matociquala: (writing eternal sky gage)


I’ll be teaching a workshop on characterization at the Connecticut Authors and Publisher’s Association conference on May 9th. Registration is here.
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Just sent "Margin for Survival" back to editors, and now I'm setting in for a day of awards jury reading. Tonight, though, I will be over at r/Fantasy answering ALL YOUR QUESTIONS. You can go ask them here!

This weekend, I'll be at the Tucson Festival of Books, talking about books! With people like Sam Sykes, Gail Carriger, and that boy I like.. among others!

In the meantime, here's a photo of a dog who's just discovered that I have leftover pot roast for lunch:

matociquala: (sf farscape d'argo's your daddy)

My Tucson Festival of Books schedule!

Saturday:
10-11am
 Panel: the Next Big Thing

11-11:30 signing

 

Sunday:

2:30-3:30pm Panel: Revenge of the Flying Car

3:30-4 signing

4-5pm Panel: Aim to Misbehave

5-5:30 signing


I have the post-Boskone crud, just like everybody else. But I also managed to get my taxes done, buy a new car (It's my first actual bourgoisie car with a car payment in my entire lifetime: it's a Subaru Crosstrek and I get to pick it up tomorrow), and do a whole bunch of adulting, such as the annual over-forty irradiation and answering some interview questions and getting a whole bunch of stuff set to mail.

INBOX ZERO LIKE A MOTHERFUCKING SORCERER.

Now I have to fold the laundry I've been ignoring for three days.

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and the moment that I noticed that I didn't want to know

Item: Man, cortisone shots are kind of magic.

Item: Hey! I'm signing at Pandemonium Books at Central Square in Cambridge, MA tonight along with Scott Lynch and Special Guest Reschedule Charlie Stross, who got snowed out on Tuesday.

Also, all three of us will be at Boskone this weekend! You should come! Here's my schedule!

The Author on the Flying Trapeze

Friday 16:00 - 16:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Research tips for fainthearted and fearless writers from panelists who've tried falconry, caving, rock climbing, and flying trapeze, cooked space food, been tattooed, and gone behind-the-scenes at Cirque du Soleil for their novels. They'll share stories and research strategies, including advice for introverts about interviewing experts. How do you handle the ethics and logistics of experiential research?

E. C. Ambrose (M), Vincent O'Neil, Jill Shultz, Allen M. Steele, Elizabeth Bear


Dated Science Fiction

Friday 21:00 - 21:50, Harbor II (Westin)

With the rapid advancement of science, the science within science fiction can get dated quickly. What SF works use science that has passed its expiration date, or at least reads as irretrievably retro? What books have stood the test of time, science-wise? How did they do that?

David G. Hartwell (M), Elizabeth Bear, Felicitas Ivey, Steven Sawicki, Michael Swanwick, Alexander Jablokov



Autographing: Elizabeth Bear. Susan Jane Bigelow, James Cambias, Andrea Hairston

Saturday 11:00 - 11:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

Elizabeth Bear, Susan Jane Bigelow, James Cambias, Andrea Hairston


The Do's and Don'ts of Do-Overs: The Art of Fairytale Retellings

Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor II (Westin)

The mainstream and science fiction communities seem to think they invented retellings, and have christened them "reboots," but the retelling of fairytales is a time-honored tradition. Think about the rainbow of Fairy Books to start with, and Robin McKinley has rebooted Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and her namesake, Robin Hood. Or consider radical retellings like Gregory Maguire's Wicked. What can you change for an acceptable retelling? What must you change? What makes a good retelling of a fairytale?

Elizabeth Bear (M), Elizabeth Hand, Peadar Ó Guilín, Jane Yolen, Theodora Goss


Kaffeeklatsch: Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch

Saturday 15:00 - 15:50, Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)

Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch


Reading: Elizabeth Bear

Sunday 10:30 - 10:55, Griffin (Westin)

Elizabeth Bear



Noir & Moral Ambiguity in SF

Sunday 12:00 - 12:50, Marina 3 (Westin)

Noir is a shadowy staple of the futuristic crime tale, emphasizing moral conflict, dark themes, and sexual tension. Films like Blade Runner and Dark City, as well as books like Gibson's Neuromancer and Lethem's Gun, with Occasional Music are gloomy, gritty dramas that demand attention despite our instinct to turn away. Why do they work so well? Panelists discuss some of their favorite future-noir stories, novels, and films.

