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My arm is slathered in cocoa butter; chances of auto-cannibalism today are high.

My mermaid needs a name. If you're so inclined, leave your best suggestion in comments. My favorite will win an ARC of A Fantasy Medley 2.

In the mean time, my deliciously chocolatey arm and I will be cleaning the house.
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Another con survived, and this time without "Hotel California."

ArmadilloCon is over, and I had a lovely time. I missed the waterfall in the lobby on Friday, but I was out for dinner and drinks with the Bat City Novelocracy at the time, so it wasn't as disappointing as it might have been. My reading went well, I gave away two ARCs of A Fantasy Medley 2, and my panels were smart, fun, and contained no slut-shaming at all*. The writing workshop also went smoothly. We even got to blindfold the workshop students and do terrible things to them.

And did I mention I have ARCs for A Fantasy Medley 2? I drew names out of a bowl at the reading, so I should probably use a slightly more sophisticated system of placing the next two. Suggestions?

* Sadly, I'm told that wasn't the case in other panels. Panels, I am disappoint.
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I have author's copies, which means it's time to give a few copies away. But how? Help me think of a contest, LJ!
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My author's copies have landed! Everyone who has already sent me a donation receipt, your book will be in the mail tomorrow or Wednesday.

If anyone else was waiting for more immediate gratification, now is the time. Donate $8.00 to Planned Parenthood and email me a copy of the receipt. I will then send you a signed copy of Kingdoms of Dust. The book won't be released in stores for another two weeks.
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It looks like I've grown a few new readers again. Say hello, if you'd like, and feel free to ask questions. One of you is my 400th LJ reader, which might be worth a door prize. Step right up if you'd like one.

I am currently waiting for my parents to come over with a chainsaw so we can remove the dead and dying shrubberies from out front. Every day is better with deadly power tools.
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I'm sure most of you have by now heard how the Susan G. Komen Foundation has pulled far ahead in the douche-canoe races by stopping its funding to Planned Parenthood. I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that part of my publication check for Kingdoms of Dust (minimum of an entry fee for the Race for the Cure) would be donated to Planned Parenthood, and that stands, but today I had another idea.

Anyone who donates at least $8.00--the price of an MMPB--to Planned Parenthood and sends me a copy or screen cap of the donation receipt will get a signed copy of Kingdoms of Dust. These will be coming out of my stock of author copies, which means you may receive them before the official pub date. I also have copies of The Drowning City and The Bone Palace available.

Two things to note:

1. I don't have my copies of Kingdoms yet. I expect them in the next week or two, but I have no firm ETA.

2. I don't yet know if I'll be selling my own copies at my signing, so for the moment the number of donation copies is capped at 15. (With 10 copies remaining now.)

It's only reasonable to wait till I have prizes in hand before participating--although anyone who wants to donate sooner is certainly welcome to--but I wanted to make the post now while I'm thinking about it.

You can donate here.
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I need a drink called a Bête Noire. Our local absinthe bar tried to slip me a Boulevardier in disguise, but I am wise to their trickery. (But now I love Boulevardiers, so that's a plus.) I feel this drink should be dark, bitter, and dangerous, but am otherwise open to just about anything. Whoever designs the drink I like most will win a place in the acknowledgements of a book, and probably a better prize as well, when I think of something appropriate.

I will test all serious suggestions and report back.
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2011 wasn't my best year for writing or publication, but it wasn't the worst either. I finished Kingdoms of Dust, and made it more than half way through the latest revision of Dreams. I also finished and sold "Red" and "Bone Garden."

My goals for 2012 are a) to finish this draft of Dreams by Jan 19th, b) sell more books (any books will do), and c) to finish a few of the short stories that have been collecting dust for too long. I would also eventually like to put out a collection of my short stories, but I care less about when that happens.

21. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

Beautifully written and plotted, and rightly a classic. On the other hand, the constant low thrum of sexism made me kind of tired, and it had the same bonus homophobia that made me sad in The Maltese Falcon. Sigh.

22. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (This must be a reread, but I can't remember when I first read it.)

This is really a sweet little book, but wow it makes me roll my eyes a lot. Could be greatly improved by monsters.

My other goal is to read more books in 2012. Perhaps as many as 40. 52 still seems a bit of a stretch.

And now, the contest! is up now (though there's no new content yet), but it needs a tagline. As in "The Necromancer Chronicles: Sexy tagline goes here." I turn to you, beloved LJers, to come up with something brilliant.
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Don't forget, minions, about the lyrics game. If no one gets number one, I will be deeply disappointed in my f-list.

