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Places to Catch Me this Fall

Hello, all!  Just wanted to update you on my upcoming events schedule.

Saturday, October 20th, I’ll be at Fayetteville Barnes & Noble (Northwest Village Shopping Center, 4144 N College Ave, Fayetteville AR) for an all-day Bookfair event to help promote the True Lit festival!  (http://www.truelitfest.com/)  True Lit takes place this year from October 28th through November 4th, and encourages reading, writing, and storytelling across Fayetteville.  I’ll also have a signing from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Keep an eye on my website for more True Lit related appearances.

Wednesday, October 24th, join me at Left Bank Books ( 399 North Euclid Ave. St. Louis, MO), 7:00pm, as part of the bookstore’s SF STL author-event series (https://www.left-bank.com/sfstl)!  I’ll be discussing Noumenon and Noumenon Infinity, and will have an open chat about speculative fiction with fellow author Thomas K. Carpenter (http://thomaskcarpenter.com/).

NOTE: The event is free, but Left Bank Books does require you to buy a copy of one of my books from their store to get in the signing line.  You can preorder directly from the bookstore here: https://www.left-bank.com/ (If you already have Noumenon + Infinity, perhaps purchase one as a gift, bring a friend who hasn’t bought the book yet, or request a copy of Aliens: Bug Hunt)

Saturday, November 3rd, Fayetteville Public Library (401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR), 2:00-3:00pm.  I’ll be teaching a one-hour workshop on how to query a novel.  This is a condensed version of my typical two-hour workshop. Attendees will learn the basics of querying, including: what a query is, who it is for, how to write one, and how to send it.  Participants should have either a completed novel manuscript, or a partially completed (but thoroughly outlined) manuscript in order to fully participate in the class.  No need to bring the manuscript to the workshop (unless you’d like it for your own reference), just your intimate knowledge of the plot and characters.  Please contact the Fayetteville Public Library if you are interested in participating. https://www.faylib.org/

Happy reading, hope to see you soon!

~Marina

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International Readers, Are You Ready for a Giveaway???

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I have brand-new UK paperback copies of Noumenon burning a hole in my bookshelf, and brand-new bookplates, and brand-new stickers, and of course bookmarks!

Would you perhaps like a few of these things?

I have two sets of these to give away, and I will mail them anywhere outside of the United States. All you have to do to enter is ONE of the following between July 4th and July 12th (If you’d like to do more, that’s awesome! But each person will only be entered one time.):

*Sign up as a new recipient for my newsletter and let me know you’ve done so in the comments on this post.

*Tweet about Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity (perhaps why you’re looking forward to a copy, or a favorite quote) and make sure you .@ me (.@MarinaLostetter).

*Retweet this tweet with a comment.

*Post about Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity on Instagram and @ me (@MarinaJLostetter).

*If you’ve read Noumenon or any of my work, leave a new review on said work at Goodreads, or Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or your preferred book-purchasing online venue and link me the review in the comments on this post.

On July 13th I will draw two random winners in the same manner I drew winners for my previous giveaway. Then I will contact the winners with a way to privately send me your address.

Good luck, and happy reading!

~Marina

P.S. US readers, though you aren’t eligible for this giveaway, signal boosts are always appreciated.

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Noumenon Infinity

Hello, all!  I hope 2018 is treating you well so far (even though it sure looks like it’s set to be another whopper of a year).

For those of you who’ve been asking about the sequel to Noumenon, I have some fantastic news!  Noumenon Infinity is now available for preorder!  It’s scheduled for release August 14th, and I hope you’re as excited to see what’s next for Convoy Seven as I am to share their continuing journey with you!

You can order it now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or wherever books are sold!

(Spoilers below for the first book!)

 

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Generations ago, Convoy Seven and I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx.

Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes—or something far more sinister?

Meanwhile, Planet United’s littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Web’s greater purpose.

Each convoy possesses a piece of the Web’s puzzle . . . but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structure’s true nature before it’s too late.

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Happy reading!

~Marina

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Two Weeks ’til Party Time

Dear everyone, this is not a drill!

NOUMENON’s US release is just two weeks away! The UK release is even closer!

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*cue the screaming*

There is still time to preorder, and I will love you forever if you do! The above images are linked to Amazon US and Amazon UK respectively, and here is your Barnes and Noble linkage.  Or, you can preorder it direct from your local book store, if you want to support your local businesses.

Also, if you live in the Northwest Arkansas area, I want you to come join me for the launch party! There will be cupcakes, door prizes, my face, story time…lots of cool stuff and even cooler people if you’re there!

The party is walk in, 5-7pm, at Nightbird Books on Dickson St. in Fayetteville.

You see this?

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It is your official invitation! There are hard copies of these flyers scattered around Fayetteville (in your favorite game stores, Nightbird Books, and at the Retro Arcade). If you happen to find one you will notice that there’s a door prize ticket attached. You’ll get another at the party, but don’t forget to bring your flier with the attached ticket to double your chances!

Everyone is welcome at the party, so bring friends, bring family, bring that coworker you’ve been trying to get to know better.

But most importantly, bring book lovers!

See you there!

Happy reading.

~Marina

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Bye Bye 2016

Like sand through the hour glass, so are the days of 2016.  But this year, I’d say it doesn’t serve us to simply turn the glass over and start again.  We need new ingredients.  New sands.  New Magics.  More science.

Here’s wishing everyone a wondrous 2017.  Keep fighting, keep growing, keep achieving, keep dreaming, and keep reading.  We can all be better people tomorrow than we were yesterday.

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So long, 2016.

And if you’re looking for one more hit of feels out of this year, consider reading my story You are Not a Metaphor, published in Flash Fiction Online this year.  (That’s my subtle way of saying it’s award-eligible.)

