matociquala: (criminal minds elle lucky)
The final episode of Shadow Unit is live, and I am having a complicated emotional response.

I also have a draft program for LonCon III. And I sold a short story to Asimov's and another one to a Sekrit Projekt.

(There will also be at least one signing at the Gollancz table, and I am hoping for a Kaffeklatsch or Literary Beer or reading, but those have not been assigned yet.)

A Reader's Life During Peak Short Fiction

Friday 12:00 - 13:30

There are now more speculative short stories published than any one person can hope to read -- or even find. So how do fans of the short-form navigate this landscape? With so much ground to cover, how does an individual reader find stories they like -- are we more author-driven in our reading habits? Conversely, how and why do particular stories "break out" and become more widely known? To what extent is the greater volume of material enabling -- and recognising -- a greater diversity of authors and topics? And what is the place of short fiction in today's field -- testing ground for ideas, the heart of the discussion, or something else?

Jetse de Vries (M), Abigail Nussbaum, Jonathan Strahan, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Elizabeth Bear

Zombies Run! New Ways of Understanding Games

Friday 13:30 - 15:00

Not all of us think of ourselves as gamers, yet it's quite likely that we've got a number of games or apps on our tablets and phones, or sneaking a quick game of solitaire between breaks. Purchases of games on apps are a huge part of gaming culture, yet many players don't like to be seen as 'gamers'. Perhaps this is because of the sterotypes that surround the image of the gamer, but app purchases also allow alternative groups of players and play style. This panel looks at app gaming, including the interactive running game, Zombies, Run! Writers and developers will discuss not only why Zombies, Run! has become such a success, but what this means in terms of the identity of the gamer.

Ciaran Roberts (M), Naomi Alderman, Elizabeth Bear, Andrea Phillips

Duelling by Starlight: The Joyful Poetry of Space Opera

Saturday 19:00 - 20:00

Space operas are stories of freedom: from the quotidian, or the logic of history, or the constraints of physics itself ... and, often, freedom of the imagination, freedom of the pen. It's sometimes said that the futures of space opera are fantastical, but when are they poetic? Consider the wit of Iain Banks' Culture, the baroque of Justina Robson's Natural History, or the ceaseless invention of Yoon Ha Lee's mythic tales: how do these writers, and others, use language and narrative structure to liberate and excite us? And in our liberation, what do these writers let us see more clearly?

Robert Reed, Jaine Fenn, Rosie Oliver, Adam Roberts, Elizabeth Bear, Hannu Rajaniemi

The Spies We (Still) Love

Sunday 10:00 - 11:00

From James Bond, UNCLE, and the (British!) Avengers to SHIELD and Person of Interest, the world of spies and conspiracy has long been a fixture of Western SF on screen. Yet there has always been ambivalence about such agents' real-world counterparts, and these days most of us have reservations about the extent of US/UK surveilance and big data manipulation. Bearing in mind this context, how have espionage stories evolved over the last forty years? Which shows and films have endured? And which modern examples are most artistically or politically successful, and why?

Nicholas Whyte (M), Elizabeth Bear, Colin Harvey, Gillian Redfearn, Stefanie Zurek


Tiptree Auction

Sunday 4:30-6:00

(Hosting)

matociquala: (writing shadow unit todd remorseful)
The second to last episode of Shadow Unit is up now. It's called "Asylum," and it's be C. L. Polk and me.

It's taken 7 years, 10 writers, 3 editors, 1 illustrator, 1 photographer, 2 geeks, 1 book designer, 1 accountant, and 1 web ghoul.

And countless fans.

And we're actually about to bring this motherfucker home. 

Tonight, on Shadow Unit.

Everything changes.

I mean, even more so than usual.

matociquala: (criminal minds garcia plan b)
So, it's true. The penultimate episode of Shadow Unit, "Asylum," (by Chelsea Polk and also me) is in final edits, and we're hard at work on the final episode of the best horror/S.F./cop TV show that never was: "Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes."

  

Emma, Will, Leah, Amanda, Chelsea, Sarah, Holly, Stephen, Lauren, Kyle, and I have been working on this show in varying capacities since (in most cases) 2007. And here we are, at the finish line, seven years later. With five "seasons" of a virtual T.V. show under our belt, and (based on ebook sales) thousands of satisfied or at least pissed-off fans.

Well, we have a special treat for the series finale. Not only is this going to be what I believe the Hollywood types call "explosive," (heh. Heh. Heh heh heh.) but we have a Special Guest Writer joining Emma and I to pen it.

It's somebody I've wanted to work with for a long time, and I am kind of beside myself with squeee about how awesome thing is going to be.

