Woo-hoo! Just heard from the editor at Analog that “Builders of Leaf Houses,” which ran in their December 2015 issue, won the Readers’ Choice Award for Best Novella. You can probably hear me crowing all the way to Mexico!
This novella was initially supposed to be a second novel with the characters from “Beyond the Gates,” but when the publisher dropped me, I scaled the idea back to novella length. It’s been kicking around in my files file for more than ten years, and I finally polished it up and sent it off. I’m so grateful to the good folks at Analog for giving me the opportunity to share the story of Motherlove and her tribe of Thinking Ones. Wish I could go to the Nebulas to accept the award in person, but I don’t think that’s in the cards.
Woo-hoo! Just sold the reprint of “Into the Desolation” to Chappy Fiction for their time travel anthology, due out in December. I’ll have income again in 2016! (For those of you who have never filled out a Schedule C for the IRS, if you don’t show income in at least two out of five years, they consider your “business” a hobby. I’ve managed to stay in the pro category now for 26 years.)
“Into the Desolation” originally ran in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show in 2014. If you didn’t catch it there, you’ll want to pick up a copy of this anthology when it comes out. Okay, you’ll want to pick up a copy anyway. It really is one of my better pieces. I’ll keep you posted when it becomes available.
Just got back from vacation to find my author’s copies of the December 2015 issue of “Analog.” Guess whose name is first on the cover! Woo-hoo! “Builders of Leaf Houses” is the first story in the issue, with a two-page spread of artwork. I’m dancing!
While this novella is a sequel to “Beyond the Gates,” you can enjoy it even without having read the novel. And then, if you like the characters of Marta and Shipner, you can always go back and read the book. It’s available in ebook and paper through amazon and B&N. “Analog” is also available in both formats.
What’s it about? It’s a “first contact” story between humans and Thinking Ones, a sentient species resembling evolved dinosaurs. Their leader Motherlove is beset with problems–choosing a successor, relocating her village, children born without inherited memories–when the humans show up to complicate her life.
I just learned that the article I wrote on the historical High King Macbeth is running again today in The Independent, a British publication. Apparently there is a new movie of Macbeth debuting in London.
I spent much of this summer traveling, first to the East Coast to visit family–oh, and take a cruise to Bermuda out of Boston–and then to cooler climates in Arizona to escape the heat. Yes, there are places in Arizona that are balmy during the summer months, such as Payson (tucked under the Mogollon Rim), Prescott (The Mile High City), Flagstaff (7000 ft.) and even Sedona (where Oak Creek Canyon provides shade). We visited a number of local breweries and wineries along our way, hiked and exercised enthusiastically, and I’m finishing up the season only a couple of pounds heavier.
I regret to report that I will not be at TusCon this year, as I have a conflict. But I’ll be thinking of my fans when Halloween rolls around–no one does costumes like the folks at TusCon! I hope to be back in 2016. I also regret that the re-issue of “The Aztec Eagle” (parts 1 & 2) has been delayed. We hoped it would be available this fall, but it looks like early 2016 for that.
Still waiting to hear when “Builders of Leaf Houses” will run in Analog. I’ll be sure to post when I know.
Whew! Just returned from a 5.5 week road trip with my husband, visiting relatives, seeing sights, and mostly getting out of Tucson for the hottest month of the year. I took along a stack a promotional bookmarks to give out along the way–unfortunately, I first forgot about them (I am so bad at publicity) and then couldn’t remember where I’d packed them! Finally, about three weeks in, I dumped out my bag of crocheting and there they were. So I did manage to give out a few on the way home.
We had a marvelous time, including a cruise to Bermuda that I recommend. As we traveled, we stopped at a number of wineries and brew pubs to sample the local fare and were generally impressed. We especially liked Chateau aux Arc in Arkansas, where we chatted with another theatre major–Hi, Elizabeth, be sure to send me your email so I can get you a copy of my play “Prisoners.”
It was a long time to be away from home, though, and we actually cut the trip short by a couple of days. Now we are settling back into a familiar routine, and I hope to begin editing on “The Aztec Eagle” this week in preparation for a fall (I hope) publication date.
The reprint and ebook versions of Beyond the Gates are now available from Desert Moon Press! Happy release day, Catherine!
–the Masked Webmistress
“Dhrusil-matkhashi is a wasteland. The soil is sterile. Why do you suppose we stay on this continent?”
Marta, a graduate student researching indigenous life on isolationist Dray’s Planet, discovers an animal that can’t be indigenous, but which can’t have come from anywhere else. The puzzle convinces the Children of the Second Revelation to bring two Unbelievers into their closed society. As the rival offworld scientists trek into the harsh desert to determine the creature’s origins, Marta stumbles onto another mystery: why do folk tales speak of roarings and screechings from the planet’s second continent, the uninhabitable Land Beyond the Gates? And why are the Faithful forbidden to set foot there?
Religious leaders will not sanction a trip to the uncharted land they deem uninhabitable. Marta must keep her expedition from coming to their attention, while keeping her difficult offworlders on task. After that, uncovering the secrets of the prohibited place ought to be the easy part. But they still have to live to tell the tale…
Coming on May 1, the reprint and ebook versions of “Beyond the Gates” from Desert Moon Press! Then watch for the sequel novella, “Builders of Leaf Houses,” to run in Analog later this year.
Cost is $3.99 for the ebook, $12.99 for trade paperback, but you can pre-order the ebook before May 1 for $2.99 at any of the following:
I’ve been contacted by a reporter from across the pond who wants to republish my essay “Who Was the Real Macbeth?” which appeared on Sarah Johnson’s blog “Reading the Past.” It’s in connection with a dramatic production “The Trial of Macbeth” that’s going up in London next month with a celebrity cast. Whoo-hee! Free publicity!
For those of you who’ve been waiting (a decade and a half) for a sequel to “Beyond the Gates,” I just received an offer from Analog for my novella “Builders of the Leaf Houses.” (No pub date yet.) It contains the further adventures of Marta and Shipner and a look at Drayan culture through the eyes of Motherlove. I was so inspired by the offer, I’ve sent out two more short stories in the past two days!