May 23

Scavenger Hunt(s)!

My site (and thus, me) is taking part in TWO scavenger hunts for the end of May and the first week of June!

In May, science fiction romance author, J. M. Page, is having a scavenger hunt for her birthday.

Ex-Scavenger-anza

Each day there will be a new clue for you to find the answer to, and that answer will be your entry into the giveaway for the day. Yes, there are prizes! You can get all the details HERE.

HINT: If you’re looking for your clue for the Birthday Hunt–check under the BOOKS tab. Try looking under Book I of something. 😉

For June 1-7th,  the wonderful folks over at The YA Bookshelf are doing quite the scavenger hunt with 140 authors and over $500 in prizes.

The YA Bookshelf

You can Join the Hunt over HERE on their website.

Summer Scavenger Hunt

In honor of these scavenger hunts, anyone who joins my newsletter (The Conspiracy) between May 23 and June 7th, will be entered to win a SIGNED copy of Amaskan’s Bloodplus some swag. (No purchase necessary.)

May 13

1 Week Hiatus

Greetings!

This site will be on a 1-week hiatus from Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 21st, while family is in town.

You probably won’t see me all that much on social media either, but I’ll be back! I promise!

See you on the flipside!

May 12

Capital Book Con

I’ll be at the Capital Book Con in Olympia, WA Saturday, May 13th, from 11 AM – 4 PM. (The con runs until 6 PM, but I have to duck out a bit early.)

Come out and check out all the awesome books by independent & hybrid PNW authors!

WHERE: The Olympia Center / 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, Washington 98501
WHEN: Saturday, May 13, from 11 AM – 6 PM.

See you there!

May 05

PuliCon!

Pulicon 2017

It’s time for PuliCon!
I’ll be at the Puyallup Public Library tomorrow from 10 AM – 5 PM for PuliCon 2017, their mini-comicon!

I’ll be at the Books & Chains tables with author Jesikah Sundin, so come by and say hello! Check out some of the new chainmaille jewelry, swag, and books we have!

More information on the event can be found HERE.

May 03

Zelda + Eerl = WIN

Zelda + Eerl = WIN. Or at least it does for me.

For those of you who missed my reading at Norwescon 40, I opened by reading from The Legend of Zelda manual (the original one from the NES days) from Eerl’s point of view (Class-M Exile). I had a lot of requests to record it for those who missed it, so I did.

You can see a very tired, sinus-infected me read it below–

Apr 27

TT: The Death of Sleep

This week’s Throwback Thursday / TT: The Death of Sleep by Anne McCaffrey & Jody Lynn Nye


The Death of Sleep was the first book I ever read centered around the idea of cryosleep. I still love this series, old though this cover may be.

The Death of Sleep

What I Love about This Cover:  This cover is very much a period of its time (and publisher), but I appreciate that. When I was a kid, I always wanted to know more about the woman on the cover and what device was strapped to her back.

What I Don’t Love about This Cover: I’m not a fan of the brownish-orange background on it. I’d love to see where she’s standing.


Click here to view other Book Cover Throwbacks.

Apr 20

Norwescon 40 Wrap-Up

Norwescon is definitely one of my favorite conventions, and Norwescon 40 was no exception; mostly because it’s full of my people: science fiction and fantasy geeks, gamers, scientists, filkers, and cosplayers.

Raven Oak panelBeyond the normal clusterfusk that is Norwescon / Doubletree Hotel parking, Thursday was the day we slept in the most as I didn’t have to be there for pro-check-in until noon, and after that, a workshop at 3. We checked in, had some lunch, played a little Magic the Gathering, and before you know it, it was time for my first panel, Navigating the New Publishing Landscape with Mark Teppo, Shannon Page, and Marc Gascoigne of Angry Robot.

We barely touched the tip of the iceberg in this panel, and I really wish we’d had more time for questions as I could tell the audience had a ton of them!