James Patrick Kelly (M), Laird Barron, Elizabeth Bear, Leigh Perry, Thomas Sweterlitsch, Patrick Nielsen Hayden



Finding Yourself in Story

Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor II (Westin)

We’ve all encountered fiction it’s hard to forget, but has any piece of literature ever had an actually profound effect on you? Let’s try to go beyond the usual discussion of “most unforgettable moment.” What fictional scene or work has guided you to a decision, sparked a self-realization, lead to an epiphany, or provoked a change in the course of your life? We’ll talk about the stories that truly moved us.

Steven Popkes (M), Elizabeth Bear, David Anthony Durham, Jo Walton, Paul Di Filippo

matociquala: (writing gorey earbrass conscious but ver)
First, I must shill!

I will be appearing as a call-in guest on the Flyover Zone radio show today at noon my time, 11 Central.  We will be talking about Karen Memory.

Now on to the rest.

Yesterday, I adulted so long and so hard that when it was done I felt quite sick. But I did many responsible things involving well-mammal appointments for the GRD and me, and insurance for me, and I went to the gym and lifted seriously for the first time since 2013. I must resume Discipline. I have resumed Discipline, because 2014 was bad for everything about taking care of myself physically, except indulging the sensual animal, as it were.

Pretty sure I've got a three-millimeter thick subcutaneous layer of French butter over my entire body, is what I'm saying here.

But I did lift--deadlifts, squats, bench presses--and let's just say that my deadlift is not what it was in 2013. But we shall prevail! And the soreness isn't too bad today--I shall yoga a little, and that should clear it up.

Fitness, lifetime commitment, sustainable choices, yadda yadda.

I like this gym. Pickings are slim out where I live, but this place is like a Gold's Gym circa 1985, except with a much bigger cardio room. ;)

I wrote a hundred words on "And the Balance in Blood," mostly queries to myself, and that served for writing for the day.

And I seem to have successfully resurrected my shoggoth, or [livejournal.com profile] standuponit's shoggoth if you prefer. It was residing in the freezer during my year of much travel last year, and I think today I will use some of it to make delicious bread.
matociquala: (writing karen memory)
Get out your notebooks, guys, I've got a lot of news.

Save the date-type object! I will be appearing at Pandemonium Books in Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 7 pm on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12th (That's Boskone Eve) for a Karen Memory book launch! My beloved Scott Lynch will be with me, shilling his own stuff!

There will be cookies!

Also, Cynthia Sheppard, my awesome cover artist, just won the IBA Grand Prize for her cover art for said Karen Memory! Not bad, not bad at all!

Also, I finished a draft of "The Bone War" today and wrote nearly 3,000 words doing it. My butt hurts. But I'm very pleased with how it seems to be coming out/shaping up. It's a Bijou story, it involves paleontologists and making fun of academics, and I'll let you know when you can read it somewhere!

Here is the tea that helped:



It's Upton gen mai cha, and I bought the teacup in Iceland. Because I'm somebody who has been to Iceland now.

Winter is finally here, speaking of ice (see what a good segue that was?!), and the cold made the windows pretty last night, I brought some proof.



 
matociquala: (muppetology need bears fozzie & kermit)
I spent the last week involved in travel, appearances, and conferences for the Hieroglyph Project and Future Tense, both of which are ongoing--though my spate of publicity is over for now. In any case, it was an incredibly stimulating experience, and I am actually full of notes for the space opera that need to be typed up before I lose the notebook again.

One of the events was a livestreamed conference at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., which took place Thursday. There's an article about it here, and embedded in the article is a link to recordings of the panels and lectures. Or you could click here to watch the recorded stream. 

