I am thrilled to see that editor John Joseph Adams announced Dead Man’s Hand, a weird western anthology coming from Titan Books. My story, “Second Hand,” will be in the anthology, a continuation of the story begun in my Way of the Wizard story, “Card Sharp.”
I am even more excited to see all the amazing and talented writers who I’m sharing a TOC with. I have no idea how I ended up in this one to be honest. (Jeffrey Ford! Tad Williams!).
it’s not out for another year, but I can’t wait to see it in its finished form.
Also, I may be writing a related novel to the story in this one…
So I have a lot to talk about since it’s been a while. Expect an explosion of posts in the coming days.
First, though, I have to share that my middle-grade novel, which I’ve been working on for the past few years, was sent out on submission recently. In a rare moment of pride, I actually feel really good about this book. Fly confidently, little bird. I hope you find a home.
Next up, I’m doing a reread of The Dresden Files for Tor.com. So far the first five books in the series have been covered and new posts will go up every Monday until we get through the series. If you’re fans of the books or thinking about reading them, I hope you’ll give them a look.
Also Dresden-related, I wrote a review of the latest book in the series, Cold Days, also for Tor.com.
Finally, Diverse Energies is finally out. It contains my story, “What Arms to Hold Us,” but more importantly it has stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Paolo Bacigalupi, K. Tempest Bradford, Rahul Kanakia, and more. As mentioned here before, it’s dystopian YA stories highlighting diversity. I hope you’ll give it a read.
That’s all for now. More to come later…
Sean Wills reviews Diverse Energies over at the Intergalactic Academy.
Sean had this to say about my story, “What Arms to Hold Us”:
This one is similar in plot to Pattern Recognition, but feels a lot more fleshed-out. The main character is a boy ‘recruited’ by a mining company to control mining robots through a neural link; predictably, he discovers that all is not what it seems.
This is probably my third favourite story in the anthology after Next Door and Good Girl. It’s well-written, the characters are consistently likable, and it manages to pack a decent amount of (coherent) plot into its limited page count. It looks like Khanna has published quite a few other short stories already, so here’s hoping he puts out a novel at some point. I’d definitely read it.
After a minor disaster yesterday afternoon, this was a welcome change of pace. I can’t wait for the anthology to come out.
So Tuesday Funk is a great reading series in Chicago that my friend, Bill Shunn, helps to run. And since I’ll be in Chicago at the beginning of September, I will be reading there! The reading is on September 4 and check out this lineup: Daryl Gregory, Rae Carson, Adam Rakunas, Gregory A. Wilson (and me). I’m really excited about this. If you’re in Chicago, or are going to be at Worldcon and sticking around for a bit afterward, please come by and check it out.
Some of you may have already seen this out and about around the internets, but my story, “What Arms to Hold Us” will be appearing in the anthology Diverse Energies from Tu Books. Edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti, it’s a collection of YA dystopian stories focusing on diversity. It’s a pretty amazing TOC and I’m really happy to be appearing in it. Diverse Energies will be out in October (but you can always pre-order now).
So as you might be able to tell by the absence of material here, I’ve been a busy bee lately. Most recently I was working on my middle grade novel (yes, again). Happily, though, I finished my revisions and it’s been sent off to my agent. Fingers crossed that it’s good enough to send out on submissions.
I’ve also been working on some other stories as well. I’d reached that place where my current submissions were all coming back to me with nothing out there. So I sent some of them back out again as well as polishing up some newer stories. My goal is to focus on revising my backlog of stories while also writing a few new stories (a couple for anthologies).
I have two other updates, but I think they should each get their own entry.
So, this year’s Clarion West Write-a-thon is proving to be a challenge. After struggling with Week 2 and thinking I had Week 3 sussed, I flew to Seattle for an agency retreat and ended up staying through the weekend.
As amazing and useful as the retreat was, it wasn’t conducive to writing.
So I’m behind. Again. Amazing how quickly that happened.
However, I am going to complete my goals. Even if it takes me longer than anticipated. Those who have sponsored me already will get what I’ve promised. Those who have yet to sponsor me will get what’s promised as well. I just anticipate much of the work getting done next week.
I did manage to get out to a Clarion West party this past Friday, though, and I’ll say that the current crop of students has inspired me. What I do with this write-a-thon, I do partially in their honor, as well as in honor of my CW classmates.
So, lagging but hardly lost…
It’s now Week 3 of the Clarion West Write-a-thon, though because I lost a week it’s my second week writing. Last week went okay. I’m easing back into short story writing. I came up with a new idea, and it has a start and finish, but the ideas are still developing so the draft I wrote is still being revised. But I’ve begun on this week’s story already, so I expect that these will be finished in stages with revisions continuing into the weeks when I’m working on new drafts.
Last week’s story was science fiction, a rare thing for me these days, though this week’s is more science fantasy.
Thank you to all who sponsored me already. I appreciate the support and, of course, the support for the workshop. I’m still looking for sponsors, though, and don’t forget that there are rewards for different levels of support.
If you’d like to donate/sponsor me in the workshop, please go to this page and click on Donate.
In recent news, I sold two reprints this month. The first was to Escape Pod, who is taking my story, “Flowing Shapes.” The story originally appeared in the first issue of Basement Stories and I’m thrilled that it’s going to be heard by Escape Pod’s audience.
The second sale was to their sister podcast, Pseudopod. They will be podcasting my story, “Pumpkinhead”, which appeared in Shadows of the Emerald City.
I’ve narrated podcasts for all three of the Escape Artists sites – Podcastle, Escape Pod, and Pseudopod – now, so it’s also really cool to have stories of mine appear in all three.
I’ll post links when they go live.