Dragon Con schedule ahoy!

September 2, 2015

I have a massively busy schedule coming up for the weekend at DragonCon.  Here it is.

And yes, I’m going to bring some cosplay!  Probably my Robotech uniform and some steampunk.  Not sure just when I’m going to wear them, but do keep your eyes open!

Title: Mission Statement: Objectives in Urban Fantasy
Description: Authors discuss stated protagonist goals in the genre: protecting the human world from the supernatural, or vice versa.
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Autograph Session
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Transformations: Werewolves in UF
Description: Authors in the genre discuss their chosen variation of this intriguing supernatural being.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Heroism and Sacrifice
Description: UF protagonists who sacrifice happiness to make the world better for others.
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Hunting Monsters
Description: Whether a job or a calling, our panelists’ protagonists track down and destroy monsters
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Augusta Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Comedy and Calamity: Humor in UF
Description: Authors share ideas on combining humor w/ more serious aspects. Laughs guaranteed.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Reading: Carrie Vaughn
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Backdrop: Settings and Locales in UF
Description: Our panel of authors discusses how their settings influence their characters and worlds.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

On Sunday at 1 pm I’ll be signing books at the Missing Volume, Booth 1301-1303.

I’m also going to be spending time at the Wordfire Press booth extravaganza, tables 39-41 I — not sure exactly what times yet, but they’ll have my books for sale.

So PLENTY of opportunities to see me and get books signed.  I don’t want to hear anyone say after the con they couldn’t track me down!

See y’all soon!

latest sewing project

August 28, 2015

This is my first full garment made with the new serger:


It’s a lined wrap-around skirt.  I got a couple of yards of this beautiful, silky print a couple of years ago, not really knowing what I was going to do with it.  Then it turned out I was scared to death of cutting into it, and finishing any seams after I did cut into it.  This is the kind of fabric that starts to unravel as soon as it looks at a pair of scissors.

The serger took all that fear away.  And rolled hems on a very lightweight fabric — divine.  It was a pretty simple pattern, which is good.  I still ran into a few issues — there are things a serger really can’t do, like start and stop seams in the middle for if you want to run a drawstring or ties through a waistband, for example. (I ended up just tacking the ties on by hand.) It took a little thought to figure out how to put it all together.  But I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.



Bubonicon is this weekend, and DragonCon is the weekend after.  And then a research trip and a book festival.  And so begins a month of travel.  I think I’m ready for it.  We’ll see.  Will I see you there?  Are we super excited yet?!?

It may not feel like it some days, but I have been a busy little monkey, and the products of my busy-ness will be trickling out over the next year.  What can you look forward to?

STUDY ABROAD:  This is my YA space opera novel, the one I might have referred to as “the Polly book” over the last year or so.  It’s due out in May 2016 from Tor.  I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot more about it in coming months.

AMARYLLIS AND OTHER STORIES:  I’m working with Fairwood Press to put together a collection of short stories, not specifically Kitty and not limited edition, spanning the whole of my career to date and across all genres.  There won’t be any overlap with Straying from the Path, and I think this’ll really be a great intro to my short work.  Patrick of Fairwood Press published many of my early stories for Talebones magazine, and we’ve been talking about doing a collection for going on ten years now.  I’m so happy it’s finally going to be a reality.  This’ll be out sometime in 2016, but Patrick has already kindly put up a pre-order link.  That’s how excited we are about this!

I also have a couple of surprises in the wings.  More info for you when I get some solid release dates.

A couple more links for ya:

My talk at the Tattered Cover a couple of weeks ago was recorded, and the podcast is up!  This includes me reading my current work in progress — a novel about Cormac.

I did an interview with Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing.

And now, back to the word mines!  Heeee-ya!


The Man from UNCLE

August 24, 2015

Well, it’s a pleasant change getting a movie that’s a throwback to my mother’s formative years instead of my own.

