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For my birthday I got a massage, some flowers, a bunch of delicious tea, and a bedbug infestation, so that tea and massage came in really handy. *facepalm*

So first we had to pack ALL THE BOOKS:

There has since been intensive anti-bedbug action, before which I packed up the baby and decamped to my office one block away. I have never gotten around to putting curtains on the west-facing windows. Guess who melts down if she doesn't have a quiet dark room to hang out in before bedtime?

So after one harrowing bedtime I sprang into action. I now have truly awesome curtains for my office:

(Trash bags, duct tape, and velcro. Oh and they are tastefully tied back with those little garbage twist-ties.)

Poor baby is completely confused anyway as she has gone from closet in my mom's house (for Passover/Easter celebration) to her own bedroom to OUR bedroom (since the bedbug was found in her room) to the office and now is back in our bedroom. Oh, and last night she woke up wailing at 10pm with what seems to have been a night terror.

Five minutes ago my editor called and asked me to write an intro letter for tomorrow (for a special promo edition of His Majesty's Dragon that will be given away at RWA and San Diego Comic-Con).

*crawls under bed*

*except no because there might be a BEDBUG there*


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So, projects I successfully completed last year included pretty much just the one:

Evidence and her dragon

Her name is Evidence Novik Ardai, and she is exactly four months old today. \o/

Sadly, the projects that *needed* to get completed last year included book 7 of Temeraire and the fanart contest, for which I make giant apologies to all of you and especially to the artists, BUT, I am happy to report that as of Tuesday, the draft of Crucible of Gold has been fired off to my editor, and I am now busily digging out of the hole and finally have an update!

More than 100 submissions were received for the contest, and honestly, I would love to write stories for each and every one of them. It was horribly painful to choose only five winners and ten runners-up -- in fact it was so horribly painful that I didn't. :P

Instead, I decided I was going to see just how badly having shiny new baby around was going to torpedo my writing pace -- the happy news is, not too badly! -- and now that book 7 is getting close to the finish line, I have revised the book plan with Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press.

Instead of a black and white chapbook with color cover, the contest book is going to be a small hardcover with a 16-page full color gallery, and it will include a total of 32 pieces, with about 20,000 words total of new fiction included (I will probably end up combining and writing slightly longer stories for more than one piece, but each one will at least get a drabble's-worth to its name!)

There will be a limited edition of 400 leatherbound copies signed by me (probably around $45), and somewhere between 1000-2000 hardcovers (around $20-25). (And I will eventually be putting up the stories themselves online at least once the book sells out, so if these are out of your range, do not fear! You will get to read the stories!) The book should *hopefully* be out before the end of this year, but we'll see. :)

Even at this higher number, it was still really hard to make the final cut, but at least I was able to *do* it. (And yes, the X-rated piece is in fact among them, although it will be tastefully cropped into PG-rated form for publication. ;)

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All these works are going to be featured online at my website, one a week (along with my preliminary notes on what the story is probably going to be for those of you who like spoilers).

PS: artists, you should also have gotten an email from the fanart contest email -- it's using a bcc list, so please check your spam folder if you don't see it -- with important questions for you! Please read!

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Continuing my trend of last-second posting -- er hi! I am going to be at New York Comic-Con tonight! :D I'll be signing at the Del Rey booth from 6-7, and then on a neat fantasy panel at 7:30 moderated by none other than my awesome editor Betsy.

Stop by if you are there! :D
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Very belated heads-up here, I know, but for any of you in NYC and looking for something to entertain you this fine Thursday evening, a bunch of us will be putting on THE MOST EXTREMELY CRUCIAL POLITICAL DEBATE OF ALL TIME.



Thalia Kids' Book Club: Zombies vs. Unicorns
Thu, Sep 23 at 6 pm
Leonard Nimoy Thalia (at Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th)
$15; Members $12

I am of course arguing for Team Unicorn, along with the awesome blackholly (Holly Black) and utsusemia (Alaya Johnson), the latter of whom has seen the error of her former Team Zombie ways and joined us to debate against justinelavaworm (Justine Larbalestier), Maureen Johnson, and Libba Bray.

Possibly I, uh, have gone a little overboard in my preparations for this debate. *looks at paper wreckage and sparkles all over apartment*

If you can't make it, you can still be overwhelmed by the incontrovertible force of Team Unicorn in the fabulous book, of course, which has just come out. For any of you who came out to the book tour, my story Purity Test is the one I was reading on tour. :D

(PS: fanart contest results coming soon! watch this space! but omg this is going to be very hard to decide.)

