September 17, 2018

I’m certain that my niece has been picking her Halloween costumes specifically to challenge me on sewing and craft skills I don’t have.

This year, it’s working with faux fur.

And not just faux fur, but the shaggiest faux fur I could find. That’s a 3-inch pile, y’all.

It’s a challenge to work with, but not as much of one as I thought it would be. (Knock on wood.) So far it’s a matter of making sure all the fur is brushed away from the edges before I sew seams. I’m about halfway done. I installed the zipper last night, which was daunting. But I think that’s the hardest bit. Fur this shaggy hides a lot of mistakes.

Mostly, and happily, this stuff is making me laugh. I finish a piece and it looks so silly and ridiculous and wonderful, I can’t stop laughing. I hope she likes it.

Can’t wait to show you pics of the finished thing.




one thing after another

August 29, 2018

I have returned from Bubonicon and am mostly recovered. Mostly. This only means that all my next round of projects are arranged before me and what I think I’d really like to do right now is sleep.

Writing:  I’m revising one of the half-finished novels from the Year of Stalled Projects. I have also started a novella, have a short story to revise, another novella I’d like to start, the stage play I’ve been working on for a year that I want to noodle with, and a proposal for a couple more novels.

Guys, this is pretty much what it’s like in my brain all the time. It’s frankly miraculous I get anything done. I think this is partly why my “write a little bit every day, every single day” strategy works so well for me. If I tried to completely binge-write one specific thing, I’d explode.

Crafting:  Emmy’s Halloween costume is underway. So is a completely frivolous gown I’m making for no reason at all. At least three knitting projects started — I’ve lost count. Oh, and I figured out at least one thing I want to do with that Porg fabric. It’s a surprise.

I should also probably clean the house and weed the yard.

And I am reading three books simultaneously.

A nap actually sounds pretty good right now.


Monday update

August 20, 2018

I did practically NOTHING all weekend and that was nice. Well, not entirely nothing. Went birding at Barr Lake, wrapped up a critique, polished and submitted a set of short stories, and pulled out one of the 3/4 finished novels from The Year of Stalled Projects to see what I can do with it.  So you know, almost nothing.

Reminder:  This coming weekend is Bubonicon so I’m getting ready for that, too! Hope to see some of you there!

Oh! And I can tell my brain is coming back online after months of working on The Longest Novel Ever because I’m crafting again. Like, a lot. Made a hat for my brother for his birthday, and Emmy has decided on her Halloween costume, which means I’m watching YouTube tutorials on how to dye faux fur. And while I try really really hard not to walk out of fabric stores with stuff I didn’t intend on buying, sometimes it’s just impossible. Like when I found this:

I KNOW RIGHT?!?!?!?!



So yeah. I did a thing. Am doing a thing. It’s… well. Like so many things that get entirely out of hand, it started as a joke. A single sentence over on Facebook. It turned into… well.

I’ve been writing some fanfiction. In public.

G.I. Joe fanfic.

Or more accurately, Cobra fanfic.

I’ve collected it all on one link so it’s easier to find. I will add more.


And, weirdly, it’s making me feel better. Maybe it’ll make you feel better too.


I survived the 10-day extravaganza! Barely…I think I came down with some kind of bug in the middle of it, so I’m happy to be home where I can nap a bit and drink my tea with honey.

Meanwhile, I’m already gearing up for the next thing, which is the release of THE WILD DEAD, the sequel to the award-winning BANNERLESS. July 17 is the day. Reviews are starting to come in, and they’re lookin’ good!

Library Journal gives the novel a starred a review! The rest of that list is fine company to be in — I’m reading Novik’s new novel Spinning Silver (I scored an ARC), and it’s just as amazing as Uprooted was.

This thoughtful analysis by Nick Mamatas as part of his Books I Like series makes me seem much smarter than I feel most of the time.

Bonus picture from the trip:  Sunday at Denver Comic Con, I cosplayed with my niece. She was Hei Hei, I was Lisa Hayes from Robotech. We had a great time!

what madness is this!!!

June 18, 2018

I usually kind of roll my eyes at a lot of reboots and crossovers. Then something like this crosses my path:


(Spoiler:  Steve Austin is being mind-controlled by Cobra!!!!!!)


DCC and beyond!

June 15, 2018

Ten Days.

Two Conventions.

One Workshop.

Cosplaying with Niece.

Let’s do this.