that feeling when…

October 5, 2016

…you keep trying to get back to normal and realize there is no such thing.  I’m still recovering from all the travel, putting out fires and tying off loose ends and still feeling like things aren’t quite under control.  I need a nap, I think.

But I have a WHOLE MONTH UNTIL the next thing, which is Mile Hi Con.  I’m hoping to get stabilized and then get rolling on new projects and such by then.

Oh, and the Longmont Theater Company is doing Bat Boy: the Musical, which I have wanted to see since forever so I’m going to make that happen.

A couple more things:

The Museum of Science Fiction is running a Kickstarter for the first of their take-away exhibits and anthologies.  They’ll be reprinting a story of mine if they make their goal.  Check it out!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies is giving away a signed copy of Amaryllis and Other Stories. Giveaway ends Thursday!


“Simulation” World Premiere

September 21, 2016

Gosh, that sounds exciting, doesn’t it?  Yes, the world premiere of my one-act play, “Simulation,” is happening at Linfield College in Oregon this weekend, and I’ll be on hand to talk about the play and the topics surrounding it.

Performances are September 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 pm.  For more information and to buy tickets, see the website.

I really hope people like it.  Nervous new playwright is nervous.


happy Monday

September 19, 2016

The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Seven is out now and includes my story, “Sun, Stone, Spear.”  This is my neolithic fantasy, filled with standing stones and encounters with demons and gods.  I really want to do more with this setting. And the whole concept of neolithic epic fantasy, really.  It’s on the list.

It’s been a long couple of weeks, finishing up the revisions to Bannerless, recovering after the month of travel, hanging out with visiting friends, and putting my brain back together.  Trying to clean the place up some, you know?  Also, catching up on 50th anniversary Star Trek showings.  Been a long time since I saw “The Trouble with Tribbles” and I’d forgotten just how hysterically funny it is.  Oh my goodness.  Tribbles clinging to walls will never not be funny.

One thing I want to do in my down time:  get out to Walden Ponds to see what’s stopped by on fall migration. That’s the spot that got me back into birding and there always seem to be a ton of waterbirds this time of year. I need a duck fix.  Wait, that sounded weird…


revision revision revision

September 9, 2016

Well, I did take an hour off to go to yoga. Ah, happy rubbery muscles.

Look what came in the mail this week!


Busy busy busy!


I spent the weekend camping (SCA event), and so am spending another Monday catching up on sleep, doing laundry, and staving off a cold.  All this traveling, and I’ve managed to not come down with con crud or camping crud or anything.  Let’s see if I can keep healthy!

Things that happened:

  • Saw the biggest spider that wasn’t a tarantula I’ve ever seen, and I would have been fascinated — if it had not been in my tent, inches from my bed.  I managed to get it outside without killing either of us.
  • I learned to make lampworked beads.  Not sure this is something I’ll add to my list of hobbies, but it’s nice to work on getting over my fear of Crafts Involving Fire. (Long story, there.)

In other news:

  • The September issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction has my story “The Mind is Its Own Place.” This story has a lot of history to it — I wrote the first version maybe 12 years ago?  15?  I sent it out and it never sold.  Well, last year I pulled it out again — and knew how to fix it.  So I did.  I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to have proof that I’m clearly a better writer than I was 15 years ago.
  • Hex Publishers’ online zine WORDS has reprinted my story “Letter From Nancy.”

And now, I think I need to get some groceries so I can actually eat.  Until the next trip, in just two week.  Yikes!


Martians Abroad!

September 2, 2016

I don’t think I’ve posted the cover for my next book yet:


Art by Paul Youll.  Release date:  January 17, 2017.  It’s been a long time coming but here it is!  Polly is a third-generation Martian colonist whose mother sends her and her twin brother to Earth for boarding school.  And she isn’t at all happy about it. . .

Available for pre-order from all the usual suspects:  IndieBound, Amazon, B&N.

Woohoo, it’s a book!



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I mentioned that Fairwood Press is having a launch party at 8 pm on Friday at Worldcon.  I’m bringing cookies!  Amaryllis isn’t the only book Fairwood is launching at Worldcon, so it’s a really great excuse for a party.  If you can’t make Worldcon, all the books are available from Fairwood’s website.


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Besides my own Amaryllis, Tina Connolly and Caroline M. Yoachim also have short story collections out from Fairwood:  On the Eyeball Floor and Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World.7 Wonders cover full 15.indd







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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro has a collection of interviews with the legendary Robert Silverberg:  Traveler of Worlds.  (Silverberg will be at Worldcon, I believe — wouldn’t it be lovely to get him to sign the book?)






And Patrick’s latest novel, The Ultra Big Sleep (sequel to The Ultra Thin Man). Noir space opera!






Patrick published some of my favorite early stories when he was editing the fabulous short fiction magazine Talebones, and I’m just so pleased to be part of his book family now.