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So having given it a good long safety zone, that is a wrap for the Temeraire fanart contest! Hee, the number of entries doubled in the final twenty-four hours (and there were already a lot before)! As someone who frequently tortures my poor editor by saying "I'll get it in on Wednesday!" and then actually sending the draft at 3:27 am Thursday, I feel many of you out there are kindred spirits.

Everyone who submitted a piece should by now have gotten a little form-letter response confirming that it was received -- if not, please drop a line to temerairefanart@gmail.com to make sure your submission didn't go astray! I am so excited to go over all the pieces with Betsy Mitchell (the aforementioned longsuffering editor!) and Del Rey art director David Stevenson -- and bunches of them are already inspiring story ideas. :D

Several of you have asked about getting to see all the submissions -- the artists will of course be able to put their art up separately, but I will also see what we can do either with Subterranean Press or on my website to showcase all of these, because seriously, they are utterly amazing. ♥

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ahahahaha, so yes, I have in fact gotten an (awesome!) porny Temeraire fanart for the contest. *is dying of laughter* I love fandom. \o/

Speaking of which, this is a reminder! There's a little more than a week left in the Temeraire fanart contest: the deadline is August 31! (If you are an inveterate procrastinator, not that I resemble this remark or anything, as long as it is August 31 anywhere in the world it's fine). I hope you're all having fun working on art for the contest, and I am loving seeing what everyone is coming up with. :D

If you missed this earlier, here are all the contest details!

Also, to answer one more question that has arisen: if you have a piece that illustrates an existing scene from the books, yes, that *IS* welcome in the contest! I can always write a story that shows the scene from a different character's POV, or an alternate-universe retelling.

Meanwhile, I am settled in at home at last after much journeying and alas, a round of getting sick, bah. :P I have still to post one more drabble from San Diego prompts, and also pictures of many awesome Temeraire-related things acquired on my travels, and they will come! but this week has been all about a last round of edits on my manga, now finally complete with title: Will Supervillains Be On The Final? (Liberty Vocational volume 1) and getting a super-belated (in fact, despaired-of) short story done, in the same universe.

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Quick heads-up for any of you facebook users out there, I'm doing a chat via Barnes & Noble tonight at 6:30pm Eastern time (ie, in an hour and a half)!

You can RSVP here:


And the chat will take place here (er, I *think* -- I am not 100% clear on how this is going to work to be totally honest, but this is the url they have given me! *g*)



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I am still unpacking from comic-con but I had to post \o/

US Library of Congress Grants DMCA Exemption for Vidders (also phone jailbreakers/unlockers).

This is something the OTW legal committee worked like gangbusters on, and we are so thrilled.

More details and links to lots of related commentary over at otw_news.



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In Seattle, Tristan totally got her drabble prompt to the head of the line by bringing me awesome Temeraire loot -- it is super-cool and I cannot wait to show it off, but my iphone photos are inadequate, so you are going to have to wait until I get home for pictures. :D *is a tease*

Her prompt was "Tharkay and name":
His father called him George, determinedly; his mother made no demur, but she did not need to: the weight of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents were ranged with her, and all their society. At the age of five, Tenzing thought the other only a pet name, and English a private language for two; he was conscious of the greatest indignation when the British envoy visited and with his loud voice intruded.

She died, two years later, and his world was altered; but the change ensured her victory: he could not resist being taken away, but he refused to answer to George.

Sniffle. :(

Day two of Comic-Con was, uh, mostly spent by the pool watching other people stand in very very long lines </bad fan>. Sadly, I have acquired a brilliantly red nose despite carefully staying under an umbrella ALL DAY, which does not seem fair, so I now have a cheap and ugly pink San Diego baseball cap on. :P There were also fun interviews with Annalee Newitz of io9.com (in awesome Jaenelle Monae cosplay) and Adam Rogers of wired.com, and the day ended in a lovely dinner with whitearrow and awesome writers Gillian Horvath, Melinda Snodgrass, and Nancy Holder. \o/

Today is my Del Rey booth signing at 4, and then I may wander around the dealer's room a little more if I am feeling adventurous and the floor does not appear to be a life-threateningly-solid mass of humanity.

