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End of Year Wrap-Up, Belated

posted Jan 24, 2017, 9:31 AM by Tina Connolly   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 10:13 AM ]

So it's the end of January. That's okay. The past few months have been...busy.

I'm cleaning up my Appearances page to put in the 2017 dates of where you can find me. Just like this time last year, I'm like, oh hey, that's not a super-packed schedule. But I expect it will change. :)

I went to so many cool events in 2016. I'm very grateful to everyone who made these possible, or came out to them.

I went to Norwescon, Houston Teen Book Con, BEA, Westercon, WorldCon, PNBA, World Fantasy, Wordstock, and Orycon.

I went to the Nebulas when Seriously Wicked was nominated for a Norton and to the OCTE conference when Seriously Wicked received an Oregon Spirit Book Award honor.

I traveled to a bunch of awesome bookstores and libraries for Seriously Wicked, On the Eyeball Floor, and Seriously Shifted: Barnes & Noble Bridgeport, Another Read Through (PDX), the University Bookstore (Seattle),  Powell's Cedar Hills, Corvallis-Benton County Library / Grass Roots Books, and Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego).

I taught at the League of Exceptional Writers - "Writing Dialogue with Sparkle & Snap" - at the Cedar Hills Powells in January. And in April, Caroline M. Yoachim and I taught a One-Day Workshop through Clarion West - "From Idea to Story".

And my new short play, "Silence", was performed several times by the Pulp Stage.

That's a lot of events! I'll wrap up publications in the next post. Thank you again for coming out to see me last year! I enjoyed every one of these events.

WorldCon schedule! Seattle Reading! And I turned in my book!

posted Aug 8, 2016, 3:48 PM by Tina Connolly

Radio SFWA - 2016 Nebulas
First off, I turned in the third Seriously Wicked book! And there was much rejoicing! *rejoices*

Second. Here's a picture from Radio SFWA, which I helped perform at the Nebulas this year in Chicago.  Here's a link to see the whole song and dance.

Third. I'm shortly off to WorldCon! I have some super great panels and other things. Here, take a look!


  • Book Club: The Lie Tree - Thurs Aug 18, 3pm
  • Truly, Madly, Funny: SF That Makes Us Smile - Thurs Aug 18, 5pm
  • Latchkey Kids in Fiction - Fri Aug 19, 10am
  • Autographing - Fri Aug 19, noon
  • Launch Party with Fairwood Press for my debut collection, On the Eyeball Floor! - Fri Aug 19, 8pm
  • Autographing at the Fairwood Press table - Sat, Aug 20, 11am
  • Escape Artists Group Reading - Sat, Aug 20, 2pm
  • Playwriting Techniques for Fiction - Sun Aug 21, noon

(And obvs, just click on the link to see the locations of everything, as well as the crazy awesome list of panelists I get to be paired with!)

U Bookstore
Fourth. As soon as I come back, I'm heading up to Seattle to read with Caroline M. Yoachim at the U Bookstore for the PNW launch party of our collections! Mine is On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, and Caroline's is Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World and Other Stories. The date for that is Thursday, August 25 at 7pm.

(I'm inserting a picture that Caroline recently and kindly took of ALL MY BOOKS at the U Bookstore. Well, all the ones that have come out so far! It's pretty exciting to have a 2-book release year - the collection comes out August 16, and then Seriously Shifted comes out November 1! More details about that release to come...)

I hope to see some of you at WorldCon or in Seattle!

Westercon Schedule! The Usual Path to Publication! And More!

posted Jun 27, 2016, 7:23 PM by Tina Connolly

I am busy finishing up the first draft of Seriously Wicked #3 (seriously, the end is in sight!) So here are a whole bunch of random links for you that I've been meaning to share. And if you're in Portland, come find me this weekend at Westercon! I'll be the one with the laptop . . . working on Seriously Wicked #3. (So! Close!)

<--Me reading at Norwescon and looking dubious, courtesy of Jenna Miller



First off: I have an essay in The Usual Path to Publication, ed. Shannon Page - find it at Book View Cafe or Amazon. I've read a few of the essays (they're all about breaking in to the biz) and it's a super fun book.

Like Seriously Wicked, Seriously Shifted is also going to be a Junior Library Guild pick. Yay! This means it will be in a bunch more libraries!

I narrated Yoon Ha Lee's "Shadow's Weave" for Beneath Ceaseless Skies's 200th issue! Delighted to be included in this milestone for BCS.

My co-hosting gig with Escape Pod started a little bit ago. You can hear me hosting my first couple eps at Divided by Zero and Saints, Beasts, and Zombies. More to come, of course!

