If you've come here from my website, you've likely noticed two things: 1) The website is not current and 2) There doesn't seem to be a lot of activity here at Discombobulated Pensivity, either.
These are both in transition and ultimately, I'll end up with a newish website that is current with a blog feature there.
But until then, you can follow my antics, hyjinx, writing and life news over at Facebook.
And there's an FAQ here
that might be of interest to you. Eventually, it'll be incorporated into the new site.
Meanwhile, the site's email address is working and I also accept Friend Requests and Messages in FB.
For my friends, fans, colleagues and anyone else in the Chicago Area: I will be at Carmen's Pizza, Pasta House & Catering, 1911 West Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL at 6pm on Thursday (tomorrow.) Drop by and raise a slice or a glass to my success in treatment!
I'll be leaving for the Chicago area tomorrow and will be staying in Hoffman Estates until Saturday morning.
I'm trying to put together a small meet-up for anyone in the area interested in having pizza. If you're a fan, friend, colleague, friend of a friend, etc and want to hang a bit then shoot me an email or send me a Facebook message.
Currently, I'm thinking 6-8pm Thursday evening is my best window but I'm open to other suggestions. It'll likely be someplace in Hoffman Estates.
I'm not posting here much at all these days and if you've come from my website, you know it's quite out-dated as well. We're trying to get things back to current but it's not likely to happen soon.
So if you want to know what's happening with me your best bet is to find me on Facebook. I make status reports there regularly.
But for you Non-Facebookers, I'm putting some FAQs below.
What's the best way to get ahold of you and learn what's happening?
Through the email on my website or through a FB message. Posts here have been disabled for other than friends and I've not been accepting new friend requests here. Nothing personal. Just overwhelmed with toddlers, two jobs and everything else in life and I'm not sure this will be my ongoing blog platform.
I want my books signed. What's the best way to go about doing that?
The best way is to buy them through the St Helens Bookshop (link is on my website.) These lovely people are just a mile or two down the road and call me up when it's time to come sign and personalize books for people. They can get you anything of mine that's in print.
You really DO NOT want to send your books to me through the PO Box on my website. You may not get them back for a long, long, long time. I'm sorry about that -- but hey, I'm being honest. I suck at mail and I'm underwater most of the time. The PO Box is no longer active. St Helens Bookshop is your best shot. You can also get them signed by walking up to me and asking me if you run into me at a con, event, etc. I'm always happy to sign books...just stay polite, don't interrupt, etc.
I'm interested in purchasing subrights for _________.
My agent is listed on my website. She handles any subrights retained on my novels. For Psalms of Isaak, Tor has worldrights and you need to work with their subrights departement. For my short fiction, all subrights have been retained. Contact me and depending on what you're interested in, I"ll either forward you to my agent or answer your query myself.
I'd like you to write a story/article for my magazine/anthology or I'd like to interview you or have you come GOH at my local con or speak/teach at my _________.
Email me through the website. We'll see what I can do. I'm always open to short projects and interviews. I'm also available to speak on a wide range of topics, both for adults and young people. I also teach writing workshops and am available on a limited basis for some GOH opportunities at conventions. Let me know what you're interested in.
I miss your blog posts. What can I do?
I post each Saturday at www.Genreality.net on a different topic. I also post notes and status updates at Facebook pretty frequently.
I'm a writer too and I'd love to get your advice about ________ or to have you read my ________.You can sometimes find me teaching writing workshops out and about. That's a great way to hear what I have to say. You can also buy me drinks or food. Heh. Or send me an email with your question. As to reading your work...sorry, no can do. Not unless it's part of some other event I'm a part of where I've already agreed to read stuff.
I have another question not covered here. How do I get it answered?Email me, find me on Facebook, consult a Magic 8 Ball with my picture taped to it...? Naw, just find me online. I'm happy to try and respond quickly.
It's Kenika Eve Day and it's been a week of Kenika miracles. Yesterday, I got my coolest interview invite ever (more on that as details come together.) Last weekend, I made a nice chunk of progress on Requiem after a long stretch of time away.
And then...there's my new story over at Tor.com, beautifully illustrated by New York artist Ellen Weinstein.
