truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (cats: nom de plume)
So, yeah, I'm gonna be at Sasquan. If you want to find me, here are the places and times to look.

Standard disclaimer: I am both very shy and very near-sighted.


Autographing - Katherine Addison, Alma Alexander, Elizabeth Bear, Marissa Meyer, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Stanley Schmidt, Catherynne M. Valente
Friday 14:00 - 14:45, Hall B (CC)

Reading - Katherine Addison
Friday 16:00 - 16:30, 304 (CC)

Fantasy and Supernatural Noir
Saturday 12:00 - 12:45, Bays 111C (CC)
Dark speculative and (frequently) dark detective works are best-sellers these days. Our panel talks about early supernatural noir and where it's headed now.

Diana Pharaoh Francis, Richard Kadrey, Katherine Addison, John Pitts

Demigods, Chosen Ones & Rightful Heirs: Can Progress, Merit & Citizens Ever Matter in Fantasy?
Saturday 16:00 - 16:45, 300A (CC)
Science fiction often centers around meritocracies (or at least "knowledgetocracies") but fantasy? Not so much. Or, as Dennis famously said in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "…Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony." Has fantasy ever overcome this classic trope? Can it?

Darlene Marshall (M), Anaea Lay, Mary Soon Lee, Setsu Uzume, Katherine Addison

And then the Hugos. Eep.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: airship)
The Goblin Emperor is a Locus Awards finalist in the Fantasy Novel category. (!)

In other news, I will be attending part of Sasquan (Friday through Sunday--I just don't have the stamina for the whole thing.)

I will also be part of a thing at ALAAC: RUSA's Literary Tastes Breakfast. The program description tells me that I will see [ profile] papersky there, WHICH IS AWESOME.

Further bulletins as events warrant.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (wtf: platypus)
1. The new Shadow Unit episode, "Hope Is Stronger Than Love," is up. I wrote it.

If you've been wondering about whether you might like Shadow Unit, this episode is pretty self-contained, so it might be a good one to try. (The first taste is freeee-eeeee ... Of course, so are the second, third, and fourth tastes, in this case.)

2. Cons I will be attending in 2012:
  • Odyssey Con
  • WisCon
  • Fourth Street
  • WorldCon

Dunno how much I'll be doing at any of 'em--per day job: I don't rate paid vacaction yet, and have found that I may or may not have much brain left on the weekends--but I'll be there.

3. My editor says not to worry about those extra 20,000 words, so I'm suddenly quite close to being able to turn the damn book in. Not quite there yet, but close.

4. I wrote an essay for Chicks Dig Comics, along with a bunch of amazing women.

5. Acupuncture brings Teh Awesome. That is all.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: glass cat)
As the new year begins, my story "Blue Lace Agate" is live at Lightspeed. (Author interview here.) "Blue Lace Agate" is chronologically the first story about Mick and Jamie, the protagonists of "A Night in Electric Squidland" and "Impostors" (in Somewhere Beneath Those Waves), and I'm delighted that it has finally found a home.

ETA: Also, Mateusz Skutnik has a charming little New Year's game which I commend to your attention.

Although I don't usually write year-in-review posts, after the year I've just had, I really do feel the need to sit down and take stock (4,691 irradiated haggis, check).


2011 in bullet points )

As 2012 begins, I'm going to full-time as a database thrall, and we'll see what effect that has on my health and my writing.

Goals for 2012 (note to self: do not mistype as "gaols," please) include:
  • finish The Goblin Emperor
  • write An Apprentice to Elves [with [ profile] matociquala]
  • finish Thirdhop Scarp and write this backlog of Booth stories
  • write a bunch of other short stories
  • maybe start on this novel that is twining seductively around my ankles
  • blog more

Happy New Year! May 2012 be a better year for all of us than 2011!
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I am back safely from Arizona.

LepreCon was excellent--thank you to everybody involved!--and Arizona was beautiful. I deeply appreciated that fifty-degree temperature differential.

Traveling was kind of dreadful, although mercifully everything was on time and nothing exciting happened. But American Airlines squashes its coach passengers into tiny seats and, having charged $25 to check a bag, does not feel it can spring for so much as a packet of peanuts. The positive side is that the plate and nine screws in my ankle did not set off the metal detectors either in Madison or Phoenix.

And traveling with RLS is like traveling with a demon toddler. It WON'T go to sleep, WON'T WON'T WON'T, and that means I can't sleep either. Making me a charming roommate, as [ profile] matociquala and [ profile] klages can attest.

But I got to see many people I am very fond of, and don't get to see very often, and I met new people whom I liked very much, and aside from my stupid health issues, had a wonderful time.

