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.
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!
(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 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!
<--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. :)
Come find me at:
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.
Hey folks! If you're going to be in Chicago this weekend, come find me at BEA and/or the Nebulas!
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!
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!
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Oh right, I also want to list them out so you can boggle.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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