Weekly Update: July 28

This will be the last update for a while. I go into surgery on Tuesday, and I’m not quite sure when I’ll be entirely functional again. If I post anytime in the next two weeks, please assume that anything I say is Percoset-enhanced and don’t hold it against me.

I have a few scheduled posts ready to go, both here and on Facebook. Rumor has it I have a book release coming up, after all. I should probably do something about that.

Also, the print covers are forthcoming! News about that soon. Or, again, as soon as I’m functional. You see the theme here. But there will definitely be print books available on September 22.

I’m loading up my new Kindle at an alarming rate, I’ve got Netflix and Hulu at my beck & call, and I have the local Thai takeaway place on speed dial. I’m ready.

See you all after Labor Day!

Weekly Update: August 21

Crap! It’s Friday, isn’t it? Things are a bit mad at the moment. I always seem to forget how much goes into a book release. I suspect that’s deliberate. Ignorance=bliss and all that.

So I’ll keep this short: I read Rat Queens, and so should all of you. D&D meets Buffy, if Buffy had been the sort to take recreational drugs and have casual sex. Best $8 I’ve spent in a while.

Weekly Update: August 14

In case you missed it on social media, there’s a bit of exciting news this week!

The Elements books have new covers
The two sets of covers meet for the first time

The eBook covers are now available in print! Buy one set, or buy the other, or mix and match! Whatever makes you happy. And for fans of the original covers, don’t worry–they aren’t going anywhere. They’ll still be available, and the final two books in the series will also have illustrated covers.

They’ve actually been on sale for more than a week, but it’s been a bit of a nightmare trying to get all the vendors to display the books correctly. Most haven’t entirely succeeded yet, or they split the reviews between the various editions, or they generally did something to make me tear my hair out. But while I keep calling customer service and try to get this sorted, you can find the new paperback versions by clicking the “View all editions” link. Especially at B&N, which is currently showing an out-of-print version of the BROKEN ELEMENTS paperback. *bangs head a lot*

What else have I been doing this week?

Reading: Armada by Ernest Cline. I’m a little ways in, and I admit I’m not yet sure what I think. Like pretty much everyone, I loved Ready Player One, but that hit my 80s pop culture sweet spot. I loved the contrast between the dystopian outside world and the vast possibilities found in the virtual one. Armada treads some of the same geek ground of RPO, but its focus is more on sci-fi video games, which I haven’t played much. This book will definitely have its fans, but I doubt it will have as wide an appeal as RPO.

Watching: The Fall. Yes, I’m about two years behind, but yay, Netflix! If you don’t mind being creeped out, you have to watch this. Gillian Anderson is beyond amazing. I mean, we all know she can act, but some roles are better suited for her, and this one is pretty much perfect. She is, in the best sense of the word, an unapologetic woman. She never apologizes for being better at her job than everyone around her, or for working obsessively. She never apologizes for having a sexual appetite. She doesn’t accept any blame she doesn’t deserve. And, perhaps most importantly, she isn’t punished for these traits. Yes, I basically love her and want to be her friend so she’ll share her wisdom with me. Also, if you’re going to watch something where Jamie Dornan likes to tie up pretty brunettes and torture them, it should really be this one.

Weekly Update: August 7

Reading: Lost Causes. That’s pretty much it. I read, I edit, I read again. Other books do not exist. I’m not sure other words exist at this point, to tell you the truth.

Do not make the mistake of believing I have a life right now. Perhaps next week.

(I am watching THE FALL when my brain freezes and can no longer see typos and such, but I’ll write about that next week. Since the show aired two years ago, I suspect the wait won’t be too taxing.)

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Weekly Update: July 31

It’s been a somewhat quiet week, at least compared to the last couple of mad editing months. LOST CAUSES is in final copy edits, so other than a few final corrections and proofs, it’s really really done, freeing up a *lot* of brain space.

Except the brain was quite tired, so I mainly worked on several ongoing projects you’ll be hearing about next week. I also started to organize the book launch. Since I’ll be spending most of September on my couch and high on painkillers, I figured it was better to make plans now. Then I watched season 4 of Friday Night Lights on Netflix. All of season 4. These things are important.

I also squeezed in a couple of great reads, of course.

Reading:
Sex Criminals Vol. 2 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. A graphic novel with the most preposterous setup imaginable: people who can stop time when they orgasm, so of course they have sex and commit crimes. The first volume was fun, but this one moved beyond “orgasms and bank robberies, yay!” and explored the intersection between being an individual and being part of a couple.

Lady Be Good by Meredith Duran. I have no idea why every historical romance reader doesn’t read and love Meredith Duran (though I was happy to see her included on NPR’s list of 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances. She’s fabulous, and I have yet to be disappointed in any of her books (though The Duke of Shadows may still be my favorite).

Playing:
Two Dots reminds me a bit of Candy Crush in its gameplay, but they took out all the cloying, ringing, OH MY GOD TURN IT OFF stuff I hated in that game. The graphics are clean and adorable, and because you only get a new life every 20 minutes, it hasn’t taken over all my waking hours yet. I may have enough time left to write.

Right after I finish level 67.