“I’m just saying give me the weight. That’s all I’m saying. I’m here. Let me take it.” –Mitch, episode 10 One of the best shows I’ve ever seen, even though the last few truncated episodes (out of only ten) definitely have the echoes of the HBO executives screaming off screen: “Pencils DOWN! Pencils DOWN! Uh…You [...]
The weekend in Milwaukee and its general metropolitan environs was outstanding this weekend. Two street festivals! (Of very different, city mouse/country mouse characters.) A fun reading With People I Didn’t Know in attendance (always a good thing). Wonderful hosts (thank you, Mary and Bill). A visit to Woodland Pattern, where my jaw hit the floor. [...]
Lots of A&V material at the Lit Blog Co-Op from last week. Probably more than I blogged than any other time in my life! But it was a fun week there. Also, in Google Print, there is a cool map feature that shows the “pushpins” for places mentioned in a book. It was kind of [...]
Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead week at the Lit-Blog Co-Op. (I nearly typed that “Coin-Op”.) Will be posting there this week, but the content is already starting to come in! There will be a podcast and other material later in the week, so check it out!
Whirlwind. Landing in some miserable rain in Boston, driving through that rain, nearly accidentally sideswiping someone! Which was unnerving. Walking through Northampton after said rain running into Holly and then Kelly quite accidentally. At first reading of the night, ran into Kelli from my MFA program, who I hadn’t seen in 10+ years. Experienced readings [...]
First, a review of the book on the online edition of Rain Taxi. Check out the rest of the online issue–includes a fascinating review/pointer for Clark Coolige’s Bond Sonnets…espionage poetry from 1965! Second…Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead has been chosen as the Read This! pick for Spring 2007 by the Lit-Blog Co-Op. [...]
Had a really fabulous time at the In Print festival at Ball State. The creative writing community there, teachers and students alike, was really hospitable, and there was a lot of fertile ground for thoughtful discussions. Flying there was pretty miserable (damn you, O’Hare); I only got into Muncie about a half hour before my [...]
Two travels to speak of, so far this year. Really excited about the In Print festival at Ball State. March 21-22. You can get all of the info there, if you happen to be in MUNCIE or ENVIRONS. April 27th and 28th is the Juniper Literary Festival at the University of Massachusetts–2nd time in Amherst [...]
It was a busy week, so I was remiss in posting this exciting news: Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead has been chosen as one of three nominees for the Spring “Read This!” pick at the LitBlog Co-op. The other two books on the list seem really intriguing, and I reeeeaaally want to [...]
Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead was named a finalist for the Crawford Award, for best first fantasy book. The winner will be announced at ICFA in March. Check out the rest of the finalists; it really is a thrill and honor to be in such good company.
I’m giving readings that are coming up that I’m very excited about, since they’re in my old neck of the woods: Erie, PA Saturday, Dec. 30, 2 PM Erie Bookstore Cleveland Heights, OH Thursday, January 04, 2007 at 07:00 PM with Sean Thomas Dougherty and Chris Barzak Mac’s Backs Please drop by if you’re in [...]
One of the stories in my collection, “The Fourth,” is appearing in the September issue of The Rake, a great, great Twin Cities (I guess you could call it) alt-monthly. It’s free and can be picked up at tons and tons of places in the Twin Cities. If you don’t live in Minnnesota, however, you [...]
I’ll be on the radio, KFAI, tomorrow around 11:30ish-noonish. That’s 90.3 Minneapolis and 106.7 St. Paul for those in town, OR you can listen online here. I’ll be reading an excerpt from one of my stories and talking about the book. Also, a friendly reminder–I’m reading at Dreamhaven at 6:30 on this upcoming Tuesday!
Two more reviews of the book are online: at Strange Horizons and Venus. It’s stopped heatwaving outside.
The reading at Magers and Quinn was a lot of fun. There were indeed prizes for everyone, and some beverages were consumed. Afterward, a group of us went to the Uptown to watch A Scanner Darkly. And I had read “The Fourth,” so it was a paranoiac double-header! And, btw, love that movie. It was [...]
Just a friendly reminder: Book release party for Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead is tonight, 7pm, Magers and Quinn, 3038 Hennepin in Minneapolis. Prizes for everyone and a reception afterward. Hope you can make it!
John Scalzi, over at his AOL journal By the Way, has interviewed me. Good and thoughtful stuff all around. And, secondly, a review of the book from Time Out Chicago.
Started writing a longish con report. Saved about halfway through. Saved post nowhere to be found in my wordpress. noooooo! I was barely holding it together with the con report to begin with. So now I’ll have to regroup a bit. Suffice to say, it was a fantastic time, and I met, and re-met, some [...]