Hope you're all enjoying spring. We've had some nice bouts of sun, but lots of cool
rainy days and the weather for our May 30th yard sale didn't exactly cooperate. It
was still raining at 7:30 a.m. but around 8:00 it started to clear, so we set up
tables and with the help of a few hearty souls who came by (bless you), just put out books.
Most people thought the sale was cancelled, so there are still lots of great books. In
the meantime new titles have joined the 1000+ that are lining our hallway, so we even
have fresh stock. So a few of you have had a preview, but we've decided to tempt
you further. We'll give it all another whirl this Saturday, June 13th and, as a
one-time special, we'll drop the book prices to half our usual price! That means
that brand new hardcovers will go for $4 each or 6 for $20. Trade (and small)
paperbacks are even cheaper.
This time MaryAnn's vintage and my vinyl will also make it out of the house (weather
permitting of course). If it rains on the Saturday, we'll try for Sunday
the 14th. But we'd love for Saturday to work out because our entire
area (Applewood Acres) is having a community yard sale, so the 'hood should be buzzing.
Details and a map can be found at the above link. Just
click on the it or the poster.
A nice, affordable trade paperback of Medicine Road is coming out this month
from Tachyon Publications. It's always an honour to share pages with my pal Charles
Vess, who illustrated the book. For more info, visit:
And tip a glass to Mr. Vess, because he just had a birthday this week!
Coming out at the end of August is a limited hardcover edition of The Onion Girl
from Subterranean Press. Later this fall, they'll publish a very early secondary
world fantasy novel called Eyes Like Leaves. For more info, visit:
MaryAnn has advance reading copies of Medicine Road and The Onion Girl on eBay right now:
Little Johnny Cash raised $687 for Friends of Abandoned Pets this past weekend in a 5k
walk, joined by about 200 other canines and one feline in a baby stroller (poor kitty!). It
was a fun event and Johnny couldn't have been more proud.
I'm kind of pressed for time at the moment, so I'm going to hold off on the usual music and book
recommendations. However, I should mention that I've gone the social networking route and you can
get more up-to-date commentary and recommendations on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. I update
all three daily (with a little program called Ping-FM which allows me to do all them all at the same time).
Oh, but I just have to say, isn't the new Elvis Costello album great? And I'm loving the TV show. Even
when he's interviewing someone I don't think I'm interested in, I still wind up enjoying the
episode. I've heard him being criticized for coming across as a bit awkward, but I find it charming. I
think maybe the slightly choppy editing is giving that impression since the interviews don't run in their
entirety, but rather jump around to cover the "interesting bits."
My Webmaster Rodger Turner (he likes the "master" part of that title) has been after me for ages to provide him with the text he needs to update my bibliography on my Web site. I've finally stacked all the books beside my desk, so it should be happening soon. Check the site in a week or so. I'll let you know on the mini-blogs mentioned above when it happens.
Pray for good weather and have a great weekend wherever you are.