And tomorrow, home! \o/

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I unashamedly played hooky from posting in Seattle to hang out with friends and eat Molly Moon's ice cream (Cherry Chunk, omnomnom) and yesterday to wander the floor at San Diego Comic-Con on the (well, comparatively) uncrowded Thursday. I am kind of scared of venturing there again. D:

Had a fun panel yesterday with a slew of other sf writers about Twisting Genres, in which China Mieville uttered heresies against the UNQUESTIONED AWESOMENESS of Reeses Peanut Butter cups, and Scott Westerfeld and artist Keith Thompson totally cheated by showing off the enormously spiffy steampunk art from Leviathan. We then all tromped over to sign books and subsequently migrated over to the most excellent Random House party over at Jolt'n Joes, where I got to see Yishan Li, my awesome artist on the Liberty Vocational manga coming out next summer -- which, er, is now no longer Liberty Vocational but whose new name is TOP SECRET (read: we haven't decided on it yet), and also met up again with karenhealey and ali_wilgus from the Fandom-Trained Writers panel at Infinitus, among many other fab people. :D

And now, next drabble! I am sorry to say I forgot to get the prompter's name for this one from Portland, so wave if you are the one who suggested, heee, "Temeraire vs the zombie cows":

It was a hideous waste, all of it; Temeraire could hardly keep his countenance when he first understood that the cows had not only to be killed but also all burnt up, and not eaten, although the smell which rose from the carcasses shortly reconciled him to the necessity of this measure.

It did not greatly shore up his equanimity to find that he was not even to be of much use in this dreadful operation, and the Longwings and Iskierka to take the lead, but the divine wind had a distressing tendency to cause the diseased cattle to explode.

Tune in tomorrow for the Seattle drabble and (if my phone cooperates) pictures of awesome Temeraire loot. And if you're at Comic-Con, I'll be doing one more signing at the Del Rey booth on Saturday at 4pm! Stop by!

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Sorry for the delay on this one, have been wrestling with hotel internet. Hope to see some of you at the Portland signing tonight at the Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, and at University Bookstore in Seattle tomorrow! :D

From Jen in Boston, the prompt "Jane Roland and prohibition":

"No, thank you,"Jane said firmly. "It don't make any sense to me either, and I would like a glass of port after my dinner as much as anyone else, but that isn't my business; keeping the law is. And if I did incline to let you fellows off for the liquor-smuggling, bribe or no, I wouldn't for the low sneaking murderous way you go about it, anyway. Now put down those guns on top of the barrels, and come over here and put yourselves into the jail-box; unless you care to stay down there while Excidium sees to the lot."

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From Veronica via Kathryn at Infinitus in Orlando came the prompt "in the forties" with no elaboration, so here you get a fusion crossover, with credit to Charles for the line. You'll know which line when you read it. ;)

Laurence paced in controlled impatience while the diggers worked under the sinking sun; he would have gladly taken a shovel himself if it were not inappropriate to the dignity of an officer.

Metal rang on stone. "Sir, I believe we've found the seal," Riley called.

Crowbars heaved up the enormous weight of the capping stone, a gush of fetid air escaping the chamber below. A torch was flung down, illuminating the shining curve of eggshell, and around it the tangled and mummified mass of an enormous scaled body.

"Dragons," Laurence said in dismay. "Why did it have to be dragons?"

Infinitus was heaps of fun! Hope to see a bunch of you tonight at Pandemonium in Boston! :D

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From Emily at the Borders at Bailey's Crossroads event near Washington DC comes the prompt "Maximus and virgins" (this prompt may be more understandable if you know that I am reading my Team Unicorn short story from the upcoming anthology Zombies vs Unicorns while on tour).

This one's an AU. :D

"First of all, I don't want to eat any of you lot," Maximus said, "and if I did, I don't see how that would make any difference to the taste."

He felt rather injured at the suggestion; he had only meant to snatch the horse and had not seen the fellow on its back at all until the armor had squeaked unpleasantly under his teeth.

"And now I think of it," he added, with indignation, "I suppose they wouldn't like to be et anymore than you would, so I don't see what you are about, offering: I call it cowardly."

Having lovely time at Infinitus, where our lunch panel went swimmingly, got quite an interesting prompt to write at the signing, and tomorrow it is on to Boston and Pandemonium Books! Hope to see some of you there! :D

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Quick update for anyone who'd like to see me in Orlando -- I'll be doing signings open to the public in the vendor room at the con on Friday at 10:30-11am and ~1:30-2:30pm (second signing will start whenever the lunch panel lets out). I'll also be doing a reading at 10am, but due to con security they can't have that room open to the public, so you'll have to be a member of the con to attend.

