Reverse B-Day Giveaway: Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer and Jeremy Zerfoss

It’s here at last! The final giveaway before my birthday arrives!

And for the last giveaway, it’s a doozy, a real whopper, a quarter-pounder-with-fries-hold-the-rat-tail-and-cockroach-shells kind of giveaway!


Meet Wonderbook, by Jeff Vandermeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction! A dense, beautiful book packed to the very tippity-toppity brim with writing advice, essays, anecdotes, cartoons, maps, illustrations, thoughts, concerns, odd political statements, (ahem maybe not), and more. It’s a gorgeous book, a ton of fun, and holds wisdom from every corner of speculative and genre fiction and more!

And a signed copy, desecrated by Mr. Vandermeer’s own blessed, chaotic scrawl could be yours! All you need to do is comment below, and answer this question for a chance to win: If you could have someone read one book, what would it be and why?

That’s it! Though my birthday is on Saturday, the contest will run until next Wednesday to give folks plenty of time.


Kickass Writer Winner!

Hey Gang,

Thank ye for thy patience. Supremely overloaded with Life and BEA and work stuff. So, here it is! Thank you to everyone who entered and provided me with entertainment and laughter and wishful thinking for future sitcoms with your storyifying Chuck.

Normally I let the d20 of Fate roll, but upon glimpsing this insanity, I had no choice but to reward the soul who wrote this. Without further ado, the winning entry from Matt Jackson:

“I would separate Chuck into four broad generalities of Chuck-ness and with each one replace a member of the bridge crew of Star Trek:TOS. Captain Cherk would be played by the Chuck some of us have been fortunate to meet, Real Life Chuck. Advising Captain R.L. Cherk is SpockChuck, the plotter, the portion of Chuck that writes outlines and would love it if love weren’t an emotion. SpockChuck is the analytical writing mind. The creative side, the part that lets him turn a colorful phrase involving the manner in which dogs procreate and how like or unlike one’s mother that may be is BonesChuck. Dammit, he’s a Penmonkey, not a glitter-strewn dildo-corn!

And of course down in engineering we have a certain other kind of Chuck we all know and love…the rest of the crew has nicknamed him Scotchy.

Uhura will be played by one Miriam Black herself. If Capt. Cherk tries any of that kissing bullshit she’ll cut off his balls with her switchblade and put him one those goddamned skirts.

(All apologies to Chuck Wendig and anyone else who reads this).”


No apologies necessary, Matt! Congrats and thanks again to everyone who entered.

Keep an eye on this space for the final giveaway!

(And check out some of those comments, they are golden.)

Reverse B-Day Giveaway: The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig

Welcome to week three, friends!

This week’s giveaway is a book near and dear to my cold, miserly writing heart. And it comes with a story, lucky you!

Last year on my birthday I was at the Book Expo of America or BEA, a huge gathering of bookish types showing off their new products for the summer and fall and beyond. Books as far as the eye could see! And one of my favorite writers, Chuck Wendig, was having a signing off at a little place in Brooklyn.

Beard Buddies 4 Eva
Beard Buddies 4 Eva

He and I had corresponded a little, so it was great to go and meet him at his signing, (along with other awesome authors and folks: John Hornor Jacobs, Joelle Charbonneau, their agent Stacia Decker, Mike Underwood and more!).

And upon meeting, Chuck actually took the time to listen to me prattle and ramble about my life and my writing, and was very supportive. And upon learning it was my birthday, he gave me a chocolate bar from his bag. Whaddaguy! Sure, it turned out to be a block of Bolivian tar, and I still catch glimpses of Things from the corner of my eye, but still, very generous of him.

kickass writer

So this week, in testament to his awesomeness, I am giving away a copy of his writing book, The Kick-Ass Writer to one lucky soul. Filled with over a thousand tips and tricks, Chuck will help steer you in the right direction and become the Kick-Ass writer you always knew you could be!

To enter, simply comment below, and answer me this:

Chuck’s online persona is one of immense adventure, cursing, vitriol, glee and caffeinated wisdom. If you could replace any character in fiction with Chuck Wendig, what character would it be? Would he be Luke Skywalker’s whiskey-drinking Jedi mentor? Or perhaps, a super caffeinated Indiana Jones hoping to find lost Penmonkey Treasure?

Tell me what story you would want to see Chuck in, and what would happen to enter!

Bone Season Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented and entered for The Bone Season giveaway here at the ol’ blog! I enjoyed all your answers, and wish you a future with the power you wanted, (though I do hope you get to avoid any and all, radioactive spiders, destruction of planets, chemical spills and other mishaps that grant abilities).

So, using my own form of clairvoyance, known to some as Chanceomancy or Randomancy, I rolled the d20 of Fate and lo, our winner is Kaja!

Thanks again for entering everyone, and keep an eye on this space for the next giveaway!

Reverse Birthday Giveaway: The Geek’s Guide To Dating

First giveaway!

(The basis of which can be found here)


Geeks Guide

I came into an extra copy of this from Quirk Books and I would love to give it away to someone! A fun, cute and quirky (pun definitely intended) guide to dating in the world of geekdom, this awesome book by my buddy Mix Master Eric Smith is not one to pass up. Now that Spring has sprung, there is no book better to help you find your geeky love!

And to sweeten the pot, this book has been signed by the author himself! How’s that for honey?



RULES: Post your ideal geeky date below in the comments! (Tastefully friends, anything unseemly does not make it past the Admin Bots).

You have until midnight, Saturday the 10th!

I will choose a winner then, and post the next giveaway a week from today!

Reverse B-Day Giveaway!

One of my favorite things about May, is that at the end of it, I become another year older, wiser, virile, and stronger. Like a fine wine, the longer I spend on this earth, the better I become!

All pomposity aside, my birthday is coming up, on the very last day of May and I thought I would do something special this year. Over the past year, I’ve gotten ARCs of books, extra copies, or just happened to pick up something along the way that I thought would make a good giveaway on the blog.

But life being what it is, I just haven’t had the time to post these giveaways. But now I have a chance to fix that!

For every week this month, I will be giving away one book! For free! To Anywhere! To Anytime! (Warning, must let me use Time Machine, no exception).

So let it begin! Check the blog every monday for what I’m giving away and the rules!