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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 08:53 am:   

I'm pleased to announce that Raw Dog Screaming Press will be publishing my first full-length short story collection, FUGUE XXIX. Included are 29 short stories - some reprints, some original to the collection - including the following:

I
Downstream Flow: A Fugue

II
Tickets, Please

III
Matriarch

IV
Waiting for Felicity

V
The Universal Language of Silence

VI
Four Canopus

VII
Frenzy

VIII
Convergence on a Panoptic Newtonian: The Interstices of Heaven

IX
Harlequin Creek

X
The Bones of Ndundi

XI
The Night Factory

XII
Bearing Seed

XIII
The Reverie Styx

XIV
Precognitive Myopia

XV
Over Alsace

XVI
The Mystic Flower

XVII
Return from Abaddon

XVIII
In the Place Where Suffering Was Not

XIX
Loyal

XX
The Butterfly Artist

XXI
Queen Phoebe

XXII
Headlong

XXIII
Kaleidoscopes of Africa

XXIV
Beyond the Flame

XXV
Hopeless: A Triptych

XXVI
The Death Machines

XXVII
Improv and the Man of Means

XXVIII
The Color of Laughter

XXIX
The Further Adventures of Star Boy

Anticipated release is at the World Fantasy Convention, 2005, to be held in my hometown of Madison, WI. A hearty thanks to all those whose enthusiasm made my little chapbook, THE BUTTERFLY ARTIST, such a success! I'm looking forward to sharing this full-length collection of my work with you.

Here is the Raw Dog Screaming Press website:

http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/thedreampeople/rds/RDSframe.html

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lucius
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 09:04 am:   

conga rats forrest
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Deborah
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 10:38 am:   

Gimme an "F"....

Gimme an "O"....

Oh, wait, wrong kind of celebratory ritual for this...sorry...got caught up in...nevermind, what I meant to say was,

Why, Forrest, old bean, that's splendid news! Just splendid!
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rwexler
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 10:54 am:   

I'll double Deborah's splendids with two of my own. Splendid! Splendid!

Robert
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bored in brooklyn
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 11:06 am:   

Technically, Robert, DeboraH'S post included two splendids. Thus, to double them, you would need four splendids, as in, Splendid! Splendid! Splendid! Splendid!
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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 11:06 am:   

Well, I've never been splendided . . . splended . . . er, congratulated in such a manner before. And Conga Rats, aren't they dangerous?

Thanks, all!
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still bored in brooklyn
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 11:22 am:   

That's "spendidified", Forrest.....
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Brendan
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 11:33 am:   

Cool! Nice title.

Brendan
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MInz
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 11:50 am:   

That's terrific, Forrest. Congrats.

(And while I do really like the title, what about The Fantastic Flying Fugue of Fortitude #29 in F Flat)
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rwexler
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 11:53 am:   

Yes, dear bored in brooklyn (whose identity I can guess, though I have no evidence he is indeed in that borough), but my intent was to double the existing number of splendids, not to top Deborah with a rash of extra splendids. How many splendids can Mr. Aguirre handle?
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bored in brooklyn
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 12:01 pm:   

That. Herr Wexler, if that is your name, is like asking, how much wood can a woodchuck chuck. or how much bad do a badger have.... it is entirely irrelevant.
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Minz
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 12:44 pm:   

If that Badger is Erasmus James, that's a whole lotta bad.

From http://www.jsonline.com/badger/fb/oct04/269594.asp:
"He's taken a toll on Big Ten quarterbacks," Penn State quarterback Zack Mills told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's finally gotten a piece of it himself."

James knocked Mills and backup quarterback Michael Robinson out of the game when the teams met on Sept. 25 in Madison.

Mills suffered a shoulder injury; Robinson suffered a concussion and was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

Robinson's mother, Rita Ross, told the Tribune-Review she was "dying for someone to hurt" James.

The Big Ten office reviewed both plays and deemed James' hits were clean.

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When both an opposing QB, and the mother of a different opposing QB tells the media they're happy you got injured on a cheap shot from a completely other team, you know you're a Badger with a whole lotta baaaad.
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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 12:57 pm:   

Ah, those are my cute, cuddly badgers!

