Mid-Month Round-Up

Updates

Is it really March already? It must be, because the mustard-weed has bloomed and my eyes will just. not. stop. watering. But hey, bonus: the hills behind my house are finally green again, and I'm not living life huddled under a blanket, hurrah!

Writing-wise, I'm turning in book two of the Scorched Continent series next week! It's been done awhile, but I've been fiddling with word choice and such. It's always hard to let a story go, but deadlines certainly help.

Obligatory award season recap:

With the Hugo Awards opening for nominations, I've gathered information on my eligibility over in this post. The short version is: Of Blood and Brine is eligible for the Short Story category, I'm in my second year of Campbell eligibility, and Steal the Sky won't be eligible until next year.

Of Blood and Brine is also eligible for the Locus Awards, and anyone can vote on their website!

Inspiration

I've been on a baking kick lately, and also obsessed with matcha. Hence, this matcha cake with with lemon white chocolate buttercream. So good, so delightfully green.

Mini matcha cake with lemon white chocolate buttercream.
Mini matcha cake with lemon white chocolate buttercream.

A Story Recommendation

Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer - I've been playing too much Neko Atsume while obsessively researching AI. This story could not have hit me at a better time.

Hanging with Officer Craig at The Book Shop in Hayward
Hanging with Officer Craig at The Book Shop in Hayward

Updates

Holy wow, this month has been busy! I came back from an incredibly fun time at ConFusion and hit the ground running on my final revision pass for the Scorched Continent Book Two. It's just about ready to be turned in, and I'm really excited to share it with you all. Mike and I have already talked cover treatment, and I think it's going to be gorgeous. I can't wait to see what Kim Sokol whips up next.

In the meantime, I've revealed my dirty geek secret over on SF Signal. Please don't run me out of town.

With the Hugo Awards opening for nominations, I've gathered information on my eligibility over in this post. The short version is: Of Blood and Brine is eligible for the Short Story category, I'm in my second year of Campbell eligibility, and Steal the Sky won't be eligible until next year.

Inspiration

Finger-painting. It's cheaper than therapy. And booze.

fingerpainting

A Story Recommendation

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates - Beautiful and haunting.

pippin-bookUpdates

This month has been jam-packed with Steal the Sky related things, as you'd expect. The book released in mass market paperback and e-book January 5th, and people seem to be enjoying it. Hooray! Here are some reviews, if you're curious: npr, The Speculative Herald, and SF Signal.

I've been scampering around the internet and the real world creating guest posts, answering interview questions, and hosting signings in the Northern California area. That info can all be found here:

Blog Tour

Signing Tour

  • January 9th, 2016 @ 3pm | Borderlands Books, San Francisco, CA, USA |Facebook Event Page
  • January 16th, 2016 @ 2pm | Barnes & Noble, Antioch, CA, USA | Facebook Event Page
  • January 23rd, 2016 @ 4pm | Novi Sheraton (ConFusion), Novi, MI, USA
  • January 29th, 2016 @ 7:30pm | Avid Reader Books, Davis, CA, USA | Facebook Event Page
  • February 13th, 2016 @ 1-3pm | The Book Shop, Hayward, CA, USA | Facebook Event Page
  • March 19th, 2016 @ 1pm | Copperfield's Books, Petaluma, CA, USA

This weekend I take off to ConFusion in Michigan, and I am so looking forward to sharing the shenanigans that follow with you all when I get back!

Inspiration

This month's inspiration is all about the first flower grown in space. Isn't it lovely?

first-space-flower
Image courtsey of NASA

A Story Recommendation

The Eyes Have It by Philip K. Dick - An old, tongue-in-cheek, favorite of mine. Short and well worth the read to those who love language.