Hugo Speeches: Thanks for All the Llamas

Hugo Speeches: Thanks for All the Llamas

Aug 17, 2014

So! How about those Hugos? As for me, I said what I wanted to say in the acceptance speeches, which I’ll reprint below for those who missed them. Thanks again to Kate Elliott and Tricia Sullivan for accepting in my absence, and to all the fans, readers, and colleagues who’ve supported me while I ranted my way out here along the margins. It’s an...

Valuing the Work: Writers and Chasing Our Way to the Bottom

Valuing the Work: Writers and Chasing Our Way to the Bottom

Aug 6, 2014

For reasons various and sundry, I have a lawyer I consult with on Intellectual Property matters. Anyone who knows my publishing history can probably figure out why. I got an invoice yesterday for $72, a charge for the time it took them to read and respond to an email of mine about a particular matter. I was not at all outraged or whatever by this – merely...

Nobody’s Normal: Introversion and the Writing Life

Nobody’s Normal: Introversion and the Writing Life

Aug 4, 2014

I woke up at 3 a.m. yesterday to a panic attack. Adrenaline coursed through my body; it was like a jolt of juice in the arm, a desperate desire to fight or flee flooding me from head to toe, compelling me to move, to act. I sat in bed for some time, heart racing, talking myself down. There was no immediate danger. No tornado or wild animal to flee from. No...

Hacking the Writing Life: On Being a Writer With Three Jobs

Hacking the Writing Life: On Being a Writer With Three Jobs

Aug 1, 2014

There’s a lot of doom and gloom in the publishing industry these days, the biggest doom and gloom of all being from midlist writers who used to be able to make a decent living wage on a book or a book and a half a year who find that, at best, they can pull in $5-15k a year now. The squeezing out of the midlist mirrors the squeezing out of the middle class...

GenCon Schedule: Indianapolis Area Appearances

GenCon Schedule: Indianapolis Area Appearances

Jul 29, 2014

Announcing my final (in person) appearance for the year, and it’s… a busy one. I’ll be at GenCon in Indianapolis, IN as opposed to Loncon (same weekend!), as it is far cheaper and within driving distance from my house. Bonus! Also, I can avoid the Hugo ceremony there. Because that’s going to be special, for a host of reasons. I’ll...

Readercon Schedule: Boston area appearances!

Readercon Schedule: Boston area appearances!

Jul 7, 2014

So, right off the heels of CONvergence, I have a smaller, lit-focused con I’m attending this weekend outside Boston – Readercon. This will be a much slower-paced con, as I’m told there are only about 750 or so folks there, mostly writers and book-loving folks, which I anticipate will be a very, very different con experience. Certainly more my...

The Angry Robot Imprint Bomb & MIRROR EMPIRE

The Angry Robot Imprint Bomb & MIRROR EMPIRE

Jun 20, 2014

I wasn’t going to comment at length on this, because MIRROR EMPIRE and EMPIRE ASCENDANT are published by Angry Robot Books, as opposed to its imprints, which were cancelled today, Exhibit A and Strange Chemistry. My heart goes out to all the staff and authors affected by these decisions, which I know were painful. I’ve had a contract cancelled...

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