And Robert, I'm not sure how much I can be splent. But I do appreciate it.

Minz, that title was already taken by McSweeney's, unfortunatley. You know how they are . . .
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minz
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 01:53 pm:   

Darn those irish adventure writers.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 04:26 pm:   

Sounds great. I look forward to reading the stories that weren't already in The Butterfly Artist.
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barth
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 04:39 pm:   

mazel tov, forrest!
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jv
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 04:51 pm:   

congrats, forrest!

jeff
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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 07:01 pm:   

Thanks, guys. Oh, and Robert, you can always re-read those stories!
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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 09:18 pm:   

For just a second I thought the table of contents was actually some kind of surrealist story about a date gone bad and a guy getting stood up at the movies:

I
Downstream Flow: A Fugue

II
Tickets, Please

III
Matriarch

IV
Waiting for Felicity

V
The Universal Language of Silence...
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 06:52 am:   

That's very clever, Robert. And maybe it's true . . . maybe . . .
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Neal Stanifer
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 07:20 am:   

RBR: "For just a second I thought the table of contents was actually some kind of surrealist story..."

Hey, it worked for Calvino in If on a winter's night a traveler....

And add my congratumalationarianisms to that pile, Forrest. Nice to see so many folks here are keeping the short story volume alive as a format.
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 08:51 am:   

Hmm. Now you guys have got me thinking . . . the story order can still be changed. Hmm.

And thanks, Neal!
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des
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 10:02 am:   

The best order is alphabetical, Forrest.

Congratulations, btw!
des
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 10:58 am:   

Yes congrats Forrest. Sorry for being so late to the party!

JK
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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 11:49 am:   

And maybe it's true . . .

I knew it! Your collection is like one of those pizzas with cheese in the crust... stories everywhere! Even your first name is a subtle Star Trek reference :-)
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 12:55 pm:   

No, but it's really my name, named after my grandfather, honest!!

Of course, my mom did have something for Dr. McCoy.

Seriously, though, a surreal story outline in the TOC - I really like this idea!
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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 02:05 pm:   

Roughly it seems that your protagonist experiences a reversal of fortunes (Improv and the Man of Means), travels the world, has a great adventure of the epic/mystical variety, then ends badly at the hands of The Death Machines.

Maybe you can get it published in David Moles' Bite-Sized Epics!
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 02:34 pm:   

Nah. I already sold one to Dave for ALL-STAR ZEPPELIN ADVENTURE STORIES. I'm spent. :-)
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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 03:00 pm:   

^Yes, I've already been warned about your ASZAS story.

Hopefully contributor copies will be on the way soon... :-)
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 08:38 pm:   

I'm late to the game, but want to add my congrats as well!
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Forrest
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2004 - 07:57 am:   

Hey, thanks! Late congrats are appreciated as well!
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Tamar
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2004 - 10:10 am:   

How about even later congrats?

Congrats, Forrest!
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Neal Stanifer
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2004 - 10:31 am:   

So, how is ASZAS as a volume? Should I add it to my after-exams reading list (along with The Two Sams and Veniss Underground)?
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EricS
Posted on Saturday, November 06, 2004 - 10:07 am:   

Forrest--

Looking forward to picking up a copy at next year's World Fantasy. I'll take any excuse I can get to return to my old Madison stomping grounds, and this is certainly a good excuse in spades. congratulations!
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I migliori trucchi del casinò
Posted on Sunday, November 14, 2004 - 04:53 pm:   

Ok, I will sign your blog. I really love your site.