But I'm not going to tell you yet who it is. Because I'm an asshole, and I'm going to give everybody the weekend to think it over.

Here's your hint: "Full House."

*snickers up sleeve*

Yeah. This is going to be fun.
matociquala: (writing shadow unit todd remorseful)
After long hiatus, I bring you new Shadow Unit! "Dark Leader," in which Hafidha learns about electricity, and Chaz gets shocked.

(Some days, you just can't resist an Avengers reference...)
matociquala: (criminal minds fate)
Whew. Well, I have been a productive bear!

[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange and I survived the zombie run, despite bankruptcy (theirs), cold (Texas's), and insufficient packing (mine.)

I'm plugging away on Karen Memory, though I've hit that bit in the middle of the book where I have to stop and think about things. This is complicated by some reasonably scary family medical stuff that's causing me fairly significant anxiety. Still hoping to make my deadline, but it might be a near thing. Fortunately, [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch will be coming out to visit me after his Exciting Toronto Book Tour! (He's signing at the beautiful Bakka Phoenix this weekend!) and that will help make everything better.

But the really exciting news is that Emma and Will and I have finally finished "Dark Leader." Or at least, nearly. It's got one scene left to be written, and then it goes to beta read, and there will be NEW MUCH-DELAYED SHADOW UNIT. And after that, three more episodes. 0.0

And I just got a bunch of other small projects cleared up. So all that's left is Karen, really. And some nonfiction stuff I need to do.


45400 / 80000 words. 57% done!

I need to get on this. 0.0 Augh, deadlines and life.

And here's my honeydew list now.

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: 6 January 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February or April 2014
Tiptree story: 30 June 2014
Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
"A Time to Reap": 1 August 2014
Other apocalypse story:  31 December 2014

Book proposal: Eternal Sky 4-6

"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": ?
An Apprentice to Elves: ?



travel and appearances 2014:
MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 10th at 6 pm. (with scott_lynch)
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
Windycon: Lombard, IL, November 14-16, 2014


2015:
Weird West story: August 2015



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
matociquala: (bad girls firefighters)
My goal from now until it's finished is a thousand words a day on "Dark Leader," and then a thousand words a day on "Green and Dying," and then the same on the story I don't have a title for yet but is due July 1. No excuses.

"Dark Leader" is the Shadow Unit story that should have been going up on Sunday. Um. Chances are it won't be. Sorry. There was this book that wanted a hundred extra pages. 0.0

I'm on it. It's all good.
matociquala: (wire in the blood)
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange and I and our matching purple dresses gave an interview to the Austin Post at Dragon's Lair's Indie Creator Night.



And the awesome [livejournal.com profile] scott_lynch has an exclusive chapter of his forthcoming The Republic of Thieves up at io9! (spoilers, natch.)
matociquala: (writing shadow unit todd remorseful)

Shadow Unit ebook volume 13 is out and available for download wherever fine pixels are pushed!


Shadow Unit volume 13


The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit hunts humanity's worst nightmares. But there are nightmares humanity doesn't dream are real. The BAU sends those cases down the hall. There, Stephen Reyes and his team pursue criminals transformed by a mysterious force: the anomaly.


Welcome to Shadow Unit.


$2.99 for suspense, mystery, and thrills by some of the today's finest SFF authors.


(Amazon) (Barnes & Noble) (Smashwords)


The stories:



"Wild Card" by Leah Bobet
"Underworld" by Elizabeth Bear
"Single Bullet Theory" by Chelsea Polk
"Apolysis" by Emma Bull and Will Shetterly

Plus two short extras!

In addition, Shadow Unit #1 is still available for !free! at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.


***

I'm still working on my Metatropolis III: Green Space story, with the Dylan Thomas-derived title "Green and Dying." I've discovered that the standing desk is great for everything except actually writing fiction; apparently I need to be able to turn my body off for that and live completely in my head. (Although I do some of my best thinking while running, walking, or washing dishes. Or driving. Alpha states; great for creativity.)


Today's tea is Republic of Tea's Vanilla Almond, a sentimental favorite from before I'd had very much really good tea. And the teacup is a Think Geek caffeine molecule mug. I guess it probably should have been my limited edition Shadow Unit "I hate you. Where's my coffee?" mug, but I planned badly.


2013-03-16 09.08.17

Yes, I am still sniffing Shattered Pillars three times a day. ZOMG it's REAL REAL BOOK. REAL.

So pretty.

Now to take the dog out for a nice easy jog.

One week to race day, four days to book day. Busy week!
matociquala: (atc)

New Shadow Unit! "Apolysis" by Emma Bull and Will Shetterly

matociquala: (new england quiet before the work)
Before I head back to the comma mines to get to page 500, I had some awesome news today, resulting in cake and gin cocktails.

