Friday, May 19, 2017

The Continued Adventures

Last weekend was a blast. I love going back to Houston, especially when the weather is as nice as it was then.

And Hiren and I started it right, with lunch at Moon Tower Inn. As you can see, we covered all the major food groups:

Comicpalooza was as big as ever, and the literary track seems to grow every year. Vijay Kale and Tex Thompson did incredible work to put together some of the best panels yet. And if you ever get the opportunity to see Tex moderate, absolutely do--she's a moderator, and her enthusiasm feeds both the panelists and the audience.

Also! I had the honor and privilege of giving a talk on The Song of the Dead and doing a signing of all three books in the trilogy at Murder by the Book, one of Houston's best independent bookstores and one with a great focus on genre fiction.

They still have signed copies of all of the books in the series, so if you missed the event, check them out! Though you may run into this little guy:

Meanwhile, in cyberspace, Chuck Wendig hosted me for a quick overview of some of the things I've learned in writing the end of the Recoletta series. It's been a fun, busy week, and the party is coming soon to Borderlands in San Francisco! More on that soon.

Monday, May 8, 2017

San Diego Down, Houston on the Horizon

Last week was a big one, and this one's shaping up to be just as exciting!

But first, happy birthday to Mysterious Galaxy, a fabulous independent genre bookstore in San Diego. They were kind enough to have Jenna Rhodes and me down on Sunday to talk about the writing process and sign some books. Despite the gloomy weather, we had a grand time.

Photo courtesy of Maryelizabeth Yturralde

If the rain kept you home, never fear--they've got signed copies in stock!

This weekend, I'll be back in Houston for Comicpalooza and a signing at Murder By The Book. It's going to be a wonderful, whirlwind weekend in the city that still feels like my true home:
Friday, May 12
  • Manuscript Makeover: Revise, Rewrite, or Recycle? | 4-5pm | 370D (Comicpalooza) | w/ Lev Grossman, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Jake Kerr, Mari Mancusi, and Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  • Folklore and Mythology for Writers | 5:30-6:30pm | 370F (Comicpalooza) | w/ Jim Butcher, Michael Wilson, and C. Robert Cargill
Saturday, May 13
  • Signing and Discussion | 1pm | Murder By The Book
  • Author Table | 4pm | Barnes & Noble Table @ Dealer's Room (Comicpalooza)
Sunday, May 14
  • Categorically Unlikely Heroes | 10-11am | 370D (Comicpalooza) | w/ Tex Thompson, K.J. Russell, George Wright Padgett, and Christina Escamilla
  • Writing in the Fantasy Genre | 11:30am-12:30pm | 370F (Comicpalooza) | w/ Lev Grossman, Jim Butcher, Tex Thompson, and Martha Wells
  • Read & Critique | 2:30-3:30pm 

Also, I've gotten to start the week off right with a guest post at John Scalzi's Whatever talking about the Big Idea in The Song of the Dead: stories shape us. Check it out!

Friday, May 5, 2017

The week in review

It's been a busy week! The Song of the Dead is now out in paperback and ebook formats. I'll be talking about writing with Jenna Rhodes and signing copies at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego this Sunday at 3:30 pm, but if you need some fun to tide you over until then, here's what's been going on:

  • Cat Rambo graciously allowed me to talk about character craft in novels and games here
  • Mary Robinette Kowal gave me the opportunity to explore about the execution scene at the start of the book here 
  • A couple weeks ago, Antony Johnson and I chatted about our love for the 80's classic Krull here
Stay safe, and have a great weekend, all!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Song of the Dead: One Week Away!

This is happening soon, folks! In one week, The Song of the Dead, the final book in the Recoletta trilogy, will be available in bookstores and online!

