October 24, 2014
MileHi Con, Colorado’s longest-running SF convention, is in Denver this weekend! I will be there, doing programming and stuff! I also have a new costume, which I will be debuting tonight. I’m excited because there was a point this week where it was not coming together at all and I didn’t think I would have it done. But it’s done, and the lesson I learned is it’s really really hard turning 2-D anime outfits into 3-D wearable objects. Massive respect to cosplayers who do anime cosplay on a regular basis.
Will I see you at the con?
Next item: Let me tell you about the time Kevin Hearne sat me down and asked if I had accepted the Holy Taco into my heart as my personal savory. What choice did I have at that point but to join the Holy Taco Church, a group of authors who like food. Hey, I like food! My first post is up here.
In other news, my health insurance sent me email about what I should do if I think I have ebola. Better safe than sorry I suppose.
Hey! So it turns out the first of the string of Wild Cards stories I have coming out went live this week! “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza” is up at Tor.com. Check it out! I’ve been wanting to do this topic for a while now: deal with the Wild Card virus being passed along through the DNA of victims — people who’ve inherited the virus rather than been newly infected, and what it looks like to have a family with a Wild Cards heritage. (Very rare, granted, given the fatality rate. But still, it happens.)
In other news: I made part of my niece’s Halloween costume this year:
I’m thinking back to when my Mom made me a Wonder Woman costume when I was about 5, and it was all felt because that’s what was available. Now, we’ve got gold lamé, sparkly stickers, all kinds of fancy fancy things to make costumes with. I’m wondering how much of the cosplay revolution is due to the availability of great materials — or if cosplay is driving the availability of great materials? I don’t know.
Speaking of cosplay, I’m making a Thing that I hope to have finished by Mile Hi Con next week. I decided to try to adapt an existing pattern, and it’s kind of kicking my ass — it’s just ever so slightly beyond my skill set. Which I guess is good, because I’m learning something. We’ll see if I can figure it out this weekend. If I can just get the collar to work, the rest will be cake. *rolls up sleeves*
October 13, 2014
Books in the Basin was a hit, I believe. Next up, in two weeks: MileHi Con, which sometimes feels like it doesn’t really count as travel because it’s the local “hometown” convention. But it’ll be the last big gig of the year — promotion for Low Midnight starts in January. Until then, I’ll be able to kick back for a little while.
Hey, have I mentioned recently that Low Midnight is out on December 30? Just in time to use the gift cards you get for Christmas!
A couple of other things are due out before the end of the year: I’ll have a Wild Cards story up on Tor.com in a week, and the next book, Lowball, will be out in November. Oh, and the re-release of Wild Cards 4: Aces Abroad will be out in January, it looks like — I have a story out in that one, too. An embarrassment of riches!
A couple of other short stories should be making their way to the world soon. More news when I have it.
I may also have a couple of surprises. We’ll see if I can make it happen. (This has been a busy year, but I’ve spent much of it in a holding pattern, waiting for news, waiting for delayed releases to happen. But progress is happening. Excelsior!)
In the meantime, I’m working on a third Golden Age book. It passed 50,000 words last week. Now is the part of the writing when I’m trying to tie all the threads back together. Fingers crossed that I can make it happen.
October 8, 2014
I’m back in Texas for the Books in the Basin Festival in Midland and Odessa, Friday and Saturday. My schedule’s on the website.
After this, I just have MileHi Con, and then I can take a bit of a break. Which is good, since I’ve decided I want to finish the novel I’m working on by Thanksgiving. It’s about 3/4 done now, so I think I’ll be able to make it.
Maybe I’ll see some of you in Texas! In the meantime, have a good rest of your week.
September 24, 2014
So last night was the season premiere of Agents of SHIELD: Dirty pool, you guys. Dirty effing pool. *sobs uncontrollably*
I will be at FenCon in Dallas this weekend as the Special Workshop Guest, crushing participants’ hopes and dreams (not really). My schedule is posted. Alas — you had to sign up for the workshop ahead of time, so you won’t be able to just drop in. But I’ll be around the rest of the convention.
I took some time out to do a little bit of sewing last night. I feel much better now.
September 3, 2014
A bunch of cool stuff from the mail was waiting for me:
Two reprint anthologies: The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardy includes my story “Strife Lingers in Memory,” and The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures includes “Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil.” I love being part of anthologies that I would probably go out and read for myself anyway.
And lo: it is the mass market paperback edition of Kitty’s Greatest Hits. It also includes a sneak-peek of Low Midnight. So here’s your chance to a) finally read Greatest Hits if you haven’t already, b) get a version of it that matches all the other paperbacks, if you’re into that kind of thing, c) get a preview of the next book, or d) all of the above.
And now, I must get back to work.
August 20, 2014
Another weekend, another convention! I’m in Dublin this time. Wooooo! This time my touristy time is being spent visiting Newgrange. I’m very excited, and very excited to spend a weekend visiting with folks in Ireland. Woo!
Here’s my con schedule:
Cover Art, Writer Input or Lack Thereof, Friday 17:00 – 18:00, C. Munster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
Peaceful Science Fiction, Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, D. Ulster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
Steampunk Fact – Monorails!, Sunday 11:00 – 12:00, D. Ulster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)
Fiction – Beyond The Novel, Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, C. Munster (Double Tree by Hilton Dublin Burlington Road)