Reminder:  It’s Independent Bookstore Day tomorrow, and I’ll be at Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins around 12-1 to celebrate as a “guest bookseller!” I worked at an independent bookstore (McKinzey-White in Colorado Springs) back in the day, and I try to support independents whenever I can and encourage everyone to do so as well! I always find treasures there.

Have a great weekend!

 

ditched work

April 26, 2017

Ditched work this morning to go birding at Barr Lake and got to hang out with this 3rd year juvenile bald eagle.

protest

April 24, 2017

I’ve been to four protest marches/rallies so far this year.  This is four more than I’ve ever done at all since college. So yeah, I’m one of those you read about in the news who’s been particularly inspired by recent political events.

(This was at the Women’s March in Denver, January 21, 2017. Near as I can figure I was smack in the middle of that crowd of 150,000.)

It’s been fun, I gotta say. It’s inspiring to be around so many people who are also motivated to get out and be counted. If these marches do nothing else, they tell me that at least I’m not alone in how I’m feeling.

They’ve also all had a different feel and energy to them. The Women’s March was the most intense, probably because we were all hyper aware of our message, and because it was just so immense.  The Tax March was an entirely different crowd, and attracted more than just the usual progressives, it seemed. A lot of government transparency activists, and so on. Also:  a couple of actual white-supremacist fascists showed up trying to pick fights. No one took them up on it. Everybody kept an eye on them, though.

 

(This was the rally in support of Planned Parenthood outside Senator Cory Gardner’s office, February 11, 2017. This was also right after Senator Gardner very publicly stated that he was sure all those people calling into his office are paid protestors. A friend of mine has been wearing a T-shirt that says “Colorado Voter, Not a Paid Protestor” to every single rally since then.)

The March for Science was just plain fun. Lots of local science organizations came out and set up booths to run activities, demos for kids, hand out flyers, etc. It makes me think we need to have giant science fairs every single month forever.

Two of these marches, I went to local science fiction conventions the next day. (“Sorry, I can only come on Sunday,” I told them both.) And I loved being able to go to the conventions and say, “Yes, I marched.”

I think these are great for getting publicity and for showing that opposition to the current administration isn’t going away.  They’re not disruptive. They have permits, the streets have been shut down beforehand, and so on.  They also feel very safe.  A truly disruptive protest would be one that doesn’t have permits, one where crowds come out and stop traffic themselves. A truly disruptive strike is one that doesn’t last a day, but goes on for weeks.  Maybe we won’t need to go there. Maybe this’ll be enough.

I’ve been joking that we’re all very bourgeois protestors, counting steps on Fitbits and going out for a glass of wine after. Only partly joking, there.  I don’t know where this is all going to lead.

But that’s part of why I’m marching.

 

 

Friday roundup

April 21, 2017

A few links:

Reminder:  I’ll be at Starfest on Sunday! Check back in the Horrorfest area like usual.

My love letter to the Resident Evil movies posted this week.

Next Saturday, April 29, is Independent Bookstore Day, and I’ll be a “guest bookseller” at Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins. I keep saying my time at the bookstore is the only job I’ve ever missed, so come join me in compulsively straightening shelves!

Tomorrow, I’ll be taking part in the March for Science in Denver. I also took part in the Tax March last weekend. Feels like I’m doing little enough, but I need to do something, even if it’s just demonstrating that a bunch of us are paying attention and won’t go away.

 

10 years

April 19, 2017

I don’t remember the exact day, but right around now is the 10th anniversary of getting my first book royalty check and immediately quitting my day job at a standardized test grading mill.

I’ve been a full-time writer for 10 years.

I checked back in the archives of this blog, because I couldn’t remember when I started it. Turns out, that was in June 2007.  So the blog is almost ten years old, too.  (Funny, what you suddenly have time for after quitting your day job.)  What’s interesting to me is I never made any online announcement about the start date of writing full time when it happened — because I had no online presence outside my website. Social media wasn’t a thing.

So it seems like a good time to mark the event now.

 

Colossal

April 17, 2017

Colossal is an art-house film in which Anne Hathaway’s character discovers she has a psychic link to a giant monster destroying Seoul.

Isn’t that such an amazing premise?

I’m not going to say much else because I’m writing a long-form review of this one for Lightspeed, but I wanted to get the word out that yes, I liked it, it’s clever and does some nice deconstruction of several tropes, and though the third act drags and turns really really dark, it majorly sticks the landing and makes it all worth while.

Since this is a limited release right now and isn’t likely to stick around for long, if you have any interest at all in quirky genre films you might check this one out. Even my friends who still haven’t forgiven me for dragging them to Snowpiercer liked Colossal.

 

Reminder!

April 14, 2017

Just a reminder, tonight I’ll be at the Colorado Book Award readings at the BookBar in Denver! 7 pm!

And next Sunday I’ll be at Starfest.

Things are getting busy again. The Tax March is tomorrow, the Science March is next week. And I’m maybe two weeks out from having draft zero of the new novel. Hoping to finish by the end of the month. It’s at the stage where I think I have all the pieces, I just need to get them all put together. And change a couple of names. Thank goodness for search and replace.

One step at a time…

BONUS UPDATE:  My latest short story, “I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” is now live at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  True story:  this is basically my first novel. Like, I borrowed the characters and situation and changed it up some and condensed it into one scene. But yeah, this is a version of a thing I wrote 22 years ago that didn’t sell because I wasn’t good enough then.