Giveaways, as far as the eye can see!

Update on the Con or Bust auction: bidding is up to $35 dollars, having just opened on Saturday. Remember that this copy of A Natural History of Dragons is signed by me and by Todd Lockwood, and furthermore that he drew another dragon on the first page! It’s shiiiinyyyyyy . . . .

(I should mention that I’m also auctioning off signed copies of A Star Shall Fall and With Fate Conspire. We now return you to your regularly scheduled ANHoD update.)

Other giveaways: good lord, you can’t throw a rock right now without hitting one. I’m probably missing a few, but so far I know of one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight underway.

Three new bits of content as well. At Bookish, I talk about how I came up with the different dragon types, and at My Bookish Ways I answer various interview questions. Also, over at No More Grumpy Bookseller, I discuss why Victorian-ish fantasy is so popular right now (or at least, why I like it).

Finally, don’t forget that Letters from Lady Trent is underway! I may delay my responses just slightly, to see if I can obtain something Extra Awesome to include in my replies . . . I need to go look into that.

Anyway, there’s a few things to entertain you all, and I promise I’ll be back soon with non-ANHoD-related blogging!

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0 Responses to “Giveaways, as far as the eye can see!”

  1. Anonymous

    I entered all of them that weren’t closed and I’m going to lock myself in a room and cry if I don’t get one!!!

  2. Marie Brennan

    I hope it gets there soon!

  3. Anonymous

    “Bum bag” is her suggested alternative. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    Really, don’t worry much about the system unit box, yet.

    Worry about the keyboard, the pointing device (trackball or, if you still prefer using shoulder muscles for fine-motor tasks, mouse), and the display first. Once you have those figured out to your satisfaction, worry about the system unit.

    Much of what you want in a system unit will depend on the combination of price and features among the three acceptable brands for those who don’t do their own hardware maintenance: HP, Lenovo, and Dell. (That’s not to say that one must stick to those brands — if one can fiddle with the internals, one can make an Acer, among others, work reasonably well — just that one must be prepared to Wield the Screwdriver. OTOH, I have soldering scars from building an Altair-5000… not quite forty years ago, before there was an Apple.) And when you’re ready to buy, go to the respective manufacturers’ websites and look at their clearance deals first; if nothing else, that will be great leverage for dealing with any other vendor!

    If you actually want to try before you buy, your best bet is to toodle on down to Frye’s in Palo Alto and play with the display units. Just don’t expect to find what you need in stock, though: For some reason, that particular Frye’s is often out of stock of the good and/or on-sale stuff, even though it’s their flagship store. Maybe it’s the Stanford students and staff running around there…

    As far as OSs go, Windows 8 is JAG (Just Another GUI). If whatever deity is out there had meant us to rely solely upon GUIs, It wouldn’t have invented the command line. Or punch cards. Windows 8 has its annoyances, but they’re all fixable. Remember, everyone always customizes their new car slightly, such as putting a scrap of carpet in the former ashtray to keep coins from rattling; some add-ons and subtract-froms are to be expected (thus my distain for the various Apple OSs, because they make that very necessary task a lot harder and more expensive than it needs to be).

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