matociquala: (criminal minds diana reid crazy)
Item the first: Garrett Investigates, an ebook of previously uncollected New Amsterdam stories from Subterranean.

Garrett Investigates

Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Kobo



Items the rest: 

Well, as usual, it's all somehow coming together. Someday this whole house of cards... deadlines... whatever... will collapse on my head. BOOM.

Using my new policy of Not Working Myself To Death, I'm pretty booked up on short fiction next year. Exceptions will be made to this policy in cases of burning inspiration, markets that seem to me unreasonably glamorous, and really ridiculous financial compensation, of course...

Gotta write this story, and then the decks are clear for the novel.


State of the Honeydew:

2012:

OWW EC Review: December 15, 2012
Modern fantasy story with Faceless Minions and Gladiatorial Combat: December 2012



2013:
Steles of the Sky: March 2, 2013
Book proposal madness!
"Dark Leader": March 2013
Metatropolis III story: March 31, 2013
Venusian story: Jul 1, 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": September 2013

HG story: Date to be determined...
An Apprentice to Elves: ?

travel and appearances:
Up in the Aether: Detroit, MI, May 23-27
4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, MN, June 21-24, 2013
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN July 4-8, 2013
Readercon: Burlington, MA, July 11-14, 2013
Viable Paradise: Oak Bluffs MA, October 11-16 2013 
World Fantasy Convention: October 31-November 3, 2013, Brighton England UK


2014:

travel and appearances:
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN, July 3-7, 2014
Finncon (GoH): Jyväskylä, Finland, July 11-13, 2014
Worldcon: London, England, August 14-17, 2014



No fixed deadline:

Karen Memory
Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Gotham Jazz

Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
"Gallowglas"
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"Steel"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"This Chance Planet"
"Flush"
"Coronado"
"Patience and Fortitude"
"A Time to Reap"

 

matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
Look what was one the porch when I got home from climbing!

2011 07 29 ad eternum

That's the last currently planned New Amsterdam novella.

It's true, I may change my mind eventually, but for now, this is all I have to say about these guys. Not sure yet what the pub date will be, but I will keep you posted!
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
This is the obligatory spoiler discussion post for The White City, and by extension, all of the New Amsterdam books.

matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
Subterranean offers "The Tricks of London," an early adventure of DCI Abigail Irene Garrett, as a podcast read by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Just breaking in the writing for some lunch and coffee. Once I finish this scene, I will practice guitar for a bit, and then back at it.

Nothing so thrilling as the writer's life.
matociquala: (can't sleep books will eat me)
It's book day! The Sea Thy Mistress ships today. 

   

I also have heard a rumor that The White City is shipping this week, snowmageddon permitting.

Speaking of snowmageddon, it has commenced, with very large flakey-looking snowflakes, even, like a classroom window full of paper cutouts in winter.

And I am about to vacate the Internets for work and exercise, not necessarily in that order, so be good to each other while I am gone.
matociquala: (literature sally and encyclopedia)
White City January 2011 018

So I suspect other people's copies will be along in the next few weeks.

Also: Dog has had enough snowpocalypse:

Snowpocalypse January 2011 017

Now I have to read a bunch of Danny Dunn books. What? It's work.

The state of the honeydew, while I'm here:

writing:
The book proposal currently known as May Mazer and the Hollow World
The book proposal currently known as Gotham Jazz.
Modern Fae story: ("Patience & Fortitude" (or possibly otherwise The Mighty Drag Werewolf story)) March 1, 2011
Realms of Fantasy column: March 1, 2011
ad eternum  and "Underground" (New Amsterdam IV & chapbook): March 30, 2011
The Shaded King (Bone and Jewel Creatures II): April 30, 2011
Shattered Pillars: November 2, 2011
An Apprentice to Elves: December 1, 2011 (with [info]truepenny)
SF Horror story ("Form & Void"): December 25, 2011

travel:
Secrit Projekt: January 11-12 2011
World Horror Convention (barcon only): April 28-May 1 2011
Leprecon 37: May 6-8 2011
KGB reading: May 18 2011
Eurocon: June 17-19 2011 (barring volcanoes)
Fourth Street Fantasy Conversation: June 23-26 2011
Odyssey: July 1, 2011
Clarion: July 10-16, 2011
Viable Paradise: October 7-16, 2011

Okay, that's a little steep.

and 2012:
Steles of the Sky : November 2012


No fixed deadline:

"REZ"
"The Deeps of the Sky"
Karen Memory
Smile
(unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy"
"Steel Monkey"
"Spellslinger"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"The Slaughtered Lamb"
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
Good morning! I alluded to this earlier, but here's the official announcement--New Amsterdam, rather long out of print, is now available for the Kindle at $4.99. (And so are hard-to-find titles by Cherie Priest, John Scalzi, Peter V. Brett, Robert McCammon, and James Blaylock)

And for those who missed it on Friday, I'm having a book sale.



*this is a mondegreen. The actual lyric is "the third planet is sure they're being watched," but I like my version better.
matociquala: (muppetology need bears fozzie & kermit)
Well, that's the reviews written. Next on my to-do list is to tell you about all the exciting reviews that The White City is garnering, since it goes to press today.

From Locus:

What's refreshing about this wampyr tale is Bear's gimlet eye for true details rather than the romantic ones. Like this description, written as Jack leans in for a kiss from Irina: "In a poem, her lips would have been Chinese red as well, vermillion as the sunset sprawled across her canvases, but they were pale sienna like eggshells." In those moments that invert what you expect a vampire story to be, of which there are many in the book, including a moment that features a wampyr knitting, Bear makes this world feel solid and inhabited.

From Publishers Weekly:

... this is no mere costumed crime story: the czarist police employ forensic sorcerers, and vampires and their elegant "courts" of human hangers-on are accepted members of society. The pace is brisk, the characters are well realized, and the resultant delvings into darkness are certain to keep genre readers entertained to the end.

From Bookslut:

What I particularly like about Bear’s stories is that she does not stray from crafting tight mysteries to get sucked into the imagined seamier side of vamp life. There are relationships here, and she doesn’t shy away from them, but the main crux of the story is that someone was killed, someone was convicted of murder and executed for it, and now, years later, Sebastien learns that the truth has long been hidden.

Guess I'm doing okay so far.
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)


I'm so in love with this cover. I love the hands on the woman in the high-necked gown. She's an artist, you see-- 

And copies of the trade hardcover are still available for pre-order.

For centuries, the White City has graced the banks of the Moskva River. But in the early years of a twentieth century not quite analogous to our own, a creature even more ancient than Moscow’s fortress heart has entered its medieval walls.

In the wake of political success and personal loss, the immortal detective Don Sebastien de Ulloa has come to Moscow to choose his path amid the embers of war between England and her American colonies. Accompanied by his court—the forensic sorcerer Lady Abigail Irene and the authoress Phoebe Smith—he seeks nothing but healing and rest.

But Moscow is both jeweled and corrupt, and when you are old there is no place free of ghosts, and Sebastien is far from the most ancient thing in Russia....




In other news, I'm getting a cold.
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
I have three ARCs of The White City in my hot little hands. One of them is going to a charity auction.

The other two will be given away to people who comment on this post, based entirely on how much the comments amuse me and an independent panel of experts.

Contest closes at midnight EST on Wednesday, August 11.
matociquala: (criminal minds fate)
Well, that was a pretty productive eight hours. Not only did I finish my bad draft of "Twilight," which still needs a real title--but I also finished the submission draft of A Reckoning of Men. And I went for a two mile run.

And still appear to be unsleepy. I wonder if this will hold out through my massage therapy appointment and my climbing date tonight.

Perhaps I should try to catch a nap in here somewhere.

