January 22, 2018

At the march on Saturday we talked a lot about what was different between this year and last year. Last year, we didn’t really know what to expect from the current administration, we just knew it didn’t represent our values and we needed to make that clear. We were angry, we were energized. A lot of us had never done this before, so we were a little nervous. But we were so amazed and happy to be there, to be doing something.

This year, we know exactly how bad the administration can get. We’re still energized. And maybe not as angry but definitely resolved. Last year was uncertainty. This year, we know what we have to do. Midterm elections are coming up.

I can see us marching like this for years, just to demonstrate that we’re still paying attention.

So what’s it like, being the middle of a crowd of 50k – 100k people? Not as claustrophobic as you might think. You don’t move very fast, when everyone is trying to funnel from a giant park into a four-lane street. So you be patient. You make sure everyone around you has room and is doing okay. You move a block in half an hour. You have to have a little bit of faith that you’re headed in the right direction ’cause you can’t see very much from where you are. Then you get to the street and you’re walking, and once again checking in with everyone around you to make sure everyone’s okay.

And you all keep moving together.



appearances update

January 19, 2018

Looks like I’ll be heading to Norwescon, March 29-April 1, Seattle WA. The Philip K. Dick Awards announcements are there on March 30, and I’d love to be there for it. I just can’t say no to a good party, and this looks like a good one.

And I’m headed to the Denver Women’s March tomorrow, snow or no. We’ll keep this up for as long as we need to, to promote a path of inclusiveness and compassion.


Wednesday update

January 17, 2018

I almost typed in “Monday Update.” So I’m at that stage of post-travel recovery where I’m not sure what day of the week it is. I got home to an email box full of things I needed to reply to or do RIGHT NOW and I’m a little flustered.

Also, I’m trying to decide if I’m actually getting sick or if I’m just still dehydrated and exhausted. Fun times!

I had a good time at MarsCon!  And I got some really big news while I was away:  Bannerless is a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. I’m so honored and blown away by this I hardly know how to respond. I got the email with the news while I was sitting alone in the Charlotte airport waiting for a connecting flight, and it was all I could do to not burst into tears. So I bought a big bag of chocolate instead.

There’s a lot I like about the writing business. One of the things I don’t like is waiting.  You send out a story or book on submission. And then you wait. You get a thing in the publication pipeline. And then you wait. This is where indie publishers jump in and say “If you did everything yourself you wouldn’t have to wait!” Ah, but if I did everything myself I wouldn’t have quite so much time to write the next thing…  The best antidote for waiting is to work on the next thing. This is part of why I come across as being so prolific.  I’m waiting on a lot of stuff right now. And I’m working on maybe six different things? Yeah, about that many. There’s a lot to look forward to this year, I think.




X-Files Babies!

January 12, 2018

So here’s what my brother and sister-in-law got me for Christmas.


January 10, 2018

So it turns out the paperback of MARTIANS ABROAD isn’t coming out until April. I was working on old information. Apologies for the confusion. Apparently no one is more confused than me.

Actually, Colorado weather might be more confused. It rained today.

Anyway — see you at MarsCon in a couple days!


news of the week

January 8, 2018

This week sees the paperback release of Martians Abroad (link goes to NPR review).

Also this week, I’ll be Author Guest of Honor at MarsCon in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Note — an East Coast visit!)

COINCIDENCE?!? I think not.

So I’ve gotten through a few more episodes of both The Orville and Star Trek Discovery (still not caught up on either one, though) and I’ve decided something. I think I would like The Orville better if it really was branded Star Trek, and I would like Discovery better if it wasn’t. Strange, but there it is. A Star Trek entirely about the goofy barely competent but totally Starfleet-earnest D team? I’m so there.  An SF space opera about a war-torn future in which a bunch of really unpleasant scientists are trying to develop status-quo changing technology? Again, I’m so there.  But as it is…with both of them it’s like I keep expecting to be drinking apple juice but getting grapefruit juice instead. Not necessarily bad, just… not quite right.

I also think everyone on Discovery should get honorary Emmys for be able to say “spore drive” with a straight face.



January 5, 2018

Agh, it’s a new year!

Hit the ground running.

Copyedits on The Wild Dead. 3000 words on new novel. One short story rough draft, new short story outlined. A couple more committed to.  Waiting on replies on like three other projects. Convention next week.

And about a million other things I want to do.

Let’s do it.