July 17, 2013
First, a couple of announcements.
Tantor Audio is running a contest on their Facebook page: win a set of Kitty audiobooks, signed by me!
My short fiction summer avalanche continues. “The Best We Can” is scheduled to go up on Tor.com this morning. Alas, I don’t have a specific link to the story. . .because I’m posting this ahead of time, because I’m on the road today. In a typical case of Murphy’s Law, this story is going live when I’m probably not going to be anywhere near an internet connection for awhile, so I won’t be able to follow the immediate reaction to it. Grrrr! But please do go take a look at it. It’s a story about first contact.
And no, I’m not going to San Diego Comic Con. I’m going on a short roadtrippy vacation — I’ll tell you all about when I get back!
Which brings me to my writing vacation. . . Not that I ever take a vacation from writing. But when we put together the contract for the current run of Kitty novels, I asked for more time, and went from turning them in every six months to turning them in every nine to ten months. I just needed some breathing room between books. I didn’t think the extra few months would make that much of a difference, but it turns out it’s been huge. It’s been sanity preserving. I have more time to prepare for and outline the next Kitty novels, but I also have time now to work on, well, whatever the hell I want. Not a vacation from writing, but, you know, a writing vacation.
I’ve spent this past month or so since finishing the Cormac novel: revising Dreams of the Golden Age, working on a short story, a novelette, a novella, a proposal for a new stand-alone novel, and a secret project. I’ve been able to cross some things off my writing “to-do” that have been there for quite some time, and that feels magnificent. And all of it without the pressure of thinking I really ought to be working on the next novel instead. It feels great.
Next month, I’ll start working on the next novel on the contract, and I’ll be ready for it.
July 5, 2013
Less than a month to go until the release of Kitty in the Underworld! The first chapter is available for your reading enjoyment. I’ve got a handful of events planned for August — a signing at the Broadway Book Mall on Aug. 11, an appearance at the SFWA reading series in Seattle, a signing in Portland, then Bubonicon and Worldcon. Stay tuned for more info!
It does not feel like a Friday today. Yesterday was a holiday, but because I work at home it didn’t feel like a holiday. But it sort of did. It’s all very confusing.
But you know what’s really exciting? Less than a month until the next Kitty book!
June 26, 2013
Two short stories of my went live this week! And an anthology! And the summer’s not even over yet!
“Fishwife” has gone live at Nightmare Magazine. I’m awfully happy with this one, because it’s my first purposefully written Lovecraftian story. Basically, I watched the movie Dagon and it changed my life. I had to write a story about it.
“Game of Chance” is also part of the all-star anthology edited by Shawn Speakman, Unfettered, which is now available as an ebook. Seriously, this anthology has an amazing lineup. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
More later. Right now, I have to run away and enjoy the summer day by doing outdoorsy things!
June 12, 2013
A couple of cool things to announce. Remember a couple of years ago when I got to go to Launchpad, the cool astronomy workshop for authors and artists? Well, Launchpad is now holding a fundraiser so it can continue its educational mission. I know very well how worthwhile this project is, because I’m using it to make my YA space opera better, right this very minute! (Seasons on Mars? Why yes, I can figure that out and have it be accurate!) Do check it out.
June 7, 2013
Still recovering. In that phase of having too much to do and not feeling like I’m making any progress. Metaphor: Trying to lift a box that is slightly too heavy for me. I need to find a dolly or hand truck or something.
In the meantime, the June issue of Nightmare Magazine is available. It includes my story, “Fishwife,” which I wrote after watching Dagon. If you want to read it now, buy the issue, or you can wait until the end of the month when it goes live. Later this month, I’ll talk about the significance of me writing an actual Lovecraft mythos story.
In other news, I watched the David Lynch Dune last night and noticed something I’d never noticed before:
Gurney Halleck, carrying Duke Leto’s pug into battle. Patrick Stewart, with Battle Pug. God Pug of Dune. I am officially obsessed with this image now.
May 31, 2013
I pretty much got nothing today. I turned in the Cormac novel yesterday (WOOOOOO!), which means today I’m trying to clear out my brain and catch up on all the stuff I let slide while I was finishing the novel. And getting ready for the convention this afternoon.
If you’re going to the con, double check the schedule — things are being added and shuffled around at the last minute. Also, apparently authors were not listed in the online program guide. *shrugs*
A couple of anthology announcements to keep you busy in the meantime:
Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre, edited by Paula Guran, will have my story “Unternehmen Werwolf,” which may be the best werewolf story I’ve ever written. Remember the old German werewolf in Kitty Goes to Washington? This is his backstory. I believe this is due out in September.
Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, will run “Raisa Stepanova,” my story about Soviet women fighter pilots in WWII (definitely a companion piece to “The Girls from Avenger,” which appeared in their Warriors anthology).
