Norwescon this weekend

March 28, 2018

Just a reminder, I’ll be at Norwescon this weekend. Most of my programming, including a signing and a reading, is on Saturday and Sunday. Friday is the Philip K. Dick Awards, which Bannerless is a finalist for.

And I just got ARC’s for The Wild Dead.

And I’m heading into the homestretch on the current novel manuscript. So of course I’m going to be traveling in the middle of it. If I seem a little distracted over the next couple of weeks, that’s why.

Onward ho!

 

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working, working

March 21, 2018

Wednesdays have become my day to Do All the Things. Last Wednesday was checking out the Linking Asia exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, a) because it’s cool and b) it’s very relevant to the novel I’m working on right now.

This Wednesday was riding.

Next Wednesday will be getting ready for Norwescon and the Philip K. Dick Awards.

And right now, the novel is about to head into the homestretch. Which means I’m about to maybe go a little bit crazy until it’s finally all finished.

Stay tuned.

 

spring!

March 16, 2018

Every year I think the crocus are coming up earlier, and then I check blog posts from previous years and no, they’re right on schedule. Which means we’re due for a big snow right when the tulips start blooming. I don’t think my tulips — which are sprouting all over the place — have ever actually bloomed, because the buds get caught in that late freeze.

Given that my attitude on gardening is “Let’s put some things in the dirt and see what happens!” I suppose I can’t expect too much more than what I’ve got. Which is actually quite nice if chaotic. Those crocus in spring make me so happy, every single year.

My container sage appears to have survived the winter and is re-sprouting. One of my back-burner projects is researching cocktails with herbs as garnish. I’ve seen some that use sage. Time to dig out those recipes!

Oh god it’s finally spring, I’m feeling so much better about, well, everything.

Current WiP:  crossed 80,000 words this weeks. It’s probably going to end up being the longest thing I’ve ever written.

 

Just a reminder, I’ve got a Google Hangouts livechat scheduled for this Friday, 7 pm MT.  I’ll be doing a quick reading and then answering questions.

You can access the chat via YouTube, here.

The Pixel Project, which works to end violence against women, has a whole schedule of author livechats for the month. For more information, check here.

See you Friday!

 

escapism

March 5, 2018

Saw Black Panther again because my friends and I have decided that we like Wakanda better than reality. This time I really liked the blanket shields, and how important of a lesson it is to always make friends with your boyfriend’s battle rhino. I also noticed that Agent Ross is wearing a wedding band? Why do I notice these things? Sheesh.

Over the weekend I also completely binge-read not one but two novels with really happy endings. I’m thinking about what I would like to see in a romance novel, if I were going to write one. I haven’t read a ton of romance but I do have opinions.

Like I don’t have enough projects on my plate right now.

This may be the first and quite possibly the last time a movie I wrote a formal review for wins the Best Picture Oscar. See my review of The Shape of Water on Lightspeed.

This month’s issue of Lightspeed has my review of Black Panther.

And if that wasn’t enough I went back and watched Avengers last night. The first one.  That world has gotten so huge and big and complex that it’s a real trip going back and watching the start of it all. It’s very earnest, and there’s a sense that they hadn’t quite opened the throttle on it yet. They were happy just to get all the balls in the air and flowing smoothly. That first Avengers was juggling so much. And now, they’ve gone from juggling like 5 balls to juggling 12, and it looks just as smooth as it ever did.

There really isn’t enough escapism in the world for me right now. Which makes it all the more fortunate that I have the job I do. I’m just going to be over here thinking of stories and happy endings, thank you very much.

 

clearing the head

March 2, 2018

I had to get out this morning to clear my head. Yeah, that’ll do:

Bonus:  I finally found the local great blue heron rookery. There are herons present, prepping their nests. This is joyous to me.

 

Friday update

February 23, 2018

I have a sudden craving for deviled eggs. I have never made my own. Perhaps I should do so this weekend.

I finished reviewing page proofs for The Wild Dead this week, which means I could get back to writing new things, which makes me very, very happy. I have a couple of short story drafts and a new novel in progress. So many things. I wrote 5000 words in 2 days, which is A LOT for me. Wanna get this thing done.

And I can’t remember if I posted this or not, but here are my December movie reviews for Lightspeed. More movie reviews coming up: Downsizing and Black Panther are already written. After that:  Annihilation, A Wrinkle in Time, Pacific Rim 2, Avengers Infinity War, Ant Man and Wasp. Solo. Wow, it’s gonna be good year for movies, I hope.

Have a happy weekend!