truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: glass cat)
[first published on Storytellers Unplugged, February 7, 2009; dug out of the Wayback Machine by an awesome reader]
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truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: glass cat)
[first published on Storytellers Unplugged, December 29, 2007; thanks to the Wayback Machine for helping me rescue it]

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truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: glass cat)
[first published on June 29, 2007; thank to the Wayback Machine for helping me rescue it]

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5 things

Nov. 21st, 2011 07:39 pm
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1. My trip to Boston in a nutshell. (In case you can't tell, the chained up books in the MITSFS library are the Gor novels.) There was also a great deal of Giant Ridiculous Dog, of which I totally approve.

2. Despite the fact that I really liked the Star Trek reboot, [ profile] kateelliott has come up with something that would have been SO MUCH MORE AWESOME ZOMG THERE ARE NO WORDS.

3. A brief resurgence of Q&A, since somebody had questions:
(a.) Is there any hope of you writing another Labyrinth book?
Another book is unlikely, unless the clouds open up and the angels descend and I am struck by an idea of such IRRESISTABLE GENIUS that there is clearly no other choice. But I do intend to write a novella about Cardenio Richey and Vey Coruscant's copy of the Principia Caeli and a Jack the Ripper analogue called Jean-the-Knife. The title is Yes, No, Always, Never, and it's in the list of things I'm gonna get to Real Soon Now.

(b.) Secondly, I was kind of expecting for Felix and Kay to wind up together. Am I completely off base?
No, you're not. That was what originally happened, in the very bad and embarrassing draft that I wrote when I was paying more attention to the deadline than to what the book (and the characters) needed.

4. [ profile] elisem has written a Lovecraftian hymn, for which she blames me.

I'm cool with that.

5. My introvert meter has expired and I'm out of quarters. Good night, internets.
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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!
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: melusine (Judy York))
I should probably mention that Corambis is out in paperback. Official release date, according to Amazon (which knows these things) was March 30, and an alert reader has testified that in this instance free market capitalism is working.

While I'm on the subject of the Doctrine of Labyrinths and publication, an update for everyone who is wondering: I am still trying to get The Virtu back in print. My agent has made the formal request to Ace Books either to reprint it or return the rights to me, and we are (still) waiting for Ace's response. Publishing works by Newtonian physics: an object at rest tends to remain at rest.

Yes (in case you were wondering about this, too), the waiting is DRIVING ME UP THE WALL. I badly want this book to be available again before Ace decides to take The Mirador and Corambis out of print (not to mention Mélusine), and I hate the inexorably vicious circle I can feel lurking somewhere over the horizon, wherein people don't buy books 3 and 4 because they can't get book 2 (because book 2 was out of print before book 4 was published), and therefore Ace not only feels justified in having taken book 2 out of print (because the numbers on books 3 and 4 are terrible--obviously we made the right decision about book 2), but also uses that as justification to take books 3 and 4 out of print as well. And there I am, with a series I love and am deeply proud of, which becomes unavailable, and therefore unread. And therefore forgotten. The thought makes me want to sit down in the middle of the floor and howl.

And there's nothing I can do about any of it except what I am doing. Which is sit and wait and gnaw my fingernails back to the elbow.

And, I think, go outside and take out some of this frustrated aggression on the weeds. [ETA: "Rain," said Eeyore. "I expected as much."]
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Support rape crisis centers and enter to win an Advance Copy of Red Hood’s Revenge, by Jim C. Hines.

The most excellent Jim C. Hines is doing a not-a-raffle to support rape crisis centers.

I've found something that puzzles me utterly about Tefertiller's Earp biography. Both Roberts and Barra (Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends, which I'm reading right now) remark on the fact that Sadie Marcus was Jewish--in a well-known-historical-fact way, not in a whoa-researchers-have recently-discovered way--and since I learn from Barra that Wyatt is buried with Sadie in a Jewish cemetery in Colma, California*, it seems like something a biography of Wyatt ought at least to name-check. But Tefertiller (whom Barra describes as having "put together the most complete picture to date of the strange, lifelong match between two adventurers of vastly different backgrounds" (Barra 15)) doesn't mention that fact anywhere. Given how clearly Tefertiller's dislike of Sadie shows through, I'm wondering if it's some sort of weird reverse-anti-Semitism: not tainting Judaism by association with her. But really, I'm just baffled.