There's more release excitement to come, but in the meantime, here are some fabulous bookstores and venues I'll be visiting in the coming weeks:

Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego | Discussion and Signing with Jenna Rhodes | May 7 @ 3:30 pm | Details here 
Murder By The Book, Houston | Discussion and Signing | May 13 @ 1 pm | Details here 
Houston Comicpalooza, Houston | Panels and Monkeyshines | May 12-14 | Details here

There are more in the works, including a special June event for readers in the Los Angeles area. Stay tuned for updates!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Get Up and Gen Con

This week, I'm headed to Gen Con to participate in the Writer's Symposium! This will be my first experience at Gen Con, but I'm looking foward to it in a big way. Here's where I'll be:

Thursday, August 4

  • Video Game Writing 101 @ 1pm (Cabinet)
  • Video Game Writing: Game Stories vs. Stories for Other Media @ 2pm (Cabinet)
  • Signing at Indy Reads Books @ 5-7pm

Friday, August 5

  • Signing at the Angry Robot booth @ 10am-1pm (Exhibit Hall #3044)
  • Character Craft: Characters that Aren't Reflections of You @2pm (Capital 1)
  • Chillin' at the Angry Robot booth @ 4-5pm (Exhibit Hall #3044)
  • Writing Excuses (with Dan Wells, Howard Tayler, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, and Bill Fawcett) @ 7:15pm

Saturday, August 6

  • Signing at the Exhibit Hall @ 11am-12pm
  • Video Game Writing: Representation in Games @ 2pm (Cabinet)
  • Back with the Angry Robot overlords @ 4-6pm, (Exhibit Hall #3044)
  • Reading from "Here Be Monsters" @ 7pm (Congress 2)

Sunday, August 7

  • Read & Critique @ 9-11am (Chamber)
  • Drinking Cheap Wine on an Airplane @ ??-?? (30,000 ft)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Houston, here I come!

I am heading to Houston for Comicpalooza this weekend! If you're in H-Town, you should come out to the George R. Brown Convention Center, because it will be awesome.

And it will be INDOORS. My weather app is reading 99 degrees in the motherland right now.

I'll be participating in the Literature and Gaming tracks. Here's the plan:

Friday, June 17

  • Outlandish "Others": How Genre Fiction employs aliens, androids, elves, and other non-human races / 11:30 am / Panel Room 9 (371A) - with Donna Grant, Todd McCaffrey, Tex Thompson, and Martha Wells
Saturday, June 18
  • Player Agency and Designer Authorship / 12:00 pm / Gaming Panel Room 1 (320A) - with Alexander Freed and Drew McGee
  • What Makes a Good Villain? / 2:00 pm / Gaming Panel Room 1 (320A) - with Chris Avellone, Leonard Balsera, Alexander Freed, and Steve Long
  • Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Literature / 4:00 pm / Literary Room 1 (350A) - with David Afsharirad, Marianne Dyson, Mercedes Lackey, and D.L. Young
  • Cutscenes within Video Games / 6:00 pm / Gaming Panel Room 2 (310A) - with Alexander Freed and Drew McGee
Sunday, June 19
  • Form and Format: The difference between publishing short stories and novels / 11:00 am / Literary Room 1 (350A) - with Rhodi Hawk, Ken Liu, Bob Proehl, and Hank Schwaeble

Friday, May 20, 2016

Coming Soon to a Convention Near You!

Spring has sprung, which means that convention season is almost upon us! Here's where I'll be--what about you?

Comicpalooza | June 17-19 | Houston, Texas

  • We'll be talking books, games, and short stories. And at the same geographic coordinates as Ripley and Hudson, no less!
  • Outlandish "Others" in Genre Fiction - Friday, 11:30 am
  • Player Agency and Designer Authorship - Saturday, 12 pm
  • What Makes a Good Villain? - Saturday, 2pm
  • Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Literature - Saturday, 4pm
  • Cutscenes within Video Games - Saturday, 6pm
  • Form and Format: Short Stories and Novels - Sunday, 11am
CONvergence | June 30-July 3 | Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Schedule forthcoming!
Gen Con | August 4-7 | Indianapolis, Indiana
  • All the games and all the writing!
  • Video Game Writing 101 - Thursday, 1pm
  • Game Stories vs. Stories for Other Media - Thursday, 2pm
  • Character Craft: Characters That Aren't Reflections of You - Friday, 2pm
  • Representation in Games - Saturday, 2pm
  • Reading: Carrie Patel & Gregory A. Wilson - Saturday, 7pm
  • Read & Critique - Sunday, 9am
WorldCon | August 17-21 | Kansas City, Missouri
  • RIBS.
  • Schedule forthcoming!
World Fantasy Convention | October 27-30 | Columbus, Ohio
  • Schedule forthcoming!