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Art Talk, Links, Questions

Early this morning I got to see the second sketch by Matthew Stewart for the cover of Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below (April 2015) and it is also gorgeous. I can't wait till we can finally show the finished version to people.

If you missed it, here's the final version of his cover for The Cloud Roads with two earlier versions on his site. (He won the Chesley Award for best paperback cover art in 2012 for it.)

In related news, there is a another GoodReads giveaway for Stories of the Raksura: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud

Couple of articles:

* We are all living among the dead by Annalee Newitz, on death and loss as we get older.

* The Guardian: Feminist games critic cancels talk after terror threat Anita Sarkeesian cancels talk at Utah State University over threats of 'the deadliest school shooting' in US history

Questions

And I haven't done this in a (long) while, but if anyone has a question, a general question about publishing (how it works, agents, etc), or a question about my writing, or my books, or cats, or anything else I've been doing, ask in this post and I'll try to answer it.

Stargate in Distance
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Book Fair, Book Recs, and Links

I've been waking up very early with anxiety issues this week, so basically ugh.


Book Fair

The annual Book Fair for Ballou SR High School has started. The school's library is badly underfunded, and while it's now in a new building, there is still no money for new books. At the link you can find the link to the school's Powell's wish list, and the direct address to the school librarian where you can ship the books, including SF/F, graphic novels, mystery, YA, non-fiction, and pretty much everything. Most of the books on the list are under $20 and some are under $10.00. If you can't afford a book, please pass this info on.

Book recs

* Fool's Gold: A Sabina Kane Novella by Jaye Wells

* The Black Ship by Diana Pharoah Francis
Thorn is a member of the Pilot's Guild—those who possess the magical ability to navigate Crosspointe's deadly seas. When a malevolent master within the Guild bans him from the sea, it seems his life is over. Then he is kidnapped and forced to serve aboard the rogue ship Eidolon—pitch black from bow to stern—and Thorn finds himself battling a mad captain, a mutinous crew, and the terrifying magic of the sea.

* The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich
A fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from Beth Bernobich, the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy.

Links

* Female Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors Went Ignored for Far Too Long, and It's Time You Paid Attention by Marie Lu

* For a long list of women writers The List of Non-European Fantasy by Women

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Friday

Book recs:

* Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, the sequel to Ancillary Justice is out. I loved the first one and have really been looking forward to this one.

* Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey
The hot-as-Hel series with the "Sookie Stackhouse type of vibe" (Paranormal Haven) is back—but this time the paranormal Midwestern town of Pemkowet is feeling a frost in the air and the residents are frozen in fear....

Links:

* J. Kathleen Cheney: So What’s an SF/F Archive All About? an interview with Jeremy Brett, the Curator of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection at Texas A&M University.

We believe that science fiction and fantasy are not only genres that are of intense and passionate interest to fans and other members of the general public, but also are of true cultural and literary significance and so deserve the same scholarly treatment that other literary and broadcast media genres receive. For that reason, we work to be a collection that appeals both to serious scholars and to interested laypeople, that welcomes all comers and has materials that will appeal to everyone. So we include novels, anthologies of short stories, nonfiction studies of SF and fantasy, magazines, manuscript collections, artifacts, and all kinds of fanworks (such as fanzines, filk and vids).

My Books

Stories of the Raksura vol. I is now officially released everywhere, in trade paperback, audiobook, and ebook.

I'm doing a signing Saturday November 8, 2014, at 1:00 pm for Stories of the Raksura Volume I and the paperback edition of Star Wars: Razor's Edge at Murder by the Book, in Houston, Texas.

If you can't be there, you can use this page to order a signed book from the store. They can also order The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths from them to be signed and shipped to you also, so if you wanted a signed set of all the books, say as a Christmas or other winter holiday present, this would be a good time to do it.
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Vacation

The last few days I took a short vacation to Galveston with my husband and friends. It's usually a really cheap trip for us, since it's only a few hours drive, we go in the off-season, we stay at an older condo building on the beach that rents out apartments for hotel rooms so you can share with several people and still be comfortable, etc. We had a good time, but there were some things that went wrong, mainly one friend had to cancel due to a death in the family, another had a bank transfer go wrong, then on the second to last day our car broke down and needed a new battery and a water pump. (The last went way better than it could have because the service department of the local Toyota dealership was extremely helpful and worked extra hard to get it fixed quickly so we didn't have to pay for an extra day or half-day at our hotel.) (It's a really good car, but it's nine years old and starting to feel its age.)

We did get to go swimming a few times, though the water was a little cool, and we did the harbor/dolphin boat tour and the dolphins started surfing in the wake of our boat.

Also, a huge storm came up on Monday afternoon. Half of it hit while we were in the rainforest exhibit pyramid at Moody Gardens. There are small openings at the top of the glass pyramid to let the rain in, so it actually rained while we were in the rainforest, so that was pretty cool. (It's a great exhibit anyway, designed so you start at the top and walk down through the canopy to the forest floor, and there are three different bat exhibits, one in a bat cave, and a giant leaf ant hive, and lots of other neat things.)