Today is rainy and gloomy (at last!) and I think I'll spend much of it drawing. I've started a necromancer nouveau sketch that's coming along nicely, and I finally found a pose model for the picture I owe [ profile] galeni. I am sorely tempted to do two versions of Chaz, one normal and one cat. Because that's the crossover event that's been waiting to happen.
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That's right, it's time for the return of the lyrics meme. Guess the lyrics, win a prize. For internet values of "prize", anyway. No googling, yadda yadda...

1. What goes around comes back stronger
Tap into the brain break the skull again

2. His clothes are dirty but his hands are clean
And you’re the best thing that he’s ever seen

(A cover--guess both artists for extra points)
"Lay Lady Lay", originally by Dylan ([ profile] blackaire). Now someone guess the cover.

3. In ancient times if you were sick
They'd make you bleed

Rasputina - "Leechwife" ([ profile] curgoth)

4. I smell the pain upon the breath of the lost & lonely
I hear the thoughts that whisper in the hearts of all men

5. Melanie Jane won't feel the pain
Lonely, lonely, lonely eyes

Tom Waits - "Lonely" ([ profile] hawkwing_lb)

6. There is this killing game
And my head will roll

7. Drive boy dog boy
Dirty numb angel boy

Underworld - "Born Slippy" ([ profile] curgoth)

8. And we're changing our ways
Taking different roads

Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" ([ profile] curgoth)

9. In a dark room with our secrets
Thinking no one sees but still they always know

She Wants Revenge - "It's Just Begun" ([ profile] lanerobins)

10. Battered columns stand as silent monuments
Deep inside their dreams I see your memories

Covenant - "We Stand Alone" ([ profile] ammitnox)

11. You said I've got a way with words
I'm not sure but baby I know I got away with murder

12. Mother do you hear me
Mother do you care

13. I'm waiting for that final moment
You say the words that I can't say

New Order - "Bizarre Love Triangle" ([ profile] curgoth)

14. Oh my dreams are getting so strange
I'd like to tell you everything I see

Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz" ([ profile] blackaire)

15. It's just an old war
Not even a cold war

Marianne Faithfull - "Broken English" ([ profile] deakat)

16. A broken key for a faulty lock
A fevered pray for a dying flock

17. And the sirens do nothing but sing
On tomorrow's pages

18. I never said I was the heir to a fortune
I never claimed to have any looks

19. It was a cold and dark December night
When I opened up the bedroom door

20. Come out of the garden baby
You'll catch your death in the fog

David Bowie - "Diamond Dogs" ([ profile] miladygrey)

21. Divide the dream into the flesh
Kaleidoscope and candle eyes
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I'm loath to ask for money when I'm not giving something in exchange for it, but what the hell.

The Krewe de Coeur Maudit has started Kickstarter campaign to fund this year's Halloween parade. This is the Krewe's fifth parade year, and will be the third I've marched in. They have giant puppets and a drum line and all sorts of fabulous costumes, are definitely the coolest thing moving on 6th Street on Halloween night. Sadly, giant puppets and parade permits aren't cheap. Hence the fundraising.

The campaign has nine days left, and is nowhere near its goal. If you're in the Austin area, you should totally join and march with us. If you're not, but have a few extra dollars, please consider funding an amazing Halloween spectacle. I can't offer much in return but gratitude, and pictures of my Circus Tresaulti-inspired costume, once I start building the wings.
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I may be bowing out of two conventions this year. I'm going to Hawaii with my family in November, which means I'm not going to WFC. And I love you guys, but Hawaii beats sitting in a hotel bar in San Diego for three days. Now it looks like I'll also be skipping WorldCon. I'm sadder about this, but finances are a bit grim, and the dayjob is all but begging me to work that weekend.

But I'll definitely be at Armadillocon, and I may bring my Talisman board to make up for missing the epic Talisman bar game in Reno. Anyone else feel like playing?

I've completely failed to think of a cool contest for La Cité des eaux. Instead I'll send copies to [ profile] txanne, [ profile] deakat, and [ profile] saare_snowqueen, on the condition that you share pictures of the book in some pretty, unusual, and/or amusing setting.
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I just found out that The Bone Palace made the Tiptree honor list. I am so freaking happy right now--the Tiptree is the award that means the most to me, and to make it to the shortlist is fan-fucking-tastic. I am once again in excellent company, with [ profile] nojojojo, [ profile] la_marquise_de_, and others.

I hope to take another stab at it one day, with the Savedra & the Crimefighting Demimonde Book. Which could really use a working title about now.


