Former Tomjon Talks Discworld with Sword & Laser Apr. 29 + May Events

The next few weeks are going to be so much fun. In addition to some live May events (more on that below), I’m really excited about this Wednesday…

Live Google Hangout: Discworld Discussion with Sword & Laser on Apr. 29, 4 p.m. PT

Luigi Novi [CC BY 3.0 ( or CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Sir Terry Pratchett, Discworld author, 1948–2015. © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons. Luigi Novi [CC BY 3.0 ( or CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s hard to believe that it was only a year ago that I was on the Sword & Laser podcast to talk about the Rucksack Universe. Now, on Wednesday, Apr. 29 at 4 p.m. PT, hosts Tom and Veronica are having me back on to talk about something near and dear to my geeky wee soul: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

Sword and Laser

What’s the Sword & Laser? Sword & Laser is a wonderful online book club and regular podcast for science fiction and fantasy fans. Every month they work with their 21,277-member Goodreads group to select a new book to read and discuss. This is one of the few podcasts I always listen to. Right now they’re in the thick of one of Terry Pratchett’s early books, the first Lancre witches novel Wyrd Sisters.

Why I stopped what I was doing to email them. During a recent podcast they mentioned wanting to have on someone who knows and loves Discworld. My heart immediately began to pitter-patter like the pounding of hundreds of little feet of sapient pearwood Luggage. I stopped what I was doing to email them:

Discworld found me while I was living in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1998–1999. During that time I was a member of the Napier Drama Society at Napier University, and I was cast as Tomjon in a production of Wyrd Sisters. Along with Mort, these were my introduction to the series, and I since have become a voracious Discworld reader. (My wife always knows when I’m reading Discworld because I laugh myself hoarse and have a hard time doing anything else but devouring the book as quickly as possible.) From Granny Weatherwax to Sam Vimes, The Luggage to Moist von Lipwig, I love visiting Discworld and always look forward to going back.

Remembering Sir Terry. As you may know, Terry Pratchett passed away on Mar. 12, 2015. He was the author of more than 70 books, with over 40 in his Discworld series alone. I had always hoped to meet the author of many of my favorite books, and whose work and themes have been a huge influence on my own. I won’t get to meet Sir Terry in this life. But I sure as hell look forward to talking about an author and a body of work that is far, far more than funny fantasy stories.

Catch our Sword & Laser Discworld discussion. I re-read Wyrd Sisters on Sunday—I believe it was my fourth time reading this book. Will post links and such for the podcast and Google Hangout when they come available. If you can’t make it to the live video Google Hangout on Wed. Apr. 29, at 4 p.m. PT, our Discworld discussion will be online at YouTube and will also be available in the Sword & Laser’s podcast in due course.

May Events

There’s a lot more going on too. Here are live events and readings I’ll be doing in May:

Opal Center Literary Salon: Conversations with Local Authors, May 2, 2015

Author Panel: Writing and Business: Getting it done despite our lives, May 7, 2015

Lunch with an Author, May 21, 2015

It’s going to be a fun few weeks, and I hope we get to say hello.

P.S. If you want to see my 2014 hangout with the Sword & Laser, here you go:

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