July 10, 2015
Just a quick note. It’s been a wibbly wobbly week, sorting through the mess on my desk, contemplating the long-term to-do list, and looking forward to a few weeks at home with no travel. Bliss! I hadn’t thought I was traveling that much, then I realized I’ve been home one weekend out of the last seven. Yikes! I may work at home, but I still like those free weekends to remind me to kick back and relax a little bit.
I updated my appearances page! (The info can also be found on the link on the right-hand menu.) My next thing will be on August 5th at the Tattered Cover on Colfax in Denver — we’re having a release party for Kitty Saves the World. Yay!
Here’s the rest of my current scheduled appearances. Not too many, but what there are should be GREAT! And yes, I’m going to be bringing some costumes to DragonCon! Will I see you there?
August 5: We’ll be having a big party celebrating the release of KITTY SAVES THE WORLD at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. More info about times and such when I have it!
August 28-30: Bubonicon in Albuquerque.
September 4-7: DragonCon! This is the year! I’ll see you there!
September 27 or 28: Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, VA. Not sure which day I’m appearing yet but I’ll let you know.
October 23-25: MileHi Con in Denver.
And in 2016:
May 6- 8: Creative Ink Festival in Vancouver BC.
July 8, 2015
My latest story “Crazy Rhythm” is now up on Lightspeed! (It’s also crossposted on io9! I’m taking over!!!) This is my WWI tank in silent-era Hollywood story. Because I like smooshing things together that don’t normally go together. Fun things happen.
Here are a couple of videos that will add a bit of background info:
Here are the Hines Brothers performing the song where I got the title from in the movie The Cotton Club. (The movie’s okay, but all of the musical numbers in it are fantastic.) Anyway, this song was one of the first bits of 1920’s music I ever heard and I love just about every version of it.
And this one:
This is some pretty good period footage of the Mark V tank. It looks so rudimentary and primitive compared to modern tanks. But I keep imagining myself as a soldier in the trenches seeing one of these for the first time — or a whole line of them, creeping toward my position. And it’s pretty terrifying. It’s a strange and interesting machine.
July 1, 2015
KITTY SAVES THE WORLD is due out in one month! Squeee! It’s gonna be epic! We’re putting a calendar and some events together and stuff so stay tuned.
In the meantime, the July issue of Lightspeed Magazine has a brand-new story by me: “Crazy Rhythm,” which is about silent-era Hollywood and WWI tanks and all kinds of good stuff like that. You can buy the issue now, and the story goes live on the site next week.
Also announced today, the anthology Swords v. Cthulhu will include my story “The Lady of Shalott,” which is indeed my Lovecraftian retelling of the ultimate story about what happens when one gazes upon the forbidden. That’ll be out early 2016.
I was just thinking about a number of stories and projects I’ll have coming out over the next year. There’s quite a few! Of course I’ll let you know when they’re available.
But the big one: KITTY SAVES THE WORLD IS OUT IN A MONTH!
June 15, 2015
It’s less than two months until the release of KITTY SAVES THE WORLD! OMG! I’m starting to ramp up the promotion right now, so you’ll be seeing more about this in coming weeks.
First off: You still have a couple of weeks to sign up for this Goodreads giveaway. Get the book before everyone else!
I turned on the new SyFy show Dark Matter right in the middle and here’s my impression: It seems like it’s trying really really hard to be Firefly, but dark, and with no wit or charm. I turned it on in time to see the young woman character explain that she’s actually River Tam.
And I’m finally halfway through Netflix’s Daredevil, a month after everyone else stopped talking about it. I am intrigued. And it’s really really violent. Like, amazingly violent. But what I’m liking is the dialog, and what they’re doing with Fisk, making him sympathetic by introducing him as this awkward guy trying to ask a woman on a date — right before showing what a maniac he is. Hey, Vanessa, when Fisk said, “My painting.” That’s when you needed to get up and leave the room forever. (And that’s how you do dialog. Two words, and the bottom dropped out of my stomach.)
June 1, 2015
Two trips down, one to go. I had a two-hour turn around between the camping trip and the Rio Hondo writers workshop. I have a two-day turn around before the dive trip. I feel like, I don’t actually travel that much, but for some reason all the travel seems to get crammed into a short space, which is exhausting.
But I made the effort to go to yoga class this morning. It’s like getting a massage from the inside out. Feeling much better.
Two links for you:
My story “Bannerless,” which is something of a prequel to my Hugo-nominated story “Amaryllis,” is posted on Wired as a preview for the anthology The End Has Come. Woohoo!
Also on Wired, I did a podcast discussion about Mad Max: Fury Road for Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy. You can hear me gush emotionally about the Vuvalini in person!
I skimmed the comments there, and it’s more of the same: it’s just action, you’re reading too much into it! I’ve decided I actually feel kind of sorry for people who really, genuinely, can’t find any meaning in a story like this. The world must seem very flat to them.
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”:
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.