, house upgrades especially for the needs of authors, and more. We have a mailing list so you can keep up with all the updates as they happen over at the Broadkill Resort site.

This will be an ongoing endeavor, for both individuals and groups, plus workshops with writing and editing coaches, all in a pristine shoreline environment. A stay at Broadkill offers more than just the beach, though. Below are details about the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, and three nearby towns that offer entertainment and necessities…

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The wetlands

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,144 acre refuge officially established in 1963 to provide protection for threatened and endangered species, as well as many neo-tropical migrating bird species. Prime Hook’s habitat features include salt marsh, freshwater marsh, ponds and impoundments, wooded swamps and upland grasslands and forest. Hundreds of native plant and animal species thrive in this mosaic of these diverse cover types that provide habitat for 308 species of birds, 51 species of fish, 45 species of reptiles and amphibians, 37 species of mammals, and an array of rare insect and plant species.

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Canal walk in Milton

The closest town, Milton, is only a 10 minute drive away and is full of shops and restaurants. Established in 1672, and operating under several names until 1807 when it was renamed after English poet John Milton, this old ship building community has a historic district full of restored Colonial and Victorian houses, ranging from Gothics with turrets to those with peaked roofs trimmed with gingerbread lace molding.

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Rehoboth Boardwalk

Further down Route 1, about 20 minutes from Broadkill, is Lewes, a quaint seaside community known for specialty shops, historic buildings, advanced health facilities, and its own beach. Continuing south on Route 1 30 minutes from Broadkill you next come to Rehoboth, a large beach vacation destination with a boardwalk and more shopping and entertainment options than you could take in during a week’s stay.

In the meantime check out Broadkill Writers’ Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency, and Lovecraft Reaction

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to speak with somebody who is friends with the folks at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and they informed me of the multidisciplinary arts residency program there. Before I present that information, however, permit me to thank everyone who shared my last blog post, regarding H.P. Lovecraft, the controversy surrounding his views on race, and the overall cultural problems facing us today. Readers of this blog generated many more thousands of hits per day to my site than usual this week, especially after my blog was posted to Reddit. Two of my favorite comments from the Reddit reaction are:

Those savage Satan worshippers from the equatorial regions are infiltrating this country and spreading Ba’al worship amongst our children while hiding behind the burqa of progressive tolerance! Soon it will be too late to stop the dark legion and we will all be bound to their unholy sharia!

Pretty sure I saw that on my Facebook last week.

And:

Even if he personally partook in the lynchings or hunting black people on university campuses, I wouldn’t give a shit. He wrote good stories. That’s all I care about in a writer. His personal political affinity doesn’t and shouldn’t matter in the slightest.

You can join in the conversation either here on my blog, or at Reddit, or better yet share the post with those who might find it worth reading. Thank you!

And now for the arts residency…

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How to Apply to the Master Artist-in-Residence Program

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Artist, first view the Current Residency Schedule and select the Master you are interested in working with.  Each Master Artist determines the requirements and basic structure of their residency. Masters may select up to eight Associate Artists to participate in the three-week program.

You may apply by following the instructions below. Note: ACA no longer accepts application materials via mail, email or fax. An extra administration fee is required if you wish to apply by mail or email.

Additional questions may be answered by visiting Master Artist-in-Residence Program Details or About the Master Artist-in-Residence Program. You can also request help from submittable if you have issues on their site http://help.submittable.com/

To apply for a residency, do the following.

  1. Visit the current Residency Schedule to review the application requirements and deadline for the Master Artist you want to apply to. Completed applications must be submitted by Midnight EST on the deadline date.
  2. Prepare the application files for your application submission.
  3. Visit our submissions site, http://aca.submittable.com/submit, and click on the Submit button for the Master Artist you would like to apply to.
  4. The next page will ask you to sign in with your current submittable account, or to sign up for a new account. You have to have an account to apply.
  5. This page is where you enter the information for your application. At the bottom of the form, you can upload the files listed in the Master Artist’s application requirements. Programs require various documents that can include word documents, images, scores, sound files, or other materials. Some artists also require a document with links to online videos. The submission website does not allow you to edit your files after you complete your submission.
  6. Enter your payment information at the bottom of the page for the application fee.
  7. Click Submit to complete your application. At the time of this writing, users received two confirmation emails; one confirming your payment and another confirming receipt of your application submission. You should be notified within 6 weeks of the application deadline a to whether or not you have been accepted.

If you have any questions, please email Greg Cole, Program Assistant and Technical Projects
gcole@atlanticcenterforthearts.org

 

The man your librarian warned you about…

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