LEGO

Two Links from My Google Feed

Back from ALA, and had a blast! More on that later, once I’ve unpacked and figured out which bag I left my brain in.

For now, I had two links two share from my Google Reader feed, before Google permanently retires that service.

1. The Mary Sue has the First Clip of The Legend of Korra, Book Two. ::Bounce::

2. This made me smile. It was built by True Dimensions, whose Flickr page has some other nifty builds as well.

LEGO Movie Trailer

For anyone who’s interested, I updated yesterday’s blog post with information on Mr. Dark’s clients and their work.

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And now on to something more important:  the trailer for next year’s LEGO movie, at http://youtu.be/lPnY2NjSjrg

To be honest, I’m not sure what to think yet. It’s nice to finally see Superman and Batman in the same movie, and there are a few jokes in the trailer that made me grin. There’s some good voice talent and potential here.I don’t think this first trailer gives us enough information to really judge. I hope they don’t go too silly or cheesy with it, but we’ll see…

Website Outage Tonight and LEGO Grayskull

www.jimchines.com will be down for a little while tonight while sff.net updates the WordPress installation for their users. I’ve also killed a few plugins that weren’t really necessary, and I’m hoping that will eliminate the occasional FastCGI Error message folks have reported. It’s certainly sped things up on the admin. interface.

Also, have a LEGO Castle Grayskull, just because. This was built by Fraslund, and you should definitely click through to see the rest. I think I even spotted the Sorceress up there…

Lego Hogwarts

Alice Finch built Hogwarts out of LEGO. To minifig scale. With scenes from the various books/movies.

The whole thing uses close to half a million bricks, and took twelve months to put together.

There were other things I wanted to blog about, but instead I’m just going to stare at the full photoset for a while…

LEGO Kids Fest

Saturday, I took the kids to the LEGO Kids Fest in Novi. Purely for them, you understand. I was just being a good father, dutifully spending four and a half hours in a convention center full of models and hands-on displays and games and more. Because that’s just the kind of Dad I am!

It also gave me the chance to teach some Vital Life Lessons, like the proper technique for staking LEGO vampires.

We got to see the Important Cultural and Historical Figures of Our Time.

My son Jackson found a new role model.

And then there was this glimpse of Child Heaven…

All in all, a most Educational Experience for everyone.

I’ve got a few more pics, and larger versions of these, on my Flickr site.

Off to Chicon

Our internet is fixed! Just in time for me to leave the state tomorrow morning for Worldcon. I’m reposting my schedule here, mostly so I can find it this weekend when I manage to confuse myself.

  • 8/30, 5:30 p.m., Dusable – Reading (Any requests? I’ll probably do something from Libriomancer, but I’m willing to reconsider. I read the Muppet Werewolf story at WFC a few years back, otherwise I’d do that one.)
  • 8/31, 10 a.m. – Noon – Writers Workshop (Preregistered attendees only)
  • 9/1, 9:00 a.m., Comiskey – SFWA Business Meeting
  • 9/1, 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Columbus IJ – The Art of the Cover Pose (Jim C. Hines, Karen Haber, Steven Vincent Johnson, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Yanni Kuznia)
  • 9/1, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Autograph Tables – Autographing (Charles Justiz, James Kahn, Jim C. Hines, Joan Slonczewski, Lee Martindale, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Fulda, Robert Reed, Tony Pi)
  • 9/2, 6:00 p.m. – ??? – Hugo Reception/Ceremony/Loser’s Party – In which Jim will wear … a suit! Just like a real grown-up! The ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m. Central Time. There should be live video here.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone! If you’re a regular reader/commenter, please say hi if you have a moment! (And if your real name doesn’t match your online handle, please throw me a bone and tell me who you are. I can barely remember my own name at these things.)

I’ll probably be posting random Worldcon-related miscellany on Twitter, and maybe Facebook.

Other things while I’m thinking about it…

Anton Strout’s book Alchemystic [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] comes out September 25. He and Penguin are donating $2 per preorder, up to $3000, to Worldbuilders. Details are on Pat Rothfuss’ blog.

Morgan Keyes has a new book out called Darkbeast [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy], which sounds like a lot of fun. I’m hoping to have a guest blog post from her soon.

