February 20, 2019

Last weekend I got out to see the Denver Art Museum’s special exhibit:  Dior: From Paris to the World. Much like with the Star Wars: The Power of Costume exhibit from a couple of years ago, I’m really digging this fashion and clothing as art perspective.

The Dior exhibit had over a hundred gowns, and it was a little overwhelming. There was just so much to look at. Some of the gowns were famous and recognizable (That’s what Jennifer Lawrence was wearing when she tripped at the Oscars!) Also inspiring — I’ve got some ideas. We all talked about which gowns we’d like for ourselves, if we could. We also had conversations about where the line is between fashion and art — you could see the evolution of high fashion from the early, classic looks that you can picture anyone wearing to more recent runway gowns that are clearly not meant to be worn outside of a fashion show.

I also like this modern development where we can take pictures at museums. Cameras have gotten good enough that they don’t need the flash.

Bucket List:  Go to a red carpet something someday so I show off in really, really great dress.


quick Monday update

February 18, 2019

I’m a bit overwhelmed with work at the moment. I’m not sure this has anything to do with my actual level of work, but more with my mood at any given moment. Do I feel overwhelmed? Then I am overwhelmed.

On the other hand, I do have four rough drafts on my desk right now — two short stories, a short story that turned into a novella, and another novella. Hoping to get them all out on submission by the end of the month. *cracks knuckles*

News: I will be at Denver Comic Con Pop Culture Con this year. Here’s my page.

Meanwhile, I have just discovered the early Baroque music ensemble ACRONYM and I’ve listened to nothing else for two days and I’m about to run away from everything so I can go learn to play the theorbo.


winter nests

February 14, 2019

Okay, so I found something I like about winter:  getting to see all those bird nests that are so well hidden in summer. Then, in winter, they’re suddenly everywhere.  Here’s a couple I found on my walk yesterday.

So little! So tucked away!

This is an oriole nest — they build hanging, grassy sacks to put their eggs in. It looks dried out and flimsy, but it’s still hanging on, even with the wind we get around here.

I hardly ever see these in the summer but in the winter, the truth is revealed:  they’re everywhere.

And look — the tree already has some buds on it. Spring, spring soon…


It is cold.

The temperatures have been below freezing for more than a week.

The snow has not melted.

I am cold.

Winter is stupid and I am done with it.


more Robin Hood

February 6, 2019

As awful as that new Robin Hood movie was, I think I need to owe it some gratitude. It made me rush to re-read McKinley’s Outlaws of Sherwood, which I’ve always loved, as a palate cleanser. This time while reading it — on my December vacation, with nothing to do but sit around and read books and think about things — I got an idea.

Actually, I’ve had an idea for my own Robin Hood story for 15+ years. I’ve known the basic outline, I just needed a spark or a frame or something to get it started. With so much Robin Hood on my brain and thinking about what makes a good Robin Hood story and what makes a bad one, that spark finally happened, and I’ve been working on it. Like, a lot.

And that probably wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t gone to see that terrible, terrible Robin Hood movie.


The Kid Who Would be King

February 4, 2019

We were all intensely charmed by the trailers for this one — clever British school children, Arthurian legend, Patrick Stewart in PJ’s as Merlin, what’s not to love?

Well, this is one of those movies where pretty much all the best bits are in the trailers. It also runs long — four acts, and I knew it was going to be four acts because we got to the big confrontation in the third act and we still hadn’t seen some of the scenes covered in the trailers so I knew there was going to be another big battle. And this is the point where I realize I may possibly have become too jaded and cynical for this kind of movie.

It’s not a bad movie. It’s earnest. It’s full of all the expected tropes. The ideal audience is age 10, and my friends were able to access their inner ten-year olds enough to have a good time. I didn’t quite. I think it ran long, and I’m very worried about whether the riding instructor in Cornwall got her horses back. And SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER I think there’s some very weird gender politics going on with Morgana, but then there always are, aren’t there? Like, she turns into a really cool harpy monster. But then, she pretty much has to turn into a monster so we don’t feel weird about the 12 year old boy hacking her to pieces with a sword when, really, the woman has some legitimate beefs with the patriarchy so it kind of feels weird anyway.

I may be overthinking this.


a couple of things

February 1, 2019

This month’s Lightspeed has a new Harry and Marlowe story.

Actually, it’s a Marlowe and Harry story — Marlowe’s the viewpoint character this time. I had the idea for a long time but it didn’t come together until I switched to his point of view, and it was a lot of fun finding out how he sees Harry/Princess Maud.

Buy the issue to read “Marlowe and Harry and the Disinclined Laboratory” now.

The Locus Recommended Reading List for 2018 is out, and I’m happy that a number of my stories made the list:  THE WILD DEAD under science fiction novel, and “Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana” and “The Hunstman and the Beast” under novelette. A pretty good showing if I do say so myself.