Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wishing I Could Talk To The Dog

I can, of course. I do all the time.

"There's a good boy."

"Want a treat?"

"Leave the cat alone!"

"Saba, go to your mat!"

I say all those things daily, but I mean really talk to the dog. I mean explain to him in-depth why most of his pack has abandoned him. Why it's only him and I in a house that's a little bit more packed away and empty every day. I wish I could've explained to him why I left him with some guy he didn't know for three weeks. I'm back now, but we're hardly a pack of two.

Alas, I can't, so we get a lot of this...

We have a little over two more weeks of this. And then?

And then I'll be wishing I could explain to him why I'm putting his crate in a van and driving to Boston, why I'm putting him on a plane and flying him across the Atlantic, and then why we'll be spending another day driving from London dead North until we hit the heart of Scotland. I wish I could explain to him that once all that's done his pack will be there to greet him. They'll shower him with love. There will be that boy that plays Saba-stick with him. And that girl that cuddles him. And the alpha-mom, she'll be there too. They'll be a lovely enclosed lawn and garden to dash about in, and lots of cows nearby to eyeball. I wish he knew that he'll soon be taking epic walks through Scottish moorland, up mountains and through hills swarming with rabbits.

Alas, I can't.

It's funny being a dog owner. It doesn't at all occur to me that I should be saying all the same things to the cat. The cat's fine. The dog, however...

Well, we'll take walks. He'll get extra treats. And all will eventually be well.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hear Me Roar!

Not really. Hear me... talk. How about that?

Shawn Speakman at was kind enough to carve out some interview time for me at Comic-Con. I was in there with the big hitters, literally. (Just after my interview, I had to clear out for Pat Rothuss to interview Jim Butcher!)

Anyway, I don't think I did too poorly, but you can judge for yourself: the interview is HERE.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

MTV Geek On The Wild Cards Panel At Comic-Con

Just back from the West Coast, where I did a number of cool things, including Comic-Con! I could tell you all about it, but I'm knackered. I'll let this wonderful person from MTV Geek tell you about one of the things I did - a Wild Cards panel with George RR Martin. Tons of fun. Huge audience. And, if you can believe it, I got through without saying anything really stupid. Relief on that.

The MTV piece is HERE.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Two Authors Talking Each Other's Ears Off

That's what you'll find over at the Fantasy Book Critic. The authors are Robert V.S. Redick and myself! I think we say a smart thing or two, but that may just be me. Judge for yourself.

The chat is HERE.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

In Transit

I'm a tired guy. I just finished an intense 9 days teaching at the Stonecoast Low-Residcency MFA Program, and now I'm in the airport. Not going home, though. I'm going to San Diego to teach at Clarion. (And make a few trips over to Comic-Con.) I'm exhausted, but I'm happy to say I'm really looking forward to Clarion. Should be a great week!

On a related note.... I miss my dog. 9 days without Saba! It's rough...

Oh, and I miss my family, too. Really I do!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

I just noticed that there's now an Amazon site for Italy. I guess it was only a matter of time.

Of course I promptly went over and tried to find my books there. Success.

HERE they are!


Friday, July 15, 2011

The Sacred Band Audiobook!

Yay! Very pleased to announce that will be doing an audiobook version of The Sacred Band. They have Dick Hill lined up to read it, which means we'll have continuity - the same narrator for all three books of the trilogy. And they're aiming to have it available on the October 4th pub date, just like the book.

I'm smiling.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Suvudu at Comic-Con

I've got another session lined up at Comic-Con. I'll be doing an interview with the website Suvudu while I'm in San Diego. Want to ask me something and see me answer it live on camera?

If so, click over to the Suvudu site and leave a question. Shawn may well use it!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Me At Comic-Con

Yes, I shall be. And with a rather distinguished group of folks at that.

We're talking Sunday the 24th. Here's the panel I'm on:

10:30-11:30 Wild Cards— Top writers in the science fiction field discuss the positives and the pitfalls of re-creating the comic experience in a prose form. How can words ever compete with pictures? Or does the depth of characterization make up for the lack of visuals? Panelists include George R. R. Martin (Song of Ice and Fire), Melinda M. Snodgrass (Edge series, Wild Cards), Paul Cornell (Doctor Who and DC Comics), Carrie Vaughn (Kitty novels), Michael Cassutt (Heaven’s Shadow), David Anthony Durham (Acacia Series), Caroline Spector (Wild Cards), Daniel Abraham (Leviathan Wakes, Dragon’s Path), and Kevin Andrew Murphy (Supernatural Suburbia). Room 6BCF

Cool, huh?

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Some Scotland Pics

Gudrun just posted some pics of the house she and kids are now settled into.

Take a look if you're interested: HERE.

That little cabin-like thing... That's where I'm going to write my Spartacus novel!

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Acacia T3

I just noticed that The Sacred Band has gotten a preliminary page on the French Amazon. I like that. It gives a pub date of October 27th, but that's about it. No cover yet. I'll let you know when there is one!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fort Freak on SFRevu

Fort Freak just got reviewed by SFRevu, and it's very nice one. Among other things, the reviewer concludes:

The stories are meshed together superbly by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass. There isn't a single one that doesn't fit perfectly into place, expanding the Wild Cards world just a bit more. Fans of great superhuman storytelling will love this new volume, which requires little or no knowledge of the long-running series, but fans will be doubly rewarded as some long-standing characters get their due.

So there you go. What more do you need to hear? Full review is HERE.

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Monday, July 04, 2011


That's what I am.

Wife and kids gone to Scotland.

Me... alone.

With dog.


And other cat.

But still... it sucks.

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