I realized it's been a while since I posted something substantial. I've been having some depression and anxiety issues lately, and am concentrating a lot on trying not to inflict those on innocent bystanders. I'd really like to see the movie Gravity, but I think it's tailor-made to send my anxiety through the roof. Especially after getting the VIP tour of NASA a while back, meeting people who work there, etc.
(Years ago, I had some problems watching the movie The Abyss in the theater, because I worked for a group at the university supporting a research drilling ship, and the ship in the movie that has the crane break off and hit the submersible looked at lot like it, and I knew if the real ship sunk that's what it would look like. It didn't help that at one point the real ship almost did sink, in a bad storm where it lost almost all of its stabilizers.)
Anyway, I've still been getting some work done. I sent the first drafts of a story and an article off to the editors. I've got another story where I'm trying to figure out if it will be short enough for the anthology that might be interested or if it needs to become a novella and go somewhere else. I got the first sixty or so pages of a new book written and sent off to my agent to see what she thinks.
Stuff that's out or that I have coming out:
* The Wizard Hunters is coming out in Audiobook on October 21 from Tantor Audio. (The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer are already out in audio.) They're all available in CDs and MP3s and through Audible. The rest of the books are coming soon.
* I have an audio story on Podcastle. "Thorns" narrated by C.S.E. Cooney.
* The three Books of the Raksura are out in a discounted ebook bundle, on all the Amazons, Nook, and Kobo.
* Emilie and the Sky World is coming out in March 2014 and is already showing up for preorder.
* And Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge is out.
New Books by other people:
* Hero by Alethea Kontis
Rough-and-tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?"
* Fixed: A Gin and Tonic Mystery by L. A. Kornetsky
A professional problem solver, Ginny Mallard can't resist a call for help. And try as he may, Seattle bartender Teddy Tonica is powerless to resist a challenge. They may not agree on much—Teddy prefers bar cat Mistress Penny, while Gin's shar-pei, Georgie, is her constant companion—but these friendly rivals make perfect sleuthing partners.
* BBC Close encounters of the Arab kind Have you ever heard of Alif the Unseen, computer hacker and recipient of an ancient scroll written by mythological spirits?
Or Ajwan, a teenager on an intergalactic quest to save her son from the clutches of those who wish to convert him into a super-warrior?
Probably you haven't. Possibly you should have. Introducing the rapidly evolving face of Arabic science fiction literature.
Some links, collected from various places:
* Salon: My embarrassing picture went viral When strangers mocked me for my weight, it was a lesson in Internet cruelty, mean girls -- and fighting back
* Seeking the Next Jane Foster MARVEL’S THOR: THE DARK WORLD - ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE aims to empower girls ages 14 and up in grades 9-12 to embark on a journey that will allow them to explore their potential in the world of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Through the collaborative efforts of MARVEL, the National Academy of Sciences, and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., girls will have a chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how they got where they are…and how others can follow in their footsteps.
* Kate Elliott: The Status Quo Does Not Need World Building But complaints about depicting a detailed world in fantasy have potential sexist, colonialist, and racist implications. These implications are more damaging and pernicious than the alleged disadvantages imposed on literature by detailed world-building.
* Another woman author who disappeared and was never heard of again: Anna Katharine Green Anna Katharine Green (November 11, 1846 – April 11, 1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel."
* Los Angeles Times: How not to say the wrong thing It works in all kinds of crises – medical, legal, even existential. It's the 'Ring Theory' of kvetching. The first rule is comfort in, dump out.
Lots of Things
October 9th, 8:28