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 [ 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.
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1. I swear to god I was going to stop, but then I looked at the window this morning.




2. The bidding for Unnatural Creatures has reached $75, and the bidding for The Goblin Emperor has reached $100 (!). Y'all are awesome.

3. Apparently, I will be at C2E2 this April.(I say "apparently" because I can't quite believe I agreed to anything that terrifies me as much as a convention with 50,000 (FIFTY THOUSAND) attendees.) I will provide more details as I am able.

4. In case you missed it yesterday, the first two chapters of The Goblin Emperor are available for free download at And, no, I am unlikely to put up more. That's why they call it a teaser.

5. This really is the best picture of a wildlife photographer ever taken. EVER.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (ws: hamlet)
Con or Bust auctions are live!

I have two items in the auction (and believe me, there are pages and pages and pages of COMPLETELY AWESOME SHIT):

1. the absolute last copy of the Kyle Murchison Booth chapbook Unnatural Creatures

2. a copy of The Goblin Emperor, just as soon as my author copies come

Also, just in general, Con or Bust is an excellent endeavor. Even if you can't bid, please spread the word!
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1. The annual auction for Con or Bust starts February 10. I have donated two items:

(a.) the absolute last copy of Unnatural Creatures
(b.) a signed copy of The Goblin Emperor (yes, this is ANOTHER way you can win! aside from naming my sock elephant, that is)

There are many other fabulous items, also. Please check it out!

2. Katherine Addison has a webpage! There isn't much on it yet, and I welcome suggestions for material you all would like to see.

3. And while I'm on the subject, the release date for The Goblin Emperor is April 1st, should you desire to know. Katherine's currently minimalist website has links to pre-order options.

4. The Kelpies by Andy Scott is JAW-DROPPINGLY AMAZING. Also? Ponies! By which, of course, I mean draft horses.

5. The Locus Recommended Reading List for 2013 is up. Go read something!

+1. Peter Mulvey's Kickstarter for his new album Silver Ladder is going just swimmingly, but he's reaching for his stretch goal of $50k or 1,000 backers. If you know Mr. Mulvey's music, you know why I'm signal-boosting this. If you don't know Mr. Mulvey's music, I heartily encourage you to give him a try.
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The Table of Contents for The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2014 has been announced, and "To Die for Moonlight" made the list.

Since it is the only thing I published last year, I am obviously EXTREMELY HAPPY about this. Many thanks to Lynne and Michael and Apex Magazine for giving my werewolves a home.
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Reminder the first: You can still help me NAME MY SOCK ELEPHANT. I have had many fabulous suggestions, and I would love to get many more!

Reminder the second: The only thing I published in 2013 is "To Die for Moonlight."

It has become weirdly traditional for writers to post their lists of Things Eligible for Awards in January, and I was debating with myself how I felt about that this year when a couple people on Twitter remarked that the January lists were how they found stories they'd missed the previous year. And regardless of how I'm feeling about self-promotion and awards on any given day, pointing people towards stories they might want to read is a good reason to make the post. So. "To Die for Moonlight." Kyle Murchison Booth, "The Fall of the House of Usher," and werewolves.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (ws: hamlet)
1. I have work again. Yay!

2. Clarkesworld: Year Three is now available (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). "White Charles" is in it if you're trying to find print versions of the uncollected Booth stories, and in general Clarkesworld is made of awesome.

3. This month's Apex Magazine is Shakespeare-centric; I contributed an essay about Hamlet and the Reformation, "Welcome to the Reformation, Bitches," which explains why pepole saying Hamlet's fatal flaw is indecision gives me a homicidal nervous tic.
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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!

5 things

Dec. 18th, 2011 08:57 am
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1. I'm seeing a sleep therapist now, because I would like to get off the potentially addictive hypnotic that is currently holding my insomnia down. She told me what I really already knew, that I need to get on a fixed schedule of going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every morning. Which means getting up at 6:30 on weekends. I HATE THIS. I have always been a night owl, and mornings are my favorite time to sleep. But I am determined to give this fixed schedule a fair shot, so here I am, awake and fed and medicated and dressed at 8:30 on a Sunday morning. (Nobody says I have to move fast on weekends, just that I have to get up.)

