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    2014 - 08.29

    Dragon*Con starts today, and Kevin and I are in Atlanta. Between panels we’ll be at our table in the Dealer’s Room, autographing books and meeting fans. Come and pick up books to have them signed. We are at 391, 401 & 411 in the America’s Mart Dealer’s Room.

    Here’s a detailed schedule of our panels and appearances:

    FRIDAY

    11:00 AM  Jody Lynn Nye Writer’s Workshop (Kevin & Rebecca)
    2:30 PM    New York Times Bestselling Authors (Kevin, with Christopher Golden,
    Sherrilyn Kenyon, Harry Turtledove, Nancy Knight, Katherine Kurtz)
    4:00 PM   Things I Wish Some Pro Had Told Me (Kevin & Rebecca)
    7:00 PM   Dealers’ Room Reception (Kevin & Rebecca)

    SATURDAY

    11:30 AM   Magnificent Men of Fantasy Fiction (Kevin, with Jim Butcher)
    7:00 PM     Dragon*Con Guest of Honor Awards Banquet

    SUNDAY

    10:00 AM   Reading (Kevin)
    2:20 PM      EU Legends: Author Edition (Kevin & Rebecca, David Farland,
    Christie Golden, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn)
    5:30 PM    Appreciating Aaron Allston & AC Crispin (Kevin, Janine K. Spendlove,
    Bryan Young, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn)
    8:30 PM    The XTracK Anthology (Kevin, Jonathan Maberry)
    10:00 PM  Light in the Darkness: Humor in UF (Kevin, Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson,
    JF Lewis, John G Hartness, Julie Kenner)

    MONDAY

    11:30 AM    Ask Me Anything (Kevin J. Anderson, Peter David, Lee Martindale, Allen M. Steele, Mark L Van Name)

    DragonCon 2013 schedule for Rebecca Moesta & Kevin J. Anderson

    2013 - 08.27

    Cross-posted from Kevin J. Anderson on August 26, 2013

    We haven’t missed a DragonCon in many years, and we’re looking forward to this year’s con. We hope to see many of you this weekend. Here’s where you can find Kevin & me.

    Most of the time we’ll be at our table in the Dealer’s Room, autographing books and meeting fans. Come and pick up books to have them signed. We are at 202 & 203.

    Also, if you can make it, come to KJA’s reading at 5:30 PM on Sunday. He’ll be reading the first section of The Dragon Business as well as the first two chapters in The Dark Between the Stars, first novel in a new trilogy set in the Saga of Seven Suns universe.

    Here’s the detailed schedule for our panels and appearances:

    FRIDAY

    11:00 AM   Jody Lynn Nye Writer’s Workshop (Kevin & Rebecca)
    1:00 PM Ten Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me (Kevin & Rebecca)
    7:00 PM Your Favorite SW Authors (Kevin, with Aaron Allston, Michael Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Bryan Young)

    SATURDAY

    11:30 AM   Mighty Men of Urban Fantasy (Kevin, with Jim Butcher)
    1:00 PM     Fighting For Writing (Kevin)
    5:30 PM     New York Times Best Selling Authors (Kevin, with Gene Wolfe, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Laurell K. Hamilton, Nancy Knight, Katherine Kurtz)
    7:00 PM     Dragon*Con Guest of Honor Awards Banquet

    SUNDAY

    10:00 AM   Autographing, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta
    1:00 PM     Blood Light: The Use of Humor in Urban Fantasy (Kevin)
    5:30 PM     Reading—Kevin J. Anderson
    5:30 PM     Welcome to My World (Rebecca)

    MONDAY

    11:00 AM   Autographing, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta (at The Missing Volume booth in the Dealer’s room)

    The Creative Writer

    2011 - 02.14

    My ♥husband♥ brought me a Valentine’s breakfast in bed this morning: coffee, oatmeal, and fresh strawberries that looked like perfect little red hearts. Thank you, Sweetie!

    I also got the following Valentine email that made me laugh. No, it’s not from Kevin, but it was so creative that I had to share it. (Warning it’s an ad, but worth a minute to read.)

    Dear Rebecca,

    I can no longer refrain from expressing to you my deep and undying love. It seems so ridiculous, we hardly even know each other, but never in the history of humankind has a better match existed. You, a voracious reader of books, and I, a humble used book store with a hunger and desire to share my books with you. How often I imagine your loving gaze as you browse the millions of used books on my website, or your soft caress as you turn the pages of a book you cannot put down.

    Please know that this is no whim of fancy but a sincere desire of the heart that is nearly indescribable. Since the day you lovingly wrote your email address on my login page I have kept it indelibly inscribed in the heart (of my database), never to be shared, as the thought of any other having it nearly kills me with jealousy. Just know that I think of it often and desire your love in return.

    And now my affection can no longer be contained. I want to shout from the rooftops: “I have free shipping in the USA, for you, my love, and deep discounts to Canada and Europe!”

    I know you cannot deny the chemistry between us. I can feel you thinking fondly of me, now, as I am constantly thinking of you. Please don’t delay in logging onto my website, www.thriftbooks.com, as I fear my heart may explode in the agony of your absence. My fondness for you, if it can be believed, is even deeper now at the end of this letter than it was when I began.

    Until we connect again…

    Be Mine. – Thriftbooks.com

    Win Free Tuition to Superstars Writing Seminar

    2010 - 02.13

    We’re holding a drawing for a free membership to next month’s  Superstars Writing Seminar, which will be presented March 19–21 in Pasadena, California, by five international bestselling authors:

      • Kevin J. Anderson
      • Eric Flint
      • David Farland
      • Rebecca Moesta
      • Brandon Sanderson

    To register for the drawing, go to

    http://www.superstarswritingseminars.com/freeticket/

    The contest closes this Sunday, February 14, 2010
    The winner will be drawn Monday, February 15, 2010

    Also, note our February special: TWO memberships for $1199.
    Find a friend and sign up together.


    Writing Secrets Seminar

    2010 - 01.23

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    What does it take to become a professional in the field of writing fiction? For more than 15 years Kevin J. Anderson & I have given all-too-brief workshops on the subject. And each year we get countless requests to offer more extensive teaching sessions.

    Now Kevin and I are teaming with three other international bestselling authors—Eric Flint, David Farland (Dave Wolverton), and Brandon Sanderson—to present a full curriculum of talks and panels during a three-day weekend event on crucial aspects of being a professional writer.

    Dates:  March 19-21, 2010
    Location:  Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California
    Event:  An in-depth, no-nonsense, nuts & bolts seminar for serious writers, whether aspiring or already published, who want to take their careers to a new level
    Opportunity:  On March 20, we’re holding an optional “special access” dinner with all five authors in an upscale restaurant in Pasadena (limit of 25 paid participants; see website for details)

    To register or find out more, go to Superstars Writing Seminar

    Quick question to my MySpace friends

    2009 - 12.11

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    Do any of you only hang out on MySpace?

    I spend most of my social networking time on Facebook and only remember to check this account about once a month.

    Am I neglecting bunches of you?

    Dragon*Con Schedule for Rebecca & Kevin

    2008 - 08.27

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    Dragon*Con Schedule for Rebecca & Kevin
    Current mood:  rockin
    Category: Jobs, Work, Careers
    Kevin and I are off to Dragon*Con. For any of you who will be in Atlanta, here’s our schedule:

    8/29
    1:00–2:00 PM    501st celebrationn — Kevin & Rebecca
    4:00–5:00 PM    Kevin & Rebecca autographing
    5:30–6:30 PM    Humor/Horror panel — Kevin

    8/30
    11:00AM–12:00 PM    Decatur Book Fest — Kevin
    2:30–3:30 PM    Things I WishSome Pro Had Told Me — Kevin & Rebecca
    5:30–6:30 PM    Historical Influences in SW — Kevin & Rebecca
    6:45–8:30 PM    Dragon*Con Banquet — Kevin & Rebecca
    8:30–9:30 PM    Bestselling fiction — Kevin

    8/31
    10:00–11:00 AM    Jedi Roundtable — Kevin & Rebecca
    1:00–2:00 PM    Reading — Kevin
    2:30–3:30 PM    Reading — Rebecca
    4:00–4:30 PM    signing @ the Missing Volume — Kevin & Rebecca

    9/1
    10:00–11:00 AM    SF&F for Teachers — Rebecca
    1:00–2:00 PM    Exciting 2ndary Characters — Rebecca

    Hope to see you there or on the upcoming Dune tour. Or both.

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)
    Currently listening:
    The Best of the Moody Blues
    By The Moody Blues
    Release date: 1997-01-28

    Crystal Doors book news and Free Offer!

    2008 - 06.06

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    To celebrate the publication of the third volume of the Crystal Doors trilogy, SKY REALM, we’re offering free books!

