Reddit: Ask Me Anything!

March 25, 2020

Today I’m over at the r/Fantasy subreddit answering questions. Ask me anything!

Here’s the link.

I’m trying to keep my chin up for the next couple of days, but the New Zealand Worldcon has just announced that they’re shifting to a virtual convention, and I’m really disappointed. I had booked plane tickets and was ogling horseback tours and birdwatching sites and… I totally understand and it’s likely the right decision, but I have a big sad. I have a busy week so I don’t really want to get lost in the sad right now.

But next week I may need to take a day or two off.

 

pandemic sitrep 2

March 18, 2020

I had two white breasted nuthatches at my feeder this morning. I was out with the dog and they flew within just a few feet of me. Close enough that I could ID them without my glasses, heh. My feeder has been really rocking it this spring — I have to refill it every couple of days. All those house finches out building nests and stuff and needing food. It’s great.

Marcon, the convention where I was scheduled to be Guest of Honor in May, has cancelled, but it looks like we’re rolling my GoH spot over into next year. Maybe I’ll see you there!

This afternoon, I’m going to pick up a growler from my local cidery, get a coffee from my favorite drive-through coffee place, and generally see what else I can do to support local businesses while maintaining social distancing.

I have a post I want to write about what it’s like being the author of an award-winning post-apocalyptic novel actually watching what I imagined as the opening stages of my story’s apocalypse play out in real time. (Not quite — in my scenario, economic collapse happened before the pandemic struck.) It’s really freaking surreal. Do not like, don’t recommend. I don’t think this is going to tip into a full-scale apocalypse on the order of the Coast Road. But I do believe we’re just at the start of this. Hold on tight. Be smart. Check in with folks. We’re all in this together and we’ll only get through it by working together.

 

pandemic sitrep

March 16, 2020

How are we all doing out there?

Things have gotten kind of surreal. Everyone’s just a little bit scared and angry. Like — it’s not about the toilet paper. It’s about fear, control, herd mentality — even if you can’t see the wolf, if all the other caribou are running, you run too. People want to feel like they’re doing something when there’s not a whole lot they can do, so they buy toilet paper. Yeah, it was never about the toilet paper.

I’ve been working from home since 2007 so in some respects this is business-as-usual. There have been whole weeks when I didn’t leave the house. I’m lucky in that I can lock-down pretty easily. (I bought an extra pack of toilet paper three weeks ago because I saw this coming.)

But I’m not going to the yoga studio. I haven’t been the store since last Monday and I’m making some calculations now — do I really need to go to the store today? Can it wait a few days? I have a couple of birthday presents I need to go shopping for. Except need is suddenly a strong word for anything but milk and bread. I have a new cross-stitch project I really want to get supplies for. Except I’ve also got five knitting projects I can work on instead.

So no, I don’t actually need to go out. And I really don’t want to be the person who gets this and spreads this when I could have just stayed home.

Stay safe out there. Like lots of people have been saying:  We want to look back on this six months from now and feel like we overreacted. If we overreacted, we did it right.

 

ICFA cancelled

March 12, 2020

Just an update — Reports are coming in that ICFA is cancelled, so I’ve gone ahead and cancelled all my travel plans for next week. I’m disappointed — I even had a couple of Florida birding spots picked out. But this also feels like the responsible thing to do. The reports coming out of Italy have me spooked.

Flatten that curve…

 

a great big promo post

March 4, 2020

I have a bunch of links and news and things to share. Things are getting busy around these parts.

The deadline for applying for this year’s Odyssey Writing Workshop is April 1. Scholarships are available. This is the workshop I attended in 1998, that I credit for kicking me out of the “almost published” rut into having an actual writing career. Give it a look over. Bonus:  I’m dropping in this year as a video guest.

Waaaaay back when we released Wild Cards: Inside Straight, we also put together an in-universe blog that gave the whole run-down on the first season of reality TV show “American Hero.” I think that was even before I had started this blog. Whew! Now, Tor has released American Hero as an e-book, compiling the blog entries and preserving them for eternity, which is awesome. Since American Hero was my fault idea, I did a bunch of the writing on this — all the weekly summaries, and so on. Most of the confessionals were written by that character’s creator. Group effort! If you didn’t have a chance to see this the first time around, this is a great chance to catch up.

Here’s a lovely review of The Immortal Conquistador, which will be out in less than two weeks. Edit:  My contributor copies have just arrived! It’s a real book!

Reminder:  March 13 (Friday the 13th, appropriate!) at 7 pm, I’ll be reading from and discussing The Immortal Conquistador at the BookBar in Denver.

Tor.com is collecting the flash fiction series Nevertheless She Persisted as a free e-book. This will be out March 8, and includes my piece, “Alchemy.”

I wrote an essay for Speculative Chic marveling at the influence of the show Robin of Sherwood: “In Which Out Intrepid Author Rediscovers the Most Influential Robin Hood Since Errol Flynn.”

Getting back into the swing of the book promo thing. Meanwhile, I’ve got two novel manuscripts to revise? How the heck did that happen? Wuf.

 

I have a new short story published on Tor.com:  Sinew and Steel and What They Told.

This is my first new short fiction out in awhile, so I’m excited about it for that. But also because I really like this story. I know I’m supposed to like all my stories, but this one was a joy to write and I love Graff so much.

I’m glad he’s finally out in the world where other people can get to know him too.

 

Monday promo post

February 24, 2020

Wednesday is going to be a promo post too — I have a new short story going live on Tor.com then, so stay tuned. But for now, here’s what I got links for:

March 13 (Friday the 13th, appropriate!) at 7 pm, I’ll be reading from and discussing The Immortal Conquistador at the BookBar in Denver. I’m looking forward to celebrating the release of this one!

My story “The Happiest Place” is the featured story this week at Curious Fictions. This originally appeared in Realms of Fantasy way back in 2009. I’ve really enjoyed having a place to share some of these old treasures. I hope you like it! And if you feel like contributing to the coffee fund, please consider the tip jar!

Now, back to the word mines… The current novel in progress passed 80,000 words this weekend and the momentum on it is powerful. Still not quite sure when I’ll finish, but I’m definitely heading into the homestretch. Rwaor.