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Draft zero of Sekrit Project Alex is done. I'll start red-lining and processing those edits on Monday.

Then I have a couple of short stories to write.

Life is good.


Writing life

I'm in drafting mode.

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. :)


Six Years Later...

Seanan: Did I ever tell you about the huntsman spider*?

Me: No.

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?

Seanan: 2010.

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.
Right. I'm home from Iceland and Finland. (Images at the links. Warning: FB.)

I've spent a week ill with a gastrointestinal bug that has been very unpleasant.

I've started on Sekrit Project Alex.

I am happy to be home.

So much travel soon...

I'm about to enter into my scheduled, non-productive few weeks of this year due to a couple of conventions, a wedding, and a whole lot of travel. I have a wonderful, complicated writing gig (Sekrit Project Alex) waiting for me when I get home. I know what I'm doing from mid-September until the end of the year... after all the travel. I'm looking forward to it.


Something else I've been working on in the background with other committee members: Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America to Admit Game Writers. Details within. Note: Game writing includes board game writing, video game writing, CGL writing, and table top game writing. http://www.sfwa.org/2016/07/sfwa-admit-game-writers-starting-august-1st-2016/


Editing, editing, editing...

Turned in the Shadowrun novel, MAKEDA RED. Turned in proofs to the Shadowrun short story. Sent a requested manuscript to an agent. Edited a novel for AIP. Currently editing a novel for EGM. Waiting to hear back on Sekrit Project Andy. I'm all editing all the time. My brain has rebelled and I've worked out a lot of background information for the Middle Grade horror series I want to write. So, it's all good.

Thus... quiet.


Sometimes, the world just wants to tell you something. I'm glad I got to hear it.


Alive and working - lots.

Still working on the Shadowrun novel, Makeda Red. I'll be done with it this weekend.

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 again.

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.

Conversation with the Husband

The Husband walks upstairs and looks into my office. I'm writing (as usual).

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."

KWC Trade Paperback Sale

Apocalypse Ink Productions is having a sale of my Karen Wilson Chronicles books! If you were waiting, this is the time to get them. After May 1st, they are gone for good. Karen Wilson Chronicles Trade Paperback Last Chance Sale. 4 Trade for $30. http://www.apocalypse-ink.com/post/Karen-Wilson-Chronicles-Trade-Paperback-Last-Chance-Sale.aspx

Happy book release day to me!

Happy book release day to me. The Karen Wilson Chronicles ebook and paperback omnibus! It has all four KWC novels, every Kendrick story written (even the ones not in the four KWC books), and a new John Corso story. It’s pretty hefty and can be used as a bludgeoning instrument. I am so proud of this book!

Speaking of the Karen Wilson Chronicles omnibus, it is also available in a Signed, Limited Edition, Hardback form. We will only sell these at conventions (like Norwescon) and on the AIP website. Once they are gone, they are gone.

Reminder: I will be at Norwescon this weekend and here is my schedule. Hope to see you there.


Norwescon 2016

Here is my Norweson schedule. If I am not at a panel, I will be at the Apocalypse Ink Productions table in Author Avenue. Come say hello, buy books, and get them signed. I’m happy to chat with you. Don’t be shy around me.


Writing Retreats

I'm back from the Rainforest Writers Retreat. I've gone for the last 7 years. I didn't think I'd make it this year. It was a last minute decision. It was the right one. I need my yearly solo time away. It's something my mom and dad taught me. Only, instead of dad going fishing, it's me going writing. Couples need small breaks to be by themselves. I miss the Husband. (And the cats) A lot. But I appreciate him (and them) that much more when I get home.

As an aside...

If you didn't already know... NEVER LET ME SLEEP has been nominated for the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in Young Adult Novel!



I am the Writer GoH of RadCon in Pasco, WA this coming weekend. Here's my schedule. Come say hello. There will be specific book signing times where you can buy my new Melissa Allen omnibus, NEVER LET ME and a number of my other novels.

Otherwise, I'm writing, writing, editing, writing.

How's you?

Happy Book Release Day and Reading to Me!

If you have nothing to do tonight, come see me read from my YA SF-Thriller compilation, NEVER LET ME. It's just me reading at the University Bookstore in Seattle. There will be cookies and book giveaways as today is also my book release date!



Things have been busy.

Awesome, but busy.

Really awesome. Really busy.

Ping me if you want to chat. I'll make time.

What I'm doing in 2016

I've already posted about what I did in 2015.

Now I post about what I am contracted to do in 2016 AKA the Year of the Tie-In.

Rereading that makes me both excited and tired.