Not Even Pretending I Didn’t Photoshop the Hell Out of This Sunset

Although given the end result it might be more accurate to say I Photoshopped the Hell into it. The structure of the clouds is accurate at the very least; I just bumped up the contrast and the saturation so you could see them better.

A Little (Free) Light Reading For the Season

My pal Karen Healey (who was just nominated for the Morris Award — an award given to debut YA authors — congrats, Karen!) wanted me to let you know about a new project she and some other writers have put together this month, called the December Lights Project. In Karen’s words:

Feel-good, PG-ish rated short stories from spec fic authors, available to read online and updating throughout December. It’s all totally free, no advertising, no nothing – just a gift to our readers, since they are awesome. Upcoming authors include Leah Cypess, Sherwood Smith, Sarah Prineas and Marie Brennan.

So there you have it: Free fiction for you — because you are awesome. If you knew you were getting free stuff out of it, I bet you would have been awesome earlier, right? Yes, exactly. Go check out the stories and have fun. Here’s Karen’s story to get you started.



Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders Drive, 2010

Since I taunted all y’all with pictures of Pat Rothfuss’ upcoming book (and ARC of which, apparently, I received before he did, which is just plain wrong, if you ask me, not that I’m giving up my copy), I think it’s incumbent upon me to also make note of Pat’s Worldbuilders fundraiser, to support Heifers International. As Pat notes:

Heifer International is my favorite charity. It helps people raise themselves up out of poverty and starvation. All over the world Heifer promotes education, sustainable agriculture, and local industry.

They don’t just keep kids from starving, they make it so families can take care of themselves. They give goats, sheep, and chickens to families so their children have milk to drink, warm clothes to wear, and eggs to eat.

It works three ways:

1. For every $10 you donate through Worldbuilders, you’re entered into a lottery with literally hundreds of fabulous prizes, including signed editions of books from many if not most of your favorite spec fic authors — plus your donation is matched 50% (which means for every $10 you donate, $5 is added on). The more you donate, the more chances you have to win. Or —

2. You can also just buy cool stuff from Worldbuilders, with all proceeds going to Heifer International. Or —

3. For those of you who like bidding, there are auctions, with stuff from Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, Brett Favre and others.

This week is the last week of the Worldbuilders charity drive for this year, so if you want to get in on this sort of rich, creamy charitable goodness, now’s the time. Good luck and thanks in advance for doing some good.

Me in the Google eBookstore, Plus Indie Stores and Google eBooks

Apparently Google opened its electronic bookstore, and because I know I’ll be asked about it, yes, I have books available in it, which you may find here. It’s not all of them yet, but I don’t imagine the rest of the Tor published books, at least, will be very far behind these (they may be available by searching on the titles; I didn’t really check that). I don’t know anything else about the Google eBookstore at the moment, except to say, oh goodie, yet another ebook reader to put on my computer/iPod/iPad/phone. On the other hand, the more online retailers for eBooks, the better.

Speaking of which, a number of independent bookstores are teaming up with Google to sell electronic books, which means it’s possible for you to go those independent bookstore Web sites and get your eBook from that local store (for example, here’s a listing for Zoe’s Tale at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, which features a Google eBook version). Naturally, I think this is a lovely idea and a fine way to continue to support one’s local bookseller even if you’ve decided to go all in electronically.

Monday Morning Announcements

Quick things to remind you about:

* The Holiday Book Suggestion List is up to over 180 authors telling you about their books, which would be perfect for you to purchase during the holidays, for someone else, or even for you. If you’re looking for books, this is a great place for you to start.

* I’ll put up a thread for the “Everything Else Holiday Suggestion List” tomorrow. So be prepared!

* Also, remember if you’re looking to get signed, personalized books by me for the holidays, it’s best for you to get your order in by the end of this week, to assure the books will get to their intended recipient (or to you, and thence to their intended recipient) by the 25th. We’ll still be taking orders (and I’ll still be signing books) after the 10th, but after that date you take your chances with the United States Postal Service. And you know how they are.

* Also, also: In case you forgot, the mass market version of Agent to the Stars is now out in bookstores. If you hurry and buy a case or two, you can get me on the best seller list! (Note: given this is the busiest book-buying month of the year, it probably won’t hit the best seller lists. But buy a case or two anyway. Because you never know.)

* Remember how I said that the audio versions of Agent to the Stars and The Android’s Dream would be out December 9th? Yeah, well, I was wrong. They’re actually going to be out tomorrow. Tomorrow! And to celebrate, tomorrow I will have a special treat for you. Because I love you. In that “When I say ‘love’ I mean ‘somewhat like'” way, not the “When I say ‘love’ I mean ‘ZOMG LET’S MAKE BABIES'” way. But I think you knew that. Right?