Fan culture panelMy next panel was Fan Culture and the New Meta with Lisa Mantchev and Torrey Stenmark. This panel was a ton of fun as we got to geek out on the academic side of fandom. And dammit, I still want to take a college class on Buffy the Vampire Slayer! After this we had dinner with a friend and head home to give our epileptic kitty his seizure meds.

Friday was a rare day where my first panel wasn’t until 4 PM so my husband and I participated in one of the Magic the Gathering drafts up in Maxi’s, which was a ton of fun. I lost, but we drafted the new Ajani Unyielding card, which I’ve wanted for my cat EDH deck since it came out.

shady characters panelMy first panel for Friday was one I was moderating called Shady Characters, and had co-panelists Kat Richardson, PJ Manney, and Tod McCoy. I loved this panel as we got to talk about all the characters who aren’t quite pure heroes and aren’t exactly villains–something we all knew a thing or two about! 😉

After that, I was on a panel entitled It’s All About You (Without It Being At All About You) with Stephanie Weippert, Alexander James Adams, and awesome nerdcore rapper Shubzilla. Alex got double booked and didn’t make it, but we had a great panel anyway! Afterward, I critiqued another story for the Fairwood Writing Workshop, which is always educational and fun. We met up with a few friends for a bit and then head home.

Apple and RavenSaturday dawned way too early and was my busiest day. I started my panels with Hand Me the Superwrench ConnectorThingy, with Spencer Ellsworth, David D. Levine, and Elliott Kay. This was a panel about all the crazy gadgets out there in SF/F and how they impact plot. Super-fabulous panel.

After that, I moderated a panel on Running Your Author Business, with Annie Bellet, Tori Centanni, and Jak Koke. Again, this was one of those panels you could spend four days on rather than 50 minutes. We didn’t have near enough time!

I took a break to go see my friend Kat Richardson read from her upcoming science fiction novel Scattered Objects. I threatened to be her official heckler. I didn’t though–her book’s too good for that. When it comes out, you really have to snag a copy!
Kat Richardson reading

After her reading, a large group of us went to the hotel restaurant for dinner, though I had to leave a bit early to rush to my next panel, which was the Changing Landscape of Worldbuilding with Brenda Carre, and K. M. Alexander. I’m a huge fan of any panel on worldbuilding. 🙂

Soon enough it was 8:30 PM and time for my reading. (Thanks to Apple, by the way, for some of these awesome pics from my panels and readings!) I had a fairly packed reading and most of the audience was comprised of new readers and folks I didn’t know, which is always a bonus.

I broke the ice with Dove chocolate, which spurred everyone into reading the little messages inside their chocolate wrappers, and I continued the fun by reading the intro from the original Legend of Zelda video game manual…in Eerl’s voice (Eerl’s from Class-M Exile). This went over very well.

After that, I read from Amaskan’s War and showed off the cover. I also teased the cover for book III, which hasn’t been shown anywhere else yet. I finished things off by reading from The Eldest Silence, which was a reader request. We did a little Q&A and soon it was time for the next author reading.

Serious thanks to everyone who came to my reading. 😀

Sunday put me on day 4 lacking sleep–so much so that I swear I needed toothpicks to hold open my eyelids, as evidenced by the photo to the right. I was tired. There weren’t words for how tired I was.

11 AM was my first panel, Book Marketing Masterclass with Tori Centanni (M), Jaym Gates, and Tod McCoy. This panel was a ton of fun, though we needed another three hours just to get through all the questions. I had another workshop after that, a short lunch, and then my last panel of Norwescon–The Fantasy Videogame with Jonny Nero Action Hero, Brian Snoddy, and Frog Jones.

I moderated this panel, which covered video games as a means of storytelling, something I love best about video games. I had a lot of fun with this topic and apologize for one of my co-panelists being a bit of a sourpuss. Sometimes by Sunday, people are just too tired.

I gave out a ton of ribbons over the course of the weekend, including the special centaur. I got to chat with a ton of my writing friends and colleagues, which is one of the best parts of Norwescon, not to mention play some Magic. I also got to see a lot of great cosplay, like this group:

I can’t wait until next year! 

