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No Comments » Written on April 6th, 2011 by
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I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve sold a brand new Amazing Conroy story. “Yesterday’s Taste” occurs before the events in either of the two novels, and involves Conroy (and Reggie) visiting the planet Bwill at the behest of a galactically famous food critic. Once there they encounter incredible meals, smelly aliens, mindwiping, explosions, industrial spying, fish poetry (?!), and much more, all in pursuit of the recipe for the legendary seven cheese cribble puff!

It’s good, clean, hypnotic fun, and if you’re a fan of the Amazing Conroy you will not be disappointed by this new tale. But, you will have a wait a bit. The anthology, Transtories, edited by Colin Harvey, won’t be released from Aeon Press until the Fall.

For the record, this counts as one of the faster acceptances I’ve ever had. I turned the finished story in via email at about 10pm on March 31st, and Colin sent me an email acceptance on the morning of April 3rd. Thanks, Colin!

For your Hugo reading…

No Comments » Written on March 18th, 2011 by
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I’m on my way to Lunacon this morning, and so I don’t have a Q&A style interview for you.

But all is not lost! Instead I have a helpful reminder and a last minute bit of shameless self promotion.

Reminder: The deadline for turning in your nominations for the Hugo Awards (and the Campbell) ends a week from tomorrow. Saturday, March 26, 2011 23:59 PDT, to be exact.

Shameless Self-Promotion: If you have an open spot on your nomination ballot in the Short Story category and if you don’t, cut someone else please give consideration to my Polynesian Fantasy tale, “The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher,” made available here for your downloading delight in wondrous PDF format.

This story originally saw print in The Stories in Between, an anthology published last year in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of an independent bookstore in Delaware that has long been a home for genre fiction. The story was reprinted later in 2010 in my own collection, Sweet Potato Pie and Other Surrealities from Hadley Rille Books.

IMP Winter 2011

No Comments » Written on February 21st, 2011 by
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I’m exhausted, but very very pleased. Valerie and I have just finished hosting the first ever IMP Workshop in our home here in scenic Blue Bell, PA.

Six authors (and one dog) gathered for a longish weekend, Friday evening through Monday morning, and managed a ton of writing work, and many fancy meals (courtesy of Valerie’s culinary skills).

IMP (In My Pants) Workshop, Winter, 2011
Gregory Frost, Barbara Webb, Jason Musgrave, Amy Sundberg, Gej, Lawrence M. Schoen (not pictured: Oz Drummond)

Blue Bell Workshop

2 comments Written on February 17th, 2011 by
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I won’t be heading up to Boston this weekend. Instead, beginning Friday afternoon, I’ll be hosting a small writers’ retreat in my home. Five other writers are coming in (some are flying in, from as far away as California) and we’ll be doing a series of critiques and novel plotting sessions.
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Not a Super Bowl Post

No Comments » Written on February 6th, 2011 by
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It’s just after noon and I’m sitting at a Chinese restaurant. I didn’t get to go to my usual place yesterday where I like to sit, sample the buffet, and read. So instead, I’m at a different place today. I’ve sampled the buffet, and now I’m about to settle down and do some work on a synopsis. At some point, there may be additional buffet sampling. Also email reading and other cat-waxing because I really hate hate hate working on this synopsis (as demonstrated by it being days overdue)*.

I’ve been invited to a SuperBowl party, but I’ll probably pass because a) I really don’t give much of a damn about football, b) I can catch the commercials online tomorrow, and c) I need to finish this damn synopsis!

*Also, the restaurant provides complimentary wifi.

Special Note for Theo Waitley fans

No Comments » Written on February 2nd, 2011 by
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I’m still going through edits, and I came across something that sparked a bit of cat waxing. Thus:

I have personal affection and high regard for the writing team of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Also, SRM Publisher very generously lent support and encouragement in the form of publishing my chapbooks when the Amazing Conroy was just starting out. And too, I’m a huge fan of the Liaden Universe books.

That’s why there’s a bottle of “blusharie” in a dream scene in my first novel, Buffalito Destiny.

It’s also why I’m telling you that there’s a reference to “advertency” in my new novel, Buffalito Contingency. Of course, if you haven’t read Lee & Miller’s Fledgling then this doesn’t make much sense. Nevermind.

Excuse me now, I need to get back to the edits before my publisher reads my blog and realizes I’ve been slacking off.

Icy Revisions

No Comments » Written on February 2nd, 2011 by
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Wednesday is my day off from the Day Job, and today it looks like I’ll be spending it at home because freezing rain has left a very pretty and pretty dangerous layer of ice on everything.

This suits me just fine as last night my editor gifted me with his revision notes for Buffalito Contingency and that should keep me busy throughout the early part of the day. At least until the temperature warms up and some of the ice melts.

The rest of you, play safe!

The past week

5 comments Written on December 18th, 2010 by
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Last Saturday’s visit to DC delighted! The performance of Richard III had a techno-urban twist to it (machine-pistols will do that, I suppose) which oddly worked quite well. Afterwards, back at the hotel, Marc Okrand came by for drinks and then we were off to a Tapas restaurant that was running a special menu with a couple dozen different small plates and the option of paying a flat price and having as many of as many of them as you wanted. We all indulged. It was very Yum.

On the way back, the weather had warmed up from the 20’s and a light freezing rain pelted us. I don’t mind the freezing temps, but the dampness got into me and gifted me with a cold. The drive back on Sunday was unremarkable, but I was getting cloggy by the time we arrived and went straight to bed, which is pretty much where I stayed until Wednesday night, thereby missing several days of work.

Meanwhile, first readers were devouring the MS of Buffalito Contingency, finding little bits here and there for me to address (which I began doing on Wednesday and will finish up with this weekend).

Thursday I did an interview with a reporter from The Wall Street Journal regarding the Klingon production of A Christmas Carol. The reporter was going to go to the show yesterday (Friday), and I believe he met up with Marc Okrand there — Marc had mentioned at dinner last Saturday that he was going to be in Chicago on his to California and stopping in for the play — and we’re both mentioned in his article.

Friday I sent in some Klingon bits for an author doing a story for a forthcoming work from Pocket Books. That was fine and always nice to be able to do for a fellow writer. It was also the first day all week I got any exercise, going off to Pilates in the afternoon; the instructor thoroughly kicked my ass. Um, yay?

Today was house-cleaning day (as in, the house cleaner is coming, but we have to put everything away first, so she can clean), followed by errands to the post office and the bank, followed by a visit to my favorite Chinese Buffett where I finished reading Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother — which I highly recommend, by the way, and should do a separate post for. I’m still a little sub-par health-wise, and of course as I started feeling better Valerie took over the ailment and is now in congestion blah-land.

I anticipate sending the final MS off to my publisher as a Xmas gift, and then getting back to some seriously overdue projects for Paper Golem during the last week of the year. Also, I hope to lay in the first two weeks of a daily Klingon podcast I intend to start up in the new year.

And now you’re all caught up to date.