And I came home to discover that spring, which has been on back-order for two months, has finally arrived.
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1. "The Devil in Gaylord's Creek" (Fantasy Magzine 50) made Rich Horton's Recommended Reading list in this month's Locus: "an involving story about a dead girl who has a job killing devils. [. . .] Good and original work."

2. When this part of the Upper Midwest decides to be beautiful, it can knock your socks off.

3. New acupuncturist continues to be made of win and awesome. I've spent most of the last three sessions watching the needles chase the block in my right leg around. It hasn't given in yet, but I think it's getting tired.

4. This coming weekend, [ profile] matociquala and I are Guests of Honor at LepreCon 37, and they've got their programming schedule up.

5. Speaking of cons, my (eerily symmetrical) WisCon schedule looks like:
  • Sat., 1:00-2:15 Celebrating Diana Wynne Jones [moderator]
  • Sat., 4:00-5:15 Space Fairies from Beyond: reading with Pamela Dean, Cat Valente, David D. Levine, and Seanan McGuire
  • Sun., 1:00-2:15 Whedonistas
  • Sun., 4:00-5:15 We're All Mad Here
And, of course, the Sign Out on Monday.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (porpentine: pleased)
1. I should mention that OddCon was awesome. I'm no good at con reports (fellow GoH [ profile] robin_d_laws is blogging his con experience, though), but I had a wonderful time. Thank you, Odyssey Con!

2. My friend Marissa Lingen ([ profile] mrissa) has just made her eightieth short fiction sale. (Yes, that's eightieth--80--not eighth.)

3. Today is Carol Emshwiller's ninetieth birthday. Happy birthday, Carol!

4. Drabblecast is doing [ profile] matociquala and my story "Boojum," which--for those of you playing along at home--is set in the same universe as "Mongoose." Drabblecast 202 is Part I.

5. Taronga Zoo in Sydney has a baby red panda.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: demon)
I will be a Guest of Honor at Odyssey Con 11 this weekend.

The Usual Caveat: I am very shy and very near-sighted, but--unless I am rushing off to a panel or otherwise obviously busy--I am delighted to meet people and sign things and whatnot.

It looks like it's going to be a fun weekend, so if you've a mind to, come out and join us!
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I am a Guest of Honor at Odyssey Con 11, April 8-10, Madison, Wisconsin.

I am also a Guest of Honor at LepreCon 37, May 6-8, Tempe, Arizona.

And I am attending WisCon 35, May 26-30, Madison, Wisconsin.

Unless my financial situation changes, that's it for this year. I hate missing PenguiCon and Fourth Street and World Fantasy, but the simple ugly truth is, I can't afford to go.
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[ profile] con_or_bust, the annual fundraiser to help fans of color attend sf conventions (primarily WisCon), is up and running. Very cool stuff, very cool cause.
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Back from WFC. With con crud. Bleah.

Otherwise I had a lovely time, talked to many people I don't get to see nearly often enough, got some business done, ate excellent food, and kind of had a vacation, including dragging poor [ profile] mirrorthaw all over the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday (Gorillas! Manatees! Echindas!). I was yawned at by a tiger quoll, a ginormous porcupine, a male lion among his wives, and a flying fox. Also, I preserved my geek cred by insisting on riding on the gorgeous (and gorgeously restored) 1914 carousel.

And I came home to the news that Corambis has been nominated for the 2010 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Novel, so yay! Also, congratulations to all the other nominees!


Oct. 25th, 2010 02:42 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: demon)
I will be at the 36th World Fantasy Convention this coming weekend, arriving sometime Thursday (hopefully in time for [ profile] maryrobinette's Fantasy and Puppetry panel) and leaving sometime Monday.

I am not on programming. What with the broken ankle and the narcotics and the unnecessary drama, it did not even cross my mind until much too late. (And honestly, I'm doing thousands of times better, but I'm still not sure panels would have been a good idea.) So if you want to find me . . . well, starting in the bar isn't a bad idea (neither is starting in the dealer's room, amongst the books), and look for the unmanageable blonde hair, as shown in the icon for this post. (My eyes don't glow like that most of the time, I promise.)

ObDisclaimer: I am very near-sighted and very shy, but that doesn't mean I don't want to talk to you! If you'd like to get something signed, I'm more than happy to do so. If you've commented on this blog, feel free to tell me your LJ handle; odds are pretty good (not 100%, but better than 50/50) that I'll recognize it.
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So it appears that I will have two Guest of Honor gigs (which will be, respectively, my first and second GoH gigs ever) in 2011:

Need it be said that I am thrilled, geeked, and very grateful?
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I'm off to Fourth Street. In celebration, I'm opening the floor to another Q&A. Comments to this post are screened, so ask your questions, and when I get back--or, hey, possibly even while I'm in Minneapolis, because we live in the future and I can do that sort of thing--I will answer them. To the best of my ability and reserving the right not to answer a question if I find it too intrusive.

