Captain Spaulding tasting begins this week with Scott Sigler!

pandemic-cover-190x285The very first Captain Spaulding recipe test has been recorded by the awesome Scott Sigler (author of new SF/Horror/thriller, PANDEMIC). He was kind enough to post his thought on his blog, along with a picture and audio. So I’m stealing both. HAHAHA SCOTT.

Ahem. Scott’s Captain Spaulding will not be tested by the Official Testing Group, but it appears Scott has already tasted it, and found it delicious.

Audio for Scott’s recipe. 

Sigler's Captain Spaulding

 

* Don’t remember what the Captain Spaulding is all about? Read here.


Ghost Train to New Orleans – Out March 4

Boskone and professionalism

Yesterday afternoon I got home from Boskone. Had a stressful travel day, landed, and ran off to see Book of Mormon in Durham. It was awesome; I’ve been waiting nearly two years to see this show and it delivered.

Boskone was definitely worth the trip, despite the blizzard and the shortened con because I had to run home for the show. I got some good time with other authors, some editors, Stonecoast friends and mentors, and met some new fans. Panels were great, but one moment stood out: I had a “funny pose” panel (a-la Jim C. Hines) – which was amazingly fun – at 7pm on Saturday. At 730, Boskone held a big book launch party, and Orbit (my publisher) kindly sent in a box of Ghost Train to New Orleans. I was delighted and promised I’d get to the party right after the posing panel to push the books and sign them if people wanted me to. When I got there at 8pm they told me the very good and very bad news that my book had been one of the fastest moving titles (YAY) and thus they were all gone so there was nothing for me to sign, no fans to meet (BOO). Some people did find me later and have me sign their copy. (YAY)

But one thing came out of the con that has me thinking: I want to talk professionalism: When we talk about being a pro, it often means doing work even when we don’t want to, and being polite to others in your field so you’re not mocked as being a sexist asshat, but another aspect of being a pro hit me this weekend: no matter what level in your career that you are in, you go to cons to connect with people. Readers, writers, editors, agents, fans, dealers, what have you. Even if you’re a veteran there just to see old friends, the mere act of being in public reminds readers who you are, the panels increase your visibility, the signings and readings reconnect you with the fans and tell them I’m still writing.

But for the non veterans, for the new writers, or baby published writers like me, it can be hard. When I’ve talked about this in the past, I’ve always talked about approaching writers/editors/agents as getting over a shyness problem. But yesterday I realized it goes deeper than that. It’s our JOB to do this. Networking is part of the job, just like putting your butt in the chair is. And if you can’t do that part of your job, you might suffer.

Charlaine Harris was at the con. During a panel, my friend Kristabelle asked Harris a craft question and Harris jumped on it, delighted to talk about writing. Apparently not a lot of people ask her craft questions. “Well heck, maybe she’d like to be on ISBW,” I thought, and immediately got scared. Ask Charlaine Harris? That’s terrifying. She’s famous and important. I have little to no connection with her, I didn’t know anyone who could introduce us. I would have to essentially cold call (cold approach?) her in the middle of the con for an interview. Saturday night, I saw her having a drink with her agent at the bar, and thought, “when I finish this glass of wine I’ll be relaxed enough to ask her. And they might be done by then so I won’t have that “I’m interrupting” problem.” I forgot I was drinking on an empty stomach, and by the time the wine was gone, I was not in a professional space to approach an author I’ve never spoken to, and the next time I looked, she was gone anyway.

I could easily blame a number of things- the wine hit too hard, I should have eaten dinner, I didn’t want to interrupt her chat with her agent, blah blah. But the truth was, I was too scared to do my fucking job. And that can’t continue.

It’s not about being brave, it’s about doing the job. And I think (hope) if I approach networking and interviewing and the like with the mindset of “time make the donuts” then I might do this a little better.

(I’m sorry I didn’t score a Charlaine Harris interview for you.)

(15 days till Ghost Train to New Orleans!)

Storium Launches Alpha 2!

From the Storium blog:

Alpha 2 is the latest playtest of Storium, the online storytelling game. It incorporates much of what we’ve learned from our prior playtest, and it’s a big change. Alpha 2 rethinks several of the game’s key mechanics, with the goal of making Storium faster, easier and more fun to play.

If you’re already a Storium playtester, you’re already in! Alpha 2 awaits you. We’ve left your existing games untouched. To see Alpha 2 in action, simply start or join a new game.

And if you’re interested in signing up, you can add your name by visiting http://storium.com.

I’m looking forward in starting my first Storium game, which will be an SF space station game. Sign up and check out what’s already there, and I’ll post here when the game is live.

Goodreads giveaway, interviews, and more!

So much going on!

  • Goodreads is doing a giveaway of Ghost Train to New Orleans!
  • I was on the Serving Worlds podcast to discuss Stonecoast (along with author KT Bryski, who just joined the program).
  • I’m an advisor to the new storytelling game, Storium, and we’re rolling out a new version soon. Sign up and join the testing!
  • I’ve got a LOT of new Captain Spaulding recipes! I can’t wait to start testing! I’ll remind people two things:
    1. Please email the recipes to me, it makes it easier for me to keep track of things.
    2. I’d prefer your own recipes. You can modify an existing recipe, of course, but I don’t want to slap a new name on an unmodified old drink. I wanted to make this a new thing. And sometimes a new drink is as easy as taking an old drink and giving it a new garnish.
  • And you will have THREE new ISBW’s this week. An older episode + interview I did at the turn of the year but never got uploaded before January exploded, a rapid fire from this week, and another interview.
  • Don’t forget I will be at Boskone this coming weekend! I’ll be on panels and workshops and testing Captain Spaulding recipes at the bar!

Ghost Train to New Orleans – Out March 4

Help me destroy science fiction!

A while ago I read a blog post complaining bitterly about changing Starbuck into a woman, and how all these wimmins were destroying science fiction. I was tired; instead of arguing that no, we aren’t, I decided screw it. Let it happen. Let’s destroy science fiction with our fallopian tubes, bitches! SF writer (and now a Hugo winner) Pat Cadigan caught up the call, delighted to yell WITH MY FALLOPIAN TUBES, BITCHES!!!

A few years later, someone else was talking about women destroying SF, and Lightspeed magazine decided, what the hell, let’s do it too. So they planned an issue of the magazine with a guest editor, with only female authors, with a female podcast producer, and a female podcast host. That host person is me!

Submissions are still open for another week! Check it out and submit, submit!

They’re doing a Kickstarter to support it, and it’s got about a week left. It’s gone so well that they’ve decided to destroy horror as well (stretch goal reached!) and destroy fantasy too! (less than $8000 to go)

So check it out and support if you can, it’s going to be an excellent issue of Lightspeed and I’m so proud to be part of this destructive campaign.

The Ghost Train to New Orleans Contest!

It's here! It's here!

It’s here! It’s here!

In Ghost Train to New Orleans (Out March 4!) I have our hero, Zoe, going to a coterie-run bar and getting a “Captain Spaulding.” It has gin and (possibly) demon blood. That’s all I said about it.

Then I thought, what if people could try to make their own Captain Spauldings? So I’m doing a drink contest- send me a recipe at mightymur at gmail.com. Ideally it can include gin and something red, but you can get more creative if you like.

I’ll be doing videos this month*, doing taste tests of these drinks. I’ll have a couple of prize packs** available for the best ones. So send in your recipes and I’ll get mixing!


* I hope next weekend at Boskone to do some taste tests with other authors, fans, etc. Find me at the bar if you’re feeling adventurous!
** I have copies of Shambling Guide, Ghost Train, and more necklaces from Surly Amy to give away!