To celebrate the launch of Tongues of Serpents, I'm taking drabble prompts on my tour and will be posting a new one every day. For anyone who doesn't know, a drabble is a short-short of exactly 100 words, which produces a fun little niblet of a story. :D I've already done a few of these from twitter prompts which will be showing up soon on Amazon and BN.com, and one already posted on suvudu.com for the prompt "Iskierka and poetry".

The first tour drabble prompt comes from Brandon at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble event in NYC:

"Perscitia and Parliament"

"Well, if the building cannot be enlarged -- which does not seem to me so difficult as you would have it; we would be perfectly willing to help, and it is not as though I were as large as Requiescat -- then you may knock a few windows together, and I will sit outside them," Perscitia said, feeling this suggestion at least must be irreproachable.

It transpired that the other members did not agree, but when Requiescat began to take an interest and interjected, "I don't see why I shouldn't be able to get inside, either," they grew more reasonable.

I'm waiting for the plane to Orlando for Infinitus right now -- another drabble coming tomorrow from my DC event! Thanks to all of you who have come out, it is really amazing to meet you all. :D

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So I am super excited about this -- to celebrate the launch of Tongues of Serpents tomorrow, I have teamed up with the awesome Subterranean Press to run a fanart contest where I will write stories to go with the winning entries, and it all goes into a super-spiffy limited edition chapbook to support the OTW! \o/ Here is the official announcement:

Announcing a contest of draconic proportions!

Submit your art inspired by Naomi Novik’s New York Times Best-Selling Temeraire series for a chance to be published in a limited-edition chapbook from Subterranean Press. The author will choose her five favorite works and ten runners-up and write a short original piece of fiction to go with each.

The Temeraire series is a six-volume (so far!) historical fantasy series that reimagines the Napoleonic Wars fought with the aid of dragons. Captain William Laurence and his dragon Temeraire fight to protect England, and in the course of their adventures travel the world, discover the wide variety of human and dragon societies, and confront danger of every description. The newest book in the series, Tongues of Serpents, is out on July 13.

Contest Rules
  1. Your artwork may feature any scene, character, or characters from any of the six Temeraire books, in any medium you choose. Alternate universe settings, chibi, and parody entries are welcome, or anything else you come up with. Feel free to let your imagination run wild!

  2. Entries may be in color or in black-and-white, but note that, if selected, color entries may be reproduced in black-and-white in the chapbook.

  3. To enter, send an image of your artwork to the contest email address: temerairefanart@gmail.com. Please include your name, phone number, and email address.

  4. The deadline for submitting artwork is August 31, 2010.

  5. You may enter as many times as you like.

  6. Contest entries will be judged by Naomi, Del Rey editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell, and Del Rey art director David Stevenson.

The creators of the fifteen pieces of art selected by the author will see their work published, each with a piece of original fiction by Naomi Novik inspired by the illustration (short stories for the five winners, drabble-length for the runners-up), and will all receive a free copy of the chapbook.

Naomi's proceeds from the chapbook will go to support the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), a nonprofit run by and for fans which works to protect the rights of fan creators and access to fan creations.

Thanks to all prospective participants and good luck!

- Naomi Novik

I am figuring I will probably write about a 5000-word story for the top winner, 1000-word stories for the four other finalists, and drabblish things for the ten runners-up, so the chapbook will be about 10,000 words of fic. And yes, you can totally do Laurence and Temeraire in space, or fighting demons, or something else out-there, I am up for the challenge. :D

ETA answers to some questions:
  • The contest is open to artists worldwide! (and btw please feel free to translate and repost the announcement anywhere you like)

  • Collaborations are welcome! Just include both your names/emails when submitting.

  • Kids are welcome to participate with permission of their parent/guardian, just be aware I'll be writing the chapbook at the same maturity level as the books (and see the next note).

  • There are no restrictions on art content; as the books are adult and have some pretty intense battle scenes and sexual situations, I don't want to impose constraints. That said, I will probably just LOL a whole lot if you send me X-rated Temeraire porn art so that may not be the most strategic choice. ;)

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So now that I am out of the first trimester woods and thankfully creeping past what seemed like endless morning sickness, I can share the happy news that I am working on a different kind of creative project, aka the Hypothetical Child (which is now Theoretical Child) that Charles and I have been contemplating for the last few years. She is due in early December. \:D/

I do have to say that so far, I would much rather be a dragon and get to lay a nice portable egg. Forget the flying cars and the hyperdrive, where are our uterine replicators? Seriously, if we get to the future and we really are still giving birth naturally as per the appalling Star Wars episode III and Star Trek reboot, I am going to Have Words with the management. 