<p>I migliori trucchi del casinò</p>
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Trent
Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 10:49 pm:   

Congrats, Forrest (only several months later).
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Forrest
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 10:36 am:   

Thanks, Trent! Sorry I'm a little slow on the thanks there. Been busy with Leviathan 4, finishing my first novel, and getting some chores done for FUGUE XXIX (one of which I'll announce in just a moment).
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Forrest
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 10:47 am:   

Here's the cover art, done by Terry Rentzepis:

coverart
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Minz
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2005 - 12:52 pm:   

Wow. That is cool. Love the colors. Love the slightly odd disturbing vibe.
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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 11:43 am:   

Pretty excited about it myself, Minz. If you cover up the right eye, the "kid" looks almost normal. Almost. But not quite. It's the eye that does it. And the three fingered hands. And the blank expression. And the wonderful colors. And the fact that the Jack-in-the-box mirrors the subject. And . . .
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Deborah
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 12:13 pm:   

Jack-in-the-boxes freak me out, but otherwise, I quite like it.
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Kirsten Bishop
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 01:10 pm:   

I like it a lot. There's a great sense of a story in the painting. (It also looks like something my husband says happened to him when he was a teenager; one of his eyes swelled up and went like jelly for no apparent reason. Then it went back to normal, luckily.)
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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2005 - 03:09 pm:   

That happened to me too, Kirsten! I was in my early twenties, house-sitting, when my eye started ballooning up for no apparent reason. It got to the point where I could touch the eyeball and leave a fingerprint on it. I tried everything I knew - visine, washing with warm water, trying to clean under the lid with tissue, and finally, after about half an hour of struggling like this, a one inch long cat hair emerged from my lower lid. I pulled it out and the swelling went down dramatically (though it did stay somewhat swollen for some time, as I had been toying with my eyeball for so long). It was on that day that I had an epiphany: I have cat allergies. Suddenly, a whole lot of previously unexplained episodes were explained.
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Kirsten
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 01:11 am:   

Wow - what a coincidence! So it could be you in the painting...

The phrase 'I had been toying with my eyeball for so long' is probably going to haunt me for quite a while.
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 08:05 am:   

I would have vomited if it weren't so fascinating.

And it could be me . . . except I have all five fingers on each hand and all five toes on each foot. And the eye color is all wrong. Other than that, it's a perfect representation of me. I'm exactly the same, but different.
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 08:35 am:   

Great cover! When's the release date on this masterpiece, Forrest?

'I had been toying with my eyeball for so long'

Hmmm...it is a haunting phrase. I want every one of you to write me a story starting with that phrase.

JK
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 10:53 am:   

FUGUE XXIX is due to be released in October at the World Fantasy Convention, here in my hometown of Madison, WI.
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 11:24 am:   

The art good. There's just something "not right" about Rentzepis's work (not right in a good way).

I'm happy to finally have Leviathan 4 (just arrived a few minutes ago). I'm also happy UPS didn't leave it on my porch to get stolen (like my last package).
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 11:29 am:   

JK, my story is going to start, "I had been toying with Forrest's eyeball for so long..."

That okay?

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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 12:06 pm:   

Robert: Enjoy Lev 4!!

Deborah: If it helps to remove a cat hair from my eyelid, be my guest! I about tore it out myself. I felt like the guy in Poltergeist who ripped his own face apart.
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Minz
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 12:16 pm:   

Hmmm, so many reverberations to my own life. While I was born with more than six fingers, I also happened to have been born with more than ten (and no, my mother did not have the common decency to hang on to my extra thumb after she had it surreptitiously lopped off). I also have experienced the joy of toying with my eyeball for long periods of time, though in my case, there was nothing to remove. After more than an hour of doing everything in my power to flush out whatever was causing the searing pain in my eye—it felt like someone had stuck an exacto blade into my eye and had left it there—I finally went to my doctor, who sent me to a specialist, and after four hours, finally received treatment for the pain. And learned that I have what’s known as recurrent corneal erosions—though my wife prefers to call it Rotting Eyeball Disease (the epithelia of my eyes is prone to cracking). But, I digress . . .
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 12:43 pm:   

I'm suddenly craving boiled eggs.

Hey, Minz, could you shoot me a quick email?
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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 01:28 pm:   

Yeah, that's fine Deb!

JK
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 07:38 pm:   

Hey, wait, that's *my* eyeball we're talking about here! OK, then. I'm going to begin my story: "One day, while playing marbles with Deborah's and John's eyeballs . . ."

