trip prep!

July 26, 2017

As I might have mentioned ten or twenty times this summer, I’m up for a Hugo Award for Best Short Story for “That Game We Played During the War.”  The voting deadline passed a week ago, and by now the votes have all been tallied and the winners decided. The rest of us won’t find out until August 11, however.  I AM VERY EXCITED.  I have no idea if I’ll win. Really, it doesn’t matter, because it really is a big deal to be a finalist at all, and I get to go to the party in any case.

I love an excuse to get all dressed up and make a night of it. This is an excellent excuse. I found a dress that makes me look like Lena Luthor on Supergirl (I’m not even kidding about that), got some cool accessories, and today I’m getting only my second pedicure ever so that even my toes will look fancy.

Did I mention I’m very excited?

I’ll try to get lots of pictures on the big night.



Other people do song lyrics and clever sayings and I’m all like, “Yeah, it’s Monday.”

BANNERLESS has been out for two weeks! I can breathe now. What a lovely feeling. So the answer is no, having a new book out never really gets to be routine. It’s always a big deal.

And then an ACTUAL IRISH WOLFHOUND showed up to Kevin and my signing last week. So cool!

I have my next writing project underway, a short story, that I’m hoping to get done before I leave for Europe. Go go go!

Speaking of…I think my biggest detail left to decide is whether to bring the small suitcase or the big one. The big one, right? Then I can buy more yarn.  I understand the airport in Iceland has a yarn store. Scandinavian wool, people. Mraowr.

Check out the blog on the official Wild Cards website — lots of new posts and insider essays.

Amaryllis and Other Stories got a really nice review in Asimov’s. Compared to Gregory Benford and Ursula K. LeGuin? I’ll take it!



trailer talk

July 17, 2017

BANNERLESS has been out a week!  Remember, Kevin Hearne and I are appearing at the Barnes and Noble in Boulder tomorrow at 7 pm!

Movie trailers. Been thinking about them lately, again. I finally saw the trailer for Blade Runner 2049, the entirely unnecessary, 35 years after the original sequel. I avoided it when it was big on social media because I’m pretty much aghast that this even exists. So I saw it for the first time on the big screen, which is exactly the way to see it. It’s spectacular. Of course I want to see this movie.

I’m still suspicious of it, because I think the trailer is playing on nostalgia rather than story. It nails the aesthetic of the original, and we eat it up like candy. For me in particular, it’s the music — Vangelis’s Blade Runner score is one of the most iconic in movie history. Those resonate synthesizer chords — nothing else sounds like Blade Runner. So when those chords start in this new trailer, it’s a pure endorphin rush in the back of my brain.  For me at least, that visceral “holy shit this is awesome!” response to the trailer is a lizard-brain adoration of the aesthetic.  It depends on my nostalgia for the original. I discuss this in my review of Stranger Things as well — is it good, or are we just so happy to see something we love that we can’t tell the difference?

Then there’s the newly released trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, which is spectacular for a lot of reasons. SO MUCH COLOR. So much amazing cosplay to look forward to.  I’ve watched it multiple times and cried every time for a lot of reasons — it’s so rich. First, the trailer has the scene that almost everyone who reads the book remembers vividly as a knife cut — the clone suburban neighborhood with the balls bouncing in perfect unison. This wins so much good will just from that scene alone: “Yes, the filmmakers know what they’re doing.” Another part of this everyone is talking about is the epic cover of “Sweet Dreams” accompanying it. Another piece of familiarity to draw people in. Skewed, this time, which tells you something about the movie. This song is probably not going to be in the final cut of the film — it’s there to pique our interest.

So much psychology goes into these things. It’s just fascinating.


Just a reminder, Kevin Hearne and I are doing a joint event at the Barnes & Noble in Boulder on Tuesday, July 18. Come visit!



July 12, 2017

It’s finally here!  My post-apocalyptic murder mystery, BANNERLESS, hit bookstores yesterday. (And amusingly, one of its Amazon categories is “Women Sleuths.” I like that.) Early buzz is good, and my FB feed yesterday filled with cover images, which is nice.

Lots of links to share:

It’s also the book birthday for Kevin Hearne’s new Iron Druid book BESIEGED, and we’ll be doing a joint event at the Barnes and Noble in Boulder on July 18!

Here’s my newsletter announcement.  Sign up for my newsletter and get release announcements and other tidbits!

The editor’s announcement has all the links for buying, plus lots of reviews.

Clarkesworld published an interview with me about the novel.

BANNERLESS made a number of “must-read SF in July” lists:  B&N’s Bookseller picks, The Verge, and io9.

Here’s an in-depth 5 star review from Anthony R. Cardno.

This is my 21st published novel.

And I just turned in number 22.



My next novel, BANNERLESS, is out in one week:


Read an excerpt of it here.

And here’s a review and interview in the Daily Camera.

This month’s Lightspeed also has an interview and excerpt.




June 21, 2017

My review of “Colossal” is live at Lightspeed! To recap: I really liked this story about a woman who is also a monster trying to do the right thing.

This week, along with wrapping up the next draft of the sequel to Bannerless (it’s finally coming together…), I’m prepping for the Locus Awards Weekend, where I’ll be taking part in all the usual festivities (including seeing if “That Game We Played During the War” wins the award for short story!), but also teaching half of the writers workshop, along with Connie Willis.

I’m planning on teaching about voice, which it’s said can’t actually be taught, so this is something of an experiment. We’ll see how that goes!  Here are a few of the books I’m drawing on for examples. (I won’t use all of these, but I wanted to have a selection to pick and choose from.)