*Google Maps (see link above) shows that Colma, California, is nothing BUT cemeteries, which led me to check the Wikipedia entry; Colma was founded as a necropolis in 1924: "the dead population outnumber the living by thousands to one."

Since my box of Corambis paperbacks arrived while I was in Tucson, I spent part of the afternoon organizing my inventory of author's copies (and will spend another part of the afternoon organizing some of the books in the house I didn't write); I have fourteen sets of the paperbacks of the Doctrine of Labyrinths. My plan has always been to donate them, and I would be grateful for suggestions of libraries, programs, or other worthy places/causes for which they would be good donations. (I don't guarantee, of course, that I will follow any given suggestion.)

First thunderstorm of the year this afternoon, although it was clearly in a hurry to be somewhere else.
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Congratulations to this year's Tiptree winners and honor list!

Gary L. Roberts (Doc Holliday: The Life and Legend, 2006) offers a really lovely metaphor:
Legends grow, and rarely by design. Like the wisteria in Doc's native Georgia, they spread, encircle, constrict, and hide the damage they do to the truth in a cascade of tales that, like foliage and flowers, cause people to forget everything else. But, like the wisteria, they have an unmistakable beauty that makes them nearly irresistible until they become a part of the landscape.
(Roberts, 259)

The Elder Saucepan went back to the kitty ophthalmologist yesterday; we are cautiously optimistic about his progress.

The Saucepan is not a talky cat (one of his other nicknames is "Silent Cal"); he has only one word--GAO--with varying volumes, and he uses it sparingly. But I have noticed a pattern, which has become too predictable to be coincidence: after a visit to the ophthalmologist, he will, some hours later, go into the front hall and--as best I can tell--cuss out his crate. "GAO!" he says, and "GAO!" again. And "GAO!" for good measure.

He has to go to the regular vet on Friday for a check-up and shots; we'll see if that's worth the use of his word, too.

It's looking springish around here. I suspect strongly that we are being lulled into a false sense of security, but I cannot deny that I'm glad to see green things poking their heads up.

Author's copies of the paperbacks of Corambis arrived while I was in Arizona (it'll be officially out at the end of the month), and my contributor's copies of Jonathan Strahan's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, volume 4 (in which appears [ profile] matociquala's and my story, "Mongoose") came on Monday. External validation is totally a crutch, but sometimes it's nice to have it anyway.
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Megan Arkenberg and [ profile] cheloya, things for you are In The Mail.

The [ profile] con_or_bust auctions close Saturday, March 13, 2010 (11:59 p.m. Eastern). This includes (among a lot of other cool stuff) the auction for a signed hardback of The Virtu, in which the bidding has reached $65.

Corambis will be out in paperback (according to Amazon) at the end of this month.

Tomorrow, I'm doing a Friends of the NIU Libraries/Friends of DeKalb Public Library event. Info here. Also, yes, I will sign things after the discussion, and yes, I will sign things other than The Bone Key.

Sunday, I'm leaving for a week in Arizona with [ profile] matociquala, [ profile] cristalia, [ profile] stillsostrange, [ profile] coffeeem, and [ profile] willshetterly, which culminates in a Shadow Unit panel at the Tucson Festival of Books. I believe we're also doing a signing at the Mysterious Galaxy booth.

Other planned appearances for 2010 include:

There's probably something else, but I forget what it is.
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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:

  • Corambis, Ace Books.

  • "White Charles," Clarkesworld Magazine.
  • with Elizabeth Bear ([ 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.

5 Things

Nov. 18th, 2009 09:10 pm
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1. I reached 60,000 words on the goblin book today, and most of the rest of it is spinning its armature in my head, like weird cyborg nano-spiders and maybe I'd better just abandon that metaphor right there.