The fixed schedule idea also means that I have to go to bed--as in, in bed, lights out, eyes shut, at 10:15. And ideally I need to try to decrease my computer usage in the late evenings, because of light issues (photosensitivity plus glow of monitor equals confused circadian rhythms). Which means I have even less time to get computer things done, and I am still trying to finish this goddamn book. Ergo, as little as I have been an online presence in recent months, I'm going to be even less of one, at least for a while. Which is Teh Suck, but I have to find a way to keep the insomnia chained in the basement, and long-term drug usage is just not the way I want to go.

2. So, when I was making my whirlwind trip to Boston, I discovered that O'Hare has a Field Museum store. This is a brilliantly terrible idea on the Field Museum's part, but it did mean I could take [ profile] matociquala meerkat socks as a hostess gift (because seriously--meerkat socks). And I bought for myself a pair of tiny Sue earrings. They have become my favorite earrings--for the one set of holes I don't just leave rings in all the time--for days I don't have to dress like an adult.

3. Two really nice capsule reviews of The Bone Key: (1) and (2). And Somewhere Beneath Those Waves got a starred review from Library Journal (here if you're interested) and a very kind mention from Lesley Hall over at Aqueduct Press's blog.

4. These fossa pups, Ingrid, Heidi, and Gretchen, show that Madagascar really knows how to work the charismatic predator* angle.

5. Have a picture of Milo and me:

(Stepping Stones Studio 2011)
*[ profile] ursulav came up with that useful designation.

5 things

Dec. 6th, 2011 08:16 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
1. The ebook of Somewhere Beneath Those Waves is available from Weightless Books.

2. Apex 31 includes my Booth story, "The Yellow Dressing Gown" (originally published in Weird Tales by the fabulous Ann Vandermeer).

3. Over on the Whatever, John Scalzi is hosting threads for authors to promote their own works as holiday gifts. If you're looking for ideas, I commend the Whatever Shopping Guide 2011 to you.

4. The pictures of these African Sulcata tortoises and their progeny fill me with delight.

5. We are still worried about our Jellicle Ninja. Good thoughts appreciated.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
1. The Jellicle Ninja is doing much better. Thank you for all your kind wishes!
2. Brit Mandelo has reviewed Somewhere Beneath Those Waves for
3. Apex Magazine will be reprinting "The Yellow Dressing Gown" in their 31st issue.
4. I still like my job as a database thrall.
5. The horse continues to be a good horse. A goofy, exasperating horse, but a good horse nonetheless.


Nov. 8th, 2011 08:59 pm
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I did a podcast interview with Julia Rios at the Outer Alliance about The Bone Key (available in its shiny new edition here from Prime Books): podcast here.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (cats: nom de plume)
1. washed (1) gray and (2) white bras.
2. outlined plot for the rest of Thirdhop Scarp.
3. got a page further in The Goblin Emperor revisions (I know, doesn't look like much, but trust me: it's huge).
4. picked up Emma's ashes (NOT "cremains") from the vet. She would be offended by the paw-print patterned tin; I will obviously have to find something more suitable.
5. bought a BRIGHT YELLOW Lamy fountain pen to replace the one that vanished over the weekend.
5.5 signed stock at the University Book Store
6. discovered that Shakespeare's Books has been reborn as Browzers Books. Feel that this is a sad come-down, namewise, but glad to see the bibliophoenix rise from the ashes.
7. bought The Horrors of the Half-Known Life: Male Attitudes toward Women and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century America by G. J. Barker-Benfield (research); Women, Family, and Utopia: Communal Experiments of the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Mormons by Lawrence Foster (research); and Jack the Ripper: The Complete Casebook by Donald Rumbelow (research). I love my job.
8. wondered where the cut-off is between a respectable interest in historical criminology and a ghoulishly trashy taste for true crime.* One's own birth-date? Hardback vs. paperback? Use of the word "true" in the subtitle? Serial killer vs. non-serial killer?
9. picked up more cat food, more cat litter, more cat treats . . . and a three-day pass for the Midwest Horse Fair.
10. put more gasoline in the truck.

1. hampered
2. purred
3. napped
4. talked to robins
5. purred

1. hampered
2. purred
3. napped
4. was mortified by Catzilla
5. purred
6. vanished into thin air and mysteriously reappeared
7. purred

*Having just marathoned the first season of The First 48, I'm not casting aspidistras at anyone. Just saying: there's clearly a cut-off somewhere, and I don't know where it is.


