It has been another busy week at UKBA17 HQ, where we welcomed a mix of health, fitness and sporting social media talent along to Action PR‘s offices to celebrate the launch of the new Sports and Fitness category.
The evening had an array of hero props to get all in attendance geared up for the UK Blog Awards 2017 BlogHero theme, with pop up Instagram booth and super healthy chocolate and fruity cheesecake treats – yes, you read the word ‘healthy’ correct!
As well as on the night, introducing UK Blog Awards 2017 host, social media personality, Chessie King.
With only 16 days remaining until entries close for the UK Blog Awards 2017. Don’t forget to enter your social media content and nominate your favourite bloggers, vloggers and instagrammers for recognition.
Steven from Urban Kultur, won his UK Blog Awards back in April 2016.
Expect to dive into the world of Urban Kultur during this interview post and find out Steven’s tips on reaching the final phase of the UK Blog Awards. From its design to content, Urban Kultur is most certainly content that does inspire and will continue to do so.
Indulge your passion in VisitHolland: whether it’s art, architecture, canals, cycling, Royal Delft or Amsterdam that motivate you to visit. Be swept to Holland this Tuesday via Twitter at 9pm with NBTC as they co-host #BlogHour.
We caught up with 2016 Health and Social Care winner, Caron Cares. Caron Sprake set up her blog back in 2012 when she admits she was a complete technophobe, but her first online project has come such a long way since then. Caron tells us what has been happening in her whirlwind life of blogging which has also seen her scoop two more awards since her individual win at UKBA16, and why making a difference to the care community has made her a true Blog Hero.
Introducing. The Judges.
Each week, we will be introducing you to a selection of industry experts, judging on each category panel.
Heather Fell, won silver at the Beijing Olympic Games in the sport of Modern Pentathlon. Since her retirement, she has pursued a career in the media working internationally as a sports journalist and commentator.
Introducing, Parenting Judge, Rosie Corriette, Blogger and creator of Mummy and Boo. Mummy, Rosie and Boo, Elizabeth are addicted to adventures that take them travelling all over the world and aren’t happy unless they have a flight booked!
Katrina, Founder of KK Communications was ranked in 2015, the top 50 fastest growing female-led companies. Katrina has worked with many of the leading restuarants, hotel and bar clients and is a great addition to the Lifestyle category panel for UKBA17.
Director at Action PR, Cheryl is a specialist health and fitness PR and marketing. Cheryl is passionate about the industry and recognising influencers for their achievements. Cheryl also supported the introduction of the Sports & Fitness category for the UK Blog Awards 2017. Take a peek at Cheryl’s video biography.
We are delighted to announce that presenter and social media personality, Chessie King will host the UK Blog Awards 2017 on Friday 21st April 2017.
Chessie has vast experience in building a social media presence from scratch and creating her own network of influencers and is a Blog Heroine in her own right.
She’s infectiously energetic, passionate about continuous improvement and being a reputable instagrammer and YouTuber, Chessie can relate to all nominees that are entered into the UK Blog Awards 2017 process.
We are open for submissions!
Hi there everyone,
Jeremy Szal, fiction editor of SSS here. Just a quick note to let you know that StarShipSofa will be
open for submissions from the 1st of November to the 30th. We’re after all manner of science fiction
reprint submissions and from all corners of the globe. If you have a piece that’s published, we want
to see it. Please spread this around: the more submissions we get, more diverse and higher quality
The Krypton Radio newsletter ROCKS FROM SPACE is back, direct to your inbox! Here’s the latest:
We’ve had a pretty rough month this month. We lost both Michael Brown, our Four Color Bullet comics columnist, and Vagabond “Tony” Carter, (Robert Hess when not on the air) both to heart attacks within about a week’s time. Michael was 46, and Robert was only 40, and they both died of heart attacks. Two finer men we have never known, and Krypton Radio wouldn’t have grown to be what it is without them. We are saddened, and surprised by the suddenness of it, and confused as to how we’re supposed to go on without these men by our side. It’s just not something you get over. Time shouldn’t heal all wounds. Sometimes you want the people in your life to be a part of you forever, and Robert and Michael always will be.
