I'm still face-down in the book, plus trying to get ready for Christmas travel. In the meantime, have some random stuff!
Like this month's SF Novelists post: "I'm not allowed to tab away until this post is done," in which I talk about distractions.
Or a very wise post from Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith, on "Who Gets to Escape?"
Or some frickin' amazing tattoos.
Or an explanation of this poll. My family and I had been speculating that guys were more likely to have scars on the underside of their chins, due to exactly the kinds of hijinks various people described in the comments. But it turns out the data, at least as collected from my readership, does not support the anecdata; a slightly higher percentage of the women who responded have such scars than men.
Or, um . . . okay, I don't have a fifth thing. Feel free to suggest #5 in the comments!
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I've been scarce around here because I'm head-down in the third book of the Memoirs, but I do feel compelled to brag a little bit more. :-)
The big thing is the Sword and Laser podcast (also posted here), which gives a brief but glowing review of A Natural History of Dragons. Why is this a big thing? Well, apart from the fact that they'll be interviewing me soon, check out the URL on that first link. They're partnered with BoingBoing, which means that for a little while yesterday, their review was posted on the front page of BoingBoing.
I don't know what that did to my sales, but I bet it was pretty good. ^_^
And then you've got Mary Robinette Kowal saying exceedingly nice things over on Book Smugglers, and Liz Bourke singled it out as one of her favorite books of the year, and so did Juliet Kincaid, and y'all, this is so totally the best thing I could have when we're nine days from the solstice and I'm in the Middle of the Book and everything is conspiring to make me have no energy and just want to sleeeeeeeeep. (Well, that and caffeine. Of which I have some in the fridge.)
Now if you'll pardon me, I have to go chop a character's hand off.
(No, I'm not telling you whose.)
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Gender in Face-Planting Behavior
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 105
Which of the following describes you?
|I am male and I have a scar on the underside of my chin|
|I am male and I do not have a scar on the underside of my chin|
|I am female and I have a scar on the underside of my chin|
|I am female and I do not have a scar on the underside of my chin|
|I do not fit the above categories and I have a scar on the underside of my chin|
|I do not fit the above categories and I do not have a scar on the underside of my chin|
A number of you probably know about this by now, but: NPR has included A Natural History of Dragons in their Best of Year . . . Venn diagaram . . . Oort cloud . . . not-actually-a-list . . . thingy.
Basically, although it looks like a list, what they've done is go the tag route. That's the "science fiction and fantasy" tag, but if you click on ANHoD there, you'll find it's also tagged "love stories," "for history lovers," and "it's all geek to me." (You can also read Annalee Newitz' recommendation.) Anyway, this is pretty awesome -- like, "it has apparently had a measurable effect on sales" levels of awesome.
Plus there's also this: A Natural History of Dragons was picked as one of the top 15 books of the year by Slate.com's book editor Dan Kois. Put that together with the Goodreads semifinalist thing, and the fact that there are still new reviews coming in at a steady pace, and, well, see the title of the post. Quite chuffed. Quite, quite chuffed. It's good encouragement to have as I tackle the dreaded Middle of the Book for #3.
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What with the travel and the diving headfirst into writing the next book, I didn't get around to posting October's report, and I'm even a bit late on November's.
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Not listed here: the eighty gabillion guidebooks, pamphlets, and informative signs I read on my trip. Also more of Quicksilver. Because I have always been reading Quicksilver, and I will always be reading Quicksilver.
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So, there's this.
Which is, not to put too fine a point on it, bloody gorgeous. Tor.com does well by its authors when it comes to artwork, I have to say. This is the work of Iain McCaig, and it will be paired with my story "Mad Maudlin" when it's published.
When will that be? I don't actually know. But soon, I hope. :-)
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In the course of contacting people who had bid in the Philippines disaster relief auction, I realized that most of the mad rush had been for the ARCs of The Tropic of Serpents (surprise!), with only some going toward A Natural History of Dragons. There are two copies of that left; the asking price is $10, but thus far people have been paying $20 and up. It's a good cause, so I have no compunctions about using peer pressure to encourage you to donate more than the baseline. ^_^ (Really, I should have had the good sense to list them at $20 to start with. I just plugged in my usual "I'm looking to get rid of some of this stock" prices without thinking it through.)
So yes: two copies left. Signed and personalized, if you wish! And good causes. So go forth and bid.
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Seven and a half years with my books being only ink on the page or pixels on the screen, and now I have two audiobooks landing atop one another. :-D
Remember me mentioning that giant deal Book View Cafe signed with Audible? Well, now you can listen to Lies and Prophecy, too! Different narrator than A Natural History of Dragons (and by the way, I've listened to the sample for that one now, and it's fabulous), and it's likely that my other project will get yet a different reader -- especially since the pov in that one is male.
Did I mention that I have a third project with them? No? Well, you'll just have to wait and see what that one is. :-)
I do, by the way, still have plans for a print edition of Lies and Prophecy. I'm dependent on the assistance of others for that, though, so it will have to wait for a moment when somebody can spare the time and energy to help. In the meanwhile, the ebook isn't going away. :-)
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A Natural History of Dragons is now an audiobook.
Actually, it's been an audiobook since Friday, but I was busy running around doing other things and didn't manage to post about it right away. And then it was the weekend, so I waited. Mondays need fun things to liven them up, don't you think?
I haven't yet heard the thing myself, but I did correspond with the narrator beforehand, and based on that I expect she did an excellent job. She asked all the kinds of questions you're supposed to hope your narrator asks, like how to pronounce things and whether you have any models in mind for what the voices should be like and so on. (In fact, her pronunciation of the names is probably better than mine, since my instructions included a lot of things like "this is how I say it, but it's supposed to sound like French and I'm terrible at that so ignore me if I've got it wrong.")
So if you've been waiting for the chance to listen to the book -- those of you with driving commutes or gym workouts or such -- now you can!
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You know how I said that A Natural History of Dragons was in the semifinal round for the Goodreads Choice Awards?
Apparently it wasn't in the first round. It was, instead, one of the top five write-in candidates during the first round, and thus got added for the semifinal.
That? Is really cool. I don't know how the write-in votes stacked up against the ones cast for first-round nominees, but the fact that people remembered it well enough to vote for it off their own bat is very flattering.
I think voting ends tomorrow, so if you want to cast your vote, you still can.
In other news, I was trying to make a paper shell for my inflatable globe so that I could finally work out where all the continents are in Isabella's world, when it occurred to me that what I really needed was a spherical whiteboard. So there's a white beachball that should be arriving here in the next few days, and I'll be putting the water-soluble markers we bought for drawing on the D&D battle map to an exciting new use. :-)
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