This has already been a long week. They’re all long weeks these days. The package with Emmy’s costume in it is late getting to her so that’s not stressing me out at all. I’ve started on my own costume, which is comparatively simple. I’m hoping to have it ready for MileHi Con. I have a second round of notes for The Wild Dead. I’m 17k words in on a new project which is nice. Seems like there’s a million other little things I need to do. I’m down to just two knitting projects instead of four. But the holidays are coming up so that’s about to change…

I haven’t seen The Last Jedi trailer yet, and I’ve decided to try to hold out until I see it on the big screen. (I expect it’ll be in front of Thor: Ragnarok, which I already have tickets for.)  I didn’t see the Blade Runner 2049 trailer until the big screen, and I think it makes a difference. We do so much watching on little screens now, we forget that scale is really important on films like this. The immersion that comes with the big screen is really important to me. So I’m waiting.

Meanwhile, I have seen the pictures in the traditional Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair spread. God I love these. The hard copy is sitting on my coffee table right now. The pictures are all gems, windows into worlds and characters. The ones of Carrie Fisher are gorgeous and sob-inducing. Story wise, though, this is the one that really intrigues me because it’s a bit of the Star Wars world we haven’t really seen in the movies:  the rich and powerful in their natural habitat, a section of society that’s been isolated from the wars.  (The comics have covered this world a bit, and this seriously looks like a scene from one of the Rogue Squadron issues.) I’m expecting a little James Bond flair here, maybe a secret mission with our beloved heroes trying to infiltrate this milieu for some reason or other.

Seriously, my dream is to have the movie open with Finn and Poe in the middle of some caper gone horribly wrong, full of adventure and hilarity.

Or, you know, it could start some other way. That’d be okay too.

 

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The World War II and Iraq War sections of this story I’m writing require way, way, way more research than the section set in the far-future, far reaches of space.

 

Friday update

October 13, 2017

I’m finishing things up so of course I’m feeling even busier than ever. Finished the Heihei costume (OMG). Finished the Blade Runner 2049 review, and I have to be honest, the more I think about it the more the story falls apart. It’s frustrating. I haven’t talked about it hardly at all because I don’t want to argue with people. But I imagine once the review goes live I’ll certainly hear about it. I still think it’s worth seeing. It’s just not as cohesive as the first one was.

For now I’m 12k words into a new writing project, working on a bunch of odds and ends, still trying to figure out next year’s travel. Knitting. Hugging my full spectrum lamp because it’s that time of year.

Argh. Yeah. I should clean house.

 

This is coming up fast, so I wanted to make sure I got the word out:  We’ve been doing these on a pretty regular basis lately, and I’m happy to say that next week, Sunday Oct. 8 at 2 pm Edit: 4 pm, we have a Wild Cards mass signing shindig in Santa Fe at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. I think something like 20 authors will be there? It’s a ticketed event, so check the link for more info.

In Helsinki, the Swedish bookstore Science Fiction Bokhandeln interviewed me (my bit starts at about the 26 min mark).

And that’s all I have today. There’s really too much going on otherwise to be able to say anything without making a hash of it. So I’ll post this. I’ve posted it before, and always seem to come back to it:

“Grief in the galaxy, is there? Oh, yes. Oceans of it. Worlds. And darkness? There you see darkness, darkness everywhere, and a few stars. A few points of light. If no plan there is, no fate, no destiny, no providence, no Force: then what is left? Nothing but our choices, hmm?

To be Jedi is to face the truth, and choose. Give off light, or darkness, Padawan. Be a candle, or the night, Padawan: but choose!”

–Yoda, in “Yoda: Dark Rendevous” by Sean Stewart

 

 

murder mystery

September 29, 2017

Bannerless and The Wild Dead are murder mysteries. I’m not sure I realized just how classically structured they are until I spent the last three weeks binging Poirot, the one starring David Suchet.  Love it. The more I watch the more I just want to sit in a warm parlor with Monsieur Poirot, quietly sipping cordials and reading something soothing.

And then I got to the part in reviewing the manuscript of The Wild Dead where Enid gathers together all the dramatis personae and explains what happened and I went. . .oh, this is why I haven’t wanted to watch anything but Poirot for the last three weeks. My subconscious was trying to tell me something:  This may be post-apocalyptic, but it’s also a classically structured murder mystery. Remember that.

And now that I’m done reviewing the manuscript I think it’s time to watch Blade Runner in preparation for the sequel coming out next week. And I hear there’s some new Star Trek thing?  Two new Star Trek things? Did I get that right???

 

The Wild Dead – Cover!

September 25, 2017

My next novel and the sequel to Bannerless, THE WILD DEAD, will be out in July 2018 and is now available for pre-order! Here’s the cover:

wednesday update

September 20, 2017

Feeling discouraged today. What was that quote going around, a tweet or something that went viral:  I don’t know how to explain to you that you’re supposed to care about other people. Confronted with politicians who seem to believe that hurting people is a feature and not a bug…  How do you oppose that?  We say, “You’re hurting people.” And they say, “So?”

I should go on a hike to clear the head. The elk are bugling up at Rocky Mountain National Park. But I really need to get on top of this revision.

Baby steps…