or you can grab your paperback now, if you’re fancy. 🙂
I’m grateful to everyone for your reads, your kind reviews, your enthusiasm and your encouragement. This book wouldn’t have happened without you. xo LSJ
where it is read by the wonderful Abra Staffin-Wiebe. Episode 521, nearly one of my old building numbers, heh. It is a strange, wondrous experience to hear your work read by another person.
In other news, I have a new fancy Facebook Page, so if you’re a fan of the FB give it a like! Still can’t think of a username, but I’m working on it.
In other other news, I have finally seen the infinite war of avenging, and I liked it more than I thought I did. I made notes about stake-upping and when is something a lousy decision by a character and when is it just weak plotting. But I also saw this on Twitter today, and it resonated with me. Yes yes yes. These are the kinds of storytelling defaults that I need to interrogate in my own work, deeply, repeatedly.
re: Avengers: Infinity War:
YUH STILL CYAH TELL ME THAT [redacted] IS FUCKING LOVE, AND THE FACT THAT AN ENTIRE UNIVERSAL MAGICAL PASS/FAIL TEST WOULD ACCEPT THAT IT LOOKS LIKE LOVE OR SACRIFICE STILL FUCKING FRUSTRATES ME
— Brandon O’Brien | Shahrazad, beneath a pink poui (@therisingtithes) May 9, 2018
Right now Vacui Magia is on sale at Kobo for 99 cents. If you’ve been thinking of checking it out, perhaps now is the time?
I was interviewed by the excellent Tim Jeffreys over at Dark Lane Books, about process, short fiction, and that endless struggle to balance paying-work and writing-work.
In other news …
Leviathan is in layout, so ARCs are coming soooooon!
I’ve been trying to finish a line edit on novel #1 so I can finally send it to a few people who were kind enough to show interest. It’s kind of now or never, because starting in mid-May I have a chain of (much needed) freelance projects coming in, and that’s pretty much me done for the summer. I have some shorts to finish and larger things to mull over, but there won’t be any all-day writing or editing sessions for many weeks.
A smaller excitement, but stationery fanatics will understand: I have a new planner coming. I haven’t been this excited over an object in ages. I’ve been using Plum Paper planners for the last couple years; they worked well for organizing but they’re heavy, and I hate the waste of all that coated paper and plastic. So I’m switching to a traveler’s notebook, with an eye towards recycled paper inserts that I can swap in and out, and a vegan leather cover (that’s the parcel currently crawling towards me). Gimme gimme gimme. This will also let me combine a Plot Your Work project planner with a calendar and a journal all in one little book-unit—knock wood, I’ll no longer have to carry two or three notebooks with me. I’ll miss spiral bindings, but that’s the only downside so far. Once or twice a year I feel like I make these little jumps forward in managing myself and my writing; this is one of those jumps. So freakin’ excited!!