~Marina

 

Places to Give Love and Support

Back when I failed the ALS ice-bucket challenge (because ice-cold water + head = crippling migraine), I donated to the ALS Association (http://www.alsa.org/) and spent a little while drawing your attention to other worthy establishments.

If you are in the giving mood right now, for whatever reason–needing to spread joy, needing to help ensure safety, needing to effect change, what have you–please consider the following.

 

RAINN (https://rainn.org/): This is the nation’s largest anit-sexual violence organization.

From their ‘about’ page: “RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”

 

The National Suicide Prevention Life Line (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/): This is run by The Mental Health Association of New York City, with support from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and others.

From their ‘about’ page: “The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.”

 

NWA Women’s Shelter (http://nwaws.org/ ): This is my local women’s shelter, serving all of Northwest Arkansas.

From their ‘about’ page: “The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter provides free emergency shelter, food, and clothing to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. We provide a free 24-hour crisis phone line and services to clients. We also offer court advocacy, Spanish bilingual services, children’s advocacy and programming, community education, support groups, counseling, and a volunteer program.

“Domestic violence does not discriminate; therefore, our clients are from across all demographics in terms of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and educational background. We assist any person who meets the criteria for emergency intervention and assistance due to domestic violence or sexual assault.”

 

The NWA Food Bank (http://www.nwafoodbank.org/): This is my local food bank.

From their ‘about’ page:

“The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was founded in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization to serve four Northwest Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source to our partner agencies serving the hungry.

The NWA Food Bank currently has about 180 partner agencies ranging from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and many more. Since 1988, the NWA Food Bank has grown to serve 180 partner agencies and distributed 8.2 million pounds of food in 2016.”

 

If you’d like to help shelters and food banks in your own community, a simple google search should heed results, or you can take a look at a handy dandy in-network map like the one provided by Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/.

 

Thank you.

<3Marina

 

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Happy 4th!

Hope everyone celebrating has a safe and fun Independence Day (speaking of, if you haven’t seen Independence Day: Resurgence yet, I recommend it if you are into crazy stupid fun, cuz it’s crazy stupid fun).

Go forth, light things on fire responsibly, eat cheap food, and have a blast.

 

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(Note: above Supernatural gif depicts irresponsible firework usage, please do not hold Roman Candles and the like while lit.  Save your fingers and your face.)

~Marina

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Realized I haven’t posted anything in forever!  Sorry about that.  So, here’s a piece of personal art I did a little bit ago, just for the heck of it.  I call it Ten ‘O Clock Magic.

 

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Because midnight might be the witching-hour, but it doesn’t have the market cornered on enchanted time.

~Marina

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Happy Omnomnom Day

Happy Thanksgiving, also known as American Omnomnom Day.  Hope you’re stuffing your face responsibly.  Stay safe, stay thankful, and stay classy.  To inspire you to turkey-day greatness, I leave you with these:

First:

copious amounts of alchohol

Then:

sweet potatos

Then:

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Finally:

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And after all that, finish the day with a hardy helping of:

sleep

~Marina

 

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Goodbye, Sir Pratchett

Terry Pratchett died today, after battling with dementia.  This news struck me very personally on two fronts.  Firstly as a reader.  I adore Terry Pratchett’s work, especially his Discworld novels, and will surely continue to appreciate them for time innumerable.

Secondly, his death has brought to the forefront just how deeply my life has been touched by dementia.  In 2010 I lost my maternal grandfather to Alzheimer’s, about a month before my wedding.  He was too sick to travel, so we hadn’t planned on him attending, but it was still a large emotional blow to an otherwise happy time.  My maternal grandmother also has dementia (a different form), which has taken away nearly all of her communication skills and sense of situational awareness.  Though she is otherwise a very healthy woman, she doesn’t have much of a grasp on where she is, when she is, or who she is with.

My mother has been a caretaker of dementia patients for the last decade.  My great-grandmother lived in the same household prior to passing away in early 2010, so my mom at one point was helping to care for all three of them.  She has seen her parents slowly seep from their bodies, which is something no child should ever have to do.  I am terrified that, one day, I might have to do the same for her.

When I interview cover artists for my spotlight articles in Nightmare Magazine, I always ask this question: What scares you the most?

My answer is dementia.  Losing my sense of self, my memories, and my ability to communicate with the world is my biggest fear.

According to the CDC, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America supports research and education, but is especially focused on backing caregivers and helping them to ensure a good quality of life for those they care for. You can find them at http://www.alzfdn.org/ (They are accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s ‘wise giving alliance.’  The BBB’s report on the organization can be found at give.org).  Their site is worth checking out if you’d like to learn more about Alzheimer’s specifically, and I suggest donating to them if you find their cause worth-while.

To those suffering from dementia, know that there are people who love you and want the best for you.  It’s a scary, harsh disease, but there are those out there looking for a cure.

To those caring for a dementia patient, thank you.  Caregiving is often an underappreciated job.  It’s stressful, and time consuming, and sometimes undignified for both you and the person you’re caring for.  Thank you for all the hard work you do, and for giving so much of your life to another’s safety and wellbeing.

To Sir Terry Pratchett, I’m sorry I never got to meet you.  You used humor to highlight serious subjects.  Comedy can be used to as both an attention getter, and as a salve–which is a lesson I also learned from my great-grandmother.  Sometimes you have to laugh, or else you’ll cry.

We laughed at my grandfather’s funeral.  Telling silly stories about him was the best way to honor his memory.  There were tears aplenty, but also smiles; it was a very cathartic experience.

On that note, here’s a little cartoon to brighten everyone’s day, and honor the man who built a silly, flat world to make us think:

(To quote the announcement from his twitter account,)

AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.

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~Marina

 

 

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