Coming soon (like, reeeeeally soon): THE AGONY HOUSE

Heads up all you Seattle-area folks: Next Friday, September 21, you can catch me at the University of Washington Bookstore with Shaun Hutchinson! We’ll be reading and chatting and signing, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Come out and see us!

*Technically* The Agony House doesn’t come out until September 25th, but I’ve been most heartily assured that there will absolutely be copies available. Breakin’ street date, y’all. That’s how we do it in the 206. [::busts into poorly executed and highly embarrassing dance moves::]

I don’t have any other Seattle appearances /signings on deck (at this time) and there’s no tour planned; so if you want to get the jump on all your friends and/or you have anything else you want signed…here’s your chance :)

As usual, I’ll be happy to sign other books – so if you have any copies of I Am Princess X or whatnot sitting sadly unsigned on your shelves…bring them in! I’ll scrawl all over them, as you like.

P.S. For what it’s worth – you can also pre-order this book (or any others of mine) via the University Book Store. Click right here for instructions and details. Don’t worry! It’s very easy, and it doesn’t cost extra (except shipping – and there’s free media rate shipping available for buyers in the continental US).

Anyway, thanks so much for reading…and I’ll probably throw up more reminders as the event draws closer. I hope to see you there!

We can stay awake in steamy glitter dreams

Here’s recent progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: October 1, 2018
    New words written: 11,252
    Present total word count: 50,329

    Things accomplished in real life: It’s been a minute since I updated here, my apologies. I’ve had a lot of things going on – not least of all, Greyson got a bit sick and had us worried for a few days, but a vet visit and some meds fixed him up and he’s fine now. The rest of it doesn’t really bear a dry retelling.

    Bonus Things accomplished in real life: As you may recall, when we did the audio book of I Am Princess X…the comics portions were presented as radio plays – with sound effects and such, etc. Well, we’re doing the same thing for The Agony House but we’re taking it up a notch with a narrator and multiple voice actors (I believe). Naturally, this means a whole lot of extra fiddling on my part, but it’s done now, hallelujah. Anyway, that’s the main reason I’ve been quiet over here for the last week or two.

    Son of Bonus Things: Despite the stuff mentioned above, I managed to get at least a little work done on Far-Fetched every day, thus the cumulative total. However, since I wasn’t expecting the new audio work to come down the pike so soon, I’ve adjusted my self-imposed draft due date to October 1. I can actually finish a draft of this by then, I know it for a fact…except…the copyedits for my next Wild Cards piece just landed, so that’ll be a small hitch in my plans. But if I’m lucky, I can knock those out in a few days.

    Bride of Bonus Things: If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Interviewed another witness or two, wreaked a little havoc, got a great psychic flash that may tie two cold cases together, hurrah. We’ll see if it checks out.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 75,164

A built-in remedy For Khrushchev and Kennedy

Here’s recent progress on my comedic murder mystery about an inconsistently clairvoyant travel agent who prevents a Seattle detective from participating in a plane crash – and together, they fight crime! Now with Bonus karaoke parlor tricks, a snarky best friend in a cast, and a fish named Brutus:


    Project: Far-Fetched
    Deadline: September 15
    New words written: 8163
    Present total word count: 39,077

    Things accomplished in real life: Walked the dogs; went to the grocery store; went to the mall; went to Target; a bunch of other stuff that frankly isn’t springing to mind right this second, oh well. I’m tired.

    Things accomplished in fiction: Tagged along for an informal interview with a person of interest from one cold case; did not freak out, high-fives to self!; went to the bar for some Klairvoyant Karaoke and found out that the bar’s owner wants to change it to ‘Psychic Psongstress’ and had mixed feelings about it; reviewed and tidied the murderboard; got left out of an informal interview with a retired cop who’d worked on a different cold case which is sure to be related to the first one – but our heroine wouldn’t have been much help, anyway.

    Other: I wrote all of those words in two days – after taking a couple of days to sit down and plot my ass off. Man, it’s almost like…when you work this stuff out ahead of time…you can write a lot faster. If this sounds obvious to you, I mean, that’s fine. I’m usually a gardener,* but for a straight-up mystery like this I’ve learned that I need to have my ducks in a row a more than usual.

    Bonus Other: Well, I’m trying a spiffy new word meter because my trusty stand-by of oh-so-many-years (via Writertopia) seems to be…not so much working, all of a sudden. Also, I adjusted my goal deadline by a week. Even at this pace, I don’t think I could make 9/8.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 63,912




* “Gardener” = someone who writes by figuring it out as she goes, and tends to the plot/characters more like a garden to be grown than a puzzle to be solved. GRRM said years ago (in an interview in the Sydney Morning Herald) that writers tended to be gardeners, or architects. The architects are the folks with all the outlines and index cards; they like to know where everything is going before they get started.