Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

My life in 8 words: Organized chaos, by preference. Exhausting, but never boring

[sticky post]Laura Anne's Almost Inevitably Incomplete* Bibliography!
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Welcome! This entry is for newcomers wondering 'who is this Gilman person, anyway,' and a reminder to the old hands about what's forthcoming and already-written.

It's getting...rather long.  0-0
UPDATED 12/26/14 Collapse )

Washington wetlands, as seen from the bike trail
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Yes, this is part of the bike commute I take, twice a week, to the side gig.  My life, it is Woe.  Clearly.

(and now, having gotten a few miles under my wheels, I can face prepping my taxes...no, I lie, I still can’t face tax prep.  But I gotta do it...)

Into the Wild, er, Weekend
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I may have the Plague. Or, possibly not - it seems milder than the plague symptoms I'm hearing, so this may just be a 24 hour misery. If so, I am going to give credit to my getting my flu shot a few weeks ago, and be quietly thankful. I am Too Busy to be sick, damn it.

First up: I'm working on the next segment of "The Adventures of Duchess, PI," plus prepping the affiliated video for my Patreon patrons (although not until the phlegm dies down).  Sign up now or get totally left behind!

Then, I've got the new story collection to beat into shape for Book View Cafe.

And, of yeah, getting the office set up to begin The Devil's West #3, while doing the final edits on #2 (THE COLD EYE).

Oh, and the Storybundle I'm in is still going strong - ten fantasy ebooks for $15, no DRM (so you can read them anywhere), plus you support an awsome charity fund!

Meanwhile, file under "I like waking up to links like this," another blogger has discovered SILVER ON THE ROAD!

A Bookish Type says:

“Even if the setting weren’t absolutely glorious I would still recommend Silver on the Road to readers, especially young female readers. This book is not just a physical journey for our protagonist, it’s also a journey towards adulthood. Gilman has a deft touch in this. She could have hit her readers over the head with speeches or posturing by her characters. There’s none of that. Instead, we have a somewhat timid girl use her natural pragmatism to stand up and right some wrongs. I could have watched Izzy become a power in her own right for another couple hundred pages. Alas, I will have to wait for the sequels.

So..yeah, I should get that sequel back to my editor so he can put it into production, right?

*disappears into the ink*

truth to power
Today's been interesting: I've found a not-unexpected but unanticipated breaking point in what I will put up with in social relationships. To wit: if you hurt someone, you own it, you accept it. You don't blame other people for being hurt by your words or actions. End. Of. Story. And the end of my making excuses or putting up with anyone indulging in that behavior.

Watching this go down, I'm reminded of my own tendency to become defensive when called out - and the work I put into breathing through it, forcing myself through that defensiveness, to see things in a larger, more distant scale. I've come a long way; I need to go further.  Today was a good reminder of why I do that work.

Three Things and a Cat Photo
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okay, before I go back into the word-mines, three reminders:

1. There's a new storybundle in town! DRM-free fantasy fiction, for whatever you feel moved to pay!

2. If you're more of a serial fiction, "what on earth will Gilman come up with next?" reader, then there's my Patreon - $1 an episode gets you the crackfic cat noir!

3. If you've loved (or even really really liked) SILVER ON THE ROAD, and haven't left a review for it yet, that would be a lovely Valentine's Day gift for your favorite hostess of this page.... and is deeply encouraging as I work my way into book 3. :-)

(and yes, Goodreads, Amazon and B&N are great, but posting a review on your FB page or blog is also awesome.)

and here, have a #TBT cat.

Pandora thinks I need more coffee before I"m allowed to touch the day"s work....

My beloved and much-missed Pandora, who is the soul and snark behind the Duchess of "The Aventures of Duchess, PI."

Storybundle! Getcher Storybundle heah!
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And oh, this is a lovely e-bundle, it is. Let me lay it out for you.

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $5) are:
Book of Earth by Robin Brande
Miles to Go by Laura Anne Gilman
Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Hex in the City (anthology) by Fiction River
Marny: Feyguard Book 3 by Anthea Sharp

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of those titles, plus five more:
Hunt by Leslie Claire Walker
• The Raven and the Dancing Tiger by Leah Cutter
Traitors by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Tides of Darkness by Judith Tarr
The Adventures of Myhr by P. N. Elrod

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods - you get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

So that's what it is. WHY should you Storybundle?

• Get quality reads in one convenient package.
• Pay what you choose (minimum $5): If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
• Support authors who support DRM-free books:  Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
• Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity.
(Our charity, The Pearl Foundation, promotes education by endowing scholarships. The scholarships focus on returning students, who have been away from school for more than five years. Those students need a lot of financial assistance because they often have families, mortgages, and all those other expenses of adulthood.)
• Receive extra books: If you beat our the bonus price, you'll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.
For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.