Mar. 14th, 2011 07:43 pm
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"To Die for Moonlight" (the Booth and werewolves novelette that begins "I cut off her head before I buried her") to Arkham House for the 2012 anthology An Arkham Garland: An Anthology of Macabre Stories.

(Arkham House! OMG!)

MEGAN ARKENBERG! This means you are finally going to get your bonus from last year's fundraiser. Please contact me ASAP if your land address has changed. Otherwise, watch the skies! ... Er, I mean, your mailbox.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: kmb)
So of the 169 copies of Unnatural Creatures, seven (that I know of, and I devoutly hope there aren't any more) are defective in one way or another. None of the defects makes the slightest difference to the readability of the book. I know some people (like me) will be driven nuts by imperfections, while other people (possibly more sane) won't care. So I'm asking, if you're one of those people who will not be bothered, please comment here and volunteer to take one of the following copies:

#1, 2, 3, 4: the text is improperly centered (I apologize for not knowing the correct technical term), so that the margin at the top of each page is enormous and the margin at the bottom is cramped. No text is cut off--it's purely an aesthetic issue.

#133: the front cover is very slightly bent. This can probably be corrected by the cunning use of a very heavy book and some patience.

#147: the title page is torn at the bottom left. It's a small tear, and I have personally mended it with Scotch tape so it doesn't get worse.

#169: the front cover is dog-eared. Unlike with #133, there is a visible crease.

ETA: all the defective copies have found homes. Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

I am also willing to offer a bribe to those who volunteer. Suggestions as to a suitable inducement are welcome.

Thank you!

5 things

Feb. 18th, 2011 02:07 am
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (horse: fd-milo)
1. We had a thirty-six hour internet outage yesterday and today. SO not amused.

2. Also not amused by Wisconsin's governor. But yay for the 30,000 protesters!

3. Sean Wallace has posted the cover mock-up for the new edition of The Bone Key. I am in love with the cover art.

4. 169 copies of Unnatural Creatures have arrived! I have signed and numbered the entire print run, and this weekend will be all about making up orders and shipping them out.

5. Today, Milo and I cantered off the lunge line! This is huge, because the last time I tried cantering off the lunge line, back in May, I fell off the horse. It's taken my instructor and me this long to get me to the point where I was ready to try again, and OMG it felt completely different and SO MUCH BETTER. Completely psyched.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: kmb)
This is a list of all the words MS Word has mishyphenated in Unnatural Creatures. (And, yes, I double-checked all of them with the American Heritage Dictionary. Well, except "although," because really.)
  • alt-hough
  • anim-al
  • catech-ism
  • circ-ling
  • Co-leridge
  • des-cended
  • domin-ies
  • edit-or
  • Esth-er
  • extra-vagant
  • ima-gined
  • irrit-ation
  • juni-or
  • lib-rary
  • natur-al
  • philanthrop-ist
  • posit-ively
  • reas-onably
  • re-cognized
  • squeam-ishly

Booth would be appalled.

Also, for reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, the sale is extended another day.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (writing: kmb)
1. The proof of Unnatural Creatuers has arrived. I'll go through it this weekend, enter the corrections on Monday, and make the Lulu order.

This means that the sale extension will end around midnight, Monday/Tuesday.

2. The proof came in a flat box, like a pizza box, exactly the right size for a cat to loaf on. Since El Marmalado has already demonstrated his fondness for sitting on boxes, I put it out on the porch for him. Sure enough, a little later, when we were leaving to go meet a friend for coffee, there he was on the box.

3. Segue! The pen with which I will be signing Unnatural Creatures is my new Pelikan Technixx. I love this pen. And Fountain Pen Hospital still has it on sale for $40.

4. And I should show you the cover art (by the fabulous [ profile] hominysnark):

5. Finally, moving from unnatural to natural, (via [ profile] matociquala (on Twitter)), 70 baby animals. (I'm not sure all of them are technically babies, but then, I'm not sure I could tell a juvenile hamster from an adult anyway.) My favorites are the otter pups. And the bat.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (cats: napping)
Here's what's left:
  • 1 copy of A Companion to Wolves (paperback), $7 ea.
  • 2 copies of Corambis (hardback), $30 ea.

Please comment on the sale post to purchase.

And you can still buy Unnatural Creatures until midnight.

Also, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has participated so far. I'm lousy at math, but it looks like we'll easily have a $2,000 donation for the Companion Animal Fund by the end of the sale. And that's just EXCELLENT.


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