This story was my 24 hour story when I attended the Writers of the Future workshop in 2005. In the exercise, we were all given a found object (mine was a tiny three-eyed monkey), sent out to interview strangers in stealth-like-fashion (my strangers were a guy named Kamal that I met in a bookstore and have subsequently bumped into pretty regularly at conventions and an unemployed clown whose name I can't recall), spent a half day in the library and then were turned loose to pound out a story in 24 hours. I tried to tell a more serious story. Really. I did. But ultimately, this is what I landed from the Story Pond.
What else? Hmmm.
Tomorrow, for Kenika Day, we're leaving the kids with their uncle, aunt and grandma and heading to Sunriver, OR, thanks to my family's love and generosity (we're being put up in a timeshare for a twin-free weekend.) Kenika 43 is going to be a lot of fun. And in the midst of the fun, I suspect there will also be words.
And next week? Next week, I'll be at Village Books in Bellingham, WA on Friday 1/21 at 7pm to read, play some songs, and sign some books. There is a Fairhaven pubcrawl to follow...presently in the planning stages. Last pubcrawl led to the invention of a new drink...the Naked Mormon. It was tasty. (No LDS practitioners were actually without clothing in the making or drinking of said drink though one was consulted in the invention process. And this was while we were all still quite sober.)
And that's all the news that's fit to print. Trailer Boy out.
As my pal and separated-at-birth-step-twin jaylake reports
we've just learned that our story, "The Starship Mechanic,"
has been picked up for Year's Best Science Fiction, Volume 28
, edited by Gardner Dozois.
After several honorable mentions over the last decade or so, I'm over the moon on this one. And it's made sweeter because it's a collaboration with Jay. For those just joining us, this story was one of two
we tackled in a Write-Off at Borderlands Books in San Francisco.
It was great fun and I had no idea when we tackled these two tales that one of them would be my first entry in a series of Best Of's that I've loved for a long, long time.
You can read calendula_witch
's report on the Great Write-Off here
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, I spent Thanksgivings with my Dad. We would drive over to Lewiston, Idaho, where his family largely was and there would commence a feast of mighty proportions. I think there were usually around 50 or more people in attendance and we gathered at my Aunt Luana's house just across the pasture from Grandpa and Grandma's house.
One of my earliest roadtrip memories is sitting in the back of the car with my older brother and my brand new baby sister. My grandpa and parents were in the car, too, and I kept asking him if we were there yet. He told me I'd know because we'd go up a big hill. Of course, at four years old, all hills were big hills.
Later in life, I'd ride over with a stack of books beside me, reading three or four novels on the way there and back. I remember reading Salem's Lot during one trip. As we got older, and after Grandpa and Grandma passed, we started holding Thanksgiving at Dad's house.
This will be my second Thanksgiving without Dad. It isn't the same but the holiday is saturated with his presence in the foods that my family makes and the memories we have of our time with him. My last Thanksgiving with Dad was profoundly different than any of the others because I knew it would be my last with him. I thnk he knew too because he said something to me about it in a moment of candor that he quickly brushed aside. He was a difficult father at times but over the years, we grew our own bond and it worked for us, I think. I miss him profoundly today above all other days.
And I'm profoundly grateful for him and for the gift of this holiday that he introduced me to. I'm grateful for a lot this year. My amazing wife and daughters. My friends and family. My colleagues in the writing world -- people like my agent and my editor and my posse of writing friends. The readers out there who drop me notes, letting me know they're enjoying my books. The life that I get to live...even though there are some bits of it that are quite difficult these days. I agree with Cicero -- I think gratitude truly IS the greatest of all virtues.
Today, we're having a quiet Thanksgiving at home. We were supposed to go north and weather and health stuff got in the way so yesterday we hastily threw together Plan B and Jen's already created most of the feast. Her sister will be coming over and later this evening, our dear friend Lilz will get in to hang with us for the weekend. This is the first year that my daughters -- Lizzy and Rae -- will participate in the feast. They'll eat foods my family has been eating since before I was born, including my grandmother's "out of this world" rolls. They'll place their feet in the river of family tradition and wriggle their toes for the first time. And get pie in their hair and ears and nostrils.
I hope that wherever you are, whatever you're doing today, you'll pause and think of a few things you're grateful for. Or maybe call up someone and thank them for something they've done or meant to you.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone. Trailer Boy out.
