I am pleased to be a blog stop on the Literary Underworld Blog Tour! I have been doing conventions with these folks for a couple of years now and every time I meet one of their ranks, I’m impressed by the level of talent and creativity each one of them posesses. I am honored to be able to host the fantastic Jackie Gamber today as she blogs about what exactly the Underworld is and of course… dragons.
Hello from Memphis, and thank you so much to Lexxx for hosting me for the Literary Underworld blog tour! I love how Lexxx describes her family as The Munsters・; that is one of my most beloved shows to this day, and Netflix has brought the opportunity to carry on the dark love of the show to my own kids. Technology is grand.
What is the Literary Underworld, you ask? Its a bookstore outside the box, allowing readers to purchase directly from authors. Cutting out the middle men helps authors make more per book than they would otherwise. And more than that, its a way for authors to join together and support each other by sharing the load, spreading the word, and making it happen! Its the reason I‘ve based my series of posts for the tour on the Beatles song.
I came to be a part of the Literary Underworld the way most people discover new things: through friends. Specifically, friends I made through MidSouthCon, a yearly convention in Memphis. There‘s nothing like sharing a crowded, noisy vendors room with fellow writers and genre entrepreneurs for great bonding.
As an author, my first love has always been science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the blends of those that make such interesting subgenres. I‘ve published stories as short as flash fiction, as novellas, and novel-length. My current work-in-progress is Book III of the Leland Dragon Series, a fantasy novel for Seventh Star Press, as well as a steampunk fantasy upcoming for New Babel Books. I‘m also a freelance editor. Releasing soon is the Scary Psyches・ issue I edited for Shroud Magazine.
But I think some of my favorite work has come from my awareness and outreach, related to my research and writing about dragons. In my work with FODERP (Friends of Dragon Equality and Rights Protection) I‘ve had wonderful opportunities to meet dragons across the globe, and to learn, and in turn, teach about these magnificent creatures. To CTRL stereotypes, to ALT knowledge, and to DEL specism. I‘ve spoken at conferences, conventions, and meetings for friends of dragons, as well as represented dragons for those who have never had the pleasure of meeting one. Its been an honor to be an ambassador for these magnificent, and so often misunderstood, creatures.
I‘d like to share with you today an excerpt from my presentation Dragonspotters’ Survival Guide・, which includes handy tips on what to do when the unimaginable happens: stumbling into the path of a dragon in its natural habitat.
Even the most seasoned wanderer has occasionally come upon a napping, or otherwise preoccupied, dragon. Here‘s what to do if this happens to you.
- 1. Don‘t panic. Remember the dragon is as startled as you are.
- 2. Eye contact is important. Dragons often judge the character of a person by the length he or she is able to maintain a gaze. The longer your gaze, the less of a threat you will appear to be.
- 3. Empty all food items from your pockets and toss them toward the dragon‘s feet. The last thing you want at this point is for a stray candy bar to smack a timid dragon in the snout and undo the progress you‘ve thus far made.
- 4. Finally, if after these steps the dragon has come to accept your presence, an introduction is in order. Courtesy and manners are always in fashion, and the dragon will respect you for them.
Sure-fire tips for turning a dragon stranger into a buddy!
Be sure to stop by the Literary Underworld today at http://www.literaryunderworld.com/ and check it out! And use this special discount code to get 15% off of your shopping for yourself and your friends:
Because we all get by with a little help from our friends. Even friends with dragon breath.
Jackie Gamber is the award-winning author of Redheart・ and 鉄ela・, Books One and Two of the Leland Dragon Series, now available! For more information about Jackie and her mosaic mind, visit http://www.jackiegamber.com
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Thank you so much, Jackie, for joining us on The Southern Belle from Hell. Be sure to check out Books I and II of the Leland Dragon Series by Jackie Gamber, as well as hopping over to the next stop on the blog tour!