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The release of the British edition of HUNTER'S RUN is imminent. Daniel, Gardner, and I have all received our author's copies, some blog reviews have been popping up here and there, and there's a long three-way interview with us just posted on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, at http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/ Check it out. We talk about a few other projects besides HUNTER'S RUN, and there's some news there that might interest Dunk & Egg fans.

An American edition of HUNTER'S RUN is scheduled for January, and a deluxe, illustrated edition signed by the three of us will be offered by Subterranean Press... but for those who can't wait, you can order the UK hardcover from Amazon.UK or any other online British bookshop.

The new Wild Cards book, INSIDE STRAIGHT, is also scheduled for January. One of our new Wild Card writers, Carrie Vaughn, will be attending DragonCon next weekend, so if you're also going to be in Atlanta and can tear yourself away from the Bettie Page lookalike contest for a few moments, be sure to corner Carrie and ask her about Curveball and Earth Witch. Check out one of her "Kitty" books as well, they're a lot of fun, as is Carrie.

Parris saw an orthopod about her knee. Torn miniscus, he says. She's probably going to need surgery, though she's going to get a second opinion before getting scoped. And thank god for the NFL, and all that sports medicine has taught us about knees.

Speaking of the NFL, the Jets played the Giants in their annual preseason match-up this weekend. Pretty good name; no one got hurt. Eli looked good, Chad not so much. Giants defense looked better than anticipated, but I am worried about the O-line on the Jets. Getting rid of Pete Kendall might not have been such a great idea. I watched the new Jets fullback, Darien Barnes, with special interest, since a couple of months ago I got an email from him. He said he was a fan of my books... and also an aspiring fantasy and comic book writer himself. (When he's not opening holes for the Jets running backs). Of course, the internet being what it is, maybe it wasn't really him at all, just someone pretending to be him. Lots of people pose as sports stars, after all. It would be cool if the letter was legit, though...

The announcers always go on about how the Jets and Giants annual preseason game is for "bragging rights." Which gave me an idea. Gang Green and the G-Men are building a brand new state of the art stadium in the Meadowlands, which they will share. So I propose that in future, the winner of the annual preseason match-up should get to name the stadium for the season that follows. Giants Stadium one year, Jets Stadium the next, and so on. Talk about bragging rights. That would add some real spice to the games.

(Of course, given the corrupt nature of the age we live in, the stadium will probably be named Chase Manhattan Field or something similar, but one can dream)

Oh, and Jim of Dark Sword tells me that so many of you guys visited his website to check out the new Ice & Fire miniatures that he exceeded his monthly traffic allowance for the first time ever, and got shut down by his ISP. He has now upgraded to unlimited usage. The response at GenCon was also very enthusiastic, I'm told. Keep it up!


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Aug. 27th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
The miniatures look fantastic. Glad I got in before the shutdown.

My cousin just got his knee scoped and he's near 100% in three months.
Aug. 27th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
So I propose that in future, the winner of the annual preseason match-up should get to name the stadium for the season that follows.

I'm completely uninterested in football and yet I think this is a fantastic idea. :)
Aug. 27th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
agreed, if only we lived in a world where cool things like that were commonplace.
Aug. 27th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
I had the arthoscopic surgery for a badly torn miniscus. I was up and walking on it the same day! The puncture wounds where they inserted the camera and tiny surgical tools were so small, they didn't take stitches even. One of the easiest surgeries I've had. I opted to remain awake throughout, and I got to watch the entire procedure on television. Amazing! I hope that reassures Parris.

I like the idea of teams battling for real bragging rights!
Aug. 27th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
Tell Parris to look into Prolotherapy, because I had a torn meniscus and it's been two years since i've had my surgery and i still have pain in my knee. I used prolotherapy on my right knee, the other one and it was fine. Just humor me and look into it. It seems to me that only hardcore athletes can bounce back from surgery well. just have her try it. It won't hurt. But it could really help.
Aug. 27th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
You may appreciate this--

Star Wars NFL Predictions

They're a lot kinder to your teams than they are to mine. :)
Aug. 27th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)
Meniscus tear
I had two meniscus tears on my left knee and surgery a few weeks later.