Don't miss Neal Stephenson, Ellen Stofan, and Patric Verrone on space travel, whatever you do.


l-r, t-b: Vandana Singh, Karl Schroeder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Neal Stephenson, Lee Konstantinou, Ed Finn, Madeline Ashby, Elizabeth Bear, Kathryn Cramer. Also presenting but not pictured: David Rejeski, Dan Sarewitz, Ryan Calo, Patric Verrone, Dan Kaufman, Ted Chiang, Jonathan D. Moreno, Jamelle Bouie, Tom Kalil, Laurie Silvers, Bill O'Brien, Ellen Stofan, Barton Geliman, Kevin Bankston, and Kristal Lauren High. Photo credit, Shannon Rampe.
matociquala: (criminal minds reid weep)
I'm home from the Future Tense/Project Hieroglyph events, which were several kinds of amazing and fun.

The most entertaining bit of the whole thing happened when I was alone in my hotel room on Wednesday night, though--the part where I woke up at ten to midnight curled up, freezing, having pulled all the pillows on top of me. And then I spent five minutes arranging the pillows for maximum heat reflectivity before it even occurred to me that I could, you know, get up and turn off the AC, and see if there was an extra blanket in the closet. And then it took an extra five minutes on top of that before I could convince myself to venture out of the dubious warmth of my bed and risk the chill of the room to correct the situation. Of course, once I had done so, I found the blanket and killed the AC and was back in bed and snug and warm in 30 seconds.

And this right here explains why peak oil and global climate change are such fucking intractable problems. Because monkeys, that's why.

The only drawback of the trip has been that half a day's travel home became a full day's travel because Chicago delays, and then my luggage vanished into the void. There's still hope it will be on the porch in the morning, though--and I kind of hope so, because it has 3/5ths of my dress shoes and four of my favorite business dresses in it. And, you know, socks and jeans and shirts and stuff, all of which I like.

That's not an insignificant cash and comfort outlay.

Not to mention some not very valuable but sentimental items, and my best running shorts. (If anybody is about to be moved to make comments about never checking anything, by the way, remember how I feel about unsolicited advice, and remember how much I travel and for how long. Not everything goes in a carry on.)

I think by Mary Robinette Kowal Rules, I now get a drink.

It didn't manage to crush my Zen, though. Apparently, my Zen is uncrushable today, despite several inconveniences (besides the flight delays, I also got on the wrong shuttle and had to walk from valet parking to the extended stay lot I was in, and there were two rather bad accidents on the way home) and emotionally complicated bits of news. Also, the baggage claim lady was marvelous and I think we bonded.

Ladies in Front of Me: "It's a gray hard sided rolling bag with a rainbow strap."
Her: "You'd better describe the contents...."

Me: "It's an electric lime green soft-sided rolling bag that converts to a backpack, and there's hot pink and electric blue leopard print duct tape on it."
Her: "...this is not your first rodeo."

Anyway, perhaps the Airline Elves will leave it in the night. In the meantime, I get to hug my happy dog again and then go sleep in my own bed.
  
matociquala: (bear by san)

Hey! Tomorrow, I'll be in DC with a diverse cast of characters including Neal Stephenson, Kathryn Cramer, Ted Chiang, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Madeline Ashby, Vandana Singh, and Karl Schroeder to talk about how we build futures, and what it takes to inspire people to solve the big problems. The event's sold out, but there is a live webstream!

http://www.newamerica.net/events/2014/can_we_imagine_our_way_to_a_better_future

matociquala: (literature sally and encyclopedia)

Oh, adventure.

Dear Reader, it's been a dratted long time since I did any serious updating, for which I apologize. Let's just say it's been busy, and I'll provide a few highlights to convince you.

To start with, here's a fun thing. I will be appearing at a couple of the Project Hieroglyph book launch events September 30th-October 2nd, in New York City and Washington DC. Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future itself is of course available at fine book retailers on and off line, everywhere.

Also, here's my Hieroglyph story up at Slate: "Covenant."

Here's what I will be doing this week:

Project Hieroglyph Book Launch and Celebration
Tumblr and ASU Center for Science and the Imagination
Tuesday, Sept 30th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
NY, NY

Register for free tickets here.


