I survived the 10-day extravaganza! Barely…I think I came down with some kind of bug in the middle of it, so I’m happy to be home where I can nap a bit and drink my tea with honey.

Meanwhile, I’m already gearing up for the next thing, which is the release of THE WILD DEAD, the sequel to the award-winning BANNERLESS. July 17 is the day. Reviews are starting to come in, and they’re lookin’ good!

Library Journal gives the novel a starred a review! The rest of that list is fine company to be in — I’m reading Novik’s new novel Spinning Silver (I scored an ARC), and it’s just as amazing as Uprooted was.

This thoughtful analysis by Nick Mamatas as part of his Books I Like series makes me seem much smarter than I feel most of the time.

Bonus picture from the trip:  Sunday at Denver Comic Con, I cosplayed with my niece. She was Hei Hei, I was Lisa Hayes from Robotech. We had a great time!

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Denver Comic Con

June 13, 2018

Denver Comic Con starts Friday! I’ve got panels and signings on Friday and Saturday. Here’s the whole schedule for the Book/Authors track. Lots of good stuff!

And here’s my schedule:

Friday:
12:30: Panel: Who Run the World? Girls!
3:00: Panel: Writing Women in Sci Fi/Fantasy
4:00: Signing Books at Tattered Cover Location B

Saturday:
12:30 Panel: I Need My Space!
2:30: Panel: Real Science in Science Fiction
3:30: Signing Books at Author Booth 1

See you there!

And I suddenly realized late last night that over 10 days I have two conventions and I’m teaching at Taos Toolbox and family is visiting. Wow, everything got crammed in there…

 

 

today

June 8, 2018

Spent the morning setting up the new monitor I got yesterday. It took so long because I couldn’t convince the computer that the new monitor was really there and talking to the right driver, so it did that thing where it was trying to fit a square image on a wide screen… and well anyway it’s all good now. Whoa, everything is so clear…

I finished and submitted a bunch of work this week, which means the only thing left to revise really is…the 100k word novel. Which it looks like I’m going to rewrite most of the second act on. I am daunted. But I’ve made a start. *rolls up sleeves*

And I am in mourning for Anthony Bourdain. He changed what travel and food shows ought to look like. He was also a really good writer — I’ve used passages from Kitchen Confidential in workshops. Watch his shows, yes. But read his books too.

This current world is making it harder for people who are on the edge to keep going. Hold on, peeps. We need you.

 

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.