Monthly Archive: July 2012

on bullying

Every month, members of teamTEENauthor write a blog post for teens about a one-word topic. July’s topic is Bully. For links to more posts on this topic, scroll to the bottom.

I’ve been thinking about bullying and my own encounters with it for a while now, even before it came up as a topic for teamTEENauthor. Bullying has been in headlines all too often in the past few years, unfortunately due to some high profile stories about related suicides. The flip side of all this attention is that more people are talking about bullying for a positive reason: to raise awareness of it as a serious problem and explore ways of preventing and dealing with it.

The nature of bullying has changed a lot since I was a teenager, with a greater focus on the dangers of “cyberbullying,” which wasn’t much of a problem for me since I didn’t really spend much time on our primitive version of the internet as a kid. I’m also sorry to say that bullying doesn’t end when you enter the adult world; people can always find new ways to be cruel to each other.

Bullying has been around probably for as long as people have socialized with each other—or at least since the first school went into session—so there’s likely no simple solution, nor one solution that will apply to everyone in every situation. But we can all agree that bullying will not just go away if it’s ignored. So I hesitate to share the fact that this is exactly how I handled bullying as a kid. I ignored it as much as possible.


ready for season 2!

"The Paper" by Feyd-rauthA (deviantART)

As of today, I have been married for longer than some of my favorite shows were on the air. That’s both happy-making and depressing, all at once. Mostly happy-making.

One year ago, many of our close friends and family gathered to make sure that Carrie and I actually went through with it after more than six years together. In this universe, and presumably all the parallel ones where I am not a complete loser, we did. There are a whole lot of lucky mes out there!

Fortunately, we enjoyed a wonderful year together with countless joys and a few challenges that have only confirmed that we each made the right choice. This means our marriage has been picked up for a second season, which I expect will be even better than the last. So stay tuned!

(As further proof that we belong together, she will probably not think I’m too weird for comparing our first year as a married couple to a TV show. After all, I used a Gilmore Girls DVD to propose to her in the first place!)

Happy anniversary, wife!

quantum goodness

It seems fitting that in the same week the Higgs boson finally made its debut, the long-awaited advance reading copies of Quantum Coin also manifested! I was pretty sure I knew what was inside the box from Prometheus Books before I opened it, though my cat was less certain, and intensely curious. But it seems she was more interested in the Styrofoam peanuts than the books–also predictable.

You may recall that a little while ago I ran a giveaway here for the first Quantum Coin ARC I received, so this happy delivery was good incentive to actually select the winner. Sorry for the delay on that, but I’ve been distracted with other projects these days. In any case, I am pleased to announce that the winner is… Janine! Congratulations, Janine!

As before, to select the winner, I listed each commenter’s name once per entry in an Excel spreadsheet, shuffled them up and assigned a number to each at Then I generated a random number from 1 to 80 (the total number of  entries), which happened to be 56.

Wikipedia reminds me that 56 is the atomic number for barium. The maximum speed of data transmission over a telephone line in the Dark Ages was 56 kbps. Fifty-six people signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. And Aristotle claimed that there were 56 layers to the universe, which includes Earth and 55 crystalline spheres above it. Talk about random, huh?

Janine will receive signed copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin and a swag pack of bookmarks, postcards, and coin cases! I will be having a Goodreads giveaway for another ARC of Quantum Coin very soon, so you’ll have another chance to read it way before most other people. Thank you to everyone who liked the books on Amazon and posted reviews or added them to their page on Goodreads. I really appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

jury duty

I’m happy to report that I have once again volunteered for SFWA’s Andre Norton Award committee. I’m honored to have been selected to participate with such a distinguished group of people, and I’m looking forward to reading a lot of great middle grade and young adult books this year and agonizing over what to recommend. Official announcement follows.

The 2012 Andre Norton Award committee has been chosen, and will begin accepting books for consideration. Any young adult prose or graphic novel first published in English in 2012 is eligible.

The judges are:

Victoria McManus (chair)
Chris Barzak
Merrie Haskell
Eugene Myers
Carrie Vaughn

The committee will consider all submitted young adult books until January 31st, 2013. The award will be presented at the 48th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, California, on May 18.

For submission information, please contact Victoria McManus at:

The Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, named to honor prolific science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton (1912–2005), is a yearly juried award presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) to the author of an outstanding young adult science fiction or fantasy book published in the previous year. The award was established in 2005 by then SFWA president Catherine Asaro and the first SFWA Young Adult Fiction committee and announced on February 20, 2005. The first Norton Award (for the year 2006) was bestowed during the Nebula Awards ceremonies on May 11–13, 2007.

my readercon schedule



Readercon is one of my favorite conventions, but important things like birthdays and weddings (most notably my own last summer) often conspire to keep me away. So I’m really glad I’ll be able to make it this year–attending a convention as a published novelist for the first time!

I’ll be there from early Friday, July 13 to early Sunday, July 15. I’m not scheduled for any panels, readings, or autograph sessions, but if you happen to want your copy of Fair Coin signed, feel free to stop me when you see me, unless I’m in the bathroom; I will be well-armed with Sharpies for the weekend. If you don’t want to bring the book along (I doubt anyone will have it in the dealer’s room), I’ll have a limited number of bookplates with me. And you can always get a signed bookmark or maybe a coin case, while supplies last. (Supplies are very low.)

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the one panel I really want to see: Mapping the Parallels (Sun, 1:00 p.m.), which is all about parallel universes in fiction. I have opinions on this subject. But I have a pretty long trip home on Sunday and work the next day, so I’ll probably be taking off after lunch.

There seems to be only one YA panel, Through a Glass Dystopianly (Fri, 1:00 p.m.), and you can bet I’ll try to be there. Otherwise, follow me on Twitter and you’ll be able to stalk me, or just wait around the bar or pool; I’m bound to appear there eventually. I’m looking forward to catching up with lots of friends!

I’m not actually sure who all will be going to Readercon, so if you’ll be there, let me know in the comments and I will keep an eye out for you specifically!