Month: September 2009

September 30, 2009

First – links roundup. Then – Fort Freak metrics. Then, I beg those of you who haven’t tried Boneshaker yet to give it a shot. But I beg in an understated way, with tasteful links that aren’t particularly shouty or anything. I hope.

  • Pop culture landscape becoming a Zombieland – I throw my two cents in to “Zombies … why so cool?” conversation. Big thanks to Mike at Newsarama, who pinged me about this yesterday – for he required a CERTIFIED ZOMBIE EXPERT. But he had to settle for me.

  • Big thanks also to the beautiful people of Coilhouse – And if you’re not checking out this page/this magazine on a regular basis, then ’tis a pity.

  • And to Cory Doctorow, who was kind enough to chime in on Boneshaker – I love his assertion that it’s a “zombie steampunk mad-science dungeon crawl family adventure novel” and I totally wish I’d thought of it.

  • Updated Boneshaker FAQ – Yes, I posted this yesterday, but I’ve added a couple of things. For example, there should be a Kindle edition available soon (within a few days), but to the best of my knowledge no other ebooks are forthcoming at this time. I may be wrong. If so, I’ll correct myself later.

  • Revival of the Arkham Asylum hair – Because it has made me immensely happy over the last month, I’ve just gotten the ‘do refreshed. If you’re local to Seattle, and either in the Capital Hill area or willing to visit it, just ask if you’d like my stylist’s contact info. She’s very, very good. Can’t recommend her enough.

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”
New Words: 1854 (not bad!)
Present Total Word Count: 28,776 words
Goal: 30,000 words
Due date: October 15

Things accomplished in fiction: Wrapped up Section Twelve.

Things accomplished in real life: Did day-job work; went and got my hair did; cleaned house a little; not much else, really.

Next up: Holy crap. I have to write the final section/big reveal/mystery wrap-up. I think I can I think I can I think I can …

Other: Jiminycricket, I’m tired.

Hasty FAQs

Hello everyone! And many, many thanks to everyone who’s helped retweet, repost, link, and shill Boneshaker today. You guys are truly amazing, and I couldn’t do it without you! So now, very quickly (before I log off and join the husband for a celebratory supper) – let me answer a few of the more frequently asked questions I’ve gotten today.

  • Can we get this book signed? Yes, but right now I’m afraid I can only sign it if you catch me in person. I used to have a P.O. box to which people could send their books with postage-paid envelopes for return; but the box became impractical when the price of the damn thing doubled on me. I did some asking around today, and the nearest option only has the BIG (and EXPENSIVE) boxes available, and the nearby postal store is also beyond my fiscal range right now.

  • Will you be making any local appearances? Yes. I’ll be at SteamCon next month, at the University District bookstore with Jeff VanderMeer and Cat Rambo on November 4th, at Third Place Books in December, and maybe also at Secret Garden in Ballard right around Halloween. I will be more precise as details become more clear. Believe me, I’ll keep you updated.

  • Are you open to making other appearances? Absolutely. If you’re within rather immediate driving distance of Seattle (I have an old car on its last legs), I’ll be happy to make whatever event you’d care to arrange. If you’re farther away and can help with travel/lodging expenses, I’ll do my level best to show up and smile and sign like crazy.

  • Why no ebook? Why no button to request it on Kindle? It ought to be available in Kindle format before very long – sometime within the next few days. Keep checking! I’ll try to keep checking too, and send up the flag when it’s time to salute.

  • Can I nab a review copy for [:: insert legitimate publication/review site here ::]? Probably! Email me a snail mail address and your credentials, and I’ll pass your info along to my publicist — who is pretty much a superwoman when it comes to these things.

  • Does it matter where I buy/order it? Not to me. But it probably matters to your local independent booksellers, who I recommend you support when possible. That having been said, Barnes & Noble (and its employees) have been very kind to me (and they’re pretty reliable about carrying my stuff), so I often recommend them, too.

  • Isn’t there some kind of steampunk thing BONESHAKER is part of at B&N? Yes, but that doesn’t start until October. So don’t be too surprised if you don’t see Boneshaker out in the store quite yet; some locations are holding out for October’s end-cap promo. But you can always ask for the book. They ought to have it in stock by now, it just might not be on the shelf.

Okay – that’s all I’ve got for now, but if you have any other questions by all means ask — and I’ll do my best to answer them. Many thanks again, to all of you!

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Oh my God, you guys — IT’S FINALLY HERE. That’s right, as of TODAY my seventh novel, BONESHAKER is officially available … and I for one could not be happier (as I trust you can gather by the accompanying photo).

Go on! Click right here! Note the big green “IN STOCK” status on And while you’re there, if you haven’t already, I’d like to rather shamelessly ask you to take a chance on it — if you are so inclined.

If you’d like to know more about it first, please allow me to point you at this interview over at the Mad Hatter blog. It too went live today; and in this interview I talk a bit about the Clockwork Century universe, the players in it, the hats I like to wear, and at least two things that very few people know about me.

For a much more in-depth discussion of this book, this universe, and everything else — visit The Clockwork Century and poke around all you like. There, you’ll find maps, commentary on the philosophy of steampunk, novel summaries, and some enticing reviews.

No, really. This one got a starred review from PW, my first truly favorable nod from Kirkus, and friendly words of recommendation from everybody from Mike Mignola to Warren Ellis and Wil Wheaton (all of whom — and everyone else quoted here — I thank from the very bottom of my heart).

[Side note: For U.K. readers, I am told that your easiest way to acquire Boneshaker will be through]

So. If you have any interest whatsoever in steampunk pulp adventuring, alternate history, dirigibles, pirates, zombies, secret criminal societies, and Bonus! extended deleted scenes from the Civil War, I honestly believe that this book may well be right up your alley.

Thank you so much for reading, and thank you so much for picking up this book, if you can be persuaded to do so. And if you feel the urge to repost this information or pass it around — that it might better reach others who might also dig a good steampunk pulp adventure — then please don’t let me stop you. For that matter, if you read an advance copy of this book and enjoyed it enough to tell people about it, I’d be forever grateful if you’d take a moment to share that opinion by blog or by customer review.

Anyway. Wow. Yes. Today’s the day, and I’m all out of breath just from the sheer excitement of it. Thanks again, everyone. Times a million or more.

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