Friday quickie

First, there will be a

chat at 8pm central on August 30th

in the usual place. Be there or be an isosceles triangle.

I’ve created a

spoilers thread for Wanderlust on the forum

, so readers who want to talk about the book can do so without ruining anyone else’s day. You can find that here. You’ll have to register for the forum, and frankly, I get so much spam that if you’re not already approved, I’m not even looking at the registrations anymore unless I get an email telling me, “Heads up, I registered as (forumname) and I need approval.” So drop me an email after you register and I’ll get you hooked up with posting rights.

Finally, as you can see from the sidebar, I’ve finished first revisions on Doubleblind. I sent the book off to my agent and my beta reader. That’s right; it’s done!

And that’s all for Friday. Have a great weekend.

The Wanderlust Wingding

Wanderlust I know you’ve all been expecting an awesome slam-bang contest to celebrate the release of the second Jax book. I understand I’ve become known for this sort of thing, so without further delay, I will reward your patience.

The contest is simple: the book releases in one week. At that time, you will go and buy it. An Amazon (or other online bookseller) preorder counts as well. You will then report back with your confirmation number (if you ordered online) in comments. If you’ve already preordered, dig up that email and post your order number in comments. If you buy it next week on the 26th in a brick and mortar store, there should be a receipt number. Use that and post it in comments. That’s your entry.

Think of it as a drawing (hey, you were gonna buy the book anyway, right? Right??) where you can win:

$200 in free books from your choice of booksellers

That’s right; you get to pick. I’ll do a gift certificate from your favorite local indie store, or you can do BN, Borders, Booksamillion, Amazon, Powells, Coopersmith… the sky is the limit. Where do you want to spend my money?

So that’s the contest. It’s shiny and simple. Why this? Well, the street date is important, and I need lots of people buying the book right then in order to make bestseller lists. Do I care about that? Absolutely. So go, tell your friends, and then post your purchase info. I want to give away this loot! There might also be unannounced bonus prizes if y’all publicize this well for me.

(Contest runs two weeks, starting today. Winner announced on September 3.)

Void where prohibited. Standard restrictions apply. No purchase necessary to enter, but those entries must be mailed. Contact the author via email for further instructions. Snail mail entries must be received by midnight on Sept 2.

Edited to add:

I’m drawing for the second bonus round; we hit 50 entries! (If we reach 100, I’ll draw another. There, now you’re motivated!)

And the winner is…


Send me an email and I’ll hook you up with $25 in book money from your choice of retailers. (Winning a bonus round does not disqualify you from winning the big prize.)

Like shaping air…

Jeri Smith-Ready is one smart cookie.

A while ago, something she said sparked an epiphany for me. She was talking about how first drafts give her trouble. She likened it to “shaping the air.”

To my mind, she’s right in that the first draft is the hardest part of the book. I had never thought about it because I’m not prone to such self-examination, but when I got to contemplating my method, I realized Jeri was spot on when she said it’s “like shaping air”. I realize she and I are probably in the minority, but we both prefer rewrites. Because the framework is already in place. When I revise, I’m just fixing what’s already there, not creating something out of nothing. That takes an incredible amount of mental energy (at least for me).

What’s your favorite part of the process?

SF Movie meme

Tag, I’m it, courtesy of the lovely Christine.
Here’s how this works. Copy the list below. Mark in bold the movie titles for which you read the book. Italicize the ones you’ve watched. Then tag 5 people to perpetuate the meme.

1. Jurassic Park
2. War of the Worlds

3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
4. I, Robot
5. Contact
6. Congo
7. Cocoon
8. The Stepford Wives
9. The Time Machine
10. Starship Troopers
11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
12. K-PAX
13. 2010
14. The Running Man
15. Sphere
16. The Mothman Prophecies
17. Dreamcatcher
18. Blade Runner(Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
19. Dune

20. The Island of Dr. Moreau
21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
22. The Iron Giant(The Iron Man)
23. Battlefield Earth
24. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
25. Fire in the Sky
26. Altered States
27. Timeline
28. The Postman

29. Freejack(Immortality, Inc.)
30. Solaris
31. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
32. The Thing(Who Goes There?)
33. The Thirteenth Floor
34. Lifeforce(Space Vampires)
35. Deadly Friend
36. The Puppet Masters
37. 1984
38. A Scanner Darkly
39. Creator
40. Monkey Shines
41. Solo(Weapon)
42. The Handmaid’s Tale

43. Communion
44. Carnosaur
45. From Beyond
46. Nightflyers
47. Watchers
48. Body Snatchers

Well, holy crap. I clearly watch a lot more SF than I read. No wonder people “criticize” my SF by saying it’s like reading a TV show. Go, visual media in written form!

Anyway, I tag:


A rolling stone gathers no moss…

And it doesn’t write much either.

This is just a brief note to let everyone know I’m home. I’ll be working hard to get Doubleblind wrapped up this week, so I still won’t be on the internets, but if you need me, send an email. I do have wireless on a regular basis now at least, and I’ll be in my email more. While I was traveling I wasn’t checking it more than once a day, and sometimes not even that often. I had some truly unforgettable experiences, but I’m a homebody at heart. I couldn’t be happier to be back.

What have you guys been up to?

sharon shinn…

Is all that and a bag of chips.

She totally chatted with me for an hour and a half before our panel. (I had a panel with her! *dies of bliss*) Then I sat next to her at the signing. Her line was a sight to behold and I had a few people stop by as well.

I know I had a goofy happy smile on the whole time, but hello, I was sitting by Sharon Shinn! It wouldn’t have mattered if people had been throwing fish at me. I’d have still been beaming. The fact that I had a few books to sign was just frosting on the cake.

It’s so awesome when your idols turn out to be every bit as amazing as you have imagined over the years. Today was pure win.

San Fran flash 2

All my books went in 35 minutes, signed and gone. Woohoo! I signed a book for Marjorie Liu and met Meljean Brook. Double woo! So many cool people stopped to see me… was so glad to see Gennita again. I missed her after RT. I’m full of such happy buzz right now.

Laura wins the mega-pack! I emailed her already, so now I just need her address before morning.

Must get ready for the Penguin cocktail party now.