new things!

January 18, 2017

I have a new book out!  But you probably knew that.  I’ve been trying to make an effort to talk up my stuff online a little more.  Is it working?

It’s a really busy week!  I don’t just have a new book out, I have a new short story on Nightmare Magazine!  “Redcap” is about how all those books about fairies talk about the murderous solitary Redcap who dips his hat in fresh blood, and then have pictures of a cute little gnome with a bright cherry-red hat.  A hat dipped in blood would not be bright cherry red.  It would be really gross.  Read it and find out how gross.

The first of a couple of blog posts I have coming up on Tor.com is live:  I talk about Iain M. Banks’ Use of Weapons and sense of wonder.

 

Reports have been coming in of MARTIANS ABROAD spotted in the wild.  IT’S A BOOK!!!!

A reminder, here’s my schedule of events for the next month:

Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 PM, I’ll be reading and signing at the LoDo branch of the Tattered Cover in Denver.

Thursday, January 19, 7:00 PM, I’ll be reading and signing at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins.

Sunday, January 22, I’ll be at COSine, an SF convention in Colorado Springs.  There will be books for sale here.

Sunday, January 29, 1 pm, I’ll be speaking and signing at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.  This is such a lovely spot for an event, come check it out!

Saturday, February 18, 2:30 pm at the Park Hill Branch of the Denver Library, I’ll be doing an event with the lovely Kevin Hearne. Books will be available for sale and signing.

 

some links for you!

January 11, 2017

A number of online opportunities presented themselves this week:

There’s a special Wild Cards e-book bundle available that includes the first five Wild Cards novels.  These include my stories in the reissued versions of #1 and #4.  If you’ve been wondering where to start with the series, this is it!

Tor.com is giving away an anthology Some of the Best From Tor.com for 2016, if you sign up for the newsletter.  I’m in this one too!  It includes my story “That Game We Played During the War.”

And my January movie reviews for Lightspeed went live this week.  It in you can see more of my comments on Moana, Rogue One, and Passengers.

Continuing on with Julia Child’s My Life in France and I got a little teary-eyed thinking that I was about the same age when I started my own Operation Learn To Cook as she was when she started classes at Le Cordon Bleu.  A couple years younger maybe.  But still.  It’s never too late.

 

Monday updates!

January 9, 2017

One week until MARTIANS ABROAD!  Don’t forget to check the “conventions and signings” link on the right for where I’ll be over the next couple of weeks.  I also started a Goodreads List of some of the books I used for research, as well as other books about exploring space, in case you’re looking for some sweet sweet science.

Last week I read Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George.  This week I’m reading Julia Child’s memoir, My Life in France.

I caught some of the 2003 Daredevil movie on TV last night, and it’s kind of shocking just how much the basic mode of superhero movies has changed over the last decade.  That thing had a voice over I’d forgotten about.  A lot of cheesy cinematography.  A lot of assuming the audience isn’t going to get it so we’d better dumb it down.  And Colin Farrell as Bullseye?  I had totally forgotten about that.

So is anyone watching Versailles?  I’ve seen the first few episodes and I’m intrigued, but I’m not quite convinced it’s entirely good.  If I was going to be flippant I’d say it was The Tudors in France, and I’m wondering if I’m enjoying this more simply because I don’t know the history the way I know Tudor history and so can’t get distracted and offended.  It’s definitely of the Game of Thrones sexy sexy, naked women everywhere, court politics mode of TV.  But it also has a few characters who entirely defy stereotypes.  The brother, for one.  The lady doctor is completely charming me — I want a show all about her.  But mostly the aesthetics are amazing.  There’s a theme about Louis’ vision for Versailles, and the dream-like nature of the project.  He literally has dreams and visions about it, and sometimes memories intrude.  There’s a fantastic ambient score underlying the whole thing, adding to the not-quite-real mood, and lots of beautiful, deep shots of gardens, rooms, crowds of people.  It’s quite lovely.  But in the end, is it really just The Tudors in France?  (Sorry, Francophiles.  Maybe The Tudors is Versailles in England?)

 

A have a new novel out in 10 days.  At this point there’s not a whole lot left I can do and I’m entirely stressing about things I have no control over.  You’d think after twenty novels I’d know not to compulsively check the book’s Amazon ranking, which is frankly quite arbitrary and only valuable in comparison with lots of other data points.  But still, I do it.  Human beings sure like watching numbers go up and down.

However, the pre-release buzz is making me feel much better:

The Barnes and Noble Recommended SF&F for January says this:  “In Polly, Vaughn has crafted a pitch-perfect young adult voice and a top-notch sci-fi action story, every bit the feminist answer to the so-called Robert Heinlein “juveniles” that inspired it.”

John DeNardo at Kirkus Reviews says: “This is a book you can hand to a teen reader to get them hooked on reading.”

That’s all about exactly what I was going for when I wrote the book.  I’ll take it.

Stay warm this weekend, y’all.  (Currently -9 F here in Colorado.  NO.)

 

Monday reviews and sundry

December 12, 2016

I had a great busy weekend — my busiest of the holiday season, with an SCA event on Saturday, a play Sunday afternoon, and a really nice dinner I was able to take my friends to because I had a gift card.  I’m so glad I’ve been feeling better so I could really enjoy it.

I’m also back to work.  I got frustrated with some of my lingering projects, so I put them aside to start working in earnest on the next novel, the sequel to Bannerless.  That feels great.

The play we saw:  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  I had forgotten that I love this story.  I had it read to me almost every year in elementary school.  But after that, it sort of vanished out of my life.  So when I saw the Longmont Theater Company was putting it on this month, I did a big squee and then made my friends who’d never heard of it go see it with me.  Turns out, I still love it.  I’d missed it.

And I don’t think I mentioned that I saw Moana.  I might be writing a longer review for Lightspeed so I’ll be brief:  It’s gorgeous.  One of the most beautiful animated films I’ve ever seen.  Pacific Islander voyager culture, the scenes with their great ocean-going fleets — I want MORE.  And Moana is a really wonderful self-rescuing princess character.  Then there’s that chicken.  OMG the chicken.

SCA:  my local barony had its Midwinter feast.  Roman-themed, so of course I dressed as an invading Visigoth but no one really noticed.  Instead, the Baronesses created a new award and named it after me.  I’ve received many honors in my years in the SCA, but this has to be about the highest.  I’m floored.  (The award is called St. Cecily with the Cup and is granted for bardic and heraldic feats.  The premier recipient and I are already plotting miracles.)

And that’s my Monday.  So many emails to catch up on…

 

 

2017 events

December 9, 2016

The 2017 schedule is starting to fall into place.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

A couple of signings to celebrate the release of Martians Abroad (one more month!):

Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 PM at the LoDo branch of the Tattered Cover in Denver.

Thursday, January 19, 7:00 PM at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins.

Saturday, February 18, 2:30 pm at the Park Hill Branch of the Denver Library, I’ll be doing an event with the lovely Kevin Hearne. Books will be available for sale and signing.

And I’ve been invited to be the Writer Guest of Honor at Loscon, Los Angeles’s long-running SF convention, November 24-26, 2017.  (I’m trying not to gush too much that Jane Espenson is also a GoH. Squee!)  True story:  I attended Loscon once before, way back in 1994 when I was in college.  I’m completely delighted to finally be going back to it as a guest.