a multiverse of boss fights

Hi! Did I meet you at Multiverse? If you missed it, you should keep an eye on this space and see where you can meet me next. (I don’t have anything scheduled at the moment, but follow me on one of my many social medias and find out when I do.)

While at Multiverse, I read “The Accumulation of Mere Existence”, one of the stories in Boss Fight. Judging from the reaction of the audience, it hit pretty hard. You should get a copy of the book and check it out.

Finally, my wife has taken on the herculean task of pushing me to write more, and I started by revisiting an urban high fantasy novel (think the Bas-Lag books by China Mieville or, to a lesser extent, the Moonworlds books by Sean McMullen) that I wrote 95,000 words of back in 2006. As of today I’ve rewritten the first two chapters, taking the bones of what (I think) is a good story and applying thirteen years of knowledge to it to make the writing better.

So far, so good.

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BOSS FIGHT cover reveal and preorder page

Guess what?

You can now preorder your digital copy of my new collection, Boss Fight! It officially releases on October 18, but if you buy it now it’ll show up on your Kindle (or other device with a supported Kindle app) on that day without you having to do anything.

There will also be a paperback, but Amazon doesn’t yet have a way to do paperback preorders, so you’ll have to wait on that until the 18th.

Also, here’s the cover art, without any text on it, by the lovely and talented Sara Noto:

So, yeah. Boss Fight. Preorder it. You’ll like it.

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BOSS FIGHT is alllllllllmost done…

I know I’m cutting it kind of close, but my new collection, Boss Fight, is just about done. I have to make one or two quick edits to the manuscript, get the final cover, and get it to the publisher. All the editing and typesetting is done, though.

Here, have a table of contents:

  • Boss Fight
  • The Accumulation of Mere Existence
  • Committed to Memory
  • Morning Commute
  • Five Conversations with Lieutenant Mendez
  • The Cessation of Pain
  • Dreaming of Suzanne
  • My Pillow
  • Oubliette
  • The Healing Process
  • Thoughts and Prayers
  • You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
  • The Wilson Witches
  • Dire Diuretics
  • Red Star
  • The Tape Library
  • Faded Glory

Hopefully I’ll see you at Multiverse, October 18-20, 2019, in Atlanta. And if I don’t, that’s okay too.

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MULTIVERSE is only weeks away!

Hello, friends. Since we last spoke, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my new collection, Boss Fight and Other Stories, which will be releasing at Multiverse on October 18. You should come.

I have my tentative list of panels and events for Multiverse, but until the official schedule is posted I’m going to keep the times and dates to myself. However, I can tell you that, unless things drastically change, I will be…

  • Arguing about who’s the best monster.
  • Talking accessibility in the future.
  • Getting sex-positive about tabletop RPGs.
  • Creating better characterizations for writers and others.
  • Reading some of my fiction aloud.

Multiverse has dozens of guests coming, and I’m honored to be a part of that group.

I hope to see you there.

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Appearance Alert: Multiversecon 2019

Fellow humans, I will be a guest of Multiversecon 2019, October 18-20 in Atlanta, GA, USA. You should come.

I’ll most probably be talking about writing, and I’ll have a new book as well: Boss Fight and other stories, a collection of 18 tales of aliens, parasites, architecture, and pillows. More news on that as it develops, but my artist is already putting together the cover and it looks great.

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“Return to Waypoint 5”, now in audio

My far-future space opera story “Return to Waypoint 5”, first published in Black Denim Lit, has been turned into a pretty amazing full-cast audio production.

Listen here.

This was actually published back in early August, but I’ve been a bit sidetracked lately with work and such.

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An Update

Here’s an update on what’s going on in the world of my writing:

  1. I put Six of the Best on a hiatus. The site is down right now but when it comes back I’ll try to get links of all the columns. I may end up just hosting them here.
  2. I finished writing a novel. The project is titled The Shelit Book until I come up with a suitable name. The first draft is done and my first beta reader has gone through it; I’m now loading it into Scrivener and working on updates and continuity before it goes out to the next beta readers.
  3. I started a new novel in mid-August and have hit 40,000 words on it. It’s straight-up science fiction, set in the late 3100s.
  4. I haven’t been writing or submitting much short fiction because I’ve been working on the aforementioned novels.

To those of you who keep checking back: thank you. I’ll try to do some more updating when I have more to update you on.

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