so…many…books!

June 21, 2017

My review of “Colossal” is live at Lightspeed! To recap: I really liked this story about a woman who is also a monster trying to do the right thing.

This week, along with wrapping up the next draft of the sequel to Bannerless (it’s finally coming together…), I’m prepping for the Locus Awards Weekend, where I’ll be taking part in all the usual festivities (including seeing if “That Game We Played During the War” wins the award for short story!), but also teaching half of the writers workshop, along with Connie Willis.

I’m planning on teaching about voice, which it’s said can’t actually be taught, so this is something of an experiment. We’ll see how that goes!  Here are a few of the books I’m drawing on for examples. (I won’t use all of these, but I wanted to have a selection to pick and choose from.)

book run!

June 16, 2017

I made a library run this week (and also picked up the latest Vanity Fair Star Wars preview!):

I’ve never read A River Runs Through It even though I adore the movie, and I decided it was finally time. And the library has this cool thing where they put a shelf full of popular books right by the entrance and I’ve heard great things about Underground Railroad and it was right there so I got it too.

Oh, and look what came in the mail:  the finished copy of Bannerless!  It’s a book!

June 7, 2017

Another busy week.

Redshift has done a radio show style dramatization of my story “Crazy Rhythm,” about the convergence of World War I and silent movies.

June’s Lightspeed has my long review of Colossal! You can buy the issue now, or it goes live in a couple of weeks!

Behind the Mask, an anthology of superhero stories, reprints my story “Origin Story,” about a woman who recognizes a supervillain bank robber as her long-ago high school boyfriend.

Argh, so many things!

Sunday was author Ed Bryant’s memorial service. Ed was an institution in the Denver area, a huge supporter of all things science fiction and horror, a founder of writer workshops — He was everywhere, and the word everyone keeps using is ubiquitous. The memorial was full of people telling the same stories about his presence at conventions, his work as a writer and reviewer, and his support for new writers. He was a great cheerleader for my work, and I’ll never forget that. MileHi Con is going to be very strange without him.

 

Wednesday update!

May 31, 2017

Yes, I have my tickets for Wonder Woman on Friday. This is huge, because as a character she’s nearly as old as Batman and Superman, but while the later two have had a dozen or so live action incarnations each, Wonder Woman has had exactly one in that same stretch of time. One. We’re starving here.

NEWS!

John Joseph Adams Books has now released covers and information on all 2017 releases, including BANNERLESS.  Check out all the titles and pre-order links. I’m so excited!

And the other season finales:

Flash managed to pull out something of a victory in the 9th inning, I think. I wasn’t sure they’d be able to. They showed us Iris getting stabbed all season long, and any impact in that moment, when it actually happened, was completely absent. Except that that’s not what really happened. Was not expecting that, and yet it was set up ahead of time.  Not sure about what happens to Barry at the end, but I’m willing to give it a watch.  My comics geek friend thinks they’re setting up the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century, and that fits with what happens to Mon-El in Supergirl.

Arrow.  So, I’m thinking the whole show jumped the shark when it killed off Laurel. My Superfriends TV watching group and I stopped watching this season about 8 episodes in and every time we talked about catching up, we couldn’t be bothered. The JV team was ridiculous, trying to turn Curtis into a superhero was as ridiculous as trying to turn James Olson into one, the Russian Mafia nonsense was ridiculous. But we watched the season finale just to see what we missed, and I got what I wanted, which was the flashback timeline catching up to exactly where we started five years ago, along with some thematic gestures toward leaving the past behind, Ollie has to get over what happened, “You’ve always been trapped on this island,” etc.  So, clear indication that the flashbacks might be just done. Which is nice. Still have no urge to go back and catch up. Not sure I care about next season, either. Ah well.

Conclusion:  Legion spoiled me on all the other superhero shows. It’s just so good and so stylish, the complete package, with something interesting to say to boot.

So what that means is that until Legion comes back, my favorite TV show is Lab Rats??? Huh.

 

This happened:

CO book awad 2017

so I have a question

May 19, 2017

But first a couple of things:

The Colorado Book Awards reception and celebration is Sunday!  My collection Amaryllis and Other Stories is a finalist in the genre category. Tickets are available on the website!

I’ve been watching my favorite osprey pair valiantly protecting their four nearly-hatched eggs from all the snow we got yesterday. Oh my goodness!

And now for my question. So I was cruising Netflix earlier this week when I discovered a Disney show called Lab Rats.  It’s a teen sitcom of the usual Disney variety, super goofy and aimed at 13 year olds. And…I kind of love it. I mean, I would have adored it when I was 13. But even now, I binged like 10 episodes before I even knew what was happening.

It’s about Leo, whose mother has just married a billionaire inventor ala Tony Stark except more like Tony Stark as played by Jon Cryer.  And he’s exploring the smart house mansion when he discovers three bionic kids living in the basement. Like, goofy Tony Stark has been performing totally unethical human experimentation on children in the basement and no one ever says anything about it. But Leo convinces Tony (Donald actually, but you know) that Adam, Bree, and Chase should be allowed to go to school and have normal kid experiences.  And also if he has bionic step-siblings at school the bullies will leave him alone.

I KNOW RIGHT?! Isn’t this the most amazing setup?  The comedy is on par with Weird Al and Spaceballs, and the kid actors are complete earnest and gung-ho and I kind of love them all. The show is all about family, which I also love. Leo and the three bionic kids instantly bond and it’s just so sweet.

I’m sort of bemused about the whole thing, really.

There’s another Disney show, Mighty Med, about two geek teens who discover a secret hospital for superheroes, which is also an amazing concept, but I only got a couple of episodes into that one because it seems more mean-spirited than Lab Rats, with a lot of the humor coming from making fun of its characters rather than growing out of their antics. Apparently last year they took characters from both shows to make a new one, which I haven’t seen yet.

Anyway, my question:  Has anyone else watched this?  Maybe anyone with 13 year old kids?  Is this really as fun as I think it is or am I just crazy and reverting to my childhood self?

 

Two months til Bannerless is out! It’s available for preorder in all the usual places! This is my post-apocalyptic murder mystery. I’m anxious for this one to get out in the world — I really hope people like it!

I’ve got a few appearances coming up, just in case you haven’t seen them:

May 21, 4 pm: Colorado Book Awards Celebration at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. Tickets $20. Amaryllis and Other Stories is up for the award in the genre category. This should be a good party!

June 5, 8 – 9:30 pm: Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Lit Fest in Denver, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion: “Highbrow, Lowbrow, No Brow: Debating Literary Taste.” (I believe tickets are required, please see website.)

June 23-24:  I’m teaching at the Locus Writers Workshop in Seattle, along with Connie Willis. This is in conjunction with the Locus Awards, and I’m looking forward to making a weekend of it!