September 25, 2015
Just a quick announcement: On Monday, Sept. 28, I’ll be at the Fall for the Book festival in Fairfax VA, speaking on a panel about urban fantasy. My third east-coast visit this year! Check this link for all the relevant info.
And then, September will be over and we’ll be on that fourth quarter slide to the end of the year. I keep telling myself I’m going to make all the holiday presents this year. Better get started…
Happy Autumn Everyone!
September 21, 2015
I just got my copy of Hanzai Japan, an anthology of crime stories about and/or set in Japan, due out from Haikasoru next month. It’s available for preorder from most of the usual outlets I think.
You might be thinking, “Huh, Carrie, this is not your usual sort of stomping grounds.” And you would be right. When one of the co-editors contacted me about writing a story for it, my first response was, “I’m not sure I know anything to be able to write a story for this.” My second was, “Heck sure, I like a challenge!”
So, for those interested in process, how does one set about writing a story for a theme anthology that seems intriguing and is far outside your comfort zone? Here’s how I did it.
First, I made a list of things I would absolutely not write about: the yakuza, samuri, or kitsune/ghosts/demons. Because even with as little experience as I have with Japan, these ideas all seemed way too obvious.
Second, I made a list of things I knew I could write about pertaining to Japan: the way Japan was used as a trope/foil in 1980’s cyberpunk; early 1990’s anime, especially the teenage/high school comedy genre (I seriously watched a ton of Ranma 1/2 in college); and Shonen Knife.
And then I thought, “Holy shit, I can totally write a story using those three things.”
Thus was my story born: “The Girl Who Loved Shonen Knife,” about the teenage lead signer of the world’s greatest Shonen Knife cover band, battling for the right to play at her high school’s spring dance while anarchist hackers take down the city around her.
I have to admit: I kind of love this story to pieces. I read it at Bubonicon — it seemed to go over well.
September 2, 2015
Title: Mission Statement: Objectives in Urban Fantasy
Description: Authors discuss stated protagonist goals in the genre: protecting the human world from the supernatural, or vice versa.
Time: Fri 10:00 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Autograph Session
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: International Hall South – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Transformations: Werewolves in UF
Description: Authors in the genre discuss their chosen variation of this intriguing supernatural being.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Heroism and Sacrifice
Description: UF protagonists who sacrifice happiness to make the world better for others.
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Hunting Monsters
Description: Whether a job or a calling, our panelists’ protagonists track down and destroy monsters
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Augusta Ballroom – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Comedy and Calamity: Humor in UF
Description: Authors share ideas on combining humor w/ more serious aspects. Laughs guaranteed.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Reading: Carrie Vaughn
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Title: Backdrop: Settings and Locales in UF
Description: Our panel of authors discusses how their settings influence their characters and worlds.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Chastain ED – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
On Sunday at 1 pm I’ll be signing books at the Missing Volume, Booth 1301-1303.
I’m also going to be spending time at the Wordfire Press booth extravaganza, tables 39-41 I — not sure exactly what times yet, but they’ll have my books for sale.
So PLENTY of opportunities to see me and get books signed. I don’t want to hear anyone say after the con they couldn’t track me down!
August 26, 2015
Bubonicon is this weekend, and DragonCon is the weekend after. And then a research trip and a book festival. And so begins a month of travel. I think I’m ready for it. We’ll see. Will I see you there? Are we super excited yet?!?
It may not feel like it some days, but I have been a busy little monkey, and the products of my busy-ness will be trickling out over the next year. What can you look forward to?
STUDY ABROAD: This is my YA space opera novel, the one I might have referred to as “the Polly book” over the last year or so. It’s due out in May 2016 from Tor. I’m sure I’ll be talking a lot more about it in coming months.
AMARYLLIS AND OTHER STORIES: I’m working with Fairwood Press to put together a collection of short stories, not specifically Kitty and not limited edition, spanning the whole of my career to date and across all genres. There won’t be any overlap with Straying from the Path, and I think this’ll really be a great intro to my short work. Patrick of Fairwood Press published many of my early stories for Talebones magazine, and we’ve been talking about doing a collection for going on ten years now. I’m so happy it’s finally going to be a reality. This’ll be out sometime in 2016, but Patrick has already kindly put up a pre-order link. That’s how excited we are about this!
I also have a couple of surprises in the wings. More info for you when I get some solid release dates.
A couple more links for ya:
My talk at the Tattered Cover a couple of weeks ago was recorded, and the podcast is up! This includes me reading my current work in progress — a novel about Cormac.
I did an interview with Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing.
And now, back to the word mines! Heeee-ya!
July 10, 2015
Just a quick note. It’s been a wibbly wobbly week, sorting through the mess on my desk, contemplating the long-term to-do list, and looking forward to a few weeks at home with no travel. Bliss! I hadn’t thought I was traveling that much, then I realized I’ve been home one weekend out of the last seven. Yikes! I may work at home, but I still like those free weekends to remind me to kick back and relax a little bit.
I updated my appearances page! (The info can also be found on the link on the right-hand menu.) My next thing will be on August 5th at the Tattered Cover on Colfax in Denver — we’re having a release party for Kitty Saves the World. Yay!
Here’s the rest of my current scheduled appearances. Not too many, but what there are should be GREAT! And yes, I’m going to be bringing some costumes to DragonCon! Will I see you there?
August 5: We’ll be having a big party celebrating the release of KITTY SAVES THE WORLD at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. More info about times and such when I have it!
August 28-30: Bubonicon in Albuquerque.
September 4-7: DragonCon! This is the year! I’ll see you there!
September 27 or 28: Fall for the Book Festival in Fairfax, VA. Not sure which day I’m appearing yet but I’ll let you know.
October 23-25: MileHi Con in Denver.
And in 2016:
May 6- 8: Creative Ink Festival in Vancouver BC.
July 8, 2015
My latest story “Crazy Rhythm” is now up on Lightspeed! (It’s also crossposted on io9! I’m taking over!!!) This is my WWI tank in silent-era Hollywood story. Because I like smooshing things together that don’t normally go together. Fun things happen.
Here are a couple of videos that will add a bit of background info:
Here are the Hines Brothers performing the song where I got the title from in the movie The Cotton Club. (The movie’s okay, but all of the musical numbers in it are fantastic.) Anyway, this song was one of the first bits of 1920’s music I ever heard and I love just about every version of it.
And this one:
This is some pretty good period footage of the Mark V tank. It looks so rudimentary and primitive compared to modern tanks. But I keep imagining myself as a soldier in the trenches seeing one of these for the first time — or a whole line of them, creeping toward my position. And it’s pretty terrifying. It’s a strange and interesting machine.
July 1, 2015
KITTY SAVES THE WORLD is due out in one month! Squeee! It’s gonna be epic! We’re putting a calendar and some events together and stuff so stay tuned.
In the meantime, the July issue of Lightspeed Magazine has a brand-new story by me: “Crazy Rhythm,” which is about silent-era Hollywood and WWI tanks and all kinds of good stuff like that. You can buy the issue now, and the story goes live on the site next week.
Also announced today, the anthology Swords v. Cthulhu will include my story “The Lady of Shalott,” which is indeed my Lovecraftian retelling of the ultimate story about what happens when one gazes upon the forbidden. That’ll be out early 2016.
I was just thinking about a number of stories and projects I’ll have coming out over the next year. There’s quite a few! Of course I’ll let you know when they’re available.
But the big one: KITTY SAVES THE WORLD IS OUT IN A MONTH!