In other happy news, I am actually going to be able to make this tour (I was a bit worried a couple of weeks ago when I was still horizontal on the couch 90% of the day but thankfully I seem to at last be getting the happy second trimester all these books promised me) and now have my schedule almost all lined up at this point:

NYC: 7PM Tuesday, July 13
Barnes & Noble
97 Warren St. (at Greenwich St.)
New York, NY 10007

DC: 7:30PM Wednesday July 14
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041

Orlando: 12 Noon Friday July 16
I'll be at Infinitus con! I'm doing the noon Friday panel with many other awesome writers, and also a reading and signing, time TBA.

I will be signing at 1:30PM Friday in the Infinitus vendor room at the Royal Pacific Resort conference center, and this signing will be open to the public! 

Boston: 7PM Saturday July 17
Pandemonium Books
4 Pleasant St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Portland: 7PM Tuesday July 20
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005

Seattle: 7PM Wednesday July 21
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

San Diego Comic-Con: 4PM Thursday July 22
Twisting Genres panel in room 25ABC

and I'll probably be doing a signing at the Del Rey booth at some point during SDCC also, will let you all know when. :D

Sorry for not making it to more places -- I have to conserve energy, among other things to get cracking away on Book 7 (working title: Crucible of Gold), which is currently due about the same time as Theoretical Child, which is going to be a challenge. :D 

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So Del Rey is doing an awesome promo for Tongues of Serpents right now. If you have a friend who hasn't yet read the Temeraire series, pop their name into this handy form, Del Rey will send them a free copy of His Majesty's Dragon, and enter you to win a signed hardcover of Tongues of Serpents for you! (With this extremely spiffy cover by Dominic Harman!)

(Sadly the offer is only open to US residents! Will let you all know if any of my foreign publishers put together something similar. ♥)

Also to let you know, I'll be doing another little book tour for Tongues of Serpents this summer in mid-July right when the book comes out -- exact dates to come, but among other things, I'll be at San Diego Comic-Con.

I haven't decided what to read yet, but I am thinking another short story, since Vici was so much fun last time around. :D

Speaking of other promo, I am about to spend the next few days doing something with my facebook account, as I have been poked firmly on the subject. (I signed up for facebook in I think 2005, rapidly got so irritated by it that I shunted ALL the mail from there into a separate folder after about a month, and uh, have not looked at it since. D: I am scared.) ...so if any of you have suggestions for how to use fb without going mad they would be much appreciated. :P

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This has crept up on me so fast, I almost forgot to mention, I am going to be at I-Con this Saturday (at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island)!

I'm slated for:

Signing: 11-12

Reading: 3-4

And three very awesome panels:

Does Size Matter?
Saturday 10-11
Why would anyone who can sell novels bother writing lower-paying short fiction anymore? Has anyone ever expanded a short story into a novel that was actually better than the original short story? Do we need a new word like "meganovel" for a story that's 12,000 pages long?

Not Your Father's Dragon
Saturday 1-1:30
The evolution of the dragon, from ancient myths to Pern to today.

Beyond Ink and Paper
Saturday 4-5
What happens to fiction writing and publishing when "books" are just patterns on electronic storage?

If any of you are going to be there, drop a note! :D

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There is now amazing art for A Dragon and a Swordsman Walk Into A Bar—! :D :D :D :D :D

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Temeraire does Bette by jacob_holcomb

Temeraire does Bette by jacob_holcomb!

temeraire sings for the judges by gnine

Temeraire sings for the judges by gnine! (Heeee, you have to click and see Haplo's thought bubble. :D)

Temeraire in the Idoldome by takmarierah

Temeraire in the Idoldome by takmarierah!

♥ ♥ ♥!

Give the artists some love and vote Temeraire! :D

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ETA: Hey all, Suvudu tells me they had to reset the votes on all the cage matches! Er, it wasn't any of YOU power-voting, was it? *lulz* Re-vote here!

Okay, so this one is going to be tough. But if Temeraire goes out he is going out with a bang! *heee*

So here you go -- why Temeraire clearly should beat Jaime Lannister in the quarterfinals! VOTE TEMERAIRE FOR GREAT JUSTICE.

A Dragon And A Swordsman Walk Into A Bar — (2000 words)

The story of how Temeraire (should!) defeat Jaime Lannister. Safe for most audiences, but warnings for nameless horror. With guest appearances by Iskierka, Haplo, Polgara, Hermione Granger, Cthulhu, and Ryan Seacrest.


