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Moorehawke is moving home…

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

So I’ve moved All Things Moorehawke and Otherwise to a new host. I just can’t cope with the amount of damage The Big Hack did to this original blog ( I can’t edit posts once they are published – the SPAM filter is cat – and apparently there are viagra ads hidden all over the gaff  … grrrrrr)

Anyone who wants to stay in touch  can find me HERE because from this post on, I’m hanging around at the new place :)

http://celinekiernan.wordpress.com/

Moorehawke gets honourable mention in GenreVille’s top 2010

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Genreville is the fantasy/scifi/horror blog for PW

Genreville is the fantasy/scifi/horror blog for PW

Rose Fox calls Moorehawke  ‘An improbably terrific epic fantasy trilogy.’

And boy am I in some great company (so delighted to see Mr Shivers in the horror section.)

Very happy today :)

Pirates, You Be Bleedin’ Me Dry. Please Stop.

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

piracy Ok, so I’ve now lost count of the number of piracy sites that have my books up for illegal download as bit torrents or as pdfs or as so called ‘e-books’  The general advice in these cases, is to go to each site and ‘politely ask them to take your book down’.  Apparently, ‘they never refuse’. Yeah. So I’m being asked to trawl the net on a daily basis hunting down and finding these sites, then ‘politely asking’ them not to steal my work?

Believe it or not, I have neither the patience nor the time.

Pirates and pirate-site users, I’m not going to give you the ‘I have a family to support and these books are my lively hood’ speech. I’m not going to give you the ‘musicians, artists and writers are the only folks in the world who have to justify getting paid for their work’ speech, I’m not even going to point out that ‘if my sales are low my publishers will think twice about publishing another of my books.’

To do that would be to assume that you are too stupid to know any of that for yourselves.

I’m just going to ask you to stop. Ok? Stop stealing money from my pocket, sales from my reputation, and business from the legit booksellers and sites who legally support me and others like me. If you can’t afford to buy my work then, please, go to the library - at least they keep track of how many times the books are checked out - and those reports go back to my publishers, and believe it or not, that’s important.

Walking DeaAAAAAARRGGHH

Friday, November 5th, 2010

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SO … I thought I’d be watching The Walking Dead TV series tonight. I really did. I’ve been waiting for it with grabby hands and shining eyes since I first heard they were adapting the graphic novel series. I LOVE the Walking Dead graphic novels. Robert Kirkman’s writing amazes and delights me with every issue. Uncompromising, honest, gritty and tradgic, it’s got everything I love in writing - Plus Zombies. There hasn’t been anything like this for me in years. I’m a die hard fan. Team that with Frank Darbond and zooowee… I’m there man.

Well … I was there.

You know what I forgot? I forgot that Zombie movies give me nightmares. Ahuh, cowering, puking, shivering in the corner nightmares. I’ve had them on and off for years. They always involve me running, tear soaked and desperate, through a barren countryside/endless corridors of a stately home. They always end with me crouched in a corner/against a drystone wall with one of my kids and a hammer while hoards of zombies close in.

Me, my kid*  and a hammer. Yeah. Lovely.

Guess what I woke from this morning: Starey-eyed, heart-rabbiting, cold-sweat-drenched, still clutching the imaginary hammer in one hand and shielding my kids eyes with the other?

Yeah. Reading the graphic-novels doesn’t do this to me. Writing my own undead fiction doesn’t do it to me. I actually don’t think I can face the TV show. I really don’t. But I still want to see it.

WAH!

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* and they’re always a small child in the dream - despite them being big bruisers of human beings at this stage, well able to combat a zombie on their own.

Shameless linkaging

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I’ve just put the structural edits on Ghostbook to bed, and I’m in the middle of doing up the latest issue of the newsletter. So I’m shamelessly filching the interestingness of other for your edification and amusement. The trio of links to follow are two causes I am devoted to and one very interesting article which talks about those neglected folks in the book world - the readers.

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One: That Lunatic Dave Maybury is growing a tasche to support Prostate Cancer research. Everyone who knows me, knows that this cause is unfortunately one very close to my heart. Not to put too fine a point on it DONATE!

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Two: Sakineh Ashtiani is still in danger of execution. As far as I know, her son and her lawyer are still in jail for thier attempts to save her from the Iranian justice system. Please take a moment ( literally one moment of your time) to not only potentially save Sakineh’s life again, but to show the Iranian government that we notice and care. Send a message HERE

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Thirdly and on a lighter note. This is a very interesting piece by Laura Miller on her attitude to NanoWriMO. I’ve nothing against NaNoWriMo myself, but this article brings up many things I agree with. The most resonant line for me? ‘ far more money can be made out of people who want to write novels than out of people who want to read them’ You can say that again.

Read Laura’s article here