Post from May, 2010

Songs for Soldiers

Monday, 31. May 2010 12:15

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

***

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

***

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

***

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

***

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

***

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

***

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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Jael Segura

Thursday, 27. May 2010 10:22

I haven’t put up any art in a while, but this caught my eye, and she has more lovely stuff on her blog. Click on the picture to visit.

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Bloodborn Reading and Q+A

Wednesday, 26. May 2010 9:40

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.

Enjoy.




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Tales from the Wanderer’s Club

Friday, 7. May 2010 12:53


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.

Click on the banner below to go directly to the chain story site, or read my story right here by clicking to the Wanderers’ Club Chain Story page in the sidebar to the right.

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Bloodborn World Tour

Tuesday, 4. May 2010 11:12

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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