matociquala: (bear by san)
A draft, a veritable draft.

3300 words today to finish off my untitled Shirley Jackson inspired SF story, which was supposed to be 7000 words and is 9500. AND IT'S DONE DONE DONE.

Well, okay, not done.

Because not revised, and I am waiting to hear back from an editor on how much it might need to be cut.

I FEEL LIKE [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch! I'm MAD WITH POWER.

BUT DONE.

Also, O HAI THERE KAREN IS BACK! A new novella from Tor.com, edited by [livejournal.com profile] casacorona, entitled Stone Mad!
matociquala: (loose tea for loose women)

WIJHKTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

With extra letters.
I just finished and handed in a draft of "Perfect Gun," a mil-SF short story about a boy and his war machine. And I got word that Stone Mad, which is the final title for the novella formerly called Rook and Ruin, has been accepted with its revisions.
matociquala: (muppetology animal deadlines)
Karen woke me up at 5:45 this morning in order to write down two pages of draft introducing a villain and including the sentence, "Managing a person as needs managed is like managing a horse with no manners."

So I wrote 500 good words before dawn this morning, and feel like Hemingway. Of course, it was 500 words of a book that's not under contract, when I have four unfinished books that are.

A thin, dry snow is falling, and it's time to wake up now, and cuddle kittens, and to do the work I am actually supposed to be doing.
matociquala: (writing gorey earbrass unspeakable horro)
It's Patrons only, but the rough draft of the first scene of Rook and Ruin is up at my Patreon here.

You guys, I'm so excited about this story.
matociquala: (bear by san)
Well, that's sort of a draft, ish, of Rook and Ruin.

If it keeps that title. Who knows?

32,000 words, and the denouement is a bunch of pieces on the floor, two of the characters need to grow a real relationship, and there's one scene left to write, but it's done enough for now.

Now I'm going to take a shower and put my pjs on.
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Book week continues!

I'm in this week's Mind Meld over at SF Signal, talking about gaming influence on fiction and verse vica.

Karen's getting piles of fabulous reviews. You can check out the ones I've found over here at my Pinterest brag page.

Also, a Big Idea over here, and a guest blog at Charlie's Diary over here.

Here's my Goodreads article on some of my favorite Steampunk works. Here's a guest blog at D. Franklin's place on Strong Female Characters. Here's one at Aidan Moher's place on prostitute stereotypes. Here's an interview at Suvudu. Here I am interviewed by Fran Wilde at SF Signal.

...I forgot something, I know.

In the mean time, check out this gorgeous banner art by the inimitable Dan Zollinger for my Gotham Jazz world for the Storium roleplaying engine (still in gamma, but coming RSN!). (Click image to ennoirify at a higher pixel density!)




And then, have a nice cup of tea.



(I'm still drinking out of the White Nile cup, because it has an appealingly wintry color scheme that matches the  light and heavy snow outside, and what's in it is a second steeping of the Stash Portland blend.)

Now I have blogged dutifully, and I must
matociquala: (hustle mickey hustle)

It's Karen Memory book day!

*Oils up the shiny hype machine.* *Brings it to pressure.* *Checks that all gears are functional.*

So I wrote this book, see?



It's a steampunk adventure set in a fictional city in the Pacific Northwest during the Alaskan Gold Rush.

It stars a young woman who goes by the house name of Prairie Dove, which should give you an idea what she does for a living. She's kind of a badass, and she has badass friends. But rather than natter on about it, I'm going to give you a link to an excerpt!

And my Big Idea post on the subject.

And a post over at Aidan Moher's A Dribble of Ink on the subject of Soiled Doves and stereotypes.

Karen Memory can be purchased at Barnes and Noble, Amazon (Kindle), Amazon, and at your preferred local or online retailer. (Or they can order it for you.) The ebook is available through Kobo and the rest of the usual suspects.

There will be an audiobook from Recorded Books, which should be available soon!

Karen Memory has been getting fantastic reviews, including a starred review from Library Journal. It's #6 in the Kindle store for Steampunk this morning, and I've promised to humiliate myself on the internet if it goes to #1.

It's a book and I'm thrilled!

 

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It's past midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Karen Memory is a real thing now. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.

It's a funny feeling. Like a great fwoosh of anticipations being realized.

