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.

 

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August 14, 2015

I really was worried that people wouldn’t like Kitty Saves the World.  Would it live up to expectation?  Would it be a satisfying close?  Well, it’s got a 90% five star rating on Amazon.  I think that may be the best of any of them.  So I guess people liked it!

To celebrate, I posted a new G.I. Joe story that I wrote on a roadtrip last month.  It just kind of happened. And I thought, why not let people read it?  So here it is: G.I. Joe: That Famous Silent Issue.  (Which will make sense to you if you’re a real old-school fan.  Yes, it’s a Scarlett and Snake-Eyes story!)

In other news, both my parents and grandparents are in a downsizing phase, which means lots of boxes are going back and forth, to the thrift store, and so on.  The last bits of childhood stuff that my parents had stored in their basement are finding their way back to me.  Which means, my entire run of original Wild Cards novels are together again:

wild cards

Aren’t they pretty?  And yes, well-read indeed.  But I think they’re pretty because they’re well read.

kitty saves the world MM - Copy

KITTY SAVES THE WORLD is out in the wild!  And once again, the very very fast readers finished it within hours of acquiring it.  How do you guys do that?  (I just reread my favorite book of all time and it took me three days.)

The number #1 comment I’m hearing from just about everyone is that they’re sad it’s ending.  I do understand, and it’s flattering to me that people are so attached to Kitty and the series — it means I did something right.  But my hope is that people will read the finale and think YES!!!  That was a good ending, that was satisfying, that was exactly where it’s all been heading.

Thanks for reading, everyone!  And don’t forget:  Tattered Cover tonight at 7 pm!

one more day

August 3, 2015

I have to confess, I’ve just about hit the wall on how much more I can do to tell people about Kitty Saves the World.  Tomorrow’s the day.  It’s finally here.  And I’m tired of waiting!  I just want it to be out already!

Don’t forget the event at the Tattered Cover on Colfax, 7 pm Wednesday.  Dad tells me he’s bringing his camera.  Oh, Dad…

A couple more links:

We’re doing an awesome cool giveaway at Tor.com:  enter for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle loaded with every playlist from every Kitty book!  Gah!  I kind of want to keep this thing for myself!

Here’s an interview with me in The Denver Post.  I like how the pictures turned out!

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My introvert self kind of just wants to stop talking and hide until it’s all over.  Fortunately, I have time to rest up before the conventions at the end of the month.  I will just be so relieved and happy when this book is finally out in the wild.  Whew!

 

My copies of Kitty Saves the World showed up this week.

the whole set

That’s a pretty nice looking set of books if I do say so myself.  I’m just going to sit back and take it all in for a few minutes.  Ahhh….

 

The Tor/Forge blog has posted the first chapter of KITTY SAVES THE WORLD.  The countdown to release goes on!  We’re getting closer…

So, Turner Classic Movies was showing George Burns and Gracie Allen movies last night.  I watched some, because I had never watched Burns and Allen.  I grew up with wry old George Burns, the wizened wise man with the cigar.  I knew about Burns and Allen, and whenever there was some kind of retrospective of George there’d be a bit about the first half of his career — and usually only still pictures of him and his wife and show biz partner.  Maybe a clip from the TV show, a one-liner from a comedy routine.

So nobody actually told me Gracie Allen was a phenomenally hysterical comic genius.  Oh my goodness you guys.

There she is, the only comic in a room full of straight men, cheerfully handing them all golf balls out of her purse because Reasons.  It’s not really her jokes that are funny — it’s how she plays the dumb chick with so much glee. (“I heard of vice but I never knew they had a president for it!”)  Her character is constantly, enthusiastically oblivious, but you realize pretty quickly it’s her world, and everyone else has just stumbled into it, much to their horror.

I can also see the lineage of oblivious women comic personae, from her to Lucille Ball to Carol Burnett to Gilda Radner to Sarah Silverman, whose bit in The Aristocrats is gut-busting, best one in the bunch, in large part because she plays it with this wide-eyed innocence, like how Gracie Allen moves through her films.

Burns in these old movies is an angry, edgy Burns that I hardly recognize.  Burns with Gracie was different than Burns without her, and I start crying when I think of how hard it must have been for him to go on for thirty years alone.

Also, they danced:

 

Two weeks til KITTY SAVES THE WORLD is released to the wild!  I’m entering the nerve wracking phase of things.  I should start hearing about reviews soon, and feedback should start to come in.  Gosh, I hope people like it!  Ain’t nothing I can do about it now but wait to hear what people say.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the playlist for the book.  And yes, it has struck me that the last half might appear a bit. . .apocalyptic.  *rubs hands together gleefully*

  • Traveling Wilburys, “End of the Line”
  • Patsy Cline, “Walkin’ After Midnight”
  • Bob Geldof, “The Great Song of Indifference”
  • The Fabulous Glittering Aquanazis, “The Song That
    Will Get Us That Parental Advisory Sticker”
  • Everclear, “Strawberry”
  • Ian Cooke, “Fortitude”
  • The Pogues, “If I Should Fall from Grace with God”
  • Celtic Legacy aka Kiltic, “Amazing Grace”
  • Johnny Nicholas, “John the Revelator”
  • Musica Antiqua, “Sheep May Safely Graze”
  • Pandora Celtica, “The Leaving”
  • Jane Siberry, “Calling All Angels”
  • Anonymous 4, “Angel Band”