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
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Ready, set... Nitpick!
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Okay guys, here's your chance to get your fingers into publishing. We're about to go to press for the trade paper edition of SILVER ON THE ROAD, so it's time to catch all the typos and errors that slipped into the hardcover.

Ready, set, nitpick!

Everyone who helps out here gets thanked in the acknowledgements of THE COLD EYE.

Note: this thread will self-destruct in 5 days.

I don't know if you can but you certainly May....
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It's May, and I'm still behind on things. At least I have a better grip on the things I'm behind on, and have spoken with everyone about revised deadlines?  I'm calling that as much of a win as April was going to give me.

Meanwhile, there's some bad news and some good news, and some changes coming down the road for me, and I'm nervous and excited, and there will be posts about all of that, soonish.  Or eventuallyish.  As things happen.

(is that teaser enough?)

In right-now news,  Mishell Baker is incoming tomorrow, staying with me during her SFWA Reading Series tour of the Pacific Northwet, so I probably should wash some towels and dust* the guest space...

* aka "attempt to remove cat hair from upholstered surfaces."

So I wrote a thing...
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for Fantasy Book Cafe. It's not about the Hugos, or politics, or civil rights. It's about fathers, and daughters, and where that intersects with what we create....

stepping away from comfort reads/watches....
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Finally got around to watching Black Snake Moan, after missing it (as usual) in the theaters.

That was... an interesting movie. Not going to say I loved it, because it's not (I think) the kind of movie you love.

But it is the kind of movie you think about, after. Quiet and on your own kind of thinking.

in lieu of content, food porn.
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No-bake chocolate oreo tart.

(sadly, I suspect this would kill me.  But I look forward to hearing reports if anyone braves its chocolatey overkill goodness...)

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Well, not entirely back yet (I'm still in NYC) but the funeral is over, and while I could continue to sit shiva at home this weekend, I think my dad would have rolled his eyes and said "three days is more than enough, get on with it."

So this is me, getting on with it.

Back to Seattle in the morning, back to deadlines and obligations and cats and Life.

...and nobody had any fun at all.
I know I've been least in sight recently, or light in content.  There's been a reason for that.

Some of you, over the years, have heard the stories of my dad, the medical Energizer Bunny. Heart attacks? Pshaw. Parkinsons? Keep on truckin'. Gout? Okay, no more organ meats, whatever. Coronary blockage? His heart adapted. Hernia? Sew it up and move on. But at 84 my dad has finally met the roadblock even he can't get around: cancer.  Specifically, metastatic osteosarcoma.

And we discovered it purely by chance - a combination of post-hernia surgery swelling and high fever landed him in the ER, and a chain of events led to oncology getting involved. And three weeks later, here we are.  As I said to a friend, it's like treading water after a wreck, and waiting for the sharks to come.  You know there will be sharks, you just don't know if it will be a hammerhead, or a great white.

So.  If I've not responded to your email or phone call, or missed a deadline (or had to bail out on something), it's not that I don't love you.  But I'm going to have to beg your indulgence for a little while longer.

(Ironically, I'm currently editing a manuscript that opens with a cancer diagnosis.  I know an editor's supposed to pick up all sorts of knowledge, because you never know when it will be helpful, but the timing on this was a little sharp.)

Comments are closed on this.  I know y'all want to offer your sympathy, but right now I'm just going to take it as a given. :-)  If you're a close enough friend to have my personal phone number, feel free to call.

New Crack-fic! It's only $1 to play....
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I've updated my Patreon! New Cat Noir! Now with unexpected old flames and sassy sidekicks!

Six months later, and new happy readers still make my day...
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The Blue Fairy says, of SILVER ON THE ROAD....

"...I picked up this book out of curiosity, because fantasy western is a subgenre that I enjoy, but don’t see that often. And I loved it. I have pre-ordered the sequel.

I love the setting. In this world, everything from the Mississippi to the Spanish colonies is the Territory. The Native nations co-exist with small settlements from outside, all governed by the Agreement: give no offense without cause, and the Devil protects his own. Magicians and marshals both ride the roads, and crossroads are places of power and danger....

The land itself is practically a character, it’s described in such a compelling manner. I have always loved the sea and the mountains, but this book could convince me to love the plains.

