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Priscilla Spencer has been Jim's creative consultant since 2007. In addition to managing content for Jim-Butcher.com and its social media channels, she beta-reads all of Jim's works, serves as a thematic consultant on the graphic novels and role playing games, and illustrates the maps for his books. The whole "Year of Dresden" thing is largely her baby. Her latest claim to fame is directing the official book trailers for Peace Talks and Battle Ground. In her professional life, Priscilla is a Producer, Writer, Photographer, and Fantasy Map Illustrator working towards a career in producing TV. She enjoys musical theatre, gluten-free cooking, sci-fi/fantasy, and weightlifting. She aspires to travel the world and pet every dog.

Palling with the Paranet

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Nov 242020
 

In this week’s Dresden Drop, we catch up on Adam Mathison-Sward‘s delightful Paranet Pals fan comic!

But before we dive in, we have a couple pressing reminders and one exciting announcement:

Love for Battle Ground

Congratulations, Jim! Battle Ground has been named one of Amazon’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2020. Check out the full list. It makes for a fantastic holiday buying guide for all the SFF lovers in your life. Congrats as well to all the other authors who made the cut!


Microfiction Contest Ends TONIGHT

Today is the LAST DAY to submit to the microfiction contest! We gave our fans this prompt: Write about either a birthday OR a holiday in the Dresdenverse. You have until midnight Pacific tonight to enter your <1500 word ficlet to yearofdresden(at)gmail.com.

Read the full rules in our Double Birthday Spectacular post under the “It’s My Birthday Too” subheading. Three winners (one grand prize and two runners-up) will receive their choice of a Mika Kuloda Art Print from Worldbuilders!


Final Round in the Goodreads Choice Awards

Peace Talks has made it into the FINAL ROUND of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

Goodreads Choice Awards Final Round

Folks have until November 30th to cast their ballots. Regardless of whether you voted in the prior rounds, this is a fresh slate and you can vote again. Check out all the excellent nominees in all categories and make your voice heard!


And now, today’s featured treat:

Palling with the Paranet

For the last several weeks, illustrator Adam Mathison-Sward has been creating a delightfully silly fan webcomic called The Paranet Pals.

Follow Adam on twitter or instagram for more. New installments every Sunday!


And that’s it for this week! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, and other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Still need a copy of Peace TalksBattle Ground, or anything else by Jim? Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order in print, audio, or ebook through the Jim-Butcher.com Store. We believe you may still be able to grab a signed copy of Battle Ground from Mysterious Galaxy and Barbara’s Bookstore (though we STRONGLY RECOMMEND confirming availability of signed stock before placing your order at either place) or a book with a signed bookplate from Worldbuilders.

Battle Ground: On Sale Now!

A Culinary Diversion

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Nov 172020
 

A quick note before we get into the meat (har!) of this week’s post: Peace Talks has made it into the FINAL ROUND of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

Goodreads Choice Awards Final Round

Folks have until November 30th to cast their ballots. Regardless of whether you voted in the prior rounds, this is a fresh slate and you can vote again. Check out all the excellent nominees and make your voice heard!


We know many of our American readers will either not be celebrating Thanksgiving this year or doing so in a more limited way for the safety of their loved ones. With that in mind, we thought we’d fill that culinary void by sharing some fun and delicious Dresden-inspired recipes! And don’t forget to submit your microfictions and photos of any Dresden tattoos. Details below the feature.

Dresdenverse Dining

Need a new quarantine challenge? Recreate some of your favorite dishes from Mac’s and other parts of Harry’s Chicago in the (increasingly stir-crazy) comfort of your own home! Catherine Barson Eastis of The Gluttonous Geek has you covered.

Check out the Dresden dishes on her website, including the debut of a new addition to her Dresden recipe collection, then read our interview with Catherine below!

The Gluttonous Geek portrait, featuring Catherine clutching a wooden culinary tool in Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet.

Priscilla: What inspired you to start creating recipes for fictional worlds, and how long have you been at it?  What was your first dish?

Catherine: I had been playing in the kitchen since I’ve had access to the one in my ex-boyfriend’s apartment back in 2009. It was during the recession and we were both underemployed, so I had to get creative with whatever we had in the pantry or freezer. Funnily enough, he and his friends were also the same folks who introduced me to the Dresden Files. Technically my first geeky recipe was when I made a bourbon chocolate cake and decorated it (badly) to look like the Tardis for one of our friend’s birthdays. 

Starting six years ago, though, my curiosity reignited when I received A Feast of Ice & Fire, the Official Game of Thrones Cookbook, as a wedding present. Between playing with that, creating my own recipes for our own last-minute premiere feast, competing in local geek bar Battle & Brew’s cookie competitions, and creating recipes for my geek fashion blogger (The Lady Nerd) roommate’s “Dinner and a Movie” segment I was hooked. 

The ideas would not stop flowing, and my English major brain could not stop translating story analysis into food. So I did it. I started the blog in May 2015 and premiered with recipes for Borsht and Ratatouille inspired by Red from Orange Is the New Black. I’ve learned a lot since I started with a crappy point-and-shoot camera and an inflated sense of arrogance. I’m honored that ya’ll have stuck around with me on this journey as I’ve worked to develop my art and my role as an artist.

Three of the items used to summon Molly in Peace Talks are Nutella, a Ring Pop, and Dr. Pepper. What food items could Harry use to summon you?

Single malt Islay Scotch whisky, white cheddar or blue cheese, cured meat, shiitake mushrooms, yellowtail sashimi, rosemary flavored anything, and Spaghetti-os. Honestly, though? Putting out a charcuterie board at a party will summon me faster than Toot-Toot on a deep-dish. The Denarians could probably win me over with some really good cheese. 

Which of your Dresden dishes was your favorite to create, and which would you most encourage fans to try?

My two favorite to develop were the Kringle Cookies and the Bob the Chocolate Skulls because they just felt snarky and fun — they were probably my least favorite to craft because making anything cold ingredient-based in the South is a nightmare. Curse my warm hands! 

My favorite to cook was the Red King Conchinita Pibil because I can just set it to slow roast while leisurely making the mango salsa and sipping margaritas. As far as what to try? Well, that depends on your level of experience and patience.

Beginners would probably enjoy my Darkhallow Beef Roast with Pumpkin-Hazelnut Oatcakes. They’re stupidly easy to make and great for the coming Cold Days. The Summer Lemonade is as easy as boiling water. Intermediate cooks would like both versions of the Steak Sandwiches and the Wild Hunter’s Pie. Anyone with patience will love both my deep-dish and thin-crust pizzas. Lasciel’s Baklava is also magical if you use her themed tea (Temptress from Dryad Tea), but takes some patience if you’re not used to working with phyllo dough.

Are there any Dresden dishes you’d like to tackle in the future?

Last year I went to Chicago to go to all the places and eat all the things I could associate with The Dresden Files. A week was not nearly enough time to sample the diversity this city has to offer! It also taught me that this series’s main character is not just Dresden. It’s also Chicago. The tensions and relations we see between the human and supernatural communities are in some ways similar to the city’s real history of immigrant and racial communities. Their presence, though, makes a city like Chicago and a series like The Dresden Files all that more unique.

With that, I want to figure out some more ways to incorporate these influences while remaining respectful to the culture they originate from. This recipe for Red King Conchinita Pibil was an example of that since the Yucatan peninsula’s cuisine (where Chichen Itza is located) has its own distinguished elements within Mexican cuisine. Then, of course, I want to tackle some more Chicago favorites like soft pretzels and Southside-style fried chicken. I already have ideas for the donuts with sprinkles. 

I’ve been working on developing a couple of Hog’s Hollow recipes inspired by Ebenezer McCoy. My experiment with a BBQ rub, sauce, and pork ribs based on Scottish flavors paired with Memphis and Kansas City style BBQ worked out really well. Admittedly my re-read of the series is taking longer than expected, which is why I have been slow to release more DF recipes. Like my redux of the famous steak sandwich, I want to get things right.

And finally, which Pokemon do you think would be most delicious?

It’s funny you mention that since my fandom food blogger friends and I have explored that question on many occasions. 

In my experience, Farfetch’d is delectable seared with slices of its green onion and served with a plum wine sauce thickened with a roux of its own fat. Torchics are excellent stuffed with cheese and deep-fried Nanban-style. And finally, Paras legs are delightful steamed in sake or chopped up over mushroom biscuits and topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

Thanks so much to Catherine for sharing her recipes! Check out her website for a collection of delectable dishes from all across her favorite fandoms. And now, Priscilla is really craving some of that cochinita pibil she fell in love with on a trip to the Yucatan in 2016. Craving like… hmm. She should probably make some before this gets out of hand… (Featured: Badali Jewelry’s original prototype Harry Dresden Ruby Pentacle, because Priscilla is just that nerdy. Unedited digital infrared image.)


Reminder: Show Us Your Tattoos

We’ve seen some absolutely STUNNING Dresden tattoos lately, and we’d love to include a compilation in an upcoming Drop. If you have any Butcher-inspired ink you’d like to show off, send your photos to yearofdresden (at) gmail.com by Sunday, November 22nd.

Please include your name, your artist’s name, a link to where folks can contact the artist or find more of their work, and what pronouns we should use for both of you.


Reminder: Microfiction Contest

ONE MORE WEEK in our Microfiction Contest! Submit your own microfictions (<1500 words) based on the following prompt:  Write about either a birthday OR a holiday in the Dresdenverse. Submit entries to yearofdresden(at)gmail.com by November 24th.

Read the full rules in our Double Birthday Spectacular post under the “It’s My Birthday Too” subheading. Three winners (one grand prize and two runners-up) will receive their choice of a Mika Kuloda Art Print from Worldbuilders!


And that’s it for this week! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, and other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Still need a copy of Peace TalksBattle Ground, or anything else by Jim? Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order in print, audio, or ebook through the Jim-Butcher.com Store. We believe you can grab a signed copy of Battle Ground from Mysterious Galaxy and Barbara’s Bookstore (though we STRONGLY RECOMMEND confirming availability of signed stock before placing your order at either place) or a book with a signed bookplate from Worldbuilders.

Battle Ground: On Sale Now!

A Harried Halloween, Goodreads Goodness, and More!

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Nov 102020
 

For this week’s Dresden Drop, we have your Halloween photos, a surprise addition to the second round of the Goodreads Choice Awards, and a reminder to submit to the Fanfic contest! But first, a request:

Show Us Your Tattoos

We’ve seen some absolutely STUNNING Dresden tattoos lately, and we’d love to include a compilation in an upcoming Drop. If you have any Butcher-inspired ink you’d like to show off, send your photos to yearofdresden (at) gmail.com.

Please include your name, your artist’s name, a link to where folks can contact the artist or find more of their work, and what pronouns I should use for both of you.


Double Dragon Boss Fight at Goodreads

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Surprise! Enough fans suggested Battle Ground as a write-in vote that it’s been added to the Semifinal Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards! Now, both Peace Talks and Battle Ground are in the running for Best Fantasy of 2020. Hope this doesn’t split the vote! 😀

This is the second of three rounds, so regardless of whether you voted last week, you can vote again now. The semifinals run from November 10th to 15th, so check out the nominees and cast your votes in your favorite categories by this Sunday!

Jim is in contention alongside some of our favorite authors, including NK Jemisin, Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, VE Schwab, RF Kuang, Rebecca Roanhorse, and many more, and it makes for some excellent company. Seriously, if you’re looking for your next great read (or a holiday gift for the discerning SFF geek in your life), this list is a phenomenal place to start!


Halloweenathon

After three or four November 3rds last week, we’re bringing back an October 31st! In last week’s Drop, we asked you to send in your Dresdenverse Halloween costumes from this year, and you delivered. Thanks so much to Sarah, Jesse, Lauren, Brian, Magda, Bonnie, James, and Rea for repping the series as they celebrated a pandemic-safe holiday!


Reminder: Microfiction Contest

By popular demand, we’ve added a fanfic contest to the Year of Dresden! Throughout the month of November, fans can submit their own microfictions based on the following prompt:  Write about either a birthday OR a holiday in the Dresdenverse. Submit entries to yearofdresden(at)gmail.com by November 24th.

Read all the details in our Double Birthday Spectacular post under the “It’s My Birthday Too” subheading. Three winners (one grand prize and two runners-up) will receive their choice of a Mika Kuloda Art Print from Worldbuilders!


