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 the Book Elves left on my porch today!

2012 05 17 ad eternum 001

You can get yours here.

Also, some other good news today, which I will share when I can.
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)

 For centuries, the wampyr has drifted from one place to another. From one life to another. It's 1962, and he's returned to New Amsterdam for the first time since he fled it on pain of death some sixty years before. On the eve of social revolution, on the cusp of a new way of life, he's nevertheless surrounded by inescapable reminders of who he used to be.

For a thousand years, he's chosen to change rather than to die. Now, at last, he faces a different future....

The capstone novella to the New Amsterdam sequence, ad eternum* will be shipping soon. It can be preordered here!

The limited edition comes with a 9,000 words chapbook, "Underground," which concerns the adventures of Mary in Paris between New Amsterdam and "Twilight."

Sf Signal has a review up. It's spoilery, and there's one factual error, which is probably my fault for being insufficiently clear for new readers. But:

"...top notch: stylish without being hard to consume, descriptive without being padded, and conducive to engrossing the reader into this world."

WIKTORY!!!



*or Ad Aeternum, if you prefer. In retrospect, the lowercase/bad-Mediaeval-Latin thing doesn't work as well as I'd hoped. Oh well. I'll just leave this here as an apology for anybody who is irritated.

Makes it easier to google....

matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
D.C.I. Garrett sighed, and said, "I assume there's no shortage of coffee aboard a paddle boat?"

O'Brien cleared his throat. "I shall have young Carter here fetch you some. Cream and sugar?"

"Black," said Garrett. "I don't plan to enjoy it."



Today's darling, for your delectation.
matociquala: (lion in winter dalton love me)

I have so many things to say! For one thing, Kelly & Kessel have announced the ToC for a new anthology, Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, a sort of omnibus of the singularity back to Stapledon, Asimov, and Pohl and forward to Doctorow, Robson, Stross, and Rajaniemi... and my story "The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe," originally written for the Scalzi-edited "Sci-fi Cliches" issue of Subterranean, is... er... holding down the anchor slot.

Here's the whole insane list!

The End of the Human Era

  1. “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov
  2. “The Flesh” by J. D. Bernal (Excerpted from The World, The Flesh and the Devil: An Inquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul)
  3. “Day Million” by Frederik Pohl

The Posthumans

  1. “Thought and Action” by Olaf Stapledon (Chapter Six from Odd John)
  2. “The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era” by Vernor Vinge
  3. “Hive Mind Man” by Eileen Gunn & Rudy Rucker
  4. “Sunken Gardens” by Bruce Sterling

Across the Event Horizon

  1. “The Six Epochs” by Ray Kurzweil (Chapter One from The Singularity Is Near)
  2. “Crystal Nights” by Greg Egan
  3. “Firewall” by David Levine
  4. “The Cookie Monster” by Vernor Vinge
  5. “Cracklegrackle” by Justina Robson

The Others

  1. “Nightfall” by Charles Stross
  2. “Coelacanths” by Robert Reed
  3. “The Great Awakening” by Rudy Rucker
  4. “True Names” by Cory Doctorow & Ben Rosenbaum
  5. “The Server and the Dragon” by Hannu Rajaniemi
  6. “Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe” by Elizabeth Bear

...dude. How can you not want that?



In review news, and speaking of Subterranean, they have a couple of early reviews of ad eternum on the web page, and word is that the book is going to the printer as soon as the undoubtedly to-be-gorgeous Patrick Arrasmith cover is in house.

"Ad eternum is, indeed, an argument in favor of writers producing more novellas."

--The New York Journal of Books



And in more review news, Kirkus has listed Range of Ghosts as a must-read book for March! (Along with Stina Leicht, Jonathan Strahan, and six brilliant others.)

"If there's one author who can't be pinned down, it's Bear, and her versatility as a writer only seems to make her stronger."



Totally unrelated, but that boy I like wrote something awesome, and you could read it, if you have somehow managed to miss it so far:
"Against Big Bird, The Gods Themselves Contend In Vain."




And but also! My friend Leah Bobet has her first novel out more or less today (at least, in Canada. The drop date is later in March, but we all know how those are observed, and Bakka Phoenix Books (home of at least two of my launch parties!) has copies. Out in April in the U.S.).

