Reminder:  It’s Independent Bookstore Day tomorrow, and I’ll be at Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins around 12-1 to celebrate as a “guest bookseller!” I worked at an independent bookstore (McKinzey-White in Colorado Springs) back in the day, and I try to support independents whenever I can and encourage everyone to do so as well! I always find treasures there.

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday roundup

April 21, 2017

A few links:

Reminder:  I’ll be at Starfest on Sunday! Check back in the Horrorfest area like usual.

My love letter to the Resident Evil movies posted this week.

Next Saturday, April 29, is Independent Bookstore Day, and I’ll be a “guest bookseller” at Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins. I keep saying my time at the bookstore is the only job I’ve ever missed, so come join me in compulsively straightening shelves!

Tomorrow, I’ll be taking part in the March for Science in Denver. I also took part in the Tax March last weekend. Feels like I’m doing little enough, but I need to do something, even if it’s just demonstrating that a bunch of us are paying attention and won’t go away.

 

Reminder!

April 14, 2017

Just a reminder, tonight I’ll be at the Colorado Book Award readings at the BookBar in Denver! 7 pm!

And next Sunday I’ll be at Starfest.

Things are getting busy again. The Tax March is tomorrow, the Science March is next week. And I’m maybe two weeks out from having draft zero of the new novel. Hoping to finish by the end of the month. It’s at the stage where I think I have all the pieces, I just need to get them all put together. And change a couple of names. Thank goodness for search and replace.

One step at a time…

BONUS UPDATE:  My latest short story, “I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” is now live at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  True story:  this is basically my first novel. Like, I borrowed the characters and situation and changed it up some and condensed it into one scene. But yeah, this is a version of a thing I wrote 22 years ago that didn’t sell because I wasn’t good enough then.

 

 

Hugo finalist!

April 5, 2017

So this happened.

My story, “That Game We Played During the War,” is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

I’m really excited.  This kind of recognition feels amazing. Especially for what I think is one of the best stories I’ve ever written. (I’m closing in on 100 published short stories, so that’s saying something.)

It’s a really good Hugo ballot overall, I think. And not just because a bunch of real-life friends are also nominated. Marjorie Liu’s Monstress in the Graphic Novel category. Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence and The Expanse are up for Best Series, and the Expanse TV show is up for a Best Dramatic – Short award.  It’s going to be a hell of a party in Helsinki, and I’m so glad I get to be there.

And Carrie Fisher’s memoir The Princess Diarist is up for Best Related Work. This makes me so, so happy, and so, so sad at the same time. But now I can always say that I was a Hugo finalist the same year as Carrie Fisher.

 

yarn!

April 3, 2017

First, a couple of events:

On April 14 at 7pm, the Colorado Book Award will start its reading series at BookBar.  I’ll be there reading from my nominated book, Amaryllis and Other Stories.

The weekend after I’ll be at Starfest, but only for Sunday.

This past weekend, I committed yarn. A lot of yarn. In my defense, these are all earmarked for specific projects.  Aren’t they all so pretty?!

FAQ: Will there ever be a sequel to Voices of Dragons?

Answer: Yes.

This was one of the results of the Year of Stalled Projects, and I’m happy to finally announce its launch into the world. It’s hatched! It’s a dragon!  A couple of things to know:

  1. It’s only e-book for now. If there’s enough demand I might release it in print, but right now my choices were “release now as e-book only” or “put on back burner again,” and I chose the former.
  2. It’s a short novel, or a long novella. About 42,000 words for them what counts. So if it seems short…it is. Which makes publishing as an e-book an even better option. And I also think it tells a whole story. It’s the length it needs to be.

I hope you like it. I hope this ties up some loose ends, and that your heart races just a little bit at some of the trouble Kay and Artegal get into.  And I’ve already said too much…

Thank you for your patience.

Kindle link

Nook link (And the Nook link is finally live!)

iBooks link

interview! and stuff

March 15, 2017

George posted the talk we did at the Jean Cocteau last month — or rather six weeks? — ago. Wow, doesn’t seem that long.  Anyway, enjoy!

This week has been all about being nibbled to death by ducks. So many little annoying things to deal with. On the plus side, all the little things aren’t sending me into a spiral of despair, so that’s good.  I credit Daylight Savings. I understand that everyone hates it, but I gotta tell you, leaving my office at dinnertime and still having sunlight shining has made a HUGE difference in my overall mood. I may even clean house!

And I’m hoping to finally see Logan this week. Just to see what all the hype’s about.