Can We Imagine Our Way to a Better Future?
Keck Center of the National Academies
500 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
(This event is booked full, but there will be a live webcast.)

In other news, I finished my third official half marathon on September 13th--the Milford CT Gulf Beach half, which was lovely and I felt like I did well in, despite being twenty pounds up from where I was this time last year (blame a hard winter, too much convention, and France. You would not believe the subcutaneous layer of cheese and butter from Normandy I still have to haul up walls) and otherwise out of shape from a long summer of hotels and bar food.

Here's the obligatory pre-race shot:



Finish line:



Post-race with swag and new contact lenses.



The Europe trip was lovely, if hectic. And Scott and I were both incredibly giddy by the end of it. Iceland was gorgeous; Normandy was spectacular; Sweden and Finland were fantastic and England was just as I left it, though we saw some new bits this time. NB: I highly recommend tramping the downs on the Isle of Wight.

I have never quite felt so slow-witted as I did at the Worldcon panels. Wow.

Anyway, I did the race in 11:25 miles, finishing in just under 2 and a half hours. Not a PR, but very respectable given my lack of training. (Now I'm working on doing better at the Monster Dash in Minneapolis on October 25th!)

Also, we've been scraping and sanding the porch preparatory to painting. I hope the damned thing magically paints itself before I get home.



Anyway, tl:dr, here are some photos.



One does not simply WALK into London...



Re: what I said about the Isle of Wight.

A Bear in Iceland:



Snails and barnacles:



It's been a good year for the morning glories:



What else? Oh, Omaha Beach and Mont St. Michel are both totally worth a visit, and I have written a couple of stories and some gaming content, and as soon as the Hieroglyph publicity trip is up I'll be diving back into An Apprentice to Elves. That's what I'll be doing at Viable Paradise while my colleagues are all teaching. I feel like I ran a great scam this year.

Here's a blurry photo of Carlos and his perfect hair holding the first copy of One-Eyed Jack I ever personally saw, at Nine Worlds:



And here. Have a fuzzy caterpillar, and the Giant Ridiculous Dog, for his fans, with the shark Sarah Monette sent him for my birthday: ...hey...

 

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I will be in London with that boy I like at Nine Worlds Geekfest this coming weekend. Here is my program schedule.


Friday, August 8
8:30 pm


Only A Moment (Room 38).  Paul Cornell says: "This is a well known game involving speaking for a minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition, renamed because the BBC got in touch. (No, seriously!)  I’ll be running it, and Elizabeth Bear, Kieron Gillen, Liz Myles and Laurie Penny will be my guests."




Saturday, August 9
11:45am

Dragons vs Werewolves vs Vampires vs Warlocks: The Ultimate Deathmatch Smackdown
County C&D, 11:45am - 1pm

Four monsters enter, one monster leaves. Vampires, dragons, werewolves or warlocks? It all gets decided here. Debate: Anne Perry (Moderator), Elizabeth Bear (Dragons), Gail Carriger (Werewolves), Joanne Harris (Vampires), Scott Lynch (Warlocks)


1pm

Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch
Comm West, 1pm - 2pm

These people are signing at the Forbidden Planet table, in Commonwealth West.


6:45pm

Tell me a story: podficcing - Podficcers and podcasters share techniques and technology
County B, 6:45pm - 8pm
Tracks: Fanfic

Can podficcers learn anything from podcasters, and vice versa? The panel discuss techniques, technology and performance aspects of their respective fields, and hope to discover new insights into the process from one another.

Sunday, August 10
11:45am

Writing Historical Fiction and Fanfic: is RPF okay when the person is dead?
County B, 11:45am - 1pm
Tracks: Fanfic

How do we write about historical characters? Is historical fiction a form of Real Person Fiction if it features people who appear in the historical record? A panel of authors and fans discuss techniques of writing historical fiction and how writing about the dead differs from writing about the living.


