Posts Tagged ‘Cherie Priest’

The yeti is not a joke. No, really. I travel with one.

It occurs to me that, this being April Fool’s day, when I talk about taking a yeti on my trip, people will think that I’m making a joke.  And I am, but not the kind you think.

As you know, I have sort of astonishingly weird travel karma.  At one point, after a flight was delayed because an airline stewardess got “severely shocked” by the warming tray in first class, I tweeted “Also, I think this answers the question of whether having Rob with me makes travel go more smoothly.”

Scalzi replied, “Well, if Rob wasn’t with you, all the passengers would have been consumed by Yeti.”

This led to Howard Tayler and Dan Wells presenting me with a stuffed Yeti at the Superstars Writing Workshop. He’s Bumble the Abominable Snowman from Rudolph and adorable. I’ve taken to tossing him in my bag when I travel figuring that if it weren’t for the Yeti things would be much, much worse.

Anyway, all of that is to say that we’re playing a game of #marygoround on Twitter today because I’m on my way up to Seattle to visit Cherie Priest. I’ll be talking about the yeti, and it’s no joke.

Still in Seattle and an update on the car

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Mary's Travel Saga

I am currently on Cherie Priest‘s couch.  My car is at a garage.  Eric O. drove me down the hill from Leslie’s and we tried jumpstarting the car, though I was fairly sure that it wasn’t a battery issue, just to make sure we’d tried everything.

It wasn’t the battery.

After we returned to Leslie’s I began trying to find a shop that was a) open and b) would work on a Mercedes this old.  I had the car towed to a shop and the Leslie dropped me off at Cherie’s to hang out.  The plan was that if the car is ready this evening, I’d ask Cherie to drop me off at the garage. If they couldn’t get to it until Monday, I’d ask her to drop me at the train station at 5pm. If it would be ready tomorrow, I’d ask if I could stay over.

I’m staying over.

The verdict with the car is that the diesel gelled during the snowpocalypse and that water got into the tank and things froze. Tomorrow they’ll make it drivable, largely by heating the thing up.

While I miss Rob, there are many worse ways to await car repairs than spending the day hanging out with Cherie.

Short stays and Clementine

In one of the best coincidental mail drops of all time, look what the mailman just brought me.

The Regency short stays are for the ensemble I’m wearing the the Shades of Milk and Honey book launch on Friday.  The stays are beautifully made by Jill’s Corsets from Etsy.

The book is Cherie Priest’s Clementine from Subterranean Press. It’s set in the same steampunk world as her novel Boneshaker and I have been eagerly waiting to read it since it was first announced.

Guess what I’m reading on the plane tonight?

If the Oil Spill were in Hollywood

The current statutory liability for a company which has an oil spill is $75 million dollars, which, as Rob points out, is the cost of a modest Hollywood film.

Here is a simulation of what might happen if the typical current patterns hold and the spill continues to go unchecked.

To me, this is scarier than any Hollywood film, and the cost is much higher.

If this were Hollywood, then some scientist would invent a bacteria that would eat the oil spill without subsequently consuming all the petroleum on the planet. There would be a kiss between the scientist and the romantic interest as the sun sets over a spotless ocean. A dolphin would leap triumphantly out of the water.

That’s not going to happen.

Cherie Priest wrote a very moving post called, Oil, about what is happening in the Gulf right now, which I encourage you to read. She also came up with a list of things you can do about the oil spill.

Just to kind of bring home exactly how big the spill is right now visit If It Was My Home which puts the oil spill over the place where you live.

Here it is over Iceland.

And finally, if you haven’t seen it yet, swing by the Big Picture which has pictures of animals caught in the oil spill.  It is heartbreaking and makes the viscosity and consuming nature of the oil very palpable. The pictures are difficult to look at.

Normally, I mock Hollywood endings but I would take one right now.

On my way home from Penguicon

I’m sitting in the Detroit Airport waiting for my flight back from Penguicon.  It was great fun which, as usual, left me a bit fatigued. I was going to blog but am just past the point where I’m willing to spend $13 for internet access at a hotel.  Smart phones, you know, I can keep up with email that way.

Highlights include: learning that Scalzi is creeped out by my cat puppet; looking across the table and realizing that I’m having breakfast with Mary Turzillo and Geoffrey Landis; talking shop with Tobias Buckell and Patrick Rothfuss; staying up waaaaaaaaaaaaay too late talking to Merrie Haskell; and hanging at the airport with Cherie Priest. There was other fun stuff, too but that gives you a brief overview.

