Dinner

February 18, 2010
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Propaganda

February 18, 2010

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Dangerous Thoughts!

February 17, 2010

God’s War Finds a New Publisher!

February 15, 2010

I am uber-pleased to announce that God’s War and its sequel, Infidel, have been accepted for publication by the ever-awesome Nightshade Books.

Most of ya’ll know that GW got lost in the shuffle at another publisher last year, so I’m pretty pleased to find it a home again – and a pretty awesome home at that.

The best part being, of course:

THE COVER WILL NOT SUCK (you can take a look at some Nightshade covers here). 

Looking like GW will be out the first half of next year (2011), so the wait is still on (publishing is a very slow business), but it’s got a home again. Progress is being made. Huzzah!

Stay tuned.

Yes, Ohio Drivers Really Do Suck

February 14, 2010

Every time I come back to the PNW, I’m struck by just how well everyone drives.

Yes, yes, I know we have a hatred for drivers in every state (everyone’s a bad driver who isn’t us!), but after living in Ohio and Illinois and driving around Indiana a lot, I learned a new appreciation for PNW drivers. But how much of this was just my own bias? So I decided to look up the states with the top 10 worst driving records. AND LO AND BEHOLD….

Here are the states with the worst rate of traffic accidents, in order:

1.) Pennsylvania
2.) Michigan
3.) Illinois
4.) Ohio
5.) Georgia
6.) Minnesota
7.) Virginia
8.) Indiana
9.) Texas
10.) Wisconsin

See, I am not just biased! Ohio and Indiana really *are* full of bad drivers! 

Back in the PNW

February 13, 2010

I’m back in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) for my grandmother’s funeral this weekend. I’d have much preferred being back in the PNW on a happier occasion, but since I’m here, I’m trying to make the best of it.

The air here is different, did you know that? Clear and clean; tinged with evergreen. I love it. I miss it. I miss the big trees and the water and the 40-50 degree “winter” weather. I miss eating fresh fish.

I do not, however, miss the cost of living.  I stood in the grocery store this afternoon suffering from quite literal sticker shock. Stuff here was often $1-2 more than I would have paid back in OH. Gas was 30 cents a gallon more expensive. But you know what? Folks are a lot more friendly. And they know how to drive as if there may actually be other human beings in those big hucks of metal they share the road with.

I’m sitting in bed now with the window open, listening to the frogs in my parents’ pond out back gettin’ on their early-spring song in the otherwise silent night, and man… I do love the PNW.

But who can afford to live here?

In any case, here’s a picture of my niece, Kaylee, who is training to be a carpenter or perhaps an engineer, as you can see from how skillfully she removed this slat from one of the kitchen chairs. I anticipate getting her some overalls with a teddy bear patch at some point.

With a career like that in her future, she will have no trouble getting along in the PNW!

Yes, Book 2 is Done, Yo

February 8, 2010

Quote of the Day

February 8, 2010

“Don’t smell like sunsets and baby powder. Smell like Jet Fighters and punching.”
– Old Spice body wash ad

(I shit you not!)

Quote of the Day

February 5, 2010

“(on the creation of gendered fantasy genres in bookstores)…. one which is full of boys’ stuff like blood and killing, which is for boys and which boys should read, and one which is full of stuff that girls enjoy, like blood and fucking, which is for girls and which girls should read.”

I’m not sure if graduating from “romance” to “blood and fucking” is an improvement (Twilight, best I understand, doesn’t have much of either. It’s pretty straight romance), but put in those particular terms, it does remind me that there’s a primed but largely untapped “blood and fucking” market (Joe Abercrombie’s “Best Served Cold” is a good example of a true “blood and fucking” book). I know this, of course, but every time somebody passed on GW because they thought it was “unmarketable” really threw me for a loop.

Book 2 Revision Progress, in Pictures

February 2, 2010

What Book 2 SHOULD look like: 

What Book 2 looks like right now: