truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (ws: hamlet)
So there has recently been some (more) ugliness in the online science fiction community with some (more) spouting of bigoted claptrap. I don't particularly want either to link to it or to talk about it, but I do want to link to three responses:


Ms. McKenna's post includes some comments on the invisibility of female writers of epic fantasy (which comments I can testify to the truthfulness of from personal experience), and in fist-shaking defiance of that invisibility I shall tell you that [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's The Steles of the Sky got a starred review from Kirkus Reviews: "Considering the trilogy as a whole, the overused term masterpiece justifiably applies."

And since Mary Robinette Kowal was the person with the bullseye painted on her in this go-round, I also wish to commend her to you as a writer, a puppeteer, a fearless (former) SFWA officer, and an excellent human being.

Also, this seems like a good moment to remind you that the Con or Bust auction is still ongoing (through February 23), and the plethora of awesome items is downright bedazzling. Should you be interested in my particular items, he bidding for Unnatural Creatures stands at $80 and the bidding for The Goblin Emperor stands at $200.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: actw)
1. (via [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest) The search and rescue dogs of 9/11. These are wonderful photos of wonderful dogs, and they damn near make me cry.

2. The Tempering of Men launches today! (It's the sequel to A Companion to Wolves if you need that info.) [livejournal.com profile] matociquala is having a contest.

3. Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, she made a post yesterday about the cunning ways PTSD encourages self-sabotage. And, I think, about the importance of telling the people you love that you care about them. Because they may really need to hear it.

4. Ariel the dolphin and her baby, which you may file under omg cute! or omg dolphins are awesome!.

5. First successful use of laparoscopic(!) artificial insemination with Pallas' Cats.

(Yes, I like animals. Frequently more than I like people.)
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1. Fantasy Magazine is having a poll to choose their best story from 2010. "After the Dragon" is on the ballot. (They're running a similar poll for Lightspeed.

2. Texas writer/artist/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall died last week because, not having health insurance, she couldn't afford to see a doctor. This won't happen to me because I got lucky, but it could happen to many of my friends.

What gives us the right to call ourselves a civilized country again?

3. [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's The Sea Thy Mistress is officially out today.

4. Baby Amur leopard meets snow. (From pictures of adult Amur leopards, it appears that her eyes are going to stay that unearthly color.)

5. #5 is that I need to get off my ass and feed the cats, so I can make my dressage lesson. Excelsior!
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1. The eclipse tonight, in my tiny part of the world, will be eclipsed by snow.

2. I have accomplished Things today. Things, I tell you! Several of them Things that have needed accomplishing since sometime in August.

3. One of those Things was turning a rejected story right back out the door (no, don't take your boots off, you're not staying), and throwing another story into the eel-infested waters ring. I've got to finish editing "The Devil in Gaylord's Creek" and "To Die for Moonlight" so I can launch them out of the nest, too. And possibly unmix my metaphors, while I'm at it.

4. The winter solstice is the birthday of the protagonist of The Goblin Emperor. It's weird; I worked out Felix and Mildmay's birthdays, but I never remember when they are; I don't have the least idea when Booth's birthday is. But Maia's birthday, I remember.

5. [livejournal.com profile] matociquala observed (over on Twitter where she is, of course, @matociquala), that this is the first time there's been a total lunar eclipse on the winter solstice since 1638. There's a time travel story in there somewhere. I can feel it.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: fennec-working)
Four of them are the novels I have successfully read in the last week:

1.) [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, Range of Ghosts (in draft): Rocked my socks.

2.) [livejournal.com profile] maryrobinette, Shades of Milk and Honey: you probably need to like Jane Austen, or Austenesque novels, to fully appreciate this one, but the magic system is just awesomely clever. It dovetails seamlessly into the social history in a way that reminds me of [livejournal.com profile] papersky's Tooth and Claw (no, there are no dragons).

3.) [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest, Boneshaker and (4.) [livejournal.com profile] cmpriest, Dreadnought: I love her crazy alternate America with zombies and dirigibles and all the rest of it. And three cheers for competent women as protagonists!

