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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-03 10:59
Subject: Bonus Garwulf's Corner update, and a special announcement
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Tags:ama, garwulf's corner, hatred, reddit
So, first things first: Hatred came out this week, the reviews are up, and it warranted an update to Garwulf's Corner.  The official publication isn't until noon or so, but the update is up now, for anybody who wants to read it.

EDIT: Never mind, it's up now with a pub date of yesterday.

Second, it's official: on Wedneday, June 10th at 1:30 Eastern Time, I will be doing another Ask Me Anything on Reddit, this time about Garwulf's Corner and related things.  So, when the time comes, drop by the IAMA sub-reddit and ask me a question!
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-01 10:06
Subject: Another Reddit AMA in the works, perhaps?
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Location:In my chair
Tags:ama, reddit
So, the last Reddit AMA went so well, and was so much fun, that I'm hoping to do another, this time about Garwulf's Corner.  With luck, it will coincide with the posting of the feedback installment on June 10th.

Stay tuned for more details!
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-01 09:46
Subject: And the relaunch of Garwulf Speaks is up!
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Location:In my chair
Tags:garwulf speaks, patreon
As the title says, it has happened.  Garwulf Speaks, my experiment to see if Patreon can be used as a platform for a monthly subscription magazine, has relaunched.  The June issue is now up, and can be read here.

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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-05-27 15:15
Subject: The new Garwulf's Corner is up at The Escapist
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Location:In my chair
Tags:garwulf's corner, hatred, the escapist, video game violence
There was a bit of an unexpected delay, but the new Garwulf's Corner is now up at the Escapist, and this one is about Hatred...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-05-20 09:28
Subject: A Note about Game of Thrones
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Location:In my chair
Tags:game of thrones, rape, the mary sue
As just about every Game of Thrones fan is aware, the most recent episode included a not very graphic, but still quite brutal, rape scene as Sansa Stark had her wedding night.  The next day, The Mary Sue declared that they would no longer be promoting Game of Thrones.

Before I go any further, I want to stress that I fully support their decision – not because I agree with it, but because it is theirs to make, and it was a truly nasty sequence that no doubt crossed the line for a number of viewers and fans.  I may not agree with The Mary Sue, or their interpretation of the focus of the scene shifting to Theon (as a storyteller, I would point out that the reaction of a third party like Theon is often used in a scene like this to reinforce the emotions that the viewer or reader should be experiencing, or to otherwise sell the scene), but I do understand where they’re coming from.

After all, I’ve tried (and succeeded) in doing that sort of thing myself.

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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-05-13 12:37
Subject: The new Garwulf's Corner is now live...
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Tags:battlebots, garwulf's corner, robot wars, the escapist
And, the latest Garwulf's Corner is now live...and this one is about combat robotics...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-04-29 15:11
Subject: Garwulf's Corner #4 is now up on The Escapist!
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Location:In my chair
Tags:diversity, garwulf's corner, the escapist
A bit later in the day than I would usually post it, I know - it's been a busy one.  However, the new installment of Garwulf's Corner is now up on the Escapist, and this time I'm talking about token characters.  Read it here!
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-04-17 10:16
Subject: An open answer to Elizabeth Bentivegna
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Location:In my chair
Tags:interview attire, sexism
So, an incident has been making the online rounds lately, where a young lady named Elizabeth Bentivegna was turned down for a programming internship at a startup - Ms. Bentivegna was quite angry about it, and accused the company of sexism on Facebook.  You can read about it here.

Now, did Ms. Bentivegna encounter sexism in this case?  The truth is that I really don't know - there's too much information missing.  I don't know the expected dress code for the interviewees, whether the successful candidate was male or female, or whether the feedback where she was told that what she wore mattered had actually come from the company or if the recruiter had just added that in herself to make a point about professional attire.  The fact that the programming staff is entirely male is a bit eyebrow-raising, though, so her complaint may have some validity.  Then again, that could be the core group of friends who started it up, and they just haven't had a chance to hire anybody new yet...which would mean that it doesn't mean anything.

So, I'm not going to speculate - I'm sorry Ms. Bentivegna, but I cannot support or refute your claim of sexism (not that I'm sure it would be my place to do either to begin with).  But you did ask a question ("If I had been a man, would it have mattered what I was wearing?"), and it deserves an answer:

Most of the time, yes, it would have mattered.

Although this can vary from company to company, the default interview attire is a suit and tie.  This is why many men will have a suit specifically for job interviews (called an "interview suit," which proves that sometimes we men are just not that creative at naming things).  Even the colour matters - conservative colours are better than bright ones, and the best colours to wear to a job interview, in order, are navy blue (suggesting team player), black (suggesting leadership), grey and brown (analytical and dependable, respectively), white (organized), and red (power and persuasion).  The worst colours are green, yellow, orange, and purple (all of which suggest creativity and fun, but not dependability).

So, if you were a man and wanted best results in your interview, considering that this is for a programming internship, you would probably be best served by wearing a suit and tie in combination of grey and navy blue (suggesting an analytical mind and a team player).
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-04-15 13:07
Subject: New Garwulf's Corner and Eternity Quartet today!
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Location:In my chair
Tags:eternity quartet, garwulf's corner, of wizards and watchers, the escapist
Today, it's a twofer.

First, there's a new installment of Garwulf's Corner up on The Escapist.  This one is all about Interstellar and why science needs to stay cool - check it out here.

Second, Of Wizards and Watchers, story #3 of The Eternity Quartet, is now available for sale from Amazon.com.  Buy it here.
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-04-14 16:46
Subject: The next story in the Eternity Quartet is available for pre-order
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Location:In my chair
Tags:ed greenwood, eternity quartet
So, I got my timing a touch wrong, and if you're an Ed Greenwood fan, my mistake is your gain!  Story #4 of The Eternity Quartet: Wild Talent Rising, by Ed Greenwood, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com here.

The blurb:

It is the Spring of the World. The Great Ice has retreated, leaving verdant fields and fledgling new civilizations. It is a time of wild and terrifying magic, wondrous opportunity, and great danger. Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms® and New York Times-bestselling author of Spellfire and Elminster: The Making Of A Mage, and Robert B. Marks, author of Diablo: Demonsbane, welcome you to the first movement of The Eternity Quartet.

The old empires have fallen and new ones have been born, and the age of bronze has given way to an age of iron. Deep in the heart of the Empire of Mitras, Eirene, daughter of Pholos, carries within her a terrifying, uncontrollable power – one that can save the wizards from extermination, if it doesn’t kill them all first.

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