Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kat Richardson Signing

Last night I headed out to San Francisco and the Borders at Union Square for a signing event with Kat Richardson.

It was a grand time. Kat read from her newest Harper Blaine novel Vanished. "The Funny Section," she called it.

Yep. Very funny. Can't wait to get to it.

Although I have to confess: I knew of Greywalker and the rest of the series but they fell into my personal trap of taking note of a book/series, thinking "Hey! Cool book/series" but then promptly getting distracted by something else and forgetting.

It wasn't until Jim Hines mentioned the new book a few weeks ago that it fell back on my radar.

And learned about the signing.

And picked up the first three books.

Overall, it was a fun evening. I even got the honor of being one of her minions for the evening.

Hmmm. What a fun title. "Kat Richardson's Minion."

Would that be the same as being part of her "street team"?

Hmmm.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Telling a Good Story

Ran across this blog post the other day whilst rummaging the Interwebs.

I'm right there with you, Kristan.

As far as the goals you listed goes, I'm with #1 and #3:
  1. Tell stories that people enjoy.
  2. Earn a living off the work I love doing.
But the important bit for me is the first one. If I've done that, then I am content.

Everything else is a bonus.

Monday, August 24, 2009

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 3 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live at the site.

Happy reading!

Embracing Digital Lit

And now, a bit of shameless self-promotion...

The Arcanis Arcanum and Night of the Girl Scouts are now on sale at Smashwords in multiple ebook formats.

Arcanis is a satire on religion, philosophy, and secret societies. This volume collects the holy books of the philosophy/religion known as Gopher. Inspired by The Principia Discordia.

Night of the Girl Scouts is a collection of nine short stories.

You can sample the first 10% of each title for free at Smashwords.

Check 'em out.

And speaking of digital lit, the e-Fiction Book Club will be reviewing KAT AND MOUSE at the end of November. Keeping my fingers crossed...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Now Reading: 8/21/09

I just finished The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe. Excellent mash-up of S&S and hard-boiled detective noir. Sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse takes on a case that forces him to dig up a tragic past in order to solve the present.

Bledsoe gives just the right touch of fantasy tale and detective story and the pairing works. I found his take on the mash-up easier to get through than the Garrett novels by Glen Cook or Simon Green's "Hawk and Fisher" series. The others were serviceable but I had to be in the right mood to read them.

(I'll admit here that I only read the first "Hawk and Fisher" novel and made it a quarter of the way through Sweet Silver Blues before I put it down.)

On the other hand, Sword-Edged Blonde drew me in easily and kept me there up to the last page.

And now, I turn to the 7th book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series, Dead Beat.


It's Harry vs. zombies.

Always an entertaining read, that Harry.

After that, I'll be picking up Greywalker by Kat Richardson.
Saw this a while back when the cover illo caught my eye. (Hello! Chick with gun!)

Read the blurb, thought "Nice premise."

Then promptly didn't buy it. Dunno why.

Anyway, I see the series is at Book #4 so I have enough to keep me busy without having to wait impatiently untill the newest book comes out.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] New Song - "Urban Fantasy"

For you urban fantasy fans out there, here's a little number for you.


Happy listening!

KAT AND MOUSE Updates

Part 2 of "The Price of Vengeance" is now live on the site.

Enjoy!

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] John Anealio: Sci Fi Songs

Just a quick shout out to John Anealio at Sci Fi Songs.

John's another SF/F fan who writes songs about the genre. His are original songs, as opposed to my song parodies.

Good stuff. Have a listen over yonder.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

[SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK] More Mentions...

Borderlands Books in San Francisco gives a small nod to me in their August newsletter.

Thanks, guys!

If you're ever in the area, go check them out. Great ambiance, awesome stock, and friendly staff.

Moving the Song Blog Updates

I've decided to close down the "Songs In The Key of Geek" blog in favor of adding those updates here.

So all my latest SF/F song parody atrocities activities will be chronicled on this blog.

Post titles will be preceeded by the label [SONGS IN THE KEY OF GEEK].

You have been sufficiently warned.

SF/F Anthology Covers

During the Ladyless Anthology Brouhaha, I ran across the term "manthology" from Jim Hines (which was, he explains, him trying to be clever).

I figured such a collection might look like this:

So Jim does it again in today's post when he writes:
In this highly optimistic scenario, you’re already three years behind the trend, which means there’s a decent chance the rest of the world has moved on to Shakespearean Cthulhu.
Shakespearean Cthulhu.

The cover of which would probably look like this:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Currently...

KAT AND MOUSE
Work on Episode 6 nearing the end stages. Red Pen Pass on Friday went well. Had a chance to work out a scene I'd left until the end.

Now it's time for a Keyboard Pass, followed by Looks and Revision #2.

That means I hand the manuscript off to the Wife. She will then proceed to pound it into submission and let me know if it bites donkey balls.

Seriously, though, she's not that harsh. But she will tell me if I have plot holes big enough to ride an elephant through. And she'll question bad story logic.

So, yeah, she'll pound it into submission and let me know if it bites donkey balls.

I'm hoping to finish 6 by the end of the month.

Episode 7 is in rough skeleton form, with a couple pages of notes and random bits that may or may not make it into the final story. Some details still need to be worked out but I think I have enough to at least get started.

VOICE ACTING
A couple of recent releases:
I will also be in an upcoming WWII series written by the talented Alexa Chipman. More details to follow.


Photo by Zanetta Hardy - from stock.xchng

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When Anthologies Go Bad?

Jim Hines pointed to this SF Signal post about an SF anthology that's causing some ruckus among the SF/F community.

The beef with the book comes from the lack of women authors. Of the 21 listed stories, not a one is written by a female.

I stuck my nose into this one by commenting:
The emphasis of this anthology is on "stories that took unusual scientific concepts and developed them in even more unusual ways." (See the first comment to:http://silk-noir.livejournal.com/308817.html?thread=2622289)

My knowledge of current short fiction is severely lacking (I blame it on catching up with the Dresden Files, but I digress). Can those more learned out there provide a list of 20 or so stories by female authors and non-white-guy-authors which deal with unusual scientific concepts and develop them in even more unusual ways?
Maybe if we pass over a goodly list to Mr. Ashley, he might create a sequel to this Mammoth Book? Call it "Another Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF" or "Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF II" or something.

And if Mr. Ashley is unable to create said sequel, maybe we can pool resources and publish a book in response to this. Call it "Beyond Mindblowing SF" or "Better Than Mammoth Mindblowing SF" or "Mindblowing? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."

Or even "The Other Mammoth Book..."
No reply yet to my list.

Based on the comments thus far in the SF Signal post and in the post I linked to in my comment, an anthology needs a representative sample of female writers in order to be acceptable to the SF/F populace.

Let's take a look at Seeds of Change (ed. John Joseph Adams), The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction (ed. George Mann), and the upcoming With Great Power (ed. Lou Anders). Seeds has nine stories, two by women. Great Power will feature 15 stories, two by women (three, if you count a co-author). The Solaris Book, 16 stories, 1 by a woman.

Clearly, these three brief samples must be better than Ashley's anthology because they include women.

But the percentage of women is rather low. A combined 40 stories in all three books and 5 are by women!?!?

This comment will likely draw ire but I'll say it anyway: do we now gauge the worth of an anthology by the number of women authors it features? What should the acceptable percentage be? 50%? 60%? 70%?