Where Personal and Professional Life Collide...

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

Make no mistake, you're in history right now.
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This is a war. Some of us volunteered, some of us got drafted, and some of us got run over by the front. But we're all in it.

You just have to choose where you stand.

And today, before I go off to pour wine for folk, I'm writing a check to the ACLU, as promised: $2 for every hardcover and $1 for every trade paperback I signed this weekend at Mysterious Galaxy (and at Borderlands Books, just for the hell of it).

Because in this war, rangers and lawyers are our first line of defense.

I have so much to say...
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And I'm too exhausted to say it.

Discussing politics tonight with a co-worker.

Her: "Oh, well, I don't know much about X, but I'm sure it will be okay."
Me: *long stare*

She says her sister gives her the same long stare. Me, I'm thinking maybe there's a hint here she should be taking....?


History of two hundred-plus years rattling in my brain, the experience of generations that tell us "this is bad, this never works."  I'm trying to find something pithy to say, something wise, and tight, but all I can think is, "and this is how America fails." 

Dear World: if you are kind, remember us when you say your prayers, and send us strength for the fight.
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Saying Goodbye to Good People, Reluctantly.
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Normally, I work Sundays at the Other Tasting Room, but I'd agreed to cover for a co-worker today and tomorrow, a month or so ago (before I got the promotion and gave notice).  Today I came in a little early, and got to spend some time talking with D (one of the owners) about politics.  He's even more liberal than I am, and with admittedly less of a filter, so he tries not to talk to Trumpers at all.  And he reported an exchange between L (the other boss) and a customer, paraphrased but accurate:

Customer: "I don't understand why those protesters were so angry."
Boss: "Sexism, bigotry, & the corruption of democracy, maybe?"

Later on, L showed up, and greeted me: "hello, short-timer!"  (L had previously responded to my resignation letter with "nope, not accepted").


I am seriously going to miss working with them.  If life is kind, we'll meet up again later in my career path...

BookQW
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It’s Wednesday, which means a new #bookqw!  This week’s word is “order,” and I may have had something relevant to say….
 

“Acting under orders of your government will not save you,” Gabriel said from behind her, a caution that seemed to spark something ugly in the other man.”

- from THE COLD EYE



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Brief Greetings from the Road!
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Currently in San Francisco, after a signing (and a March!) in San Diego, and then another signing, and then going to hear other people reading at SF in SF, and now a day of relaxation - where relaxation means updating Patreon with a new serial episode, answering emails and calling my representatives - before heading home tomorrow morning.

It's been a great, if whirlwind trip, and much love to Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego and Borderlands Books in San Francisco for hosting me! 

(but despite host loaner cats, I miss my boys...)


Meanwhile, there are now signed copies of SILVER ON THE ROAD and THE COLD EYE at both those fine establishments, so even if you missed out on the buffalo and the cocoa and the gossip by not being there in person, you can still get a few author-defaced copies for your own....


Patreon Updatery
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And the next installment of Duchess, PI is about to go off to the beta-readers... are you signed up yet? Only $1 for the ongoing adventures of the best feline PI in the Alley! (plus much more!)


"I lifted my head to look around again, even as I felt my claws flex, digging into the sand like I was preparing to leap on something. The old hunting instinct isn’t as buried as civilized folk like to think, and a smart puss learns to listen to it when it growls."
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Readings/Signings! This Weekend!
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Reminder that I'll be in California this weekend, January 21-22, reading from, and signing THE COLD EYE, at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego at 2pm Saturday (after the March, so bring your sore feet and coffee and hang out for a while!) and Sunday in San Francisco at Borderlands Books, at 3pm!

If you can't get there in person, you can order a signed book from both of those lovely outlets - and if you order it early, you can get it personalized!

Note: for every book signed at Mysterious Galaxy on Saturday, I will be donating $2 (for hardcovers) and $1 (for trade paperbacks) to the ACLU, in honor of the Women's March.
Also: I'm gonna have a Giveaway. Or possibly Two.... ;-)

The Do-Board groans under accumulated weight....
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Today: Dive Into WorldBuilding vidcast this morning, political-legal stuff, working lunch with Rocky Pond crew, finish Patreon episode for this month and send it to betas, confirm sketches for cover of THE CASE OF THE FECKLESS FERRETS, follow-up on still-pending NYC publishing stuff, clean apartment, promote books and upcoming signings and whatnot....

Oh, right. And scritch cats. Very important, can't forget that.

MLK Day, 2017
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Disclaimer: this is written from the perspective of a white-but-minority person. It is not intended to speak for anyone else.

I will not wish anyone a "Happy MLK Jr Day."

MLK Day is often observed not as a holiday but a work-day (particularly this year), and "happy" feels out of place while we're still trying to reach those goals of being judged by our behavior rather than our presentation. When even those of us who consider ourselves moderately enlightened still find pits of "oh fuck did I really just think/do/say that" in ourselves.

