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Lorien Loveshade Marries Herbie 6 August 2020

Lorien Loveshade (Artariel) and Herbie (Enchantric) were sothers (significant others, girlfriend and boyfriend) from 6 August 2003 to 6 August 2005. They had a “trial separation” that led them in different directions–until 6 August 2018, when they became a couple again.

So after Herbie proposed marriage to Lorien on 16 June 2019 at The Gathering at the Grove, is it any wonder they set their wedding date for 6 August 2020?

What they of course could not predict was the current pandemic. So they are doing what some couple are doing this year, having a virtual wedding. They will be together, as will those immediate family members and friends who reside with them (Herbie’s offspring Emma and Christopher, and their roommate Mindy). Other family members will be gathered in their own homes, and others will do as they choose.

I was honored with helping write the wedding ceremony (I’ve written or helped write several now).

Congratulations to Herbie and Lorien, and to the family they’re bringing together!

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Gen Con July 30 – Aug. 2, 2020

Gen Con is the largest tabletop-game convention in North America by both attendance and number of events.” So says Wikipedia. This year, it’s happening online from July 30 – Aug. 2.

I’ll be there–will you?

https://www.gencon.com/online

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Queen Titania’s Court Interview

An interview of both me and one of my characters is now online! Fyrnux is a genderless student at the University of Vonyai. She tells Queen Titanis about Oystra, a female from another world, who came to the university as an exchange student. Students on Fyrnux’ world are divided not by gender, but by eye color. Fyrnux has yet to learn the problems having a female student on a genderless campus can cause.

The story is part of the fantasy/horror/science fiction collection Exchange Students edited by Sheila Hartney. Note that comments are disabled for this blog entry. That’s because I’d love your comments at Deby Frederick’s interview site at https://wyrmflight.wordpress.com/2020/06/20/queen-titanias-court-orange-sun-gray-sky-by-alden-loveshade/.

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Queen Titania’s Court

 

Cover art by Laura Givens for “Exchange Students.”

Court of Titania, Queen of the Fairies.

All during the month of June, author Deby Fredericks will be welcoming fantasy authors and one of their characters to Queen Titania’s Court. Both the author and character will be answering questions.

I’m fortunate that I and my story “Orange Sun, Grey Sky” in the Shelia Hartney-edited anthology Exchange Students will be featured.

Check out Deby’s blog!

EDIT: You can read the interview at interview site

For Exchange Students, check
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1885093896
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0851SFVLV
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1005851

 

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FnordCon 2 Online April 17 – 19

That’s right, Steve Jackson Games’ cancelled FnordCon 2 convention is back on–only now online! It will be held from Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Featured are the New Car Wars, Deadly Doodles, Munchkin, The Fantasy Trip, Illuminati Confirmed, Ogre, GURPS, and more! You can even meet John Kovalic and the SJ Games staff!

EDIT: See UPDATE below.

Announcement (which will have a link for the convention on Friday, April 17):
http://www.sjgames.com/fnordcon/

Virtual Schedule:
http://www.sjgames.com/fnordcon/FnordCon_schedule.html

Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/159850045331753/

UPDATE: Invite link to let you join can be found at http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archive/April_17_2020/FnordCon_2_Starts_Today

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Goodbye Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers, regarded as a “country music icon,” has passed away. He was 81.

Not only am I a fan of his music, I have some connections, largely emotional.

Years ago, right after a date when I was in college, I knew I had fallen in love for the first time. The song I was listening to at that moment was “The Gambler.” It was a cover version of a song written by Don Schlitz–the cover sung by Kenny Rogers, the first singer to put the song at no. 1 on the charts. So even though I was a poker player in college, I associate that song as much with love as with the game.

In my early journalism days, I was an editor of a college newspaper. One of my fellow students who contributed was one of Kenny Rogers’ sons. I remember him as creative and a nice guy.

Finally, I had a one act play produced for a California festival. While I haven’t verified it, that festival was apparently part of the inspiration for the Stagecoach Festival at which Kenny Rogers was scheduled to perform in his retirement tour. But he didn’t make it–he was already too ill.

As in the song “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers has walked away. But we’ll continue to hold on to his music and his legacy.

Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

 

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Exchange Students Coming to Your Planet

Cover art by Laura Givens for the fantasy/horror/science fiction collection “Exchange Students.”

I, Alden Loveshade, contributed the story “Orange Sun, Grey Sky” to this fantasy/horror/science fiction collection available 25 February 2020. The story follows a female exchange student on a planet where gender has been eliminated.

“Study abroad! See new places! Meet new people! In our exchange student program, you can literally study anywhere or anywhen you can imagine. We’ll send you to new planets. We’ll send you to new dimensions and realms of existence. We’ll send you through time itself! Read this exciting anthology packed with twenty-two tales of science fictional and fantastic exchange students.”

