It's been a pretty good year for me, productivity-wise. I've published four short stories, a novella, a novelette, a piece of flash fiction, and a novel. And I've written and delivered a whole bunch of stuff that's not coming out until next year...
...and my dance card for 2014 is officially full. That's a pretty nice feeling right there.
If you want to find any of my work from the past year, here's your handy year-end list for doing so.
Shattered Pillars, the second Eternal Sky novel, came out in March. This central-Asian epic fantasy has been pulling in great reviews and reader response. I also made an intemperate blog post about being the first writer of an epic fantasy trilogy in history to deliver the third book on time. And I did it, albeit by the skin of my teeth. Steles of the Sky is scheduled for April of next year, and the ARCs are already in the hands of reviewers.
My other stand-alone book of the year was Book of Iron, a novella from Subterranean Press, the prequel to Bone and Jewel Creatures. These stories are also in the Eternal Sky universe, set about four hundred years later and in a different part of the world. In this one, Bijou and her friends race through poison Erem in order to stop a foreign Wizard from making a very, very bad mistake.
The flash fiction was an untitled piece for Popular Science, published in the July 2013 issue, dealing with interstellar travel and the way space smells.
The novelette was audio-only, in METAtropolis III: Green Space. It's called "Green and Dying," because everything is improved by Dylan Thomas, and it's a caper story about an attempt to liberate some IP from a seastead. Of course, something goes... really, really wrong.
And then there's the short stories!
From Fireside III, "Form and Void," a science fiction story about mean girls and hurt girls and space exploration and Io. I'm awfully proud of this one, and you can read it for free here. (I think this one is technically a 2012 publication, but it happened very late in the year, and you can actually read it online now.)
From Dark Faerie Tales, "Samarkar's Tale of the Three Genjia," in which one of the Eternal Sky protagonists retells a fairy tale. You can read this one for free as well. Obviously, this too is an Eternal Sky story.
There's a second Eternal Sky story out this year: "The Ghost Makers," in Fearsome Journeys. It's about a Gage and a Dead Man who discover they have an enemy in common, and what they do about with that knowledge.
My last story for 2013 is "The Governess," which was published in Queen Victoria's Book of Spells. It's about an unlikely alliance between two very different women... and some other things.
- Current Mood: productive
Here are some things I need to finish:
You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.
Patience and Fortitude
Nothing made Matthew hate himself more than waiting for the elevator.
Pewter scraped across the black wave-caps of the Atlantic on the morning Carl Hughes learned how his lover had died.
An Apprentice to Elves
Tin laced her fingers together across her gravid belly and frowned along her nose at the feeble human child.
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you'd flunked Algebra."
"This Chance Planet"
"It's not like I'd be selling my own liver."
Johnny Backus was a daywalker. Johnny Backus was a vampire. Johnny Backus was a friend of mine.
When Cecily was three years old, she announced that she was "stared of the scares," meaning the basement stairs. It stuck. Especially since Cecily wasn't scared--or stared--of almost anything else.
I loved you not.
There are no unremarkable worlds.
As the innate perversity of the universe would have it, Officer Jericho was up to her elbows in the guts of a roasted pumpkin as big as her chest when her pager shrilled.
The universe will always need plumbers.
"A Time to Reap"
Krissy paused in the wings stage left, in air thick with the smell of dust, imagining thunderous applause.
- Current Mood: lethargic
stillsostrange and I survived the zombie run, despite bankruptcy (theirs), cold (Texas's), and insufficient packing (mine.)
I'm plugging away on Karen Memory, though I've hit that bit in the middle of the book where I have to stop and think about things. This is complicated by some reasonably scary family medical stuff that's causing me fairly significant anxiety. Still hoping to make my deadline, but it might be a near thing. Fortunately, scott_lynch will be coming out to visit me after his Exciting Toronto Book Tour! (He's signing at the beautiful Bakka Phoenix this weekend!) and that will help make everything better.
