lagilman: coffee or die (Default)
2017-06-25 09:11 pm

Hi. I am a bad blogger.

Or rather, I'm an excellent social media correspondent, but it's not always hitting here.  And I've yet to figure out how to connect this blog to my main one... 

Lawless Lands is On the Loose!

Changements de latitudes, changements d'attitude

A little Devil's West Updatery

Meanwhile, my sister and brother-in-law and his mother were in town for a family member's 90th birthday party, so it was good to see them and all the mishpocha (extended family of blood and marriage) from his side.  The weather was warm (HOT, by Seattle standards) but they seemed to be enjoying it.  I took one day off to play semi-local tour guide, and then hid in the tasting room all weekend.  You have to keep wineries/tasting rooms cool, to keep the wine stored in back (much of it in barrels) cool.  A useful hint, next time you get stuck in a heat wave....

Busy week ahead.  Thankfully, temps are supposed to drop 15-20 degrees back to Seattle-normal by tomorrow.  And not a moment too soon...
lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
2017-06-13 08:35 pm
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Back from the woods, and a THE COLD EYE update!

 So, I spent the a few days in the (VERY COLD) Oregon woods, sleeping in a tent and cooking over an open flame (ok, and using those nifty jetpackish water heaters for coffee), reminding myself about the Importance of Civilization, and came home to the discover that the trade paper reprint of THE COLD EYE  (1/18) is up on Amazon for pre-order!

Amazon US / Amazon Canada / Amazon UK /

(as soon as other outlets have it up, I'll do the formal and important "where to buy everywhere" update for those of us who prefer to buy elsewhere)

But this means I can (finally!) show you the nifty new cover by artist Emma Rios, who did an amazing job capturing so much of the Devil's West in one illustration....

(seriously: I gasped when I first saw the sketch.  As much as I loved the first take by Palencar, showing us Izzy in all her glorious non-Anglo self, this hits the spirit of the Territory, dead on.)


(link here if image won't load)







And no, I have no idea if they will be repackaging SILVER ON THE ROAD as well.  Nobody tells the author nuthin' until it's already underway....

lagilman: coffee or die (Default)
2017-06-11 10:09 pm

um, yeah, we kinda knew that.....

 From Consumer Reports’ “On Health” magazine, this month:

“Last summer an American Psychological Association survey found that our overall stress levels were going down - part of an encouraging national trend.  But a follow-up survey in early January showed a troubling change... 'We saw the first statistically significant spike in ten years.'”



/sarcasm font

lagilman: coffee or die (Default)
2017-06-07 08:03 am
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this week's BookQW is: SHORT

For those new to the game, every week we're given a word (the "book quote for Wednesday") and challenged to come up with an excerpt from our work to match it.

This week, the word is "short," and I'm sharing a bit from the ongoing "cat noirish" (really!) serial I'm creating over on Patreon....


I’d found over the years that the reasonable explanation, especially when it came to professional crime, was usually the true one. 

Still, I was up.  And short of curling on the seashell-upholstered sofa and reading a tatty paperback all day, I might as well go see if the alleged crime scene gave up anything more under direct daylight.
lagilman: coffee or die (Default)
2017-06-05 01:59 pm
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"In My Youthful Folly," part two

 Part Two of "In My Youthful Folly," aka the read-along of my first attempted novel (at the ripe age of barely-22), is up at Patreon. For Just One Dollar! a month, you too can follow along as I make snide commentary to my younger self...

(plus, cat noir serial fiction, flash fiction, Irritated Meerkat Rants, excerpts, and more!)
lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
2017-06-04 10:00 pm

That Was the Weekend That Was

 There was no brain for writing, this weekend - Saturday was the usual come-home-fall-over, after an 11-7 shift, and Sunday started early with a trip to the farmer's market, and then I got hit with a lot of winery-related stuff that needed to be done in addition to the actual tasting room hours.  Which is all good, and I got it one, and there's a definite feeling of accomplishment about that.  But the last 6 pages of the novella still need to be polished up, and there's a chunk of work that's resisting the polish.  Grr. Argh.

Patreon stuff to get done, too, and harass my editor once again about my not-yet-arrived revision letter.  And CampCon starts on Wednesday!  

