Lemko Easter eggs. We recently discovered that my husband is Lemko in ancestry.
Along the lines of others I’ve enjoyed, I’ve started doing a weekly Sunday link roundup over at my Dreamwidth/Livejournal, and it seems appropriate to post it here as well.
So let’s get to it.
- “Caught in the Middle – Hard Publishing News”. YA Author Stephanie Burgis on why the spat between Simon & Schuster and B&N is potentially costing her a whole fuck of a lot. And is gross. Like seriously gross.
When I walk into a bookstore, as a reader, I rarely notice the books that aren’t stocked there. Maybe, if I’m looking for one book in particular, I’ll be disappointed if I don’t see it, but I won’t really think anything of that. I’ll just think, oh, well, this particular store didn’t stock it.
Tiger shark teeth on shell, with garnet
I recently started an Etsy shop, which is really only tangentially related to my writing, except that, like my writing, it supplements a very modest graduate student stipend. Except the two are related in some other ways as well.
Everything creative has a process, this included. Making these things is clearly a very different process from writing a story, at least in some ways. But they’re both active, both potentially arduous, both painstaking. They both may involve a lot of time. On the one hand the payoff is uncertain, but on the other hand there’s immediate payoff in the form of pleasure in the act of creation.
Both do not begin so much in creation as in the act of finding.
As work on the Line and Orbit sequel continues, I thought it might be appropriate to check on the previous book’s two main characters. Between Line and Orbit and its sequel, a lot of time has passed, there’s a bunch of catching up to do, and anyway I miss them both. So I managed to get hold of them and sit them down for a short chat… Which Lochlan of course entirely highjacked and stripped of any decorum or meaningful substance it might have had.
He’s basically a jerk. See for yourself, after the cut.
Line and Orbit has been out for a month now, and what a month it’s been. I want to once again thank everyone who’s spread the word about it, and again encourage anyone who reads and enjoys it to do the same – you do me and my co-author a truly immeasurable favor when you do so, and we appreciate it so much.
So in honor of its releasiversary, I’m doing two things.
- I’m running a Tumblr giveaway of a free copy of the book. Have a Tumblr account? All you have to do in order to enter is reblog. Monday after next I’ll pick a winner at random.
- I’m posting the entire third chapter below, wherein we introduce our roguish smartass secret-man-pain MC2 Lochlan d’Bideshi, and blind-seer delightfully prickly wisewoman Ixchel. Enjoy.
The new issue of Ideomancer is up and free to read, and features my short piece of QUILTBAG eco-horror, “The Horse Latitudes”.
I love this story and have been looking for the perfect home for it for a while now, so it’s great to see it finally out in the big wide world.