Busy, busy, busy writing and editing. Here are some links for you.
Authorgraph: You can get a number of my books electronically signed by me.
Article: The Anthology Balance. I wrote an article for the Locus blog about the balance between diversity and what sells. Hint: diversity sells.
Review: Shattered Shields video review by Other Realms Book Reviews. This is a first for me. Kind of exciting. She liked it.
Review: Shattered Shields. This one is from 50 Book Challenge. Another good review.
Podcast: Geekerati interviews me and Bryan Thomas Schmidt about Shattered Shields and a myriad of other things.
Horror Selfies: Read more horror! It's good for your heart. Also, don't forget about All Hallows Read. Give a scary book for Halloween.
I'm so close to the end of Chimera Incarnate that I can think of nothing else. So, here's some Bubble and Squeek for you.
Article: How to start freelance writing. This is a good one.
Review: A review of Shattered Shields from Black Gate. Yay! They liked it.
Review: A review of Caller Unknown by Unquenchable Reads. Yay! Anna liked it.
SFSignal: Inexpensive ebooks. Numbers 160 and 161 are important. :)
Ghosts in the IM: Conversations Between Writers. This one is between me and Luna Lindsey.
TOC: Chicks Dig Gaming full TOC from Mad Norwegian Press. Is it not glorious? Also, the Kindle pre-order is up. (The Nook and iTunes ebook pre-orders will be up soon.)
The Writer's Edition
Article: What does it take to write a book? The five qualities published authors share.
Article: How to Fall In Love With Writing Again. Dealing with burn out and the blahs.
Article: 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors. These weren't that harsh to me. More common sense.
Article: Writers, Should You Quit Your Day Job? Short answer: probably not.
Article: How to Write Descriptive Passages Without Boring the Reader or Yourself. All about touching the senses.
Kickstarter: Girls on Games: A Look at the Fairer Side of the Industry. It's already funded and I'm writing a chapter on tie-in fiction.
RELEASE: The Future Embodied anthology has been released. It has my short story, "The Bathory Clinic Deal," in it.
REVIEW: Coins of Chaos anthology reviewed by Russ Thompson of Hellnotes. He liked it!
REVIEW: Bless Your Mechanical Heart anthology reviewed by John Edward Betancourt on Girls of Geek. He liked it!
INTERVIEW: I participated in an SF SIGNAL MIND MELD with a bunch of The Future Embodied anthology authors.
FACTOID: Just figured out how much new writing I've done so far this year: 5 short stories, 3 novelettes, 70,250. Not bad. 3 of those short stories have already been bought. Not bad for the first 6 months of the year.
Article: Not written by me but worth a read: Ten Commandments of Social Media.
Article: Not written by me but worth a read: What do Editors do?
Award Nomination: My Shadowrun short story, “Locks and Keys,” from the Shadowrun Returns anthology has been nominated in the Best Short Story category for the Scribe Awards! Woo-Hoo!
Sale: I’ve sold my short story collection, Apocalypse Girl Dreaming, to Evil Girlfriend Media. I’m quite pleased with this.
Convention: I’m just back from Norwescon. As usual, I’m doing my list of ten. Seven of these are true.
1. I may or may not have met a person legally named Peter Pan.
2. I may or may not have had a panic attack at the Bless Your Mechanical Heart release party.
3. I may or may not have been randomly offered a condom.
4. I may or may not have signed so many books my arm hurt.
5. I may or may not have gotten a hangover.
6. I may or may not have plotted mayhem with Seanan McGuire.
7. I may or may not have convinced an artist to sell me a painting that was not for sale.
8. I may or may not have gone to bed by midnight each night of the convention.
9. I may or may not have been mistaken for someone else.
10. I may or may not have plotted murder at a Vorpal Games meeting.
REVIEW: My anthology, Coins of Chaos, was reviewed by The Nameless Zine. They liked it.
INTERVIEW: Sarna.net interviewed me about The Nellus Academy Incident.
ARTICLE: FlickFilosopher wrote an article about the TARDIS Little Free Library I have in front of my house.
COVER REVEAL #1: The Future Embodied anthology has revealed its final cover by the amazing Galen Dara. This has my story, "The Bathory Clinic Deal," in it.
COVER REVEAL #2: Evil Girlfriend Media reveals the cover for my anthology, Bless Your Mechanical Heart. The cover art is by the wonderful Larry Dixon!
COVER REVEAL #3: Baen Books has revealed the cover of my anthology, Shattered Shields, co-edited with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, by the talented Todd Lockwood.
I absolutely win the cover art game this week. I am happy dancing all over the place.
I was gone for five days at the Rainforest Village Writers Retreat. This is my vacation for the year. I go to a beautiful place to write, or not write, to walk, and to have a few days of being with a bunch of other writer types. It is a lovely time. I had planned to only write one short story and to outline three novelettes for a new project.
What actually happened was that I wrote that one short story, outlined the three novelettes, and wrote the first novelette to the tune of 16,590 words. This is a personal Rainforest best. In truth, I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve been thinking about both of these projects for months, mentally writing them in my head. Once I sat down to do them, the words just flowed and flowed and flowed. It was a nice feeling.
Now, the links:
Review: I received a new review for The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting. It’s really nice review and I’m pleased.
Review: Today, I received a German Amazon review (in English) for The Nellus Academy Incident. Another nice review that broke things down a bit.
Pre-Order: The Lost Colony for Colonial Gothic by Rogue games. This one is the Lost Colony of Popham with Lovecraftian overtones.
Kickstarter: Saving Throw – Table Top meets Mythbusters. How could I not back it. Love the idea of this.
Review: MilScFi.com gives my YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, 9 out of 10.
Review: Bitten By Books gives my anthology Dangers Untold 4 out of 5 tombstones.
Award: Diehard GameFAN gave the Shadowrun Returns anthology "Best Tabletop Based Fiction" award. I have the opening story in this anthology.
Interview: Reading Recommendations interviewed me and asked me what I recommend reading.
TOC Reveal: Evil Girlfriend Media posted who is in our newest SF anthology, Bless Your Mechanical Heart.
Interview: New Interview with me from Muse Hack.
TOC: SF Signal lists the table of contents for Shattered Shields, the military fantasy anthology from Baen Books edited by me and Bryan Thomas Schmidt. It will be released on 4 November 2014.
TOC: I’ve finished the story selection for Bless Your Mechanical Heart anthology from Evil Girlfriend Media and am in the process of writing up and sending out the story contracts. However, keep your eyes peeled on the EGM website for the official TOC and all that.
Cover art: New book cover for The Nellus Academy Incident, my YA Battletech novel and the story of how it came to be.
Open Call: Reminder that Apocalypse Ink Productions is open for linked novella queries for modern day dark speculative fiction.