May 31st, 2013


Kitsnaps: St Coleman’s Cathedral

St Coleman's Cathedral
St Coleman’s Cathedral
St Coleman’s Cathedral overlooks Cobh in a most impressive manner. This is one of probably six or so pictures I’ve taken of it that I like quite a lot.

This post, incidentally, marks 4 months of weekday posts of Kitsnaps. It’s doing what I hoped it would make me do, which is go through older photos and organize them to at least some degree, as well as helping to encourage me to get out and take a few more pictures (admittedly mostly at the zoo). Sometimes it’s Monday morning before I get the stuff ready to go for the week, but so far I’ve managed, and I’m pretty pleased with that. I hope you guys are enjoying the pictures (I know you are, you say so, but still!).

A few people have asked over the past few months, so perhaps I should say this in a post: yes, you can buy any of these prints that you would like. 8x12s are $30+ s/h, 11x17s are $45+s/h, and smaller stuff we can discuss. Just email me any time you see one you like and we’ll get it figured out.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)



guys, guys, vonda mcintyre commented on my blog. i mean, it was on judy’s post and everything, but VONDA MCINTYRE commented on my blog!

*quietly dies of squee*

The Stockholm blog is getting a lot of good commentary, and over the next week or so I have some hope of bringing stuff up out of comments for wider discussion. Thank you guys all for participating. This has been a lot of fun!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)



Okay, this one’s kind of a cheat, I admit it. STONEMASTER is the (working title for the) second book I’ve written for my nephew, out of a planned quadrology, and about 25 people in the world have read the first one. That’s about the number that will read the second one, too, until I acquire an agent and a book deal, but the reason for reading it was to prepare myself for writing the third book in the series.

These are (from an admittedly biased point of view) pretty rollicking good adventures, I think, and they’re great fun to write. Or they’re great fun when I’m doing it right, anyway (it’s a 65K book. I wrote 80K of Wrong Book before getting it right), and just crash along at top speed from one adventure to another. It’ll be keen to get them out into the world sometime.

So I have a foolish and desperate hope of writing book 3 by the end of June. Yeah. Right. While moving. But, well, I’m going to try a Nanowrimo in June anyway, because I’ve done extremely little writing this year and my sense of self worth is through the floor.

So if anybody wants to do a June WriMo with me, that would be awesome. I said hopefully. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


WFC awards

Ah. I have once more totally missed the boat on World Fantasy Award nominations, for which BABA YAGA’S DAUGHTER & OTHER TALES OF THE OLD RACES is eligible as a single-author collection for the publication year 2012. Today, as it turns out, is the last day for nominations.

If you happen to be a WFC member, and you care to make a last-minute rush on nominating BABA YAGA’S DAUGHTER, :)

I am really not very good at this awards pursuit thing, which is kind of too bad in this particular case, because I actually do think BYD is award-worthy. Ah well. :)

In the meantime, let me support Kari Sperring’s splendid suggestions for other nominees with the following: Michelle Sagara’s wonderful Silence, Chaz Brenchley’s House of Bells and Liz Williams’, Worldsoul in the novel category; Aliette de Bodard’s ‘On A Red Station, Drifting’ for novella; and, in the short story category, Jacey Bedord’s funny and charming ‘Djinn Bottle’, Aliette’s wonderful, Nebula-winning ‘Immersion’, and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, ‘Song of the Body Cartographer’.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)