I'm working on revisions for the Sekrit Project Alex extras and the final tie-in story for 2016. They both have fiddly bits to get correct. So, here's a Bubble & Squeek for you.
All I want for my Birthday (and Christmas for that matter). Please consider buying one of my books for yourself or as a gift for someone else. It helps keep my cats in kibble and me working on the fiction you know and love.
Article: On the Qwillery – The Perfect Line in the Sand on why zombies are the perfect kind of monster and why we used them so much.
ebook Release: The kindle version of THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY is live! Here is the Barnes and Noble link.
Interview: On Wag the Fox focused around THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY and YA fiction.
Interview: On Ginger Nuts of Horror. This was one long, meaty interview filled with intriguing questions I’ve never had to answer before.
Release: TEMPEST, All-New Tales of Valdemar. I've got my second story of Hadara and Kitha in here. This is the fourth Valdemar anthology I've written for. I'm still pinching myself at how lucky I am I get to play in Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar world.
Review: Ginger Nuts of Horror reviewed THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY – It doesn’t look like the reviewer liked it very much. But they are correct in saying the book was written for a different age group. (I much prefer these kinds of reviews. :) )
(Crossposted from Jennifer Brozek)
On Friday, December 9th, I turn 46. I didn’t have a problem with 29, 30, 35, 40, or 45. But, for some reason, 46 is messing with me a bit this year. I don’t if it’s because 2016 has been a rough year all the way around or what.
All I want for my birthday (and for Christmas for that matter) is for you to buy one of my books (for yourself or as a gift to someone else) and leave me a review. It’s been my standing birthday wish for a few years now. Please consider getting yourself a gift of one of my books for my birthday. You have a great selection. I would love to see pictures of you and my books, too.
This year, I’d like to highlight a couple of books that came out in 2016.
Never Let Me – This is the omnibus of my Bram Stoker nominated YA sci-fi thriller series. It contains Never Let Me Sleep, Never Let Me Leave, and Never Let Me Die as well as an original short story in the universe, “Never Let Me Feel.” This omnibus is only available in print form.
The Karen Wilson Chronicles – This is the omnibus of my urban fantasy quartet. It contains Caller Unknown, Children of Anu, Keystones, and Chimera Incarnate as well as every Kendrick short story ever written and a John Corso story that is only published in the omnibus. This is available in trade and ebook as well as a signed, numbered, limited edition hardback.
The Last Days of Salton Academy – This is my most recently published book. It’s YA horror. Think Night of the Living Dead meets Lord of the Flies. It’s been called a “gothic zombie book” and I’m just fine with that. It is available in trade and ebook formats.
Of course, if you have those already or aren’t interested in them, you can pop by my website and see the whole list. As always, if you want a signed book by me—even my obscure stuff—the University Bookstore is your best bet. Also, I signed a bunch of books for the Cedar Hills Powell’s Bookstore, too.
Head's down until my birthday.
Him: Straight white male.
Me: I am terrified and upset. So many of my friends are now in real danger.
Him: I'm so proud. It's over we can stop the fear mongering/hate/work together now!
Me: Just stop. I don't want to talk to you about this. I'm having my friends attacked for who they are. Do not try to convince me of the merits of this man.
Him: No one's being threatened but me. Now that Trump is in charge maybe we can make the world a better place instead of further deriding and attacking?
Me: What part of STOP don't you understand? I ask you to stop and I was ignored. THIS is why I'm terrified and upset.
Yeah. Tell me again that "no one's being threatened."
I guess I now know what Britian felt like with the Brexit.
Well, I just hope we survive "Mr. Brexit."
Honestly, I don't have a lot of hope with Trump/Pence in the Oval Office and the Republicans controlling Congress. I think there are going to be a lot of hard, terrible times for the United States.
Then I have a couple of short stories to write.
Life is good.
The signed contract with my new agent came back today. I feel like I should do something awesome to celebrate, but I haven't made word count yet.
Yeah. Such is the writing life.
Word count then celebrate.
Oh, yes! I have a new YA novel coming out next week. THE LAST DAYS OF SALTON ACADEMY is also available for pre-order. :)
Seanan: It was when I was in Australia. We'd turned out the lights and I heard it walking on the ceiling. I turned lights on and it was on the ceiling above my bed as big as my hand. (Palms her face with her hand.) So big I could hear it walking. Then, it fell off the ceiling onto the bed then the floor. It scuttled under the bed and I couldn't find it.
Me: When was this?
Me: Wait, we were sharing a room together at WorldCon in 2010.
Seanan: I knew there was a reason I hadn't told you this story.
*Do not google this if you are afraid of spiders.
One of the things I've been doing to get away from the keyboard in the evenings and to rest my wrists (no typing, no reading, no crochet), is listening to podcast stories. I've enjoyed several so far.
Welcome to Night Vale isn't specifically to my taste. A couple of aspects of the storytelling annoy me. (Hate the "weather report".) I stopped listening to it but you might like it. Lovecraftian and strangeness in a radio station.
Alice Isn't Dead, also by the Night Vale crew, is much more what I like. Pretty much straight storytelling. Linear and non-linear. A woman truck driver looking for her supposedly dead wife, whom she saw in a background of a news report, encounters fear and weirdness in the search.
Limetown is a completed series and really interesting. Probably the best of the bunch I have here. A reporter is allowed to find out what really happened to Limetown all those years ago... and what happened to the missing survivors.
The Message is also a completed series and interesting. A cryptography team is hired to crack a verified alien communication that seems to make some of the listeners ill. The project is chronicled by a podcaster.
Home from StokerCon. I did not win a stoker award for my YA novel, NEVER LET ME SLEEP. John Dixon did for his, and he is a complete sweetie. But, I didn't walk away empty-handed. I got to see old friends like Lucy A. Snyder and Jonathan Maberry, meet new friends, pitch the Melissa Allen series to a producer, have an in-depth conversation with an agent, meet Gini Koch, got asked to write a short story, and finished red lining my Shadowrun novel. It was a good convention.
I am glad to be home though. Also, Leeloo managed to get herself trapped in my empty suitcase. It was kinda funny. I didn't laugh at her... I thought about it, but one does not laugh at a cat without repercussions.
Husband: "It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Then it's just fun."
Me: *blink*blink* "Wait, what?"
Husband: "Thinking up my new Shadowrun character."
Me: "I married the right guy."