It's called Above, and I have read it in several versions, and it's as awesome as its cover art. There is Toronto, and people who live in the dark underneath it, and girls with wings, and true love, and mortal peril, and loyalty to your friends, and all like that.  




...So a pretty good day, all in all. And now it's time for a snowpocalypse and some mulled wine, dammit.

matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)

A good day, full of reprint news: not only will "Dolly," my story from the January 2011 Asimov's, be reprinted in Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction, but Podcastle has just purchased audio rights to two Abby Irene/New Amsterdam stories, "Wane" and "The Tricks of London."

This is probably a good time to mention that Subterranean will be doing an e-collection of all the previously uncollected New Amsterdam stories, including "Almost True," "The Tricks of London," "Twilight," and "Underground," and either one or two new ones, depending on how many pages it takes me to dispatch my ideas.

I also may or may not have sold "Faster Gun," the story frequently known as "John Henry Holiday Is Sick Of These Time Traveling Assholes," to Tor.com, but I can't actually tell you until they send me a contract. Ahem.

There may also be some good news on the horizon regarding a short story collection, but until paperwork is signed, that's all I can tell you about that.

matociquala: (writing whiskey wicked faerie)
Subterranean Press has an order page up for ad eternum, and Publishers Weekly has a review.

I'm fond of this line: "...a neat alternate historical take on America’s civil rights struggles..."
matociquala: (writing whiskey wicked faerie)
Subterranean Press has an order page up for ad eternum, and Publishers Weekly has a review.

I'm fond of this line: "...a neat alternate historical take on America’s civil rights struggles..."
matociquala: (sf farscape d'argo's your daddy)

And that's the revision of "Underground" done.

These New Amsterdam vampire stories are hard to write, because I have it in my head that wampyrs don't change much. Which means the character development always happens in the people around them, and the wampyrs are catalysts.

There's one notable exception to that, but it's a spoiler for as eternum, and so I think for now I will decline to share.

And that was a most excellently productive today. Let's see if I can be half as awesome tomorrow.

matociquala: (criminal minds elle reid gideon daddy is)
4,000 words. "Underground" is done.

A thirteen-hour workday. But I finished in time to watch Criminal Minds on tape delay.
matociquala: (criminal minds fate)
Death to "Underground!"

Darling: "Dead lady, I hope you have a plan."

Denouement... in... progress...

I just have to get to the Hard Choice, and this will be a completed short story. Or, um. Possibly a novellette. As it's already 31 pages.

*sigh*
matociquala: (spies avengers steed and peel needed)
A thousand words so far today on "Underground."

words Word don't know: boulangerie

Meanwhile, in a fit of procrastination (and pre-website-reboot catwaxing) I've finally caved to peer pressure and set up a facebook fan page for that Elizabeth Bear construct person. Which will be full of work-related stuff. Unlike this livejournal. ;-)
matociquala: (spies mfu sleeps on planes)
Tea today: Twinings Lapsang Souchong
Teacup today: Japanese bamboo

2011 03 30 daily commute

Sadly, that bread with goat cheese and fig preserves is ALL GONE NOW. So I shall put on my big girl pants, and try to finish "Underground."
matociquala: (writing patience)
3,000 words on "Underground" today and tonight. I was going to stay up all night and finish it, but the flesh is weak. Silly flesh.

So I'm going to bed and I'll write the rest of it tomorrow. I know everything that happens, and I'm at the point where I just really wish I could download.

Also, the sooner I finish it, the sooner I get to spend a couple of days glutting myself on books and serial television.

It is possible that the thing I love most about the New Amsterdam continuity is that I get to put medieval Paris, London, and Moscow back where they belong. Because in this continuity, nobody bulldozed, bombed, or burned them. Well, okay, bits of London got bombed. But not until 1937 or so.

Sadly, not-St. Petersburg is a total loss, however.

Words word don't know: motheaten, squinch, griefs, clowders, mured, oathbound,
matociquala: (froud magician)
It took me until yesterday (when I was hanging my print, and the crotch was at eye level) to realize that Brian Froud's "The Magician" is a woman in drag. That's kind of awesome, and it reminds me I need to write another Maledysaunte and Riordan story one of these days.... oh, wait, possibly I need to write it right now. Maybe that's the missing plot thread in The Shaded King. (Maybe it's not. I need to think about this some more.)

