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Charity Auction: Your Name As a Character in New Star Challengers Novel

Prominent Authors, Television Writers Offer Character Names, Book Group Packages To Raise Money For First Amendment Project in eBay Charity Auction

http://3.ly/fapauction

Auction Starts November 26

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Richard Garriott at the Challenger Center

Friday, Rebecca and I had lunch at the Colorado Springs Challenger Center with “second-generation” astronaut and computer game pioneer Richard Garriott, as well as several representatives from the Austin (TX) school district.  Richard has long been a supporter of the Challenger Learning Centers, and was one of the original designers.

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Superstars Writing Seminar on YouTube

During the previous Superstars Writing Seminar in Pasadena, one of our attendees—Moses Sirigar—interviewed a few of his classmates about their experience.  We’ve put up the first four of those brief interviews/testimonials on YouTube.  You can watch them at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsVaO_h26As

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8BxkjG7f3s

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Stormtroopers and Star Challengers

On Saturday, November 13, the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado Springs, CO, held a special event:  A moonbase simulation adventure open to the public (all available slots sold out a few days in advance), coupled with a book signing for the new Star Challengers novel, Moonbase Crisis.  June Scobee Rodgers, co-creator of the series and founder of the Challenger Centers, was there with authors Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson.

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Writing Productivity Podcast & Catching Up

There’s always a price tag on a trip.

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At the Sharjah Book Fair, United Arab Emirates

Rebecca and I just got home Sunday night, after 23 hours in transit, from Dubai via Frankfurt then Denver.

We were invited to be guest authors at the Sharjah Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates, a trade show that is also open to the public; they reported 600,000 attendees last year.  Our appearance came about because of Terra Incognita.

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ILL WIND Reissue in January

My eco-thriller Ill Wind, written with Doug Beason, will be reprinted by Tor Books in January.  This will be its fourth edition, and the recent disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has made the story all too relevant.

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More Miles on the Trail, More Chapters

Catching up on last month’s trip.  In late September, the weather was turning cold and crisp, and we knew that the hiking season would soon draw to a close.  Time enough, though, for one last overnight expedition to hike a section in the Colorado Trail.  I was nearly finished with dictating my chapters in The Sisterhood of Dune, and I looked forward to a long drive and plenty of hours on the trail so that I could have some real creative time to finish my writing.

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A Day at Work

A few years after my first novels were published, David Brin asked me if I would collaborate with him on a short story.  At the time, David was at the height of his career, winner of numerous awards, a New York Times bestselling author, one of the most respected names in the field.  I, on the other hand, had far fewer credits.  Although we had known each other for a while, I was still surprised by the offer.  “Really?  Why would you want to collaborate with me?”

“Because I want to figure out how you can be so prolific.”

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Managing Responsibility—Writing Careers & Life in General

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has posted many excellent articles on the business of writing, contracts, managing a career, planning projects, and just about every subject a serious writer should heed.  You should already be reading her blog at kriswrites.com.

Her most recent posting, on Responsibility, is one of the best, and relevant not only to writers but to everyone who has a job, family, bills, paperwork.

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