My flight doesn’t go until 7:45 but it’s a direct flight, so that’s nice.  I got here really early because there was an easy ride to the airport and I happily took advantage of it.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Four and Twenty BlackbirdsI’ve had a copy of Cherie Priest’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds sitting on my shelf for over a year now. The stack of “please read me” is very tall and I look at it with longing, but the thought of adding a book to all the other things I’m lugging around the city is not appealing.

Then Tor solved my problem by releasing it as a free ebook. I downloaded that sucker faster than you can say download and have to wonder why I waited so long to read it. Granted, my family is from Chattanooga, so there’s an immediate connection there, but more importantly, the story and characters are compelling.

How compelling you might ask? When Eden was — no spoilers, suffice to say she was in deep, I went an extra stop on the train and then walked back READING. You think walking while reading a book makes you look nerdy? Walking while reading a palm pilot… now that’s dedication.

If you haven’t read it, and the idea of Southern Gothic horror sounds appealing, let me recommend Four and Twenty Blackbirds. I’ve got a copy of the next book on order. I just wish I could get it as an ebook.

Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest

Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest is having a Halloween raffle. Check it out.

You’ll find nothing but TREATS here, guaranteed! Here’s a chance to fill your pillowcase with all sorts of goodies, including rare items from some of the biggest names in the field. For only $1.00 per ticket. And, a percentage of all proceeds made will go to the National Center for Family Literacy!

One “ticket” will be selected as the winner for each item. So, the more “tickets” you buy, the greater your chances… Winners announced on Halloween at midnight . To bid on any of the fantastic items, just visit and simply put a “1” in the quantity field (for a charge of just $1). For a better chance at winning your item, just put in a “2” or a “3” (or a “20”) and your chances will increase accordingly! Good luck!

This is just some of what you’ll find to bid on:

* In-depth short story critiques offered by famed writers and editors.
* Copy edited original manuscript of Titan signed by Ben Bova.
* Signed HCs of Homebody, Magic Street or Pastwatch by Orson Scott Card.
* Signed MMPB of The Keeper by Sara Langan.
* Signed TPB French edition of The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum.
* Promotional Moral Orel photo or t-shirt signed by actress Carolyn Lawrence (voice of Orel).
* Signed copies of award winning writer M.M. Buckner’s: Hyperthought, Neurolink, and War Surf.
* Original hand-written poem framed with signed photo of Grim Trixter author Brandy Schwan.
* Signed reader’s copies of Mary Doria Russell’s new novel Dreamers of the Day.
* Awesome stuff from Aradani Studios (Paul and Michael Bielaczyc).
* Signed, HC limited edition copy of Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest.
* Giant gift box from including videos, shirts, etc.
* Signed copies of Steven Savile’s Warhammer trilogy: Retribution, Dominion, and Inheritance .
* Three signed, sexy PR photos of author Angeline Hawkes-Fulbright.
* HC of DUNE: The Machine Crusade or Ignition signed by co-author Kevin J. Anderson.
* Signed, HC of Metal Swarm by author Kevin J. Anderson. This is the UK edition.
* Signed, MMPB of The Freakshow by Bryan Smith.
* Signed Tales of… pack by Geoffrey Girard: Atlantic Pirates, Jersey Devil, and Eastern Indians.
* One year subscription to Shimmer Magazine
* Signed & Limited Edition of I Sing the Body Electric! by Ray Bradbury (retail value of $150).
* Signed copies of The Magic Goblet and The Magic Ring edited by Dr. Amy H Sturgis.
* HC of The Last Rakosh by F. Paul Wilson.
* TPB of Wet Work by Philip Nutman.
* Signed, limited HC of Offspring by Jack Ketchum.
* Signed Sterling Edition (publisher’s copy with slipcase) of The Tery by F. Paul Wilson.
* Galaxy Press/Writers of the Future Educators Pack – many books!
* Blood-signed (by contributor Jodi Lee) TPB of Echoes of Terror anthology.
* Extended Play: The Elastic Book of Music anthology edited by Gary Couzens.
* Abaddon Books Gift Pack – many books!
* Autographed ARC of Robert McCammon’s Speaks the Nightbird.
* Brian Keene pack: The Rising, City of the Dead, Terminal, Ghoul, Conqueror Worms, and Dead Sea .
* And much, much more………

Key Lime Pie and Jazz

Jazz at Jonathan'sWe were invited over to Jonathan Judge’s place to listen to jazz on his front stoop. Every year, his neighborhood association brings the Jazz Mobile in to play. They’ve got a bandstand on wagon that they haul around to different venues. It was a lot of fun and a much needed break.

