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Subject:Saying goodbye to Live Journal
Time:10:39 am
Well, the time has come at last. I am leaving Live Journal. No reason other than, since getting my own blog and becoming more active on FB I've just stopped posting here.

I will be downgrading to a basic account, leaving this message as a sign post to my blog, but will no longer be updating here.

Thanks for all the chats over the years!

Come see me at Sabrepunk.com!

Bye!

Nathan
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Subject:In need of a car...
Time:10:16 am
My car was stolen over the weekend. Anyone in LA have a cheap car they'd like to sell me?
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Subject:Comic Con and the Scribe Awards
Time:11:16 am
Hi, all. I will be at San Diego Comic Con from Thursday afternoon until Sunday evening, mostly just wandering around and spending too much money.

I will, however, be attending one event. I am a nominee for the 2010 Scribe Awards for Shamanslayer, and will be attending the Scribe Awards Ceremony, then participating in the panel afterwards. The Scribe Awards will be held on Friday afternoon from 5:00 to 6:30 in room 4, wherever that is. HERE are the details from the programming guide. If you can make it, I would love to see you there, and if you happen to bring any of my books, I would be happy to sign them, as I don't have an official signing this year.
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Subject:The Autocomplete Alphabet
Time:05:46 pm
Well, that was an interesting exercise. I typed in each letter of the alphabet into google seach to what would come up. Here's the list. It seems we are a fairly commercial culture. Though I am encouraged by "Dictionary" and "Quotes."

 

A - Amazon

B - Bank of America

C - Craigslist

D - Dictionary

E - Ebay

F - Facebook

G - Gmail

H - Hotmail

I - IMDB

J - Jet Blue

K - Knotts Berry Farm

L - LA Times

M - Myspace

N - Nordstrom

O - Office Depot

P - Pandora

Q - Quotes

R - Ralphs

S - Southwest Airlines

T - Target

U - USPS

V - Verizon Wireless

W - Walmart

X - xbox

Y - YouTube

Z - Zillow

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Time:12:23 pm
It’s Memorial Day, and a post my friend Greta made about honoring the soldiers, but not necessarily the leaders who put them in harm’s way, reminded me I had written two country songs about soldiers back during the height of the Iraq War. Try to imagine Waylon Jennings singing them and maybe they’ll read a little better.

Er, and just to be clear. I am not, and have never been a soldier. Writers have the annoying habit of putting themselves in other peoples’ heads, whether they’re qualified to be there or not.

Dead Soldiers

Dead soldiers
That’s what we call the empty bottles we make when we drink
Dead soldiers
Who died on the frontlines of the battle we fight not to think
Dead soldiers
The brothers we lost in a war I don’t understand yet
Dead soldiers
The brothers whose names and whose faces we drink to forget

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Dead soldiers
Who died for the red white and blue
Dead soldiers
Who died for me and for you
Dead soldiers
Still dead though the war wasn’t true
Dead soldiers
Yes we’re making dead soldiers
To forget the dead soldiers we knew

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Dead soldiers
If I could forget a name for each bottle I drank
Dead soldiers
But each night they come back and line up rank after rank
Dead soldiers
Jimmy and Tommy and Frank and old Hard Luck Jose
Dead soldiers
Though I know that its hopeless I still try to drink them away

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Dead soldiers
Who died for the red white and blue
Dead soldiers
Who died for me and for you
Dead soldiers
Still dead though the war wasn’t true
Dead soldiers
Yes we’re making dead soldiers
To forget the dead soldiers we knew


Honorable Men

I am a soldier
From a long line of soldiers
Who have answered our country’s call
From Ardennes to Burma
From Saigon to Anbar
We are proud to be giving our all

We pick up our packs
And we shoulder our rifles
March to hell and then right back again
No matter how weary
We do what is asked us
For we are honorable men

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We honor a promise
And we try not to lie
We fight hard for good not for gain
And all that we ask
Of the men who lead us
Is just that they do the same

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A soldier is a weapon
We shoot where you point us
So take care where you ask us to aim
For we’ll follow your orders
And we’ll pull the trigger
If you’re mistaken, will you take the blame?

We don’t ask for reasons
Or long explanations
Just give us a where and a when
All a soldier requires
When he walks toward the fires
Is to be led by honorable men

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We honor a promise
And we try not to lie
We fight hard for good not for gain
And all that we ask
Of the men who lead us
Is just that they do the same
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Subject:Bloodborn Promo Video
Time:11:47 am
Black Library have posted a four part promo video I did in which I read from Bloodborn, my latest book, and then answered some questions about the book. The four parts are kind of hard to find on you tube. For some reason they don’t all show up on the same page, so here they all are, collected together for your viewing pleasure.




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Subject:I've joined a club!
Time:01:02 pm

So, I'm part of a cool new thing.

Mike Stackpole has come up with a new online anthology project called the Wanderers’ Club Chain Story. It’s a series of ripping adventure stories written by well-known authors from different genres. The stories are meant to evoke the tall tales told over cigars and brandy in the smoking room of an adventurers’ club, and range from straight-up action to tales of the eerie and the fantastic.

I am one of the first four authors who were chosen to participate, and I couldn't be more proud. This is a fun project and a great way to sample the works of writers of which you might not yet be aware. So far the chain includes stories from founder Mike Stackpole, Jeff Mariotte, Bob Vardeman and me.

Read my story by clicking on the Working Stiffs title graphic above, or go to the Wanderers' Club Chain Story page by clicking on the banner below. Lots more great stories there!

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Subject:Bloodborn World Tour!
Time:11:26 am
Later this month I will embark on a two day, two city, two store signing tour for Bloodborn, my next Warhammer book from Black Library. These two stores will be the only places in the US where you’ll be able to get a copy of Bloodborn before the official June release, so come on down and be the first one on your block.

On Saturday, May 22nd at 2pm I will be signing at Emerald Knights Comics and Games in Burbank. The store is huge – two floors! – and packed with cool stuff, so I’ll make sure to wear something bright so you can find me. Emerald Knights is at:

4116 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
818-588-3631
Website

And on Sunday, May 23rd I will be driving down to San Diego to sign at Mysterious Galaxy, also at 2pm. I am sharing the bill with Christopher Farnsworth who will be signing his book, Blood Oath. We’re calling the event Bloodbath, and I will be facing Chris in a no holds barred steel cage match – winner gets to sign the other guy’s books. Mysterious Galaxy is at:

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Suite #302
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747
Website

So if you’re in the LA or San Diego area, please come by and say hello. It would be great to see you all!
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Subject:Shamanslayer for the Scribes!
Time:02:37 pm
Woo-hoo! Just found out that Shamanslayer, my latest Gotrek and Felix novel, has been nominated for the Scribe Awards, for Best Speculative Fiction Tie-In Novel.
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Subject:I are the mod....
Time:01:17 pm
More noise, this time from me! CLICK HERE to see my band, MI-6, rocking the Bullet, a mod club in Hollywood.

I wish there was a way to embed video from Facebook, but oh well.
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