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 Tor.com.  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

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weird movie categories

August 6, 2018

So yesterday I discovered my friends and I have yet another weird metric for rating films. You know, like:

“Is this spaceship crew dumber than the crew of Prometheus, yes or no?”

“Would this have made a better Dungeons and Dragons movie than the actual Dungeons and Dragons movie?”

Categories like this are surprisingly useful for ranking and comparing films. Well, yesterday I realized I have this habit of dragging my friends to science fiction movies they’ve never heard of, sometimes with less-than-stellar results. “Why did you make us watch this, Carrie, whhyyyyyyyyyyy?????????”

Which gives us the category:

“Was this unpublicized SF film Carrie dragged us to better or worse than Snowpiercer?”

You see, they still haven’t forgiven me for making them watch Snowpiercer. Sigh.

(The film we saw was The Darkest Minds, which turned out to be a very trope-y YA dystopia story clearly heavily influenced by The X-Men. Wait for cable.)

 

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.

 

business cards

July 30, 2018

I ordered new business cards and decided to just go full-on bragging on them. I almost didn’t. Then I thought, why the heck not?

business card brag

You can also see the spots on my keyboard that I’ve just plain worn out.

 

that’s a draft

July 27, 2018

And the revision of the current work-in-progress is done. Wordcount 117,000. Up from the first draft’s 110,000, but I also deleted probably 5-10k words, so I wrote probably 12-15k new words. This is the longest piece of fiction I have ever written. My earliest notes on this project date from about 2009 so this one’s been cooking a long time. And I probably have at least another round of revisions on it. Long slog, here.

Not going to say any more about this project right at the moment. Except that my brain’s a bit cooked.

Now is the time when I look around and realize that everything is a mess and I have no idea what’s going on and my life is in shambles and I should probably eat something.

So I’ll be at the Renaissance Festival tomorrow like a boss.

 

Midsomer Murders

July 26, 2018

MIDSOMER MURDERS TOP TEN CAUSES OF DEATH (as of season 5)

  1. Poison
  2. Pushed down stairs
  3. Pushed off roof
  4. Blunt force trauma — walking stick
  5. Blunt force trauma — farm implement
  6. Furniture
  7. Thrown down well
  8. Hunting rifle
  9. History
  10. Ennui

 

Monday update

July 23, 2018

You know, I’ll feel much better once I get this massive revision of the new novel off my plate. By the end of the month, for sure. I’m going a little bit crazy right now.

In the meantime, THE WILD DEAD has been out a week. Here’s a great, thoughtful review of the series as crime fiction, not just science fiction. I’m hopeful that the books will find their way to mystery readers.

I watched Cold Mountain last night, because I’ve been craving historicals lately, and wanted something that was kind of a love story and kind of gut wrenching. (I’d never seen it before, but I will never forget the Oscar-watching party where Renee Zellweger was up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in it — very richly deserved, she was great — and they played a clip of her character’s biggest emotional outburst done in a thick, Appalachian accent. Nobody in the room knew what she said — except for me. I told them exactly what she said, which was when I realized I’m like the children of immigrants who can’t necessarily speak the language from the Home Country but can understand it. I can’t speak Southern, but I can usually understand it.)

ANYHOO, it’s a decent movie, but a bit trope-ish and predictable for my tastes. A really great cast. Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland, Charlie Hunnam, and a ton of other really top-flight actors in small parts. It’s kind of a gritty Americana version of The Odyssey. It’s also a western — that is, I’m thinking a lot today about the ways in which the movie felt like a western — the local roughs harassing a couple of women struggling to maintain the homestead when all the men are gone, the ways in which westerns often intersect with the Civil War — the story of the soldier trying to get home, or escaping by going west, etc. I mean, western North Carolina is still west, I guess?

Anyway, it’s got me thinking about genre — westerns, Civil War movies, where they overlap, is it the tropes that make a western or the location, and so on.  What I would want to do with a western, or a Civil War movie, or that spot where the two genres overlap.