lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
After long delays at every possible juncture, the paper edition of THE WORK OF HUNTERS / AN INTERRUPTED CRY (Sylvan Investigations #3 and #4) is in progress!

(I just saw the final page proofs, and am waiting on the final cover proof)

And there was much rejoicing, not the least from me, because having this undone was a MAJOR stressor in the back of my skull....

So if you backed the Kickstarter at that level, we'll be chasing you down for a mailing address, soon.  For everyone else, PlusOne Press should have the order info up on their website soon.  :-)
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
Saturday, I hauled myself out of town to take a meeting.  If anything comes of that meeting, y'all will be the third to know.  Then I came home and was a slug on the sofa.  Sunday's been Writers' Cafe and more work on the cracktastic project, and now all the words I didn't get written on Saturday. Plus cleaning.

Oh, and my interview for Qwillery, supporting Genius Loci, went live!
(and Genius Loci is $160 from their next stretch goal, with 3 days to go!)

Next three days: write all the words, do all the things. My friend Christine arrives from NYC Wednesday night for a long weekend vacay, Thursday afternoon I abandon her to the cats and apartment and head off for Norwescon, come back on Sunday, spend some more time touristing with Christine before she leaves, then do a presentation for the Seattle Free Lances Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning: I whimper a lot about being totally burnt out.

Sounds like a plan.
lagilman: coffee or die (happy go lucky)
So, a while back, the unstoppable Jaym Gates came to me and said, kid, I want you to write me a story (if you're imagining this as said in the voice of Arlo Guthrie channeling Officer Obie, you'd be dead to rights). It was for an anthology she was plotting, with the theme of genius loci, or the pervading/protective spirit of a place.

And I - having just recently returned from my 5 day sojourn across Kansas, said "yeah...I think I got something for ya."

And now that story, "Heartbeat," is part of GENIUS LOCI, which kicked off its kickstarter this morning, and it already 1/3 of the way toward goal. Because, bluntly, it has an AWESOME Table of Contents.

“Long Way Down” by Seanan McGuire
“The Snow Train” by Ken Liu
“Twilight State” by Gemma Files
"Santa Cruz" by Andy Duncan
“And the Trees Were Happy” by Scott Edelman
“Blackthorn” by B. Morris Allen
“Ouroboros in Orbit” by J. Daniel Batt
“Reef” by K.C. Norton
“Scab Land” by Wendy N. Wagner
“The Forgetting Field” by Caroline Ratajski
“The Town the Forest Ate” by Haralambi Markov
“Imperator Noster” by Sonya Taaffe
“The Other Shore” by Rebecca Campbell
“The South China Sea” by Z.M. Quynh
“Iron Feliks” by Anatoly Belilovsky
“Forest for the Trees” by Steven S. Long
“Drowning Again” by Ken Scholes and Katie Cord
“The Grudge” by Thoraiya Dyer
“Coaltown” by Heather Clitheroe
“In the Water, Underneath” by Damien Angelica Walters
“Afterparty” by Chaz Brenchley
“The Gramadevi's Lament” by Sunil Patel
“Blue & Grey and Black & Green” by Alethea Kontis
“Heartbeat” by Laura Anne Gilman
“The City” by Vivienne Pustell
“The Crooked Smile Killers” by James Lowder
“Threadbare Magician” by Cat Rambo
“Well of Tranquility” by Steven H Silver
“Beer and Pennies” by Rich Dansky
“The Sleck” by Keris McDonald
“The Transplant Specialist” by Sarah Goslee
“Cactus Flowers and Bone Flutes” by Mercedes M. Yardley

Plus illustrations, and your choice of digital or gorgeous small press book (or both!) and many other stretch goals...

You know you want it...
lagilman: coffee or die (madness toll)

Writerly Stuff:

Revisions on many things continue.   I am very boring on social media during revisions, unless you're privy to the maniacal cackling and frustrated sobbing....

For those of you following the progress of SILVER ON THE ROAD, I just sent the following character references off to our art director:

Kasun

Izzy

I have no idea what the cover will look like, but they will know what our main characters look like, at least, and no excuses.  :-)

Random Feel-Good Link:

Defining a mensch (the woman who posted the ad, not the people she was addressing, for clarity)

Kickstarter reminders:

We still have a week left in the (now fully funded but pulling for awesome stretch goals) TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER anthology

Word-warroom-mate Chrysoula Tzavelas's WOLF INTERVAL kickstarter has also fully funded, with a little under two weeks to go and some nifty bonus offerings, so you should totally be checking this one out, too.


In other news, I am off to Seattle in a few hours, for five days of Chaos, Plotting and Inevitable Hjinks.  I should go pack, or something, right?
lagilman: coffee or die (evil laugh)
And lo, we've hit 90% funded for TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, an anthology featuring new stories from David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Stephen Leigh, Gini Koch, Seanan McGuire, Laura Resnick, and moi - and some Others To Be Named Later!

So that means it's time to hint at what my story's going to be about....

hint #1: the story is called (at the moment): LONG ROAD HOME

hint #2: here's the (at the moment) opening sentence:

We’d been driving nearly ten hours, two dogs and a kid asleep in the back seat, when I realized the GPS was lying.


What happens next?  Ah, we'll have to get 100% funded for you to find that out!
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
I am home from RoberCon, no thanks to Rt. 87, which turned into a parking lot pretty much the entire way from Rt 17 to NYC, for no reason we could tell.

It was, ducking the tl;dr, an excellent convention, well-attended (they filled their available space without becoming TOO crowded), well-paneled (the conversations were lively and intelligent and utilized audience participation well), and well-fed. And the fact that this was only their second year? It's pretty amazing how well they've got their shit together. If you're in the Binghamton area next September, give 'em a try!

robercon
(April Steenburgh and I, mid-question, during the dystopian fiction panel. We look disturbingly pleased with ourselves, considering the topic matter...)

I also go to shill the new Kickstarter for TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, since our editor/publisher was there as well. Nearly 80% funded, with $2100 to go - and you'll be able to get new stories from Seanan McGuire, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Stephen Leigh, Gini Koch, Laura Resnick, and me - pls Other Really Good Writers to be Named Later, as we hit stretch goals!

My story?  Nuh-uh.  You don't get a hint until we hit 90%.  :-)   But one of our stretch goal authors, Juliet McKenna, has blogged about hers...



And now, with the cats placated, there are new words to write. Older words to rewrite. Blog posts to ponder. Coffee. Coffeecoffeecoffee. Hello, Monday!
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
For those of you who haven't pledged yet - or suddenly came into a chunk of money and an urge to do something silly with it.... TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER is well on its way to funding.... but we're not there yet! So swing by and find a level of backing that suits you....

and be aware that one of the backer levels involves me doing TERRIBLE things to your name and/or likeness...

bad idea
lagilman: coffee or die (peevy short chick)
If you haven't responded to the surveys yet (despite repeated reminders), you have a week, and then we'll make a wild guess at what you would have requested.

If you haven't gotten the survey yet, check your filters.

Susan Sullivan, your .edu email is bouncing.

This is all giving Faithful Office Minion and tech elf April agita. It makes me unhappy when the tech elf has agita. Please respond this week, so she has no more agita?
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)

So I woke up this morning and overnight more backers decided that yes why yes, you WOULD like some insane Cosa Nostradamus reality tv transcripts, thank you.

$8,000 reached, and gone past.

Oh dear.  You people.  You lovely, insane people.

So it's time - since there's still a full day left - to roll out the next stretch goal.

If we hit $9500... you will get two exclusive  'backstory' vignettes of two characters... as voted on by you-the-backers. I won't have a clue who I'm writing about until you tell me.

*....rethinks the wisdom of this, does it anyway*

Onward!

lagilman: coffee or die (pooh)
The next two Sylvan Investigation titles are a go. I repeat, they are a go....

*does happy meerkat dance*
Bless you all, the backer and the boosters.

And, with 48 hours to go, we still have a chance of hitting the next stretch goal, where you get to see me delve into the sordid, sordid world of Cosa Nostradamus reality television....
lagilman: coffee or die (Castiel Kitten of Thursday)
We've reached the point where, if I forget to give CatofSize his shot, he reminds me. I wouldn't have believed it, myself, and yet... there he was, sitting on the sofaback, looking at me like "hey mom, we're not done here yet!"

Huh.  Good kid.

(then I had a moment of panic, because once you've done something enough times it's hard to remember if you did or didn't do it that morning, because all the memories are exactly the same....but no, I hadn't)

Meanwhile, today the Kitten of Thursday goes in for his almost-a-year checkup.  Yes, he's been with us eight months!  I can't believe it either.
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and now, Your Daily Reminder (4th of 5 in a series)

We're in the final days and still a bit short of the goal...

Literally, only a bit short.  As in $485.  With 55 hours (tick, tick...) to go!

So, if you enjoyed the urban fantasy of the Cosa Nostradamus, this is how to keep it alive. Also, the opportunity to dedicate the books to yourself (or a loved one) is still available as a backer bonus!

(also, t-shirts.  And cookies!)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/980297055/sylvan-investigations-work-of-hunters-an-interrupt

and for those of you who missed the first novellas, a reminder of where you can find them:
DRM-free digital (or with DRM from Amazon, B&N or Kobo),
the omnibus print edition
audio.
lagilman: coffee or die (puppyface)
And so, we're in the final days and still a bit short of the goal...

Literally, only a bit short.  As in, under $700 $500  With a little under three days to go...

And yeah, I've finished fleshing out the outline, and have written the first scene.  Because once I start thinking about Danny and Ellen's voices, I can't not.  It's like the best kind of sickness...

So, if you enjoyed the urban fantasy of the Cosa Nostradamus, this is how to keep it alive. Also, the opportunity to dedicate the books to yourself (or a loved one) is still available as a backer bonus!

(also, t-shirts.  And cookies!)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/980297055/sylvan-investigations-work-of-hunters-an-interrupt


and for those of you who missed the first novellas, a reminder of where you can find them:
DRM-free digital (or with DRM from Amazon, B&N or Kobo),
the omnibus print edition
audio.
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
And so, we're in the final days and still a bit short of the goal... I'll be blunt: I love these stories and I want to keep writing them. But the only way I can realistically carve out enough time to write two novellas these days is to know that the bills will be paid that month. So if we want to see more Sylvan Investigations this year, this is the way it can happen.  We're so close....

(unless a patron wants to swoop in and offer me $4,000 off the bat? Yeah, I didn't think so)

So, if you enjoyed the urban fantasy of the Cosa Nostradamus, this is how to keep it alive. Also, the opportunity to dedicate the books to yourself (or a loved one) is still available as a backer bonus!

Need another, genre-positive reason to support this series? This is a series with two minority characters as the leads [Danny's mixed race, Ellen is black], as befits the cultural jumble that is NYC....

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/980297055/sylvan-investigations-work-of-hunters-an-interrupt
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
And so, we're in the final days and still a bit short of the goal... I'll be blunt: I love these stories and I want to keep writing them. But the only way I can realistically carve out enough time to write a novella these days is to know that the bills will be paid that month. So if we want to see more Sylvan Investigations this year, this is the way it can happen.  We're so close....

(unless a patron wants to swoop in and offer me $4,000 off the bat? Yeah, I didn't think so)

So, if you enjoyed the urban fantasy of the Cosa Nostradamus, this is how to keep it alive. Also, the opportunity to dedicate the books to yourself (or a loved one) is still available as a backer bonus!

Need another, genre-positive reason to support this series? This is a series with two minority characters as the leads [Danny's mixed race, Ellen is black], as befits the cultural jumble that is NYC....

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/980297055/sylvan-investigations-work-of-hunters-an-interrupt
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
Favorite, and very telling bit of dialogue from the rough-in of WORK OF HUNTERS... (yes, I'm drafting it even though we haven't funded yet and I have no spare time, shut up, I LOVE this story, okay?)

“The Cosa is all about discrimination, Ellen. Never think it's not. You're at the top of the pole right now and I'm not. Think about that."

(Danny is a faun/human half-breed.  Ellen is human, Talent, and a Seer.  She is also black.  This is making for some...interesting scenes, considering the plot)

Also, a new dead body has appeared, who hadn't been in the outline.  Should I add it to the "make yourself die horribly" bonus level?

For those keeping track, we're at $5,300, with ten days to go. If you think that isn't given me indigestion, you don't know me very well.  C;mon, guys, let's get another thousand into the pot this week....!
lagilman: coffee or die (puppyface)
And we're at 11 days and counting, for WORK OF HUNTERS/AN INTERRUPTED CRY to fund!  C'mon, don't you want not one but TWO novellas, featuring a jaded-but-idealistic half-faun PI and his up-and-coming partner, a young human woman with unwanted, deeply annoying magical skills?  Adventure! Genre-appropriate violence!  Snark! Minority Representation! Setting fire to bits of NYC!  (ooops.  That hadn't been in the original outline.).

But only if we reach 100% funding.  In eleven days.   So check out the backer levels, see what tickles your reader-fancy....

(Because someone asked earlier, the $7,500 will cover the costs of producing the ebooks (paying the editor, the designer, and the lovely April´╗┐, who rides herd on all the admin details) and buy me the time to write these projects, rather than dancing to someone else's tune.   Oh, and pay Uncle Sam his share, because yeah, we pay taxes on all Kickstarter monies...)
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
There's still about $250 to go before midnight tonight, to get the kickstarter for WORK OF HUNTERS / AN INTERRUPTED CRY to 75% (and get me to dye my hair purple). Another $2,400 in the next two weeks for us to reach 100% and get these novellas rolling.

$10 for two novellas. But if you kick in more, there are other tasty treats, including a new Cosa Nostradamus short story, t-shirts, the chance to dedicate the novella to someone (limited offering), and "blooper reel" outtakes! Oh, and cookies, for a certain few of you!

And since we caught the first blooper on page last night, I'm going to give you a taste of that....

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There are a whole bunch of difference silences – awkward, embarrassed, comfortable, pregnant. But there’s nothing quite like the silence of a woman in a fury.

“Ellen…”

“No. Don’t.”

Ellen’s normally what you’d call laid back. Quiet. All right, a mouse. I’d been doing my best to break her out of her shell, but this wasn’t quite what I’d been intending.

“It’s not as bad it sounds.” It was worse, actually, but I was still trying to shelter her from that fact. More fool me.

“You seriously-“ and to my shock she started to giggle.

“What?”

“I’m sorry, I just…” She sat her ass down on the desk and kept giggling, her eyes starting to water. “Your face, oh god you didn’t make that face in rehearsal and…”

I tried to fix my face, but whatever I was doing just seemed to make it worse.

“No, just… give me a minute.”

Time! C’mon, guys….

“I want it on record that I wasn’t the one who blew the scene this time.”
“Your face blew it.”
“My face is perfectly fine.”
“You looked like you swallowed a guppie!”

Children….

“She started it!”

Everyone take ten, then we’ll pick up again at the revelation. Ellen…?

“Yeah, yeah, I’m good, I just need a minute. Or three.”

Boss sounded tired. If we didn’t get this scene right, she was going to shake up the plot, kill some more people. Fuck this. Maybe there were some Danish left on the craft table…
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it kinda got worse from there, so I told everyone to go to bed and we'd pick up again in the morning when I was less punchy...
lagilman: coffee or die (madness toll)
I've returned to the WiP and can confirm that if it does not love me just yet (after the month hiatus) it is still very fond of me and is willing to work together to make things right again.

Me? I still adore it. Even when it makes me crazy.

I'm sorting through the beta readers, and will be in contact with some of you soon. :-)

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In other writing news, it's unlikely that we're going to see purple in my hair any time soon - it's Thursday, and we're only at 66% funded for the Kickstarter for WORK OF HUNTERS and AN INTERRUPTED CRY (we need to hit 75% by..okay, let's say midnight Friday night). Still about $600 away...)

So I guess this is where I should remind people here that the chance to have one of the novellas dedicated to you (or the person of your choice) is still available as a bonus level! As is the chance to have yourself (or the person of your choice) written into an original Cosa Nostradamus short story! (if you know a fan of the world, can you imagine a more unique gift? And if you pledge now, you'll be able to tell them it's coming as your Valentines' Day gift!
lagilman: coffee or die (crunchy)
Woke up this morning and the combination of BioFreeze, painkillers, and a heating pad seem to have done the trick on my shoulder. But since I'm going to be working in a non-traditional format (no office chair) until further notice, this may change at any moment.  Hopefully, I'll be able to go chair-shopping over the weekend.

Despite all this, I am going to start this day out filled with optimism and affection for all humanity. Try not to fuck it up, okay?
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I'm going to take a break from talking about my kickstarter (although if you've been thinking "I need to sign up for those novellas" now is the time to do it and here's the link where you can do it)  and point you toward my baby brother's Kickstarter for more stories set in his " Cliff's End Castle Guard" fantasy police procedural series. Check it out!

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Cat of Size continues to show definite improvement on all fronts, and now that we've moved the site of his injection to just below his shoulder, he doesn't even flinch any more.  He's such a good boy, and I tell him so at every opportunity (which is often, as he's returning to his affectionate-tiger-cub personality.  I had not missed the hair-bite-grooming, le sigh).  Meanwhile, Castiel Kitten of Thursday continues to practice his kitty parkour at all hours of the night, and insist on cuddling all hours of the day.  In other words, he's a kitten.  The fact that we have settled on March 15th as his Official Birthday has nothing whatsoever to do with the Ides of March.  Not intentionally, anyway.

And my keyboard seems to want to shun the "e" and obliterate the name of the "a."  Hold it together keyboard, c'mon, at least another six months....
lagilman: coffee or die (citron presse)
I am very boring this weekend. I stayed home and worked - except for a brief period Saturday night, when I went over for a lovely dinner at Casa DeCandido/Simms/Mazur. There are cats & a dog there, in addition to the hoomans. Came home & Kitten ofThursday sniffed me suspiciously a few times, then fixed me with a Smiting Stare...

Interesting, she has no such reaction to when I come home after a day spent with Mei-Chan. The little brat actually knows the difference between "family dog" and "non-family dog?"

I did pause in the working to snag a ticket to go see a broadcast of Coriolanus on Thursday. Yes, the production starring Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss.  Mainly because I've never seen Coriolanus performed, and partially because after this cold snap I really needed an excuse to get the fuck out of the apartment/into the world.  And also because Tom Hiddleston.  I'm not shallow: I have variable depths.

CatofSize seems to be doing quite well, although we haven't had a another blood panel done yet. He's back to being playful and affectionate, rather than sulky, and is dealing with the shots and pills in his usual CatofSize manner ("are there treats? And pettinslovins? Then okay, you can do that.")

and, because it's not an update without me waving my hands about the Kickstarter...

60% funded! 18 days to go! The chance to write more Danny-and-Ellen stories is like Pop Rocks - innocent until you taste it, then all fizzy excitement. :-) But we're not there quite yet....

And the cookies are still up for grabs.  Mmmmjustsaying.

and now...back to the working thing.  Because Monday = Deadlines + New Projects....

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