Also, a minor correction, station owners Susan Fox and Gene Turnbow have been invited to Arisia in Boston in January of 2017 – that’s January, not February – as Radio Guests of Honor.
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Enclosed is a press release for our proof-of-concept short we filmed on location in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire entitled THE THREE HARES, which is now live, 31st October 2016, All Hallow’s Eve, on Vimeo and YouTube.
Based on true legends of the west country, THE THREE HARES focuses on the mysterious symbol of the Three Hares (three hares entwined in a circle connected by their ears) and three shape-shifting sibling hare witches.
Since my last email nearly two months ago, my Australian post-apocalyptic fantasy novel CHILDREN OF THE DIFFERENT has been getting good reviews – an average of above 4/5 on Amazon. I have created a page on my site that sets out extracts from lots of reviews, together with links to the full reviews.
The promotional blog tour for the book went well – go here for links to all the guest posts, interviews and podcast chat.
CHILDREN is available for just 99 cents on Kindle ebook for a short time – go here to find the Amazon page.
RPGnet Newsletter #75
November 1, 2016
Kickstarter Spotlight – Kickstarters You Might Have Missed Edition
Typically, the Newsletter only does one Kickstarter Spotlight per month. After last week’s edition, however, two of your fellow RPGnetters put in requests for Kickstarter Campaigns to be featured in the Newsletter. So, this week, in place of our normal Threads You Might Have Missed feature, we’ll take a quick look at those two additional gaming-related Kickstarters. As always, if you have suggestions or requests for Newsletter content, please shoot me (Iustum) a PM.
First up, requested by RPGnetter El Ravager34, is Mythic Wars: Clash of the Gods & Cthulhu Rises. This campaign from Excalibre Games US offers both the base game (Mythic Wars: Clash of the Gods) and an expansion (Cthulhu Rises). Mythic Wars is a deckbuilding, dice-rolling tabletop game wherein the players battle it out between groups of deities called factions. The full game rules are available linked from the Kickstarter campaign, making it fairly easy for prospective backers to get a feel for whether this is the type of tabletop game for them.
Excalibre Games has been producing well-regarded tabletop games (predominantly hex-and-counter war games) for many years, so this foray into a different style is well-worth your time to check out. The Mythic Wars: Clash of the Gods & Cthulhu Rises Kickstarter runs until December 2.
Second, RPGnetter Allandaros pointed out the Operation Unfathomable Kickstarter Campaign from Jason Sholtis of the Hydra Cooperative. (Full disclosure – Allandaros is a member of the Hydra Cooperative.)
Operation Unfathomable is a “gonzo funhouse” underworld campaign setting for the OSR Swords & Wizardry RPG. The Kickstarter campaign page has loads of previews of the book’s content and art, so a prospective backer should be able to discern pretty quickly whether it would be a useful addition to their OSR library. Also worth noting is that Sholtis is using primarily his own art in the book, which will definitely help maintain its consistent aesthetic. The campaign is also very transparent with regard to shipping costs and has some useful charts to help prospective backers make sense of the various pledge levels. (In fact, after seeing them, Yr. Humble Editor is more than happy to sign a petition that would make similar charts mandatory for all future gaming Kickstarters.)
Overall, if you have any interest in running an underworld-based OSR campaign, it is well worth your time to check this out. The Operation Unfathomable Kickstarter runs until November 10.
Antonios S also reviewed to supplements for the Dice City board game. First up was “Dice City: Crossroads,” where Dice City becomes more tactical and more themed in a single expansion. Second was “Dice City: All That Glitters,” a meaningful, if somewhat limited, addition to the original game.
John T. Jessop took a look at “Red Mists: Swords Against Sorcery,” a slim, beautiful, visceral and flawed gem of an RPG that gets right most of what makes S&S such a compelling genre.