Westercon Schedule! This weekend in Portland! This Saturday you have two ways to come hang out with me - first at the 11am Kaffeeklatsch (basically we hang out and chat, so that'll be fun whatever happens), and then I have a reading at 12:30. I will read . . . something. Something funny? Very probably. :)

Full Schedule:
  • Autograph Session - July 1, 4pm
  • Kaffeeklatsch  - July 2, 11am
  • Reading! - July 2, 12:30pm
  • How to Revise - July 2, 4pm 
  • Young Adult Fantasy We Read - July 3, 1pm
  • Books into Audiobooks - July 3, 3pm

Portland Events this weekend + Oregon Spirit Book Award

posted Jun 9, 2016, 7:16 AM by Tina Connolly

In the "It never rains but it pours" category (sidenote: true in Kansas, not true in Oregon) I have two local events this weekend. 

Come find me at:



  • Friday 10th, 7pm - Barnes & Noble at Bridgeport in Tigard, OR. I'll be there as part of the national Teen B-Fest with fellow authors Jason Gurley and Daniel Wilson. We'll be doing a trivia game and handing out prizes, so stop in!

  • Saturday 11th, 1:30-3 - Another Read Through bookstore in Portland, OR. I'm doing a Young Adult Panel with Kate Ristau, Ali Berman, and Suzy Vitello - we'll read from our books and do some Q&A. There may be cake. Come on by!

ADDITIONALLY: I'm delighted to say that Seriously Wicked received an Oregon Spirit Book Honor Award in the YA category! The book and I get to go to a luncheon this fall with fellow Honoree Teri Brown and Winner Fonda Lee. The book is given by Oregon teachers and librarians to a "distinguished contribution to children’s literature or young adult literature that engages and encourages readers’ imagination, discovery, and understanding, reflecting the spirit and values held by Oregonians." Which makes me super happy.


BEA and Nebulas

posted May 11, 2016, 10:02 PM by Tina Connolly

Hey folks! If you're going to be in Chicago this weekend, come find me at BEA and/or the Nebulas!

BEA -
I have a signing at BEA on Friday from 2-3, table 7. (Ask at the Macmillan table if you get lost.) I will have a stack of Seriously Wickeds there to give out! Come get one!

Nebulas - 
Friday 4-5 I'm on "Podcasting for Writers" with Tanya DePass, Kate Baker, & K Tempest Bradford.
Friday 8-9:30 - Mass Autographing, open to anyone at all, even if you're not attending the conference!
Saturday 1-2 I'm in the Expert Village talking about (and demo'ing, if you wish!) face painting! Sign up for a 10-minute slot and learn anything you wanted to know about being a carnie.

I will also be at all the Banquet stuff, since Seriously Wicked is nominated in the YA category. It truly is an honor just to be nominated, and I intend to go and have a lot of fun. :)

See you soon!

Houston Teen Book Con - AMAZING

posted Apr 6, 2016, 9:42 AM by Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly &amp; Jeff Zentner
Guys, I just had a fabulous couple weeks - first Norwescon, where I had a packed reading and many awesome panels (tip: if you want to hear me being especially opinionated, come hear me talk about dialogue), and then last weekend, Teen Book Con in Houston, sponsored by the lovely Blue Willow Books.

<--this is a picture of me with former Lawrence, Kansas neighbor (literally we lived like a block apart) Jeff Zentner, who has just released his debut The Serpent King. It is getting SO MUCH GOOD PRESS. I brought it home and can't wait to read it.

Anyway. Look. If you ever get a chance to hang out with a school packed full of teens who LOVE TO READ, you should DO THAT THING. It was amazing. We were all wishing there'd been something like that when we were in high school. I met so many fabulous readers, writers, artists, librarians, educators, booksellers, etc, etc. It was literally the best. Literally. 

Oh, and another thing that is also the best? You are looking at the new co-host of Escape Pod. YES. If you like science fiction short stories, and you're not already listening to the biggest and oldest SF podcast, then sign on up and come join us. 

Two podcasts - "Black Hearts" at Pseudopod & "Night at the Opera" at Podcastle

posted Feb 7, 2016, 4:21 PM by Tina Connolly

pseudopod
I recently worked on two podcasts for Escape Artists! 

"Black Hearts" by Shannon Peavey just went live as part of their Women in Horror showcase. It's a nicely creepy weird west tale, and I like narrating those. 



podcastle

And I read the part of 13-year-old Belina for Martha Wells's "Night at the Opera" for Podcastle's 400th episode! Pleased to be a part of this full-cast recording on this fun story.





Where I was in 2015

posted Dec 31, 2015, 11:38 PM by Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly at Orycon; picture by Tracy Erickson
I suppose I can take these off of my "appearances" page now...so if you don't mind indulging me, I'd like to take a moment to boggle at every where I was this year.

*boggles*

Oh right, I also want to list them out so you can boggle.

*lists*

In Jan/Feb - the Pulp Stage performed BOX for the first time, at the Hipbone Studio here in Portland.

In April I gave my last Silverblind reading at the Ledding Library in Milwaukie. Also in April the Pulp Stage performed "Frederika" at one of their evening events.

In May Seriously Wicked came out and I did a lot of tour stops. I had a launch party at Powell's Cedar Hills here in Portland. Went down to Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego and up to Seattle Mystery Bookshop. Also went out to Redmond as part of a "How Not to Write a Novel Panel."