Let's see how *you* like it! :-)
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2005 - 09:44 pm:   

My eyeballs were the preseason #3 marble shooters in my elementary school's teacher poll...just so you know.
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Forrest
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 05:59 pm:   

Yeah, but we both know that preseason rankings don't matter! :-)
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Forrest
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2005 - 07:53 pm:   

Just got a wonderful email from Terry Rentzepis, the artist. I won't repeat what he said, but he was very flattering. I'm really excited to present his artwork on the cover of my writing. Kind of a sentimental artistic bonding, I guess.
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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 10:30 am:   

Well, here is the initial front cover design:

Fugue XXIX cover

Rather minimalist, but that's what I was hoping. I like the fact that the art is allowed to breathe, uncluttered. Jennifer at Raw Dog Screaming says she wants to work on the coloring of my name to make it stand out more. Any suggestions?
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Robert Devereux
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 10:57 am:   

Your name could stand out more. Right now it seems to be hiding at the bottom, while the title, the big eye and the jack-in-the-box grab attention. Otherwise it looks good.
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John Klima
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 12:36 pm:   

I agree with Robert. Your name could be formatted just like the title so that it popped more against the dark background.

When can I buy a copy of this?

JK
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Forrest
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 12:45 pm:   

John, we're looking at a projected release of World Fantasy Con, but it might actually be available much sooner, depending on RDSP and a few other variables (like the fact that Jennifer at RDSP is pregnant with her first child, which can do interesting things to publication timelines - maybe even shorten them). Thanks for your interest!

And thanks to both of you for your suggestions.
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Brendan
Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 - 11:13 pm:   

Nice cover. I would put the name in white maybe and put it just under the title. Make the title smaller and your name bigger. At least have your name in white, or bright yellow, or something to make it stand out.

You must be happy though!
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 08:29 am:   

I am really happy, Brendan! It's been a long-standing goal of mine to have my short work published in full-length book form. I was happy with The Butterfly Artist (my chapbook from Flesh & Blood Press), but with the breathing room that a full-length book allows, I'm able to include a lot of my longer pieces (5K and up - which was long for me until I completed my novel). So, yes, I am quite happy, indeed!

:-)
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Brendan
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 02:58 pm:   

How many pages is it?
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 07:52 pm:   

Not sure what the final page count will be, but my best guesstimate is around 200 pages or so. Though I could be horribly wrong.
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Brendan
Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2005 - 11:52 pm:   

Horribly?
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Forrest
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 06:14 am:   

Well, OK, not horribly, but wrong. And I never like to be wrong, so it would be horribly wrong of me to be wrong. So to speak . . . :-)
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Forrest
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   

Just got the good news that RDSP will also be doing a hardcover edition of FUGUE XXIX! We've changed up the TOC just a bit (story order) and things are moving apace.
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Sean Wallace
Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2005 - 05:21 pm:   

I should note that Raw Dog Screaming and Prime Books have reached an agreement to carry selected titles in the Prime catalog and website, effective June 1st, including two forthcoming projects: Westermead, by Scott Thomas; and Fugue XXIX, by Forrest Aguirre.

We'll also be displaying both titles at World Fantasy, at the Prime table.
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Forrest
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 02:10 pm:   

Author copies arrived yesterday. They smell great! Oh, and they look great, too. I like the hardcover version better, but I always like hardcovers better than softcovers. It's kind of weird reading your own first book . . . OK, it's REALLY weird.
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Deborah
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 03:48 pm:   

Congrats, Forrest!

If we want to sniff for ourselves, is the book available now?

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rwexler
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 05:33 pm:   

That's great-sniff away man!
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ben peek
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 01:09 am:   

can i have it chopped up into lines so i can sniff ;)
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Forrest
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 08:58 am:   

You can if you like, Ben. I'd recommend melting it down and injecting it, however. Nothing so good as intravenous fiction. :-)

Thanks, Deborah and Robert. By the way, I think you can preorder the book on amazon and shocklines, but the release date is not until October 1. Prime Books will also have it up on their website, and, of course, it will be available through Raw Dog Screaming, methinks.
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Tamar
Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 09:51 am:   

Congratulations, Forrest!

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