But the really exciting news is that Emma and Will and I have finally finished "Dark Leader." Or at least, nearly. It's got one scene left to be written, and then it goes to beta read, and there will be NEW MUCH-DELAYED SHADOW UNIT. And after that, three more episodes. 0.0
And I just got a bunch of other small projects cleared up. So all that's left is Karen, really. And some nonfiction stuff I need to do.
I need to get on this. 0.0 Augh, deadlines and life.
And here's my honeydew list now.
Thing for Boskone: 10 December 2013
"Covenant" line edits
Interview questions for JJA
Award reading and judging
Karen Memory: 6 January 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February or April 2014
Tiptree story: 30 June 2014
Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
"A Time to Reap": 1 August 2014
Other apocalypse story: 31 December 2014
Book proposal: Eternal Sky 4-6
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": ?
An Apprentice to Elves: ?
travel and appearances 2014:
MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 10th at 6 pm. (with scott_lynch)
Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts, February 13-15, 2014
Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, AZ, March 14-16, 2014
Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge MA, March 22-24, 2014
RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia, April 25-27th, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 20-23, 2014
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN, July 3-7, 2014
Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland, July 11-13, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
Worldcon: London, England, August 14-17, 2014
ICON: Iowa City, IA, October 31-November 2, 2014
Windycon: Lombard, IL, November 14-16, 2014
Weird West story: August 2015
No fixed deadline:
Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"This Chance Planet"
"Patience and Fortitude"
"A Time to Reap"
Untitled bard trolling story
- Current Mood: cranky
- Current Music:Shriekback - Mercy Dash (Ready for This)
1) Caitlin Kittredge, Bone Gods
2) Donna Andrews, Swan for the Money
3) Cleo Coyle, The Decaffeinated Corpse
4) Jon Armstrong, Yarn
5) Barbara Neely, Blanche Passes Go
6) Kathryn Stockett, The Help
7) Gina Robinson, The Spy Who Left Me
8) Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao
9) Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, Unicorns
10) Harry Connolly, King Khan
11) Tanya Huff, Smoke and Shadows
12) Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves
13) Michael Moss, Salt Sugar Fat
14) Gerry Alanguilan, Elmer
15) Steven Brust and Skyler White, The Incrementalists
16) Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood
17) Pamela Dean, The Hidden Land
18) Pamela Dean, The Whim of the Dragon
19) Paul Cornell, London Falling
20) Seanan McGuire, Midnight Blue-Light Special
21) C. E. Murphy, Urban Shaman
22) William S. Burroughs, Junky
23) Robin McKinley, Dragonhaven
24) Tamora Pierce, Mastiff
25) Jane Langton, The Transcendental Murder
26) Daniel Silva, The Defector
27) Donna Andrews, Murder with Puffins
28) Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
29) Ian Tregillis, Necessary Evil
30) Donna Andrews, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
31) Lawrence Block, The Girl with the Long Green Heart
32) Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
33) Jane Langton, Dark Nantucket Noon
34) Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
35) Donna Andrews, We'll Always Have Parrots
36) Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead
37) Laura Anderson, The Boleyn King
38) Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
39) Krista Scott-Dixon, Fuck Calories
40) James S.A.Corey, Leviathan Wakes
41) Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
42) Dan Simmons, Hyperion
43) Steven Brust, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grill
44) Barbara Hambly, Good Man Friday
45) Merrie Haskell, Handbook for Dragon Slayers
46) Jonathan Strahan (ed.), Fearsome Journeys
47) Karen Lord, Best of All Possible Worlds
48) Kate Wilhelm, No Defense
49) Algis Budrys, Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf
50) Larry Marder, Tales of the Beanworld
51) Warren Ellis, Crooked Little Vein
52) Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Mad Scientist's Daughter
53) Walter Mosley, The Man in my Basement
54) Robert Jackson Bennett, American Elsewhere
55) Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold
56) Mindy Klasky, A Girl's Guide to Witchcraft