And, in all this, CatofSize has decided to be a grouchy old bear, including giving the Kitten a what-for at the foot of the bed, at 4 this morning.  Thankfully, even half-asleep I know better than to put my hand into a catfight, but my voice was enough to send them running for opposite sides of the apartment.  and then I had to spend half an hour calming both of them down.

They're still not particularly on speaking terms, but there hasn't been a repeat of open hostilities.  This happens every now and again - the rest of the time they're affectionately tolerant of each other, which is about as good as you can hope for, with two unrelated male cats of different ages (CoS is 14, the Kitten is 4).  I suspect I will wake up tomorrow with everything back to normal.  I hope so, anyway.  Two 4am wakeups in the row, an I might forget I really don't want to dropkick them out the sliding doors.
lagilman: Does Not Play Well With Stupid People (stupid people)
2017-06-01 10:47 pm

elsewhere in the internet...

 Meanwhile, the Weather Channel is having some Science Opinions about climate change and 45's most recent fail, regarding the Paris Accord...

(So much Factual Science Snark, it would be glorious to see, if the context and content weren't all so depressing)
lagilman: coffee or die (Default)
2017-06-01 10:44 pm

This is what I wanted. I just didn't know it would be so exhausting....

 Today:  I worked on the novella-in-revisions, paid bills, cleaned the apartment, went to a Trumpcare protest in Bellevue (the sole Washington congresscritter who voted for repeal is attending a paid benefit rather than meeting with her constituents), and attended the Indivisible meeting tonight (I've missed the past few due to work issues).

Tomorrow:  more work on the novella-in-progress, hopefully handle some other work-stuff, stop by the Tasting Room to prep for the weekend and have an informational interview with someone about the wine industry, go into Seattle for dinner-and-movie with friends.

Saturday: full shift at the tasting room.  Work on the novella is there's brain left, after.

Sunday:  full shift at the tasting room.  Work on the novella is there's brain left, after.

Monday: finish the novella and send it out for the polish-readers.  Maybe catch Wonder Woman in the local theater.  Random winery office work, as needed.  Prep for new Book-work.

And people wonder why I drink so much coffee?

(nah.  Nobody wonders why)

lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
2017-05-31 07:57 am
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Reprint sales are lovely things....

 Have signed the contract, so can officially mention that Lightspeed Magazine has picked up the reprint of my Lands Vin novella, FROM WHENCE YOU CAME, set in the world of the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War trilogy

Quite pleased about this, as I think it's a splendid story about magic, sea serpents, hubris, and the inevitable, if unintentional, erasures of history...


(the novella was originally published as an art-by-Bob Eggleton ebook, via Kickstarter, and is also available in audio format from Audible)

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2017-05-31 07:57 am
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Twin Peaks - a possibly unpopular opinion.

  After dipping my toe in, I can say that I react to Twin Peaks in my 40's the same way I reacted to it in my 20's, to wit: "yes, you're very clever and this is visually stunning, and intellectually fascinating in terms of your storytelling structure, but if you want me to get emotionally invested, you need to give me characters I can invest in...."

I'll probably keep watching for the puzzle, but I may also just wait and read the write-ups, after the fact.
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2017-05-29 07:16 am
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On this day....

I am always conflicted about Memorial Day. It feels like it should be more of a solemn observance still, not about picnics and sales. But that horse is not only out of the barn, he's so far down the road we can't see the dust by now.

But whatever you're doing to celebrate in the US today, remember to take a moment and remember those who died in military service (be it in war, peacetime defense, or that grey area in-between).

And IMO, the best way for politicians to honor the military dead would be to lay fewer wreaths, and spend more time working to ensure we have FEWER we must honor, going forward.
lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
2017-05-28 07:31 am
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Occasionally, we read the comments...

Generally I abide by the "don't read the comments" rule of survival, but occasionally I dip in...and this morning was delighted to see commentary on a Daily Kos article break out into a discussion of Ayn Rand's literature and life, the evolution (sorry) of the term "social Darwinism" and a non-malicious breakdown of how incorporation is a government-supported security net an as such should be against the current GOP's stated principles...

And all of that without insults, straw men, or painful spelling errors!

(in fact, it took on the tone of a Sunday morning one-upmanship contest along the lines of "but wait!  I have another relevant fact on that!"  With emphasis on both relevant and fact.)
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2017-05-25 08:02 am
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it was 40 years ago today...

 40 years ago today I... was still in summer camp. I didn't get to see Star Wars until I came home, in August, and my dad took me.

