This Thursday, Strong Women Strange Worlds is hosting a reading — and I’m one of the participants!

Sign up at this link.

I’ll be reading a bit from QUESTLAND. “See” you there!

my dice!

June 25, 2021

In an effort to establish my gaming cred…BEHOLD, my dice collection.

It turns out I like little tiny dice. Mini dice. SO CUTE.

But my faves are probably the tiny D6’s, which are made of wood. Very old school, and perfect for D6 systems. Showing my age here but my favorite system is still probably the old West End Games Star Wars system. So simple and intuitive. Good stuff.

happy Questland day!

June 22, 2021

QUESTLAND is out today! Finally! It feels like this one took a really long time to get to this point.

How long, you ask? Well.

I’ve mentioned in a couple of interviews that I’ve been thinking of this story for a very long time, and had an early novella version that I ended up trunking. And how weirdly enough, the story is much more topical and relevant than it ever was before, what with the mainstreaming of geek culture and the rise of the eccentric tech billionaire and so on, so it’s probably good it’s coming out now rather than then.

I got curious, so I dug into my archives to figure out just how long I’ve had this idea, and how long I’ve been working on it. Drum roll, please:

March 2003.

That’s the date of the file that has Addie as the main character, working with ex-special forces mercenaries to infiltrate a fantasy island. The story changed a lot in the interim, as most stories do. But the opening scene of that file is in QUESTLAND, rewritten at the prose level but pretty much the same in terms of plot.

Eighteen years. No wonder it doesn’t quite feel real, that this story is finally out in the wild.

Whew.

Questland – events!

June 18, 2021

QUESTLAND is due out real soon now! That link has ordering info.

I’ve got some events scheduled — all virtual, which has the benefit that anyone can attend from anywhere. We debated about trying an in person event, but decided the stress and uncertainty would make the whole thing less fun. So virtual it is.

Thursday, June 24, 6 pm MT, the Tattered Cover is hosting a livestream with me.

Monday, June 28, 6 pm MT, with Old Firehouse Books, we have a special event: I’ll be in conversation with Marjorie Liu, and talking about her new short story collection, The Tangleroot Palace. Marjorie and I go way back and I’m really looking forward to this.

Old Firehouse Books has a stack of signed bookplates, and I’m planning a trip to Tattered Cover to sign stock for them, so my signature will be available if you order directly from those stores.

Thank you!

new short story

June 10, 2021

Things are happening!

First, I’ve got a brand-new short story up at Tor.com: “An Easy Job” stars Graff, my space opera hedonist cyborg, whom I just love. It’s a prequel to “Sinew and Steel,” which means in this new one Graff is still operating in secrecy, which turns out to be double plus not fun in this situation. Go read!

QUESTLAND is just a couple of weeks away and the notices are rolling in. It got a great mention in 5280, Denver’s glossy lifestyle magazine. It’s really cool to be in a list of “Colorado Creatives,” and also among other kinds of books and works I don’t normally get listed with.

It’s also part of Tor.com’s roundup of new fantasy novels due out in June 2021. This is great because QUESTLAND isn’t actually fantasy, even though it has a dragon and unicorn on the cover and the story sort of operates as a fantasy story. But it’s very near future and deals with the technology that would be required to make that story happen. I’ve always loved blurring the line between fantasy and science fiction, and I sort of purposefully blasted through that line with this one. I hope it confuses people.

Questland buzz!

June 1, 2021

This is one of those weeks where I have a busted showerhead and a busted cupboard hinge and a busted sprinkler valve and then I discovered a dead animal in a window well and… that’s just too much. Gonna go take a nap or something.

Meanwhile, QUESTLAND is starting to make its way out in the world.

Here’s the Transfer Orbit newsletter featuring it front and center: “Think Ready Player One, but not dumb” may be one of my favorite reviews of all time.

It’s also a Top Pick in SF&F at Amazon.

Soon, soon my pretties, it’ll be a real-live book!

My next novel, QUESTLAND, will be out in one month. Click here for preordering info.

It’s about a high-tech LARP that goes horribly, horribly wrong, and the literature professor who has to save everyone!

aka: How many Labyrinth references can I pack into one novel before someone tells me to stop?

I lost track.

latest update

May 21, 2021

You know, all week I kept thinking, “Ah, I really need to do a blog post this week, I’ll get to it tomorrow.” And now it is Friday. Well. The blog post was the thing that kept getting put off, but now here I am.

First up: Lightspeed has reprinted my story “Dead Men in Central City,” which tells about that one time Rick met Doc Holliday. I really could write a whole series of stories about Rick in the Old West. I think that would be splendid. I’ll add it to the list.

Second up: I have a new story coming up at Tor.com on June 9, called “An Easy Job” and starring Graff. It’s a prequel to “Sinew and Steel.” I love writing about Graff and want to do more with him.

Too many stories to write, y’all. And this week I finished a rough draft for something completely different

It’s a nice problem to have, I think.

Here’s Eli Minaya’s illustration for “An Easy Job.”

I’m finally getting around to updating my sites and schedules to prep for the release of QUESTLAND on June 22, a novel about a high-tech LARP gone horribly horribly wrong and the literature professor who has to save everyone!

On June 28, 6 pm MT, Old Firehouse Books is hosting an online chat with me and Marjorie Liu, who also has a book coming out, her collection THE TANGLEROOT PALACE.

I’ve working on scheduling other events and even planning some in-person shindigs. Fingers crossed. Check the “Conventions & Signings” link for the latest info!

The Book of the Kraken

April 6, 2021

So after all my bitching about vaccine envy, I got my shot today. J&J, one and done. Now to find my zen space. Whew.

To make the day even more exciting, my newest short story has gone live at Uncanny Magazine. “The Book of the Kraken” is about the War of 1812 but with a giant squid. Because why not? I hope you enjoy it!

In the category of “where do you get your ideas,” this one has a very specific answer, which is this picture:

Clearly, I needed to write a story about a girl and her squid. It took me a few years to pull it together (my niece is currently twice the age she is here), but I did it.