Hey, You

Read this story from Peter Watts now. Or listen to the audio, read by Kate Baker.

You’re welcome.


Quick God Engines Shipping Update

The latest on The God Engines shipping status, nicked from the Subterranean Press site:

All individual orders will be en route to customers by Monday morning, with large online bookstore and wholesale orders currently being packed. Please note that we only have 30 copies of the signed limited edition available, which is leatherbound, and features a different cover (pictured here) than the unsigned cloth bound edition.

Groovy. Also, a reminder to any of you who stayed away from the Internets over the holidays that I posted the first chapter of The God Engines for you to check out. It’s here if you missed it, or if you didn’t miss it, but just didn’t read it. YOU BASTARD.

Also, someone in the comments to that earlier TGE posting asked if I had a preference as to where folks bought the book, from Amazon or from Subterranean Press directly. With the exception of the limited, which is only available from Subterranean Press directly (and apparently not for much longer, so hurry), no, I have no real preference. Both I and Subterranean make more if you buy direct from them, so if that’s actually important to you, then buy direct, and thanks. But we do just fine if you buy off Amazon, too. As I noted to the person who asked the question, if we didn’t want you to have the option of buying the book from Amazon, it wouldn’t be on Amazon. I’m happy you’re buying it, no matter from whom you buy it.

And, yes, just in case anyone’s wondering, I met my writing quota for the day. Go me.


Viable Paradise Writing Workshop Accepting Applications

For the third year running, I’ll be an instructor at the Viable Paradise writing workshop, which takes place as it always does on Martha’s Vineyard, and this year runs from Sunday, October 3rd, through Friday, October 8th. Those attending get intensive week-long instruction on the art, craft and business of writing science fiction and fantasy from the likes of Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Jim Macdonald and Debra Doyle, Steven Gould and Laura Mixon, Elizabeth Bear and me, of whom all told have more books, awards and relevant practical experience in the genre and in publishing than is at all decent. It’s also got an impressive list of alumni, including nominees for Hugo, Nebulas, BSFAs and other significant genre awards. It’s a really good and useful workshop, in other words, by people who know their stuff, for people who want to learn and publish.

VP is currently accepting applications for this year’s workshop class. The submission window runs from now through the 30th of June, but we get a lot of applications, so it makes sense to get your application in early (we instructors certainly appreciate it). Follow that link above to read the submission guidelines and to learn more about the fees associated with the workshop.

Good luck, and hope to see you in Martha’s Vineyard this October!


Housekeepery and Blog Neepery

Oh, look, it’s January 4 already. Some stuff:

* First, let’s go ahead and get this over with so we can get to other things:

Yes, Ghlaghghee is excited to see you again too. Obviously.

* I mentioned a few days ago that my primary goal for the year at this point was to focus on novels, because, well. It’s been a bit since a new one’s been out. But a secondary and related goal to this is to do a better job writing on a regular basis. You may recall that last year I took some time to write That Super Secret Project That I Cannot Tell You About, and one of the goals of the TSSPTICTYA was to see if I could get into the groove of writing every day on fiction, rather than my usual practice of unloading several thousand words at a time and then mucking about for a week afterward. Well, the experiment worked fine and so for 2010 my plan is to write pay copy every day.

What does this mean for you, the faithful Whatever reader? Probably nothing much, except to say that as in my experience I do my fiction stuff best in the morning before I’m distracted by the real world (and also, the Internet), so my plan is to keep away from everything and everyone, online and offline, until I meet a daily writing quota. From a practical point of view that probably means that AM updates around here will be less frequent, unless they are written the day before and then scheduled for morning publication, or are very short status updates, and I probably won’t do a whole lot of commenting on the site before I meet the daily pay copy quota.

As usual, this is the plan, not the reality — we’ll see how the process goes in real life. But it’s good to have a plan, and this is a pretty good plan, which if I execute it correctly means more pay copy done and more time for everything else as well. At this point in my life, I really am seeing the benefits of organization. Pity it took me 40 years, of course. But that’s life for you.

* I hear you say, hey, yeah, what about that Super Secret Project That You Can’t Tell Us About? Can you talk to us about it yet? No, because then it would be The Project That Is No Longer Super Secret That I Am Telling You About, now, wouldn’t it? And it’s not that. Clearly. Suffice to say it’s been done for quite a while now, and I will be excited to tell you about it when I can, and indeed I’m mildly aggravated that I can’t share it with you yet, but that’s just the way it is at the moment. If it were up to me, I’d share details. But it’s not, so all I can do is write oblique and annoying paragraphs like this one, letting you know that’s there’s something out there you don’t know anything about. Sorry.

* Going back to the first point of being more focused on fiction writing and novels in particular and pay copy in a general sense, and to confirm something I’ve noted before, 2010 is the year I cut back on my public appearances and convention-going. At the moment, I have only one science fiction-related convention at which I’m scheduled to participate: the Phoenix ComicCon over Memorial Day weekend. My only other currently scheduled science fiction-related event for 2010 is a talk at the Merril Collection in late April (I believe April 23rd). And the week after that I pop into the Romantic Times BookLOVERS Convention, because they asked me to and because it’s conveniently located this year in Columbus, which is right down the road from me.

And really, that’s all I’ve got. It’s possible I’ll show up at a couple of other conventions this year, but if I do it’ll be just to hang about and see friends and to be a fan rather than be a pro, so I won’t be announcing those if I go. The only event up in the air for me right now is AussieCon4, this year’s WorldCon; we’re still looking at schedules and costs and other factors. I would love to go, so that’s not the issue. It’s everything else involved in the decision-making process. I support having the WorldCon truly being a global event and taking place in cities that are not in North America, but it does mean more planning on this end.

Now, I reserve the right to change my mind on any of this, particularly in the second half of the year. If, for example, I get so much work done by July 1st that I feel I can relax a bit, I might slot in a few appearances. And otherwise there may be other extenuating circumstances in which it may make sense for me to pop on my “pro” hat and show up somewhere. But for the moment, 2010 feels like a good year for me to take a break, focus on work, and get stuff into the pipeline.

So if you want to see me in an official capacity in 2010, be in Toronto, Columbus or Phoenix. Hey, they’re all nice towns. And in any event, I’ll be here all year long.

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