Well. not right now. Because I need to finish "Underground" first, and working on that is the plan for the day.

I meant to say: [livejournal.com profile] thatpotteryguy sent me an amazing clay bread pan that I will be trying out as soon as the bread situation in the house attrits a little. Right now, because I went on a massive baking spree, we have two kinds of bread and two kinds of muffins. I am currently eating one of the English muffins for breakfast, with the amazing fig jam that [livejournal.com profile] fidelioscabinet's sister  made (I wonder how many fig wasp larvae I'm devouring) and the chana (bengal gram, chick peas, garbanzo beans) that I left in the slow cooker overnight. Spicy! (NB: The correct ratio is ~1 Scotch Bonnet to 1 lb dry chana.)

It's a poser that nutrition tracking software won't accept "a handful" as the proper serving size for raisins. (Which, while I was throwing the ball for the dog this morning, resolved into my head as a series of parrot westerns: A Fistful of Raisins, For a Few Raisins More, and The Good, the Bird, and the Ugly.)

I'm not sure I really believe this cobra is from the Bronx. Not enough F-bombs.

And just think, you chose to read this blog of your own free will.

Aww. And now breakfast is over (sad!). Which means its time to go to work.

Tea today: Upton peach with flowers
Teacup today: Bat country

2011 03 29 daily commute 002 

2011 03 29 daily commute 001

Aw, now there's a sleepy dog head on my foot. How am I supposed to get up and go to work?
matociquala: (writing new amsterdam)
2011 03 26 daily commute

Tea: Stash Meyer lemon
Teacup: Teddy bears

Time to start "Underground." Maybe I'll get to read a book tomorrow...
matociquala: (writing gorey earbrass conscious but ver)
ad eternum

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 34.5
Microsoft words/Pages total: 18,649/97
Manuscript words total: 24,250
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 7,149
Sustenance: Macaroni and cheese, liverwurst and ham sandwich, olive salad, radishes, pita chips, chocolate cupcake filled with goat cheese, carrots, more mac and cheese, risotto (it has veggies!), Kashi crunch and almond milk, toasted anadama bread (there was still another loaf in the freezer!) with butter, more liverwurst with harissa, more olive salad, more mac and cheese, a steamed black sesame bun, more carrots, halvah, beans and rice (Yellow Indian Woman Beans! Actually pretty good.)
Caffeine and caffeine substitute: Upton Darjeeling, Stash White Christmas, Stash pomegranate rooibos, hot chocolate. Stash mangosteen green, V8, galangal-ale, assam tea,
Alcohol: Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre, Rumpelmintz, half a winter lager
Dancing: all the way to the top of the stairs.
Sleep: 5.5 hours
Exercise: Did a little yoga, and a little more. And a whole half-hour this morning.
Mean things: self-knowledge
Darling:
words Word don't know: steepled, aeroplanes, unaltering, Savile, Manhattanite, calligraphed, fumblings, fortyish, roundish, unintroduced, untasted, untacked, Reconquista, ow, stoppered, wampyrs, Kashrut, magics, unputrefying, spellcasting, bentside, eyeshine, shapeshifter, golds, deathwish,
Tyop: -- 


24,250 / 24,250 words. NaN% done!

Right. Tomorrow is a rest day.
matociquala: (writing gorey earbrass conscious but ver)
ad eternum