Reportedly, I - the original hyperactive child - slid to the front of my seat at the opening crawl, and did. Not. Move until the very end.

Did that movie change me? I don't know. Did it direct the rest of my life, in many ways?

Yeah. Yeah, it did.

lagilman: coffee or die (Default)
2017-05-25 06:40 am

This must be a Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays..

 A very weird anxiety dream last night that involved herding cats (not actual cats), mysteriously expanding workspaces, random strangers looking to me for instruction, and impossible mixups (really, IRL it could NOT have happened). Most of the time I can tease out the issue/solution from anxiety dreams/nightmares, but this one has me scratching my head and shrugging...

Meanwhile, yesterday's gloom has been replaced by blue skies again, and we're promised more throughout the holiday weekend (this is a lie, it rains ALL THE TIME in the PNW). I keep reminding myself that I took a play day on Monday, and I have deadlines to meet....

But maybe I can work on the patio? Work would totally happen on the patio, right?
lagilman: Does Not Play Well With Stupid People (stupid people)
2017-05-24 09:37 am

cranky meerkat mutters

 Is it wrong of me to admit that I'm getting very tired of straight white men going "oh woe is me the world is hard/angry?"

(I'm tired of straight white women saying it too, but for different reasons)

Yes, you whinger, it is.  But your demographic is part of WHY shit's fucked up, so either help us fix it, or get the fuck out of the way.
lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
2017-05-24 09:33 am
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BookQW: Prepare

 Since "insert image" still won't work for me, you guys are getting the text-only version.  Sorry!

This week's BookQW is "prepare."

From the story collection DARKLY HUMAN, a story about the daughter of a king, and the women she leads to confront Death itself....

“She would have gone into the Gate for her king-father.  I would have followed her anywhere.  I would have let her open my throat, if that had been needful,; had prepared myself for it to be done.”

-from “The Cost”

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2017-05-23 06:43 am


I really wanted to post about the Nebulas, and yesterday's post-Nebulas runaway to the coast...but Dreamwidth still won't let me upload photos and display them?  I have to post them somewhere else and then use the URL?

This is... not convenient, and more than a little annoying.  Does everyone else have this problem or are they just throttling me for their sadistic entertainment?

lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
2017-05-17 07:42 am
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BookQW returns!

 Back on the #bookqw trail, scattering some SILVER before you to "lift" the weight of a Wednesday...

"His hair was long and clotted with stone-dust, but black as a crow underneath, darker even than hers, and when he lifted his face to look at her, his eyes were dark as well, deep-set in a wide-boned face. Older than her, she thought, but not by so very much. Once past the blade still held to her calf, he did not seem threatening at all—but then, he did not have to be, holding that knife."

- from SILVER ON THE ROAD (Book 1 of The Devil's West)

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2017-05-12 03:49 pm

Mocking Rights, $1!

OK, I'm doing the thing.  

That unfinished first attempt at a fantasy novel I wrote when I was 22,  just found during the great unboxening?  I’m posting it (or as much as we can stand, anyway) to my Patreon for mocking.  Yep, that's right, pay $1/month to help support the feline medical fund, and get full mocking rights....

Disclaimer: I have very little memory of this book at all, and no idea how bad it gets.  But I suspect you'll also find the roots of a lot of my current work already lurking in the storeroom of my brain...

lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel)
2017-05-10 02:32 pm

oh hai there it's me....

Originally posted at

Hey there.  Between this cold that continues to linger, trying to get some writing and editing projects finished up, US politics (and a bonus of happier French politics), and the winery getting ready for our Spring releases this week, I've...not been a very good little blogger.  In fact, I've been slacking on a lot of things, and I intend to catch up on all that in the next few days.

Stop snickering.  I mean it!  *stomps paw*

Meanwhile, Spring has arrived in Washington state - we've still got the occasional rain, but more and more often the days are sunny and warming, with just a nip of cool still remaining in the air.  It's exactly the kind of weather than makes me want to go hiking... and I can't, because of this cough that's still lingering, making me more prone to sacking out for an hour on the sofa.  But there will be hiking, and hike-blogging, too.  Soon....

So, anyway.  Not dead (yet).  Getting better, even.  Ignore that hacking cough behind the curtain....

Oh, and I'll be in Pittsburgh next weekend, at the Nebula Awards Conference.  If you're there, or just in town, drop by and say hi!