I also loved that there is a female main character and NO romance in this book! Everyone is too busy getting stuff done/running for their lives/fighting evil magic/etc. Also, Isobel deals with many aspects of being female in a matter-of-fact way that I appreciated.

There’s intriguing and worrisome foreshadowing for coming books as well, dealing with events outside the Territory and what might happen as history marches on.

In short, this hit right in my sweet spot. 5 Stars - An Awesome Book"

Quick Updatery....
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Despite Life Happening, I managed to get episode 3 of "The Case of the Tom in Trouble" written! In which and old flame appears, and poor Duchess (and her new sidekick) finds themselves in more trouble than they'd planned......

(the episode will go up today or tomorrow, depending on my connectivity)


Final (no, really!) Norwescon Schedule
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AKA "Where I will be this weekend."

(all rooms subject to last-minute change at the whim of whim)

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

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

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

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

Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM - Grand 2
Autograph Session 1
Amber Bariaktari , Caroline M. Yoachim, Dave Bara, Dean Wells, Erik Scott de Bie, G. Willow Wilson, James C. Glass, Jennifer Brozek, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kristi Charish, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Rhiannon Held, Sonia Orin Lyris, S. A. Bolich, Morgue Anne, Robert J. Sawyer, Spencer Ellsworth, Steven Barnes, Tori Centanni, Cat Rambo, Don Maitz, GregRobin Smith, Jeremy Zimmerman, Laura Anne Gilman

Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM - Cascade 2
Characters Bearing Witness
Cat Rambo (M), John (J.A.) Pitts, Laura Anne Gilman, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Sonia Orin Lyris

Sat 6:00 PM-6:30 PM - Cascade 1
Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
(yes, you will get to hear from THE COLD EYE.  And possibly a bit from "The Case of the Tom in Trouble")

Sat 8pm-> I will probably be barconning.  Feel free to stop by and say hi if you see me!

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

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

Proof of Work, Mid-March
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from the copyedits of THE COLD EYE (October 2016)

Gabriel had been born in the Territory, his father the son of settlers, his mother the daughter of a Métis woman.... He had grown up seeing Métis cousins and the occasional Anishinabeg or Dakota come through, either hunting or trading. He had grown up learning hand language, picking up words here and there, had learned what certain markings and attire meant, and when it was a time to speak, and when he should remain silent, and his time with the Hochunk had taught him how to admit that he did not understand a thing.

(Gabriel has his flaws, and a bad case of self-directed denial, but he adults pretty damn well)

Reminder of (Digital) Things Available...
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Since I haven't done a run-down of things recently...

You can get new fiction (not available anywhere else!) when you support my Patreon

You can pick up all four Sylvan Investigation novellas at Book View Cafe! (plus, "From Whence You Came," the companion novella to the Vineart War trilogy)

You can also pick up my SFnal horror project, DRAGON VIRUS, there.

Most of these are also available via Amazon, or B&N.

(also: you can buy these books as gifts for other people - BVC makes it easy! And it's all DRM-free.  You bought it, you keep it.)

There's also an anthology with my work available via Book View Cafe, plus the ever-handy Practical Meerkat’s 52 Bits of Useful Info for Young (and Old) Writers

Copyedit Slogging
Normally, I’m all about digital. Hitting “send” on a manuscript is a hell of a lot better than printing it out and slogging it to the post awful, hoping against hope that nothing eats it en route to NYC. But when it comes to copyedits, I admit, I miss the days of paper edits, post-its, and red pen STETs.

Digital queries are just, somehow, more annoying.

And of all the elements of making a book, there is nothing glamorous about a writer going through a copyedit.

You start with a fresh cup of coffee and maybe something healthy to munch on, and by the end of the first day you’re surrounded by two empty coffee mugs, a half-full mug of tea, a water glass, a wine glass, the remains of your re-heated dinner shoved to one side, and increasingly snarky retorts in the margins, feeling like someone ran over your brain with a snowplow, and wishing dreadful fates on the copyeditor* who wants you to adhere strictly to Strunk & White, even in dialogue…

And there’s still another 240 pages to go.

Rinse and repeat, tomorrow.

*not all copyeditors, obviously. But enough of the breed prize conformity and rules over creativity and voice to make conflict inevitable.


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