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harrisburg book festival

I’ll be at the Harrisburg Book Festival Saturday, March 29 in Harrisburg, Pa., talking YA with authors Tiffany Schmidt (BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE, SEND ME A SIGN) and Jessica Spotswood (BORN WICKED, STAR CURSED). Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 2–4pm. Hope to see you there! Some books will be available for signing or bring your own, or pick up a free bookmark or bookplate!

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Updated! — I just learned that tomorrow’s panel will be televised! The Pennsylvania Cable Network will be recording the event for a future series about PA Book Festivals, and it will be streamed live on the internet (if the internet cooperates) at http://pcntv.com/2014/03/28/2014-harrisburg-book-festival/. So, that’s not terrifying at all. Tomorrow, 2 – 3 pm!

 

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choosing your own adventures

20140324_224646One of my favorite parts of writing happens when I’m not writing. You know, those moments during the day when you’re thinking about, maybe even dreaming about, the story or the characters in your work in progress. I love brainstorming, whether it’s my own book or someone else’s work, because there’s a sense of play to it; you aren’t committing anything to paper yet, so it doesn’t take much work. (It also may not feel like work, so you might worry you’re just procrastinating, but trust me, it’s useful.) You can feel free to be as goofy or wild as you want–you’re just throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. And it’s cool because you’re working on your book anywhere and everywhere: in the shower, walking your dog, on line at the bank, riding the train, reading other books, watching TV, in meetings at work. A little part of my brain never stops thinking about my novel.

I can’t speak to every writer’s experience, but this is how my imagination works. The more I think about the story, the more ideas I have. Often, my subconscious mind makes connections that needed days, weeks, or months to develop. Initially, I avoided outlining because I wanted to give myself as much of that flexibility as possible to discover the story and let it develop organically, but I’ve since realized that outlining can also get you thinking about the whole thing much earlier, and there’s nothing limiting about it–it’s just one path, and you can take the story in different directions any time a better idea presents itself. I like research for the same reason; all that reading feeds me more ideas and opens up new possibilities.

pubcrawlSo this book I’m working on… It started with a lot of brainstorming and outlining, then I started drafting it and inevitably veered off from the outline a bit. I got some great notes from my editors, and I just completed the first major revision—a few hours ago. As I tried to re-imagine the plot and characters and come up with a better ending, the whole process reminded me of something very old, something from my childhood: Choose Your Own Adventure.

[Read the rest of this post at Pub(lishing) Crawl]

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happy birthday, fair coin!

FairCoin_2Hey, remember when Pyr Books published my first novel, Fair Coin? That was something like, two years ago. Almost exactly two years ago. Okay, it was exactly two years ago today.

If you had a time-traveling DeLorean, you could enter MAR 06 2012 into its time circuits and go back to pick the book up on its release day. (Thanks!) Don’t have a time machine? Well, you can still find Fair Coin in quality independent book shops and on the internet, even in 2014.

In the novel, Ephraim’s “wishing coin” completely changes his life, and the book has done the same for me — fortunately in all good ways. So far. The last year as an author has been particularly great, what with all the wonderful authors, librarians, teachers, and readers I’ve met; an amazing new audiobook narrated by MacLeod Andrews; and of course a shiny Andre Norton Award. No complaints here. Thank you to everyone who has read Fair Coin and reviewed it, recommended it, voted for it, bought it for a kid, shared it with a parent, and just generally been very supportive.

ttIt’s been two years, but I promise I’ve been working on new books, and I really expect to finish them any day now… Really, I’m not kidding. Stop giving me that look. Whether they get published is another matter, but I’m at least going to try to get my part done.

I also have written and sold a few short stories this year that should be published soonish in exciting collections, and I even have two recent story publications — a YA time-travel story titled “Shadows of My Future Self” in Inaccurate Realities #2, and a reprint of “Caution: Contents Hot” in Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic — so you could always look for those. And if you’d like to see me in person, check out my event calendar.

In the meantime, I hope Fair Coin‘s twos aren’t too terrible, especially since its younger brother is coming up on a birthday in about six months…

(BTW, by crazy random happenstance, today is also the birthday of Faircoin, “the first fairly distributed crypto currency”! You can use that to buy books, right?)

 

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see me at psfs this friday!

I’ve been living in Philly for three years, and in all that time I’ve been meaning to attend one of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society meetings. Well, now I have the perfect excuse, because I’ll be the speaker at this week’s event! If you’re in the area, come on by:

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
The Rotunda
3014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia

General meeting begins at 8:00 p.m. and is open to the public, Program begins at 9:00.

Apparently I get to speak about anything I want! Any requests?

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ALA Midwinter

ala14-logoI should probably mention that I’m going to be at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia this weekend! Seemed like I should attend, since it’s in my own city and all; however, I’m keeping a somewhat low profile, because I have a big deadline looming on Monday.*

So if you’re attending ALA too and would like to see me, your best bet is to drop by the SFWA table in the Exhibit Hall (Booth #409) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I’ll be there to answer your questions about SFWA from 11–12, then signing…things…from 12–1. (My books won’t be available for sale there, as far as I know, but you can bring copies — and I’m happy to sign free bookmarks and book plates, while supplies last.)

Also, I put together a short guide on stuff to do in Philly, things to see, and some restaurants I like near the convention for SFWA members, but thought it might be useful to a broader audience too. If you want it, download it here (PDF). It is not fancy.

See you at ALA?

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*If anyone wants to meet up to write with me near the convention, let me know. I’ll be there all day Saturday and probably Sunday morning.

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