The rain backed off a bit and we went to go eat, but when we were sitting on an upper balcony at a place on the Sea Wall, another huge storm came up, so we moved inside. It cleared off very quickly, but we started to hear sirens on the way back, and when we got to our hotel, we started to see the beach emergency trucks driving up and down the beach, a rescue jet ski crossing back and forth in the waves, plus a search boat, and the coast guard helicopter flying low over the water. Yeah, not good signs. One of our friends had gone out for a walk on the beach when we got back, and she came in and said the emergency vehicles were all meeting up just down the beach from us at the end of the island where some fishing jetties are, and she had seen things like brand new unopened drink cans and pieces of a cooler washing ashore. We found out a small boat had wrecked and one person was unaccounted for. A little later they found him near the south jetty, not alive.

So it was kind of a stressful vacation, though it could have been a lot worse. (I got to see part of the moon eclipse because I was awake at 5:00 am stressing about the car!) Also very expensive, with the car problem, though that would have happened anyway at some point.
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I have zero concentration going on today. Maybe after I get back from running errands, I can get something done. In the meantime:

Book rec:

* Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.

Jules ignores the drama and focuses on the wire, skyrocketing to fame as the girl in a red tutu who dances across the wire at death-defying heights. But when she discovers a peacock feather—an infamous object of bad luck—planted on her costume, Jules nearly loses her footing. She has no choice but to seek help from the unlikeliest of people: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia clan matriarch and the best trapeze artist in the Cirque.

As more mysterious talismans believed to possess unlucky magic appear, Jules and Remy unite to find the culprit. And if they don’t figure out what’s going on soon, Jules may be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.

* Women Destroy Fantasy - Lightspeed Magazine Special Issue
Funded as a stretch goal of LIGHTSPEED's Women Destroy Science Fiction! Kickstarter campaign, this month we're presenting a special one-off issue and triumphant return of FANTASY! It's called Women Destroy Fantasy!, and it's all-fantasy extravaganza entirely written and edited by women. More stories will be available online throughout the month.

Some Links

* Discovery Is Becoming More And More Ridiculous With Its Fake Documentaries

* Magical Words: Beth Bernobich: Writing Advice, the Meta Post
First rule: There are no rules, only guidelines.
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Some news: publisher Angry Robot has been sold. This is the publisher who shut down the Strange Chemistry line earlier this year, and published my books Emilie and the Hollow World and Emilie and the Sky World.

I’m very glad Emilie and the Sky World finished off the characters' story and didn't end on a cliffhanger (though not many people ever found out the book was published) since there won't be any more books in the series. As far as public opinion goes, this publisher has pretty much gotten off easy. I got off easy too, as I did get paid and my books were actually published and available, unlike a lot of the other YA authors, especially the debut YA authors. I hope the sale means those YA authors whose questions and requests and pleas for information about the situation were ignored up until this point will now be paid the money they're owed and get the rights to their books back so they can try to salvage something from the mess. I'm not holding my breath, though. At this point, I'll be relieved for them if it happens, but not surprised if it doesn't.

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I think a bunch of people received their preorders of Stories of the Raksura I from Barnes and Noble yesterday, so that's great!

You can also preorder the next one in trade paperback, Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below which should be out on April 7. The ebook preorder links aren't up yet. And I've seen one preliminary cover sketch by Matthew Stewart (who won the Chesley Award for Best Illustration - Paperback for 2012 for The Cloud Roads) and it's gorgeous.

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And I thought I'd remind people that I have a link list of information for new authors, which includes topics like finding an agent, writing queries, writing proposals, business information, and so on.

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I've been waking up at 5:00 am every morning for no reason. I don't actually need to get up until 6:00 or so, so that's not fun. It's just the usual nerves and anxiety, I guess. That's about all I've got for today.

Atlantis 3
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Sunday Started Early

There was some terrible news yesterday: author Eugie Foster passed away:
In her forty-two years, Eugie lived three lifetimes. She won the Nebula award, the highest award for science fiction literature, and had over one hundred of her stories published. She was an editor for the Georgia General Assembly. She was the director of the Daily Dragon at Dragon Con, and was a regular speaker at genre conventions. She was a model, dancer, and psychologist.

Here's a review of her collection Returning My Sister's Face:
Eugie Foster's Returning My Sister's Face is uniquely situated as an anthology of graceful tales based on Chinese, Japanese and Korean folklore, history and mythology. What sets Returning My Sister’s Face apart is that Foster utilises a multiplicity of cultural markers in order to seed the deceptively simple and innocent narrations of these tales. Foster, an American writer of speculative fiction pays homage to her roots in this collection of elegant and poetic tales. The writing is filled with both the graceful simplicity I have come to associate with Far Eastern literature and poetry as well as the modern edginess which comes with the meeting between two cultures.

Here's a guide to all her stories.