    Kevin and I, in conjunction with the publisher (Little, Brown) are offering a *free* hardcover copy of Book 1 to get new readers hooked on the series. To get your free book, go to wordfire.com and click on the “Crystal Doors Offer” banner on the homepage. This offer now includes readers anywhere in the world. You pay only for postage/packaging by clicking the Donation button (rates listed on offer page).

    Even better, if you’re a library or other nonprofit US organization, we’ll even pay for shipping, if you agree to send us a tax-deductible-donation receipt in return. Just send your request directly to books@wordfire.com.

    CRYSTAL DOORS is a Young Adult fantasy trilogy with adventure, exotic lands, sea battles and sea monsters, underwater cities, flying islands, and two teenaged “twin” cousins from Earth who may be able to save
    all the worlds connected by a network of crystal doors.

    If you’ve considered trying this series, get Crystal Doors: Island Realm while we still have copies left.

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)

    Writer Research

    2008 - 04.07

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    In a fiction book or story, is research really necessary?

    Opinions vary, but here are some things to think about:

    1.    How integral are the facts to your story? If you’re writing a story set primarily in World War II England, you’ll probably need to know some geography, the timeline of the war, what daily life was like, etc. If, however, WWII England is only peripheral to the tale and is irrelevant to much of the action (as is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), your base of knowledge wouldn’t need to be quite as broad. Although C.S. Lewis knew plenty about the war and the conditions in that era, he sprinkled in only what was necessary to set up the story (most of which took place in Narnia, not England).

    2.    How likely are your readers to regard what you write as factual? In murder mysteries and police procedurals, readers have come to expect a certain level of knowledge on the author’s part, and blowing off your research or “winging it” could easily lose you readers. Similarly, in “hard” science fiction, readers assume a solid grounding in science, and you should know, for example, that sound does not carry in the vacuum of space. In space opera, however (like Star Wars), the future and high tech gadgets are often only a backdrop for the story, and such inaccuracies are more easily forgiven. (There are also “hard” science space operas, so please don’t write in to correct me on this.)

    3.    Could “getting it wrong” have any effect on your reader? Because most readers are unlikely to find themselves ever riding a dragon, your failure to describe the relevant technical details about aerodynamics, G-forces, and so on probably won’t have any impact on the reader’s life. If, however, you show a situation that could happen in everyday life—a drowning, for instance—and you describe your hero doing first aid incorrectly and saving the victim, it’s possible that your reader might take note of the scene and believe that he or she now knows how to resucitate someone who has drowned. (I believe this is especially true with YA fiction.)

    4.    Could “getting it right” be a problem? I think so, but then, I tend to err on the side of caution. In some cases giving a reader unnecessary knowledge can be irresponsible. It’s a fine line, and you might find yourself facing that decision. For example, in the novel Ignition by Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason—it’s like Die Hard at the Kennedy Space Center—the authors did their research and consciously chose to alter their descriptions to prevent anyone from using the book as a blueprint for a terrorist attack.

    5.    How much is enough? Research itself should not trump plot or character development in importance. Also, you don’t need to spew everything you’ve learned on a given subject onto the pages of your book. Some authors (e.g., Tom Clancy) are known for throwing it all in and letting the reader wade through it. Too much can actually get in the way of the story. Others put in just enough to give you the picture and to let you know that they understand what they’re writing about. Finally, if research consumes all of your time and keeps you from your story, it may be time to stop revelling in research and get back to writing.

    That’s about it for this time.

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)

    Ocean Realm

    2007 - 05.22

    Cross-posted from MySpace:

    Yes, for those of you who noticed I changed my avatar to the new Crystal Doors hardcover, Ocean Realm, it IS out in bookstores now! If you’re not hooked on the trilogy yet, feel free to dive in ASAP. ;-)

    This past weekend, Kevin and I were in Winnipeg for Keycon 007 and had a wonderful time with the other guests (actor Richard Herd and artist L.A. Williams) and the gracious con staff. We’re back now for a couple of weeks of work before heading off on our Alaskan adventure.

    I’ll post a blog on writing next. Don’t forget to pick up Ocean Realm!

    ciao,*

    Rebecca

    *This multipurpose Italian salutation is used in an advised, tongue-in-cheek manner and in no way implies a corresponding chicness, shallowness, or worldliness on the part of the author. (Additional pejoratives may apply. Void where prohibited by law. Ask your physician if Ciao is right for you.)