Tonight, I'm going to try to revise "Twilight."

This just proves to me that I'm right: sleep is an evil plot to rob me of six to eight useful hours of the day. Boo. Think of all the playtime I'm missing because I'm unconscious. If only I could work from say, ten pm to four am every night, and have the rest of the day to do stuff....
matociquala: (criminal minds jj & reid tennyson)
All right. Commencing my all-nighter to finish this draft... now.

ETA: and as of 1:01 am, done. Man, that's a shitty draft.

some kind of personal best today, I think, with 6,772 words since 10 am.

Since I appear to still be up, I think I'll start looking at that submission draft of AROM.
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
I got a little over 4,000 words on the chapbook story today, which I will probably be calling "Twilight," because I can't come up with a better story. I was aiming for 5K with it, and since it was at something just under 3K before today's writing and is now a little over 7K, you can guess that I'm probably not going to hit that target.

It grew a bunch of subplots while I wasn't looking, which is mostly the fault of [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange and [livejournal.com profile] tanaise. And frankly, it's kind of self-indulgent, but if you can't self-fanfic for the chapbook story for a limited edition of a novella in an established world, where the heck can you self-fanfic?

I'm having fun, anyway. And it's nearly writing itself.

I think I have like three more scenes to go. If I pull an all-nighter after I pick up the farm share and have dinner with my Mom, I might even finish it tonight, which would be exciting. Because I would like to be done.

I'm really enjoying having a good writing day. Those don't happen as often as they used to.

Maybe I need to be self-indulgent more often.
matociquala: (criminal minds garcia glam femme geek)
I am emitting a 60-cycle hum.

Today was a pretty good archery day, making up for a bad climbing day yesterday. Apparently, the plan is jukido on Friday, climbing on Saturday, and a kayaking trip on Sunday.

Yeah, I dunno when I find the time to do anything, either. But at least I shall be well-exercised.

Today's actual work involved a bunch more reading of the Mongol book that will not die. I have always been reading this Mongol book. I always shall be reading this Mongol book. I am the God who reads the Mongol book. (insert obscure Robin McKinley joke here.) I also wrote three or four scenes of "Spell 81A," which is really really nearly done. And I like it. And it may provoke gasps of astonisment our outrage from various Shadow Unit fans.

I am Pleased. (Also, [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange's stuff is amazing.)

Most of my work for the rest of the month is catching up on reading, and writing book reviews (ten or so, I think--better get cracking), and a revision pass on A Reckoning of Men. Which I do not actually expect to start for about ten days yet.

Oh, and I need to write the chapbook that goes with The White City. I have 500 words of it, and I suspect that will be my backup project for August, when I am supposed to be writing Range of Ghosts.

Boy, isn't it a good thing my big deadline crunch is over and I can relax now? 
matociquala: (writing gorey earbrass unspeakable horro)
There. Got through the slush and the page proofs (the relentless glamour of the literary life persists) and now I suppose I will have some sort of healthful virtuous snack before I start trying to write the chapbook story that I owe Subterranean, and which I would really like to get done. It doesn't have to be long, after all. Just awesome.

And I even know what it's about and who is in it. I just have to figure out what the plot arc is.

Excelsior.

In other news, here's the second half of the "Mongoose" podcast at Drabblecast. (part one is here)
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
Oh lookie! The White City has an Amazon listing!

For centuries, the White City has graced the banks of the Moskva River. But in the early years of a twentieth century not quite analogous to our own, a creature even more ancient than Moscow's fortress heart has entered its medieval walls.

In the wake of political success and personal loss, the immortal detective Don Sebastien de Ulloa has come to Moscow to choose his path amid the embers of war between England and her American colonies. Accompanied by his court--the forensic sorcerer Lady Abigail Irene and the authoress Phoebe Smith--he seeks nothing but healing and rest.

