giveaway, Personal Life, Writing

Happy Summer!

solstice sunIt’s Solstice Day, the first day of summer. The weather here is gorgeous, warm and sunny. Yesterday I picked up hubby from the airport after he was gone 2 weeks on business. Yes, life is good, and I am happy. Hope you are, too.

In other news, the anthology What Fates Impose is over a third (almost half!) funded on Kickstarter. And, the editor is offering giveaways, one to someone in the first 100 backers, and a second giveaway to someone in the first 150 backers. Things there got hung up for a while as the whole Kickstarter controversy blew up and the publisher and editor had to decide (with input from the current backers) on how to proceed, but fortunately that has concluded somewhat impressively.

Finally, on June 18th, I went and saw Neil Gaiman speak on the release day for “The Ocean at the End of the Lane.” It was lovely, despite the rain. The crowd was full of good cheer, and Neil and his wife Amanda Palmer (a surprise guest!) were wonderful together and with us, the audience. He read from the book, and I loved hearing his Sussex accent for a couple characters. Not being from England, or familiar with those accents, it added much to my own later reading. Needless to say, I devoured the book and found it all flavors of awesome!

I have to admit, with all this wonderfulness, it’s hard to get into the right frame of mind for my current writing projects, both of which are rather dark and/or grim. It may be time to start another, lighter tale. Or edit. Or both. On the beach, perhaps? Or should I just take paper and pen across the street into the cemetery? Sunshine and death on the same page. That could be…interesting.


New Fun: A Giveaway!

OK, this is pretty awesome. I get to give away 2 copies of Sidekicks! to readers of my blog. (Can you believe this?? I can’t!)

SIDEKICKS_COVERHere’s how to be included in the giveaway: leave a comment on this post by midnight (EDST), Saturday the 23rd of March. If you want an extra chance, in your comment give a great idea for a supervillain’s sidekick’s name, with whatever explanation is necessary. (Give the pair of names if it helps explain why the name is so awesome.) On Sunday, I’ll draw one name at random. Then I’ll choose one sidekick’s name as my favorite suggestion. I’ll contact both of those people for their mailing addresses and ship the books to them. I’ll even autograph the first page of my story if you’d like!

Unfortunately, because I’m picking up shipping, this contest is open only to folks in the USA. (And just so you know, I’m not¬†writing a story using your sidekick’s name. It’s only a means of choosing a second person to receive a copy of the book.)

The comments are open!