Tor will be publishing my Heroic Hookers Of The Outermost Wild West novel, Karen Memory, probably in 2015.

Via [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia, to [livejournal.com profile] casacorona, etc.

WIKTORY!

This means I don't have to write a book proposal this summer, and also that I'm not unemployed as of May 1st. *g*

Also, I will be speaking at the ALA conference in Chicago in June, between 4th Street and ConVergence.

And due to scheduling conflicts, there is a Shadow Unit schedule rejigger. The February episode will be airing in March, which means the remaining four episodes after that will all be pushed back a month apiece.

Which means its time for an updated Honeydew....


 travel and appearances 2013:

Boskone: Boston, MA, February 15-17 2013
Signing: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton Highlands MA, March 20, 2013
Signing: Bookpeople, Austin TX, March 27 2013
Signing: Dragon's Lair, Austin TX, March 28 2013
Minicon: Minneapolis, MN, March 30-31 2013
Signing: Uncle Hugo's Bookstore, Minneapolis MN, April 13, 2013
Up in the Aether: Detroit, MI, May 23-27 2013
4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, MN, June 21-24, 2013
American Library Association (guest speaker): Chicago IL, June 28-30 2013
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN July 4-8, 2013
Readercon: Burlington, MA, July 11-14, 2013
Lone Star Con (San Antonio Worldcon): San Antonio, TX, August 29-September 1 2013
Context: Columbus, OH, September 27-29 2013 (GoH)
Viable Paradise: Oak Bluffs MA, October 11-16 2013 
World Fantasy Convention: Brighton England UK, October 31-November 3, 2013


2013:

Steles of the Sky rough draft: March 2, 2013

Book proposal madness!
OWW EC: March 15, 2013
Metatropolis III story: March 31, 2013
"Dark Leader": April 2013
Steles of the Sky final: May 1, 2013
Venusian story: July 1, 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": October 2013

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


2014:

Karen Memory: January 6, 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:

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"

It's still a good thing I'm superhuman.
matociquala: (criminal minds prentiss deed's sake tenn)
You put your demons there.
matociquala: (atc)
New Shadow Unit, boys and girls!

"Wild Card," by Leah Bobet.
matociquala: (writing shadow unit reyes alpha)
The first volume of Shadow Unit is now available as a proper paper book with a gorgeous Kyle Cassidy cover.

It will be available through Amazon within a week, and will slowly filter its way through the rest of the online distribution system.

This volume contains the first half of Season 1. Volume 2 should be available in about a month, with other volumes to follow.

And of course, Shadow Unit in its entirety is available for free online, and as a modestly priced ebook through the usual sources.

The story began in 2007, and will end in 2013. It's not too late to discover one of the coolest collaborative serials in the genre internets!
matociquala: (spies mfu bolsheviks _ naominovik)
Hey guys guess what?!

My Another Word column ("Dear Speculative Fiction, I'm Glad We Had This Talk") is live at Clarkesworld.

Today is Book Day for the audio version of Range of Ghosts. Narrated by the awesome Celeste Ciulla, it's available via iTunes and at Audible.com.



Meanwhile, the eleventh Shadow Unit ebook is out.



It contains "The Small Dark Movie of Your Life" by Leah Bobet, "Walking Back To Houston" by Chelsea Polk, "Bulletproof" by Emma Bull, "Down the Rabbit Hole" by Sarah Monette, and more, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for only $2.99, and at other major ebook sellers soon.

The first volume is only 99 cents at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Or you can read all the stories free at Shadow Unit. Just check out Episodes or Getting Started.
matociquala: (spies mfu bolsheviks _ naominovik)
Hey guys guess what?!

My Another Word column ("Dear Speculative Fiction, I'm Glad We Had This Talk") is live at Clarkesworld.

Today is Book Day for the audio version of Range of Ghosts. Narrated by the awesome Celeste Ciulla, it's available via iTunes and at Audible.com.



Meanwhile, the eleventh Shadow Unit ebook is out.



It contains "The Small Dark Movie of Your Life" by Leah Bobet, "Walking Back To Houston" by Chelsea Polk, "Bulletproof" by Emma Bull, "Down the Rabbit Hole" by Sarah Monette, and more, and is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords for only $2.99, and at other major ebook sellers soon.

The first volume is only 99 cents at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Or you can read all the stories free at Shadow Unit. Just check out Episodes or Getting Started.
matociquala: (atc)
New Sunday night Shadow Unit!

Sometimes heroism is a very quiet struggle.
matociquala: (writing shadow unit reyes alpha)
New Shadow Unit. "Latency," on the WTF.

A return... and a departure.

March 2017

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