September 21, 2016
Gosh, that sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Yes, the world premiere of my one-act play, “Simulation,” is happening at Linfield College in Oregon this weekend, and I’ll be on hand to talk about the play and the topics surrounding it.
Performances are September 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 pm. For more information and to buy tickets, see the website.
I really hope people like it. Nervous new playwright is nervous.
September 19, 2016
The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Seven is out now and includes my story, “Sun, Stone, Spear.” This is my neolithic fantasy, filled with standing stones and encounters with demons and gods. I really want to do more with this setting. And the whole concept of neolithic epic fantasy, really. It’s on the list.
It’s been a long couple of weeks, finishing up the revisions to Bannerless, recovering after the month of travel, hanging out with visiting friends, and putting my brain back together. Trying to clean the place up some, you know? Also, catching up on 50th anniversary Star Trek showings. Been a long time since I saw “The Trouble with Tribbles” and I’d forgotten just how hysterically funny it is. Oh my goodness. Tribbles clinging to walls will never not be funny.
One thing I want to do in my down time: get out to Walden Ponds to see what’s stopped by on fall migration. That’s the spot that got me back into birding and there always seem to be a ton of waterbirds this time of year. I need a duck fix. Wait, that sounded weird…
September 9, 2016
September 5, 2016
I spent the weekend camping (SCA event), and so am spending another Monday catching up on sleep, doing laundry, and staving off a cold. All this traveling, and I’ve managed to not come down with con crud or camping crud or anything. Let’s see if I can keep healthy!
Things that happened:
- Saw the biggest spider that wasn’t a tarantula I’ve ever seen, and I would have been fascinated — if it had not been in my tent, inches from my bed. I managed to get it outside without killing either of us.
- I learned to make lampworked beads. Not sure this is something I’ll add to my list of hobbies, but it’s nice to work on getting over my fear of Crafts Involving Fire. (Long story, there.)
In other news:
- The September issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction has my story “The Mind is Its Own Place.” This story has a lot of history to it — I wrote the first version maybe 12 years ago? 15? I sent it out and it never sold. Well, last year I pulled it out again — and knew how to fix it. So I did. I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to have proof that I’m clearly a better writer than I was 15 years ago.
- Hex Publishers’ online zine WORDS has reprinted my story “Letter From Nancy.”
And now, I think I need to get some groceries so I can actually eat. Until the next trip, in just two week. Yikes!
September 2, 2016
I don’t think I’ve posted the cover for my next book yet:
Art by Paul Youll. Release date: January 17, 2017. It’s been a long time coming but here it is! Polly is a third-generation Martian colonist whose mother sends her and her twin brother to Earth for boarding school. And she isn’t at all happy about it. . .
Woohoo, it’s a book!
August 17, 2016
I mentioned that Fairwood Press is having a launch party at 8 pm on Friday at Worldcon. I’m bringing cookies! Amaryllis isn’t the only book Fairwood is launching at Worldcon, so it’s a really great excuse for a party. If you can’t make Worldcon, all the books are available from Fairwood’s website.
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro has a collection of interviews with the legendary Robert Silverberg: Traveler of Worlds. (Silverberg will be at Worldcon, I believe — wouldn’t it be lovely to get him to sign the book?)
And Patrick’s latest novel, The Ultra Big Sleep (sequel to The Ultra Thin Man). Noir space opera!
Patrick published some of my favorite early stories when he was editing the fabulous short fiction magazine Talebones, and I’m just so pleased to be part of his book family now.
August 15, 2016
At long last, here it is. Most of my stuff is concentrated on Thursday and Friday, but I’ll be around all weekend. It’s a big weekend: we’re celebrating the launch of Amaryllis and Other Stories as well as the newest Wild Cards novel, High Stakes (I’m not in this one, but Earth Witch is!). I’m looking forward to seeing people with new books in hand!
1 pm: Signing at the Fairwood Press table in the Dealers Room. I’ll be dropping in throughout the weekend to sign Amaryllis and Other Stories.
3-4 pm (15:00 – 16:00): Kaffeeklatsch, 2211 (KKs) (Kansas City Convention Center) Folks generally need to sign up for these ahead of time.
10-10:30 am: Reading, 2202 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)
12-1 pm (12:00 – 13:00): Adult and YA Fiction: The Once and Future Teen Friday, 2207 (Kansas City Convention Center)
2-3 pm (14:00 – 15:00): The Steampunk Explosion, 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center)
5-8 pm (17:00 – 20:00): Rainy Day Books Wild Cards Signing Event for the release of High Stakes. Count Basie Ballroom (Kansas City Marriott Downtown) REQUIRES ADVANCED TICKET, which includes purchase of High Stakes. See the website for event procedures. (Note — I’m going to have to leave early so won’t be there the whole 3 hours.)
8 pm: Fairwood Press Book Release Party, in the party area of the Exhibit Hall. You can buy Amaryllis and all of Fairwood’s new titles here, and I’ll be on hand to sign. Secret: I’m also baking a bunch of cookies. Come and partake!
10:00 – 11:00 am, The Place of Bookstores. 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)
3-4 pm (15:00 – 16:00), Superheroes: Oversaturated or Raising the Bar? 2503A (Kansas City Convention Center). So, it turns out Kurt Busiek is also a panelist on this one. Talking about one of my favorite topics with one of my favorite creators of said topic? MASSIVE SQUEE.
5-6 pm (17:00 – 18:00), Lightspeed Magazine Group Reading, 2202 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)
3-4 pm (15:00 – 16:00), Autographing, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)
And I think that’s it. Please let me not have forgotten anything or left anything out…