Wednesday update!

May 31, 2017

Yes, I have my tickets for Wonder Woman on Friday. This is huge, because as a character she’s nearly as old as Batman and Superman, but while the later two have had a dozen or so live action incarnations each, Wonder Woman has had exactly one in that same stretch of time. One. We’re starving here.

NEWS!

John Joseph Adams Books has now released covers and information on all 2017 releases, including BANNERLESS.  Check out all the titles and pre-order links. I’m so excited!

And the other season finales:

Flash managed to pull out something of a victory in the 9th inning, I think. I wasn’t sure they’d be able to. They showed us Iris getting stabbed all season long, and any impact in that moment, when it actually happened, was completely absent. Except that that’s not what really happened. Was not expecting that, and yet it was set up ahead of time.  Not sure about what happens to Barry at the end, but I’m willing to give it a watch.  My comics geek friend thinks they’re setting up the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century, and that fits with what happens to Mon-El in Supergirl.

Arrow.  So, I’m thinking the whole show jumped the shark when it killed off Laurel. My Superfriends TV watching group and I stopped watching this season about 8 episodes in and every time we talked about catching up, we couldn’t be bothered. The JV team was ridiculous, trying to turn Curtis into a superhero was as ridiculous as trying to turn James Olson into one, the Russian Mafia nonsense was ridiculous. But we watched the season finale just to see what we missed, and I got what I wanted, which was the flashback timeline catching up to exactly where we started five years ago, along with some thematic gestures toward leaving the past behind, Ollie has to get over what happened, “You’ve always been trapped on this island,” etc.  So, clear indication that the flashbacks might be just done. Which is nice. Still have no urge to go back and catch up. Not sure I care about next season, either. Ah well.

Conclusion:  Legion spoiled me on all the other superhero shows. It’s just so good and so stylish, the complete package, with something interesting to say to boot.

So what that means is that until Legion comes back, my favorite TV show is Lab Rats??? Huh.

 

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This happened:

CO book awad 2017

so I have a question

May 19, 2017

But first a couple of things:

The Colorado Book Awards reception and celebration is Sunday!  My collection Amaryllis and Other Stories is a finalist in the genre category. Tickets are available on the website!

I’ve been watching my favorite osprey pair valiantly protecting their four nearly-hatched eggs from all the snow we got yesterday. Oh my goodness!

And now for my question. So I was cruising Netflix earlier this week when I discovered a Disney show called Lab Rats.  It’s a teen sitcom of the usual Disney variety, super goofy and aimed at 13 year olds. And…I kind of love it. I mean, I would have adored it when I was 13. But even now, I binged like 10 episodes before I even knew what was happening.

It’s about Leo, whose mother has just married a billionaire inventor ala Tony Stark except more like Tony Stark as played by Jon Cryer.  And he’s exploring the smart house mansion when he discovers three bionic kids living in the basement. Like, goofy Tony Stark has been performing totally unethical human experimentation on children in the basement and no one ever says anything about it. But Leo convinces Tony (Donald actually, but you know) that Adam, Bree, and Chase should be allowed to go to school and have normal kid experiences.  And also if he has bionic step-siblings at school the bullies will leave him alone.

I KNOW RIGHT?! Isn’t this the most amazing setup?  The comedy is on par with Weird Al and Spaceballs, and the kid actors are complete earnest and gung-ho and I kind of love them all. The show is all about family, which I also love. Leo and the three bionic kids instantly bond and it’s just so sweet.

I’m sort of bemused about the whole thing, really.

There’s another Disney show, Mighty Med, about two geek teens who discover a secret hospital for superheroes, which is also an amazing concept, but I only got a couple of episodes into that one because it seems more mean-spirited than Lab Rats, with a lot of the humor coming from making fun of its characters rather than growing out of their antics. Apparently last year they took characters from both shows to make a new one, which I haven’t seen yet.

Anyway, my question:  Has anyone else watched this?  Maybe anyone with 13 year old kids?  Is this really as fun as I think it is or am I just crazy and reverting to my childhood self?

 

Two months til Bannerless is out! It’s available for preorder in all the usual places! This is my post-apocalyptic murder mystery. I’m anxious for this one to get out in the world — I really hope people like it!

I’ve got a few appearances coming up, just in case you haven’t seen them:

May 21, 4 pm: Colorado Book Awards Celebration at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center. Tickets $20. Amaryllis and Other Stories is up for the award in the genre category. This should be a good party!

June 5, 8 – 9:30 pm: Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Lit Fest in Denver, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion: “Highbrow, Lowbrow, No Brow: Debating Literary Taste.” (I believe tickets are required, please see website.)

June 23-24:  I’m teaching at the Locus Writers Workshop in Seattle, along with Connie Willis. This is in conjunction with the Locus Awards, and I’m looking forward to making a weekend of it!

 

Reminder:  It’s Independent Bookstore Day tomorrow, and I’ll be at Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins around 12-1 to celebrate as a “guest bookseller!” I worked at an independent bookstore (McKinzey-White in Colorado Springs) back in the day, and I try to support independents whenever I can and encourage everyone to do so as well! I always find treasures there.

Have a great weekend!

 

Friday roundup

April 21, 2017

A few links:

Reminder:  I’ll be at Starfest on Sunday! Check back in the Horrorfest area like usual.

My love letter to the Resident Evil movies posted this week.

Next Saturday, April 29, is Independent Bookstore Day, and I’ll be a “guest bookseller” at Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins. I keep saying my time at the bookstore is the only job I’ve ever missed, so come join me in compulsively straightening shelves!

Tomorrow, I’ll be taking part in the March for Science in Denver. I also took part in the Tax March last weekend. Feels like I’m doing little enough, but I need to do something, even if it’s just demonstrating that a bunch of us are paying attention and won’t go away.

 

Reminder!

April 14, 2017

Just a reminder, tonight I’ll be at the Colorado Book Award readings at the BookBar in Denver! 7 pm!

And next Sunday I’ll be at Starfest.

Things are getting busy again. The Tax March is tomorrow, the Science March is next week. And I’m maybe two weeks out from having draft zero of the new novel. Hoping to finish by the end of the month. It’s at the stage where I think I have all the pieces, I just need to get them all put together. And change a couple of names. Thank goodness for search and replace.

One step at a time…

BONUS UPDATE:  My latest short story, “I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” is now live at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  True story:  this is basically my first novel. Like, I borrowed the characters and situation and changed it up some and condensed it into one scene. But yeah, this is a version of a thing I wrote 22 years ago that didn’t sell because I wasn’t good enough then.