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Our Dependency on Foreign Keys
Originally published online in two parts in Across the Margin, April 30 and May 1, 2015.

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The Accidental Terrorist by William Shunn

The Accidental Terrorist

by William Shunn

Giveaway ends October 09, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Every Monday through Friday, this week and next, I will be giving away one uncorrected advance reading copy of my new memoir, The Accidental Terrorist, to a lucky follower on Twitter. Here's how it will work:

  1. Follow @shunn on Twitter.
  2. Sometime in the morning of each giveaway day, I will post a discussion question related to the book. Watch for it.
  3. Tweet your answer to the question that day. Be sure to include the hashtag #AccidentalTerrorist. Yes, this will only leave 119 characters for your response, so be brief!
  4. Each night, I will choose my favorite answer from that day, and I will DM the winner to arrange shipping the book.
  5. One book per user! If you've already won, you are not eligible to win again, though you can feel free to continue answering.
  6. Sorry, but United States residents only. Shipping books to other countries is expensive.

Have fun! And good luck!

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@NewNameNoah with The Accidental Terrorist
Greetings, Accidental Army! It's been a busy couple of weeks here at Accidental HQ. I spent a full week signing, packing, and mailing nearly 200 copies of The Accidental Terrorist to those of you who pre-ordered it, and now I'm watching the USPS tracking info like a mother duck. About three quarters of the books have reached their destinations already. I expect the rest to get there in the next day or two.

Along the way, a wonderful little meme arose spontaneously, with recipients posting pictures of themselves with the freshly arrived book to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. I love this. One of my favorites, from Twitter user @NewNameNoah, is pictured here. If you feel like joining in, please do. Use the hashtag #AccidentalTerrorist.

Now, a giveaway! Two giveaways, actually. First off, I'm giving away 10 uncorrected advance reading copies of The Accidental Terrorist on Goodreads. You must be a Goodreads member to participate, and 10 winners will be selected randomly from all those who enter.

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Is there a religious equivalent to the term "civil disobedience"? As in, a term for defying one's church leaders when you find their edicts unjust or immoral? Something more warm-sounding than "heresy"?

Oh, well. For lack of a better term, I'd like to challenge a Mormon bishop to commit heresy.

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Paragraph formatting box from Microsoft Word 2010
A reader writes to ask:

I want to submit a novel manuscript to a small press in the US and their guidelines say "indented, not tabbed."

What's the difference? Usually I just hit the tab key once. Should I be doing something else?

I have Word Starter 2010, and I can't see any distinction between "indent" and "tab."

How do I make sure I'm indenting and not tabbing? If I'm tabbing, how do I change it to indent?

This is an excellent question, and I'm sure the cause of much confusion among word-processing novices. There is in fact a distinction between tabbing and indenting—or rather, it might be more accurate to say that tabbing is only one way to indent a paragraph. I will try to explain a method for indenting paragraphs that makes your document more portable* and easier for your publisher to use.

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'Deus ex Machina' by Perry Slaughter
Sigh. Much as I try, I can't keep those crazy kids at Sinister Regard from putting out new ebook editions of my juvenilia. The latest novella to get this pixelation treatment is Deus ex Machina, my ridiculous sci-fi romp about an artificial intelligence who tries to kill God and take the Big I AM's place.

The trade paperback edition of Deus ex Machina was released late last year, but for the ebook release Sinister Regard has given it a spiffily updated cover. And the ebook is available pretty much everywhere! Smashwords, Kobo, Nook, iBooks and Kindle all have it for a measly $1.99, and it's also available for your reading pleasure on such subscription services as Oyster and Scribd. How do you like me now?

But wait! That's not all! Sinister Regard will be bringing out three more of my books in print and electronic editions over the course of the summer, including two that have never before seen the light of day! First, on June 16th, is Whether We Are Mended, my collection of three long sci-fi love stories, which is also getting a cover that's a vast improvement over its original hardback edition.

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William Shunn
Sunday, October 11, 7:00 pm
The Sunday Sessions at HiFi
The HiFi Bar
169 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
Tuesday, November 3, 7:30 pm
Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

About William Shunn

William Shunn is the Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated author of over thirty works of short fiction, which have appeared since 1993 everywhere from Asimov's Science Fiction to Salon. A collaboration with Derryl Murphy, Cast a Cold Eye, came out from PS Publishing in 2009. For three years he hosted Tuesday Funk, an eclectic monthly reading series in Chicago, and he occasionally writes in the guise of Perry Slaughter.

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