Mar. 18th, 2011 02:04 pm
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BSCreview is having a tournament. The Bone Palace is one of the competitors, along with books by Cherie Priest, Ian Tregillis, Daniel Fox, and many others. Go forth and vote, if it so moves you.
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Orbit is holding some holiday giveaways. They're giving away books and posters of cover art, including my cover art. If you happen to think the covers of The Drowning City and The Bone Palace are as gorgeous as I do*, now is your chance to hang them on your wall.

*It's possible I'm unreasonably biased.
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I'm doing some sort of interview/Q & A thingy over at Bitten by Books on Tuesday, Dec 14th. I'm not sure of the details yet, but there will be punch and pie a contest with fabulous prizes.
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My author's copies of The Bone Palace have arrived! This means it may be appearing in bookstores near you any time between now and December. This also means that the time to win an early copy is at hand.

[ profile] b1bl10v0re gets one, since I have not forgotten that contest. LJ-message me with your address, please, or email exoblivione at gmail dot com.

I have a blurry memory of promising one to someone at WFC. If I made such a promise to you, let me know.

If I've made you know promises, but you would like a copy, comment here. First three to do so win.

While you're doing that, I'll be in the kitchen attempting saffransbröd for the boy's Diwali potluck tomorrow.
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Last night, friends and I participated in Austin's Midnight Madness scavenger hunt. It's an all-night, city-wide, team-based hunt, and it is totally awesome. It began at 6:30 PM, and we got home at 6:00 AM. I am extremely groggy.

Reader, we won.

The teams met at 6:30 at Zilker Park, where we were led to picnic tables with Jenga (and Jenga derivatives) sets. Game control explained that we had a murder mystery to solve, and then made us play Jenga. My team ended up with a shitty off-brand Jenga*, and finished last. We finished, though, got our clue, and raced to the next clue. The next clue involved stereograms, which no one on my team can see. It was like the sailboat in Mallrats. After that, and one more extremely frustrating clue, we were a little dejected, but determined. But then clues started getting more fun (I just noticed that I first typed "more better"; yes, I'm tired.)--semaphore code, crossword puzzles, carnival games, a flashlight hunt through a cemetery. All the while we were finding location clues, we were also getting Clue-style weapon and alibi cards for the NPCs. At this point we were tearing through clues, and starting to catch up with other teams. A couple of teams, being made of lesser stuff, dropped out.

By 5:00 AM we had deciphered the last anagram clue and solved the murder mystery, so we sped back to the scene of the crime to make our accusation. At this point, we had called for a fair number of clues (which give you time penalties), and it was late, so we weren't hopeful about our chances, but still happy to have finished. It turned out that we were the second team to arrive, but the first had more time penalties than us and hadn't solved the mystery. Then we found out that every team had greater time penalties. That's when we started jumping tiredly for joy.

The upshot is, as winners, we get to plan next year's hunt. This is freaking awesome.

Now it's two in the afternoon and I'm groggy and sore, and I need to finish last night's coffee and make inroads into Kingdoms.

ETA: A side effect of all this is that I just woke up from a dream about finding a dead body while Das Ich was trying to set up for their show.

* I am not even joking--Jumbling Towers sucks goats. After two tries with that we grabbed the real Jenga from a team who had finished, and stacked it in no time.
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And so the meme ends, and [ profile] b1bl10v0re is the winner. Now I just have to figure out what her fabulous internet prize is.

The answers:

1. What you see is what you believe and I can see how you want it to be

"False Prophets" - Mentallo & the Fixer

2. The in-crowd say it's cool to dig this chanting thing "Rock the Casbah" - The Clash ([ profile] desperance)

3. Conquer and divide, choose your favorite side, loving you is not good for me

"Hurting You Is Good For Me" - Aiboforcen, with guest vocals by Jennifer Parkin of Ayria.

4. Hey hey hey hey, now now now now. Hey hey hey hey, now now now now. "This Corrosion" - The Sisters of Mercy ([ profile] mekkavandexter and [ profile] cmpriest)

5. Disconnected but not alone, scream to the tune of the background noise "Entropy" - VNV Nation ([ profile] b1bl10v0re)

6. And I forget how to move when my mouth is this dry, and my eyes are bursting hearts in a blood-stained sky "Homesick" - The Cure ([ profile] b1bl10v0re)

7. You used to say, "live and let live," you know you did, you know you did, you know you did "Live and Let Die" - Guns N Roses (1/2 [ profile] katallen, 1/2 [ profile] greatalexanders)

8. At the end of days, at the end of time, when the sun burns out will any of this matter? "Further" - VNV Nation ([ profile] b1bl10v0re)

9. All the school kids so sick of books, they like the punk and the metal band "Walk Like An Egyptian" - The Bangles ([ profile] graygirl)