5.) This week I have also given to someone else to read complete drafts of (a.) the windship story that still doesn't have a title, (b.) "The Devil in Gaylord's Creek," and (c.) "Hollywood and Vine," along with sending out "Impostors" (Embarrassingly, with the title misspelled because I've only just now figured out it's -or rather than -er. Damn you, English language!), "Hôtel Image", and "Coyote Gets His Own back." Next up would seem to be "(Un)fallen." I have no idea how to fix it, but maybe rereading it will help.

It's a theory.
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"White Charles" and "Mongoose" (with [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, and in Lovecraft Unbound, which made the Original Anthologies list) made Locus's 2009 Recommended Reading List.

[ETA: I just looked and realized those are the ONLY TWO short stories I published in 2009. I want to do better in 2010.]

So did two Shadow Unit stories, "Sugar" by Leah Bobet ([livejournal.com profile] cristalia) and "Cuckoo" by the Three Bs: Bear, Bull, & Bobet--and, yes, that would be E. Bear, not G. Bear. Which makes this a good time to point you to Bear's post about the start of Shadow Unit Season 3 and the plans for the rest of the SU arc, with its pointer to the Reading Order put together by the fans on the Shadow Unit wiki.

The rest of Locus's 2009 Recommended Reading is full of wonders and marvels.
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90,000 words! 20,000 to go! That February 1st deadline is practically looking, you know, doable.



Also, since I observe it's that time of year again, for the benefit of anyone who might be thinking about the Hugos or the Nebulas or suchlike--my publications in 2009, let me show you them:

NOVEL
  • Corambis, Ace Books.

SHORT STORY
  • "White Charles," Clarkesworld Magazine.
  • with Elizabeth Bear ([livejournal.com profile] matociquala), "Mongoose," Lovecraft Unbound (ed. Ellen Datlow).


... and that's it. One of the things I am most hoping for, once I've finished The Goblin Emperor (and now that the Doctrine of Labyrinths is no longer kicking my ass to the curb), is that I'll be able to start writing and finishing short stories again. Because I really miss the little blighters.



Oh, and Friday the Thirteenth comes on a Wednesday this month.
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Since I'm spamming LJ today anyway--

The mail just brought me two copies of ESLI Magazine (one of which I will be mailing to Bear here presently), in which appeareth the Russian translation of "Boojum." I can identify which story is "Boojum" because it's the only one with two authors (and I can sort of recognize Bear's name and mine in Cyrillic)--and it has an illustration in which I can recognize both the Lavinia Whateley and Black Alice Bradley. (!)

People, I am SO. GEEKED. Endorphin rush and everything.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Today, the mail brought me my contributor's copies of Lovecraft Unbound, in which [livejournal.com profile] matociquala and I appear in the excellent company of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Michael Chabon, Joyce Carol Oates, Laird Barron, Amanda Downum, and many other excellent persons, all under the aegis of Ellen Datlow. Our story, "Mongoose," is set in the same universe as "Boojum" (because that universe is seriously the Best Toy Ever) although it is not a sequel or otherwise related.

Also, I love the book design and its cunning use of fonts.
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The finalists for the 2009 Locus Awards have been announced, including, in the short story category, "Boojum" by [livejournal.com profile] matociquala and me.

(That thing about the honor being in the nomination? We're in there with Peter Beagle. PETER! BEAGLE! ELEVENTY-ONE!!!)

Congratulations to all the other nominees!

Also, congratulations to the Nebula and Tiptree winners!
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: actw)
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala has posted the map of the Iskryne we figured out a couple years back.

And, for those of you who, like me, think the Edda of Burdens is the shiniest thing since chrome, she's also posted her map of Eiledon.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (muppets: kermit-sgreer)
I need to brag share good news.

I got the first royalty statement for The Bone Key today. In its first year out in the big wide world, it sold out its advance approximately six times over. It is totally the Little Book That Could.

And so that this entry is not entirely me me me me me, if you have not already, I highly recommend you read Elizabeth Bear's short story, "Sonny Liston Takes the Fall."

cut for extraneous stuff )
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[livejournal.com profile] elisem is having a big sale to fund the purchase of correctly-fitting bras. This may sound trivial or foolish, but it isn't. Trust me.

