May 24, 2013
The rush, stress, and practicalities of modern life have cost us more than we know. Many of the polite acts of chivalry have been abandoned. I know that a strong, modern woman is fully capable of opening their own restaurant door, but I feel it is my duty as a gentleman to graciously hold it for her. Perhaps she will reward me with a soft smile?
As recently as WWII, it was common among polite society for a gentleman to kiss the back of a lady’s hand when introduced. This fell into disrepute for several reasons. It is way too easy to trade nasty germs when lips meet hands, it requires an extra second or two from a busy day, and too many boorish men used it as an excuse to slobber over pretty ladies.
A knight and fine gentleman in the SCA taught me there is a polite and politically-correct manner with which to bring back this reminder of bygone manners. I would share this technique, now.
Step One: The gentleman takes her proffered hand and turns it slightly so that the back is facing up.
Step Two: He places his thumb over her fingers and bows slightly from the waist.
Step Three: Keeping his eyes on hers (not her breasts), he then lets his lips touch just his thumb.
Step Four: Don’t hold it over long. Just take a second or two at the most.
This simple technique provides the proper intent without drooling and smearing germs on her hand.
Keeping your eyes on hers, serves to hold her attention and let her know that you appreciate her as a person.
As the gentleman straightens up and releases her hand, the lady, in turn, should reward his chivalric display with a smile and a small curtsey.
I have used this technique at SCA events as well as at various conventions. The only down side is that the gentleman might get a jealous glower from the lady’s companion.
Gentlemen, give it a try the next time you find yourself among polite society. If nothing else, it will start a discussion.
February 9, 2013
September 12, 2012
I’m going to be attending a brand new convention for readers and authors of Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Paranormal Romance. It’s called Old City, New Blood and will be held February, 2013 in St. Augustine, Florida. Besides the literary shenanigans, there will be a ghost tour of the ancient city and time to play tourist.
I’m going to be participating in several panels and am planning a book signing as well.
This is going to be an incredible amount of fun and I’m hoping to meet some of my fans, face-to-face.
Come on! Join the fun!
June 17, 2012
I just found out about an upcoming event that should be a lot of fun.
There is going to be a gathering of Urban Fantasy and Romance authors and readers in St. Augustine, Florida this coming February eighth to the tenth.
Details are a bit sparce at this point, but I’ll post updates on my plans as soon as possible.
Hope y’all can join us for the party.
May 26, 2011
I was just informed of my new schedule for BaltiCon. Unfortunately, I won’t be giving the Free and Open Source for the Creative Mind clinic this year. I am going to be part of some really interesting panels, however.
There will be a very few copies of my steampunk romance, Crazy Taylor available during my signing. That will be 4pm Friday, in the hallway signing tables.
Here’s the final schedule for Saturday:
10am Post Colonial SF/F Salon B Moderator
11am Immortality & Longevity in SF Salon B
1pm Reading for Pleasure Salong B Moderator
2pm Reading excerpts from my books Belmont Room
4pm History as a Source of Fantasy Belmont Room Moderator
6pm Grand Openings Parlor 1041
7pm Great Forgotten SciFi Authors Belmont Room
May 17, 2011
On Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th, I’ll be at BaltiCon, in Maryland.
I’m going to be sitting in on some panel discussions as well as giving a presentation on Free and Open Source Software for the Creative Mind.
I’ll have trade paperback copies of Crazy Taylor and New Ickford Manor available to autograph. Please note that New Icford Manor is currently out of print and I have VERY few copies left.
If you see me in the hallway, feel free to say “hi”. If you have one of my works, I’d be happy to autograph it.
September 15, 2010
This past weekend was great!
I spent most of both Friday and Saturday at the very first Intervention graphic art and comic convention in Rockville, Maryland. If you’re not from the area, it’s a suburb of Washington, DC.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing short video interviews with some really creative and talented people.
In the meantime, here are the still images from Intervention!