Edited by Sheila Hartney and published by David Lee Summers, it features stories by Roze Albina Ches, Jaleta Clegg, Ken Goldman, Paula Hammond, Sheila Hartney, Chisto Healy, Joachim Heijndermans, Sean Jones, Tim Kane, Alden Loveshade, Tim McDaniel, J Louis Messina, Jennifer Moore, Brian Gene Olson, David B. Riley, Katherine Quevedo, Holly Schofield, Jonathan Shipley, Lesley L. Smith, Emily Martha Sorensen, Margret A. Treiber and Sherry Yuan.

Note for GURPS fans: the galaxy in which my story is set was used in home, online, and Strategicon convention games.

Reserve (or purchase on 25 February 2020 or later) your copy in paperback or ebook form at the following:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1885093896
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0851SFVLV
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1005851

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Ultimate Socialism vs. Christian America

The thought of Socialism in America is very, very frightening. Many Christian Americans find it an anti-Christian demonic deception that goes against everything true believers hold dear.

Left unchecked, it could lead to what some Christian Americans would see as the ultimate blasphemy before God.

Acts 2:44-47 of the Holy Bible (New International Version) describes what happened to Christians in the dangerous days of early Church history. These early Christians living in a non-Christian nation got caught in ultimate socialism, what many see as the ultimate attack on true Christian American values:

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

While I am responsible for this post, it was partially inspired by one by John DeProspo.

An opinion of an individual members of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

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Donald Trump’s Attorney: No Witnesses, Please

Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald J. Trump’s lead lawyers, doesn’t want any hearsay at Trump’s Impeachment trial. He said, “You cannot impeach a president based on an unsourced allegation.”

Sure, that makes sense. The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to be confronted with the witnesses in a criminal trial, so why not for an Impeachment trial?

In this case, Sekulow spoke in regard to former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton allegedly said that he heard Trump tie in aid to Ukraine with Ukraine agreeing to an investigation of the Bidens.

So the obvious solution is to have Bolton himself testify at the Impeachment trial so it’s not unsourced but is direct from the witness, right? No–Trump’s team (and political party) wants to stop Bolton from testifying.

I wonder how that would work if everybody who was going on trial could choose which witnesses, if any, could testify against them. It might go something like this:

“Your honor, the Prosecution wishes to present its first witness to the crime who–”

“Objection, your honor; the Defense objects to this witness testifying.”

“In that case, your honor, the Prosecution wants to present a second witness to the crime who–”

“The Defense objects, your honor; we don’t want that witness testifying either.”

“All right. Well, that still leaves us the victim who–”

“The Defense objects.”

“The Prosecution has no further witnesses.”

“In that case,” says the Judge, “case dismissed.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trumps-legal-team-wraps-senate-trial-arguments-questions/story?id=68584065

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Order of the Pineapple 2020: Michael E. Brown and Robert Shea

Pat Pineapple as drawn by Order of the Pineapple member Toby Bruno–before the Order existed.

EDIT: Some people apparently had trouble posting on this and possibly other blog entries. Sorry about that, but we think we have the problem fixed.

The 2020 winners of the Order of the Pineapple have been announced! (This is only awarded once a year on January 18 aka Pat Pineapple Day).

The honorees for 2020 are Robert Shea and Michael E. Brown!

Robert Shea alias Josh the Dill co-wrote The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, and Leviathan (The Illuminatus! Trilogy) with Robert Anton Wilson. The books spread Discordianism (and crazy if tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theories) when virtually nobody knew about it (or them). The trilogy won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award. He and Wilson wrote letters about conspiracies to themselves at Playboy and then answered them. Robert Shea on Wikipedia

Michael E. Brown, professor at Caltech, led the team that discovered Planet X (name of the SubGenius world) and helped get it nicknamed Xena and later named Eris as part of “The Jake That Changed a World campaign” led by Discordians/Erisians. He wrote about it in How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, in imitation of the Principia Discordia subheading How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her. Mike Brown on Wikipedia

The Order of the Pineapple is also called the DisOrder of the Pineapple and the Pineapple DisOrder, but it’s usually abbreviated O.P.  (The award has also been called Patus Pineappleus Bromeliadic and the winners The P.P. Bromeliadics or Bromedliaddicts). It honors those felt deserving, particularly those who have given extraordinary service to “the participatorial study of comedic attitudes and eccentric tendencies.”

The O.P. is awarded to very few people, typically only one or two a year.  It’s presented on only one day a year, January 18 CE, which is 18 Chaos of the Discordian calendar.  That date is recognized as Pat Pineapple Day.  Pat is the Mascot of the ECG and Patron Saint of the very recently dissolved D D of the ECG.  It is absolutely required that members of the Order eat something containing or resembling pineapple on January 18–unless of course they don’t feel like it.

Congratulations to them both!

Order of the Pineapple

Order of the Pineapple Wiki

NOTE: The Winners’ Acceptance Speeches are in the Comments Immediately Below.

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