3:15pm

Epic Fantasy: the panel of prophecy!
County C&D, 3:15pm - 4:30pm

And lo, it was prophecised that the heroes of the epic fantasy genre would ascend to the Nine Worlds, where they would battle the Evil One with the Sword of Banter and Wand of Quick Wit +2. Panel: Den Patrick, Scott Lynch, Rebecca Levene, Elizabeth Bear, Gaie Sebold

matociquala: (writing one-eyed jack)

We made a book! It looks like One-Eyed Jack is available a little early from Amazon (and possibly from your local independent bookstore--check there first, they love to order things for you!) both as Kindle and trade paperback. (Barnes and Noble should be in the game soon, I am assured.)

Oh, look! It's on Barnes and Noble!

BOOK!



Now, off to sign at Fantask in Copenhagen with that boy I like in an hour and a half! Eeeeeeee!

matociquala: (can't sleep books will eat me)


I'm at Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing, being interviewicated! They're also giving away a complete set of the Eternal Sky books.

I'll be at Mo*Con in Indianapolis this weekend! And signing at both Pandemonium in Cambridge, MA and Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, MA the week after.

So without further ado, here's my current honeydew list.

travel and appearances 2014:

January 10th at 6 pm: MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts (with Scott)
February 13-15, 2014: Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts

March 14-16, 2014: Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, Arizona
March 22-24, 2014: Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge Massachusetts

April 17-20, 2014: Minicon: Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 25-27th, 2014: RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia (Guest of Honor)
May 1-5, 2014: Mo*Con: Indianapolis, Indiana (Guest of Honor with Scott)\
May 8, 2014: Signing,  Pandemonium Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts 7-9 pm
May 10, 2014: Signing, Annie's Book Stop, Worcester, Massachusetts 3-5 PM
June 5-9, 2014: Phoenix Comicon: Phoenix, Arizona (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)


June 20-23, 2014: 4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 3-7, 2014: ConVergence: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Scandinavian Micro-Tour!
July 11-13, 2014: Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland (Guest of Honor with special guest Scott Lynch)
Then between July 16th and 22nd, Scott and I will be visiting

  • SF Bokhandeln Stockholm (July 16th)

  • SF Bokhandeln Gothenberg (July 18th)

  • SF Bokhandeln Malmo (July 19th)

  • Fantastik Copenhagen (July 21st)

August 8-10, 2014: Nine Worlds, London, England
August 14-17, 2014: Worldcon: London, England
October 9-10, 2014: NYC ComiCon, New York, New York (Thursday and Friday only!)
October 31-November 2, 2014: ICON: Iowa City, Iowa (Guest of Honor with Scott)
November 14-16, 2014: Windycon: Lombard, Illinois (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)


Honeydew list!

2014:

Karen Memory: 31 January 2014 (tick tock)
OWW review: 15 February 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February 2014
Book proposal: Eternal Sky 4-6
Sekrit Projekt #2
Revise Karen Memory: 1 April 2014
OWW review: 15 March 2014
"This Chance Planet": 31 March 2014
OWW review: 15 April 2014
Flash fiction: 15 April 2014
"Asylym": 1 May 2014
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": 1 June 2014
Karen Memory copy edits: 3 July 2014
Chimera poem: 1 June 2014


Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
Storium World: 15 July 2014
"A Time to Reap": 1 August 2014
An Apprentice to Elves: Autumn 2014
Other apocalypse story:  31 December 2014
"Flush": 2014?
"Steel": 2014

Award reading and judging
Other award reading and judging

2015+

Eternal Sky #4
Ancestral Night
Eternal Sky #5
Untitled Space Opera
Eternal Sky #6



No fixed deadline:

Bard troll story

Smile
(unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
"Gallowglas"
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"Coronado"
"Patience and Fortitude"

 

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I'll be at Vericon this weekend, at Harvard University. I'm not appearing on program; I'm just there as Scott's arm candy.

But I'll be available to hang out, like you do.