I find I have very little to say about this.  Shocking, I know!  I was entirely distracted by the women’s GIANT PLASTIC DANGLY earrings.  Seriously, this movie was absolutely obsessed with women’s jewelry.  The women characters were actually quite refreshing — competent if a little cartoony, but the men around them took them seriously as characters and not as accessories, and that’s always nice.  The two leading men were nice to watch.  It was a little odd watching something so firmly rooted in 60’s Cold War spy tropes as an aesthetic rather than a political/historical era.  (I’m thinking now that the recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy did much the same thing, in a different direction:  dour 70’s glumness rather than bright 60’s Mod.  And maybe that’s why the movie didn’t thrill me:  It felt a bit like playing dress up, as if a child of now had found her grandmother’s go-go boots in the closet.  Anyway.)

Fun action, fun characters, interesting things done with sound, editing, cuts, and action.  Dragged a bit, despite all that.  I never watched the TV show, and I’m wondering if knowing more about the show would have changed my reaction, one way or another.


another Yellowstone pic

August 21, 2015

I have a couple of big thoughtful meaty posts started, but I can’t seem to get my brain focused enough to polish them up.  Next week for sure!  And next week, a month of traveling starts.  I’ve really enjoyed my time at home, but I need to start thinking about what I need to do to gear up for Bubonicon, DragonCon, and beyond.

Also, it didn’t help that I had to take my iPad to the iPad hospital yesterday. That was stressful!  But it’s all better now.

I thought I had a good picture of the West Thumb Geyser Basin, but I can’t find it.  A little late to be organizing my Yellowstone pictures from two years ago, yeah?  But I found this one, which I like quite a lot.  This is at the Grand Prismatic Spring, which is the beautiful, colorful spring you always see in aerial shots.  Well, this is from the boardwalk alongside.  It doesn’t show the whole great scene, but the colors and layering are still magnificent.  The whole park has spots like this, where you just have to squint a little and you’re suddenly on an alien planet.

large prismatic

I figure it’s not a spoiler if I don’t actually mention the book by name.  But here’s a pic of the Norris Geyser Basin from my Yellowstone trip a couple of years ago. (Click on it to see it REALLY BIG.)

Norris geyser basin

Yeah, I was inspired.


some Monday links and TV

August 17, 2015

My event at the Tattered Cover two weeks ago was recorded, and you can now listen to the podcast!

And here’s a new Holy Taco Church newsletter!

Current TV watching:  I’ve started re-watching Babylon 5 all the way through. I’ll take as long as I need. I’m only up to season 1 ep. 6, but I am reminded how much I really really like this show. This is my third time through, I think. I also think that criticisms of the show — bad acting, bad writing, bad production values, etc. — are off base. These aspects of the show aren’t any worse than the average episode of 90’s Star Trek, and criticisms of it ignore the incredibly ambitious thematic and narrative scope of the show.  Having seen the whole thing through once, it’s very cool to see the seeds planted early on.  Earlier than you might remember.  Ep. 1.06 might be our first glimpse of a Shadow vessel, though we won’t know what they are for another season yet.  Ep. 1.05 features a side plot where the various alien races give presentations on their dominant religion, and in the middle of the Minbari ceremony Delenn gives this very significant look to Commander Sinclair — and that won’t pay off for a couple more seasons.

Also in that episode, right at the end, Sinclair present the dominant Earth/Human religion — no one knows what he’s going to do, he hasn’t told anyone about the presentation he’s worked up.  Well, this is what he does:  he has gathered together representatives from every different religion he could and introduces them to the alien ambassadors one by one.  And the line of representatives stretches out, dozens and dozens of them.  It’s so earnest and endearing, it’s just great.

Complain about the production values of the show all you want, but that one scene of Sinclair presenting Earth religions in all their astonishing diversity is as great — and more deftly presented — a celebration of human diversity and ingenuity and value as Kirk or Picard ever gave a speech about.



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