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.



2016 in review

December 7, 2016

It’s that time of year again!  What did I do in 2016?  What work did I publish?  Let’s review, shall we!


Collections:  This year Fairwood Press released Amaryllis and Other Stories, a splendid little thing that I’m awfully proud of.



“The Thing About Growing Up in Jokertown.”  This brand-new Wild Cards story isn’t out yet.  It’ll go live on Tor.com on December 21.

“The Mind is Its Own Place,” Asimov’s Science Fiction, September.

“Takes All Kinds,” co-written with Diana Rowland, Urban Allies, ed. by Joseph Nassise, Harper Voyager, 2016.


Short Stories:

“That Game We Played During the War.” March, Tor.com.  This may be one of the best short stories I’ve ever written.  So far…

“The Lady of Shalott,” Swords v. Cthulhu, ed. Jesse Bullington and Molly Tanzer, Stone Skin Press, August.

“Origin Story,” Lightspeed Magazine.



And my first play, “Simulation,” premiered at Linfield College in September.  Still looking for publication opportunities for it. Stay tuned.

I’ve also been having a splendid time reviewing movies for Lightspeed.  This page has links to all my reviews to date.



Mile Hi Con this weekend!

October 26, 2016

The schedule for Mile Hi Con is up.  Here’s mine, along with a couple of signings that didn’t make the master schedule for some reason.

Friday:  4 pm, Podcast Triptych (in which I am interviewed, I believe).

Saturday: 2 pm, David Bowie and SF (in which I will likely gush about a certain Goblin King and cannot guarantee no crying).

Saturday 4 pm, mass autographing

Saturday 8 pm, Guilty Pleasures: the Best Bad Stuff. (In which I hope to talk about Troll and Xanadu.)

Sunday 11 am, autographing

Sunday 4 pm, Short Stories: Lifeblood and Experimental Laboratory of the Genre World.

And that’s it!

Oh, and also:  Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5 pm, I’ll be attending the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group anthology launch at Rosco’s Coffeehouse on Bijou in Colo. Springs.

And I believe that’s all my events for the rest of the year.  But I’ve got some stuff scheduled for January for the release of Martians Abroad, and I’ll post those soon.





that feeling when…

October 5, 2016

…you keep trying to get back to normal and realize there is no such thing.  I’m still recovering from all the travel, putting out fires and tying off loose ends and still feeling like things aren’t quite under control.  I need a nap, I think.

But I have a WHOLE MONTH UNTIL the next thing, which is Mile Hi Con.  I’m hoping to get stabilized and then get rolling on new projects and such by then.

Oh, and the Longmont Theater Company is doing Bat Boy: the Musical, which I have wanted to see since forever so I’m going to make that happen.

A couple more things:

The Museum of Science Fiction is running a Kickstarter for the first of their take-away exhibits and anthologies.  They’ll be reprinting a story of mine if they make their goal.  Check it out!

Beneath Ceaseless Skies is giving away a signed copy of Amaryllis and Other Stories. Giveaway ends Thursday!


“Simulation” World Premiere

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.