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A September 2013 Interview of Me

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Well, I’m finally home from the joys of Texas, thank you very much.

In celebration of this, I awoke to email from Lucy Pireel, who informs me that the interview she did with me some weeks back has gone live on her blog.

So, if you missed hearing me bloviate in San Antonio, or felt you didn’t get quite enough, check it out.

Here’s the link: http://lucypireel.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/featured-author-lawrence-schoen/.

Lawrence’s mid-LoneStarCon3 Update

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Welcome to September, and Day Four of the Worldcon. Here’s where you can find me for the next two days:

SUNDAY:
11:00 a.m. (Art Show) – Art Show Docent Tour K
The K stands for Klingon. I’ll be leading confused convention attendees through the show, giving them my perspective on what speaks to a Klingon warrior’s heart. I’m told I will have a balloon tethered to my wrist (you know, just like they do on the Klingon homeworld).

1:00 p.m. (Conference 4, Rivercenter) – Writers’ Workshop Section Q
Matthew Johnson and I will be providing critique to three brave writers. Note: this is not a spectator sport. Only the five of us will be there. But, hey, I thought you’d want to know about it.

5:00 p.m. (007B, Convention Center) – First Contact Without a Universal Translator
Karl Schroeder, Paige E. Ewing, and I will be taunt the audience with our ideas of how to go about making alien contact without any common language elements.

MONDAY:
9:00 a.m. (Lobby, Rivercenter – or maybe Riverwalk?) – Strolling with the Stars
My second stroll of the convention. Start your last day with a gentle walk while you chat with such luminaries as James L. Cambias, Shanna Swendson, Howard Tayler, Mel White, David Boop, Toni Weisskopf, Gini Koch, and John Berlyne. Pose for a photo with Barry too, because he loves you!

12:00 p.m. (Exhibit Hall A, Convention Center) – Literary Beer
Sign up to come and hang out with me (and Barry) for an hour and watch me drink a diet coke. I’ll be brining an extra plush buffalito with me to this event and it will go home with one lucky attendee!

WSFS Small Press Award Nomination 2013

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We interrupt your otherwise peaceful Sunday afternoon to share the news that for the second year in a row I have been nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award. This time the nomination is for “Coca Xocolatl,” from ReDeus: Divine Tales, edited by Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg (Crazy Eight Press), the first volume of the ReDeus shared universe series.

My thanks to both Bob and Aaron, not only for accepting my story into their anthology, but for creating such a cool world in which to write (I’ve continued the same character with stories in the subsequent two volumes, both of which came out this year).

This is a very wonderful way to begin the last week of August, and to send me off to San Antonio for an awesome Worldcon.

The winner will be announced at Capclave, which runs October 11-13, 2013.

Other nominees include:

“Astrophilia” by Carrie Vaughn.
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” by Ken Liu.
“Bottled Spirits” by Pamela K. Kinney.
“Good Hunting” by Ken Liu.
“Mornington Ride” by Jason Nahrung.
“The Six Million Dollar Mermaid” by Hildy Silverman.

I’m really pleased to be on this list again, and to once more get to represent the small press. I was already planning on attending Capclave, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other nominees there too.

Now It Can Be Told!

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Down around Baltimore, MD this weekend is the S.F. Media convention known as Shore Leave. It’s a particularly rambunctious event this time around as they have both William Shatner and Brent Spiner appearing.

I went down yesterday to be part of the mass signing and book release of the third volume in the ReDeus shared universe series (ReDeus: Native Lands), which I posted about yesterday. That bit ran from 10:00 pm to midnight, and then we all adjourned to the bar for a couple hours until closing time. I drove home and managed to crawl into bed at about 4:00 a.m. today.

But that’s not what today’s post is about.

Prior to the 10:00 signing, there was a program item at 9:00 featuring Marco Palmieri and Greg Cox, two editors at Tor Books. They did a presentation of some recent and upcoming titles from Tor. Near the end, Marco made a little announcement. I had planned to hold off sharing this news publicly until such time as the ink on all the paperwork had dried, but apparently my editor and my agent agreed it was fine. So…

*** insert trumpets here ***

I am very pleased to announce that Tor Books is buying a novel from me. Despite my having published four books through Hadley Rille Books, a small press out of Kansas City, Tor considers me a “debut author.” That’s fine. And while I’ve been very pleased with the my relationship with Eric Reynolds of HRB, going from a small press to the largest publisher of SF in the country is a jump of one or more orders of magnitude in nearly all ways.

And because I’m now finishing up a book for a major publisher, I needed to have a proper agent to handle all the pesky details of contracts that weren’t based on a simple handshake. After far more choices than I probably deserve, I’m delighted to say I am now represented by John Silbersack of the Trident Media Group.

Or to put it another way: this changes everything in my life. It’s the opportunity I’ve been working toward for about two decades, and I’m grabbing hold of it with both hands!

