Okay: I just had cause to go through my bins of author's copies, and it's getting scary in there. Very, deeply scary. So! It's time for a hardship giveaway.

What is a hardship giveaway? It's where I give away older books (not ARCs or just-released) to people who couldn't afford to buy them when they came out, and/or can't afford them now. It's an honor system: I believe that you will honor my intent, and only enter if you have a genuine need. Because T-shirt mailing is ongoing, this particular giveaway is only open to people with US addresses. I am so sorry about that, I really am, but a) I can't afford international postage (which is sort of contradictory to the whole "hardship" angle), and b) my postal workers will kill me if I add more international shipping right now.

To enter...

1) Comment on this post, indicating that you have a US address.
2) Tell me what book you are hoping to win. Anything I've written.
2a) Hell, feel free to list anthologies.
3) If you have a second choice, list that.

I cannot guarantee that I have any specific book "in stock," as it were, but I can sure look. (I can tell you for sure that I don't have Rosemary and Rue or Feed right now.)

I will choose five winners on Wednesday, February 4th. They will have twenty-four hours to contact me to claim their prizes.

Shoot for the moon!
And the winners are...

Brandon Bousman from Team Waheela!
magyck from Team Cuckoo!
Pamela Adams from Team Tailypo!

Despite their overwhelming majority in the comments, neither the Aeslin mice nor the Madhura were chosen by the RNG. Which I suppose is a good comment on the nature of randomness, even if it has me scratching my head over here.

If you won, please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to claim your prize. Thanks for playing, all; more giveaways to come.

Clarification on giveaways.

Since there's always confusion, I wanted to clarify a few things.

Entering contests.

I do not require you to have an LJ account; if you have a Facebook or other ID that lets you comment here, that's fine. LJ may initially mark your comment as "spam." I manually un-spam all valid entries before I do the final drawing. The Random Number Generator I use is located at Random.org, and is as close to truly random as I can get. I manually count after getting the number of the winner. Secondary comments (IE, when someone responds to a contest entry) cannot win. If the number I draw comes up as a secondary comment, I either draw again, or I go to the next valid entry. This means that if I draw 25, and it's a secondary comment on 24, the winner is 26. So it's really, really best not to reply to other people's contest entries.

I make a post identifying the winners of any given drawing, and that's where my responsibility for outreach ends. You'll generally have twenty-four hours to contact me before you lose your prize. Please remember to check this journal on drawing days.

Following rules.

No part of any contest's rules is negotiable. If I say "tell me whether you're US or international and name your favorite fruit," any comment that doesn't contain all those aspects will be ineligible to win. I will draw another number, in that case.

Contacting me.

If you are contacting me to collect a prize, you must use my website contact form. It is located on my website, not on LJ. Contacting me via any other channel (LJ messenger, Facebook, emailing an old address that you think still works, asking my PA over IM), you will not receive your prize. You must email me.

I hope this clears a few things up, and I'm really excited to keep giving y'all fun stuff to have and enjoy.

The RNG has spoken...

...and the winner of a copy of Elbows and Antlers, by Avalon Rising, is mckavian!

mckavian, please email me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours with your mailing information.

Thanks for entering, everyone, and I hope that if you didn't win, you'll consider picking up some awesome music by Avalon Rising anyway!
It's time for my first Pocket Apocalypse giveaway! Hooray! This giveaway is going to be US addresses only; I'm still mailing T-shirts, and my post office workers are starting to mysteriously go on break when I show up, because of all the international packages. I know it's not fair, but I can't add more customs forms to the pile or they're going to close completely.

I will do open-to-international giveaways before the book is released, and I'm hoping to clear out more of the pending packages in the next week or so.

So, the rules for this one:

1. Leave a comment.
2. Indicate that you have a US address I can ship to. (You don't have to live in the US. You just have to have a US address.)
3. Name your favorite cryptid and why.

I will use the RNG to choose three winners on Tuesday, January 27th. But there's a twist! Only one person can win for each cryptid. So be honest! Name your favorite! Just be aware that the odds are lower for the Aeslin mice than for, say, the swamp bromeliads.

The field guide is here, if you need some help.

Game on!

Who wants some awesome music?

As I get ready to return to the studio and get back to work on Saint of Thorns (probably coming out some time in 2016; the album for 2015 is Creature Feature, and we're laying out the liner notes now), it occurs to me that some of you may not know how awesome and incredible my recording engineer, Kristoph Klover, actually is.

Let's fix that.

I have one copy of Elbows and Antlers, the latest CD by the band Avalon Rising, of which Kristoph is a founding member. Celtic funk, folk rock, call it what you will, it's amazing. And I am giving this disk away to one lucky winner.

To enter...

1. Comment here.
2. If outside the US, indicate that you will pay postage.
3. That's all.

I will choose a winner via RNG on Monday, January 26th. If you're interested in checking out Avalon Rising before then, here's their website: http://www.flowinglass.com/

I highly, highly recommend all three available Avalon Rising albums, especially if you like my stuff, Vixy and Tony's stuff, or Talis's stuff.

Velveteen vs. The Thaw.

Title: Velveteen vs. The Thaw.
Summary: The trials of a formerly retired superheroine are destined never to be done, especially when the heroine in question was foolish enough to agree to serve the seasonal lands...

Cradled in a bed of moss and new spring leaves, draped in a blanket of flower petals and thistledown, Velveteen slept...Collapse )
The nomination period for the 2015 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is now open, and you can find more information at this link. Please keep in mind that you must have been a member of last year's Worldcon, OR be a member of this year's Worldcon, OR be a member of next year's Worldcon to be eligible to either nominate or vote.

A lot of people have put up their eligibility posts, and you can check the eligibility of your favorite authors by hitting their personal blogs. I posted a list of everything I published in 2014, and technically, it's all eligible, but let's be honest: that's a lot of stuff. If you were considering nominating any of my works, you're going to have a lot of reading ahead of you, and a probably split pool.

(Mira, with one novel and one novella, is in a slightly less conflicted place.)

Turning away from me, I would ask you to consider Sheila Gilbert for Best Editor, Long Form; Christie Yant for Best Editor, Short Form (the story of mine she edited, "Each to Each," is one of my best, and it's because of her); Chris McGrath and Aly Fell for Best Artist; The Librarians episode "And the Apple of Discord" for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short; and Book of Life for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long.

What do you think people should be considering for this year's awards?

What a difference a year makes...

Today is January 15th, 2015. My last day of full-time employment for someone other than myself was January 15th, 2014. The last time I set an alarm for anything other than a trip to the airport or a convention was a year ago.

A year ago today, I started sleeping.

It's sort of remarkable: I hadn't realized how much of myself I had sold for health insurance and a desk with my name tacked to the wall next to it until I started to sleep again, and started to wake up. Because seriously, that's what sleep allowed me to do. I slept ten, eleven, twelve hours a night, with two-hour naps every day, for three weeks. Not out of depression; out of the sheer joy of sleeping, the restorative delight of starting to feel like myself again. The sleeping tapered off. These days, I go to bed at 11:00, go to sleep at 11:30 (slow sleep insomnia), and wake up between 7:00 and 7:30. Naps are rare.

I have had two major illnesses in the past year, versus ten to fifteen a year for the last several. One was a twenty-four hour stomach bug that could have hit anyone, regardless of how rested they were; the other was a cold brought home by my housemate and incubated on my flight to London. I have slept through the night almost every night. I have become happier, more stable, and more productive.

(The more productive has actually been a problem, as I'm flooding my poor proofreaders with material. I was always fast. Now I'm working at more what I consider my "normal" speed, and it's terrifying.)

A lot of people asked how I was going to stave off boredom. The answer was, and remains, that I will let them know when I actually get bored.

It hasn't happened yet.

Current projects, January 2015.

Every month I make a post to tell folks what I'm working on, a) because it seems polite, b) because it keeps me accountable, if only to myself, and c) so you will understand why I do not have a social life. This is the January 2015 post, making it the first post of the new year. Hooray! Everything is awesome.

To quote myself, being too harried to say something new: "These posts are labeled with the month and year, in case somebody eventually gets the bizarre urge to timeline my work cycles (it'll probably be me). Behold the proof that I don't actually sleep; I just whimper and keep writing."

Please note that all books currently in print are off the list, as are those that have been turned in but not yet printed (Pocket Apocalypse, Chimera, A Red-Rose Chain). Chaos Choreography and Rewind are off the list because they're finished and in revisions with the Machete Squad. The cut-tag is here to stay, because no matter what I do, it seems like this list just keeps on getting longer. But that's okay, because at least it means I'm never actively bored. I have horror movies and terrible things from the swamp to keep me company.

Not everything on this list has been sold. I will not discuss the sale status of anything which has not been publicly announced. If you can't remember whether I've announced something, check the relevant tag, or go to my website, at www.seananmcguire.com. Please do not ask why project X is no longer on the list. I will not answer you.

What"s Seanan working on now? Click to find out!Collapse )

And the winner is...

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a signed copy of either Libriomancer or Unbound is...

kay_gmd

Please email me via my website contact form. I will be passing this email on to Jim, so he can determine which book you want and make sure you get the right inscription.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and if you haven't already checked out Libriomancer, give it a shot. It's available in paperback, and it's the doorway to a very big adventure.
Wow. Here we are again.

As of today, we are fifty days from the release of Pocket Apocalypse, the fourth book in the InCryptid series, and the second book narrated by Verity's older brother, Alexander Price. This is it for him, at least for right now; this is where he takes a bow and wanders off into the wings to do something else for a while. Verity will be taking over again for book five before she hands the baton off to their little sister, Antimony, to narrate books six and seven. And just the fact that I can type that sentence with a straight face proves that I am the luckiest girl in the world.

So where are we right now? Well, I'm gearing up for some more giveaways, some of which will be totally effort-free (RNG 4 LYFE), some of which will require a little more work (fan artists, start your engines). I'm editing book five, and prepping for book six, which is the first in my new two-book contract. Thanks to everyone who bought Half-Off Ragnarok and made it possible for me to write Antimony's books. Please keep reading, so I can keep going. I want to make it all the way to the end of this series.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do as a pre-release countdown this time (or whether I'm going to do one at all). Suggestions are totally welcome! And of course, we'll have another new short story going up on the website around the time the book comes out, featuring another Johnny and Fran adventure. We're coming to the end of their time as the focus of our historical narratives. I'm excited to be moving on Alice and Thomas, one of my all time OTPs, but I'm going to miss Johnny and Fran.

Thank you all, so much. Thank you for allowing me to tell these stories. Thank you for being here. And thank you for buying my books. This was a series that had a very narrow market when it started, and you bought enough copies to make DAW see that it had an audience, and that I should get to continue. Soon, we'll break through the candy shell and expose the true darkness of what people keep assuming is my fluffiest universe. Soon.

I can't wait.
This past Tuesday was the release of Unbound, the latest exciting adventure in Jim Hines's Libriomancer series. Jim is a good friend and a fellow DAW author, and I love his stuff. So...

It's giveaway time! To enter:

1. Comment on this post.
2. Indicate whether you are in the US or international.
3. If international, indicate that you can pay postage.

And that's all! Tuesday afternoon, our friend the Random Number Generator will pick a winner, and the magic will begin! I will send the winner's info to Jim, and they will be able to choose a signed copy of either Unbound or, if the series is new to them, Libriomancer.

This is a great series. Lots of action and adventure, good diversity, and some of the most unique characters I've encountered in a long time. Highly recommended.

Game on!

The periodic welcome post.

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my journal. I'm pretty sure you know who I am, my name being in the URL and all, but just in case, I'm Seanan McGuire (also known as Mira Grant), and you're probably not on Candid Camera. This post exists to answer a few of the questions I get asked on a semi-hemi-demi-regular basis. It may look familiar; that's because it gets updated and re-posted roughly every two months, to let folks who've just wandered in know how things work around here. Also, sometimes I change the questions. Because I can.

If you've read this before, feel free to skip, although there may be interesting new things to discover and know beyond the cut.

Anyway, here you go:

This way lies a lot of information you may or may not need about the person whose LJ you may or may not be reading right at this moment. Also, I may or may not be the King of Rain, which may or may not explain why it"s drizzling right now. Essentially, this is Schrodinger"s cut-tag.Collapse )
We have successfully weathered both the release of The Winter Long and the start of a new year, complete with my birthday, which means that you deserve a treat. And here it is:

A brand-new story about Tybalt, Toby, and their first real date. "No Sooner Met," has been posted on the Toby Daye short fiction page. It is available in ePub, MOBI, and PDF formats, and is free for download. Please download rather than trying to read locally; my server will thank you.

This story is best read after Ashes of Honor if possible, since it is set very shortly after that book, and contains unavoidable spoilers for the series up to that point. It is a story about falling in love, and cats, and how to get a really good steak in San Francisco. It is narrated by Tybalt, because he's the romantic in this relationship.

Cover graphics are by Tara O'Shea. All short story electronic conversion thus far has been done by scifantasy. As both of them are awesome, we applaud them now.

Go forth, read, and please feel free to use this as a discussion post, which means there may be spoilers in the comments. Tread carefully.

Enjoy.
...I bet they won't be expecting that.

It's the first Inchworm Girl of 2015! I am excited! I am...already kinda tired. Well, damn.

Publications

"No Sooner Met," January 6, 2015 (website).
"Broken Paper Hearts," February 14, 2015 (website).
"Animal Husbandry" (reprint), February 24, 2015 (Wastelands 2).
Pocket Apocalypse, March 3, 2015.
"There is No Room For Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold," March 10, 2015 (The Doll Collector).
"In Skeleton Leaves," April 7, 2015 (Operation Arcana).
Rolling in the Deep, April 7, 2015 (Subterranean Press, limited edition).
"That Nitro-9 That You're Not Carrying: Violence and the Companion," April 7, 2015 (Companion Piece).
"The Myth of Rain," May 1, 2015 (Lightspeed Magazine).
"The Moon Inside," July 7, 2015 (Midian Unmade).
A Red-Rose Chain, September 1, 2015.
Chimera, November 24, 2015.

"Long Way Down," unknown (Genius Loci).
"Opening Band," unknown (The Paul and Storminomicon).

Conventions/Appearances/Travel

ConNooga, February 27-March 1 2015, Chattanooga TN.
Emerald City Comic Con, March 27-29 2015, Seattle WA.
Eastercon: Dysprosium, April 3-5 2015, London England.
Pike's Peak Writer's Conference, April 24-26 2015, Colorado Springs CO.
BayCon, May 22-25 2015, Santa Clara CA.
Westercon 68, July 2-5 2015, San Diego CA.
San Diego International Comic-Con, July 9-12 2015, San Diego CA.
Contraflow V, October 2-5 2015, New Orleans LA.
Tuscon, October 30-November 1 2015, Tuscon AZ.
Chessiecon, November 27-29 2015, Baltimore MD.

No fixed deadline/being written/unsold:

The Best Thing
"Every Heart a Doorway, Every Word a Prayer"
"Target Practice"
"Waking Up In Vegas"
"My Last Name"
"Fiber"
"Carry Me Home"
"Pixie Season"
"These Antique Fables"
"Coming To You Live"
"Something In the Rain" (formerly "Love is the Silence Before the Shadow")
"vs. Spring Cleaning"
Echo

Again, to clarify some recent confusion: some things, especially novel-length things, may appear more than once, on both the "publication date" and "being written" lists. This is because the "being written" list is an aggregate, which also includes "no fixed deadline" (IE, being written on spec or for the website) and "unsold" (IE, being written because I can). So new books will appear there for a long time before they vanish, since books take a long time to write, but may also have pub dates listed higher up.

Look at that list. It's so shiny!

This is amazing. Be amazed.

There are people in the world with tattoos inspired by my words. This will never fail to amaze me.

But this is the first time someone has tattooed me and Vixy on their body.

Look at this beautiful ink. What an amazing honor.

I am amazed.

What did I publish in 2014?

Welp. That was sure a year. And it sure is over. And I sure did come out with a lot of stuff. Here's what I published during 2014.

Novels.

Indexing
Half-Off Ragnarok
Sparrow Hill Road
The Winter Long
Symbiont

Novellas.

"Oh Pretty Bird"
"The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell"
"Midway Relics and Dying Breeds"
"Turn the Year Around"

Novelettes.

"The Ghosts of Bourbon Street"
"Stingers and Strangers"
"Each to Each"
"Bury Me In Satin"
"Snakes and Ladders"
"White as a Raven's Wing"

Short stories.

"Black as Blood"
"Blocked"
"Spores"
"Jammed"
"The Lambs"
"We Are All Misfit Toys in the Aftermath of the Velveteen War"
"Knit A Sweater Out of Sky"
"IM"
"BRING ABOUT THE HALLOWEEN ETERNAL!!!"
"Office Memos"
"In Roses"
"Fruiting Bodies"
"Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare"
"Best Served Cold"
"The Fixed Stars"
"Driving Jenny Home"

Non-fiction.

Letters to the Pumpkin King
"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers: A Girl, a Rulebook, and Arithmetic" in Chicks Dig Gaming

That is...that's a lot when I put it all in one place like that. I'm going to back away slowly, and maybe go drink something fizzy and faintly alcoholic.

Yes.

Tags:

You may have noticed a lack of traditional "the year is over, hooray, here's all the crap I accomplished in 2014, now let's hope 2015 sucks less" posts around here. This is because we had a rip-trees-out-of-the-earth type windstorm here on the 29th, and well. First the power to my house went out. Then the power came back...mostly. It came back to everything except the outlets in my room and the front room. Where the server lives.

I HAD THREE UNPLANNED DAYS WITHOUT INTERNET AND I AM NOT OKAY.

Ahem. So my roundup posts are coming, but for right now, here is a review roundup, just to sort of make me feel productive, without actually requiring me to think.

Book Banter has posted a review of Discount Armageddon, and says, "By the end of the first book in the Cryptid series, readers will be thoroughly hooked and checking out the cryptid glossary at the end of the book and wanting more cryptid crunchy goodness." Yay!

Ranting Dragon has also posted a review of Discount Armageddon, and says, "All joking aside, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, and not just for the fun factor." Double-yay! (It's a fun review, too.)

Fantasy Book Cafe has also also posted a review of Discount Armageddon, and says, "Discount Armageddon completely lived up to my expectations for a book written by Seanan McGuire. It is about on par with the later Toby Daye books in terms of enjoyment, even without the satisfaction of spending several books getting to know the characters. It's entertaining, well-paced, and humorous with a memorable main character – and a memorable family, even though we haven't really met most of them yet. I think I may have discovered my fourth urban fantasy series that I must keep up with." Excellent.

...and really, three is about my limit for tonight, for I am tired and the world must move on. All things serve the Beam.

I will be more productive tomorrow.

The final Hogswatch winners are chosen!

The random number generator has spoken for the last time this year, and the winners are...

serverwench wins a copy of Midnight Blue-Light Special
kymellin wins a paperback of Parasite
runiechica wins a MYSTERY PRIZE!!!

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize. I plan to start mailing tomorrow, so this is especially important right now.

Please be sure to include something to indicate who you are/what you've won, as I've received a few "hooray, I won!" emails that didn't include any identifying marks.

Whee!

The tenth Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a lovely new Wicked Girls poster is...

faecat

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Three more drawings to go!
Welcome to the forty-eighth essay in my fifty-essay series on the art, craft, business, and occasional weirdness that is writing. All fifty of the essays in this series are based around my original fifty thoughts on writing, which means I only have two more essays to go. Almost there! Our thought for today:

Thoughts on Writing #48: Step Away From the Pen.

And now, because context is king, our expanded thought:

If you find yourself critiquing the comma placement in published novels, it is maybe time to step away from the editing process for a little while.

Most of us became writers because we were readers. People who hate books don't devote their lives to writing them, any more than people who hate happiness go to work at Disneyland, or people who hate sugar decide to open wedding cake bakeries. We are drawn to do what we love. One of the dangerous consequences of this, however, is that sometimes this will begin to erode the love that brought us here in the first place. What are we supposed to do when our critical eye for our own work starts spilling over onto everything else?

Today we're going to be talking about turning off the editorial mind, why it can never happen completely, and why a little critical thought is good.

Ready? Good. Let's begin.

My thoughts are not your thoughts; my process is not your process; my ideas are not your ideas; my method is not your method. All these things are totally right for me, and may be just as totally wrong for you. So please don"t stress if the things I"m saying don"t apply to you -- I promise, there is no One True Way. This way for my thoughts on doing the hard stuff.Collapse )
...a MYSTERY!

Welcome to the thirteenth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. This is the last giveaway, and is numerically surprising. Surprise! Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The thirteenth giveaway is for a mystery prize. What is it? NO ONE KNOWS, NOT EVEN ME. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. Tell me one thing you hope your prize is not. Do not tell me what you hope it is; if you do that, you will be ineligible to win.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Sunday, December 27th.

MYSTERY PRIZE!

Game on!

A little holiday greeting.

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through my room
Were bunny girls grumbling and portents of doom,
And fairy tale murders and pandemic flu—
My friends hope my holiday dreams won't come true—

And Tara is working on graphics so fine
To help and promote that new novel of mine
(The fourth in a series I hope you enjoy,
Narrated by Alex, poor put-upon boy).

I'm staying at home for a change and a shot
To catch up on sleep and do what's been forgot,
For changes are coming, and coming so fast,
And it's time that we leave this last year in the past.

Two thousand fourteen is a year nearly spent.
Oh, the things that we did, and the places we went!
I'm still with the agent—now more than six years;
She's my superhero, and I have no fear.

A whole week of Dayes can now sit on your shelves,
With wise-cracking Cait Sidhe and underslept elves,
Another adventure is coming this year,
Which ought to be good for your holiday cheer.

In March, there's InCryptid, and then in September,
An October girl who I hope you remember.
The parasite panic will come to a head
In the month of November—so much to be read!

With Newsflesh and Velveteen, Babylon Archer,
And so many more all prepared for departure
At seanan_mcguire the updates are steady—
I'm keeping you posted. You'd better get ready.

The year yet to come will bring wonders galore,
And I can't start to guess at the great things in store,
So whatever you celebrate when the world's cold,
Be it secular, modern, or something quite old,

I hope that you're happy, I hope that you're warm,
I hope that you're ready to weather the storm,
And I wish you the joys that a winter provides,
All you Kings of the Summer and sweet Snow Queen brides,

And I can't wait to see what the next year will bring,
The stories we'll tell, and the songs that we'll sing.
The dead and the living will stand and rejoice!
(I beg you to rise while you still have a choice.)

The journey's been fun, and there's much more to see,
So grab your machete and come now with me,
And they'll hear us exclaim as we dash out of sight,
"Scary Christmas to all, and to all a good fright!"
Sorry for the delay! The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of days eight and nine are...

A paperback copy of Symbiont to...vincentursus
Wicked Girls on CD to...codevixen

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Five more drawings to go!
...a copy of the paperback edition of Parasite!

Welcome to the twelfth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The twelfth giveaway is for a copy of the paperback edition of Parasite. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Sunday, December 27th.

Game on!

The seventh Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a copy of Chicks Dig Gaming is...

wenhaver

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Five more drawings to go!
...a copy of Midnight Blue-Light Special!

Welcome to the eleventh of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The eleventh giveaway is for a copy of Midnight Blue-Light Special. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Saturday, December 27th.

Game on!
...a Wicked Girls poster!

Welcome to the tenth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The tenth giveaway is for a copy of the lovely Wicked Girls poster. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Friday, December 26th.

Game on!

The sixth Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a copy of the audio edition of Sparrow Hill Road is...

tsgeisel

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Six more drawings to go!

Notes on tank tops and T-shirts.

Hello, happy people!

As you may remember, I have been selling leftover Slasher Chicks tank tops. Some people have requested shirts, which have then been pulled from the general stock, and have not used my website contact form (located here: http://seananmcguire.com/contact.php) to send me their mailing addresses.

Y'all, I'm not kidding when I say I need you to submit your address through that form. Yes, even if you gave your address to PayPal. I am not a store. I am one person using a non-graphic interface to package things, and I cannot easily access your mailing information if you don't send it to me via my website. The longer you leave your shirts in the "going away" pile, the more chance there is that they get misplaced and I have to give you a refund. Which, if you chose "paying for goods and services," means it costs me two dollars (roughly), and you don't get your stuff. Please. Pretty please with a cherry on top. If you're waiting for a tank top from me, and you have not already sent your contact info via the website, please send it.

(If you have already sent your info, you're golden. I'm just mailing a ton of stuff right now. The contact form has never been found to lose mail.)

Now, if you're waiting for a T-shirt, that's a different ball of wax. That was a group effort, with Kate and Deborah doing a lot of heavy lifting, and everything has a mailing address. It's just that "everything" was over two hundred packages (well over), and it's the week before Christmas. My post office has asked me, politely, not to come back with anything that's not incredibly urgent until after the holiday, because their lines are wrapping around the building, and I am a roadblock. All shirts are packed, are addressed, and are going out.

If your shirt was missing when we packed (a very small number), you have already received an email from me. All people with missing shirts have acknowledged that email, so you didn't miss it. Your shirt is coming, it just needs time to travel through a physical universe that is having major storms and major holidays at the same time.

In summation: if you requested a tank top, please, please help me empty out the box of shirts I pulled to meet requests (you can still pay if you haven't already; check the LJ post for instructions, and remember to choose "money to friends"); if you requested a T-shirt, please, please be patient. They're coming.
...a copy of Wicked Girls on CD!

Welcome to the ninth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The ninth giveaway is for a copy of Wicked Girls on CD. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Wednesday, December 24th. Sorry this one went up so late: I was out of the house all day, actually having fun. I regret nothing.

Game on!

The fifth Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a signed, personalized copy of Oz Reimagined is...

bookblather

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Seven more drawings to go!
...a paperback copy of Symbiont!

Welcome to the eighth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The eighth giveaway is for a copy of the UK edition of Symbiont, which came out across the pond in paperback. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far. Because this would cost more to mail outside the United States than the value of the book, this drawing is open to US residents only.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. Indicate that you are in the US or have a US mailing address.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Tuesday, December 23rd.

Game on!
Today is Alice Price-Healy Little Liddel Abernathy McGuire's sixth birthday.

Alice is a blue classic tabby and white Maine Coon, bred by Betsy Tinney of Pinecoon Maine Coons in Seattle. She was my first Maine Coon (although not my only for very long), and I'm not kidding when I say that it was love at first sight. It still is.

Alice is stubborn, sweet, intractable, opinionated, devoted, loving, my little angel, my little devil, and often threatened with becoming mittens. Like a toddler, she never wants love more than when I get on the phone. She's sassy and awful and sometimes takes showers with me, and she's probably the best cat I've ever had. A year with Alice is worth five with any other cat, and I've had six of them.

Happy birthday, my terrible girl. Let's have at least ten more.

The fourth Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a signed, personalized copy of Sparrow Hill Road is...

dragonsflame71

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Ten more drawings to go!
...a copy of Chicks Dig Gaming!

Welcome to the seventh of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The seventh giveaway is for a copy of Chicks Dig Gaming. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Monday, December 22nd.

Game on!

Katharine Kerr needs our help.

Katharine Kerr is a nice lady, a fellow DAWthor, and a really great storyteller. She needs our help.

I started the first draft of this post with some personal stuff, and then realized it didn't matter; this is a nice lady who tells great stories, and needs us, maybe now more than ever. Take a look.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-author-katharine-kerr-care-for-her-husband-howard/278370

Thank you.

The third Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a signed, personalized copy of The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination is...

professor

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Ten more drawings to go!
...a copy of the audio edition of Sparrow Hill Road!

Welcome to the sixth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The sixth giveaway is for a copy of the audio edition of Sparrow Hill Road, on physical CD. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Sunday, December 21st.

Game on!
...a copy of Oz Reimagined!

Welcome to the fifth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The fifth giveaway is for a copy of Oz Reimagined. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Friday, December 19th.

Game on!

The second Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a signed, personalized copy of Half-Off Ragnarok is...

pameladean

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Ten more drawings to go!
...a copy of Sparrow Hill Road!

Welcome to the fourth of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The fourth giveaway is for a copy of Sparrow Hill Road. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate that you are willing/able to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Thursday, December 18th.

Game on!

The first Hogswatch winner is chosen!

The random number generator has spoken, and the winners of a signed, personalized copy of The Winter Long are...

melchar
nutmeg_44

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Eleven more drawings to go!

Current projects, December 2014.

Every month I make a post to tell folks what I'm working on, a) because it seems polite, b) because it keeps me accountable, if only to myself, and c) so you will understand why I do not have a social life. This is the December 2014 post, and the last post of the year.

To quote myself, being too harried to say something new: "These posts are labeled with the month and year, in case somebody eventually gets the bizarre urge to timeline my work cycles (it'll probably be me). Behold the proof that I don't actually sleep; I just whimper and keep writing."

Please note that all books currently in print are off the list, as are those that have been turned in but not yet printed (Pocket Apocalypse). A Red-Rose Chain, Chimera, and Chaos Choreography are off the list because they're finished and in revisions with the Machete Squad. The cut-tag is here to stay, because no matter what I do, it seems like this list just keeps on getting longer. But that's okay, because at least it means I'm never actively bored. I have horror movies and terrible things from the swamp to keep me company.

Not everything on this list has been sold. I will not discuss the sale status of anything which has not been publicly announced. If you can't remember whether I've announced something, check the relevant tag, or go to my website, at www.seananmcguire.com. Please do not ask why project X is no longer on the list. I will not answer you.

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...a copy of The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination!

Welcome to the third of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The first giveaway is for a copy of The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination. This is going to be a random number drawing, because that's working well so far. Because this is a hardcover, this giveaway is open only to US residents and those with US shipping addresses. Mailing it internationally would cost more than the value of the book. I'm sorry, I just can't do it.

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. Indicate that you are in the US/have a US shipping address.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Wednesday, December 17th.

Game on!
...a copy of Half-Off Ragnarok!

Welcome to the second of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The first giveaway is for a copy of Half-Off Ragnarok, the third InCryptid adventure. What better way to get ready for book four? This is going to be a random number drawing, because I am lazy. So...

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate both this and your willingness to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winner at 1PM PST on Tuesday, December 16th.

Game on!
...two copies of The Winter Long!

Welcome to the first of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 25th (some other winter holiday). Each giveaway will have different rules, and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 29th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, still mailing shirts).

The first giveaway is for two copies of The Winter Long, the eighth October Daye adventure. This is going to be a random number drawing, because I am sleepy. So...

1. To enter, comment on this post.
2. If you are international, indicate both this and your willingness to pay postage.
3. That's it.

I will choose the winners at 1PM PST on Monday, December 15th.

Game on!

ETA: Multiple people have commented indicating that they'd like to start this series. Please, please do not begin this series with book eight. I know free stuff is awesome, and of course you can win without having read the first seven, but seriously, this book will not be half as good if you have no idea what's going on.

A reminder: Hogswatch begins tomorrow!

Hello, happy people!

Tomorrow will be the first of the Twelve Days of Hogswatch, my now-annual "Seanan gives things away for twelve days because why not" celebration, and I just wanted to issue a few quick reminders. Namely...

1. Each giveaway will have its own rules. Some will be US-only. (Most will honestly be US-only, because I can't afford to pay international postage at this time. More about this to come.) Others will say things like "your comment must include the word 'banana.'" Failure to precisely follow the rules of a giveaway will mean you cannot win. There is no wiggle room here, at all. This is partially for my sanity, and partially because when I give things away, the free stuff blogs tend to signal boost, and insisting that the rules be followed means that there's enough of a barrier to entry that I can be reasonably sure things are going to people who actually want them.

2. No, you do not need to follow this blog to win. That being said, each entry will say something like "the winners will be posted at X time, and will have until Y to contact me." Every time I do a giveaway, I have folks contacting me days after the stated time, wanting to know if they can still claim their prizes. I fully understand that life happens—I've been the late one before—but the timelines are firm. So if you don't follow this blog normally, I recommend checking in daily until all Hogswatch giveaways are over.

3. In the instances where I am willing to deal with the cost and complication of international shipping, I may say "you must pay postage to receive your prize." If you'd like to volunteer to pay international postage for a giveaway winner, please comment on that day's giveaway to indicate this. Make sure it's a first-level comment, and not a reply to a specific person. (If you're only willing to pay for a specific person, tell them in private, and y'all can work it out without me.)

4. All prizes have already been selected by me, but I will not be revealing them until the day that their drawing begins.

5. You can enter all twelve days if you want to.

And that is all. First entry goes up tomorrow!

POCKET APOCALYPSE cover reveal!

Psst. C'mere.

So it's no secret around here that I love, love, love my DAW covers, or that showing them off is one of my true pure joys in life. Aly Fell, who designs the covers for the InCryptid books, has been everything I could have hoped for in a cover artist. He's incredible. Want proof?

Go ahead. Take a peek.

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