Back From Weekend 1 of 2 and Patricia A. McKillip Cover Blurb

Had a dentist appointment on Monday AM so I came into the office late, Veterans Day holiday on Tuesday, and I opted to take my 4×10 day off yesterday. Feels like I’ve been home more this week than at work. Oh, wait, that’s because I have!

However, life is returning to its normal routine—as normal as it gets. dude_the flew back home on Sunday, the presidential elections are over*, and I’m now taking stock of my plate of hamsters. And verily, my hamsters are surly, nippy, and fat.

Y’know, I should quit saying that I’m trying to “catch up” and simply accept that it is my lot to perpetually be in a state of hamster overflow.

*This is the first time in a very long while that I’ve dared to feel optimistic about the political outlook for America. Not to mention proud of my country. I actually got rather weepy-faced when I watched Obama’s victory speech. That man’s a moving and powerful speaker.


Writing Stuff

And in the giddy-unto-hyperventilating news, Patricia A. McKillip, the Locus, World Fantasy Best Novel, and World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author—a writer I’ve admired and idolized for, like, ever—gave me the most fabulous cover blurb for my Returning My Sister’s Face collection:

“The tales are beautifully written, elegant, passionate, funny and moving. The entire collection is a delightful, magical bridge across cultures. I hope many readers find their way to it.”

I am squeeful beyond the telling of it.

New Words:
• Around 300 on The Stupid Novel. I really need to get my butt in gear if I’m going to get it to zero draft before end of year (and, more to the point, before the beginning of Georgia’s legislative session).

Vonda N. McIntyre introducing Returning My Sister’s Face

So I can now announce that the fabulous Vonda N. McIntyre will be writing the introduction for Returning My Sister’s Face!

I met Vonda at the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop which we both attended last year. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I first read Dreamsnake when I was in high school, and I was all fangirl-a’twitter when I learned she was going to be attending Launch Pad, too. I’m honored and thrilled beyond belief that she agreed to pen the intro. for my collection.


Writing Stuff

• Note from Andy Cox that “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” will not be in issue #219 of Interzone as I’d hoped, dangit. But it will be in #220. Yay!
• Contract for “Daughter of Bótù” from Podcastle.
• Actually learned about this a week or so ago but kept forgetting to mention it. It seems that Prime Books is dropping their world mythology anthology series project due to the economic climate and general state of the industry, so the story I wrote that was slated for the second one, Russian Winters, is now orphaned. Fooie. But Japanese Dreams is still a go—at least it was last I heard.

Returning My Sister’s Face cover art

Got the confirm from norilana that we’re using my first choice of cover art—”Kitsune” by the very talented artist, Ahyicodae—for my collection, Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice:

Isn’t it gorgeous? I fell in love with this piece the moment I saw it. I’m inexpressibly delighted to have it for the cover art. Happiness and hurrays!

Norilana Books buys Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice

Got the most incredible, fabulous, wonderful news! Norilana Books—founded and owned by the talented and lovely Vera Nazarian (norilana) is buying my short story collection, Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice.

The collection will contain a selection of my Far Eastern fantasy stories originally published in venues including Realms of Fantasy, Paradox, and Baen’s Universe and will be released in both hard cover and trade paperback. The tentative hard cover release date is first quarter 2009 with the trade paperback to follow three months after.


A bit of blurbage to whet the appetite:

Enchantment, peril, and romance pervade the shadowy Far East, from the elegant throne room of the emperor’s palace to the humble tea house of a peasant village. These are stories of adventure and magic from the Orient: the maiden who encounters an oni demon in the forest, the bride who discovers her mother-in-law is a fox woman, the samurai who must appease his sister’s angry ghost. Where luck can be found in a jade locket, and dark and light are two sides of harmony, therein lies the stuff of legend.