Hello all! So sorry I haven’t been communicative the last little bit, but whoo boy have I been dealing with a lot! I’ll make a post following up on these things individually, but here’s the summary:
First, Less Than Charming launched in May, and the party was fabulous. And I went to the National Storytelling Festival to promote it, which was a ton of fun.
Second, Zosozo in Oz, the second of the Ozite Cycle novellas, is done and live! You can get your copy now from the usual sources.
Third, I am now teaching classes at the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a wonderful writing center for grade-school aged kids in Seattle. This October and November I will be teaching a NaNoWriMo bootcamp, and I’ll be posting the course materials and lessons here at the same time to help anyone who wants some pointers for writing 50,000 words in a month.
Fourth, a large part of the reason I’ve not been updating my website much is because I’ve been dealing with a lot of health stuff over the last few years, and it had gotten particularly difficult to keep doing everything, but I finally have a diagnosis! After 5 years of specialist visits and non answers, I have a few diagnoses that explain *gestures to all of me.* I’ll have more details down the way because I think some people might benefit from education on these topics.
A while back, I had a marvelous sci-fi short story titled “Pit Stop” accepted for publication by Geminid Press for their space opera anthology. Today, it was released! Check out the Night Lights Anthology on Amazon and get it for free for your Kindle, but only for a limited time!
Sorry for the long hiatus, friends, but there was a LOT going on in the last year. Started with some health issues, then getting engaged, getting married, and then moving across the country, among some exciting (and time consuming) writing projects. I am now finally settled enough to come back to this page, and boy do I have a lot of news for you!
First: Less Than Charming has been picked up for publication by Parkhurst Brothers Publishing! And I got to do the design for it as well! Check out the cover:
Its launching in June of 2016 and I will keep you updated on its progress and event news.
Second: Zosozo of Oz, the second novella in the Ozite cycle (see what I did there?) is almost ready for release and should be hitting shelves by the beginning of November! Again, I’ll keep you posted.
Third: My short story, “Pit Stop,” is going to be featured in the Night Lights Anthology by Geminid Press! I’ll let you know when that’s available for purchase as well.
I think that’s all for now, but rest assured that during my silence I’ve been hard at work creating more content for all ya’ll! Happy reading!
As most of you know, I have spent most of the last year working with the new Seattle Play Series on their debut set: The Green Lake Collection. Not only do I have a short play in the series, I was also in charge of all the design and layout for the project. For those of you who backed the Indiegogo project, your copy is being mailed to me as we speak and you should have it before Thanksgiving! For anyone who hasn’t purchased their copy yet, but wants to, click the link above, or the picture below, and it’ll take you straight to Amazon to get your own copy! The play is available in print, in every digital format, and, really, any way you could want it. Let me know if I missed a format…
Since I had been posting my voting record for the Hugo, I figured it was only fair to post the final results and how I feel about them.
BEST NOVEL – Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK) Yay! Perfect. This novel is beautiful and all of you need to read it RIGHT NOW.
BEST NOVELLA – “Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013) Eh…well, its well written but I don’t normally enjoy horror and this was rather gruesome for my taste. But no ill will.
BEST NOVELETTE – “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com / Tor.com, 09-2013) Wish it had been the other, but this story is beautiful, so congrats Kowal.
BEST SHORT STORY – “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013) YAY! Again, this story was just beautiful and you all need to read it right now.
BEST GRAPHIC STORY – “Time” by Randall Munroe (xkcd) Yes, yes, yes! Congrats Randall, you deserve it. This was a truly unique piece of work.
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM – Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films;Warner Bros.) Grumble grumble grumble…first true disagreement…this was nothing but trite disaster porn…
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM – Game of Thrones “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions) Eh, I’m not a Game of Thrones fan, I find it all just excessive and unnecessary, but whatever, people like it.
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST – Julie Dillon, congrats, your art is stunning!
BEST FAN ARTIST – Sarah Webb, again, congrats!
And stuff I didn’t vote on…but congrats guys!
BEST RELATED WORK – “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM – Ellen Datlow
BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM – Ginjer Buchanan
BEST SEMIPROZINE – Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
BEST FANZINE – A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
BEST FANCAST – SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester
BEST FAN WRITER – Kameron Hurley
JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER – Sofia Samatar
The 2014 Hugo Award winners were announced on Sunday evening, August 17, at the ExCel Converntion Centre in London, England. The ceremony was hosted by Justina Robson, Geoff Ryman. Text-based CoverItLive coverage of the ceremony was provided through the Hugo Awards web site. Video streaming coverage was provided by Ustream.
The 2014 Hugo trophy base was designed by Joy Alyssa Day
See the Final Ballot Details for a full breakdown of votes, subsequent placements, and nomination counts.
Hey guys! Sorry for my long absence. Between some health stuff and major projects, I just haven’t had much time to review books and the like, but I will be back soon! Probably with a less aggressive review schedule. But for now, have a news digest!
I was interviewed for Relate Magazine, you should check it out here! It was a lot of fun, and I think its a great magazine dedicated to helping young women have healthy views of themselves and their opportunities in life.
I had a lot of fun working with the Dirty Little Bookers a couple months ago as their first Calling All Indies award winner, and they just finished designing the badge to put up on our stuff, so check it out!
From now until forever it’ll live in the sidebar as a point of pride.
For those of you on the mailing list, never fear, your free short stories will keep on coming. I’ve also been hard at work on the sequels to Undeliverable and Thea of Oz, so keep an eye out for those at the beginning of the next year.
If you’re getting ready to do Christmas presents, why not gift a book? Between Undeliverable and Thea of Oz, I can cover most literary tastes, and if you want to give something hand-made, why not check out my Etsy store? Lots of pretty things at reasonable prices!
I hope you all have had an awesome September, and are looking forward to October. I know I sure am. I’ve got some fun projects I’ll talk to you guys about in a few days!
Thea of Oz is finally up for sale! Huzzah!
To celebrate, I’m running a give-away for a signed and personalized copy of Thea! There are a lot of ways to enter, including sharing the fact that its up for sale, or reviewing Thea on any of the links below. Make sure to include the link to your review on the RaffleCopter below. Happy Reading!
My time as the spotlighted indie author on Dirty Little Bookers is coming to an end, but check out my interview on their site! Its pretty awesome if I do say so myself, and talks about things like my dream writing space.