Kissing the Hand

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.

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Old City, New Blood

February 11, 2013

The convention was a lot of fun. I want to thank Jennifer Morris for putting on a great first-time event. Just in case you think it is all fun and games, this is what a convention looks like three hours before registration.

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The sun was setting as a bevy of beauties headed over to attend the Meet-n-Greet.

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The Meet-n-Greet on Friday evening was a great chance to network with some marvelous people.

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Here’s a shot from the first panel, on Saturday morning:

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Since meeting these ladies, my TBR pile has grown by more than a dozen books. I would highly recommend you take a peek at their websites.

http://jennabennett.com/
http://www.luciennediver.com/
http://www.nancyhaddock.com/
http://jesshaines.com/

I was too busy to take as many shots as I usually do, but will share some more over the next day or so.

We arrived in beautiful old St. Augustine, Florida on Friday afternoon. Everything for the next few hours was a whirlwind of face-to-face meetings.

I’ll add more details later, but for now, here’s a sunset over the hotel image.

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Old City, New Blood Raffle

September 26, 2012

The Old City, New Blood convention is an author/reader mini-con, and they are offering…

A chance to WIN YOUR WAY IN FOR FREE!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen… starting today, you will all have 7 days to hop around from author to author, blogger to blogger, and enter at every stop to win one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to Olde City, New Blood, the upcoming urban fantasy/paranormal romance mini-con in St. Augustine, FL next February.

You can check out the official website for the complete list of Featured Authors (I’ll give you a hint… one of them is ME!!) and Featured Bloggers. There’s also a main contest post with all the participating authors, bloggers, and dates for the contest. It’s super easy. Visit each of the spotlight blog posts and author websites listed, fill out the Rafflecopter link on each one (one entry PER POST, not per day… and yes, they will be checking), and POOF, multiple entries to WIN!!

The prize is one of 3 FREE REGISTRATIONS to see me and about 49 other authors on the sunny beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, from Feb 8th-10, 2013. We’re going to be doing panels, readings, meet & greets, and just generally having a fun weekend with our incredible fans!! Please keep in mind, if you win, you’ll have to cover your own travel and hotel expenses, but your ticket into the party will be on Olde City, New Blood!!!

The contest runs from September 30th – October 6th, and the 3 winners will be announced on September 7th. Don’t forget to click the Rafflecopter link below before you hop off to check out the rest of the contest posts!!

Good Luck, everyone!! I hope to see you ALL in Florida this February.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Old City, New Blood!

September 12, 2012

Whoopee!

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!

Olde City, New Blood!

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.

http://oldecitynewblood.wordpress.com/

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.

BaltiCon

May 18, 2012

BaltiCon is coming up the end of the month and I am planning on attending Saturday afternoon and evening. I never did get the info from the con staff this year, so I won’t have a signing table, nor am I scheduled for any panels. Feel free to say “Hi” if you see me in the halls.

BalitCon Schedule!

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

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.

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!
http://mentilucent.net/Intervention2010/Intervention2010.html