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Yesterday morning we drove up to the Waco Wordfest, which is part of a giant arts festival with a Tattoo and Music festival, an African Film festival, Science Fest, Dance Fest, a small gaming con and a bunch of other stuff we didn't see. I did a panel with Patrice Sarath, Angee Taylor, Golden Parsons, with Gary Lee Webb as moderator. It was a great panel about writing and publishing in general and a lot of fun.

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Book stuff:

Bookstores The Tattered Cover and Mysterious Galaxy are showing copies of Stories of the Raksura I in stock, and Powells has copies at their warehouse.

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Book rec:

* Skin Deep Magic by Craig Laurance Gidney is available
Magic is more than skin-deep. It hides in the folds of a haunted quilt and illuminates the secret histories of Negro memorabilia. Magic reveals the destiny of a great storyteller and emanates from a sculpture by an obscure Harlem Renaissance artist. Magic lurks in the basement of an inner-city apartment building and flourishes in a city park. Magic is more than skin-deep; it shimmers in the ten stories in this collection.
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Thursday Stuff

It's going to cost $500 to fix the car, which is painful but much less devastating than I was afraid it was going to be. So at least today I'll have a car back! I'll console myself with Project Runway tonight.

Book Stuff

Re above, if people wanted to buy my ebooks reprints of Wheel of the Infinite, The Death of the Necromancer, City of Bones, or The Element of Fire, now would be a good time. (These are self-published reprints, so the money goes directly to me, and gets used to pay my utility bills every month.)

There are a couple more reports of people receiving their preorders of Stories of the Raksura I so that's very exciting! To me, anyway.

On libraries, the_other_sandy says: Just an FYI from a librarian--libraries don't loan out books through interlibrary loan until they've owned it for 6 months so the taxpayers who actually paid for the book can have first crack at it. For the first 6 months after a book is published, you're better off filing a purchase request. Libraries really do take those seriously.

More Appearances:

I'm doing a signing at Murder by the Book in Houston on Saturday November 8 at 1:00 pm. If you aren't in town, you can use this page to order books in advance so the store can get them in and get them signed by me and ship them to you. That includes all three of the Books of the Raksura (including The Cloud Roads which is back in print) and the paperback of Star Wars: Razor's Edge (they might be able to get the hardcover too, but you might have to call them and ask for it). If you wanted to get a set of signed Raksura books, say as a Christmas or other holiday present, for yourself or someone else, this would be a great time to do it.

Other appearances include:

Saturday September 27, 2014.
Martha will be on the Fiction Writing panel at the Waco WordFest, 10:30 am to 11:45, at the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave, Waco, TX.

Saturday November 15, 2014, at 2:00 pm.
Martha will be doing a signing for Blade Singer with Aaron de Orive, at the Barnes & Noble Arboretum in Austin, Texas.

February 13-15, 2015.
Martha will be a panelist at ConDFW in Dallas, TX.

May 22-25, 2015.
Martha will be a panelist at Comicpalooza in Houston, TX.

I'm hoping to be able to afford to go to the WorldCon in Spokane (August 2015), but I don't know if I can get on programming yet.

Online Writing Classes

* Last chance to sign up for online writing classes with fantasy author Judith Tarr


Some Links

* Beyond Angkor: How lasers revealed a lost city But back in the 1860s Angkor Wat was virtually unheard of beyond local monks and villagers. The notion that this great temple was once surrounded by a city of nearly a million people was entirely unknown.

* In Defense of Clair Huxtable & the Angry Black Woman In TV & Beyond by Janet Mock I think it's hard now for people to realize what a huge important deal Claire Huxtable was on TV back then, just for women in general, especially young women. It was moments like this that led Slate to call Clair Huxtable "one of TV's great feminists" in celebration of The Cosby Show's 30-year anniversary on Saturday. Jason Bailey wrote, "Clair Huxtable was an ideal to strive for. Why would you not want to be—or be with—a proud, brilliant woman who was both a mother and a professional?"

* 100 Year Old Black Film Discovered by Diana Veiga
It's amazing when hidden treasures and gems are discovered! The New York Times reported that what may be the earliest surviving film with a Black cast, made in 1913, was found in the film archives of the Museum of Modern Art.

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It's Wednesday, augh. We should get one vehicle back today so the other one can go in to get fixed. The good thing is, it was only a bad battery and it was under warranty, so that was a huge relief. After the big storms we had last week, the weather here has cooled off down to the mid-80s, so that's good too.

Another huge relief is it looks like Stories of the Raksura I is finally shipping in paperback and some people have already received their copies. Yay! The ebook and audiobook have been available since Sept 2.

Again, thanks to everyone who already left a review anywhere, good or bad.


A couple of kickstarters:

* Blackguards - Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues I don't have a story in this one but Carol Berg does. I will have a story in their next kickstarted anthology after this one.

* TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER Anthology (SF&F)
This project will fund a science fiction and fantasy anthology titled TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, containing approximately 14 all-original (no reprint) short stories from established SF&F authors in the field—including David B. Coe, Laura Anne Gilman, Faith Hunter, Stephen Leigh, Gini Koch, Seanan McGuire, and Laura Resnick, plus others.