Go have a good life, little book. Be brave. Be useful.
matociquala: (criminal minds morgan garcia gotcha)
As I write this, Karen Memory is the #12 steampunk book on Amazon. I learned this morning that it's already been sent back for a rush reprint. because the first run sold out, and honestly, I'd love for Karen to be the #1 steampunk book on Amazon. So if you are an Amazon shopper, and you were planning on buying the book anyway,

If you are not an Amazon shopper and you want to read Karen Memory, please do order it through your library, preferred online retailer, or--best of all!--local retailer!

It formally goes on sale tomorrow, though there are scattered reports of it being on some bookstore shelves already.



You can read an excerpt here.

Yesterday I also learned that I had four things on the Locus recommended reading list for 2014.

Those four things are The Steles of the Sky, "The Hand is Quicker," "Covenant," and "This Chance Planet."

[livejournal.com profile] truepenny's glorious The Goblin Emperor is on there, too, and [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch's delightful "A Year and a Day in Old Theradane."

And a lot of other really awesome stuff as well.

And [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange and I ran 13.1 miles in Galveston yesterday, and then went out dancing last night with Austin friends.

matociquala: (writing karen memory)






Look what the UPS ninjas done drug in! (Along with my new winter jacket, which will come in handy tomorrow, let me tell you.)

Well, this makes for a very nice snowpocalypse indeed.
matociquala: (sf sapphire and steel winning)
The long wait is most nearly done!

There's an excerpt of Karen Memory up at Tor.com. The book goes on sale February 3rd, and can already be pre-ordered from your favorite retailer.



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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.



 
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Another very fine review of Karen Memory by Russell Letson in this month's Locus. It's not online, but here's my favorite bit:

"Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises..."

I'll take it!
matociquala: (muppetology floyd pepper groovy)
Wow. I'm really tired tonight. What is with that?

In any case, today I did a bunch of award reading, and I made scones. And Karen Memory is a Romantic Times top pick!



Today's teacup is a Royal Doulton iris motif that looks like it comes from the 20s, but is actually about twenty years newer than that.

Today's tea is not enough of it.



Also, today I got the cover flats for the long-delayed trade paperback of Shattered Pillars, which comes out next month!
matociquala: (writing whiskey wicked faerie)
Ahem.

A starred review from Library Journal.

* Bear Elizabeth, Karen Memory. Tor. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780765375247. $25.99; ebk. ISBN  9781466846340. SF

The Gold Rush town of Rapid City is just about what you would expect in a frontier community catering to the mining trade: rough, violent, and full of prostitutes. Karen is a “soiled dove” working at Madame Damnable’s establishment, where she and her sisters in trade serve a more respectable crowd than the poor girls who work the cribs at the waterfront. When one of those young women escapes and runs to Madame’s for help, she brings the wrath of the crib owner, Peter Bantle, on the house. Bantle, in addition to bring a vicious bully, seems to have a device that can control people’s minds.

 

Verdict Bear (Steles of the Sky; Blood and Iron) pumps fresh energy in the steampunk genre with a light touch on the gadgetry and a vivid sense of place. Karen has a voice that is folksy but true, and the entire cast of heroic women doing the best they can in an age that was not kind to their gender is a delight. Ably assisted by a U.S. Marshal and his Comanche posseman, Karen and the ladies kick ass.


In other news, the tea today was Upton's cherry bancha, which I do not like much but this was the last of it. and the teacup today was a traditional English-style pottery mug from SRS-Grunden Pottery, based in Oak Bluffs Massachusetts. She does lovely, lovely work.



I'm still working on proofing the Whiskey and Water ebook. Also, I went climbing tonight. And there was snow.
matociquala: (writing karen memory)

The Kirkus review for Karen Memory is in, and they loved it enough to make my name a terrible pun.

KAREN MEMORY



Steampunk: Something of a new venture for Bear, whose previous output (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.) has ranged from heroic fantasy to science fiction, often with an embedded murder mystery.

By the late 19th century, airships ply the trade and passenger routes, optimistic miners head in droves for the Alaskan gold fields, and steam-powered robots invented by licensed Mad Scientists do much of the heavy (and sometimes delicate) work. In Rapid City on the U.S. northwest coast, Madame Damnable operates the Hôtel Mon Cherie, a high-class bordello, paying a hefty “sewing machine tax” for the privilege. Here, orphaned horse-breaker and narrator Karen Memery (Bear doesn’t tell us why the book’s title is spelled differently) works among similarly lively, engaging and resourceful girls. One night, Priya, a malnourished but tough young woman, arrives at the door carrying the badly wounded Merry Lee, who escaped from one of the grim brothels operated by brutal gangster Peter Bantle and has since made a career of rescuing other indentured girls from Bantle’s clutches. Madame Damnable’s steam-powered mechanical surgeon saves Merry’s life—but not before Bantle himself shows up, wearing, Karen notes, a peculiar glove that somehow can compel others to obey his commands. Worse, the following night the girls discover the body of a murdered prostitute nearby. U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves arrives with his Comanche sidekick, Tomoatooah; they’re tracking a serial killer who seems to have made his way to Rapid City. The story swiftly knots itself into steampunk-ishly surreal complications, with dauntless (and, by this point, love-stricken) Karen in the thick of the action.