In June I read/signed from Seriously Wicked in the Stayton, OR library, at the Tanasbourne B&N in Beaverton, at the Raven Bookstore in my hometown of Lawrence KS, and at the KS Union as part of the Campbell Conference. I also did a library trivia event out in North Plains Oregon.

In July the Pulp Stage did a teaser from BOX at the Ledding Library.

In August I presented on "Podcasting 101" at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, then went to WorldCon in Spokane where I did a reading with Beth Cato, and a signing.

In September I was at the Hillsdale Library in Portland for a Teen Council meeting.

In October I got to perform in Alex Shvartsman's "Explaining Chthulhu to Grandma" at the Lovecraft Film Festival.
Portland, Oregon, Oct 3rd, 12pm, taught a playwriting workshop for the Young Willamette Writers, and went down to Salem to the Reader's Guide Bookstore for a signing.

In November I went to World Fantasy in Saratoga Springs, and Orycon in Portland. Did a bunch of panels and readings both places. (The picture is of my reading at Orycon, taken by Tracy Erickson.) Also participated in NW Authorfest at Cedar Hills Powells.

In December I was out at the B&N in Clackamas with the Willamette Writers Books for Kids event. And, finally, we closed out the year with the second performance of BOX, this time in the epic one-night version.

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I feel very lucky to have gotten to go to so many wonderful bookstores and libraries! (And conventions!) (And shows!) Thanks so much to all of you who helped me, came out to see me, and everything else. I am looking forward to 2016.

End of the Year Wrap-Up

posted Dec 10, 2015, 10:41 PM by Tina Connolly

BOX at Pulp Stage
Well, first off, you still have time to catch BOX, if you haven't. Friday night tickets are SOLD OUT, but there are still tickets left for Saturday. (Dec 12.) Your chance to be able to say that you were there at the beginning...

THINGS WHAT APPEARED THIS YEAR


Uh, so I thought I wouldn't have much to put here and I guess when I look at it, it uh...explains why I've been so busy this year.


Short stories

Reprints

Podcasts
  • Old Dead Futures, first at Tor.com, podcast at Drabblecast, read by Hugh O'Donnel
  • See Dangerous Earth-Possibles!, podcast in the WDSF audio, read by Harlan Ellison (TM)
  • Super Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day!, first in UFO 3, podcast at Podcastle (amazing full cast!) 

Novels

Plays
  • BOX, the 3-night version (Jan/Feb 2015), refined into BOX, the 1-night version (Dec 2015)

Narrations

Additionally
  • My recipe for Toasted Cake came out in Ad Astra, the SFWA cookbook
  • The actual Toasted Cake podcast finished up (for now) at 150 episodes
  • I probably ate some toasted cake, too.

And, it's technically a 2016 publication date, but my co-written novelette with Caroline M. Yoachim, We Will Wake Among the Gods, Among the Stars, is now on stands in Analog!

Happy Holidays, kids. I'll see you on the flip side.

Orycon Schedule, and a picture of the epic WFC reading

posted Nov 12, 2015, 1:03 PM by Tina Connolly   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 1:05 PM ]

Tina Connolly &amp; CSE Cooney at WFC
Epic World Fantasy Reading! Ably assisted by the remarkable CSE Cooney, we read a selection from BOX (my SF play, co-written with Matt Haynes), followed by a selection from The Bone Swans of Amandale, from Cooney's gorgeous collection, Bone Swans. Thanks so much to all who came! It was a nicely crowded room full of friends.

(Picture by Caroline M. Yoachim, who was also epic at her reading, as she SANG.)

Also, a continuing signal boost to the issue of accessibility at all cons. We can do better! I heard about a number of issues this weekend that I hadn't thought about, having no mobility issues myself at the present time. I tried to listen, and learn for the future.

Next week is Orycon here in Portland. I'm looking forward to spending some time with all my PNW friends. I've got some panels and a reading (and I'm helping face paint for the kids' parade!). Full schedule below and here on Sched in a prettier format.

  • Collaborating for Fun and Profit - Fri, Nov 20, 3-4pm
  • The Art of Pitching Your Book - Fri, Nov 20, 7-8pm
  • Reading - Sat, Nov 21, 11-11:30am (There will be artisanal gumdrops. I say no more.)
  • Autograph Session - Sat, Nov 21, 2-3pm
  • Me Talk Pretty: Dialogue - Sun, Nov 22, 10-11am
  • Feedback Workshop - Sun, Nov 22, 1-2pm
  • Publishing Novels and Stories as Audiobooks and Podcasts - Sun, Nov 22, 2-3pm
It's capped off by an epic mass signing at Powell's Cedar Hills on Sunday, from 4-5. Literally, like, everyone will be there. Literally. (Sorry, we've finally been watching Parks & Rec and I literally can't stop saying it.)

Locals, see you soon!


#SFWApro





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