Jonathan provided sushi. Rob and I brought dessert. My contribution consisted of finding Cherie Priest’s Key Lime Pie recipe which Rob made while I worked. Everyone exclaimed over the pie and three different people proclaimed that it was better than this Key Lime Pie store in Red Hook.

Curiously, people kept complimenting me on the pie, even though I kept explaining that Rob had made it.

Complications and Norwescon

So, Iceland is back on the table again. Potentially, Rob would be going there on May 1, I would be moving to NYC on the 7th, arriving about the 17th, partially unpacking and then joining him in Iceland for six months.

Or not. It’s also possible that we won’t go to Iceland at all.

Or that he’ll go and I will stay in NYC the whole time.

Or that we’ll both go on the May 1 and someone else will move us into the apartment.

Then there’s the question of where to put our cats if Iceland happens.

At NorwesconThe short form of this is that although I’ve got plenty of material to write about, it almost all makes me feel stressed and reminds me that I should be packing instead of writing about packing. Sigh.

I did have a lovely, lovely time at Norwescon. I loved hanging out with Stephen Segal, Lisa Mantchev, Cat Rambo, Jennifer, Gordon Gross, Spencer and Chrissy Ellsworth, Patrick Swenson, Cherie Priest, M.K. Hobson, John Pitts, Ken and Jen Scholes (though not enough), Jay Lake…. the list goes on and on. I’d link to you all, but I should be packing.

Highlights of the convention: the Sesame Street monsters, meeting Kathy Watts, the Liars’ Panel, breakfast with Cherie Priest, Talebones Live, seeing the Earthling mockup, everyday at the Ellsworths’ and Easter dinner at the Pitts’ residence.

Winter 2007 Shimmer is released into the world.

Shimmer, Winter 07 coverToday I got a box containing my copies of the Winter 2007 Shimmer.

Or cover story Juana and the Dancing Bear, by n. a. bourke has a beautiful Sandro Castelli original to grace it.

Also in this issue:
Dario CirielloDwell on Her Graciousness
Amal El-MohtarSparrow and Egg
Michael LivingstonCatch of the Day
Stephen L. MossTom Cofferwillow Comes Undone
Chrissy Ellsworth brings us a new Lucy cartoon
Cat RamboEagle-haunted Lake Sammamish
Mike Driver Night Milling
Phillip J. LeesDuets

Plus an interview with the funny and talented Cherie Priest.

This shiny new issue can be yours.

I’ll be taking this issue and several others with me up to Norwescon next weekend, where Cherie, Chrissy and Cat will be… hm. I’m feeling out of the club without a C to my name. Anyway, if you are there, you could get all three of them to sign it.

Audio fiction at Subterranean Online

Ready? Guess which upcoming item at Subterranean Online is the secret project I’ve been referring to.

For two years, Subterranean magazine has brought you the absolute finest in science fiction, fantasy and horror, from names like Harlan Ellison, Joe R. Lansdale, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Hill and Cherie Priest. Now Subterranean magazine is moving online — and continuing to bring you the best new fiction as it moves from print to pixels.

Here’s what you can expect from Subterranean Online in the near future:

* An entire novella by Hugo and Nebula Award winner Lucius Shepard

* A full-length original audio-book by Kage Baker

* New and original short fiction from Subterranean Press authors Poppy Z. Brite, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale and John Scalzi

* Columns and opinion from Elizabeth Bear, Norman Partridge and Scott Lynch

* Weekly reviews of the best new fiction from Dorman T. Shindler.

All new, all compelling, all right there on your screen. It’s what you expect from Subterranean magazine — and a taste of what you can expect in the future.

I’ll be recording through next week. Basically, for each hour of listening pleasure, you can figure about five man hours of working time; that’s counting my work and the engineer’s work together. He has to do things like edit out the places where I try to say “Mazaltlan” and come out with “Mazeltlof.”

Now aren’t you wondering how Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mazaltlan both occur in one story? Just you wait. I will tell you, though, that this is a really fun read. I love Kage Baker’s work and this is a hoot.

Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines

If you are filling out your Hugo nomination form at the last minute, here’s a reminder that Shimmer is eligible for a semipro magazine nomination.

I am eligible for a Campbell, but I’m in my first year of eligibility, so I’d like to put a plug in for a few folks who are in their second, and thus final, year. Ken Scholes, Nancy Fulda, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo and Eugie Foster.

