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)
August 13, 2014
By the time you read this, I’ll be in London for Worldcon.
I’ve got a moderately busy schedule at the con. I was careful to make sure I had time for being touristy. I’m definitely going to hit the Greenwich Observatory, which I’ve never seen, and if I’m feeling ambitious I may try to go see the Victoria and Albert Museum, which I just love.
Weirdly, I’m on a bunch of movie panels. Which maybe isn’t so weird. I’m betting someone on programming is aware of my movie reviews. I really hope we talk about Snowpiercer on that first panel, because man, what a mess.
But here’s my schedule at the convention itself:
Occupy SF: Inequality on Screen, Thursday 15:00 – 16:30, Capital Suite 4 (ExCeL)
Reading: Carrie Vaughn, Thursday 20:00 – 20:30, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)
Moving Shelves: Famous Adult Writers Who Have Written YA, Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)
2014 Hugos: Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (which should win?), Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
You’ve Ruined It For Me (book to screen adaptations), Sunday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 3 (ExCeL)
July 23, 2014
Harry and Marlowe Versus the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies is now live on Lightspeed! The entire issue is available for purchase as well. This is the fifth Harry and Marlowe story. A sixth is on the way. The series continues apace!
I have another new story available. This may take some explaining. You might have heard of Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program. Essentially, officially sanctioned and licensed fanfiction. It turns out, G.I. Joe is one of the franchises involved with this. Several astute readers brought this to my attention. Then a couple of months ago, WordFire Press came to me with a proposal that began, “So, we hear you’re a fan of G.I. Joe.”
You can probably guess where this is going.
Behold: G.I. Joe: Luck Be a Lady. A story by me.
So that exists now. It was a lot of fun to do. My guiding principle: I wanted it to feel exactly like an episode of the cartoon, with everything that entails, but with commentary. There are easter eggs. The unexpected thing I discovered: The Baroness is an absolute hoot to write. I had so much fun with her point of view. Because you see, she isn’t really loyal to Cobra. She actually doesn’t give much of a rat’s ass about Cobra, or Cobra Commander, or world domination. She just wants to see everything burn. She wants to create havoc and destruction. Cobra lets her do that more than anything else does, so she sticks around. But I’m talking 100% chaotic evil — in a PG universe. And that’s crazy. I just love it.
July 16, 2014
I’m in South Carolina today! Teaching at the Shared Worlds writing workshop for teens. This evening, I’ll be at the Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, at 7 pm, reading and signing. I think I’ll pick a short story to read from, just for fun.
In other news, I finished the revision of the next Kitty novel and turned it in before I left. Woooooo!
July 2, 2014
Announcement: On July 16 at 7 pm, I’ll be at the Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC, hanging out and chatting and signing books and things. An east coast appearance, woot! This will be after my stint teaching at the Shared Worlds workshop for teens, so it should be a fun action-packed day.
The July issue of Lightspeed is now available! Including a new story by me, “Harry and Marlowe Versus the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies.” The story goes live on the site on July 22, but you can buy the issue and read it early. This is the fifth Harry and Marlowe story, and yes I have plans to gather them all in a collection someday, but I have a couple more I want to write first before I tie them together.
I’m in the middle of revising the next Kitty book. Holy cow, I’ve got a lot of work to do on this one. Complicated by the fact I have also started writing a whole new novel. Almost ten thousand words in and building steam. I am suddenly very busy. Brain full! Gah!
June 20, 2014
I had TWO short stories released this week!
“Salvage,” a direct result of my rage at the movie Sunshine, is now live at Lightspeed. It’s part of the much-heralded “Women Destroy Science Fiction” issue, which you can buy online and in print, and has lots and lots of bonus material. Check it out!
Rogues, the latest multi-genre anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, was also released this week. It includes my story “Roaring Twenties,” about a speakeasy where things aren’t what they seem. It’s a different kind of story for me and was a lot of fun to write.
I caught the last half of the new SyFy series Dominion, not because I thought it would be good, but because it was on. The premise of this is post-apocalyptic angels versus humans, with zombie-angel-humans thrown in, or something, but what I thought was really hysterical was this was basically The Stand in reverse — the human characters are all in Las Vegas, and I’m assuming they will eventually go after the chief bad guy, who is holed up in “the mountains above Boulder.” From some reason this completely cracked me up. Alas, I will not be finding out what happens next because not even Anthony Head could save this derivative and nonsensical mess.