Please tell Parris that every single recovery period is different, based upon the type of injury, the condition of the patient, etc.

Get that second diagnosis and then find a doctor who specializes in this type of surgery and insure he has a PT on staff or will refer Parris to a physical therapist.
Aug. 27th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
Parris saw an orthopod about her knee. Torn miniscus, he says. She's probably going to need surgery, though she's going to get a second opinion before getting scoped.

Ouch. I had that. The doc did laprascopic surgery, which healed pretty fast. But my sympathies to her!
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Ouch! I hope the knee second-opinion goes well! I tore the lateral meniscus on my left knee back in high school, when I was the roller-skating dinosaur at United Skates of America (don't ask), and ended up getting 'scoped the week before I went to college.

The good news with that type of procedure, however, is that it is WAY easier to recover from than something like, say, blowing out the ACL. (Which I've also done. Gosh, is it any wonder why I've given up adventurous outdoor pursuits in favor of running conferences and conventions? (; )
Aug. 27th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Whoa, you just triggered massive childhood flashbacks for me. My mom used to take my brother and I there nearly every weekend when I was younger. I probably had at least 2 birthdays there.

Small world.
Aug. 27th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards
Great to hear about when Wild Cards was coming out -- I was getting curious to read about my nemesis, the bee man. ;-)

(fingers crossed that things will fall out well for Parris at the knee doctor.)
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
>"(Of course, given the corrupt nature of the age we live in, the stadium will probably be named Chase Manhattan Field or something similar, but one can dream)"

Or maybe they will be competing to name the stadium
"Chase Manhattan, FedEx, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Napa Auto Parts, ... {insert about 10 more companies here}... Giants/Jets Stadium. Hopefully if that happens, people will just start referring to the stadium as Giants/Jets Stadium. I know I do with FedExField (Which I still call "The Jack"... it's original nickname).
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
You listen to regional announcers during preseason games? The National ones during the season are a mixed bag at best, but the ones we get during preseaon (especially the color commentators - can't call them analysts) are atrocious.

Think....I've always wondered when the drug industry is going to get into stadium/field sponsorship...

"Welcome to today's game as the Giants face off against the Washington Redskins"

"That's right Tom, this is a rematch of a close game back in September and Viagra Stadium should be rocking today"
Aug. 27th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)
So much to read, so little time in which to do it! (or so it feels some days)

Hey, you /did/ draw the map ;)
Aug. 27th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Just read the interview. George, I'm so with you about the other interests. I should stick to one of my novel projects, finish it and try to find a publisher, but no, I work on several at the same tame, and some non fiction stuff.

So, take your time with DANCE. I'll read HUNTER'S RUN in the meantime. :)

That WARRIOR anthology sounds great, btw.

Aug. 27th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
The Armaggedon Rag
in a completely off topic point, If Tommen ever has a daughter, her name should be Bambi...just putting it out there

And the stadium naming rights is probably one of the better ideas I've heard of for the two teams
Aug. 27th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Eli and the Giants
Being a Kentucky boy, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Hefty Lefty QB the same way he has a soft spot for Duncan Hines and I enjoy watching the Giants in the preseason just to see people try to tell who's the QB and who's the O-line! Nevertheless, I like Eli too and was glad to see him kinda take a shot back at Tiki. Maybe I never followed the Giants enough, but it sure seems like he was just an egotistical locker room cancer in retrospect.

My experience with Eli goes back to when Ole Miss played my alma mater (Murray State) his sophomore year (I think) and he completed something crazy like 20 passes in a row. I'm not sure he has the personality to thrive in New York, but I think he's a good QB for the team.
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