Apr 18

Sci-fy Shenanigans

I’ll have my Norwescon 40 wrap-up posted later this week (still catching up on sleep!) but for now, I’ve got an in-depth interview over on Sci-fy Shenanigans (aka JR Handley’s blog), so check it out! I talk about Class-M Exile, The Eldest Silenceand Amaskan’s Blood (and Amaskan’s War!).

https://jrhandley.com/2017/04/18/scify-shenanigans-raven-oak/

 

 

Space Ghost is Copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions and is used here under a Creative Commons license. 

Apr 12

Norwescon 2017

Just a reminder that I’ll be at Norwescon 40 this weekend! My schedule is below, including my READING on Saturday at 8:30 PM. I’ll be showing the audience something special, and I’ll have chocolate! I’ll also have ribbons.

SCHEDULE–

THURSDAY, APRIL 13:

Writing Workshop
on Kurt Cagle
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Baker

Navigating the New Publishing Landscape
4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 7&8
PANELISTS: Mark Teppo (M), Raven Oak, Shannon Page, Marc Gascoigne

Fan Culture and the New Meta
6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Cascade 10
PANELISTS: Lisa Mantchev (M), Raven Oak, Torrey Stenmark

FRIDAY, APRIL 14:
Shady Characters
4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 11
PANELISTS: Raven Oak (M), Kat Richardson, Tod McCoy, PJ Manney

It’s All About You (Without It Being At All About You)
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Cascade 7&8
PANELISTS: Stephanie Weippert (M), Raven Oak, Alexander James Adams, Shubzilla

Writing Workshop
on Charles Walbridge
6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Rainer

SATURDAY, APRIL 15:
Hand me the Superwrench ConnectorThingy
12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Cascade 10
PANELISTS: Spencer Ellsworth (M), Raven Oak, David D. Levine, Elliott Kay

Running your Author Business
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 5&6
PANELISTS: Raven Oak (M), Annie Bellet, Tori Centanni, Jak Koke

The Changing Landscape of Worldbuilding
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Cascade 5&6
PANELISTS: Brenda Carre (M), K. M. Alexander, Raven Oak

READING: Raven Oak
8:30pm – 9:00pm @ Cascade 2
Raven Oak (M)

SUNDAY, APRIL 16:
Book Marketing Masterclass
11:00am – 12:00pm @ Cascade 11
PANELISTS: Tori Centanni (M), Jaym Gates, Tod McCoy, Raven Oak

Writing Workshop
on Jeff Howe
12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Baker

The Fantasy Videogame
2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 5&6
PANELISTS: Raven Oak (M), Jonny Nero Action Hero, Brian Snoddy

When I’m not in a panel, I’ll probably be playing Magic the Gathering or tabletop in the gaming areas. Feel free to come find me and say hello!

Apr 06

Ozma Award Winner!

Ozma Fantasy Award Amaskan's BloodSo I completely missed doing my Monday Night Gaming post on Monday because I was too busy recovering from Amaskan’s Blood winning an Ozma Fantasy Award!!

I won my first award on my late-grandmother’s birthday. I wish she could have been here to see it. <3

Lots of photos to follow.

The picture below is from the start of the Awards’ Gala, featuring author Jesikah Sundin and me in Bellingham, WA. It’s hard to see in this shot but I was dressed as a TARDIS from Doctor Who. You’ll get a better shot of it in later pictures.

Below is the winning book with a shiny ribbon.

Here’s me with my shiny ribbon.

Here’s another shot with my husband.

We were told to take a #SeriousAuthor photo. So I did.
Funniest part is that when I tweeted it, people kept retweeting it so it ended up on the Awards’ Gala projector screen of tweets for a good 30-40 minutes. Nothing like listening to other winners while this picture is scrolling constantly by.

Group shot of Books and Chains: Me, Elise Kreinbring, and Jesikah Sundin.

Jesikah and I decided to take selfies with each others’ books, but I have T-Rex arms so mine came out…interesting.

It was a busy weekend! I can now say I’m an Ozma Award Winner!

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