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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Since tomorrow's September--

What's up at EV during August.

A great job ad from Orbit Books for the London UK office. Why? That penultimate line... I just love it.

Went to ConText Saturday -- had much fun, sold Electric Velocipede back issues, and a book for Apex Books. Lovely time.

But as you can see, John captured my box-land universe right now. Back to that and The Sequel that I'm in love with -- awesome book, and which my editor knew I'd like, quite rightly. =happy=

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Moving house -- again.

I got the chance to move back home to Michigan. Over Labor Day.

So if you hadn't already heard, since I have been minimizing email, things are a little chaotic at present.

My kind hosts here in Ohio are letting me do this in stages. I'll get to spend my upcoming birthday in Michigan, and see my niece and my new nephew... and... and... I feel very lucky.

You can take the Great Lakes out of some people, but not certain Michiganders.

More news after Labor Day, I expect.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


It's summer, so I thought I'd take a break and mention some fiction I've discovered.

Kelly McCullough's SpellCrash. Series. Really fun. Ever wanted your own webgoblin? No? Whyever not?

Alas, the library has this, which is Book 5, and all the other books except Book 4 (MythOS). Mythology operating system, that's it exactly. I'm seeking the rest. :>

But my eye was caught by the purple cover, let's admit.

And I just began WebMage. Very fun.
I can see/feel the resemblance to Zelazny even more. Yum!

Sharon Shinn's "Fallen Angel" (in To Weave a Web of Magic) and Sarah Monette's "A Gift of Wings" (in The Queen in Winter). Wow! I already knew Sarah, and I've read her work. I'd read Sharon's The Shape-Changer's Wife already -- marvelous book! -- so yes, I knew these were well worth it.

I highly recommend skipping the two non-genre authors in both, after reading them in The Queen; one novella is just awful. Possibly what said author thinks what High Fantasy reads like. T'other was... jarring.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Links, late July into August.

Found at Angry Robot, some Tools for Writing.

Over at Locus, Cory Doctorow details his technical devices, for -- you got it -- writing. And Stuff. I've noticed over the past decade or so that you can tell you're a geek when you drool over cool devices you don't actually need. A sort of reflexive drooling. Like that backup drive he's got? Immediately I found myself leaning forward, wanting it.


Moonie talks about present tense and why it's hard on the reader. I agree with her. Tense is hard to begin with.

Also, Moonrat's Rundown of Publishing Options, aka what's the difference between traditional, small press, and self-publishing?

I just subscribed to Genreville. It's the new sf/f/h blog run by Rose Fox and Josh Jasper. I highly recommend them. :>

Many cool works are forthcoming from the most excellent Peter S. Beagle.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Status report: late July

Sunday night, 25-July, I delivered another historical mystery... and then I was asked to do galleys on a book I proofread earlier in 2010. That's all done and delivered now.

So mentally I was elseworld. :>

I have a reprint coming up later this summer. Also, I plan to be at ConText later this month.

Right now I'm the house guard on the roomies' cat, Meester, who got an eye infection. He's stuck inside to make sure he gets his medicine. I'm pretty sure it's a matter of time before Meester gets past me; he's generally an indoor-outdoor cat. At least he's not a kzin! :D