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16 July 2015 @ 02:43 pm
Wow, what an experience! I am still feeling rather giddy, even several days later. Even my completely banal day job couldn't douse my spirits.

There is little point in actually summing up the events one by one. I think the lovely Julie Bozza has made a tremendous job of that already, have a look here.

So, what made this con so special? The usual, of course - putting a bunch of people together who share the same passion and many experiences is bound to make for a really interesting and exciting time. And while this con definitely didn't always run as smooth as this German would have liked, the staff managed one pivotal thing to the point of perfection: From the youngest, shyest reader to the famous keynote speakers, everyone felt included. And probably because of that, conversations always started flying after a few sentences. We were readers, publishers, authors, each of us with varying degrees of experience - but it felt as if we were all just fans of the same genre, all chatting each other up, trying to get more fun out of the whole business.

It was great. It was exciting, productive, inspiring, and last but not least, encouraging.

So a big hug and 'thank you' to Marc, Dani Elle, Anna and all the others for their great work.

And personally? The panel I felt so insecure about actually turned out pretty great. I mean, it wasn't hard considering I was sitting there with Rebecca Cohen and Justine Saracen. Even though we didn't really find anything we could disagree upon, we managed to talk about what makes historical romances tick, and where we would draw the lines to alternate history, steampunk or historical fantasy (or, as Justine put it: historical goofing off - a completely respectable genre!).

The few books I brought were sold and signed in no time, and I am still completely flabbergasted by that fact. Admittedly, the cover of Lovers in Arms is outstanding, and a strong selling point in its own right besides fitting the story perfectly. So kudos to Natalya Nesterova, who did the artwork.

So in sum, there is only one thing left to say - come 2016, I will be back for EuroPrideCon in Berlin!

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osirisbrackhaus
07 July 2015 @ 10:50 am
Well, now it's official.

I will be part of the Masters of Time panel at EuroPrideCon this weekend, together with the talented Rebecca Cohen and Justine Saracen. I have barely overcome that dreadful sensation of feeling like a fraud everytime someone called me an author. How can I even?

Well, I guess it'll have to be as always - I'll prepare as well as I can, then realize it's all completely useless because I have no clue at all what to prepare for, actually, and then go do it anyway and smile and hope no one will notice. Worked out quite well for me so far. I think. I hope.

But how DOES one prepare for such a panel anyway? Do I talk about what I considered right when I wrote 'Lovers in Arms'? Or what I think I should have done by now? Or what I think would be right for historic romances in general? Do I brush up on my old 'story vs history' talk? What about the 'author as mediator between content and recipient' spiel? Or the old discussion about what my audience expects of me and how the bleep to figure out those expectations in the very first place? What about ‘historic and futuristic novels are essentially the same, as both require the same extensive worldbuilding’? And at what point am I overthinking all this? After all, it’s gonna be just an hour, and I am not supposed to talk all the time. Am I rambling yet?

So at this point of my thought process, I usually lean back, take a deep breath, and try to think of the whole affair as a wondrously exciting adventure weekend. I have never been to Munich before. I have never met other authors (except my lovely wife), and never been to any event this prominently GLBT. There will be a late night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday night, which we hope to attend, which would be another first for me. There will be a Bavarian Dinner Buffet Gala, which fills me with terror and giddy glee in equal measures. I really look forward to meeting people who, until now, I have only met online. However the individual parts will turn out, it will be an exciting, cool and inspiring weekend.

And in the end, it all comes down to the one, dreaded, central question: What the hell am I supposed to wear?

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osirisbrackhaus
21 May 2015 @ 05:55 pm
Author: Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Destroyer of Worlds
Part: 1/1
Rating: G
Configuration: Yaden/Colin
Warnings: /
Word Count: 2000
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index or the Phoenicipedia
Characters: Colin, Yaden, K'gosi
Summary: Attending a meeting of Ynagra priests on the Youh'Kai homeworld of Far'Gesh turns out a little less harmless than Colin thought.
Feedback: Yes, please!

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osirisbrackhaus
12 February 2015 @ 09:14 am
Author: Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Bare your Soul to Millions
Part: 1/1
Rating: R
Configuration: /
Warnings: /
Word Count: 4800
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index or the Phoenicipedia
Characters: Bobby Dover, Vian, M'tini, B'cardi
Summary: A karaoke night out with Bobby, Vian, M'tini and B'cardi ends up with the most unexpected consequences...
Feedback: Yes, please!

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osirisbrackhaus
16 January 2015 @ 09:08 pm
10921987_943474745671367_695817158_n (1)Maybe it's old news to you, maybe not. This year, for the first time, there will be a continental European meet of GLBTQ authors, readers, publishers, bloggers, et al, modeled after the great UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet.

It's the first Euro Pride Con, and it's going to happen on July 11th and 12th 2015 in Munich, Germany.

I just finalized my bookings and am so very much looking forward to meet so many of the people I have so far only seen as usernames on my screen. This is going to be so exciting! Hope to see you around this summer in Munich!
 
 
osirisbrackhaus
13 November 2014 @ 01:05 pm
Alright. World War One, Christmas armistice.

One hundred years later, it's become an ad for a british chocolate brand. And despite everything - it's sweet, and touching, and features handsome young soldiers smuggling presents into each other's pockets. *headshakes*



Still not really sure what to make of this, but it definitely got my smutbrain going...

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osirisbrackhaus
31 October 2014 @ 03:14 pm
Just to let you know - the Phoenicipedia, the wiki for our Phoenix Empire stories, has just reached 500 articles - and that is without all the lists and categories.

While it is by no means finished, it's quite a neat milestone for a project that started merely as means to keep our characters' birthdates straight. *happy little dance*

Have a lovely weekend, all of you!

 
 
osirisbrackhaus
28 October 2013 @ 06:44 am
Author: Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Wheels
Part: 1/1
Rating: R
Configuration: /
Warnings: /
Word Count: 3500
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index
Characters: Bobby Dover, M'tini, B'cardi
Summary: Buying a new set of wheels is never simple, but in Bobby's case might just lead to the beginning of an extraordinary friendship...
Feedback: Yes, please!

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osirisbrackhaus
21 October 2013 @ 06:02 am
Author: rynthjan and Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Anger Management
Part: 1/1
Rating: R
Warnings: drugs, torture, murder
Word Count: 4600
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index and the Phoenicipedia
Characters: Vian, Bobby Dover
Summary: Vian comes to pick up Bobby for his move to P2...
Feedback: Yes, please!


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osirisbrackhaus
07 October 2013 @ 06:16 am
Author: Osiris Brackhaus
Story Title: Crown and Lance
Part: 1/1
Rating: R
Configuration: /
Warnings: /
Word Count: 2900
Setting: 'Phoenix Empire' verse, see Phoenix Empire Timeline & Index and the Phoenicipedia
Characters: Bobby Dover, Mother G'dina
Summary: Finally having found a proper little job that does not involve sexual intercourse, Bobby is visited by an unlikely acquaintance from the ghetto...
Feedback: Yes, please!


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