Month: November 2010


Today – 7:00 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library – I will be there, attempting to be entertaining! I’ve never been to this particular library before, though I’m looking forward to it; and I’m looking forward to seeing all you readers who might be persuaded to show up despite the (frankly kind of awful) weather.

Or maybe it’s waaaaay different in Tacoma. But here in Seattle it’s windy and messy, and I’ll drive through it – you just watch me.

It is my intention to leave at 5:00, which might seem like overkill … but there’s a huge spread when it comes to how long it takes to get between these two cities. I’ve made the drive in as little as thirty minutes, and as much as 2-1/2 hours. Since I’m leaving around rush hour, I’m planning for something close to the worst. If it turns out that I’ve been overly cautious, that’s okay – I’ll find a Taco Bell and make myself comfortable until showtime.

See you tonight!

as our ashes turn to dust we shine like stars

  • Tomorrow, at the Tacoma Public Library – I will be your dancing monkey! Or at least, I will be your monkey who reads on cue, cracks silly jokes, and answers your questions. The event gets underway at 7:00 p.m. in the Olympic Room of the main library.

  • SF Signal gives Boneshaker a friendly quick-and-dirty – Concluding that, “…the story and characters rock. I love the strong female characters (and there are several!) and the way all the characters progress in the story coming to grips with their past and their futures.” Thanks, SF Signal!

  • Just A Guy Who Reads Books gives Dreadnought a similar treatment – And the Guy in question gets thoughtful about … um … some recent very public gripes vis-a-vis steampunk in general and my work in particular, which is nice of him. Thanks, Guy!

  • Top 10 Steampunk Holiday Gift Guide – Over at the Convention Fans blog, Boneshaker makes the grade!

  • The Novel Hunter reviews Boneshaker too – So it’s been a very bone-shaking week, apparently – and that’s great! Of course I’m happy to see this book getting love more than a year after it was released. The Novel Hunter concludes: “Bottom line, if you like steampunk, zombies, airships, adventure, or any combination of the aforementioned, then this is a book for you. Hell, even if you don’t like those things, give Boneshaker a try. I guarantee you’ll be entertained. There’s a reason it won the “Best SF Novel” award from Locus.” Thanks, TNH!

November 28, 2010

What a long strange week/weekend it’s been. First, we had Thanksgiving, then we were treated to Mary Robinette Kowal on our couch Friday night – which was fun for me, but the circumstances were less than ideal for her.

Mary was stranded in Seattle following a comedy of errors involving her car … a comedy of errors which has only recently (as of this afternoon) resulted in her successful return home to Portland. Click that link above, visit her blog, and follow the hilarity for yourself. It’s kind of epic.

Bless her heart, she is truly cursed in the travel department; and frankly, I’m thanking my lucky stars that our vehicle didn’t randomly explode while she was accompanying me around town for errand-running. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. And given the circumstances surrounding her trip back to Oregon, I find it rather amazing that it didn’t.

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In other news, I’d like to be out Christmas shopping today but noooo … that’s not in the cards. If I want to hand in these Hellbent revisions by December first, I need to buckle down and do the last of this frantic wrinkle-ironing while I have the peace and quiet of an absent husband and a cat who’s fallen asleep face-down on her catnip crabbie.*

Speaking of Hellbent – ’tis the sequel to my upcoming masterpiece of neurotic vampires, Men In Black, and Cuban drag queens … Bloodshot. You may recall that this epic tome of conspiracy, mayhem, ghouls, and glitter earned me my very first starred Kirkus review. (ahem)

Anyway, Bloodshot comes down the pike at the end of January – so you’ll be hearing a lot more about it in the upcoming weeks. But for now it’s Hellbent up the wazoo for yours truly, and I suppose I shall get back to it.


* Yes, a small crab toy made out of cotton and stuffed with catnip. It’s her baby, and she loves it.