[livejournal.com profile] matociquala has a wonderful post on why you shouldn't let Them tell you what your process ought to be.

ETA and a third thing: [livejournal.com profile] rhienelleth is having a jewelry sale to benefit the ACLU's opposition of Prop 8. Which is a very worthy cause to buy pretty things for.
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The Lone Star Stories Reader will be out soon. (Features my story, "A Night in Electric Squidland.")

So will Fast Ships, Black Sails. (Features the story I co-wrote with the fabulous and talented Elizabeth Bear, "Boojum." Think Lovecraft as written by Tiptree.)

The September-October issue of The Willows features a new Kyle Murchison Booth story, "The Replacement."

Speaking of Booth, here's a story by story review of The Bone Key. I think Ryan Harvey thinks I think a little too well of myself (didja follow that?), which is totally his prerogative. I would like to confess, however, that I have never read Algernon Blackwood--aside from failing to get through "The Willows" (oh the cruel irony! the shame! I weep!)--so the presence of Blackwood that Harvey detects "echo[ing] as strongly" as Lovecraft and James through The Bone Key is illusory. I'm really sorry.

And speaking of Bear, two reviews of A Companion to Wolves, here and here.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (mfu: ikns-snrch)
[livejournal.com profile] truepenny: I covet your cover artist.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: *shares*
[livejournal.com profile] truepenny: You are the best Bear.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Well, I don't mangle bird feeders. Which makes me better than many bears.
[livejournal.com profile] truepenny: And your liver isn't toxic!
[livejournal.com profile] truepenny: ... that came out all wrong.

Boojum!

Sep. 19th, 2008 09:14 am
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Avast, ye scurvy dogs! 'Tis International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and the cutthroat crew of Wired.Com has rare and wond'rous treasure to dangle before you. Behold, GeekDad reviews Fast Ships, Black Sails and provides a free download of "Boojum", a story about the love between a pirate and her ship, by those swashbuckling sisters of the seven seas, Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette.

Only a cross-eyed landlubber would pass up this chance for gold and glory!
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So there are--wow--over a thousand of you, and those are just the ones LiveJournal keeps track of.

This probably means it's time for another Welcome To The Jungle post.

So. Welcome to the (very small, tame) jungle. (Yes, there are four lions in this jungle. Yes, they do spend most of their time asleep, although I think at the moment Catzilla is battling a paper crane.)

I'm a professional writer (novels and short stories, though sadly not many of the latter recently). I rarely post about the specifics of my writing, although I frequently whinge post about the process. If you're looking for discussion of my books, may I suggest you check out [livejournal.com profile] the_mirador?

I have a Ph.D. in English literature (hanging in the kitchen, if you want to know). My specialty is sixteenth and seventeenth century English drama. I sometimes post very geekily about same. I also post about (other people's) books, science fiction conventions, cats, and anything else that crosses my mind (this is, in other words, a personal blog), and I'm in the middle of a series of posts about Due South.

I'm currently working on Corambis, the fourth book in The Doctrine of Labyrinths, the series started with Mélusine. It's due March 31st, and I have, right now, a dingo's breakfast of a first draft and 170 ms pages (approximately 40,000 words) of a second draft. Thus, as you may imagine, I'm not going to be posting much until the book is turned in. (From February 22 to March 25, I won't be posting at all, because [livejournal.com profile] heresluck is very kindly hosting me for a DIY writer's retreat.) Hopefully, this means normal service will resume in April.

If you want to add this blog to your reading list, don't feel you have to ask. Just go ahead and do it. I am highly unlikely to add anyone reciprocally--which is a reflection of nothing except my own ability or lack thereof to manage my time and energy wisely. I do read every comment that people make, although I don't reply unless I actually have something to say. (Sometimes, this means I don't say thank you as often as I should, and I apologize for that.)

My collaborator/writing partner/best friend is [livejournal.com profile] matociquala (Elizabeth Bear), and if you're not reading her blog already, my feeling is that you should be. Although I admit to bias.

So. Anything else you want to know?

(Also, if you'd like to introduce yourself, the comments to this post would be a dandy place to do it. There is, however, absolutely no obligation. Some people like to say hello officially; other people prefer to run silent. Both are equally cool with me.)

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