Also, I'll have an exciting announcement tomorrow. *g*

Here's my updated appearances for this year. Please note the addition of a signing in May at Pandemonium.


travel and appearances 2014:

January 10th at 6 pm: MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts (with Scott)
February 13-15, 2014: Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts

March 14-16, 2014: Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, Arizona
March 22-24, 2014: Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge Massachusetts

April 17-20, 2014: Minicon: Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 25-27th, 2014: RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia (Guest of Honor)
May 1-5, 2014: Mo-Con: Indianapolis, Indiana (Guest of Honor with Scott)\
May 8, 2014: Signing at Pandemonium Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts
June 5-9, 2014: Phoenix Comicon: Phoenix, Arizona (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)
June 20-23, 2014: 4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 3-7, 2014: ConVergence: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Scandinavian Micro-Tour!
July 11-13, 2014: Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland (Guest of Honor with special guest Scott Lynch)
Then between July 16th and 22nd, Scott and I will be visiting

  • SF Bokhandeln Stockholm

  • SF Bokhandeln Gothenberg

  • SF Bokhandeln Malmo

  • Fantastik Copenhagen

  • (exact dates eventually)

August 8-10, 2014: Nine Worlds, London, England
August 14-17, 2014: Worldcon: London, England
October 9-10, 2014: NYC ComiCon, New York, New York (Thursday and Friday only!)
October 31-November 2, 2014: ICON: Iowa City, Iowa (Guest of Honor with Scott)
November 14-16, 2014: Windycon: Lombard, Illinois (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)


Honeydew list!

2014:

Karen Memory: 31 January 2014 (tick tock)
OWW review: 15 February 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February 2014
Book proposal: Eternal Sky 4-6
Sekrit Projekt #2
Revise Karen Memory: 1 April 2014
OWW review: 15 March 2014
"This Chance Planet": 31 March 2014

OWW review: 15 April 2014
Flash fiction: 15 April 2014
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": 30 April 2014
"Flush" : 31 May 2014
Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
"A Time to Reap": 1 August 2014
"Steel": 30 September 2014
An Apprentice to Elves: Autumn 2014
Other apocalypse story:  31 December 2014

Award reading and judging
Other award reading and judging


2015:

Sekrit Projekts #1 & #2 (tentative)


No fixed deadline:

Bard troll story

Smile
(unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
"Gallowglas"
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"Coronado"
"Patience and Fortitude"

 

matociquala: (can't sleep books will eat me)

 2013:

"Dark Leader": April 2013
OWW Review: 15 December 2013
Thing for Boskone: 10 December 2013
"Covenant" line edits
Essay contracts
Interview questions for JJA
Award reading and judging


2014:


Karen Memory: 31 January 2014 (tick tock)
OWW review: 15 February 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February 2014

"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": 30 April 2014
Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
"A Time to Reap": 1 August 2014
Other apocalypse story:  31 December 2014
Award reading and judging
Other award reading and judging


Book proposal: Eternal Sky 4-6
An Apprentice to Elves: ?


No fixed deadline:

Bard troll story
"This Chance Planet"
"Flush"
"Steel"

Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
"Gallowglas"
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"Coronado"
"Patience and Fortitude"

travel and appearances 2014:

January 10th at 6 pm: MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts (with Scott)
February 13-15, 2014: Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts

March 14-16, 2014: Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, Arizona
March 22-24, 2014: Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge Massachusetts
April 17-20, 2014: Minicon: Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 25-27th, 2014: RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia (Guest of Honor)
May 1-5, 2014: Mo-Con: Indianapolis, Indiana (Guest of Honor with Scott)
June 5-9, 2014: Phoenix Comicon: Phoenix, Arizona (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)
June 20-23, 2014: 4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 3-7, 2014: ConVergence: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Scandinavian Micro-Tour!
July 11-13, 2014: Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland (Guest of Honor with special guest Scott Lynch)
Then between July 16th and 22nd, Scott and I will be visiting

  • SF Bokhandeln Stockholm

  • SF Bokhandeln Gothenberg

  • SF Bokhandeln Malmo

  • Fantastik Copenhagen

  • (exact dates eventually)

August 8-10, 2014: Nine Worlds, London, England
August 14-17, 2014: Worldcon: London, England
October 31-November 2, 2014: ICON: Iowa City, Iowa (Guest of Honor with Scott)
November 14-16, 2014: Windycon: Lombard, Illinois (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)