All subjects are fair game. You can ask more than one question; you can ask questions more than once. Have fun!
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1. Yesterday, I wrote letters to Senator Feingold, Senator Kohl, Congresswoman Baldwin, and President Obama (email to the president, paper letters to the legislators) about the oil spill and BP's abhorrent behavior. This is the first time I have ever written a letter to any of my elected representatives, and if it does even a particle of good, I will be passionately grateful.

2. Because my mother-in-law asked, I went out yesterday and took pictures of various portions of the yard: roses, lilies, marigolds, etc. Plus a picture of the Elder Saucepan for lagniappe. Gallery here.

3. Last night I managed to get out of the stupid anxiety dream wherein I'm back in high school and failing calculus, but only by turning it into a MUCH WORSE nightmare about undead ghoul/vampire/Fury creatures feuding with each other.

4. There is no item 4. Yes, there is! Item 4 is that today is the 66th anniversary of D-Day. I loathe war, but that does not mean I do not honor the bravery of the men who died on the Normandy beaches--and the men who survived. And although I will argue about the necessity of war in almost all circumstances, I have read enough about Hitler to know that in this case, yes, war was the only way to stop him, and he had to be stopped. So, those who died on June 6, 1944, and those who survived to fight on, I am grateful to you and I honor your memory. And those veterans who are still alive, I hope this June 6th is a good day.

5. Have I mentioned that I'm going to be at Fourth Street? Because I so am! It looks like I'm going to be on two panels (including one that is based on this post, about which, yes, I would admit to being a bit chuffed), and of course I will be there for the rest of it, too.

Inevitable addenda:
(1) I am very near-sighted and very shy, but neither of those means I don't want to talk to you!
(2) Unless I'm late for a panel (or otherwise obviously busy), I'm always happy to sign books.
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1. The new bread pans work very nicely. They're a little shorter (length-wise rather than depth-wise) than my old ones, so I get these very tall majestic loaves. They do, however, definitely need greasing, at least around the top.

2. Also, the new bread pans are deep red. My bread mixing bowl is golden-yellow. Our counters are bright blue (so not our choice). As I said to [ profile] matociquala yesterday, I feel like I've wandered into some trendy yupster magazine article on baking your own bread.

3. Stuff I'm working on right now, at least hypothetically: (1) A Reckoning of Men: [ profile] matociquala lobbed the ball back and it's awesomely cool, but I have to figure out how to play it. (2) Shadow Unit: "Hope Is Stronger Than Love," which gave me something this morning which should be OMG TEH CREEPY if I can make it work. (3) "Doc Holliday Makes A Deal": I hope this will consent to be a short story, but otherwise it's the first chapter of Doc Holliday, Demon Hunter.

4. Saturday night of Penguicon, [ profile] mirrorthaw and I were flipping channels (we don't have cable, so this is a sort of weird special occasion thing when we stay in hotels) and we found a college women's fast-pitch softball game, Tennessee vs. Alabama, and Tennessee was getting shellacked. [ profile] mirrorthaw can confirm that I turned into the most geeked out, fangirliest fangirl EVAR, because OMG there are women playing sports on my TV. I'm totally the same way about women's basketball, even though basketball is not a sport that does much for me, so IMAGINE MY GEEKITUDE. And not only was it women playing baseball (under the generous definition of baseball, yes), but, unlike with women's basketball, these were not women built like supermodels. This is totally not a slam against the women who play basketball, but their sport selects for women who are tall and willowy and thus fit right in with the cultural image of what sort of women you see on your TV. Fast-pitch softball does not select for tall and willowy; from the evidence of the Tennessee and Alabama teams, it selects for women who are short and stocky and strong. Women who are built like me. I can't even explain how awesome it was. I also loved the breakdown of the dichotomized performance of female gender roles: these are athletes, visibly powerful women (Alabama hit several home runs while we were watching), wearing softball uniforms (and Tennessee with that terrible orange, too), and they've got the black bars under their eyes to cut the glare, and yet the Tennessee pitchers have all done their hair the same way, with the French braid along one side and the pale blue bow at the back, and I love the way that they're doing both, that they can be serious athletes and yet still make choices about their gender performance--they can code themselves along a spectrum of femininities*--and they can by god play their sport and mean it.

5. I want to say thank you publicly to Penguicon's concom and staff, who did a wonderful job this weekend--especially but not at all exclusively Yanni Kuznia, who was running the literature track. Thank you all very much!