Finally, LEGO: The Piece of Resistance is a live-action and CGI LEGO movie, currently in development. It’s just been announced that they’ll be turning Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks into minifigs for the film. The movie will also have Superman and Batman sharing the screen. (In minifig form, naturally.) I believe this is the point where I say SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

Libriomancer: The First 24 Hours

In some ways, yesterday reminds me of my wedding. There was a lot of preparation and work, and it seemed like time was simultaneously slowing to a crawl and rushing past as the day approached. And then it was here in a blur of noise and excitement, surrounded by friends and loved ones. Lots of happiness and celebration (and yes, maybe even some dancing). Then you blink and it’s all over.

Here are just some of the things that happened yesterday…

  • The Big Idea: Jim C. Hines – My guest post for John Scalzi, talking about the love of books, the SF/F genre, and sense of wonder.
  • My Favorite Bit – A post for Mary Robinette Kowal’s ongoing series, in which she says kind things about the book and I talk about one of my second-favorite scenes.
  • Please Excuse ________ From Work/School – A note I wrote yesterday, excusing you all from work and/or school so you can stay home and read. You’re welcome :-)
  • Mighty Axes and Beer-Soaked Beards – This has nothing to do with Libriomancer, but it also went live yesterday. This is an essay I wrote for Apex Magazine, talking about the portrayal of dwarves in fantasy.
  • Bitten By Books Giveaway – I’m still answering questions in the comments, and the giveaway is open through the end of the day tomorrow.
  • Reviews showed up on Wired, Bitten by Books, and of course, on Amazon.
  • Lots of people Tweeted, Facebooked, Googleplussed, and blogged about the book’s release. Thank you so much!!! (I hope we didn’t oversaturate the internet too badly!)
  • My book launch at Schuler Books in Lansing, which included a wonderful crowd, pink cake, and a Justin Bieber balloon. (You can see me posing with the balloon on my Facebook page.)

I am delighted and excited and energized and utterly drained. So I’m going to close by posting something utterly unrelated to libriomancy. Even though Isaac Vainio would totally get a kick out of it.

This is a working LEGO model of the Curiosity Rover, which touched down safely on Mars earlier this week. It was built by Doug Moran and Will Gorman. (Thanks to The Mary Sue for the link.)

If the video isn’t showing up, you can view it on YouTube.

LEGO Helm’s Deep & Book Stuff

As you might have gathered from Wednesday’s post, most of my energy is going into book-related stuff right now, including…

  • A Twitter chat/interview at sffwrtcht. (Transcript is here – includes one automaton-related spoiler detail from the moderator.)
  • An interview with LGBT Fantasy Fans and Writers in which I talk about princesses and Libriomancer and writing advice and a magic marionette.
  • Several other as-yet-unpublished interviews, guest blogs, and essays.
  • Talking to my editor about the cover for book two.
  • Brainstorming a title for book two. (I spent more than an hour staring at the computer last night, just jotting down random words. I also had a title feedback session on Facebook.) The possible titles I finally sent my editor are: CODEX BORN, CODEX BOUND, or CODEX UNBOUND. We’ll see what she thinks.
  • Chatting with Carol Monda, who will be doing the narration for the audio books of the princess series. (Did I make that announcement here? I don’t think I did. Bad author! I know I mentioned it on Twitter and Facebook.)

So while I try to find my brain, enjoy this impressive LEGO recreation of the battle at Helm’s Deep, by Daniel Z. Click the pic for more shots of this set.

Miscellaneous (with LEGO Game Boy)

The Fundraiser for Rape Crisis Centers raised more than $500 in the first 24 hours, which is wonderful! Our next goal is $750, at which point a book by Anton Strout gets added to the prizes. Thank you to everyone who’s donated and spread the word so far!

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I’ll be doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) tomorrow, April 13, starting at 7:00 p.m. CST. Having read some of the AMAs they’ve done with other authors, I expect this to be fun.

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ARCs of Libriomancer have been spotted in the wild! Cranking up the authorial anxiety in 3…2…1…

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A blog post by author Adrienne Kress: How to Write Female Characters (or as I like to call them, Characters).

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Finally, because I haven’t done anything LEGO in a while, have a LEGO Game Boy. That’s also a Transformer. With a LEGO Tetris cartridge. That transforms into a bird, Laserbeak-style. Oh, just click the pic and check it out! This was built by Baron von Brunk.