Since I’m suddenly facing buying a new computer monitor (seriously, since I can’t remember when I got the current monitor — 15 years ago maybe? — it’s totally time for something new and shiny), I leave you with the burning question that confronted me last night:

Is Paul Bettany this generation’s Peter Cushing?



this book argh!

June 4, 2018

I had a moment this weekend. I’m revising this thing, turning this stalled novel into a novella, and it’s totally the right thing to do. And, wow. I had the moment this weekend. That moment. Where it all comes together and I figured out what was wrong and all the pieces line up and BOOM it’s a story.

That never happened when I was trying to make it a novel. In fact, I appeared to be literally writing in circles, characters going back and forth between a couple of locations, continually asking, “What’s going on? What’s happening?”

In hindsight, I was writing this during The Year of Stalled Projects, and I think I must have known deep down this wasn’t going anywhere as a novel. I stopped working on it entirely when I left my old agent and got my new agent. It’s really frustrating and illuminating looking back on that time through the lens of this mess of a manuscript. I knew, but kept charging ahead anyway.

Guys, I cut over 20,000 words from this in basically one pass. 20k useless words of me spinning my wheels. I’m so, so, so glad this never saw the light of day back when I was working on it before. It was so broken.

And now it’s not. Fingers crossed.


quick update

May 28, 2018

I’m catching up after a week away at a writing workshop. I had a good time, but it was interrupted by a sudden appearance of norovirus. I’m fine, but it made for an exciting week filled with Clorox wipes. It’s good to be home. Excited to finally be going to see Star Wars: Solo tonight.

The week was made stranger by the news that Gardner Dozois, editor and writer and a giant in the SF&F field for the last 40 years, passed away yesterday. I’m grateful I got to work with him on various anthologies, but I’m most grateful for how welcoming he was to newcomers like me, and all the times I got to sit around over meals and at gatherings and listen to all his stories and jokes and insights. He’ll be missed.



I didn’t get up in time to watch the royal wedding but I caught up online. Everything was just so pretty. You know what I kept thinking of? Gregor and Laisa from the Vorkosigan books. Not their appearance (which isn’t anything like in the books) but in the way Harry and Meghan act with each other, all happy and a little bit clingy, and the way Meghan’s been thrown into this very weird and public culture and is doing just great with it, and the feeling you get that they’d run away if they could but they’re too aware of the propriety of it all to actually do it. So that’s in my head now and it made me happy.

Remember the year of stalled projects? I took one of those 3/4 finished novels and decided to turn it into a novella.  Good news:  I think it was meant to be a novella all along. (Seriously, at the moment I’m very, very, very happy it didn’t see the light of day in its previous state. It was an unholy mess.) I’ve cut 20k words from it and am turning the whole thing into a tightly plotted streamlined machine. I’m happy. Here’s hoping I can get this one out in the world.

Deadpool 2 review on Wednesday.

Have a good week, peeps.


June’s going to be busy:

I’ll be on programming at Denver Comic Con on Friday and Saturday. The con is June 15-17.

I’m a Guest of Honor at SoonerCon in Oklahoma, June 22-24.

And right in the middle there I’m a guest lecturer at Taos Toolbox.

Seriously, I don’t mean to schedule everything all at the same time…


working working…

May 11, 2018

I have somehow once again got myself to the point where everything I have to work on are revisions. Like, five of them. I’ve been feeling super-productive and now I’ve just stalled out. Argh. Okay, gotta get some of this done.

Meanwhile, I’ve been laughing because I’ve seen a bunch of posts about what a great and underrated movie Speed Racer is and just want to remind everyone that I loved it and told everyone to go see it ten years ago.


Monday update

May 7, 2018

You know, no matter what my strategy is on the Global Big Day, I’ve seen about the same number of species each year I’ve done it — right around 50. I think I spent less actual time on it this year than in previous years, so maybe that means I’m getting better. But each year I’ve seen a rather significantly different set of species. Like, if you counted up all the species I saw all three years it would hit 70 or 80.

The think pieces about Infinity War are propagating in earnest and my willingness to engage with any of it is just about zero. Yes, there are a ton of easter eggs. Yes, there are a ton of clues. Yes, everything Dr. Strange said is probably super significant. Yes, a lot of people really hate the movie for lots of different reasons. I got nothing. I’m not going to try to argue anyone out of hating the movie because, well. I got stuff to do, you know? Things to knit, stories to write. Right now I’m just really enjoying liking the movie, if that makes sense.

But I have a confession. I didn’t actually cry about anything that happened at the end of the movie until I read this tweet from GotG director James Gunn. That’s it, I’m cooked, I need to go sit in a corner and deal with this.

Writing:  I’ve suddenly arrived at that state where I have a half a dozen things I need to revise and should work on them before starting anything new. Grrrrr. Gotta clear the desk.