February 10, 2016
Quick announcement post today: I’m doing a Reddit AMA — Ask Me Anything! Post goes up around noon eastern time and I start answering questions around 3. Maybe earlier. I’ll hop back on here and add the link when it goes live.
And here it is! The link is live! Go forth and question!
Also, Tor.com just posted the artwork for a short story of mine that’ll be published in March: “That Game We Played During the War.” Isn’t it pretty? (Link goes to Facebook.) The story’s about how to play chess against a telepath.
January 6, 2016
One of these days I ought to try to get to Salem, Massachusetts, yeah?
But for this week, tomorrow in fact, January 7, I’ll be at the Book Bin (downtown) in Salem OR. 7 pm. Shenanigans await!
My first event of the new year. Woooooo!!!
January 4, 2016
2015 was a strange year for me professionally. I’m hoping to write more about that in a couple of weeks, because there are some implications for what’s going to be happening in the next year or so. More about that later. Remind me if I forget.
The important thing, though, is I’m still writing a ton of stuff that I feel good about, and it’s still getting published. So here’s what was published in 2015:
Kitty Saves the World. Yeah, that was a big deal. Still proud of it. And it’s been nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding. I feel like this is recognition for the whole series, and it makes me very happy.
“Bannerless,” The End Has Come, ed. John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey, May 2015. (reprinted at Wired.com) This story’s been picked up for two Year’s Best SF anthologies, one edited by Gardner Dozois and one edited by Neil Clarke.
“Always Spring in Prague,” Wild Cards: Aces Abroad (reissue), Tor Books.
“El Hidalgo de la Noche,” e-book publication.
“The Girl Who Loved Shonen Knife,” Hanzai Japan, Haikasoru Books.
“Crazy Rhythm,” Lightspeed Magazine, July 2015.
“Sealskin,” Operation Arcana, ed. John Joseph Adams, April 2015.
“Sun, Stone, Spear,” Beneath Ceaseless Skies, March 2015.
“Goodness and Kindness,” The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, March 2015.
So yeah, a pretty good year. One novel and eight short pieces, which is consistent for me. And by my count I already have something like four or five stories lined up for next year, plus the collection. Onward and upward!
December 9, 2015
Hey, it’s too early to be thinking about next year, right? No! It’s not! I’m already setting up events and travel plans are coming together. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
January 7, 7 pm: in Salem, Oregon, I’ll be signing at the Book Bin East.
March 25-27: I’m a Special Guest at WonderCon in Los Angeles, CA.
May 6- 8: I’m Guest of Honor at the Creative Ink Festival in Vancouver BC.
August 17-21: I’ll be attending MidAmeriCon II, Worldcon in Kansas City.
These are some pretty cool events coming up, yeah? Maybe I’ll see you there? It’s never too early to plan ahead!
November 11, 2015
You guys want a new story about Rick, don’t you?
I thought so.
Behold, “El Hidalgo de la Noche,” which is a sequel to “Conquistador de la Noche” and tells the story of what happens when European vampires arrive in colonial Mexico — and find Ricardo de Avila already there and rather surprised to see them.
Ebook only for now, but I’ve been thinking I have enough stories to put together a second Kitty collection. . . as always, stay tuned!
In the meantime have some links:
October 23, 2015
MileHi Con is this weekend. This one kind of snuck up on me — it’s my last big thing for the year, and I let my guard down a little early. So I basically spent yesterday in panic mode making sure everything was ready.
I’m hosting my own version of The Midnight Hour again — it’s turned into an every other year thing, which is just fine and will help prevent burnout. This year, my special guest host is GoH Kevin Hearne. I have assured him the event will be easy and painless. He’s such a good sport.
The rest of the program is online. I’ll be around all weekend, talking on panels and engaging in shenanigans. Hope to see some of you there!
October 21, 2015
Hanzai Japan, including my story “The Girl Who Loved Shonen Knife,” is now available! Here’s a sneak peek of my story:
“I bet the school is home to a secret laboratory creating superheroes,” I say, and Miki and Ru just stare at me. I keep going. “You know, like some of our fellow students may in fact be superheroes in disguise, with strange mental and physical powers. There’s a secret high-tech gymnasium under the real gymnasium where they do their training.”
Miki says, “If there are secret superheroes, why don’t they do something to save the city?”
That is a very good question.
So we decided that the characters of Arrow totally fit into Hamlet:
Hamlet: Ollie, who is haunted by the ghost of his father.
Claudius: Malcolm Merlin
Polonius: Det. Lance
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Felicity and Diggle
Which of course would leave Yorick for Tommy Merlin.
And Fortinbras is Amanda Waller, which means the last scene is her walking on stage and going, “What the hell happened here?” and Thea sort of shrugging weakly with a confused expression on her face.