My Report from NerdCon: Stories, Part Two – The Authors

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  While the variety shows and special events were fun, and the panels and workshops were informative, while being around a crowd of like-minded people and be able to rub elbows with all sorts of fun folks is wonderful, what makes NerdCon: Stories so memorable for me is how it gives me the opportunity to [….]

Another “NerdCon: Stories” is In The Books

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Well, another NerdCon: Stories convention has come and gone (held October 14 and 15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota), and once again, a good time was had by all. I had every intention of posting a report on the goings-on this morning, but my general euphoric exhaustion following the convention, as well as having so many wonderful [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Having Fun With Stories

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I had the good fortune last week of attending the first ever NerdCon: Stories, a two day convention dreamed up by “internet guy” Hank Green (half of YouTube’s popular Vlogbrothers) and author Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear), held right here in my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Undoubtedly I will [….]

LitStack Review: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 3 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and wirrow

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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 3 Joseph Gordon-Levitt and wirrow IT Books/hitRECord productions Release Date:  November 5, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-212165-3 Ever read a book where you had to wait… and wait… and wait to find out what the gist of the dang thing was?  As if the author had fallen in love with his [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Miserable Fiction

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I was reading a book the other day.  It was a very good book, extremely well written, very imaginative.  The images it evoked were sharp and emotive; it was clear what the author was trying to convey, her motives unfolded sensibly and organically.  This particular book had been very well reviewed in my local paper, [….]

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism Naoki Higashida Translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell Random House First English Edition:  August 27, 2013 ISBN 978-0-8129-9486-5 Autism is an umbrella term for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) a group of complex disorders of brain development characterized by difficulties in social [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – A Story Unto Themselves

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Recently, I’ve started helping out at LitStack with their new “Literary Birthday” feature, where from Monday – Friday, a small blurb announces a little something about a writer whose birthday occurs on that day.  It’s been fun doing a tiny bit of research on lots of authors, poets, journalists, and other writers that I never [….]

LitStack Review: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini Riverhead Books First Edition:  May 21, 2013 ISBN 978-1-59463-176-4 When I read Qais Akbar Omar’s harrowing yet touching memoir of growing up in war-torn Afghanistan, A Fort of Nine Towers, as well as his account of bringing the Bard to that Middle-Eastern country in Shakespeare in Kabul, I was [….]

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

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Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling Tor Books First Edition: 3/19/13 ISBN 978-0-7653-3227-1 Take 19 established and talented writers.  Give them the chance to craft stories full of fantasy, magic, gaslight, alternate history and/or visceral horror.  Mix in a Victorian-era mindset and a nod to lingering folklore, with perhaps [….]