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July 22, 2016

Most writers have an ego shelf.  The shelf where they put all the stuff they’ve been published in.  I finally took a recent picture of mine:

ego shelf

So yeah, I guess I’m up to ego cases these days.  This is 15+ years of work.  I’ve been a little busy.

 

Hey guys!  Next week, we’re having a big Wild Cards group event at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Sunday July 24, 2 pm.  I’ll be there!  So will George R.R. Martin and I think 19 authors total. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with everyone.  There is a ticket fee — or, you can buy a book!  There’ll be plenty for sale and this will be an excellent opportunity to get as many signatures as possible.  Check the event link there for details.

It’ll be a zippy whirlwind weekend away for me, and the start of about four weeks of travel.  I’m actually looking forward to it — many adventures await.  I just hope I can get everything done this week like I need to, like revise my newest Wild Cards story, get my next newsletter out, vote for the Hugos, and so on, and so on…

And I’m so glad the new Ghostbusters film did well this weekend.  Maybe we’ll get more, now that the origin story is out of the way…

 

clinging to hope

July 8, 2016

 

boom

July 6, 2016

I turned in Bannerless.  It’s a novel.  I expect another round of revisions, but for now, that stage of the work is finished.  Moving on to phase 2!  The book should be out around spring next year.

Now it’s time to do all those chores and things I put off while I was finishing the book. . .one of the things I want to do soon is send out a newsletter.  Yes, I have a sporadic newsletter and you can sign up for it here.

Very helpful in clearing out post-novel stress blahs:  yoga class, or as we call it in my house, Jedi meditation training.

 

Monday update

July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day, USA-ians!  The home fireworks thing has been a little out of hand this year, it feels like.  Last night was so bad Lily spent it under the bed.  At least she’s not a runner.  Me — I just have sparklers.  Tonight, we’ll be grilling, which is really enough excitement around here.

A few more things:

1. It’s the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.  I sometimes feel like Western culture still hasn’t really processed World War I, the first industrialized war, the war that set off everything else that happened in the 20th century, like a row of dominoes.  In Britain, this astonishing living memorial made amazing use of costuming and live-action roleplaying to remember the battle.  This is the real power of theater/costuming.

2. I finished season 2 of Star Wars:  Rebels.  Well, that was a little abrupt.  I’m still a Kanan fangirl but I really want to see what happens next.

3.  Shark Week on the Discovery Channel is getting better about not being all sensationalist shark attack coverage all the time.  In fact, this year it was mostly enthusiastic scientists leaning dangerously off the sides of boats while trying to stick tags, cameras, and whatnot onto shark fins.  Kind of endearing.  And I really liked that they had shows dedicated to other species than great whites:  makos, oceanic white-tips, tigers.  In fact, in what may be a first, they even had segments on sharks I’ve seen while diving:  various species of reef sharks, and my beloved nurse sharks.  These species tend to be smaller and not aggressive, so I guess they don’t make good TV, but I really like them.  They’re very chill when you spot them underwater.  What I really want?  I’d love for Shark Week to do a segment on whale sharks, which are just really amazing and a holy grail for many divers.  I have not seen a whale shark in the wild.  Yet.

4.  This is the stage I’m at on the revision of Bannerless:

notes

Spoiler:  I figured out how to fix it.  I helpfully cropped that bit out to not give it away.  I should be done with this thing in just a couple more days.

 

first week of summer

June 22, 2016

I didn’t post Monday because I spent the day at the North Pole/Santa’s Workshop in Colorado Springs, a classic 1950’s roadside attraction/amusement park/tourist trap.  We went back through old pictures and figured out my mom went here in 1956, the year the place opened.  My brother and I went in 1980.  And now, sixty years on, the third generation — my niece — has been to the park.

We all had a blast, and were sort of surprised we had a blast.  I mean, we all remember how cheesy this all was, right?  Well, it turns out the North Pole, in the company of a four year old who is just exactly 42 inches tall and therefore tall enough to go on all the rides, makes all the difference.  Emmy was unstoppable, and it was a total hoot.  When I’m back home and have access to pictures I’ll post some then and nows.

I had a lot of fun my one day at Denver Comic Con.  Between chatting with people between panels and signings and running back and forth through the exhibit hall and grabbing lunch and so on, I went pretty much non stop from 10:30 am to about 7 pm.  Exhausting!  But I had many great conversations and met lots of readers.  So much fun!

 

Don’t forget:  Denver Comic Con tomorrow.  My schedule.  It’s gonna be epic.

The state of the desk right now is that I am away from it.  In addition to DCC, my brother and his family are visiting and there is much adventuring happening.  Niece Emmy and I went to ride TinyHorse yesterday, and she’s big enough now that she got to trot for a little bit.  How fun is that?  She wasn’t even scared.

In the meantime, I’m just not getting work done and that’s okay.  I have a bunch of deadlines in July.  I can worry about those later.

But hey, Martians Abroad, my near-Earth space opera that’s gone through a bunch of title changes and is due out in January, has pre-order pages up at various retailers now.  Hooray, it’s finally a real book!  Oh, and the copyedits for it are one of the things I’m not doing this week…er…  July!  It’ll all be done by July!

 

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