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 34.5
Microsoft words/Pages total: 18,649/97
Manuscript words total: 24,250
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 7,149
Sustenance: Macaroni and cheese, liverwurst and ham sandwich, olive salad, radishes, pita chips, chocolate cupcake filled with goat cheese, carrots, more mac and cheese, risotto (it has veggies!), Kashi crunch and almond milk, toasted anadama bread (there was still another loaf in the freezer!) with butter, more liverwurst with harissa, more olive salad, more mac and cheese, a steamed black sesame bun, more carrots, halvah, beans and rice (Yellow Indian Woman Beans! Actually pretty good.)
Caffeine and caffeine substitute: Upton Darjeeling, Stash White Christmas, Stash pomegranate rooibos, hot chocolate. Stash mangosteen green, V8, galangal-ale, assam tea,
Alcohol: Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre, Rumpelmintz, half a winter lager
Dancing: all the way to the top of the stairs.
Sleep: 5.5 hours
Exercise: Did a little yoga, and a little more. And a whole half-hour this morning.
Mean things: self-knowledge
Darling:
words Word don't know: steepled, aeroplanes, unaltering, Savile, Manhattanite, calligraphed, fumblings, fortyish, roundish, unintroduced, untasted, untacked, Reconquista, ow, stoppered, wampyrs, Kashrut, magics, unputrefying, spellcasting, bentside, eyeshine, shapeshifter, golds, deathwish,
Tyop: -- 


24,250 / 24,250 words. NaN% done!

Right. Tomorrow is a rest day.
matociquala: (writing palencar horrid glory)
2011 03 22 Daily Commute Nightshift

This day's work deserves a second teacup shot, since I decided that having reached the last scene and a half, I was breaking out the good china.

Also, there was a break today to do a few auto repairs. J.B. Weld was involved. And a dremel tool.

2011 03 22 Bondo and Discipline 013

(That's [livejournal.com profile] thecoughlin being butch, not me.) But hey, sparks!

ad eternum

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 32.75
Microsoft words/Pages total: 17,600/93
Manuscript words total: 23,250
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 6,300
Sustenance: Macaroni and cheese, liverwurst and ham sandwich, olive salad, radishes, pita chips, chocolate cupcake filled with goat cheese, carrots, more mac and cheese, risotto (it has veggies!), Kashi crunch and almond milk, toasted anadama bread (there was still another loaf in the freezer!) with butter, more liverwurst with harissa, more olive salad, more mac and cheese, a steamed black sesame bun, more carrots, halvah, beans and rice (Yellow Indian Woman Beans! Actually pretty good.)
Caffeine and caffeine substitute: Upton Darjeeling, Stash White Christmas, Stash pomegranate rooibos, hot chocolate. Stash mangosteen green, V8, galangal-ale, assam tea,
Alcohol: Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre, Rumpelmintz, half a winter lager
Dancing: with the dog
Sleep: 5.5 hours
Exercise: Did a little yoga, and a little more. And a whole half-hour this morning.
Mean things: getting what you want
Darling: She would have said his name in protest, but she didn't know what name to say.
words Word don't know: steepled, aeroplanes, unaltering, Savile, Manhattanite, calligraphed, fumblings, fortyish, roundish, unintroduced, untasted, untacked, Reconquista, ow, stoppered, wampyrs, Kashrut, magics, unputrefying, spellcasting, bentside,
Tyop: -- 



17600 / 20000 words. 88% done!
matociquala: (writing literature vonnegut asshole)
ad eternum

Hours since draft-kill commencement: 27
Microsoft words/Pages total: 17,000/90
Manuscript words total: 22,500
Microsoft words since draft-kill commencement: 5,700
Sustenance: Macaroni and cheese, liverwurst and ham sandwich, olive salad, radishes, pita chips, chocolate cupcake filled with goat cheese, carrots, more mac and cheese, risotto (it has veggies!), Kashi crunch and almond milk, toasted anadama bread (there was still another loaf in the freezer!) with butter, more liverwurst with harissa, more olive salad, more mac and cheese, a steamed black sesame bun, more carrots
Caffeine and caffeine substitute: Upton Darjeeling, Stash White Christmas, Stash pomegranate rooibos, hot chocolate. Stash mangosteen green, V8, galangal-ale,
Alcohol: Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre, Rumpelmintz
Dancing: with the dog
Sleep: 5.5 hours
Exercise: Did a little yoga, and a little more. And a whole half-hour this morning.
Mean things: Hard truth, told plainly
Darling: "If I were cruel," the wampyr said, "I would grant your wish."
words Word don't know: steepled, aeroplanes, unaltering, Savile, Manhattanite, calligraphed, fumblings, fortyish, roundish, unintroduced, untasted, untacked, Reconquista, ow, stoppered, wampyrs, Kashrut, magics, unputrefying, spellcasting, bentside,
Tyop: -- 

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