(My apologies that I’m not listing everyone in their second year; these are the folks that I can vouch for and know that they are in year two.)

The Sagan Diary: The Audio Version

Remember that audio gig that I was saying I was really enjoying recording? Now I can tell you about it. I was one of the six women that John Scalzi asked to record an audio version of The Sagan Diary. He has the recordings of each chapter of the The Sagan Diary up on Whatever, to coincide with its release at Subterranean Press.

I have something special for you today, and something I am extraordinarily proud of. To celebrate the release of “The Sagan Diary,” (which you can get through Subterranean’s Web site and through Amazon) I and Subterranean Press have arranged for a reading of the book — the entire novelette — here on the Whatever. But it’s not me who will be reading the book. “The Sagan Diary” is meant to be the thoughts of Jane Sagan, as she looks over her life after the events of The Ghost Brigades and prepares for the life which will be detailed in The Last Colony. I wanted voices closer to hers than my own.

So I asked some friends if they would speak for Jane Sagan: I asked Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ellen Kushner, Karen Meisner, Cherie Priest and Helen Smith. Happily for me (and for you) they said yes. Each of them recorded a chapter (or more, in the case of Mary Robinette Kowal), and took the words I wrote for Jane and gave them extra dimensions — made more of them than I would be able to make of them myself. If you’ve wondered what Jane Sagan sounds like, she sounds like this. I was delighted to hear her voice coming through these readings, and deeply humbled by the efforts these women provided in letting Jane speak with them and through them. Without prejudicing your own hearing, let me say that I found myself getting emotional listening to these words given voice. Listen to it; you’ll figure out where.

This is a wonderful piece of fiction and I could not be more delighted and honored to get a chance to read it. As a reader, there are some stories which it seems impossible to read aloud without stumbling, and others which flow without stopping, as if the words are part of your tongue. This is one of the latter. With the exception of one notable sentence in the preface, I can not remember a story which was easier to read. I think this is because, besides being beautifully written, this is something which Jane is “speaking” and so inherently wants to be read aloud.

I encourage you to go and listen to each of the chapters.

Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines (DeepGenre)

Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines (DeepGenre)

The deadline to submit nominations for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Best New Science Fiction Writer Award is not until March 3, 2007. Plenty of time. However… in order to nominate someone, you must have either been an attending or supporting member of last year’s WorldCon in Anaheim, CA or this year’s WorldCon in Yokohama, Japan by January 31, 2007.

In other words… if you didn’t attend WorldCon last year, and you don’t intend to trek out to Japan this year, you have until tomorrow, January 31, to pay for a $50 supporting membership if you want to submit nominations. The official nomination page says you must be a member “before January 31, 2007.” I assume that means “before the midnight Greenwich Mean Time that occurs between January 31, 2007 and February 1, 2007,” but like so many other things in science fiction fandom, that’s not clear.

Among the eligible candidates for the Campbell listed on the Writertopia Eligibility Page are my friends Cat Rambo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maria V. Snyder, and Joel Shepherd. Other names of note on the list include Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Justine Larbalestier, Cherie Priest, and Alma Alexander. Also included are some folks who stop by to make comments on this website from time to time, like Elaine Isaak and Marie Brennan. And then, of course, there’s, um, me, [David Louis Edelman] and that’s all I’ll say about it.

Besides the coolness of actually being eligible for the Campbell, I’d like to point out that you can nominate Shimmer for a Hugo as best semiprozine.

ETA: Thanks to Kevin Standlee for correcting my misinterpretation of the Hugo definition of semiprozine.

Shimmer: Winter 2007 Cover

Shimmer, Winter 07 cover

Sandro Castelli has created a stunning cover illustration to go with n. a. bourke’s story “Juana and the Dancing Bear.” Here’s the table of contents to give you a taste for the other stories inside Shimmer‘s Winter 2007 issue.

  • Juana and the Dancing Bear
    by n. a. bourke
  • Duets
    by Philip J. Lees
  • Tom Cofferwillow Comes Undone
    by Stephen L. Moss
  • Lucy
    by Chrissy Ellsworth
  • Catch of the Day
    by Michael Livingston
  • Interview with Cherie Priest
  • Eagle-haunted Lake Sammamish
    by Cat Rambo
  • Night Milling
    by Mike Driver
  • Dwell on Her Graciousness
    by Dario Ciriello
  • Sparrow and Egg
    by Amal El-Mohtar