Friday, July 02, 2010

The New Site Is Live...  

...same bat domain, different bat fully qualified URL, different bat RSS feed. The Library of Dresan blog is now at http://www.dresan.com/index.php (actually, http://www.dresan.com/ should work). Please update your RSS feeds to: http://www.dresan.com/?feed=atom ...

-the Centaur



Saturday, June 26, 2010

Further updates on WordPress  

I'm going to try a trick here to get the Library of Dresan RSS feed updated. If this works, you'll see this announcement that WordPress should be available shortly (by Sunday, I hope) at http://www.dresan.com/blog, and shortly after that at off the main site once I work some theme issues out. http://blog.dresan.com/ will be available indefinitely after that but will not be updated except for rare circumstances. I'll have the new site feed URL in a subsequent post.



Friday, June 04, 2010

Stopgap Publishing  

Blogger has discontinued FTP, so I am migrating to WordPress. (No, I have zero interest in remaining with Blogger when they have discontinued the feature that made me select them, and having spoken with the team, I'd love to say I respect their reasons, but ... well, if you don't have anything good to say (and, really, I most sincerely don't) then vote with your feet.)

In the meantime, because writing novels and spending time with my wife and cats has to take precedence over Webworks, I let the deadline to migrate lapse before my WordPress installation was ready. SO I can make any necessary announcements for those who read this blog via Reader or RSS feed, I have reluctantly ported the Library of Dresan to http://blog.dresan.com/ - don't get used to this; it is going away.

Further announcements forthcoming.
-the Centaur



Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Dragon Writers  

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The Dragon Writers, the alumni of Ann Crispin's 2002 Writer's Workshop at DragonCon, now have a group blog about our writing experiences. Oh, and you can get our logo on a t-shirt. Check them out...



Friday, April 23, 2010

It's finally happened...  

... in one of those instances which exposes really how shallow you are, I find myself gratified that it, indeed, has finally happened. What is it?

Professional recognition.

Since I was a child I always wanted to be a "real science fiction writer". For some reason, I got it in my head that this meant membership in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Not sure how that happened, but it did: the external approval of that group of strangers somehow came to matter to me. So I tried to join.

First I wrote a science fiction short story that got published in 1995 in The Leading Edge magazine, but when I checked I found that the Leading Edge was not eligible for SFWA.

Then I wrote an urban fantasy novel that got published in 2010 by Bell Bridge Books, but when I checked I found that Bell Bridge was not eligible for SFWA.

Then, I missed the deadline to register for Comic-Con this year, and decided, what the heck, I'll try to register as a professional. After all, I've written an urban fantasy novel, drawn its frontispiece, and even created a webcomic. And for years I've felt that comics are my future as a creator. So, what the heck, why not?


Dear Comic-Con Creative Creative Professional Attendee,

Thank you for registering for Comic-Con International 2010: San Diego

Please take a few moments to review your registration information...

Well. Allrighty then.

Yes, it's shallow of me to base some part of my evaluation of my personal self worth on the approval of others. Yes, this shows a deep-seated insecurity that needs to be addressed by a deep increase in maturity. Yes, yes, yes, I'll work on that. But still ...

... it's finally happened.
Well, enough basking. Back to work on Blood Rock. But wait - it is indeed working.

-the Centaur

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Good for you, Anthony.

In my opinion, it's not the appreciation of peer recognition that's bad, but the craving for it. Enjoy the bask.
# posted by Blogger Jim Davies : 4:42 AM
  Yes, I think you nailed it. Of course one should be glad to be a Comic-Con professional or SFWA member or whatever. I'm just a bit amused by this long-dormant desire which popped up ... "Oh hey wait! I published a book now! I wonder if I can get into SFWA ... awww." It's funny because it just doesn't normally fit into my consciousness at all, but the old wiring is still there, waiting to be activated by the right set of circumstances.
# posted by Blogger Anthony Francis : 12:54 PM
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Your AI Just Wants To Have Fun  

Upcoming AAAI Workshop: AI and Fun:

Interactive entertainment (aka computer games) has become a dominant force in the entertainment sector of the global economy. The question that needs to be explored in depth: what is the role of artificial intelligence in the entertainment sector? If we accept the premise that artificial intelligence has a role in facilitating the entertainment and engagement of humans, then we are left with new questions...

Papers due March 29...

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Your success with Bell Bridge has paved the way for other writers using Atlanta. I'm finishing up an urban fantasy novel dealing with a power struggle between demons and witches. I'll submit to Bell Bridge this summer. Do you have any practical advice for the three chapter submission? I could use your help because you don't get a second chance.
# posted by Blogger david chylde : 10:42 AM
  Contact me directly at centaur at dresan dot com, but in general the best advice I can offer is to read their writer's guidelines to make sure you're on the right track, write a synopsis which clearly and concisely summarizes the book (don't be coy) and include your three best chapters - ideally your first three chapters, and if your first three chapters aren't strong enough, make them so.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Anonymous Commenting Disabled  

who gave me this dang thing

Sorry, commenters, but the signal-to-noise ratio of anonymous comments was approaching zero. :-( It was getting to the point I almost rejected some real though short comments because they were looking like the spam comments I was getting - I apologize if I dinged a real person by accident. But when you don't know who's sending a gift, you never know what's inside the wrapper.

-the Centaur

Pictured is my cousin Bryan Norman, receiving a joke gift of a mailbox at last Christmas's White Elephant gift exchange - though I dispute the Wikipedia article, I lived 38 years in the Southeastern United States and never heard it called a "Yankee swap" - always "White Elephant" or the less-politically-correct "Chinese Christmas".



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