I think I'm about ready for Christmas. Still waiting for some presents to arrive, and still have some cleaning to do before our first guest arrives today, and still need to go to a couple of stores. Okay, so that doesn't sound very ready. But we do have a low-key Christmas, with mostly watching movies and eating. We also have a tradition of going out for Japanese food on Christmas eve. There's a local family-owned place that's really, really good. For Christmas day, I'm going to make a roast, which is easier for me than turkey, plus some dressing, rolls, green beans, and maybe a butternut squash curry soup.
TCM (who I normally love obsessively) is showing All Mine to Give this week. If you are inclined to depression at all, do not watch this movie! When I saw it on TCM years ago, the host Robert Osborne came on after it was over and basically said, "Oh God, why do we show this movie!" The first 2/3rds are heartwarming Christmas movie, the last 1/3 is death, death, and more death. Seriously, don't.
So far all I have that's coming out next year is:
* Emilie and the Sky World which will be out in March 2014.
* "Soul of Fire" in Tales of the Emerald Serpent II: A Knight in the Silk Purse, should be out early in 2014.
* And at least two of the Raksura ebook novellas ("The Falling World" and "The Tale of Indigo and Cloud") will be out sometime in 2014 and hopefully I'll find out when at some point soon.
My con schedule is up in the air but I will be going to ConDFW in Dallas, TX, on February 21-23, and right now it looks like (though I won't get it officially confirmed until January) that I'll be going to Convergence in Bloomington, MN, on July 3-6. That's a new one for me and it looks like it'll be a lot of fun.
If you're looking for last minute gifts, remember you can get ebooks as gifts for people. I know there's a way on Nook to buy ebooks and have them sent to someone else's Nook as a gift (I think all you need is the email address of they use for their Nook account) and I assume Kindle does the same thing. I have cheap ebooks here and the bundle of all three Raksura ebooks (The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths) is at: Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. Plus all the Tantor audiobooks are on sale for 50% off this month. Everything else I have available is listed on my web site here.
If you want to give me (or any other author) a present, leave a review somewhere like Amazon, B&N, GoodReads, LibraryThing, etc. Any honest review, short or long, is fabulous, and it does help.
And remember if you want to read a book and can't buy it, you can ask your local library to get it for you with interlibrary loan, or request that they buy it for their collection. (Check that the library doesn't have it first, because they might.)
Everyone have a happy holidays! And stay safe!
December 23rd, 2013