Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

You should run, but it won’t do any good

2 years ago, mid-afternoon

A glance around the internet today tells me that I ought to make some kind of disclaimer – maybe write it into my bio page: “Not that C. Priest.” Might discourage the sort of highly amusing messages I’ve been getting. Ahem.

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Here’s recent progress on my comic/sci-fi young adult project where a girl becomes a ninja and fights aliens with much ass-kicking and many LOLs but not a whole lot of kissing (or any kissing, to be frank) plus BONUS Bruce Lee’s ghost, a vintage Thunderbird, zenlightenment on the fly, and fat stacks of Cool Ranch Doritos.


    Project: Ninja Planet
    Deadline: Sooner or Later
    New words written: 1467 (still crappy.)
    Present total word count: 29,922 words



    Things accomplished in fiction: Got the scoop on what the aliens are up to – or at least got all the puzzle pieces, and we conveniently have a genius to put them together for us. If he can be bothered. Because he’s still kind of pissed about all the anal probe jokes.

    Things accomplished in real life: Went to Walgreens; went to post office; went to eye doctor and ordered enough contacts to last me another year or two, hooray.

    Other: I’m calling it an early day on the writing front because I have some important emails to tackle, and I’m meeting some friends for happy hour at six. (At a bar we haven’t tried yet, so it’s an adventure!) Therefore, I post my metrics, wrestle the inbox down to zero, and go do my hair — which is an utter waste of effort, given the weather.

    Revenge of Other: Tomorrow is Emerald City Comic Con. I’m not participating, but I’ll be there roaming the convention floor and lusting over nerd toys. I have a lot of friends in town for this thing, and will be doing the social butterfly thing for the next few days. Might be scarce online, that’s all I’m sayin’.

Cold cold nights under chrome and glass

2 years ago, in the late afternoon

Here’s recent progress on my comic/sci-fi young adult project where a girl becomes a ninja and fights aliens with much ass-kicking and many LOLs but not a whole lot of kissing (or any kissing, to be frank) plus BONUS Bruce Lee’s ghost, a vintage Thunderbird, zenlightenment on the fly, and fat stacks of Cool Ranch Doritos.


    Project: Ninja Planet
    Deadline: Sooner or Later
    New words written: 1415 (crappy.)
    Present total word count: 28,455 words



    Things accomplished in fiction: Paulie the Alien Abduction Survivor antagonizes an FBI agent; Bam-Bam and Franklin run interference.

    Things accomplished in real life: Went to the post office; tackled some business and personal emails; ultimately got the inbox back down to zero; did some research on the net and trudged through some of my old-fashioned actual paper books too; fiddled with yesterday’s semi-finished proposal; got rained on when I went to grab myself some lunch.

    Other: Lately I’ve gotten a rash of inquiries re: the Clementine paperback. You can order it right here on Amazon. It’s not a myth, or an elaborate internet hoax! I’ve even seen these bad-boys out in the wild, and signed a few.

    Other, redux: I only have about one more month here in Seattle, so if you want to order signed copies of my books from the University Book Store, there’s no time like the present. Instructions are available here. I will do my best to set up something like this in Tennessee, but it might take me a bit – so if you want something signed as a gift or something otherwise time-sensitive, I recommend you order soon. I can’t guarantee any orders placed after the second week in April.

There’s no time here in space

2 years ago, in the late afternoon

I don’t want to shock you silly or anything, but I haven’t written anything new on Ninja Planet in the last couple of days. My excuses are threefold: (1). I’m getting over having been sick for weeks, (2). we’re now about a month out from the Big Move, and preparations are getting underway, and (3). I have another Super Secret Project on deck.

This one shouldn’t be secret for too much longer, and I’m really looking forward to getting started on it — now that I have only a Big Move, final editorial cleanup on The Inexplicables, and one book to write before this fall.

When I put it that way, it looks daunting. But after last year, it feels like a vacation.*

I still have a little time before I need to have every last duck in a row with this SSP, but I figure I’m better off getting a jump on things. Besides, I was hijacked by a fantastic idea for a fantastic new character who I am DYING to tell you about but alas, cannot at this time. And when one is hijacked by fantastic characters, in my experience, one should really take advantage of it — especially if the hijacking occurs on behalf of something you have to write anyway. Where I come from, we call that a win-win.

So. Yes. Hm… what else? This week has actually been pretty busy already. To give you the dull list version: I exhausted my supply of quarters in order to WASH ALL THE THINGS**; cleaned the whole apartment, which badly needed it; bought a fabulous vintage refurb bedroom set and swapped it out for our crappy Ikea stuff, which left me with some truly amazing bruises; went to the bank; went to the post office; proofed a short story reprint (sort of, long story); printed up contracts and got them ready to mail; sorted out some details re: upcoming convention travel; tackled some translator questions re: the Japanese edition of Boneshaker; did one email interview; got my inbox down to ZERO that’s right ZERO; and yes, banged out a full (if not very good) summary/pitch/lineup thingy for this Super Secret Project.

So I think I can cut myself a little slack and log off now, in favor of killing time potting around on Pinterest — which is an unexpectedly charming time-sink when you’ve got remodeling plans on deck.

Oh – and P.S. – you can also pre-order The Inexplicables on Amazon.com for ten bucks. In case this is relevant to your interests. (That’s the book with at least one guaranteed zombie sasquatch, I swear to God. Please check it out!)

And that’s all I can think of right now.

I’ll be back later (tomorrow? next day?) to ramble about tv shows and whatnot. Don’t worry. We’re on season #3 of Justified and I am ALL AFLAME with the fangirl glow. So you’ll definitely be hearing about that.



* Last year’s tally: Four books released (including Fort Freak), one book written, one book tour, more than a dozen out-of-state trips, and a full-time long-distance day-job of a super-secret nature which will likely remain super-secret for the foreseeable future, maybe indefinitely.

** I realize that laundry doesn’t seem like a super huge accomplishment, but let me add the following – we live on the top floor of an old building with 9-foot ceilings and no elevator, and the laundry room is in the basement. Several loads of laundry are roughly equal to climbing Mt. Ranier. I totally bet. Anyway, it’s no small undertaking and believe me, this was a LOT of laundry.