Ready Those Manuscripts!

by wjw on December 2, 2019

taos-logosmallDecember 1 was the first day for submitting applications for Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, which will run June 7-20, 2020.

Nancy Kress and I will be teaching, assisted by George R.R. Martin and indiepub guru E.M. Tippetts.

Every year we have a record number of submissions, so start getting yours ready.

More information can be found at the Taos Toolbox website.

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Snow Day

by wjw on November 28, 2019

IMG_4662We awoke this morning to a beautiful carpet of snow covering everything in sight.  Unfortunately this meant that our Thanksgiving guests were snowed in, and couldn’t come, and so we’re faced with the prospect of dealing with a 22-pound turkey, bacon and sausage stuffing, and other trimmings all on our own.

We did, however, enjoy this lovely visitor, which perched on our fence for a while, perhaps looking for mice or other mammals beneath the snow.  All of our bird identification books seem to have been buried, if not by snow than by something else, so I don’t know what sort of hawk this is, except that it’s not one that we’re used to seeing.

It seemed a little puzzled by all the white stuff that had appeared, and I felt sorry for it.  I’ll put out some turkey for it when the bird is done.

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Thanksgiving Reading

by wjw on November 26, 2019

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Just a reminder that this is the last week for the $1.99 sale of the Accidental War ebook.  Just when you’re looking to curl up with some reading in front of a nice winter’s fire.

 Find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Google.

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Day 76

by wjw on November 25, 2019

Gray827It’s 76 days since my hip replacement surgery, and my recovery continues at its usual slow pace.  I wake up to pain in the mornings, because lying down causes my legs to stiffen, and then I hobble around, take some ibuprofen along with coffee and a piece of fruit, and wait till I feel better.

Oddly enough it isn’t my hip that usually hurts.  Mostly it’s my quads and the muscles on the outside of the shin.

I’m getting more and more active, and I’ve returned to my karate class, where I mostly do forms and some other light practice.  I feel so much better afterward, and after exercise generally, that I really need to do more, but my stamina is reduced from what it was a year ago, so I’m trying to push the aerobics.

My chief problem is that my hips have rotated in three dimensions, such that my right leg is now longer than my left.  (This also happened before surgery, though sometimes left alternated with right.)  I presume most of my pain comes from muscles trying to support this inequitable arrangement.

My legs look like they belong to different people.  My right leg, which supports the replacement hip, is more muscular, and my left leg looks thinner and weaker.  The PA tells me that the hips will eventually revert to normal, but they seem not to want to do that.

I still walk with a cane, at least when I’m not doing martial arts.  I often leave the cane behind when I’m walking around the house, and sometimes forget where I left it.  The cane is mainly useful in helping me get out of chairs, which in this house tend to be of the all-embracing variety.  Comfy chairs can be a trap!

My Spy Watch tells me that even in my current condition, I’m doing between two and three times the daily steps I did before surgery.

Progress is being made.  But it’s slower than I’d like.

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Interview’d

by wjw on November 21, 2019

logo-blackI will be interviewed at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe on November 24, at 4pm.  This will be followed by a signing at the brand-new Beastly Books, right next door, which specializes in the works of anyone interviewed at the Jean Cocteau.

beastlogonewThere will be food available, and alcohol, and probably a special cocktail named after Quillifer the Knight.

Come to listen, buy a book, or make a toast!  Fun shall be had!

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Lo! I am to be seen!

November 13, 2019

I will be signing Quillifer the Knight, and any other of my books you bring or buy, this Saturday at 4pm, at Page One Books in Albuquerque. I will take questions, do a brief reading, and maybe there will be food.  There often is. Attend!  It should be fun.

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Speak Swordfish, and Enter

November 13, 2019

The public Borsalino reveal took place at a culturally appropriate venue, a speakeasy,  where I enjoyed my long-delayed birthday dinner. The bookshelf behind me is a secret door.  The password was not “Swordfish.” Vernon’s Speakeasy cooks a damn good meal, but a degree of romance is lost by the fact of alcohol now being legal. On the […]

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Ring in the Toolbox Time!

November 10, 2019

Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, will take place June 7-20, 2020, in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Chief writer-wranglers will be Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams, aided by special guests George RR Martin and indiepub guru EM Tippetts. George continues to fund the Terran Award, providing tuition and […]

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All Spoilers

November 7, 2019

Etaoin suggested I create a topic for Quillifer spoilers, and so here it is. Feel free to discuss the details of Quillifer the Knight‘s complicated plot, or indeed anything else. Anyone who hasn’t finished the book are now warned.

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Barefoot Knight With Cheek

November 6, 2019

Quillifer the Knight has been released!   And we’ve got flap copy if you want it! Rogue. Joker. Lover. Reluctant conspirator. The ambitious young Quillifer was knighted for services to the crown, but then was banished from court by a queen who finds him obnoxious. Now, after a two-year voyage to improve his fortunes, Quillifer returns […]

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