But Moscow is both jeweled and corrupt, and when you are old there is no place free of ghosts, and Sebastien is far from the most ancient thing in Russia...
I can't guarantee that that publishing date is accurate, and given how fast these small press runs sell out, I may suggest pre-ordering from the publisher. (There are also a few copies of Bone and Jewel Creatures left: this is probably the only place you will reliably still get one.)

Also, word is that this one, too, will have gorgeous unsettling Patrick Arrasmith cover art, such as that which graced the first two.
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
And as long as I'm closing tabs.... pre-orders are open for The White City, the next Abby Irene and Sebastien novella, at Subterranean Press.
matociquala: (criminal minds diana reid crazy)
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Today's teacup: violets
Today's tea: Today is a day requiring both blackcurrant tea and salabat, which I made with jasmine green tea. (See below.)

Temperature this morning: 28 degrees

I'm finding myself a little crabby with the NPR story this morning on Louisa May Alcott, which seems a little disingenuous to me in that there's a deal of censure being attached to Alcott's working toward making a living.

Artists, of course, are expected to spend tewnty years learning a craft and art that they will then do just for the love of it. The fact is, yes, most of us will do it just for the love of it.

But we also need to eat.

Alcott grew up in grinding poverty with a fabulously popular but indigent father. The fact that she was concerned with securing a good encome in her adulthood does not make her less of an artist; it makes her an artist like any other.

 20090406 00320090406 001 High-mindedness and a desire for financial stability are not mutually exclusive, you know.

Alcott supported her family and herself with her work. She was an independent woman in an era when that was not common or encouraged. I am not, personally, a big fan of her work (though the ivy story in A Garland for Girls stays with me to this day), but I am a fan of her life.

And I'm pretty sure that the author of Little Women and Hospital Sketches could manage to be both an artist and mercenary at the same time.

Of course, I am a commercial artist myself. If nobody wants to read my books, I don't eat. Fortunately, I do consider accessibility an artistic value (one that I am not particularly good at, but it's nice to have goals) and I don't consider it a value that necessarily lies in opposition to depth of meanng or nuance or ambiguity. The hard trick, of course, is balancing it all. Layers; this is what layers are for.

[livejournal.com profile] cristalia has been talking a bunch about Dashiell Hammett lately; I also offer Dennis Lehane as an example. (Mystery has figured out how to do this well; I imagine SFF can pull it off too.)

Both of them, I am pretty sure, earn(ed) a living.

Today I must work on The Secret Project With [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy (also featureing [livejournal.com profile] trillian_stars) and The White City. I think part of the problem I am having with The White City is that it is at its heart a very bleak little book, and it ends with a noble sacrifice and a cold wind blowing--and I am a little scared of writing that, because it's so sad. Also, there's the simple logistics of Our Heroes solving the mystery. Which is apparently trickier than it might seem.

La.

Well, blogging doesn't get the writing done. Off we go, avoidant-lass
matociquala: (writing plot octopus)
Around 600 words on The White City today, and still waiting for it to tell me how it goes. I wrote the last scene (denouement), and the closing sentence, but I'm missing like four scenes that comprise the climax.

It's interesting writing Sebastien in a situation where he is NOT in charge.

Tomorrow is a work day. God damn it. I will have focus and I will get somewhere.

Well, time to stare at it  for a while again.
matociquala: (lion in winter dead)
My mom made me a totally awesome pair of pink and purple socks!

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I guess now I get to sit and stare and think about how to fix The White City so it works. Maybe I will spin and listen to NPR. That seems a sitting and staring sort of occupation.

So close to the end. So close. Two ot three days' work, if I can just figure out what the work should be.

Meanwhile, today's teacup is one sent to me by [livejournal.com profile] stwish, made by his friends at Earthbound Arts (I also have a mermaid and a faerie queene--ornaments--from there, and both are lovely)  And today's tea is the last of the crepe faire from Stash--the last crepe faire ever, I suspect, as they've discontinued the flavor.

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