*[ profile] pitselly objected to my using the butch/femme dichotomy/continuum to talk about this, but the suggested replacement of masculine/feminine is wrong, because it implies that there's only one way to perform femininity, and that is NOT AT ALL what I mean. It also implies that the women who didn't go for the braids and pale blue bows were being, or trying to be, like male athletes, and that is equally not what I mean. They're all women athletes, and what I love is the fact that they have a variety of gender performances without being stigmatized as quote-unquote masculine (those girls are just trying to pretend they're men) or stigmatized the opposite way as quote-unquote feminine (those girls, they can't cope with a real man's game). And there isn't a lot of vocabulary to talk about that.
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Back from Penguicon. V. tired. The list of people with whom I did not get to hang out enough seems to be pretty much infinite. Did I mention the tired part?
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Penguicon is next weekend (April 30-May 2). I will be there, and doing the following panels and such like:

Saturday, 1 p.m., Writing the Other, Anne KG Murphy, Sarah Monette, Jim C. Hines, Steve Piziks
Saturday, 2 p.m., Non-Obvious Reflections of Contemporary Culture in Science Fiction, Sarah Monette, Doselle Young, Stewart Sternberg
Saturday, 6 p.m., Mass Autographing Session
Sunday, 10 a.m., The End Is Only the Beginning... of the Work, Sarah Monette, David M. Crampton
Sunday, 11 a.m., Author Reading, Sarah Monette, Jim C. Hines, Patrick Rothfuss
Sunday, 12 p.m., What Makes a Golden Age?, Merrie Haskell, Sarah Monette
Sunday, 1 p.m., In Defense of Mary Sue, Sarah Monette, Jim C. Hines

Addenda: (1) Unless I'm late for a panel (or otherwise obviously busy), I'm always happy to sign books.
(2) I'm very near-sighted and very shy, but that doesn't mean I won't be delighted to talk to you!

5 things

Apr. 15th, 2010 01:07 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
1. I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but today I am, by god, a J. K. Rowling fan.

2. Odyssey Con X is this weekend. Tobias S. Buckell, Harry Turtledove, and Monte Cook are the Guests of Honor.

3. I, too, will be at OddCon:

Friday, April 16, 4:30 P.M.: Novel Writing Q&A: Sarah Monette (M), Alex Bledsoe
Saturday, April 17, 10:00 A.M.: Baseball, Fantasy, and SF: James Frenkel (M), Harry Turtledove, Sarah Monette, Steven H. Silver
Sunday, April 18, 11:30 A.M.: But I wouldn't want to live there!: Richard Chwedyk (M), Bethany Nelson, Sarah Monette, Jason Hardy
Sunday, April 18, 1:00 P.M.: Nonhuman & Other Human Protagonists: Kathy Sullivan (M), Tobias Buckell, Harry Turtledove, Alex Bledsoe, Sarah Monette

Addenda: (1) Unless I am about to be late to a panel (or, you know, obviously really busy just then), I am always happy to sign books.
(2) I am very shy and very near-sighted. But that doesn't mean I won't be delighted to talk to you!

4. I will also be at Wiscon, doing a reading (with [ profile] pameladean, [ profile] anghara, and [ profile] yuki_onna-in-absentia) and a panel. And the Sign Out.

5. [ profile] mirrorthaw and I went to a Jeffrey Foucault show last night. The music was excellent as always, and the stand-out moment of the evening was a surprise reading by David James Duncan, who is a friend of Mr. Foucault's. He read "Cherish this Ecstasy," which was published in The Sun Magazine and reprinted in The Best American Essays 2009, edited by Mary Oliver (whose poem "What Is There Beyond Knowing" [ profile] heresluck serendipitously posted on Monday). It was a gorgeous essay about ornithology and the numinous, and he read it just breath-takingly well. And it was a completely unexpected gift.
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[ profile] britmandelo discusses The Bone Key lovingly and with sharp acumen at

The evil that grape vines do lives after them.

My life will be a lot easier this summer if I can teach myself not to walk into the Anthropophagous Rosebush.

I need to start writing again. I just wish my brain wasn't so damn empty.

I have a schedule for OddCon:

Friday, April 16, 4:30P.M.: Novel Writing Q&A (come grill an author!)
Saturday, April 17, 10:00 A.M.: Baseball, Fantasy, and SF (self-explanatory, which is probably good at ten in the morning)
Sunday, April 18, 11:30 A.M. But I wouldn't want to live there! (dystopian fiction panel)
Sunday, April 18, 1:00 P.M. Nonhuman & Other Human Protagonists (how to make aliens more than human beings in monster suits)

Addenda: (1) Unless I am about to be late to a panel (or, you know, obviously really busy just then), I am always happy to sign books.
(2) I am very shy and very near-sighted. But that doesn't mean I won't be delighted to talk to you!


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