A Dragon And A Swordsman Walk Into A Bar —

"Only," Temeraire said, "he is so very small." He peered across the field at the lone man swinging around his sword. He did move it quite quickly, and he had a splendid hand made all out of gold, which flashed appealingly in the sunlight, but—well.

"I don't see why you are complaining," Iskierka said. "The last one was small, too."

"But she was a sorceress," Temeraire protested.

"Who tried to turn you into a cat," Iskierka said. "Anyway, you had better win, because I don't see Granby or Laurence anywhere here, either, and we shan't be able to go on looking for them unless you do."

"Well, of course I am going to win," Temeraire said, but privately he could not help feeling that it was not very sporting. "But perhaps we might—fight in some other fashion," he suggested, "which would be more fair?"

There was an odd sort of shimmer in the air around them and above the field, after he had spoken, and Iskierka jetted curls of steam from her spikes in disapproval. "Now you have gone and done it," she said. "I ought to just have set him on fire; you know you cannot just go saying things in this place."

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*waves pom-poms*


(ETA: PS: pimping greatly appreciated and if anyone happened to feel like drawing me art of Temeraire singing for the judges or any other scenes from this piece of crack I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER! ♥)

ETA2: LOLLLL, Temeraire doing Bette now illustrated thanks to jacob_holcomb! \o/


ETA4: *gleeeeees madly* Temeraire in the Idoldome! by takmarierah!

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And Temeraire takes down Polgara in round two! \o/

But omg, next round starting tomorrow he is up against Jaime Lannister, who is armed with the dread power of grrm's massive fanbase! Of course, I am unsurprisingly 100% a Daenerys fangirl, so I am on Temeraire's side from BOTH directions on this one. *g*

*totally solicits campaign suggestions and pimping in advance!* ;)

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I am VERY SORRY to see that many DEEPLY MISGUIDED individuals are voting against Temeraire in the next round over at Suvudu! But it is REALLY CLOSE, guys!

VOTE TEMERAIRE! He's a giant dragon! But more than that, he has REALISM on his side!

shhhh this is a totally legit argument when he is up against a sorceress who chats with gods but supposedly would spend most of her free time cooking and cleaning in a universe with medieval technology levels for fun! SORRY BUT HOW ABOUT NO./more trash talking

*waves pom-poms wildly*


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Suvudu.com is running sf/f cage matches, and Temeraire is up vs. Haplo, of the Death Gate Cycle. I would like to point out that Temeraire is, you know, a twenty-ton dragon with the divine wind and Haplo is, well, a guy*! /trashtalking


Vote Temeraire! *g* While you're at it, check out the rest of the cage matches, they are all hilarious and awesome! <3

* (okay fine a guy with magic but STILL)

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Hey all -- a whole bunch of Harry Potter fan sites have gotten together to organize a live webcast today to raise funds for Haiti to support the awesome charity Partners In Health, and there are tons of donations from sff writers and fans going up:

Today (Saturday January 23), from 2-6pm Eastern time

There is autoplay video there currently with a full explanation, and you can follow more details by checking out the #hhh hashtag on twitter.

I've donated a Tuckerization from one of my next works (your choice). For those who don't know, a Tuckerization means you get to have a character named after you -- or you can give me a name of your choice instead, whatever you like. It does have to work reasonably well given the period and setting of the work, but I have a bunch to choose from so I am fairly sure I can handle virtually any name short of Princess Murgatroyd Sparklepony, and if it came to that, I might write a story AROUND the name. *grins*

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So, I'm really psyched to finally be able to post this and share, having talked about it ages ago here: crazy pirate genderfuck, flavored with Orlando, Heyer, and Atlantis. :D

Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake (8200 words)

Lady Araminta was seen off from the docks at Chenstowe-on-Sea with great ceremony if not much affection by her assembled family. She departed in the company of not one but two maids, a hired eunuch swordsman, and an experienced professional chaperone with the Eye of Horus branded upon her forehead, to keep watch at night while the other two were closed.

Sad to say these precautions were not entirely unnecessary. Lady Araminta—the possessor of several other, more notable names besides, here omitted for discretion—had been caught twice trying to climb out her window, and once in her father's library, reading a spellbook. On this last occasion she had fortunately been discovered by the butler, a reliable servant of fifteen years, so the matter was hushed up; but it had decided her fate.

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(Originally published in Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's fantastic pirate anthology Fast Ships, Black Sails, which is well worth picking up!)

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