And that’s it for this week! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, and other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Still need a copy of Peace TalksBattle Ground, or anything else by Jim? Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order in print, audio, or ebook through the Jim-Butcher.com Store. We believe you can grab a signed copy of Battle Ground from Mysterious Galaxy and Barbara’s Bookstore (though we STRONGLY RECOMMEND confirming availability of signed stock before placing your order at either place) or a book with a signed bookplate from Worldbuilders.

Battle Ground: On Sale Now!

Inktober Wrap-Up

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Nov 032020
 

Hello, my lovelies! Today is a stressful day, and my attention span is putting goldfish to shame, so let’s relax with some awesome fanart, yeah?

Goodreads Choice Awards

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The opening round of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards is still going strong! Peace Talks made the short list in the Best Fantasy category, and Jim is in excellent company, vying against some of the most beloved names in the genre. Check out all the nominees! You have until Sunday, November 8th, to make your selections.


Inktober Wrap-Up

Illustration of Jim in an aggressive stance, holding a massive fountain pen like a weapon, covered in spatters of ink reminiscent of blood

“Bonus Villain: Jim Butcher” by Luke Schroder

Throughout the past month, we’ve been admiring the work of Adam Mathison-Sward and Luke Schroder, two illustrators who chose Dresden themes for Inktober. Here’s a sampling of the pieces they’ve produced since we last checked in with them!

From Adam:

Collage of Adam Mathison-Sward illustrations for Inktober: Hades, Ethniu, the Erlking, Lea, Luccio, Mab, Michael, and Kincaid and Ivy

From Luke:

Collage of images by Luke Schroder for Inktober: Magog, Thorned Namshiel, Lasciel, King Corb, Mab, Lord Raith, and He Who Walks Beside, Behind, and Before

You can see all of Adam’s images on his Twitter or Instagram and all of Luke’s on his Facebook. Be sure to leave them lots of love in the comments of your favorite illustrations!


Call for Photos

Did you dress up as one of Jim’s characters this Halloween? We’d love to see your photos and include them in a future drop! Send them in to yearofdresden@gmail.com and let us know how you’d like to be credited. Thanks to those of you who have already submitted images!


Remembering Rachel Caine

We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the passing of Rachel Caine, one of the defining voices in the urban fantasy genre, who succumbed to a battle with cancer on Sunday. Her career was exceptionally prolific, producing nearly 50 novels since her debut in 2003. Her engaging stories gained her legions of dedicated readers, and her humor, wisdom, and generosity of spirit earned her the appreciation and admiration of colleagues, new writers, and people throughout the industry and beyond. We offer our sincerest condolences to the many who loved her and her work.

If you haven’t read any of her work or have gaps in your reading list, here’s a thread of her ebooks currently on sale. We suspect Dresden Fans would most enjoy the Weather Warden and Morganville Vampire series, but we encourage folks to take a look around and read a synopsis or two of her various series. In such an impressively sprawling body of work, there’s bound to be something for everyone!


And that’s it for this week! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, and other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Still need a copy of Peace TalksBattle Ground, or anything else by Jim? Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order in print, audio, or ebook through the Jim-Butcher.com Store. You can grab a signed copy of Battle Ground from Mysterious Galaxy and Barbara’s Bookstore (though we STRONGLY recommend confirming availability of signed stock before placing your order at either place) or a book with a signed bookplate from Worldbuilders.

Battle Ground: On Sale Now!

DOUBLE BIRTHDAY SPECTACULAR!

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Oct 272020
 

This week, we celebrate two birthdays: Jim’s was yesterday, October 26th, and Harry’s is this Saturday, on Halloween! And accordingly, this week’s post is a DOOZY.

Contents including a new contest, the release of Tyler Walpole’s bookplates, a nomination in the Goodreads Choice Awards, an unmissable podcast appearance, and SO MUCH MORE!

Trust us, you’re going to want to read all the way to the end…


Goodreads Choice Awards

Goodreads Choice Awards Header. Text: The choice is yours. Vote for the best books of the year in the 12th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Vote in the opening round.

Peace Talks has been nominated in the Best Fantasy section of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards! Jim is in the running alongside some of the most beloved names in the genre, including N.K. Jemisin, Naomi Novik, R.F. Kuang, V.E. Schwab, and perplexingly Brandon Sanderson, whose nominated book doesn’t come out for another three weeks (Priscilla is counting the days. That series is phenomenal!).