Criminy. And somewhere in here I need to write two more books.
matociquala: (bear by san)

travel and appearances 2014:


  • January 10th at 6 pm: MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts (with Scott Lynch)
  • February 13-15, 2014: Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts
  • March 14-16, 2014: Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, Arizona
  • March 22-24, 2014: Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge Massachusetts
  • April 25-27th, 2014: RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia (Guest of Honor)
  • May 1-5, 2014: Mo-Con: Indianapolis, Indiana (Guest of Honor with Scott)
  • June 20-23, 2014: 4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • July 3-7, 2014: ConVergence: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • July 11-13, 2014: Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland (Guest of Honor)
  • August 8-10, 2014: Nine Worlds Con, London, England
  • August 14-17, 2014: Worldcon: London, England
  • October 10-13, 2014: Comicon, New York City, New York
  • October 31-November 2, 2014: ICON: Iowa City, Iowa (Guest of Honor with Scott)
  • November 14-16, 2014: Windycon: Lombard, Illinois (Guest of Honor with Squeecast)




(Eventually, this list will contain signings as well as convention appearances.)
matociquala: (rengeek kit faustus commodorified)
Hello! You are all getting part II of TRIP TO ENGLAND before Part I, because my Brighton photos are on the camera I forgot to bring a cord for. There is, however, evidence of High Seas, and I will have it up eventually.

So as not to bury the lede--I'll be signing at Forbidden Planet on Friday at 6 pm for an hour! Come visit! (Special boyfriend guest star is likely to be in attendance too.)

But for now, wandering around London, with and without [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch. We've been signing books every possible place, and Scott has been doing a bunch of interviews. He and Pat Rothfuss had a completely amazing signing at Forbidden Planet last night--over three hundred people showed up--and then there was pub time afterwards.

Today was mostly a day off to recuperate. Here's the last rose of summer, in Hyde Park, from a rainy eight-mile walk we took today:

2013-11-06 09.16.25

Except really not summer at all anymore.

We also went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which lives up to its reputation as England's attic--but a delightful attic, and spend a very few minutes in the Museum of Natural History petting rocks. (I am an inveterate and shameless rock-petter.)

Here's the establishing shot for the misty, rainy movie of our lives in London:

2013-11-06 08.26.25

And here's a pretty half-timbered pub that I mean to have a pint in before we go:

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Here's the RIDE/DON'T RIDE signal, for the horseborne:

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Sushi clock at Tokyo Diner, where we had dinner last night:

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And here's a swan actually doing the swan-boat thing with its wings.

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Show-off.

And here's what I had for lunch yesterday in Chinatown:

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(Roasted duck ramen. YUM.)

Tonight, we went to see Thor: the Dark World. Man, the UK has too damned many commercials before movies. HALF AN HOUR, I shit you not. The movie, however, was good cheesy well-paced fun, once they sensibly gave up on pretending it was supposed to make sense and explaining everything.

Stay through ALL the credits. I'm already writing fanfic for the very VERY last scene in my heart.
matociquala: (muppetology beaker meep meep)

Bear's Worldcon Schedule

NOTICE! The pocket program has me listed for two Monday program items. I will not be at those items, because I will be on an airplane.

Fantastic London

Thursday 2:00 - 3:00

London has inspired many fantasy writers, and continues to do so. Cornell, Bear, Willis, Doctorow, Kowal... What is it that intrigues us?

Gary K. Wolfe (M), Paul Cornell, David Liss, Elizabeth Bear, Gail Carriger

Escape the Earth! Science Fiction @ SAPL 3

Thursday 4:00 - 5:30 (This is at a library, not the convention proper)

Authors read their work and discuss their careers in science fiction at this special event at the San Antonio Public Library.

Catherine Asaro, Robin Hobb, Elizabeth Bear

My Favorite Dinosaur

Friday 12:00 - 1:00

Apatosaurus, Godzillasuarus, Stegasaurus, Sue, Albertasaurus, Triceratops, Gertie, Pteranodon, Velociraptor, or Barney: there are so many choices. What is your favorite dinosaur? Do we really need Apatosaurus, Supersaurus, and Ultrasaurus or is Brontosaurus good enough?

