May 31 1900-2100 I'll be doing a reading from "Violence: A Writer's Guide" (Second edition, 66% more fun) for the Bards and Brews event at: Primrose &Tumbleweeds 248 E Main St. Hillsboro, OR. I'll be reading from VAWG and maybe from "Horrible Stories I told my Children"
June 1-2 Seminars in Silverdale, WA. Conflict Communications + Introduction to Violence.
More information and sign-ups are here.
After that, I'll be in Germany June 8-16 +/1two days or so. One of the seminars is closed. The information for the public one is here:
Then Surgery. Yay.
Writing front, the second edition of VAWG is out (with an introduction by Steve Perry!!), available in e-books and paperback.
The sixth compilation of the blog posts is also out, with a cover by my beautiful and talented wife:
Only in e-book form. Amazon here. Other formats on SmashWords.
The video, "Logic of Violence" is also out. I really struggled with this material. I learn better by reading and playing than by watching and I've been slamming my head over how to present the material. LoV works great in a class room, where a group of martial artists work everything out for themselves. But reading lacks the interactivity.
Put it this way-- every single self defense instructor tells you the same things about not being a target. Tells you places to avoid and stupid things NOT to do. It comes as received wisdom and is really easy to ignore. In the LoV class the students recreate that advice because they make a list of who they would be looking for to victimize and where they would look and how they would isolate... Instead of just words they know it becomes concepts they understand. And no matter how skillfully I wrote it, the self-discovery power would be absent.
So David Silver, YMAA's resident video genius said, "Why don't we just film one of the classes?"
And this is it. The information is crucial if you want to systematically build, expand or refine your personal self-defense program.
And, for the hell of it, I've done a couple of interviews recently:
Radio interview coming up on KALW in San Francisco tentatively July 8.
And just got asked about a guest appearance on a cable show.