Write That Sucker In!
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I am reminded (okay, I was hit over the head and shoved out the door with it) that despite Locus having ignored SILVER ON THE ROAD for their "Recommended" list, you can still write it in, if you thought it was worth mentioning...


(because if I'm not going to stand up for my own work, etc etc, right? Or so the hit-and-shove have reminded me...)

Reshuffling the Schedule
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Just made it official - with much regret, I will not be attending DragonCon this year.

This is the first time in...many years I'll be skipping it, and I know I'll be cranky af seeing everyone having such a great time but... well, there were reasons and they were the right reasons.

(on the plus side: I won't have to deal with the airports over Labor Day. That is a definite silver lining....)

My Sufficiently Self-Serving Post for the Month
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Hugo Nominations are open!

You are eligible to nominate if you have an attending or supporting membership for MidAmeriConII (the 2016 WorldCon), Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon), or Worldcon 75 (the 2017 Worldcon) by January 31, 2015. The nomination period closes March 31, 2016 at at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time.

and yes, SILVER ON THE ROAD, despite being fantastical, is eligible for a Hugo.

*goes off to make my own nominations of other peoples' books*

My (mostly but not entirely final) Norwescon Schedule
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And kudos to the crew there for getting it out well ahead of time, so panelists have time to actually prepare!

So if you're there and want to see me there, this is the what and the where*.

Fri 11:00am - 12:00pm - Cascade 3&4
So You've Finished a First Draft
Django Wexler (M), Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson, Frances Pauli, Laura Anne Gilman

Fri 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Cascade 9
Fanfic Fears
Minim Calibre (M), DameRuth, Dee Wright, Laura Anne Gilman

Fri 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Cascade 13
More Than Just Scorned Victims
H.M. Jones (M), Laura Anne Gilman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Spencer Ellsworth

Fri 7:00pm - 8:00pm - Cascade 7&8
Adding Realistic Details to Your Fantasy Writing
Adrienne Carlson (M), Alan Paulsen, Nina Post, Laura Anne Gilman

Sat 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Grand 2
Autograph Session 1

Sat 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Cascade 2
Characters Bearing Witness
Cat Rambo (M), John (J.A.) Pitts, Laura Anne Gilman

Sat 6:00pm - 6:30pm - Cascade 1
Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
(yes, you WILL be getting a sneak at THE COLD EYE!)

Sun 12:00pm - 1:00pm - Cascade 7&8
The Forgotten (Forbidden) Room
Bill Gruner (M), Adrienne Carlson, Ann Shilling, Laura Anne Gilman

Sun 1:00pm - 2:00pm - Cascade 10
Location: Horror's Unsung Character
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Lisa Bolekaja, Arinn Dembo, K. M. Alexander, Logan L. Masterson

*subject to revision at the concom's whim

A brief State of the Meerkat
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The State of the Meerkat continues being "trying to figure out how to get everything done without going without sleep or downtime."
As problems go, this is a good one, yeah. But I probably shouldn't have taken time out for two hours of TV last night....

(X Files, natch, and checking out Lucifer)

*burrows back down into Deadline Mode*

How's everyone else?

Ramping up to go Live....
Trying to find the right place to end the first installment of "Duchess, PI" for this month's Patreon post. Do I choose the introduction of the dubious sidekick, or the run-in with the bark AND bite cops?

(oh, the delicious silliness of it all)

Also, starting to collect pet names from relevant supporters. Look for an email, if you're one of them!

And if you're not... there's still time to get in on it!

randomly, a WiP snippet...
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"Their bedrolls untouched, they sat by the fire and listened to the horses grumble and snore, the mule's occasional flatulence loud in the too-quiet night air, as the moon rose overhead and passed through the sky, the stars faded, and the first hint of pale red appeared in the east, heralding the return of day."

Because you can be as pretty as you like with the language, but the mule is still going to fart.

For Your Amusement...
Looking through some older files, and I found the first Actual Reference to what would become SILVER ON THE ROAD....

"And I know you said there’s no market for fantasy novels set in the Old West, but one of the Devil’s West stories features a young girl who has to choose her life, on her birthday, to stay with the devil or go out on her own, and I could totally see telling her story as a woman, after she’s made that decision and what comes…. Very little actual magic, just a lot of strange, supernatural and slightly cowpunk."

Hrm. Whadda ya think? Does it sound like it's got legs?

Two Things on My Way to the Revisions...
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  1. I have been flu-shotted (late, but done), and thereby earned my Herd Immunity 2016 badge. You’re welcome. :-)

  2. There are few things more surreal than looking at a page of literary quotes, trying to track down a reference, and seeing yourself quoted there.....


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