Supplies all the Bear necessities: strong female characters, existential threats, intriguing developments and a touch of the light fantastic.

 



I'm just gonna put that Cynthia Sheppard cover on everything from now on. I love it so very, very much.

Now I have to update my website with reviews and art, and then go write 2000 words.

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Taking a break from writing like a fiend to make some more tea and brag! CLICK THROUGH THE LINK AND LOOK AT MY COVER, GUYS!



(Click on the image above for the full, amazing cover art by Cynthia Sheppard.)
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I bring you publications and stuff!




THE BOOK OF SILVERBERG! Edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schaffer. Out next week. and full of stories and essays inspired by the work of Robert Silverberg. Including one by me!

Table of Contents

Greg Bear—A Tribute
Barry Malzberg—An Appreciation
Kage Baker—In Old Pidruid
Kristine Kathryn Rusch—Voyeuristic Tendencies
Mike Resnick—Bad News from the Vatican
Caitlin R.Kiernan—The Jetsam of Disremembered Mechanics
Connie Willis—Silverberg, Satan, and Me…
Elizabeth Bear—The Hand is Quicker
Nancy Kress—Eaters
James Patrick Kelly—The Chimp of the Popes
Tobias S. Buckell—Ambassador to the Dinosaurs

Publishers Weekly liked it a lot, and gave it a review which included the following: "Standouts include Mike Resnick’s “Bad News from the Vatican,” which follows up on the idea of a robot pope, and Elizabeth Bear’s “The Hand Is Quicker” which explores the nature of addiction and perception in a society obsessed with virtual reality." 

Lois Tilton at Locus reviewed it positively and says of my story, "...cynical move worthy of the master at his most depressing." (I have just been compared to Robert Silverberg and not found wanting. This is a career highlight.)

And Library Journal says, “Standouts include Connie Willis’s adorably weird ‘Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for this Anthology’ and Elizabeth Bear’s bleak future of false facades ‘The Hand is Quicker.’ …These stories will resonate most with readers familiar with Silverberg’s work, often being playful riffs on his famous stories or novels, but the tales can be enjoyed on their own merits as well.” [full review not available online]

Well done us, I'd say. It's available April 30th.



Also out soon--May 13th!--is DEAD MAN'S HAND, an anthology of Weird West tales edited by John Joseph Adams.

Table of Contents:

Introduction—John Joseph Adams
The Red-Headed Dead—Joe R. Lansdale
The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space—Ben H. Winters
Hellfire on the High Frontier—David Farland
The Hell-Bound Stagecoach—Mike Resnick
Stingers and Strangers—Seanan McGuire
Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger—Charles Yu
Holy Jingle—Alan Dean Foster
The Man With No Heart—Beth Revis
Wrecking Party—Alastair Reynolds
Hell from the East—Hugh Howey
Second Hand—Rajan Khanna
Alvin and the Apple Tree—Orson Scott Card
Madam Damnable’s Sewing Circle—Elizabeth Bear
Strong Medicine—Tad Williams
Red Dreams—Jonathan Maberry
Bamboozled—Kelley Armstrong
Sundown—Tobias S. Buckell
La Madre Del Oro—Jeffrey Ford
What I Assume You Shall Assume—Ken Liu
The Devil’s Jack—Laura Anne Gilman
The Golden Age—Walter Jon Williams
Neversleeps—Fred Van Lente
Dead Man’s Hand—Christie Yant

This includes my story "Madame Damnable's Sewing Circle," the seed that eventually grew into Karen Memory (out from Tor next year). So if you'd like a little foretaste of that--and tastes of the Weird West from all these other wonderful writers--here's a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

Publishers' Weekly is equally complimentary of this one, and calls my contribution "impeccably crafted." They've also got me gagging to read the Lansdale, Liu, and Williams contributions.

Squeee!

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