The opening round of voting runs from today to Sunday, November 8th, so you have just shy of two weeks give all the nominees a shot and cast your vote for your favorite! Best of luck to all the contenders!


Bookplate Blowout

Autographed Peace Talks and Battle Ground bookplates by Tyler Walpole

Tyler Walpole’s breathtaking bookplates for Peace Talks and Battle Ground are now on sale! These artist edition 5″x7″bookplates are signed by Jim Butcher and the artist and have an adhesive backing, so you can add them permanently to the interior of your book or the back of your e-reader, or put them in a frame to hang on your wall. 

Act fast–the previous batch of Tyler’s bookplates sold out in under 8 hours!


A Conversation With Legendarium

Jim’s recent visit on the Legendarium Podcast contains a series of revelations, including plans for another Dresden novel between Battle Ground and Mirror Mirror! This interview features Jim at his most candid and personal, and it’s absolutely unmissable.


“It’s My Birthday Too” Fanfic Contest

Dresden character gallery by Mika Kuloda: Ramirez, Molly, Murphy, Harry, Thomas, Michael, and Butters

Over the course of the year, we’ve recognized fanartists, cosplayers, and our canniest prognosticators. Now, for our final contest of the year, we’re celebrating Harry’s Halloween birthday with a spotlight on fanfic authors!

This month’s challenge: Write your own microfiction about either a birthday OR a holiday in the Dresdenverse! Entries are due November 24th. Three winners (one grand prize and two runners-up) will receive their choice of a Mika Kuloda Art Print from Worldbuilders!

A few ground rules:

  • Keep it under 1,500 words–this is a bit shorter than Jim’s “Job Placement” microfiction.
  • The principal characters in your fic should be named characters from the series.
  • Must be PG-13. No explicit sex or gore. Take your cue from the stories Jim has contributed to multi-author story anthologies.
  • Endeavor to keep your stories generally consistent with the world and story events of Jim’s novels. 1,500 words is not a lot of room to establish a high school AU. 😀
  • Jim’s fanfic policy still holds. Jim will be playing NO ROLE in judging this competition and will NOT be reading any of the fanfics entered, to ensure he will have no knowledge of their contents. Any potential resemblance of story elements to later published works will be purely coincidental.
  • We reserve the right to post our favorite entries on Jim-Butcher.com, but we will not monetize stories and we make no claims of exclusivity. You’re welcome to share your story wherever you’d post any other fanfic, provided you do not derive income from that platform. You also may not sell your fanfic. You still can’t profit off fanfic based on Jim’s work. This is like Fanfic 101. Be cool. Don’t make us regret doing this.

Submit entries (pasted text, attached MS Word document, or AO3 link) by November 24th to yearofdresden (at) gmail.com.


Jim’s Birthday Quoteathon

For Jim’s Birthday, we asked fans to share their favorite lines and moments from his two decades of novels, and we’d love to keep the lovefest going all week! If you haven’t yet, add your voice to the thread.


Happy Harry Halloween

Dressing up as a Dresden character this Saturday? Send your Halloween photos to yearofdresden (at) gmail.com! We’ll post some of our favorites in next week’s Drop.

(Please celebrate responsibly! Don’t feel the need to compromise your social distancing comfort level for the sake of a group shot, and we’d love to see PPE/masks integrated into your costume. Safety first!)


And that’s it for this week! Visit Jim-Butcher.com every Tuesday this year for weekly Drops of never-before-seen artwork, microfiction, interviews, contests, sample chapters for Peace Talks and Battle Ground, and other tasty tidbits in our celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Dresden Files. Join our new mailing list and follow @jimbutchernews on twitter to ensure you don’t miss a moment, and check the announcement post to catch up on prior Drops.

Still need a copy of Peace TalksBattle Ground, or anything else by Jim? Support your favorite local independent bookstore, or order in print, audio, or ebook through the Jim-Butcher.com Store. You can grab a signed copy of Battle Ground from Mysterious Galaxy and Barbara’s Bookstore (though we STRONGLY recommend confirming availability of signed stock before placing your order at either place) or a book with a signed bookplate from Worldbuilders.

Battle Ground: On Sale Now!