2. It is finally November here, cold and dark and rainy. Secretly, I like this kind of weather.

3. So last year, the entirely cromulent Pat Rothfuss did a huge auction-type thing to benefit Heifer International. This year, he's going to do it again, which I mention because (a.) hey, heads up, especially though by no means exclusively to Rothfuss fans, since I understand there is to be lots of non-Rothfussian Cool Shit as well, and (b.) I have donated two item-sets for the auctioneering thereof:

i.) A complete signed set of the hardbacks of the Doctrine of Labyrinths (Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis).

ii.) A signed copy of The Bone Key, plus signed manuscripts (for which read: print-outs) of the four uncollected Booth stories: "The Yellow Dressing Gown," "The World Without Sleep," "White Charles," and "The Replacement."

Watch Pat's blog for more news on the auction. Right now he's raffling a Tuckerization in The Wise Man's Fear.

4. Speaking of the Doctrine of Labyrinths, I got the cover flats for the mass market paperback of Corambis last week, and my editor's assistant is making page-proof noises. So, yes, there will be a mmpb edition--although I don't know for sure, it'll probably come out in April--and if you have noticed any typos, you may win my eternal gratitude by posting a comment with the specifics here.

5. And speaking of the Doctrine of Labyrinths, I had a dream Sunday night that, while it claimed to be a new subplot for the goblin book, was actually an AU about Methony, including Mildmay as a toddler.
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Another Q&A session.

One of the questions is a spoiler for the end of Corambis, so I'm going to stick it behind a cut-tag.

here )
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[ profile] elisem is committing art again. I have bought a pendant, "Yes, No, Always, Never," because it is absolutely an illustration for Corambis. Which is freaky, because Elise hasn't read Corambis yet.

Also, for those of you optimistically playing along at home, this means that it is suddenly much more likely that the story about Cardenio Richey, the Principia Caeli, and a serial killer in the Lower City will (a.) be written, (b.) feature the Kalliphorne and her husband, and (c.) be titled "Yes, No, Always, Never."

Jeez. I kind of have an endorphin rush off that.
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An anonymous commenter has asked if I know of any online plot synopses of the first three books of the Doctrine of Labyrinths. I don't--and before anyone suggests it, I am not, repeat NOT, going to write one myself--but if you do, or have any other helpful suggestions for a reader wanting to get back up to speed before reading Corambis, please reply to their comment. Thank you all.
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It is, in no particular order:

1. Shakespeare's birthday (observed).
2. International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Wretch Day
3. The day before Odyssey Con.

In celebration of 1 and 2, and to provide you all something to do while I am largely afk due to 3, I am posting the three scenes from Corambis that I most regret having to cut. None of them furthers the plot in any way. One, which you've seen before if you've been reading the Q&As, is a conversation between Felix and Mildmay about philosophers and bravery; one is possibly my favorite piece of world-building out of the entire book; the last is notable for being one of the few angst-free sex scenes I have ever written.

Also, a question came into today which will not make any sense on any other day, so I'm gonna stick it here. Call it Q&A Eighteen-and-a-Half:

Q: As a fellow Shadow Unit author, will you be providing backup vocals for Emma Bull at her Odd Con performance tomorrow night? :)

A: No, smartass. Not unless she asks me to, which I can't imagine why she would.

For the sake of corralling all these scenes in one place so that they can be easily found, I shall start by reposting the conversation about Chattan d'Islay (which belongs around pages 220-221, at the beginning of Chapter 10) that I put up in answer to a question in Q&A 11:

what Felix and Mildmay are reading )

Next, the sheer self-indulgent world-building, this scene would start on page 270 of Corambis--you'll be able to see instantly where I stitched the draft together:

Kay's tour of Our Lady of Mirrors, extended version )

And this (posted out of order to make it easier for people who don't want to read about explicit gay sex to skip this bit), which I suspect will gratify many of my readers, is the rest of the sex scene spoilers for Corambis, NC-17 )

And there you have it. Feel free to point readers of Corambis to this post. Although none of these scenes is in any way necessary to the book, they are all things that I was sad to have to axe.
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Enthusiastic (somewhat spoilery) review of Corambis at Fantasy Book Critic. Interestingly, this reviewer feels that Corambis does work as a standalone novel, so clearly YMMV on that issue.


