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Author Topic: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford  (Read 2177 times)

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Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« on: October 12, 2009, 10:56:09 PM »

Nathan Bransford's first paragraph contest has begun. Here's the link if you are interested.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2009/10/3rd-sort-of-annual-stupendously.html
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009, 12:17:24 AM »

Kat

How do you enter a post?  I went to the site and thought I'd enter a first paragraph, but I can't find where to submit my paragraph.

Matthew S.

ps:  FYI:  The paragraph is:

“When a woman has her tongue in your mouth and her hand on your crotch, Paul, it’s too late to think about whether or not she’s pretty.”  His friend’s words came back into his mind like a haunting echo. The thing is, he told himself, she does have her tongue in my mouth and her hand on my crotch … and I still think she’s not that pretty.
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009, 02:04:39 PM »

Matthew - ROTFLMAO
That is priceless  ;D

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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009, 09:48:34 PM »

Matthew, scroll to the bottom and click on Post a Comment. (It will be a light gray)  It will open up a box for you to paste your paragraph in. Good Luck!
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2009, 05:39:45 PM »

The finalists are now posted and the voting begins. Mine didn't go anywhere. (sigh)I voted for "M".

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009, 08:38:54 PM »

UPDATE:

Today Nathan posted his reasons for choosing the winner out of 2500 entries and how he nitpicked the finalists to finally get down to one winner. He explains what he looks for in a first paragraph. Very interesting!

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009, 08:53:48 PM »

Sorry I missed the deadline.  On the other hand, Bouchercon was great!

Matthew S.
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2009, 11:00:26 PM »

Matthew,

Why don't you tell us a little about it? I for one would have loved to have gone to something like that so hearing about it would be the next best thing!
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009, 04:17:32 PM »

Sure, Kat.  Give me a day or two to catch up on my sleep and I'll post something.

Matthew
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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009, 11:42:42 PM »

Kat,

Re your question to Matthew below:

Why don't you tell us a little about it? I for one would have loved to have gone to something like that so hearing about it would be the next best thing!

Well I can tell you that the high point of Matthew's Bouchercon weekend was the charming fellow he got to share a hotel room with.

Seriously, Matthew, Jonathan E. Quist (treasurer of the MWA's Midwest Chapter), and I shared a room at the Omni Severin just a block and a half away from the convention hotel.

I'd never had a chance to meet Matthew f2f before, though we've been corresponding on MWF for years.  We found out that we had more in common than just mystery writing.  Matthew is, like me, a practicing Catholic and I found he was even more conversant in some of the minuitiae of the Faith than I was.  He may be the only Catholic layman I've ever met about whom I can say that.  Of course, I'm not married to someone who's in charge of religious education at a parochial school.

The convention was, quite simply, one of the best I've ever attended.   Dowtown Indianapolis was a far more charming, cosmopolitan city than I'd imagined.  The convention site was great.  The convention itself, organized by Jim Huang, owner and operator of The Mystery Company (one of the best mystery bookstores in the country) was possibly the best managed Bouchercon I've ever been to. 

Highlights for me were personally presenting the Short Mystery Fiction Society awards, the Derringers, a dinner party afterwards given by one of the winners, and the Shamus Dinner.  The most prestigious of the Derringers, the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer, was awarded this year to EQMM mainstay Clark Howard, author of more than 200 short stories, winner for the Edgar for the classic "Horn Man," a professional writer since 1957, and a fine gentlemen.  Mr. Howard is someone with whom I've been corresponding for several years, but we've never met f2f before.  Afterwards, he gave a dinner party at the revolving restaurant at the top of the hotel/convention center which was attended by three other top-flight writers, Doug Allyn, Barbara D'Amato, and Brendan Dubois, and by Jan Hutchings and Linda Landrigan, who are, respectively, the editors of EQMM and AHMM.  I was traveling in fast company.

The next night, at the Shamus dinner, I was again sharing a table with Clark, Jan, and Linda, along with Max Allan Collins and his wife Barbara.  The founder and chief cook and bottle washer of the Private Eye Writers of America, Bob Randisi, had been told by the Shamus award judges that, this year, for the first time, there would be no "Eye" award (the Eye being PWA's Lifetime Achievement award) given.  What Bob didn't know was that the judges had decided to give the Eye to Bob himself.  Somehow, they managed to keep it a secret from him.  Bob got the award for creating such PI characters as New York State Racing Club investigator Henry Po, former prizefighter-turned-PI Miles Jacoby, and former NYPD cop turned Brooklyn private eye Nick Delvecchio, as well as for all he has done for the hard-boiled PI sub-genre by founding the PWA and the Shamus awards.

The panels were great.  Michael Connelly was a gracious and accessible guest of honor.  He also won an Anthony for Best Mystery Novel of 2008 for The Brass Verdict.  My chapter of the MWA sponsored a special series of events called "The Hot Ticket."  Several really big-name crime writers, including Connelly, Lee Child, and others, met with a lucky ten or so people who won the chance to spend more intimate time with their favorite writers in a non-panel, non-crowded situation.  The "Hot Ticket" events were very popular, and it looks like the program may be continued at future B-cons.

Aside from SMFS's Derringers, PWA's Shamuses, and the convention's own Anthonys, Bouchercon was also the venue for the awarding of the Macavity given by Mystery readers International, the Barry given jointly by Deadly Pleasures and Mystery News, and the Crimespree awards.

I didn't go to a single boring panel.  The excellence of the panels is a testament to the planning and organizing of Jim and his committee who not only chose interesting topics, but put good panels together to discuss those topics.

This is running pretty long, but I guess you can sense the gist of the message.  I had a great time!  I'll be happy to answer any specific questions if I can.

There was one very sad note.  Mystery novelist Jeanne Dams of South Bend, IN, a past president of the Midwest Chapter of MWA (and a good friend of mine), came home from the convention to find that, in her absence, Ed, her beloved husband of 38 years, had passed away.  This was, as you can imagine, a terrible shock and a crushing blow.  I'm sure she'd appreciate all of you remembering her and her husband in your thoughts and prayers.

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Re: Agent/Blogger Nathan Bransford
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2009, 01:44:08 AM »

Thank you, Jim.

I sat there ooohing and ahhing as I read your post. I was right-it was a thrill to read about someone else's experience! It was almost like having my nose pressed against a window watching the whole thing!

I'm glad you guys had such a great time. Thanks for sharing.

I'm sorry about Jeanne Dams losing her husband. She'll be in my prayers tonight.
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