I’m floored. Physics professor and pop-science writer Chad Orzel’s bio at Science Blogs has mentioned me and my Greywalker novels in an article about Magic in the World of Science published earlier this week at Forbes.com. I’m one of only three women (JK Rowling and Kelly Link being the others) noted in the article, and it’s a very complimentary article about fantasy writers whose magical systems embrace or work within the real, science-based world. It also mentions a few guys…. 😉
June 18, 2015
May 22, 2015
This was my present to myself last year on my birthday–it’s silly, but it still tickles my fancy.
May 8, 2015
Bleh! Today I cleaned and re-lubricated the glides on my elliptical treadmill thingy and thought “I should get back on this thing.” So I did. For all of 10 minutes. It’s been almost 8 months since I last used it and aside from just general sloth, the surgery in late November took a huge toll on my weight and condition and that’s been upsetting. I hate being incapable of simple things like a walk down to the village or chasing the dog for more than a minute and a half. I’ve been telling myself that whenever I find myself at loose ends or unable to sleep I should just get on the machine for 10 minutes. So that’s what I did.
Realistically, I shouldn’t be too upset with a mere 10 minutes at minimum resistance and incline. According to the workout summary, I went a half-mile at an average speed of three miles per hour, keeping my heart rate at 65% of maximum safe rate for a overweight 51-year-old.But damn…. Still, better than nothing.
Now I just need to get the bass guitar adjusted and into tune and start on that journey as well. Oh and the matter of three short stories and a couple of novels…
Plus a dog.
May 4, 2015
I missed the announcement of the winners of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, for which my book REVENANT was one of the nominees for Best Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding. While I did not win in my category–which I didn’t expect anyhow–I’m pleased to see the wonderfully talented Jeaniene Frost will be taking that puppy home! Congrats to Jeaniene and all the other winners!
April 28, 2015
I just picked up a link to an article of advice on seeking a literary agent (Mike Shatzkin on Idea Logical) via my friends at MWA Northwest and I think this is solid advice for writers seeking representation as a step to commercial publication. Some people may get skittish over the apparent anti-self-pub statement early on, but that’s really not what the article is about, nor is it truly a slam on self-publication–it’s an industry observation meant to help the writer evaluate their needs and the industry’s likely response to their offering. The bullet list at the end is pretty much the same advice I give to writers. Use the Publisher’s Marketplace or Literary Market Place database to find agents who suit your needs, then winnow down to a handful. AgentQuery.com and Writer Beware are good places to check what’s up with those agents, if they are reputable, ethical, and looking for what you’re offering. Then seek an agent who is reputable, has contacts and sales in the genre or field you want to publish in, and who is a comfortable fit. You’ll get along better and longer with an agent you like who makes you feel that your work is good and exciting and worth their time than a lukewarm relationship with the biggest name in the business. Get the agent who suits you and your work and be prepared to work hard and even put your favorite project aside in favor of something fresher.
March 24, 2015
Interesting news on the post-cancer-surgery front: things continue to improve bloodwork-wise, but I keep forgetting that the nature of this particular disease being what it is, I shall actually remain “a cancer patient” for life. MRIs every 6 months or yearly… forever. Seems strange when, aside from the massive scar and all that goes with that, I feel mostly normal. Weird world, this….
February 15, 2015
I have finally completed the first 50% of the Work in Progress revision. It stands at 75,000 words for this half alone and it’s finally found a title. While I think it’s much better than the rough draft, it’s still just too damned big. But I have to stop for a while because I’m going to Rainforest writers’ retreat this week and I have a short story due March 1 that’s only 3/4 done. I’ll have to get back to the revision afterward. Which is too bad, because… well… I’m kind of liking this monster….
February 2, 2015
Tonight’s culinary experiment is: Slow Cooker Stout Lamb Stew!
2 pounds lamb, cubed
2 bottles (24 oz total) stout (Deschutes Obsidian Stout in this case)
1.5 pounds small, whole red or “new” potatoes, cleaned (any small, waxy potato will do, actually, but they need to be bite-sized or close to it.)
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 pound small white mushrooms, whole (also bite-sized or close to it), cleaned and with the stems trimmed
2 springs fresh Savory (original recipe called for rosemary, but I can’t stand the stuff)
4 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tbs canola oil
16 oz/1 small carton beef stock
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp hot paprika
to taste: kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper
Start a large slow cooker on High, pour in the contents of both bottles of stout and add the garlic.
Heat a large pan to medium-low, add oil and sauté the onions until they start to turn golden.
While the onions are cooking, put the flour salt and black pepper in a clean, food grade paper bag (lunch sack is great). Shake about 6 pieces of the lamb at at time in the bag and set aside the floured chunks on a paper plate until you’ve dredged all the lamb bits in the flour mixture.
When the onions are nearly done, sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture from the bag. Toss the rest of the flour and the bag away. Stir the onions with the flour and then dump them into your slow cooker with the beer and garlic.
Add the Savory, Paprika, and Cayenne to the broth in the slow cooker and stir.
Brown the lamb in the pan the onions were in. If you need more oil, add a bit. Put the browned (not cooked!) lamb into the slow cooker. (You’ll have to do this in two batches unless you have a seriously industrial-sized pan.)
Deglaze the pan with the beef broth.
Add the mushrooms and potatoes to the slow cooker.
Pour the warm broth from the pan into the slow cooker, making sure the meat is covered (add more broth or water if you have to.)
Put on the lid, let cook for 1 hour, lower setting to Low and let cook for 4-6 more hours or until the meat is tender and the potatoes are done.
** Tasting the broth after an hour, I realized I’d made several mistakes: the Obsidian was too hoppy and the paprika too hot. So we poured off the broth and had to restart with plain beef stock and sweet paprika and no cayenne. Next time, I’d use a cream-style stout like Guinness, no cayenne, sweet paprika only and go very light on the savory (leaves only, no stems.)
January 14, 2015
When I was in college (at Cal State Long Beach) there was a restaurant, called Hamburger Henry’s, that lay on the route between my apartment in downtown and the campus on the east side. They frequently put animal shaped loves of bread on the glass “sneeze shields” above the salad bar. They looked a lot like this:
January 12, 2015
Hi there, folks. Quick reminder that it’s coming up on the end of nomination period for the Nebula Awards and a lot of other 2014 awards (like HWA). So: if you’re eligible to nominate or vote for a literary award, now’s the time to speak up for the stories and books that really stood out to you. Sometimes it just takes a single nomination for others to remember a book or short story they also enjoyed. Yes, REVENANT is my only qualifying work for 2014, but my purpose is to remind you to *Nominate* or *Vote*, no matter who or what for. If you think a story deserves recognition, YOU have to speak up. Lots of good work goes unrecognized because no one thought to nominate it.