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February Updates

Welcome to February

Work continues on Where Riders Crosleigh.

I’ve updated my appearance page to include Boskone which is this coming weekend where myself, J. Michael Squatrito and Christopher Paniccia will exhibiting in the dealers room at the Association of Rhode Island Authors table.

Boskone Panel

Boskone is great convention to go to if you’re in the area. It’s more geared towards authors instead of comics and has three days worth of panels to attend.

Boskone Panel

If you can’t make it to WorldCon then Boskone is a great alternative.

R K Bentley and Nat Segaloff

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[NEWS] Where to find my awesome space opera book

Where to find Where Weavers Daire

This sticky post lists where to find the eBook or paperback copy of my space opera novel Where Weavers Daire.

Available in eBook or paperback through Amazon.

Weaver is available everywhere

It’s also available at these fine bookstores:

Rhode Island:

Stillwater Books (either in store or through their website)

Wakefield Books

Inkfish Books

Books on the Square

Seattle

Pegasus Book Exchange

If you’re a book store looking to add my book, please let me know. I’m open to consignment requests.

Where Weavers Daire is available through Ingram Spark as well: ISBN 978-1-7325680-1-3

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[Appearance] Stillwater Books 11-24-2018

C’mon down and buy local!

Saturday 11-24-2018 is shop local day in Rhode Island and what better way to do that than to come down to Stillwater Books in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

RSVP on the event’s Facebook page

I’ll be having a book signing at Stillwater Books from 1pm – 3pm.

I’ll be talking about the writing process and what inspired me to write my debut novel.

Physical copies of Where Weavers Daire will be available in store or they can also be found here.

Free homemade brownies and soda!

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[Appearance] 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo

The 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Exporeturns to Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI.

Remember to like the Expo’s Facebook page and RSVP on the Expo’s Facebook event page.

Interested in discovering a Rhode Island Author? Then here’s your chance to meet 130 of them.

Free parking, free admission, free writing panels & speakers and even pictures with Santa for the kids!

Headliners include New York Times Best Selling Author Lisa Gardner, Mike Stanton, Jon Land, Rebecca Harrington, Kim Arcand and many more!

Once you’re done shopping for that book reader on your list feel free to sit and listen to any of the free writing panels.

The kids will love our Children’s Areawith author readings and painting classes.

And don’t forgot to stay until the end for the raffle drawings!

The 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo is a fun time to be had either rain or shine!

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[Appearance] Rhode Island Comic Con – Writer’s Panel 11/3 Fan Panel Room B 12:15pm-1pm

Exploring Real World Conflicts in Otherworldly Settings: The Intersection of Storytelling and Morality in Science Fiction

11/3/18 12:15pm – 1pm Fan Panel Room B

Writers don’t work in a vacuum. Fiction, especially science fiction, offers an opportunity to explore real world conflicts and moral dilemmas from the safety and distance of another time or place. Are writers obligated to address the pressing issues of our time through our work? How does the news cycle impact our storytelling? What interesting questions are science fiction writers exploring today, either in writing or on the screen? Join us for this thought provoking and timely conversation.

Moderated by Tabitha Lord with panelists R. K. Bentley, Christopher Paniccia, D. R. Perry and J. Michael Squatrito, Jr.

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[Appearance] Author Meet & Greet at #RICC

3rd Annual ARIA Meet & Greet at Rhode Island Comic Con!

The Association of Rhode Island Authors is pleased to announce a contingent of science fiction, fantasy and horror writers will be attending Rhode Island Comic-Con on November 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2018 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Their tables will be:

Artist Alley 544: Christopher Paniccia

Artist Alley 339: Tim Jones

Table 811: Bolivar Beato & Emily Tallman

Table 813: Keith Carreiro & R. J. Castiglione

Table 910: Russ Chevalier & John Raposa

Table 912: D. R. Perry & Angelina Singer

Table 914: Association of Rhode Island Authors – Anthology Books

Table 916: J. Michael Squatrito, Jr. & Tabitha Lord

Table 918: R. K. Bentley & Christa Carmen

A map of the Convention Center Floor layout with table highlights is below.

Our Facebook Event Page can be found here.

ARIA Writer’s Panel Time & Date: TBA.

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NaNoWrimo, Write-Ins and your novel

So with NaNoWrimo just mere weeks away, it’s time to makes plans! Plan your novel! Pants your novel! No one cares if it makes sense as long as you get the 50k in the kitty before November 15th it’s all good!

Also, plan to go to a write-in.

Wait, what’s a write-in?

A NaNoWrimo write-in is a public gathering of NaNoWrimo participants. Among many things done at these write-ins is participants type away on their laptops until they all get sick of each other or their work in progress.

Yes, you heard me, writers gathering in groups and typing away.

This may sound odd but it’s fun and you’ll find you get more work done in the end.

A brief background on myself, I started NaNoWrimo in 2004 in Rhode Island and gradually worked my way up to becoming an Municipal Liaison (ML) and in 2014 or 2015 stepped down so someone else got the fun job.

An ML’s job is essentially to herd cats, er, participants, send out emails to the region, hold a mandatory Kick-Off and Thank God It’s Over (TGIO) parties and schedule write-ins even if no one shows up.

A write-in is essential to your NaNoWrimo experience for several reasons.

First, so you know you’re not doing this alone. The comradeship helps as November rolls on and the writers who were hot to trot three weeks ago all of sudden dwindle to nothing by the time Black Friday comes round.

Second, because coffee shops.

I was never a really big coffee drinker in junior, high school and college. I’m one of this morning people that can roll out of bed at 6am and start working without the caffeine.

So, when I started to frequent places like Panera, Reflections, Brewed Awakenings, the now defunct Borders Café, Blue State and Elephant Room (now Schastea) and so on, I figured out what I liked and what I didn’t. This helps later on in life when you’re writing to make a buck and can’t get any work done at home.

Besides the drinks, being an ML is meant looking for places where if need be the entire group of writers (10-15 on a good night) could de-camp for three hours and write without ticking off the owners. Doing these events taught me to look for several things like seating, electrical outlets and parking.

Along with all this, I learned to keep a surge protector in my bag at all times just in case which has saved me on more than one occasion.

Thirdly, write-ins are fun because if you hit a brick wall you get to people watch and listen to for instance a comedy stand-up act about Muppets and fisting.

Lastly, it’s fun to see your fellow writers and swap war stories about losing a thousand words or how many words they gained. Word Wars are started this way and it’s fun to have someone nipping at your heals. This hobby can be very lonely at times unless you manage to hit pay dirt and begin a professional career out of it.

It’s what helped create the writer group I started some eight years ago and out of the core group, myself included, five of us have gotten short stories published or in my case published novel that took me seven years to finish because as much I as I thought I was writing it I wasn’t put my ass in seat, cut the cable tv, the PS4 and the twitter feed to finish it.

So, when November rolls around as it does every single year, check the regional calendar and see if there’s a write-in. Bring your laptop, the charger and your noise canceling headset and go to write-in. Get a lovely NaNoWrimo sticker for which the ML should have many and start typing.

You’ll surprised at how much writing you’ll get done with everyone else is tapping away on their keyboards.

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