one last hurrah for 2018

December 31, 2018

I’ve been thinking of good things that happened in 2018, because a lot of good things did, even though in other ways I’ve been struggling. I won’t have a novel out in 2019 because I didn’t completely finish one this year. I’m working on two, but still revising them, and that’s been tough. It’s put me in a bit of a funk that’s been hard to claw out of. If I’ve been quieter than usual, that may be why. I don’t want to focus on struggling so I end up not focusing on anything at all. And that’s before even thinking about the bigger picture of politics in this country, which has frankly been a parody of itself for awhile now.

So let’s think about the good. This year, Bannerless won the Philip K. Dick Award and that was huge. Like, maybe I really do know how to write novels? I’ve written some of my best short fiction ever. I saw some great birds and went on a couple of great scuba trips.  I got to spend a couple of days in Toronto on the set of The Expanse watching filming — and I can’t say any more about it than that because of the NDA. But it was amazing and I learned a ton.

I hit another milestone this year:  I sold a story to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. “To the Beautiful Shining Twilight” is now available in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue:

This is a milestone because I’ve been sending stories to F&SF since 1990, and this is my first sale to the magazine. Twenty-eight years, I’ve been submitting to this market. It’s a bit of shock seeing my name on the cover. But here we are.

I still have other milestones on my list. We’ll see if I can get to those, too.

Happy New Year!

 

 

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Christmas Dragons!

December 26, 2018

Another thing that happened while I was traveling was this story about Christmas dragon decorations in Louisiana went totally viral. You probably saw it.

I would just like to brag that the Diana Rowland responsible for the dragons and interviewed in the above article is in fact the SF&F author and my friend Diana, and also my collaborator on the story “Takes All Kinds,” that appears in Urban Allies, edited by Joseph Nassise.

That’s Diana, fighting the good fight for all of us geeky types.

 

Here is it, my year in review — all the new fiction I published.

Novels:

The Wild Dead, the sequel to my Philip K. Dick Award-Winning Bannerless, July 2018.

Novelettes:

“A Broken Thread in a Dark Room,” Wild Cards: One-Eyed Jacks (reprint edition), Tor Books, August 2018

“Where Would You Be Now,” Tor.com, Feb 2018

“Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana,” Lightspeed Magazine, Sept 2018

“The Huntsman and the Beast,” Asimov’s Science Fiction, Sept/Oct 2018

Short Stories:

“Closer to the Sky,” Mechanical Animals, ed. Selena Chambers and Jason Heller, Nov 2018

“The Island of Beasts,” Nightmare Magazine, Dec. 2018

 

For some reason I felt like I hadn’t done that much this year. I think because a lot came out just in the last couple months. Another thing I notice — more novelettes than short stories. So, more “longer” short fiction than usual.  I’m not sure this is even really a trend, since the fiction that came out this year was written over the last several. (“The Secret of Ahomana” and “Closer to the Sky” were written several years ago, for example, and the editors held on to them for various reasons. And then “The Island of Beasts” was maybe six or so months between writing and publication.) When some of it finally gets published is often chance and happenstance.

All that said, my fiction production still seems really consistent. I tell people I can write a novel and a half and six short stories in a year. And here ya go.

 

The Island of Beasts

December 3, 2018

I have a new story out!  “The Island of Beasts” appears in this month’s issue of Nightmare magazine.

And you’ll be excited to hear:  it’s a werewolf story. Yes, I do consider it part of the Kitty-world continuity. Just 200 years before the Kitty novels.

This is also clear evidence that I’m absolutely still noodling around with my Regency Werewolves ideas.

It’s taking me longer to get to some of my ideas than I thought it would. I just have to remember:  one step at a time. Baby steps. I can do it.

 

news roundup

November 26, 2018

Here’s a bunch of stuff going on now and in the near future.

Tachyon Press has released The Last Unicorn: The Lost Journey, a “lost” early manuscript of what is indisputably one of the best fantasy novels ever, The Last Unicorn.  I was honored to write one of the introductions for it, which is why I’m telling you about it here.

I have a couple of convention Guest of Honor gigs coming up:

January 18-20, 2019, I’ll be at COSine in Colorado Springs.

May 17-19, 209, I’ll be at KeyCon in Winnipeg, Canada. This will not be my first time in Winnipeg, but considering the last time I was there was in 1984, I’m not sure it counts. I’m looking forward to this trip.

Next week, December 5, we’re having a release party for a new anthology, Mechanical Animals, at the Tattered Cover on Colfax.

And after some delays at the printer, the limited-edition hardcover of Paranormal Bromance is finally here! Some copies are still available!

Yeah, I spent part of last week signing the heck out of these guys:

Mechanical Animals – event!

November 16, 2018

My next short story release is in the anthology Mechanical Animals from Hex Publishing. At MileHi Con I talked a little about how I don’t write horse stories very often, and I’m not quite sure why, given how important horses are to me. But “Closer to the Sky” is a horse story, and not just a horse story, but A Girl and Her Horse story, which I think is a very special genre. I hope people like it. Here’s the Kirkus Review. It says my story is the “most accessible,” and I think that’s because even if people don’t want to admit it, A Girl and Her Horse stories really are the best stories.

We’re having a release party at the Tattered Cover on December 5. Maybe I’ll see you there!

 

BookBar this Saturday

November 8, 2018

Reminder:  this Saturday, 1 pm, I’ll be at the BookBar in Denver with Betsy Dornbusch, reading stuff and celebrating SF&F.

Colorado has a pretty dodgy record in regards to LGBTQ rights. That infamous cake baker is here, and 25 years ago there was Amendment 2, which tried to ban laws protecting the rights of LGBTQ people — it was overturned in court as unconstitutional, and rightly so.

Well, this week Colorado elected an openly gay governor, Jared Polis. We’ve come a long way, and it feels pretty damn good.  Polis served several terms in the House of Representatives, and I used to live in his district but moved out a few years ago. I was happy being able to vote for him again as governor this time.