Venus and the Crescent Moon

Because they’re pretty in the sky tonight, that’s why.

Eugie Foster Could Use a Little Help

News comes to me that Nebula Award-winning author Eugie Foster has gotten a rather unpleasant surprise in the form of a fast-growing tumor in her sinuses — cancer, in other words. Here’s her write-up with the details. She’s prepping for surgery even as you read this.

The good news is that she does have medical insurance, which will cover much of her costs. The less-than-good news is that even with medical insurance, she is on the hook for quite a lot of out-of-pocket costs. To help defray those, she’s reminding people of the work she has available for sale, both collections and individual short stories. She’s a very fine writer (note that Nebula win up there), so her work is well worth your time. Also, if you’re so inclined, she has a way for you to donate to her directly.

Check out her work and consider helping her out. And if you do — thanks.

Two Notes on November Big Ideas and General Posting Schedules

They are:

1. I’m working on the November Big Idea schedule this week, so if you’ve queried for November, I’ll most likely have an answer to you in the next few days. If you’ve queried for a book that’s come out in October (or, God help you, September) and have not heard back from me, assume that I’m all booked up. Sorry.

2. I’ve got a novel to focus on, so between now and the completion of the novel, I’ll basically be unplugging my computer from the Internet until I meet my daily writing quota. Which means (and I know I’ve said this before, but even so), until the novel’s done, probably very few morning updates, the exception being Big Idea pieces, which will be uploaded the night before and scheduled for release in the morning. I’M SERIOUS THIS TIME REALLY.

(Also, for those asking how this novel is coming along: It’s coming along well, thanks. It’s a tricky plot and I need be sure I’m making all the connections in a way that people don’t get lost — unless that’s my intention, which sometimes it is, in which case I need to make sure that they actually do get lost. It’s that whole “do what you actually intend to do” thing. In any event, I think you’ll like it.)

And now, to work.