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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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:
OMG ISN’T SHE SO CUTE!!!!!!!
January 9, 2015
I’ve got two events next week y’all should know about:
Monday, January 12, I’m doing an event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, NM. There’ll be a discussion, Q&A, and book signing, and it should be a fun evening. I’m told tickets may be required, so you might check with the theater.
Sunday, January 18, 3 pm, I’m signing at the Broadway Book Mall in Denver.
I hope to see some of you at these! I’ve also got a bunch of stuff coming in February — I’ll be in Oregon and Boston then. More details when the time approaches.
Oh — and this summer, I’ll be a guest lecturer at Taos Toolbox, an advanced writers workshop run by Walter Jon Williams in New Mexico. I believe applications are now being accepted.
It’s been a busy new year so far, a week or so into it. I’ve done that thing again where I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. It all seems to work out so I just have to keep plugging away.
January 7, 2015
2014 felt weird because I was between book contracts for much of it — I finished the last novel on my existing contract early on, and I didn’t have another contract lined up until December. This made me flounder around a bit — what do I work on next? What am I going to be working on next year? This is not my beautiful house, this is not my beautiful wife!
It turns out, I worked on whatever the hell came to mind and the results have been… interesting. That is, I had a lot of stuff coming out this year, even as I felt kind of directionless. This is good. This is validating, because it shows me that as long as I’m working on something, things will happen. And there’s a bunch of stuff on the schedule that you’ll start seeing trickle out in the early days of 2015. I’m excited.
So, for my own records, for those who might be interested, here’s my writing that came out in 2014:
Dreams of the Golden Age (Tor Books, January 2014)
Low Midnight (Tor Books, December 2014)
Paranormal Bromance, December
“Roaring Twenties,” Rogues, ed. George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, June
“Harry and Marlowe and the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies,” Lightspeed, July
“Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza,” Tor.com, October
“Once More, For Old Time’s Sake,” Wild Cards: Lowball, November
“G.I. Joe: Luck be a Lady,” Kindle Worlds, July (Shut up, this does too count.)
“Salvage,” Lightspeed, June
“Harry and Marlowe and the Intrigues at the Aetherian Exhibition,” Lightspeed, February
“The Beaux Wilde,” Urban Fantasy Magazine, December
“Dancing with the Mouse King,” Fantasy for Good, December
“The Art of Fly Fishing in Low Gravity,” FenCon Program Book, September (I need to get this online where everyone can see it.)
So, ten short pieces, two novels, and a novella. Yeah, I was kind of busy. And things aren’t slowing down. The next novel will be out in August (I’ll make an announcement about that next week, I think) and I’ve got a contract for my YA space opera that I’ve been talking about for ages. A new Wild Cards story by me will be out soon, as part of the Aces Abroad release, and three or four more stories are due for release early on, including a new Harry and Marlowe story. So yeah, I don’t think I have to worry that I’m not using my time well…