Pandem(ic)onium

What is there to say at this point?

We were warned. We were given numerous explanations what the novel coronavirus could do. Nevertheless, our country has persisted in harmful policies and inconsistent measures that have set us back months if not years and decades in the fight not just against the pandemic but our standing in the free world.

It’s a lot to deal with on a day-to-day basis, and I’m very grateful my family has remained so far healthy and secure in these difficult times. But I’m not immune to the psychic toll of the upheaval on so many intersecting fronts, calling into question countless aspects of American life. Writing has been hard, with good days and many bad. I have to remind myself of something I said in an interview once:

“To be a writer—knowing the odds and the time it takes to build a career after getting a foot in the door—you have to be both persistent and audacious. Sometimes that means being persistently audacious and audaciously persistent as well. You have to keep going when it gets hard. And the audacious part is to always believe your words will matter, regardless of how long it takes to get them out there.”

So that’s where I’m at. I’m writing (if not as robustly as before), but it’s hard with so many things in flux. If the new ideas I have percolating are any indication, my capacity to be audacious remains undaunted even if my persistence has waned in the face of so much uncertainty.

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But tomorrow is another day. Let’s meet it together.

Happenings: Implanted Launch (and Beyond)

Yikes! It’s almost July, which means it’s almost August, which means Implanted will be a real book in just over a month!

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I’ve been head down, hard at work on promotion and maybe a sekrit project or two, but exciting things are happening for the book launch, and this post is your one-stop-shop for all the appearances, readings, signings, and whatnot in the lead-up to the launch and beyond….

(I’ll be updating this post with the latest information and/or changes as we go forward.)

 

July 18-20            RWA Nationals in Denver, Colorado

I’m not on any programming, but will be there to learn and network with other writers who like to blend science fiction and fantasy with romance. Email or @ on twitter if you’d like to meet up.

August 2            UK Release of Implanted (!)

August 3-5            ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas

I’ll be one of the instructors for Friday’s Writing Workshop. The rest of the programming is TBD

August 7            US Release of Implanted (!!)

August 10            Reading and Q&A at the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society

I’ll be reading from Implanted and taking questions in a special preview prior to the official local launch party at Page1 (below).

August 16-19            Worldcon in San Jose, California

You’ll find me at Angry Robot related programming throughout the weekend. Email or @ on twitter if you’d like to meet up.

August 24-26            Bubonicon in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tentative programming includes:

Friday 6:30 pm – 55 Minutes with Lauren C. Teffeau

Saturday 11am – Victor Milán Memorial

Saturday 2pm – New Mexico as an Alien World: The Appeal of the Southwest [panel]

Sunday 2:30pm – Embarrassing Beginnings: Hidden Starts [panel]

September 6            Reddit/Fantasy Ask Me Anything – RESCHEDULED FOR SEPT 18!

All your burning questions about Implanted, me, or (just about) anything else answered! More details to come.

September 8            Reading and Signing at the Denver Science Fiction and Fantasy Series

Hosted by J. L. Forrest at BookBar in Denver, Colorado, I’ll be joined by the amazing and award-winning author Rebecca Roanhorse where we’ll talk about Implanted, the awesome Trail of Lightning, and more. RSVP now!

September 15            Reading and Signing at Page1 Books Albuquerque, New Mexico

This will be the official local launch of Implanted at the beloved independent bookstore Page1, Albuquerque’s number one stop for all things genre. I’ll also be joined by Rebecca Roanhorse who’ll be celebrating the release of Trail of Lightning. It will be fun with festivities to follow.

October 7            Reading and Signing at Bookworks Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rebecca Roanhorse and I are teaming up again for another joint-event, this time at ABQ’s other much-loved independent bookstore, Bookworks. Join us for an exciting book talk along the bosque.

October 19-21            MileHiCon in Denver, Colorado

Programming TBD

That’s all for me. Stay tuned!

(PS… Have you preorded Implanted yet?)

Book Deal with Angry Robot!

I’m thrilled to share the news that Angry Robot will be publishing my debut novel Implanted, out this August. I’m certain the next few months will be an amazing whirlwind in the lead up to the release.

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You can read more about announcement at the Angry Robot homepage. You can also check out the cover and read a little more about my story world over at SFF World. And if you are really interested, Christopher Cornell on the Unreliable Narrators podcast teased a few questions out of me a few weeks ago while I was on there promoting the release of the Abandoned Places anthology from Shohola press.

You can even add the book to your To-Read list on Goodreads if that’s your thing.

All that said, it is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to the next stage on this journey. Accordingly, there will be some changes around here, so I hope you’ll stick around!

Save Net Neutrality!

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Today is the Internet-wide day of action to save net neutrality from changes to FCC rules that protect internet access for all.

Visit BattleForTheNet.com to make sure the FCC and Congress get the message. If you’re ready to start now, go for it! And don’t let up. We’re in this for the long haul.

 

For Your Consideration – The 2016 Campbell Award

I first learned about the Campbell Award at the 2013 LoneStarCon while attending the Hugo Awards. The Campbell – which is emphatically not a Hugo – is granted to an up-and-coming writer who has at least one pro, SFWA-qualifying sale. To be nominated is an honor, and to win places the writer in rarified company. The eligibility window starts at the publication of your first pro sale and remains open for two years.

Turns out I was eligible last year, and this year is my second and final year of eligibility. Awards are funny things. They stoke the competitive fires in every writer, but remain highly subjective. How do you compare one successful story to another? How do you decide which writer has more promise than someone else? Aren’t we all casting our words about, hoping to find an audience they resonate with? Award or no, we are all capable of greatness. Our potential lies in the blank page set before all of us.

And yet… Awards are shiny things full of covetous inspiration. Who doesn’t want one?

It’s nice to know I’m eligible—another professional milestone—even though the chances of being nominated are slim. My stories, while I’m inordinately proud of them, aren’t well-known enough to have made the impact needed to secure a nom, and I’m not a vocal participant in the SF/F community either for name recognition to help tilt the scales in my favor.

That’s why I think it’s very cool that writers S. L. Huang and Kurt Hunt put together an anthology highlighting the work of all the Campbell-eligible writers for this year—just in time for the Hugo nominating process. It’s a way to showcase all the amazing work being done by new writers, and an opportunity to discover folks like me who may not be as well-known.

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So get your copy of FREE, award-eligible fiction, and get reading! I’m honored to be included with the writers in this anthology. Our stories are the future of SF/F, even if there can only be one Campbell award winner this year.