QUESTLAND – June 2021

January 22, 2021

I don’t think I posted this yet:

My next novel, QUESTLAND, will be out in June 2021. This summer! Soon! Here’s the full announcement on Tor.com.

I always try to come up with a one-sentence description of my novels, because when I’m talking to people at signings and cons and book festivals and the like, one sentence is usually all I have to hold their attention. Here’s the one for this:

This is about a high-tech LARP that goes horribly, horribly wrong…

 

I took the day off yesterday to watch the Inauguration. President Biden and Vice-President Harris. It feels great.

The 2021 events calendar is off to the races, with a new round of virtual events. Here are the first couple:

I’ll be taking part in virtual Boskone next month, February 12-14.

March 19-21 is the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, also online this year.

After that, things get a little nebulous. I’ve got several late summer/early autumn events on my radar that are crossing their fingers to be in-person, but that will depend on vaccine rollout. I’m hoping things will start turning around now that there’s an administration whose motto isn’t “what plan?” and that doesn’t have a policy of belligerent neglect.

I’ve signed up with my health care provider, but given how low priority I am (Work at home? No health risks? Under 70? Yeah…) it’s going to be awhile before my turn comes up. But trust me, when it does, I am so there.

Stay safe out there, folks.

 

Happy New Year! My holiday decorations came down yesterday. I usually try to stretch the holidays out, but this year, I hit the new year and immediately put the music away and wanted to get the decorations down (though I waited for Twelfth Night, as usual). Still have lots of cookies and desserts to finish up. That’ll take awhile. But it’s January now for sure.

I think I’m just ready to move forward. Race forward. Get to the next thing. I’m tired of Trump and his sycophants. I’m tired of the pandemic. As has been said by others — I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re still in the tunnel.

It’s a very long tunnel.

So I gotta keep on keeping on.

Here’s a thing: the anthology Some of the Best of Tor.com for 2020 is now available and it includes my story “Sinew and Steel and What They Told.”

I’ve already got a couple of stories lined up for 2021. My next novel, QUESTLAND, will be out in June. Maybe I’ll even get to do some live events for it.

There’s lots to look forward to.

Let’s do it.

 

2020 in review

December 15, 2020

So, let’s talk about 2020. Hahahahaha no.

I’m just going to talk about what I published in 2020. It was a pretty busy year, as far as new publications. It’s also kind of hard to think way back to January, which seems like another planet now.

Anyway. It’s a tradition, so here it goes:

Collections:

The Immortal Conquistador, March 2020, Tachyon Publications. This is mostly reprints of stories about Rick the vampire, but it also includes a novella, “El Conquistador del Tiempo,” which tells about that one time Rick was the Master of Santa Fe and met the Devil on the crossroads.

Kitty’s Mix-Tape, October 2020, Tachyon Publications. Again, mostly reprints of stories from the Kitty series, but it also includes four new stories: “Kitty Walks on By, Calls Your Name,” “Kitty and Cormac’s Excellent Adventure,” “What Happened to Ben in Vegas,” and “Kitty Busts the Feds.”

These two collect most of the Kitty stories post-2010 or so, and I had a lot of fun revisiting that world. They also mean Kitty is eligible for the Best Series Hugo in 2020, if you’re so inclined to nominate.

Novellas:

The Ghosts of Sherwood, June 2020, Tor.com (Received a starred review in Publishers Weekly!)

The Heirs of Locksley, August 2020, Tor.com

Needless to say, I’m really proud of these two. The idea had been cooking for almost twenty years, I did a bunch of research to make them work, and they were a lot of fun to write when it finally all came together. Will there be more about the Locksley clan? Maybe, if I can find time to write them. So many ideas…

Short Stories:

“Sinew and Steel and What They Told.” February 2020, Tor.com. This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. I wrote the first draft in one sitting and I love Graff dearly. Heads up: There will be a new story about Graff coming out next year.