I need to get these added on my website…did I mention the catching up part?
May 27, 2013
Late breaking news! I *will* in fact be attending Denver Comic Con. They have panels, and I’ll be on some of them. Sorry for the late notice with this…I really did just find out, and I was out of town, and I just got back home, and I’m playing a serious game of catch-up at the moment.
Here’s my schedule:
5-6 pm Rm 107: “Steam and Gears”
3-4 Rm 103: “Mash-ups and Genres”
6-7 5-6 pmRm 103: “Alternate Histories and Timelines”
12-1 Rm 103: “Read all about it! Heroes in novel form!”
I won’t have a booth or table, but feel free to stop me to sign books or chat if you see me wandering about.
May 15, 2013
I’ve had a couple of weeks of minor emergencies on top of trying to finish a novel and getting ready for a trip, and finishing a costume for a convention, so I’m a little brain fried right now. So here is a scattered update post.
The Cormac novel is nearing completion. At this stage I always hear Gold Leader saying “Almost there. . .”
What I’ve started calling the Ombria Gown is almost done. I’m still figuring out how to do the partlet (the gauzy bit that covers the chest), but my SCA friend who made custom brooches for the bodice delivered them last night, so one way or another I’ll be at Costume Con on Saturday, all decked out.
I talk so much about revision, I’m going to put my money where my mouth is and do a post in the next week or so showing a page of a short story I just did a major revision on. It’s got whole paragraphs deleted and rewritten and everything.
The July 2013 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, including my story “The Art of Homecoming,” is now available in book stores, news stands, etc. Look, Ma, I’m on the cover!
Paula Guran’s latest anthology After the End: Recent Apocalypses is due out soon. It got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and includes a reprint of “Amaryllis.”
GRRM announced the table of contents for his and Gardner Dozois’ upcoming anthology, Rogues, which I believe is due out this fall, and will contain a brand new story of mine, “Roaring Twenties.” That’s a heck of a lineup. I always love being included in anthologies that I probably would have bought anyway, even if I weren’t in them.
I’ve got a whole slew of short stories coming out this year — the avalanche has begun!
April 26, 2013
This Sunday at 3 pm I’m signing books at the Broadway Book Mall. (Updated to add: if you want signed books but can’t make it to any of the signings, Ron and Nina at the Broadway Book Mall can hook you up, if you want to place an order with them.)
A new event: August 13, I’m taking part in the SFWA Northwest Reading Series in Seattle. This is right after the release of the next book. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Some book release news:
That right there is the July 2013 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, and that’s my name on the cover! This has my novelette “The Art of Homecoming,” which is the story I wrote while listening to Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for Airports on endless loop. Make of that what you will.
“Astrophilia” is being reprinted in Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction. The ARC is pictured. I think the book is due out in August.
I was interviewed for How Geek Girls Will Rule the World, by Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon.
Here’s some more information on Unfettered, edited by Shawn Speakman, which I think is going to be one of the most anticipated anthologies of the year. My story “Game of Chance” will appear here. Estimated release date: June.
After almost two months of weekly freezing snows, my bulbs pretty much all gave up, so no flowers this year. Except for this daffodil, which is trying so hard! Go, go, little daffodil! You can do it!
April 22, 2013
I’m back from Starfest! Thanks again to the folks at Horrorfest for inviting me, and to Ron and Nina for selling books, and for everyone who came out to visit. A lot going on, a lot on my mind. Some of the highlights:
Horrorfest ran a “Face Off” style makeup competition — four competitors, one theme, 2 hours, go! This is their second year doing it, and it’s hugely successful. My favorite thing about it is the constant messaging from the hosts: you can do this, anyone can learn to to this, this is accessible. Yay, art!
I got to see Ben Browder’s Q&A. I hardly ever get to go to these because I’m either cross scheduled, or the event room gets too crowded. He was excellent, personable and engaging, and a true geek. He told stories of his very young children coming to the set of Farscape and “talking” with Rigel. He also said that this con is the closest he’s ever seen to DragonCon, at a smaller scale. I’ve only been to DragonCon once, but I concur.
The ratio of people in costumes to not just keeps going up. At one point on Saturday, I think half the people I saw were in some kind of costume. I love this.
I haven’t really heard anything that’s inspiring me to run out and see Oblivion, alas.
I signed lots of books and talked to lots of folks about books. Met both new fans and old. Hooray!
I was gifted a magnificent KNOB DJ setup, including vintage microphone and “London Calling” on vinyl, by the talented and generous Zoo. Pictures later when I’ve gotten myself better sorted than I am now. (Still catching up on sleep and work stuff.)
And now, onward!