As you've all heard, I was fortunate enough to be included in the Metatropolis sequel that the fine folks at Audible put together with the mighty editorial and storytelling muscles Jay Lake and stories by Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, Mary Robinette Kowal, Karl Schroeder and a certain Trailer Boy.
In addition to the amazing writerly talent my little novella gets to keep company with, we also have the added Yowza! of each story being narrated by a different actor from the Star Trek universe. (I'm still squeeing over LeVar Burton reading mine.) I've sampled the audio and video clips about the project over at Audible and this book is made of Awesome and Wow.
And today is the day! You can download your copy of Metratropolis: Cascadia at Audible and through the i-Tunes Store.
Go on...what are you waiting for?
I'll be at Orycon Friday and Saturday...my first convention appearance since LAST Orycon. I'm excited to get out and see everyone. I'll be doing small doses. Just there until late afternoon Friday and then all day and all night Saturday, heading home early Sunday.
Ongoing health stuff has me limiting time a bit in order to keep energy for the book I'm trying to write. But I'm happy to grab bar time with people on Friday afternoon and throughout Saturday. And yes, I'll be bringing the guitar for at least one room concert.
Here's my schedule for those attending who want to catch me.
|12:00PM-2:00PM||Roosevelt||Evolution of a Writing Career: A Workshop with Ken Scholes and J.A. Pitts||Ken Scholes, J. A. Pitts, [unlisted]|
|12:00PM-1:00PM||Jefferson/Adams||Writers of the Future||Ken Scholes, Aimee C. Amodio, K. C. Ball, Alex Black, Lael Salaets, Grá Linnaea|
|5:00PM-6:00PM||Roosevelt||As we all know, Bob, this is an info dump||Mary Rosenblum/Mary Freeman, Brenda Cooper, Ken Scholes, Shannon Page|
|7:00PM-7:30PM||Lincoln||Ken Scholes reading||Ken Scholes|
I'll also be signing books in the dealers room at the Fairwood Press table and at any other booksignings the con offers. Alas, I will not be attending the big event at Powell's Sunday night.
It feels good to be going to a con again. It's been a while. Still, I'm glad I took this year off.
In other news, Rachel Ann is walking now. It's amazing to behold. Parenting is really cool stuff. Watching little primates learn is a lot of fun.
Hey...what should I blog about for my Genreality post? I could use some ideas. What would you like to hear about?
So I've already revealed SOME of the details of the sekrit projekt I was working on last spring. As I announced previously, my novella A SYMMETRY OF SERPENTS AND DOVES will be appearing in Aubible's METATROPOLIS: CASCADIA -- sequel to the wildly popular METATROPOLIS published originally in audio and later in print.
This audio book, edited by the wildly talented Jay Lake, goes on sale November 16, 2010.
Now I'm back with more and this is the news I've been dying to share. But first, let's get a look at the cover....
Pretty nifty, eh?
But wait. There's more.
Remember how the first METATROPOLIS had a mostly Battlestar Galactica cast to narrate the novellas? Well, I can now tell you that the folks at Audible went all out this time and pulled together (drumroll please)....
AN ALL STAR-TREK CAST!!!!!
Go. Change your underpants. I had to when I found out, too.
So here's the line-up -- in order of appearance -- and I couldn't be more pleased.
THE BULL DANCERS by Jay Lake
Narrated By: Rene Auberjonois (“Odo”)
WATER TO WINE by Mary Robinette Kowal
Narrated By: Kate Mulgrew (“Capt. Kathryn Janeway”)
BYWAYS by Tobias S. Buckell
Narrated By: Wil Wheaton (“Wesley Crusher”)
CONFESSOR by Elizabeth Bear
Narrated By: Gates McFadden (“Dr. Beverly Crusher”)
DEODAND by Karl Schroeder
Narrated By: Jonathan Frakes (“Cmdr. William Riker”)
A SYMMETRY OF SERPENTS AND DOVES by Ken Scholes
Narrated By: LeVar Burton (“Geordi La Forge”)
Yes, Dear Reader, Geordi La Forge is narrating my novella. How cool is that? I've followed Star Trek through all of its incarnations since I was a kid. I can't even begin to express my wonderment at learning LeVar Burton -- also known for the Reading Rainbow -- is narrating my story. Pretty amazing stuff.
I love this job. Big thanks to everyone involved in the project and to Jay for extending the invite.