Thursday, October 9, 2014

TRAVEL PICS: NAPA, CA

Last week my husband and I took a trip to Napa, CA to celebrate out tenth anniversary several months after the fact. It was gorgeous - clear and bright and mid-nineties. Everything was delicious. Some pics.
View of Napa Valley

Vineyard Hobbit Hole - Probably the best Hobbit Hole

Flower at Rombauer Vineyards - gorgeous little hillside garden

Pool cat

My spirit animal, at Hope & Grace 

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEWS: NEW SHORT FICTION PUBLICATION

I assume most people who read this oh-so-infrequent blog are like me: insatiable readers who, no matter how deep and precariously stacked the to-be-read pile gets, are always looking for more stories.

I'm a binge-reader, a re-reader, and an adventurous reader. Point me toward words you're passionate about, and I'm off to the site or the stacks before you're done describing the new literary love of your life. Anthologies and literary journals/periodicals are brilliant for when I'm not sure what to read next or when I've had a bad run of stories that weren't meant for me. Or when I'm dipping my toe into a genre I haven't widely read before.

Apropos of that, today Fireside Fiction starts their third year. Fireside is a pro-paying market that hosts brilliant fiction (please forget I said that in the next paragraph) that tends toward but isn't exclusively speculative* fiction. It also features glorious art, which this year will be created by Galen Dara.

My flash fiction piece "The Cutting Yield" will be in the opening issue. I'm especially stoked that this year's serial novel was written by Lilith Saintcrow. I'm a huge fan. Last year's serial author, Chuck Wendig, was no slouch either.

*What if?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE CARNIEPUNK MIDWAY

So this is pretty freaking awesome. My CARNIEPUNK publisher, Simon & Schuster, set up a freaky-pretty website to celebrate the release of the individual short stories.

Come one, come all to The Carniepunk Midway. The release schedule for the shorts, which I believe will be available simultaneously as digital shorts and audiobooks, is as follows:

September
Each published individually on 9/8/14

CARNIEPUNK: THE COLD GIRL
Rachel Caine

CARNIEPUNK: THE DEMON BARKER OF WHEAT STREET
Kevin Hearne

CARNIEPUNK: PARLOR TRICKS
Jennifer Estep

CARNIEPUNK: A DUET WITH DARKNESS
Allison Pang

CARNIEPUNK: THE SWEETER THE JUICE
Mark Henry

December 
Each published individually on 12/15/14

CARNIEPUNK: DAUGHTER OF THE MIDWAY, THE MERMAID, AND THE OPEN, LONELY SEA
Seanan McGuire

CARNIEPUNK: THE THREE LIVES OF LYDIA
Delilah S. Dawson


CARNIEPUNK: A CHANCE IN HELL
Jackie Kessler

CARNIEPUNK: HELL'S MENAGERIE
Kelly Gay

January
Each published individually on 1/12/15

CARNIEPUNK: PAINTED LOVE
Rob Thurman

CARNIEPUNK: THE WEREWIFE
Jaye Wells

CARNIEPUNK: FREAK HOUSE
Kelly Meding

CARNIEPUNK: THE INSIDE MAN
Nicole Peeler