Month: August 2009


How do I love Publishers Weekly? Let me count the ways:

    Starred review [!!!OMG!!!!] Boneshaker, Cherie Priest. Tor, $15.99 paper (416p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1841-1

    Maternal love faces formidable challenges in this stellar steampunk tale. In an alternate 1880s America, mad inventor Leviticus Blue is blamed for destroying Civil War–era Seattle. When Zeke Wilkes, Blue’s son, goes into the walled wreck of a city to clear his father’s name, Zeke’s mother, Briar Wilkes, follows him in an airship, determined to rescue her son from the toxic gas that turns people into zombies (called rotters and described in gut-churning detail). When Briar learns that Seattle still has a mad inventor, Dr. Minnericht, who eerily resembles her dead husband, a simple rescue quickly turns into a thrilling race to save Zeke from the man who may be his father. Intelligent, exceptionally well written and showcasing a phenomenal strong female protagonist who embodies the complexities inherent in motherhood, this yarn is a must-read for the discerning steampunk fan. (Oct.)

I am so happy and relieved and overjoyed that I scarcely know where to begin, except to say THANK YOU to the readers and editors over at PW, and then to add this: Boneshaker will actually be available in September.

It was originally pushed as being an October title,* but due to some happy circumstances and twists of scheduling, it will now be out a bit earlier than that … in just a few short weeks! I am so psyched about this that I can barely sit still, and no, that’s not an exaggeration.

Okay. Squeeing accomplished. Sorry to be so brief, but I have to get some work done and tackle some errands before running somebody to the airport.

[:: crosses arms ::]
[:: blinks like a genie ::]
[:: disappears in poof of gleeful pink smoke ::]

* Thus PW’s designation of it as an October book; and since I’ve been seeing a lot of other places discuss Boneshaker as an October book also, this is as good an opportunity as any to set the record straight. Or rather, to update it.

August 28, 2009

Here’s today’s progress on my modern pseudo-noir police procedural about a neighborhood full of mutated freaks, a sexy former court reporter, an aging cop who’s being forced into retirement, and a multiple murder that took place thirty years ago in an all-night diner called “The Rathole.”

Project: Fort Freak “Remember the Rathole” (tentative)
New Words: 1276 (not a lot, but I’m happy with it)
Present Total Word Count: 14,195 words
Goal: 30,000 words
Due date: October 15

Things accomplished in fiction: Wrapped up Section Five; bitched at a cop; grew somewhat concerned about teenage girl with too much time on her hands.

Things accomplished in real life: Did day-job work and mailed off a package to boss; cleaned house; had another disappointing Subway sandwich experience (I should really just quit eating there, but it’s so damn close); made some phone calls.

Other: I realize today’s word count is low, but I’m very happy with the short scene that it produced. And as I mentioned before, I’m saving up words for future scenes. Some of these middle bits need to be somewhat bite-sized.


  • Needly Needly Needly. Visited the Space Needle with Rosie and Caitlin, and was offered fish. Accepted fish. Held fish. Loved fish. Made silly faces.

  • Clockwork Century updated with artwork. To be more precise, you can click to go peek at some of Jon Foster’s preliminary sketches, from back when he was chatting with Tor about what the cover art should look like.

  • New corset and bustle arrived in time for DCon. And I, for one, am tickled. I wish I had a better picture, though. Sorry. But it’s wicked cute, and looks awesome with hats and goggles and boots and other assorted frippery.*

* Because people always ask – the bustle and corset came from here … and the bustle is pictured with a bustle pillow from here. However, the bustle-seller appears to be out of bustles at the moment (though her corsets are to DIE for); and for those who are interested, I’ve also gotten a couple of very nice bustles from this seller.