10. I've been waiting here, waiting for faith and the word to fall. "Dark" - Gary Numan ([ profile] alecaustin)

11. You can't stop the pain of your children crying out in your head. They always said that the living would envy the dead. "One of the Living" - Tina Turner ([ profile] katallen)

12. Laissez faire, mi amour, c'est la vie. Should I return to shore or swim back out to sea? "Everything Goes to Hell" - Tom Waits ([ profile] curgoth)

13. Kneeling roses disappearing into Moses' dry mouth, breaking into Fort Knox stealing our intentions "BYOB" - System of a Down ([ profile] whiskeychick

14. Arm yourself because no one else here will save you. The odds will betray you and I will replace you. "You Know My Name" - Chris Cornell ([ profile] katallen)

15. Like Prometheus we are bound, chained to this rock of a brave new world, our godforsaken lot. "Black Sun" - Dead Can Dance ([ profile] whiskeychick)

16. All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see

"Dust In The Wind" - Darling Daughter. I didn't really expect anyone to get this, since it was a random iTunes find.

1/2 to [ profile] b1bl10v0re and [ profile] nathreee)

17. And in the mirror, who is that looking back? And I'm scared of whoever this is livin' in my skin. "Damage I've Done" - The Heads ([ profile] whiskeychick

18. With no provision but an open face along the straits of fear

"Kashmir" - Ofra Haza

(1/2 to [ profile] b1bl10v0re)

19. Living a law just short of delusion, when we fall in love there's confusion "This Must Be The Place I've Waited Years To Leave" - Pet Shop Boys ([ profile] desperance and [ profile] whiskeychick)

20. And we’re happy here, but we live in fear, we’ve seen a lot of temples crumble "Dance Along The Edge" - Concrete Blonde ([ profile] alecaustin)

21. Shakes your hand, takes your gun, walks you out of the sun "Destroy Everything You Touch" - Ladytron ([ profile] curgoth)

22. I lived through too many aeons, I've risen up and I fell the fall, I have been there and I have done that - "Mercy" - KMFDM ([ profile] b1bl10v0re)

23. When I have to die then I want to strangle myself in your black hair "A Hole In The Wall" - KMFDM ([ profile] b1bl10v0re)

24. All those special memories. Now I bleed for you--burn for me. "Blood & Fire" - Type O Negative ([ profile] curgoth)

25. I'm the dusk, I'm the frightening calm, I'm a hole in the pipeline, I'm a road-side bomb

"If You Fear Dying" - One Day As A Lion. For shame! My clue was enormous.

26. Every tower must be razed to the dust from which it came. None will be spared, no remnant saved. "Kingdom" - VNV Nation (lj user="b1bl10v0re">)

27. We drink elixirs that we refine from the juices of the dying "Nemesis" - Shriekback ([ profile] cucumberseed, [ profile] handful_ofdust, and [ profile] sovay)

28. And that voice that was hers alone still resounds in me. She left me dislocated, disavowed, and twitching. "Tragedy (For You)" - Front 242 ([ profile] mekkavandexter)

29. Here by my side, an angel. Here by my side, the devil. Never turn your back on me. "Weapon" - Matthew Good ([ profile] atheilen and [ profile] mekkavandexter)

30. When I close my eyes, when I look your way, when I meet the fear that lies inside "Dominion" - The Sisters of Mercy (I'm actually listening to "Dominion/Ozymandius", but I will accept any of the three versions.) ([ profile] alecaustin, [ profile] cmpriest, and [ profile] cpolk)
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Android Lust is playing tonight, and I'm working late. Cranky badger is cranky.

It's the last day to play "Guess that song" and win fabulous internet prizes! I'll even throw in some hints. The remaining songs are:

1. What you see is what you believe and I can see how you want it to be

The band members are from Texas, and fond of comic books, as their name suggests.

3. Conquer and divide, choose your favorite side, loving you is not good for me

The band is Belgian; the guest vocalist on this track is Canadian (and adorable, as my icon may suggest).

16. All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see -- "Dust In the Wind", but not the Kansas version.

Half a point if you can guess the covering band. The singer is female.

18. With no provision but an open face along the straits of fear -- "Kashmir", but not Led Zeppelin.

Another female vocalist cover. The person who sent me the song could probably guess this one. :P

25. I'm the dusk, I'm the frightening calm, I'm a hole in the pipeline, I'm a road-side bomb

A side project sadly lacking guitars. The guitarist was off being in a band with the singer of #14.

27. We drink elixirs that we refine from the juices of the dying

If no one gets this I'm not talking to my f-list anymore.

The complete list is here.


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