Mechanical Animals – event!

November 16, 2018

My next short story release is in the anthology Mechanical Animals from Hex Publishing. At MileHi Con I talked a little about how I don’t write horse stories very often, and I’m not quite sure why, given how important horses are to me. But “Closer to the Sky” is a horse story, and not just a horse story, but A Girl and Her Horse story, which I think is a very special genre. I hope people like it. Here’s the Kirkus Review. It says my story is the “most accessible,” and I think that’s because even if people don’t want to admit it, A Girl and Her Horse stories really are the best stories.

We’re having a release party at the Tattered Cover on December 5. Maybe I’ll see you there!

 

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BookBar this Saturday

November 8, 2018

Reminder:  this Saturday, 1 pm, I’ll be at the BookBar in Denver with Betsy Dornbusch, reading stuff and celebrating SF&F.

Colorado has a pretty dodgy record in regards to LGBTQ rights. That infamous cake baker is here, and 25 years ago there was Amendment 2, which tried to ban laws protecting the rights of LGBTQ people — it was overturned in court as unconstitutional, and rightly so.

Well, this week Colorado elected an openly gay governor, Jared Polis. We’ve come a long way, and it feels pretty damn good.  Polis served several terms in the House of Representatives, and I used to live in his district but moved out a few years ago. I was happy being able to vote for him again as governor this time.

 

Wizarding Weekend

October 25, 2018

Reminder:  I’ll be in Ithaca, NY this weekend for the Wizarding Weekend, a themed holiday festival that sounds like a lot of fun. I’ll be signing books and I have a Q&A session and maybe a couple of other things once the schedule is finalized.  Check it out, I’m headed east of the Mississippi!

 

Just a reminder that I have a couple of events coming up:

An Author Panel titled “Bringing the Weird and Dead to Life” at Front Range Community College in Westminster, October 18, 6 – 7:30 pm.

And then, Friday to Sunday, the ever-popular MileHi Con. It’s the 50th Anniversary and it’s going to be a huge party I think.

We’re holding a launch party in the Con Suite on Sunday, 11 am, for the limited edition of “Paranormal Bromance.”  Click the link for ordering info!

I’m in full chaos mode getting ready for all this. Onward ho!

 

Friday & upcoming events

October 12, 2018

After a couple of months in a fog, my brain is starting to come back online. I think. Which is to say I’m starting to make plans instead of just ideas. I hope I can keep it up.

And after six days of clouds and rain, the sun is out. I should go outside.

The plus side:  I’ve sold some stories.

The down side:  All the editors sent copyedits to be looked over today.

Reminder, I’ve got four events coming up:

The Paranormal Author Panel at Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO, Oct. 18 at 6 pm. Books will be for sale here.

Next weekend, MileHiCon. It’s the 50th Anniversary and it’s going to be a big production, with many former Guests of Honor (including me!) in attendance.

The weekend after that, the Wizarding Weekend Festival in Ithaca, NY.

And November 10 I’ll be at the Book Bar in Denver for the science fiction reading series.

Things are about to get busy…

 

Roaring Twenties

October 10, 2018

For reasons too complicated to go into now, I’ve published my story “Roaring Twenties” as its own ebook.  This is the one about a magical speakeasy and a couple of flappers who are more than they seem. It originally appeared a few years ago as part of the Martin and Dozois edited anthology Rogues. Now it’s a stand-alone.

Enjoy!

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

iTunes should be up in a day or two. And here’s the iTunes link!

 

and another story…

September 19, 2018

Another story announcement — I wasn’t sure when this one would be out, but it looks like November. Mechanical Animals, edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller, will include my story “Closer to the Sky.” It’s now available for preorder. Just follow the link.

This is a story about a girl and her horse. Given how much time I’ve spent with horses in my life, I don’t write about them very much. I’m not sure why. When my horse Rosie started getting sick I wrote several rather horrific stories about terrible things happening to horses (I was processing) — “The Librarian’s Daughter,” “A Hunter’s Ode to His Bait.”  “The Librarian’s Daughter” is ostensibly about a girl and her horse except it’s, you know, horrific.

But I actually consider “Closer to the Sky” my first real “girl and her horse” story.  It’s also a weird western.

So yeah, stories that I’ve sold over the last three years are now coming out all in the same handful of months. Weird!