always catching up

September 28, 2016

This has been an entire summer of running around having adventures and then trying to catch up between adventures. Not quite finished yet. I’m doing a round of clean-up revisions on Bannerless, plus making my niece’s Halloween costume, plus getting ready for winter, and so on and so on.  I have a dive trip scheduled for November, so maybe that will be when I finally let go of this low-grade worry I’m carrying around right now.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, I dipped into some reality TV and discovered that TLC found a way to make Toddlers and Tiaras even more awful than it already was:  break the kids into teams and pit them against each other.  Actually, it’s more like the mothers getting pitted against each other, resulting in a show primarily about grown women acting like 12 year old mean girls.  I kept asking myself:  Do these women realize that the whole point of this show is to make them look like horrible, horrible people?  Do they care?  Or do they genuinely think this is a path to fame and riches?  Because that path has worked out so well for so many other people, I guess?

A favorite saying among authors:  if I put this in a book, no one would believe it.

 

I’m back from Oregon and the premier of my very first play, “Simulation.”  Now there’s an experience to check off the list!  I had a great time, and only had a slight nervous breakdown a couple of hours before opening night.  “But will people like it!” I kept whining.  Then, during the performance, people laughed right when they were supposed to, at a joke I was afraid that only I thought was funny, and everything was okay from then on.

I got to see a dress rehearsal and all three performances, and took part in talk-back sessions after each performance. I’m so glad I was able to be there. The actors and director did a great job taking my work, interpreting it and making it their own, which is exactly what I hoped would happen.

So, all in all, this was a great experience and I’m grateful to the Linfield College Theater Department, Ty, Brenda, Janet, Rob, the actors, and director Chris Forrar, for making it happen.

Rob and I are already talking about what we can do next…

 

“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.

 

happy Monday

September 19, 2016

The Best of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Year Seven is out now and includes my story, “Sun, Stone, Spear.”  This is my neolithic fantasy, filled with standing stones and encounters with demons and gods.  I really want to do more with this setting. And the whole concept of neolithic epic fantasy, really.  It’s on the list.

It’s been a long couple of weeks, finishing up the revisions to Bannerless, recovering after the month of travel, hanging out with visiting friends, and putting my brain back together.  Trying to clean the place up some, you know?  Also, catching up on 50th anniversary Star Trek showings.  Been a long time since I saw “The Trouble with Tribbles” and I’d forgotten just how hysterically funny it is.  Oh my goodness.  Tribbles clinging to walls will never not be funny.

One thing I want to do in my down time:  get out to Walden Ponds to see what’s stopped by on fall migration. That’s the spot that got me back into birding and there always seem to be a ton of waterbirds this time of year. I need a duck fix.  Wait, that sounded weird…

 

revision revision revision

September 9, 2016

Well, I did take an hour off to go to yoga. Ah, happy rubbery muscles.

Look what came in the mail this week!

asimovs-and-years-best

Busy busy busy!

 

work day

September 7, 2016

I thought about where I had to be today and the answer was: no where. I don’t have to be anywhere. That felt a little weird. So I guess that’s back to work with me!

I have a week to turn in revisions on Bannerless. I’ve been pecking away at it and it’s just about time for the final read through. Occupying a lot of mental energy.

And that is why I don’t really have a fancy blog post today.  I have a lot of topics for fancy blog posts written down, but actually writing them will have to wait for later, when I’m not neck deep in this thing.

Just gotta keep going. . .

 

Martians Abroad!

September 2, 2016

I don’t think I’ve posted the cover for my next book yet:

MartiansAb

Art by Paul Youll.  Release date:  January 17, 2017.  It’s been a long time coming but here it is!  Polly is a third-generation Martian colonist whose mother sends her and her twin brother to Earth for boarding school.  And she isn’t at all happy about it. . .

Available for pre-order from all the usual suspects:  IndieBound, Amazon, B&N.

Woohoo, it’s a book!