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“Inn of the Seven Blessings” Podcast

Farfetched Fables is celebrating its 150th episode by podcasting “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” read by Eric Luke.

“Inn” was my contribution to the New York Times bestselling anthology, ROGUES, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, and was the first story I wrote about Raffalon the thief.  It was the free read in this month’s newsletter, which went out March 1st.

The free read in April’s newsletter will be “Grolion of Almery,” from the Jack Vance tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, also edited by Martin and Dozois.

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Feeling pretty skookum

So, on March 6, Gardner Dozois asked me if I could send him a 10,000-word Vancean piece about dueling wizards for his anthology, The Book of Magic because somebody had dropped out of the ToC.

On March 7, I started and on March 17 I sent in “The Friends of Masquelayne the Incomparable.”  Today, Gardner accepted it, said he liked it very much.

Normally, I would say I’m dead chuffed (the language of my youth).  But I think I’ll start saying, at times like this, that I’m feeling pretty skookum.

Back in the 1980s I was Vancouver’s first freelance speechwriting specialist. I made my bones by being the guy to call when somebody had dropped the ball in corporate communications and nobody had written the speech the CEO or Chairman of the Board was scheduled to give any day now.  I would come in, get the info, and be back within twenty-four hours with a speech that did the job.  On one occasion, my turnaround time was eight hours, and that included traveling downtown and back.

It’s nice to know I can still get it done.

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I’m invited again

I thought this was worth posting about:

While I was reviewing the copyedit on my story in Gardner Dozois’s anthology THE BOOK OF SWORDS (Bantam, October), I received an email from Gardner asking me if I could do one for a companion antho, THE BOOK OF MAGIC, because another author has dropped out.

This is the third time I’ve been asked to step in on short notice like this. It’s very heartening.

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Newsletter reminder

A reminder for those who don’t mind being reminded:  I’m now producing a monthly newsletter with news about recent sales, reviews, a free read of a backlist story, and a new episode of my autobiography in progress, One Damn Thing After Another.  This one begins, “In the 1980s, I invented the next big game after Pictionary, but it all ended in tears and thoughts of suicide.”

The backlist free read will be “The Inn of the Seven Blessings,” the story in which I originally created the fantasy thief Raffalon.   It first appeared in the NYT bestselling anthology, ROGUES, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

The next mailing goes out March 1st.  You can get on the mailing list by sending me an email at matthewhughes at archonate dot com with “Newsletter” in the subject line.  Or you can follow this link and receive a free copy of my Jack Vance-inspired space opera, TEMPLATE in your choice of mobi, epub, or pdf format.



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Newsletter ready for launch

I think I’ve mastered MailChimp enough to produce a respectable newsletter.  It’s got the usual for author mail-outs — reviews, notes on current and upcoming publications, a free read of a backlist story — but I’m adding something a little different.  I’ve had an unusual life and I’m planning to write random snippets of an autobiography-in-progress and publish them monthly for subscribers.

The opening sentence is:  “When I was seventeen, I accidentally killed a man and saved another man’s life with my bare hands.  It all happened within twenty-four hours.”

I’ve been of two minds about it and will wait to see what response, if any, I get.  But I’d be interested to know, if anyone cares to comment here:  do readers care about the lives of the authors they read?  Or is it just the fiction they want, without the author’s horning in as a distraction?

Anyone who wants to sign up for the newsletter before it goes out tomorrow can click on this link.  It will also get you a free ebook of my standalone space-opera novel, TEMPLATE.


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