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We’ve hit the halfway mark on the Humble Ebook Bundle, a name-your-price, support-for-charity, DRM-free ebook promotion. With one week to go, we’ve added in FIVE more books: XKCD Volume 0; Zach Weiner’s Save Yourself, Mammal and The Most Dangerous Game; Penny Arcade: Attack of the Bacon Robots; and Penny Arcade: Epic Legends of the Magic Sword Kings.

If you’ve already bought the bundle and paid more than the average, these are unlocked and ready for you to download. If you’ve bought the bundle, but didn’t beat the average, you can go back and pay the difference to get them. And if you’re new to the bundle, you have seven days to buy these ones. Don’t miss out!

Humble Ebook Bundle

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I did a little eight-question interview with the CBC’s CanadaWrites program. Here’s a few of ‘em:

6. Sharon Butala asks, “What do you think of the age-old notion that the best writing comes out of a life led outside the bourgeoisie, where so-called “rules” of normal middle-class life are deliberately broken and impulse is your guide, rather than duty or convention?”
Sounds self-indulgent to me. I’ve done great writing while working a bourgeois day job, while working a bohemian day job, while working no day job. I’ve also written bad stuff in all those contexts. The best writing comes from practice, discipline, insight and talent (in that order).

7. Lynn Coady asks, “Is there a poet, philosopher, musician, painter or any other type of artist outside the world of fiction who has inspired your work in a concrete way at some point or another? If so, who?”
Musicians especially—in totally irrational, impossible-to-describe ways. There’s just some music that puts me somewhere else. It’s like the best part of taking drugs. Some of those musicians are David Byrne, Tom Waits and Leo Kottke (there are others).

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Hey New Yorkers! I’ll be at New York Comic-Con today, speaking in the Author Spotlight on the Unbound Stage at 12 o’clock, and then signing books at the Tor Booth (#920) at 3PM. On Monday night, I’ll be at Brooklyn’s WORD books at 7PM, before heading to Philly, Bethesda, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, Toronto and Boston! I hope you’ll come out and say hi! Here’s the whole schedule.