Cleared The Deck In Time To Deck The Halls

I find myself in the curious position of not actually having a pressing writing deadline.

This week I turned in Tombstone Blues to Turnstone. Completed the edits on my short story “A Taste of the Other Side” for Jennifer Brozek’s Gears and Growls anthology and wrote an article on my favourite place in Winnipeg for the Winnipeg Free Press.

The timing for this lack of deadlines couldn’t be better as I find the holiday season extremely exhausting. Exhausting being my measured term for the two month period (I work retail, my holiday season is much longer than yours, and brother, it’s no holiday) when I turn into an utter Grinch.

If, instead of stealing presents, the Grinch tried to make the sun explode and consume the entire solar system (what? I grew up reading comics and I have the heart of a super-villain. Also, go big or go home). There are friends who come in to the store not just to shop, but to see my “Christmas Face”, as they put it (It’s a very Yul Brynner sort of quiet menace, calculated to keep people from asking me questions so that I can actually, you know, get things done–or so I imagine the look to be. It doesn’t work nearly as well as I’d like).

Yul Brynner

Perhaps if I wore the hat?

Yes.

Hats make the man, and if I wore that hat to work, I think customers would avoid me.

Hmmmm.

I guess I’ll have to add it to my Christmas list.

In the mean time, my writing tasks may be done, but I’m not done writing.

Write on.

New Sale And Other News (Also, Sorry For The Radio Silence)

I haven’t been around the old blog much lately. It was my goal to finish Tombstone Blues and get it off to my first readers before Thanksgiving (Canadian Thanksgiving, for my American friends). That didn’t quite happen, but it was close enough for government work as the saying goes. In any case, Book Two of the Thunder Road Trilogy is as done as I can make it without feedback, and it needed to go away for a while before I started dicking around (I believe this is the official term) with it just for the sake of dicking around with it.

If you can’t wait until next fall to read Tombstone Blues (and honestly, too bad, because you’ve got to) I did do this handy-dandy self interview on the book for travelling blog: The Next Big Thing. If you want to know more, it will require bourbon.

Turnstone Press is at Booth 13 (Lucky!) at the Scattered Seeds Craft Sale, and I’ll be signing copies of Thunder Road there today (October 19th, 2012), from 3-5 PM. I’ll be bringing some temporary tattoos if that helps to sweeten the pot.

I’ll also be doing a signing at Chapters Polo Park with my fellow fantasy writing rogue, Karen Dudley, Saturday, October 20th, 2012, from 12-2 PM. Again, there will be tattoos.

Thunder Road is back on the local bestseller list, at number 3! This list will be appearing in the Winnipeg Free Press Books section on Saturday.

Derek Newman-Stille interviewed me recently about Thunder Road, and has put a teaser from that interview up on his Speculating Canada blog. The whole interview will go live on Monday, October 22nd, 2012. Derek asked me some very interesting questions, so I hope you’ll like the final result.

A while back, I received my first invitation to submit a short story for an anthology. That story, “A Taste of the Other Side”, has now been accepted into Jennifer Brozek’s forthcoming anthology from Graveside Tales, The Beast Within 4: Gears and Growls. I’m pretty excited about this. Gears and Growls mashes up lycanthropes and steampunk. Who wouldn’t want to read about steampunk werewolves? Now that I’m officially a steampunk author, I guess I’d better start working on my costuming…