So instead I wish us good-working, and good companions in the work. Which sounds pretentious af, but is heart-felt.

Dr. King's Life and Legacy
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Beginning on the 20th of January and until further notice...
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All White House press conferences are to be referred to as "Radio Moscow."
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The new week brings new changes...
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Yesterday was the first official day as Tasting Room Manager (rather than Lead) at Rocky Pond.  It was pretty much like every other shift I've ever worked, except closing took a little more time and stress.  I'm excited about it, and also thankful that I'm moving up within familiar structures, rather than starting fresh somewhere new.  Promoting from within has benefits for everyone.

New (used) car, new (promoted) job responsibilities, new (second)  book out (I did mention there's a new book out, right?)... it seems like I'm building a lot, here.  I just wish I were sleeping more/better, so I could enjoy it.

Although I suspect it's less all that, and more the oncoming COTUS*, yeah? 





*Cheeto of the United States.  Made of hot air and chemicals, and bad for everyone's health



Son of Updatery of a Book Launch!
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Every time a positive review comes in, a writer gets another feather in her wings.

 

The Cold Eye is a captivating read… Both of these novels are more than “weird Westerns,”
they create an entirely new Western mythos, one I hope to explore for many books to come.
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SF/F Blog

The Cold Eye was pretty much everything I wanted it to be, plus some. I had high expectations going into this book, and I’m pleased to announce that Gilman surpassed every single one of them. If you haven’t started this series yet, why not? It’s one of the best things in the genre right now.   5/5 stars.
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“Laura Anne Gilman continues to forge her own version of a Western, American myth of the very early days of a West that wasn’t, but I wish it might have been.  I daresay if you are a fan of Weird Westerns, you should already be reading Laura Anne Gilman. And if you are not, the Devil’s West novels may change your mind, too.”                 -The Skiffy and Fanty Show
 

Tonight is the first official signing/reading, at University Bookstore!  Even if you can’t get there in person, you can order a signed copy…
 

Virtually, I’m ranting about a book that pissed me off, over on Tor.com (where they changed the title to be classier)


My Country is Trying to Kill Me.
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As a freelancer, even a relatively healthy one, getting medical coverage I could afford was near-impossible, until the Freelancer's Union was able to put together a crappy-but-functional plan.  When the ACA was passed, for the first time in years I was free of the "if I have to spend any time in the hospital it will wipe me out, financially" panics.

The GOP just voted - with a single no vote from Rand Paul - to start the process to repeal the ACA.  They voted to remove the requirement that healthcare insurance cover pregnancy. They voted to remove the clause that allowed children under 26 to stay on their parents' insurance while their own careers get started.  They removed the clause that protected people with pre-existing conditions (cancer, arthritis, IBD) from being dumped or surchaged-to-death by their insurance company.

And if you think that you're going to be okay, because you have company-supplied insurance?  Guess what?  You've lost protections, too.  And your rates are going to go up, probably for fewer services.  Whatever the market can bear.  And if you're thinking your state coverage will save you?  Guess what?  That was the ACA, too.  Say goodbye to it, and pray your state is willing to pick up the burden of replacing it, when the Federal government won't.

 Because no, the GOP STILL doesn't have a functioning plan to replace the ACA, nor do they show any sign of developing one. Why should they? Half the country told them they could do whatever they wanted to us and they'd be okay with it.

Still, this is not law...yet. CALL EVERY GOP SENATOR WHO VOTED TO REPEAL and give them a piece of your mind (as politely as you can manage). And call every senator who voted to protect it, and thank/encourage them. 


 



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The Day After the Release Updatery!
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In case you missed it: I'm at "My Favorite Bit," talking about...well, my favorite bit from THE COLD EYE!

Also, I visited Magical Words, with some advice to "Slide on the Ice."

I updated my Patreon with an enthusiastic, if pre-coffee, rendition of "On The Occasion of a Book Birthday," and the mailing list got an Advance Update on Stuff!

This week's "Dive Into Worldbuilding" skypecast has been rescheduled for NEXT Wednesday, due to our host having laryngitis.  Everyone send Juliette good-health wishes!

And this Friday, in Seattle, I'll be reading and signing THE COLD EYE at University Bookstore, starting at 7pm sharp!

More as they come along....

and updatery on the updatery!  B&N's sf/f blog just called THE COLD EYE “a captivating read” and said that the series is “more than “weird Westerns,” [but] create an entirely new Western mythos.”
excuse me while I shamelessly give you the buy link.


Change of Address...
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I'm not going to disappear entirely from here, but recent events and changes to LJ's structure have pushed me to make the final leap over to Dreamwidth, where I am LAGilman.

I hope to see you all over there, too.
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