Apr. 6th, 2009 11:28 am
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1. Tomorrow, being April 7, is the official release date of Corambis. I will be celebrating by starting another round of Q&A, so be thinking of your questions. You can ask anything you like, although, of course, I am not obligated to answer.

2. My box of copies of Corambis came today, which means that my items for the [ profile] con_or_bust and [ profile] accessiblehouse auctions will not be delayed, but will ship as soon after the close of the auctions as is physically possible for me. So this is a good time to remind you about the auctions:

[ profile] con_or_bust, helping fans of color/non-white fans come to Wiscon, auction ending April 13 @ midnight:
  • a signed set of the hardbacks of the Doctrine of Labyrinths (Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis); also personalized if the winning bidder so desires; current bid $200
  • a signed trade paperback of The Bone Key; also personalized if the winning bidder so desires; current bid $25

[ profile] accessiblehouse, helping Peter and Ericka keep their house which has been extensively renovated to accommodate Ericka's disabilities, auction ending April 25 @ noon:
  • a signed set of the hardbacks of the Doctrine of Labyrinths (Mélusine, The Virtu, The Mirador, Corambis); also personalized if the winning bidder so desires; current bid $200
  • a signed trade paperback of The Bone Key; also personalized if the winning bidder so desires; current bid $42.50
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Another half hour last night with the Wii. Was completely thrown off by suddenly having the male trainer "filling in" for my female trainer on the first exercise of the evening. Mercifully, he went away after that, but it was the worst halfmoon pose I've done in quite some time. wtf, Nintendo?

Thank you to everyone who has commented with support for and love of my books on the previous post. I appreciate it a great deal more than I can express.

Thank you also to [ profile] casacorona, who stepped up to the plate to explain how things look from the publishers' apex of the triangle. A thankless task--for which I thank you!

Also pursuant to the previous post, the April Locus has a review of Corambis by Faren Miller, which includes phrases like "Monette displays both wicked powers of invention and something like sly wit" and says the ending "should satisfy even the rare cynical reader who hasn't already been won over by Monette's gifts for character, voice, and great prose." So I'm feeling better.

Catzilla got me up this morning by sitting on my pillow and draping his incredibly fluffy tail across my face. I hope that this was a mere accident and not actually, you know, planned. Because if it was planned, I am so doomed.

I regularly tell Catzilla (he whom we rescued from the flower bed) that he doesn't know how lucky he is, and given the size and scope of his brain, it's true. One of the feralistas who hangs out on and around our porch is a long-haired brown tabby (named Hilary in honor of Sarah Caudwell's Hilary Tamar, because I have yet to figure out what sex s/he is), and poor Hilary has, I noticed this morning, a mat large enough to be mistaken for a kitten on his/her right haunch. S/he also has dead leaves matted into his/her tail, and in general needs the kind of grooming help that s/he is much too skittish to allow.

It's hard to be a fluffy kitty. This is something even Catzilla knows.
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Corambis has been sighted in the wild.

I totally have an adrenaline rush going on here, people.
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[ profile] nz_navigatress is the third ARC winner; she has a nonspoilery post here.

To answer a question asked in the comments to [ profile] nz_navigatress's post, the paperback of Corambis will probably be out in April 2010, if Ace adheres to the schedule they've followed with the other books. There's no guarantee of that, but it's the best answer I can give.

Speaking of answers (I've got my segues down cold today *g*), I will be doing another round of Q&A to celebrate the release of Corambis; the phone lines internet will be open for your questions on April 7. I have had a couple people send me questions in the past few months, and to the two of you, I say, Fear not! Your questions will open the festivities.

Speaking of festivities (see? I'm totally on a roll), I have cause for same: Fantasy Magazine has bought my short story, "After the Dragon."

And I think that's it.


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