The Dining of the Cats

Chapter 1 Lorn Gorstorfsson stood at the parapet, eyes piercing the uneasy night from above a gnarled red beard in which a sparrow could easily become lost. Overhead, the Harvest Moon hung, fat and full; much fatter and fuller, he thought bitterly, than the actual harvest. That was the price, he’d been told, for ignoring ...

I’m number one! (in the Strange Horizons Readers’ Poll!!!) 5

I'm number one! (in the Strange Horizons Readers' Poll!!!)
Strange Horizons published the results of their Reader’s Poll this morning and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Comes the Huntsman is first place for short story! Thank you everyone who voted for me! Thank you so much! Comes the Huntsman is a story that’s still incredibly special to me (and not incidentally the story I wrote in 2012 for Tom ...

Utar the Radish Farmer

So, this is entirely @mbennardo’s fault. LET IT BE KNOWN. On a hill overlooking the Camsted valley stands a man, six feet tall, broad-shouldered, hands with short, stubby fingers and square palms. Earth hands, his Mam had called them. Stone hands they also got called, by anyone unlucky enough to mistake soft-spoken for weak after a ...

2012 Stories

We’re now into 2013 which means it’s time to start thinking about awards for stuff from 2012! Woo! I have three short stories that are eligible: The Jade Tiger – Penumbra, March 2012Comes the Huntsman – Strange Horizons, July 2, 2012Entangled – Specutopia, July 13, 2012 Regarding Entangled, I’ll be posting it on this blog ...

2012: Writing Year in Review

Written This Year Novels: Zero, I’m sorry to say. I did a lot of editing on Fire in the Belly and Throne of Nightmares but grad school really prevented me from making much progress. I think I might have added another 10k words to King’s Hand. Shorter Stuff: Relatively more success on this front, perhaps because shorter stories are ...

The Last Lighthouse

Well, I wanted to write something for the lovely @lindsqualls since it sounds like she’s had a rough few weeks. And I wanted to write something that didn’t involve sentences in passive voice about paleosols, so there you go. I have such awful thesis brain right now I’m not going to claim it’s any good. ...

[Worldcon] Military SF – Reality vs. Writing 1

Friday (August 31) at 1500: Military SF – Reality vs. WritingPanelists listed in program: Mike Shepherd Moscoe, John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell, Elizabeth Moon, Jim Fiscus; in Atlanta at Dragon*Con: Kacey Ezell, Louis Hibben, Mark Malcolm, Michael Z. Williamson Disclaimer: These are my notes from the panel and my own, later thoughts. I often was unable to attend the ...

[Worldcon] The Steampunk Genre

Friday (August 31) at 1330: The Steampunk Genre Panelists listed in program: Sarah Hans, Jay Lake, Michael Coorlim, Chambers, Paul Genesse Disclaimer: These are my notes from the panel and my own, later thoughts. I often was unable to attend the entire panel, and also chronically missed panelist introductions. When possible I try to note who said something, ...

[Worldcon] Violence in Fantasy

Friday (August 31) at 1030: Violence in FantasyPanelists listed in program: Scott Lynch, D. H. Aire, James Enge, Doug Hulick Disclaimer: These are my notes from the panel and my own, later thoughts. I often was unable to attend the entire panel, and also chronically missed panelist introductions. When possible I try to note who said ...

[Worldcon] Writing Gender Roles in Science Fiction

Friday (August 31) at 0900: Writing Gender Roles in Science FictionPanelists listed in program: Joan D. Vinge, Julia Rios, Catherine Lundoff, Victor Raymond, Anne Lyle (Note: Joan D. Vinge was definitely not in attendance.) Disclaimer: These are my notes from the panel and my own, later thoughts. I often was unable to attend the entire ...