so many things!

April 17, 2015

Once again I will be taking part in the HorrorFest segment of StarFest — Saturday only, tomorrow!  Signing books, doing panels, shopping for geek stuff.  Maybe I’ll see you there?

Behold, the latest newsletter of the Holy Taco Church, a place devoted entirely to food and words.  YUM.

I’m trying to figure out what else is coming up, but all my calendar says is “dentist appointment.”  Grrrr.  I do know a couple of short stories are going to be wending their way online over the summer, and we’re gearing up for the release of KITTY SAVES THE WORLD.  I haven’t started getting nervous yet, but I’m sure I will at some point very soon.  Yikes!

Here’s a sneak peek from the book’s playlist, Ian Cooke’s “Fortitude”:

happy friday!

April 3, 2015

Colorado Springs peeps:  I’m the keynote speaker at the Pikes Peak Library District’s Mountain of Authors event tomorrow!

Some Good News: I finished revising two novellas this week.  They’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

Some Bad News:  I’m not entirely sure yet what I’m going to do with them.  I think people will be excited about them.  But I’m a bit incapacitated by choices and not knowing exactly what to do right at the moment.  Trust me, when I decide, I’ll let you all know and you’ll be able to read these new things.

Another thing I did this week was go through some old pictures.  It made me sad, because these are from 15+ years ago.  I have happy pictures of couples who are no longer together.  People who were my best friends at one time but who I haven’t seen in a decade for whatever reason.  My relatives who have passed away.  I have a ton of pictures of my horse Rosie who’s been gone for 11 years now.  A lot of life recorded there.  A different life than the one I’m living now, which is a bit weird.

 

AnomalyCon!

March 27, 2015

It’s AnomalyCon this weekend!  I will be there in all my steampunk finery.  My programming is all Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  Maybe I’ll see you there?

And the following week, on April 2 I’m co-hosting a screening of Highlander at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, CO!  There may be some dressing up on my part.  Basically, given the closet of costumes I have, there’s no way I’m co-hosting a screening of Highlander and not wearing something awesome.

April 4, I’m taking part in the Mountain of Authors event with the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs.

Yeah, looks like things are about to start getting busy again…

 

short story avalanche!

March 6, 2015

I just realized:  I have three new short stories coming out this month!  This amuses me because once again these are stories written over the course of the last year and a half or so, for different publications, and they all happen to be coming out within a week or so of each other.  These things really do come in avalanches!

Now Available:  Operation Arcana, tales of military fantasy edited by John Joseph Adams.  This has my story “Sealskin,” about a half-selkie Navy SEAL, not even kidding.  Astute readers have been asking if this is a sequel to another story I have about a selkie, “The Temptation of Robin Green.”  And the answer is yes, it is a sequel.  I hope you enjoy it.  And here’s yet another world I could definitely write more about.

Next up, March 10:  The Doll Collection, a horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow.  My story here is called “Goodness and Kindness,” and it’s about Kewpie dolls.  A peek behind the curtains:  this is the first story I’ve sold to Ellen after 20 years of trying. I’m pretty sure I sent a story or two to her when she was still editing fiction at Omni.  So, this is something of a milestone.  And I pretty much got in because I know way too much about Kewpie dolls — my grandmother is an avid collector.

And third, March 17:  My story “Sun, Stone, Spear” will appear at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  This story is a direct result of my trip to Ireland last summer, and I’m very pleased that some of my burgeoning obsessions and research from then resulted in a viable story — and maybe even more viable stories in the future.  Let’s make “neolithic fantasy” a thing, everybody!

 

schedule — Boston!

February 11, 2015

I will be in Boston this week.  That is, I’m planning on being in Boston this week.  Everyone I’ve said this to over the last couple of days has given me this skeptical side-eye, seeing as how the region is well on its way to becoming Ice Planet Hoth.  Nevertheless, until the airline or the convention or the mayor of Boston or the governor of Massachusetts tells me otherwise, the plan remains intact.

If that changes, I will tell you.  I’ll do my best to post here and/or on Facebook.  And please, if it’s dangerous for you to travel, don’t.

First up, Thursday at 7 pm, I’ll be reading and signing at the Harvard Coop Bookstore.  I think this is my first real bookstore event in this part of the country, so I’m very excited!

Next up, Boskone.  I’m on a ton of programming, including the usual round of panels, readings, and signings.  The program is up on the site — check it out!

And maybe I’ll see you soon!

 

upcoming appearances

February 4, 2015

First off:  Happy Birthday, Dad!

And now some stuff:

Tomorrow, February 5th, 7 pm, I’m signing at the Downtown Book Bin in Salem OR.

This weekend, February 7-8, is HowlCon in Vancouver, WA (near Portland!).  This is an entirely werewolf themed convention, and should be a howling good time.

Update:  My early short story collection Straying from the Path has a new cover.  If you haven’t given this one a try yet, here’s your chance.  It’s available on  KindleNook, iTunes, and Kobo.

Jay Lake wrote the introduction, and I’ve been having  a little trouble re-reading it, because I can still hear his voice and it still hurts that he’s gone.

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happy Friday + a few notes

January 16, 2015

A reminder:  this Sunday I’ll be signing at 3 pm at the  Broadway Book Mall in Denver.

I have a brand-new Wild Cards story out:  “Always Spring in Prague” is a new story included in the reissue of Aces Abroad, which came out this week.  As a long-time fan of the series, I’m still loving these new covers by Michael Komarck, and I’m loving that I have managed to retroactively insinuate myself into the series from the very beginning.  Sometimes you don’t need a TARDIS to time travel!

I did a ton of knitting and crafting for the holidays this year, and eventually I’ll post pictures and show off some of what I made, ’cause I’m pretty happy with it all.  First:  I made this hat for my niece for her birthday, using this pattern that I got off Ravelry:

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OMG ISN’T SHE SO CUTE!!!!!!!

 

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