I am extremely excited to share that Planetary Resources has finalized a 25 million euro investment and cooperation agreement with the Luxembourg Government and the public-law banking institution “Société Nationale de Crédit et d’Investissement” (SNCI).
This funding will accelerate the company’s technical advancements with the aim of launching the first commercial asteroid prospecting mission by 2020.
We’re honored to be working with Luxembourg’s bold and visionary SpaceResources.lu initiative, and are excited to develop the resources on asteroids for a prosperous future for humanity, here on Earth and in space.
Last week, we learned that the film and licensing rights to Brandon Sanderson’s entire Cosmere have been purchased by DMG Entertainment, and it’s likely that they’ll begin adapting the series with The Way of Kings. Alice Arneson shares some thoughts on the announcement, then turns to a group of Sanderson’s dedicated beta readers for casting suggestions: check out their picks for Kaladin, Shallan, Adolin, and the rest of the major characters, and nominate your own cast in the comments!
At the beginning of each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy eBook to club subscribers. We’re happy to announce that the pick for October 2016 is Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson , the Hugo Award-winning first book in Wilson’s Spin trilogy. This title will be available for download from November 1st to the end of day (EST) November 7th; for legal reasons the offer is only open to readers in the U.S. and Canada, but all are welcome to join the conversation on Tor.com throughout the month!
On November 22nd, fans of Brandon Sanderson’s books get to find out how they’re all connected! Arcanum Unboundedis a collection of stories that take place within the “Cosmere,” the overarching universe that contains the author’s many epics. New readers will find a wealth of exciting introductory stories into Sanderson’s myriad worlds, and established fans will get to enjoy tales from the Mistborn series and read a new multi-chapter Stormlight Archive story before the next book, Oathbringer, arrives. Check out the full Table of Contents here, and let us know what you’re most excited to read!
A crime writer whose grandfather was a king…a white South African anti-apartheid activist…a free-market neo-liberal Rastafarian from Zimbabwe…a South African rap/ jazz-rock star, illustrator, and author: these are just a few of the amazing writers you’ll meet in Part Two of our series “100 African Writers of SFF ,” in which award-winning author Geoff Ryman explores the burgeoning literary communities producing science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction across the continent of Africa and beyond.
“The Loud Table” by Jonathan Carroll is an SF/fantasy short story about four elderly men who regularly hang out. One of the men is worried that he’s getting Alzheimer’s, but the truth might be even more discomforting.
Even in his dreams, he could still hear the long-ago cheering and feel the energy and heartfelt dedication of the crowd. It roared around him, making his sleep restless. Young Manford Torondo could see the beatific face of Rayna Butler, his inspiration, his beloved mentor-whose vision had brought healing and faith to the human race after the bloody generations-long Jihad.
“Dune: Red Plague” is an all-new Tale of the Great Schools of Dune-written to accompany the new novel Navigators of Dune (Tor, September 2016).
To help our readers celebrate Halloween (the best holiday of the year, in our opinion), Tor.com presents “The Auntie”, a delightfully haunting witch duet from the artist Wendy Xu and author Alyssa Wong that’s sure to cast a spell on you!
Would you like to arrive in the Americas with the Pilgrims, experience ancient Rome, or visit future, domed cities on Mars? Whatever time tripping fantasy you harbor, you can, with proper training and practice, attempt to fulfill it in your dreams.
Most of the time, you probably don’t realize you’ve been dreaming until after you wake up. By then the dream has already come to an end. Some people, however, are conscious that they’re dreaming while the dream is in progress, a state of consciousness known as lucid dreaming. And, research now reveals, lucid dreamers can direct their dreams, much like a film director directs a film. They can create or eliminate characters, fly to distant locales, change their actions and the actions of others, even alter dream weather, scenery, or props. With all those capabilities, lucid dreamers can certainly teach themselves to dream of historic or future locales. –and read the rest here.
LUCID DREAM TIME TRAVEL
A major requirement for successful dream control is the ability to remember, appreciate, and record your dreams