Announcing a new event night!

The Quillians are proud to announce the addition of a new event night to supplement our weekly meetings!

The third Saturday of each month at 6pm SLT will mark the new meeting time.  The first such event will be held on October 16, 2010.

The scheduled event night will see a few different forms along the way – everything from readings to interviews and perhaps even game nights.

As an extra bonus, readings and interviews will be recorded for inclusion into a Quillian Podcast (to be launched early next year).  Both the live reading and the podcast recording will assist Quillian members in promoting their stories and themselves to a larger market.

We are interested in making this new event night into a group effort and, in that spirit, we are looking to our fellow group members for ideas and suggestions for different event themes.  We are also looking for volunteers who would like to help organize events, or would like to hold a reading of their own.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact either Graegor Aeon or Timothy Berkmans inSL.

Banned Books Week

Every year, books are challenged for their right to be placed on the library shelf.  Some are outright banned.

To focus awareness on this issue, Banned Book Week was created.  This is the twenty-eighth year for this event, held annually during the last week of September.  This year’s event runs from September 25 through October 2.

The Quillians are pleased to announce that they will be participating in the American Library Association’s Second Life ReadOut!  On October 2, 2010 at 4pm ET (1pm PT/SLT), Second Life residents can listen to excerpts from various banned or challenged books, as read by special guests.  The Quillians will be represented by authors Michael A. Stackpole and Steven Saus, as well as Quillian founder, Michael J. Hercus.

If you would be interested in becoming a reader for this event, please contact Oberon Octagon in Second Life.  Time is an issue, so please send your request as soon as possible.

The Second Life event will be held in-world in the ALA sim.

A listing of banned or challenged ‘Classic’ books via the ALA.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Chuck adds another link to The Chain Story

Chuck Heintzelman’s story, “The Train Bandits” is the latest entry into The Chain Story Project.  The Chain Story is a collection of free fiction, direct from the authors, for readers to sample online.  Chuck’s entry is a wonderful adventure tale for all ages.

Chuck Heintzelman is a software engineer living in the Pacific Northwest.  Each day he juggles his passion of writing with his full-time job, school-age children, and the inevitable curve ball life likes to throw.  He primarily writes middle-grade and young-adult fantasy because, as he puts it, “my mental age hovers somewhere between that of a 12 and 14 year old.”

Find out more about Chuck, sample fiction, and his monthly column on writing at storychuck.com.

The Train Bandits by Chuck Heintzelman

Chuck’s Website

The Chain Story