57) Elizabeth Bear, Steles of the Sky
58) Donna Andrews, No Nest For The Wickets
59) Martin Cruz Smith, Stalin's Ghost
60) Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
61) Matthew Woodring Stover, Heroes Die
62) Jim C Hines, Codex Born
63) Thomas W. Lippman, Understanding Islam
64) Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth
65) Ted Haigh, Vintage Cocktails and Forgotten Spirits
66) Toe EnJoe, Self-Reference ENGINE
67) Donna Andrews, The Penguin Who Knew Too Much
68) Sean Stewart, Galveston
69) David Stuart Davies, Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
70) Cleo Coyle, French Pressed
71) Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
72) Greer Gilman, Cry Murder in a Small Voice
73) Brian Clevinger, Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne
74) Donna Andrews, Cockatiels at Seven
75) Donna Andrew, Six Geese A-Slayin'
76) Max Gladstone, Two Serpents Rise
77) Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman
78) Lyndsay Faye, Gods of Gotham
79) Ben H. Winters, Countdown City
80) Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
81) Jodi Meadows, Asunder
82) Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead Vol. 1
83) Susan Klaus, Secretariat Reborn
84) Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
85) Maurice Broaddus, King Maker
86) Jon Klassen, I Want My Hat Back
87) Roger W. Moss, Victorian Exterior Decoration: How to Paint Your Nineteenth-Century American House Historically
88) Art T. Burton, Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves
89) William T. Cox, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts
90) Lyndsay Faye, Seven for a Secret
Odds are looking good I'll make a hundred!
- Current Mood: geeky
- Current Music:the hum of the laptop
While we're on the subject of the Doctor it occurs to me that Doctor Who is the only work of science fiction of which I am aware other than Justin Leiber's Beyond Rejection and (ahem) my own books that deals with the plain and medically evident fact that human cognition and identity and personality is based at least as much in the meat and its physical structures as it in in the electrical impulses imposed thereon.
- Current Mood: snarky
- Current Music:Indigo Girls - Tangled Up In Blue(live)
You have been warned.
So, after skipping the last season and a half of 10, and nearly all of 11 that wasn't written by Neil or a Christmas episode, I came back, like a strayed lamb, for the fiftieth.
...and I surprised myself by in general, without nitpicking (I could nitpick), liking it a lot. The Doctor being generous of spirit. Check. (A thing I felt often lacking in 10's tenure--a writing, not an acting, issue) Structural and narrative integrity? Check. The beautiful play of the sonic screwdriver joke into the deadly serious climactic reveal? Check. Archive footage?
Oh god. I made a noise, you guys. A NOISE.
God bless CGI, you guys. My heart.
I wanted to see 8.5 regen into 9, but I guess the powers that be aren't over fucking with the honorable Chris Eccleston yet, so fuck them sideways. And that is Not Elizabeth Tudor, you motherfuckers. Not in any parallel Earth.
Although yes, I laughed at the deconstruct of the "Body of a weak and feeble woman" quote. Well played, sirs. Well played.
But anyway, what I want to talk about is Osgood. Osgood, yes. And Osgood's scarf. And Four.
Where did she get that scarf, I ask you? Why is she the girl who calmly (and compassionately) hands her Zygon impersonator her inhaler when it has an asthma attack? Why is she the person who, when the world is falling down around her ears, screams, "Doctor, help me!"
People. This is not Osgood's first rodeo. And she's not screaming for 10, 11, or 8.5 for that matter. She barely knows any of them.
...Perhaps I should put it this way.
What is Tom Baker not wearing, when he shows up at the very end, stepping out of his retirement for a word with his future self? (Yes, we once saw him regenerate at a much younger age... but Time heals paradoxies, do it ain't?)
I say ye, Osgood is not just one Osgood's daughter*. She is Four's last Companion.
You doubt me. I see it in your eyes.
But what gesture does young Osgood make, in her scarf, when she hands her Zygon counterpart the inhaler, preserving its life--and by not revealing themselves, protecting the pact the younger (older?) Doctors have forced upon her (both of her) colleagues?
...the prosecution rests.
*Tom by name
- Current Location:"All thirteen."
- Current Mood: drunk
- Current Music:Hannah Fury - Meathook