Bryan T. Schmidt (M), Elizabeth Bear, Takayuki Tatsumi , Spring Schoenhuth, G. David Nordley

SF SQUEECAST RECORDING

Friday 6:00-7:00 pm

Keeping Control of a Long Series

Friday 9:00 - 10:00 pm

So many participants, so many events, written over so many years -- is writing a long series more like wrestling a snake than writing a single volume novel?

Elizabeth Bear (M), Trina Marie Phillips, Steven Brust, L. E. Modesitt, Saladin Ahmed

Reading: Elizabeth Bear

Saturday 10:00 - 10:30 am

Elizabeth Bear

Novels You Should Have Read Since Chicon 7

Saturday 1:00 - 2:00

A rundown of the best novels published in the last year and a half.

Elizabeth Bear (M), Willie Siros, David G. Hartwell, Jess Nevins

Writing Combat

Saturday 5:00 - 6:00

How do you integrate combat into your writing? How do you make it believable? At what point do you reach a state of Too Much Information? How do different audiences affect your style? A look at writing fight scenes, from personal fisticuffs to fleet engagements and everything in between.

Elizabeth Moon (M), Elizabeth Bear, Martha Wells, Jean Johnson, Lois McMaster Bujold

Ernie's Pub: Drinks with Writers

Saturday 7:00 pm

The Future Two Hundred Years Out

Sunday 11:00 - 12:00 am

It's a difficult distance from the present, but a very appealing one for science fiction. What do we think it will be like?

Kim Stanley Robinson (M), Joe Haldeman, Elizabeth Bear, Sheila Williams

When will Zombies Die?

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00

A little over forty years ago, George A. Romero changed the nature of zombies with his low-budget breakthrough film, Night of the Living Dead. Since then zombies, combining visceral horror and social commentary, have shambled into the mainstream. We've had zombie horrors, zombie comedies, and zombie graphic novels. Zombie walks have become regular events in many communities, and AMC runs a prestige zombie television show. Why are zombies so popular? Have we reached a saturation point? Will zombies ever shuffle off their immortal coil?

Seanan McGuire (M), Elizabeth Bear, Adam Troy Castro, Charlaine Harris

Hugo Award Ceremony

Sunday 8:00 PM

matociquala: (comic tick ninjas hedge)
Today's exciting news is that [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch and I will be guests of honor at ICON 39 next year, Halloween weekend in Iowa City. I hope to see some of you there!

Which means my current honeydew list looks like this:


travel and appearances 2013:

Lone Star Con (San Antonio Worldcon): San Antonio, TX, August 29-September 1 2013
Context: Columbus, OH, September 27-29 2013 (GoH)
Signing (and Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves book launch!) : Pandemonium, Central Square, Cambridge MA, October 8th 2013

NYC Comicon: NY NY, October 11th 2013 (only)
Viable Paradise: Oak Bluffs MA, October 12-16 2013 
World Fantasy Convention: Brighton England UK, October 31-November 3, 2013


2013:

"Dark Leader": April 2013
"Covenant": August 10, 2013
Steles of the Sky CEM: August 10, 2013
OWW EC: August 15, 2013
Revise "Covenant": August 19, 2013
OWW EC, September 15, 2013
Steles Page Proofs

OWW EC, October 15, 2013
Dead Man's Hand proofs
Silverberg proofs
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": December 2013

An Apprentice to Elves: ?


2014:

Karen Memory: January 6, 2014
Lovecraft story: 1 February 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February, 2014
Apocalypse story: June 30, 2014
Other apocalypse story: December 31, 2014



travel and appearances 2014:
Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts, February 13-15, 2014
Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, AZ, March 14-16, 2014
Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge MA, March 22-24, 2014
RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia, April 25-27th, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 20-23, 2014
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN, July 3-7, 2014
Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland, July 11-13, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
Worldcon: London, England, August 14-17, 2014
ICON: Iowa City, IA, October 31-November 2, 2014



No fixed deadline:

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"
Untitled bard trolling story

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