The rest of 2013 is going to be a wild ride. The finished manuscript is due in New York at the beginning of February, and personally I’d like to get it in a month early. Other plans are being reviewed, reorganized, re-evaluated (and in some instances, rejected) as my priorities shift to put this front and center. So if I seem even busier and harder to get ahold of for the rest of the year, this is why.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and put my ass back in the chair and hammer out some more words.

Who doesn’t love fan mail?

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So yesterday I received a nice bit of fan mail (okay, fan email, but hey, it’s the 21st century, right?) comparing the reading of Buffalito Destiny to a good meal that you want to draw out as long as possible.

Thanks. A very gratifying thing to receive, particularly when I’ve got a long weekend of editing ahead of me.

This is what made me happy today

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Worldcon Neck Wallet

Back on Memorial Day, while I was basking in the warm afterglow that was ConQuesT, I began thinking ahead to the Worldcon and realized that I wanted a better badge holder. All too often, in my experience, badges come on lanyards that spin and twist, and half the time the damn thing is facing the wrong way. Speaking as someone who has gone through life with a major deficit when it comes to recalling names and faces, being able to glance at someone’s badge and realize “oh, I know this person!” is a huge help (not to mention a boon to saving face).

Of course I cannot control what other convention guests and attendees will do to ensure their own badges are readable not until my plans for world domination come to fruition, I can at least make life easier for others who are trying to figure out what my name is (this is a purely hypothetical situation, as surely no one who has met me could possibly forget my name; ahem).

And so I set off on my quest, which is a nice way of saying I sat in front of my laptop, opened a browser window, and signed on to eBay. And lo, I found a lovely and practical and inexpensive neckwallet. The model I chose not only has a clear plastic slot for displaying the actual convention badge, but two zippered pouches, one in back and one inside. You read that right, inside, because this puppy opens up (you know, like a wallet) where it has slots for credit cards and IDs on one side — one of which has a plastic display window — and the afore-mentioned second zippered pouch on the facing side, which I didn’t previously mention also has a plastic window. The wallet closes tightly with a bit of velcro (hey, who doesn’t love velcro?), and the whole thing is reinforced with a quarter-inch, double-stitched border, front and back.

And, because I knew I’d want to affix the “shinies” along the top edge, as long as I was on eBay I went searching for some pin-locks and found a nice pack that came with the necessary allen wrench. I bought both items and together they came to less than ten bucks (including shipping). Both packages arrived today and you can see the assembled result in the photo.

It’s a small thing, but it made me very happy. :D If you’d like to see it in person, I plan on sporting it at the Worldcon (aka LoneStarCon3) in San Antonio this summer.

And for those of you playing along at home, the “shinies” are, from right to left:

  1. the pin Jay Lake commissioned and which is now given out to all Campbell (not a Hugo) Award nominees.
  2. the Hugo pin I received for my Campbell nomination in 2007 (which was prior to Jay’s creation of the other pin, and just because it’s been superseded I’ll be damned if I’m going to stop wearing a fairly acquired rocket pin!).
  3. the Hugo pin I received for my nomination for best short story of 2010.
  4. the official badge of the Klingon Language Institute (just because, okay?).
  5. the Nebula pin I received last month for my nomination for best novella of 2012.

Preparing for June – Facial Hair Edition

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I’ve been doing a lot of traveling in the last couple of weeks, but now I’m home for a while and I have oceans of stuff that I want to get done, including several writing projects. Which is why I’m starting the month of June a bit early. Actually, I began it on Tuesday. While the rest of you were observing May 28th, I was marking June -3. Call it an enhancement to the month. I’m thinking I’ll be extra productive, what with having a few more days in the month.

But then tonight I realized that wasn’t going to be enough. I needed something more… or rather, something less. If I was going to have a truly productive and effective (enhanced) month of June, I had to cut way back on the facial hair. Which I have now done. And so, for your viewing pleasure, below are the Before and After photos, as managed by my cell phone earlier tonight.

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And let me just add: Watch out, June, I’ve got plans!

And now for some pimping, shared universe style

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As you know (and I’m talking to you, Bob), last year my story “Coca Xocolātl” appeared in the shared universe anthology ReDeus: Divine Tales. I had a lot of fun writing that story, so when the editors decided to do a second volume of future tales set after The Return, I promptly got in line.

That new book is entitled ReDeus: Beyond Borders, and it comes out next month. In the meantime, the fine folks at Crazy8 Press have invited the book’s contributors to yammer a bit, and yours truly is up first.

So now you can follow this link over to their site and read what I have to tell you about the continuing saga of Matlal Alejandro Garcia y Fuentes, professor emeritus and representative of the Aztec God Huehuecoyotl. But I warn you, as soon as you do, you’re going to want to buy the book!