Thursday, September 22, 2016

Update on the New Book

A brief update on the new book: it's taking longer than expected.

In somewhat more detail: the working title is just that ("The New Book") and there's a full draft of just under ninety thousand words, or 300 pages. The story takes place in near-future Seattle. I'm in the process of incorporating early feedback from beta readers -- my agent and a couple of writer friends who kindly agreed to take a look at the manuscript.

How long will this editing pass take? Hard to say. I'm making slow and steady progress. In general I've found that where the creative process is concerned, that's what seems to work best for me -- not trying to rush things. Deadlines often require moving along fast, which can be both good and bad, but this time around I have the luxury of being able to take my time.

Which is not to say that I'm spending my days reclined on the couch with my back turned to the computer and my feet up, reading election news on my iPad mini and eating endless chocolate bars to help with the digesting of the election news. Just that getting the story to the level where it needs to be requires some thought as I edit the manuscript (Does this scene do its job of propelling the story along or should it be cut? Can I make that sentence snappier? Would a different word work better in establishing the world building of the story? You get the idea.) This past week I cut ten pages total, consisting of bits and pieces that were bogging down the early parts of the book. Yay!

Which is all another way of saying that, like with most things, it's worth taking the time to get it right. 

There may still be chocolate involved.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

AnomalyCon Recap

Yesterday was a travel day plus the frame of my reading glasses broke so I couldn't see well enough to post, but now I'm back home and the glasses have been fixed. I had an absolutely fantastic time at AnomalyCon in Denver. I missed the big blizzard by a day or so -- the snow had already mostly melted by the time I got there. The con runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and there are various activities and panels, the main focus being Steampunk, which, for those of you who haven't come across it before, is a sort of a Victorian era sci-fiI got to meet a lot of wonderful, enthusiastic, welcoming people: writer friends I had never met in person before (Stant Litore and Richard Preston, great to connect face to face!), lovely readers who stopped by my table to ask about my books and share their own stories, fellow panelists (all much more engaging and charismatic than I managed to be), book-table neighbors happy to answer my questions or just spend time chatting, costumed attendees walking around... in other words, just a lot of great people who share a love of science fiction and fantasy. 

I wish I'd gotten pictures of everyone's Steampunk costumes but I always feel odd asking strangers if I can take their picture to post on my blog or Facebook. I ESPECIALLY wish I'd gotten a picture of the steampunk dog that was led past my table, but I didn't so you'll just have to take my word for it that there was indeed one there. (edit: This site has a lot of pictures from the con, if you're interested; alas, none of the dog.)

I can't recommend AnomalyCon highly enough if you are ever in the area -- next year's dates are sometime mid-March, I think. The pictures below are of me setting up my book table early on Saturday morning and looking only half awake, and the view of the mountains from the top floor of the hotel. 




Monday, January 25, 2016

AnomalyCon 2016

Just a quick note to say that I’ll be attending AnomalyCon this year as a panelist. What is AnomalyCon? It’s a science fiction/fantasy convention that takes place the last weekend of March in Denver. Its main focus is steampunk, but it encompasses everything from time travel to alternate history. As I have heard very good things about the conference, I’m very much looking forward to it and to meeting up with fellow Westmarchers there—Stant Litore, Melissa Olson, Richard Ellis Preston, and Roberto Calas.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

News This Third Week of October

If you receive these updates via email, as you can see, the newsletter has a new format! It’s now getting to you by way of Mailchimp rather than Feedburner. With any luck, the transition will go smoothly and the email won’t wither away in your spam folder...or, if it did go into spam, you’ve rescued it and are now reading this. As a side note, if the images aren't displaying correctly, there is a link at the top with an option to view the email on the web.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Feline Affair -- Release Day

The release day for The Feline Affair is here! The novelette is available only as an e-book on Amazon for now, but you can read it on pretty much any device. So if you don't own a Kindle, no worries. You'll still be able to read it on your computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone -- you'll just need to download a free Kindle app first (instructions here). 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Feline Affair

There's news to report on the Incident series novelette front. The official publication date is August 25 and the title is (ta, da!)...The Feline Affair. My multi-talented friend Cynthia L. Moyer has whipped up a simply wonderful cover:  



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

News This Third Week of June

Hope everybody is having a good summer or, if it's currently cold where you are, winter! I have two upcoming events to share with you and an update on the Incident series prequel short story.

First, I'll be at CONvergence, here in Bloomington, in early July. Look for me on a couple of panels and at the "mass book signing":

New Writers HOWTO Thursday, July 2, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Group Signing Saturday, July 4, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Dystopia in Humor/Humor in Dystopia  Sunday, July 5, 9:30am - 10:30am

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Launch Day: The Bellbottom Incident

The Bellbottom Incident is now available both in paperback and on Kindle! You can find the book here in the US Kindle store, here in the UK store, and here in Canada. I've started to get some sales in Australia (*waves hello to Australians*) so I'm going to add that link as well.

Launch days tend to be somewhat of a bittersweet occasion. You've done all you can for the book and it's now time to send it into the world and hope it finds its wings. That's not quite true, of course, as there is still plenty that can be done and that needs to be done for the book -- working on promotions, arranging giveaways, perhaps a book signing, and so forth. But mostly you've said good-bye to the characters, to the story.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Bellbottom Incident - paperback available early!

Psst! 

A bit of news just for my mailing list subscribers (well, and for anyone who follows me on Twitter or Facebook, and possibly some places I've forgotten my feed goes to...) Anyways, here it is: The Bellbottom Incident paperback has gone up on Amazon TEN DAYS EARLY. The Kindle version is still on track for release at the end of this month, March 31. But as of today, you can find the papeback for sale on Amazon US and on Amazon UK

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Bellbottom Incident

Amazon's algorithms sent out the "Coming Soon" email this morning, sooner than I expected, so this isn't exactly a cover unveiling as everyone can already see it on the Kindle preorder page.  But here goes anyway. Ta-da:



The Far Time Incident, the first book in the series, had a cover that was on the light side, off-white and gray. The Runestone Incident cover was mostly black with some red accents. So for this third one we went with lots of color, which also happened to match the time period the book takes place in. That it's the seventies is pretty clear from the title, I think! TheBookDesigners get the credit for turning my vague word-sketch into a lovely and eye-catching cover.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell 2014 Welcome 2015


Season's greetings and best wishes for 2015! May the upcoming year treat you and yours well, and may any and all surprises be good ones.

I’m going to skip the obligatory recap of last year, as I feel it’s always better to look ahead than to sneak glances backward. Book-wise, here is where things stand going into the new year: