August 13th, 2013

sarah

I was down at the New Amsterdam...

...staring at this yellow-haired girl.

This is the current shape of my 2013, with travel dates and everything. Beautiful travel dates. Hope to see you sometime in the months to come. 2014 is now half the list, July 2014 is closer to "now" than January 2013. And other horrifying thoughts. (Most horrifying of all, the first 2015 date has appeared. Gleep.)

Publications

"Empty Nest" (Indexing, episode #8), August 27 2013.
Velveteen vs. The Multi-verse, August TBD 2013.
"Bad Dream Girl," September 1 2013.
Chimes at Midnight, September 3 2013.
"Homecoming," September 10 2013.
"Whiteout" (Indexing, episode #9), September 10 2013.
"Not Sincere" (Indexing, episode #10), September 24 2013.
"Train Yard Blues," October 13 2013.
Parasite, October 29 2013.
"Frontier ABCs: The Life and Times of Charity Smith, Schoolteacher," November 12 2013.
"Red as Snow," December 2013.

Half-Off Ragnarok, March 4 2014.
"Jammed," April 1 2014.
"Stingers and Strangers," May 2014.
Sparrow Hill Road, June 3 2014.
The Winter Long, September 2 2014.
Symbiogenesis, November 2014.

"The Happiest Place...," unknown.
"Midway Relics and Dying Breeds," unknown.
"No Sooner Met," unknown.
"Forbid the Sea," unknown.

Conventions/Appearances/Travel

Lone Star Con (Worldcon 2013), August 28-September 2, San Antonio TX.
Mile Hi Con 45, October 18-20, Denver CO.
SFContario, November 29-December 1, Toronto Canada.

Boskone 51, February 14-16 2014, Boston MA.
FOGcon 4, March 7-9, Walnut Creek CA.
Norwescon 37, April 17-20, Seattle WA.
Loncon 3 (Worldcon 2014), August 14-18, London England.
Shamrokon (Eurocon 2014), August 22-24, Dublin Ireland.

Westercon 68, July 2-5 2015, San Diego CA.

No fixed deadline/being written/unsold:

Symbiogenesis
"Lady Antheia's Guide to Horticultural Warfare"
"There is No Place for Sorrow in the Kingdom of the Cold"
"We Both Go Down Together"
"Spores"
"Dark Shapes in Rendered Corners"
"Blocked"
"The Ghosts of Bourbon Street"
"IM"
"Fiber"
"Carry Me Home"
"Pixie Season"
"These Antique Fables"
Echo
Still Catch the Tide

You may notice that a few things have moved around on the lists. This is because I am trying to organize them a little more "top down" when they relate to things that don't have attached dates. Also, because there has been some confusion: some things, especially novel-length things, may appear more than once, in 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!
me

Okay, one more post about the Hugos: the proposal for a YA Hugo has been put forth again.

Amy McNally has revived the proposal for a "Best Young Readers" Hugo (defining the category as "YA, Middle Grade, and Children's Books"), and has a beautiful, thoughtful deconstruction of many of the arguments against.

Go. Read. And remember...

We complain about younger people not getting into the community. About seeing teenagers pack up their toys and go home at a certain point. About wanting more people to become lifelong readers, and lifelong members of our social hyperspace. But we also tend to write off YA as "juvenile" (as if that were an insult; as if Heinlein and Norton and Gaiman didn't write for young adults), and all too often, shame the people who read it. We scoff at covers that cater to teen sensibilities, instead of adult aesthetics. We don't listen.

There is amazing stuff happening in YA. Concepts and stories are being built and explored there in ways that are difficult to impossible in adult fiction. From the big blockbusters like The Hunger Games to the sneakier stories like Unspoken, it's a medium that's bursting with potential, and bringing our younger voters in by recognizing what many of them are reading, while also bringing more adult readers to this amazing work...I just can't see that as a bad thing. At all.

This is Amy's ballgame, so while you're welcome to comment here, I am declaring comment amnesty, and will only answer if I feel like it. Although I will moderate if folks get snappy. Remember, we're all in this together.
indexing

If you go down in the woods tonight, you'd better not go alone: INDEXING episode #7 is now live!

It's here! It's here! The seventh episode of Indexing is now live!

All hell is breaking loose, and the good men and women of the ATI Management Bureau are right in the middle of things. When multiple stories go active on the same night, there's no way to research and resolve them one by one: it's a full-on fray, and there's no way to keep the team together. But will there be consequences for splitting the party? With this many ever afters looming, it seems impossible to get away unscathed. Episode seven, "Bread Crumbs," is ready for you to enjoy.

This post serves as both your reminder and discussion thread.

Once upon a time...