“We Take Care of Everything: The Department of Talent Resources.” The Dystopian Triptych 1: Ignorance is Strength, June 2020.

“We Take Care of Everything: Keep Your Streak Going!” The Dystopian Triptych 2: Burn the Ashes, June 2020.

“We Take Care of Everything: You Have Been Crowdfunded.” The Dystopian Triptych 3: Or Else the Light, June 2020.

“Dirt and Destiny: A Regency Tale.” August 2020, Curious Fictions.

And those are my 2020 credits. I think I got everything.

gift ideas

December 3, 2020

It’s that time of year — holiday gift giving. Last month I had the horrifying realization that I usually do a lot of my holiday shopping when I travel, looking for special unique gifts that I could never find anywhere else.

I haven’t done any traveling this year. Welp.

I’ll manage, and I’ve found some solutions. I’m especially trying to shop locally, with small businesses and independent artisans. I’ve not placed a single order with Amazon.

In the interest of spreading the joy of creative holiday shopping, would like to pass on a couple of totally self-serving gift ideas: books! If you have readers in your life, there are a ton of possibilities.

Fairwood Press is a small independent press that publishes lots of great books and authors — including me! There are still copies available of the signed, limited edition hardcover of my novella Paranormal Bromance. Lots of other books as well.

Another suggestion: magazine subscriptions. One gift, but new reading all year long. And you can support authors by supporting the places that publish their stories. Some ideas:

Lightspeed Magazine

Asimov’s Science Fiction

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Uncanny

A lot of people have pointed out that this pandemic would have looked a whole lot different twenty years ago, before a robust internet, video chatting and streaming media and all that. Add online shopping to the list.

 

Here’s your infrequent reminder that I put out an infrequent e-newsletter, and I decided that it was a good idea to publish one in the direct aftermath of the most important presidential election of my lifetime. Because in 2020, timing is a fool’s game.

You can see it here, and subscribe if you like.

I’m told that e-newsletters are one of the most important and effective marketing tools a writer can use, but I haven’t really figured out how to make it all work yet. It is a nice way to consolidate news, and this one is a pretty good summary of the work I did in 2020. Enjoy!

 

 

recent posts

October 22, 2020

I’ve done a number of posts for other sites promoting Kitty’s Mix-Tape and other sundry items. Here are some of them:

At John Scalzi’s blog I talk about The Big Idea behind the new collection.

At Mary Robinette Kowal’s site, I reveal My Favorite Bit about it.

And finally, over at the Official Wild Cards Site, I describe how I research writing historical fiction. I’m currently working on a story for Wild Cards set in 1961 (project to be announced), so this was a timely piece.

Enjoy!

 

Capclave Online

October 15, 2020

This weekend is Virtual Capclave! I’m scheduled for panels, readings, and I’ll be hosing a book launch party for Kitty’s Mix-Tape! I’ll bring mimosas and donuts that I won’t be able to share, alas.

They’ve got special $10 online memberships available, so if you can stand one more virtual event, you might give it a try!

 

Upcoming events

October 7, 2020

I have a few virtual events coming up:

This Friday, Kevin Hearne and I will be chatting about our new books, courtesy of the BookBar. Sign up for the Crowdcast event here.

October 17-18 is virtual Capclave. All the usual convention activities — panels, readings, etc. — but you don’t have to change out of your PJ’s! (I will probably go ahead and change out of my PJ’s.) I’ll also be hosting a release party for Kitty’s Mix Tape!

October 23-25 is virtual MileHi Con. Same deal! check it out!

Well, this month is turning out to be pretty busy!

 

I’ve got a bookstore event scheduled! Hurrah!

It’s online, but still.

October 9, 7 pm MT, Kevin Hearne and I will be hosted by Book Bar, chatting about our new books. Kevin and I have done joint events before and always have a fun time. It’s actually pretty cool that this time, attendance will not be limited by geography. Onward ho, into the future!

Click here to sign up.