Monday, February 8, 2016

Yes, you can nominate my stories!

Since I'm a newly published writer my name doesn't immediately pop into people's minds when considering what and whom to nominate for awards like the Nebula and Hugo. That's why I'm going to come right out and say it. Yes, I have eligible works and yes, you can put them on your ballot if you think they're worthy.

My eligible works are:
Short Stories:
"The Void Around the Sword's Edge" -- Fiction River: Pulse Pounders, Kobo Special Edition

"Blood Moon Carnival" -- Fiction River: Alchemy and Steam

Related Work:
The Complete Newbie's Guide to Book Signings Parts 1 and 2 -- Ninja Keyboard Blog

And even though I don't have a snowball's chance of winning, I am eligible for the Campbell Award (not a Hugo).

If you haven't read any of these I highly recommend that you do so before putting any of these on your ballot(s). I don't want anyone to put me on their ballot(s) if they don't believe that I belong there.

Since we're talking about nomination worthy works, here's some other things that I read last year that I loved and are eligible.

Novels (and a short story collection):
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
Blue Yonders, Grateful Pies and Other Fanciful Feasts by Ken Scholes

Short Stories:
"Pennies for Portent" by Diana Benedict -- Fiction River: Alchemy and Steam
"Rites of Zosimos" by Angela Penrose -- Fiction River: Alchemy and Steam

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

After the Fall is out!

The e-book of Eclipse Phase: After the Fall is available now!

If you want to read my story, The Fukuda Cube, click on the link below to purchase the book.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Eclipse Phase table of contents

Posthuman Studious released the table of contents for the Eclipse Phase: After the Fall anthology! There's a short synopsis of each story, including mine! Go check it out!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I made a sale!

First off I just posted my last Fictorians blog for the year. This one is about the most important lesson I learned this year.

I also have a story in another issue of Fiction River. It's in Sparks which was edited by Rebecca Moesta. The stories in Fiction River: Sparks are YA but adults will enjoy them too. It comes out next month which is appropriate since Last January her husband, Kevin J. Anderson published my first story in the Kobo edition of Fiction River: Pulse Pounders. There's some beautiful symmetry in that.

And now for the big announcement! I have a story in the upcoming Eclipse Phase anthology, After the Fall, edited by Jaym Gates! You can read the official announcement here. I'm really proud of this story! Eclipse Phase is a fascinating post-apocalyptic trans-humanist sci-fi role playing game (Try saying that three times fast!) where humanity isn't bound to flesh or even to Earth. This universe really pushed me as an author. I've written sci-fi before but not any that was avant-garde as this. I loved working with Jaym and the EP team on this and I'm so stoked to share a table of contents with so many incredible writers!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Road Was Already Paved

I entered WorldCon expecting to give the same explanation over and over and defending my decision to forgo handshakes until I went hoarse. That didn't happen. I did have to point the sign out to a few gentlemen who chose not to read my sign because they didn't want to offend me by staring at my chest. Really the only hard part about all of this was when a friend asked "how long until your hands recover?" When I told him "This is osteoarthritis. There is no recovery." from the look on his face you'd have thought that I'd told him that I had six months to live. (To be honest it does feel like that at times. Especially when I think about how quickly my hands are deteriorating.) But other than that it was a relieving, informative, and wonderfully supportive experience!

I felt like such a dolt! Here I was expecting to be this intrepid trailblazer and instead the road was silently paved by many others that for one reason or another made the same decision as I. One man told me that he doesn't do it in order to avoid catching Concrud. Another person told me that they were well accustomed to the policy because a friend of theirs has an aversion to touch.

It never occurred to me that there would be so many other reasons for a no handshake policy and I'm so grateful to them. It takes a surprising amount of courage to say "Sorry, I don't shake hands." We're socially programmed to greet people with a handshake and not participating in that formality sometimes makes the conversation stumble. I'm enough of an extrovert that I can get the conversation going again but not everyone has that advantage. I really feel sorry for introverts that have to go through this.

One of the bright sides to all of this was that a friend helped me figure out a small (future) problem. Eventually my condition will reach a point where I won't be able to type my manuscripts anymore. I'll have to dictate. Dragon software is great but from what I've heard it works better if you compose in long stretches. I tend to work in short bursts so that's not feasible at this point in time. If they have a new version that can do short bursts, great. If not then my only option will be to do a voice recording and have it transcribed like Kevin J. Anderson does. Unfortunately holding a device to do that is something that I can't comfortably do now (tablets = ouch!) so I definitely won't be able to _____ years down the road. My friend reminded me of that a bluetooth headset would take care of that. I love technology.

By the way, scientists need to make this a reality. I would be first in line for the upgrade! I could finally write at Sanderson speed!

Another plus is that one of my local friends mentioned my homemade badge to the folks at the pronoun ribbon table and they thought it was a great idea! So if you see ribbons that say "no handshakes please" at a future convention, you know where the idea came from. I do hope these become available. It would be so helpful!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My New Convention Accessory

So there's a little item I made that I'm going to wear at Worldcon that will accompany me to every convention I go to. It's not something I'm going to enjoy wearing but I also don't dare emerge from my hotel room without it.

You see osteoarthritis runs in the family. For those not familiar with it, osteoarthritis is where the cartilage in joints wears away until bone grinds against bone. My mom has it in her hands and since I'm her mini me I knew there was a good chance that I'd get it too. For her it didn't get bad until she was in her fifties so if I developed it, I expected mine to progress at a similar rate. 

Well, I definitely have it in both hands. I felt the first signs two years ago but it was so minor that I only needed the occasional pain killer. Most of the time a dose of black cherry (a natural anti-inflammatory) was enough to take care of it. A year ago it escalated but I could still get by on the occasional ibuprofen in addition to the cherry. Now I'm taking 1300mg or more of Tylanol arthritis in addition to the maximum dose of black cherry, and wearing compression gloves every day.

Unfortunately there are days when even that is not enough.

Because I'm only 36 and would like to have a functioning liver in thirty years, I'm trying not to rely on pain killers to get through the day. I'm keeping a mental list of motions and activities that are more strenuous than others. Some activities that cause me a lot of pain, like cooking, I can't avoid. And unfortunately there are others that as much as I'd like to continue doing them, for example piano or riding a motorcycle, it wouldn't be wise for me to so. However there are some that I can easily cut out of my life. Yes, you guessed it. Handshakes fall into this category. 

I know. It's an innocuous action and if compression gloves relieve pain than why are handshakes so painful? Well a small amount of pressure relieves pain. A medium amount of pressure -- like that of a firm, polite handshake, hurts a lot. If I'm clasping a hand that's larger than mine, stretching my hand around theirs adds more pain on top of that. Repeat twenty times a day and the cumulative result is excruciating. 

I do realize that wearing a big sign at a convention means that I'll have to explain it 100 times a day. I'm okay with that. It's the price of being proactive. If this does prolong the strength and usability of my hands the hassle will be worth it.

Friday, May 29, 2015

I have a new story out!

I absolutely adore the cover art.

The newest issue of Fiction River is out and my story, Blood Moon Carnival, is in it! The wonderful Kerrie L. Hughes edited this spectacular issue and my story is near and dear to my heart so please go pick up a copy. It's available in print and ebook formats. You can find it on Amazon, Smashwords, and you can order it as part of a subscription to year 3's fantastic issues on Fiction River's website. If you live in Oregon you can also buy it at Reader's Guide bookstore in Salem and I'll sign it for you!

To celebrate the third year of Fiction River, WMG (the publisher) is giving away free ebook copies on Smashwords. If you want the secret code email me at before July 31st, 2015.