late-breaking appearance

August 31, 2018

I’ve scheduled a signing in Denver next month:  Friday, September 14, 5 – 7 pm, at Talking Books Plus in Lakewood, CO.

I’ve got a couple more events lined up before the end of the year, including Mile Hi Con. Stay tuned!

And that short story I mentioned needed revising? Revised it Wednesday, sold it today. Woohoo! If only all the projects could work that smoothly…



one thing after another

August 29, 2018

I have returned from Bubonicon and am mostly recovered. Mostly. This only means that all my next round of projects are arranged before me and what I think I’d really like to do right now is sleep.

Writing:  I’m revising one of the half-finished novels from the Year of Stalled Projects. I have also started a novella, have a short story to revise, another novella I’d like to start, the stage play I’ve been working on for a year that I want to noodle with, and a proposal for a couple more novels.

Guys, this is pretty much what it’s like in my brain all the time. It’s frankly miraculous I get anything done. I think this is partly why my “write a little bit every day, every single day” strategy works so well for me. If I tried to completely binge-write one specific thing, I’d explode.

Crafting:  Emmy’s Halloween costume is underway. So is a completely frivolous gown I’m making for no reason at all. At least three knitting projects started — I’ve lost count. Oh, and I figured out at least one thing I want to do with that Porg fabric. It’s a surprise.

I should also probably clean the house and weed the yard.

And I am reading three books simultaneously.

A nap actually sounds pretty good right now.



August 24, 2018

I am at Bubonicon this weekend.

I’m hoping to spend time with friends and have some quality hanging out time and maybe buy some books. You know, good convention stuff.

I hope you’re having a great weekend.




I have been remiss! I knew this was out and just forgot to mention that THE WILD DEAD (Like Bannerless before it) is available on audiobook, for thems who wants audio. Go forth and listen!

And here’s a new thoughtful analysis/review of both books, by Liz Bourke over at I’ve really been appreciating these in-depth takes on them both as crime fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction.


Monday update

August 20, 2018

I did practically NOTHING all weekend and that was nice. Well, not entirely nothing. Went birding at Barr Lake, wrapped up a critique, polished and submitted a set of short stories, and pulled out one of the 3/4 finished novels from The Year of Stalled Projects to see what I can do with it.  So you know, almost nothing.

Reminder:  This coming weekend is Bubonicon so I’m getting ready for that, too! Hope to see some of you there!

Oh! And I can tell my brain is coming back online after months of working on The Longest Novel Ever because I’m crafting again. Like, a lot. Made a hat for my brother for his birthday, and Emmy has decided on her Halloween costume, which means I’m watching YouTube tutorials on how to dye faux fur. And while I try really really hard not to walk out of fabric stores with stuff I didn’t intend on buying, sometimes it’s just impossible. Like when I found this:

I KNOW RIGHT?!?!?!?!



upcoming short stories

August 8, 2018

It’s weird to think I’ve only had one new short story come out this year, the Bannerless prequel “Where Would You Be Now” on  There’ve been a few reprints…but surely that hasn’t been my only new story out this year? I usually have a lot more! Especially knowing how many I’ve sold over the last year and are waiting in the hopper…

Well, the logjam is about to burst. Hold on, folks.

Brand new this week, the reissue of Wild Cards VIII: One-Eyed Jacks, has a couple of new stories, and one of them’s by me: “A Broken Thread in a Dark Room,” which features Lady Black.

Next, I have not one but two new Harry and Marlowe stories due out in Lightspeed. “Harry and Marlowe and the Secret of Ahomana” will be in next month’s 100th issue of Lightspeed. The second story will be out sometime next year. This one’s been in the hopper awhile so I’m glad you’ll be able to read it soon. I really need to get these collected and round out the arc.

“The Hunstman and the Beast,” my own take on Beauty and the Beast, with a twist, will be in the Sept/Oct issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction.

And now available for preorder, Unfettered III, the latest of Shawn Speakman’s big charity anthology projects, assisting writers with medical expenses. And this one’s going to be huge, I think. My story is short and sweet, “Sidekick,” about an administrative assistant who gets in over her head. The anthology will be out March 2019.

These aren’t all, but just what I have dates for. Whew, I’ll feel better when these are out and making the rounds. Still in the short fiction game, and there’s more on the way!

Wild Cards One Eyed Jacks

upcoming appearances

August 1, 2018

I have a couple of appearances coming up I’m excited about and I hope some of you are too.

On Saturday, I’ll be at the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair to participate in a panel discussion celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, one of the most important novels in science fiction, and the whole 19th century, really. It’s only $7 to get in, and the Broadway Book Mall will be on hand selling my books. The only thing I have to decide is my own budget for carrying things out of there…

Bubonicon is coming up August 24-26. I’ve missed the last couple of years so it’ll be good to get back and catch up.

October 18 I’ll be on a paranormal author panel at the Westminster campus of Front Range Community College. Don’t have a link for that one yet.

And October 19-21 is MileHi Con, which is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary and planning a giant shindig for it, with something like 100 of its previous guests of honor attending.

And last but not least, Chuck Wendig gave me some space over at his blog to talk about Five Things I Learned Writing The Wild Dead.