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 15, 2014
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 28, 2014
If I had a nickle for every time someone asked me this weekend why I wasn’t at San Diego Comic Con… I would have a lot of nickles.
I suspect I’ll get back to SDCC at some point. I even missed it a little this year. But it’s seriously not a convention I can do every single year. It’s expensive (I’ve paid my own way there both times I’ve gone, my publisher or the convention didn’t), the logistics are nightmarish (even pro badges are limited these days and require applications and a little luck, and then there’s getting a decent hotel room), and it’s exhausting (so…much…walking). It’s especially exhausting for me because I’m not happy just doing my writer panels and signings and calling it a day. I also try to hit panels and walk the exhibit floor because there’s no way I’m going to the middle of that much geekdom and not take part. This ends up making it doubly exhausting. So yeah, it’s a great convention, kudos to the people who do it every year. But I’m happy making it an every few years pilgrimage.
And I’m thinking it’s time I get back to Dragon Con, which I’ve only been to once. We’ll see what next year holds.
I’m still sorting out my desk after the last few weeks of heavy lifting. I got to go to an SCA camping event this weekend which was a very nice break. Now, I must figure out where I left my brain. For today’s mental health break, have a picture from a trip a couple of years ago, the Roman arena at Pula, Croatia:
July 25, 2014
It’s been kind of a strange summer, work wise. I don’t have a big novel deadline pending, so intellectually, I haven’t felt like I’ve been working all that hard. But yesterday I got a big fat project (an in-depth critique) off my desk, and my sense of relief and closure was immediate. I didn’t know what to do with myself. It was like, fruity drink and dance party on the patio time. Then I thought, “Well, I did work pretty hard this week to get things done. And last week, too. And before that was this other project. Not to mention a couple of conventions in there, and guest lecturing at a teen writing workshop. Two sets of galleys, a big revision, the graphic novel was due. . . Gosh, when was the last time I wasn’t working hard? Memorial Day weekend? Oh…”
So yeah, I realized I’ve been going hard since Memorial Day weekend, but since it was all “little” projects I didn’t notice. But when that weight came off — that, I noticed. Weird how that works.
I’ve got one more little job, then all I really need to worry about is getting ready for Loncon and Shamrokon. I’m really excited! Need to get out my travel books and figure out some sightseeing stuff. Oh — and I’ve started writing a new novel, which is super fun. I really love that I’ve been a professional novelist for ten years now and I still get excited about writing.
In other news, I now know how automatic garage door openers work. Anyone want an old broken garage door opener?
In more other news: my tickets for Guardians of the Galaxy next Friday are in hand. Just one. . .more. . .week. I’m on spoiler lockdown — there’s already too much out there and I don’t want to know until I see the thing for myself.
And I wrote a poem this week:
This is just to say
I have thrown out
that were in
you were probably
they might be
and I don’t want
you to die.
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 18, 2014
I had a good time at Shared Worlds, and my presentation seemed to go over well. This is the sort of workshop/camp I’d have loved to do as a teenager — two weeks of living and breathing creativity. So cool.
Now I have the inevitable mountain of email to dig out of it. But there’s some good stuff coming up. I’ll tell you all about it when I can. In the meantime, I’m going to take it easy this weekend and noodle around until the next big travel push, coming up in a few weeks.
Happy Friday, everybody!