Announced today, so I can announce it too: "Wild Card", which is a novelette written as part of the Shadow Unit universe (and if you haven't checked ou Shadow Unit, you really should!) will be reprinted in Rich Horton's ne SUPERHEROES anthology!


It's available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and should be hitting shelves all over around March 1st.

So, this.

A blurry cameraphone picture, yeah. Of Above, on the shelving cart at the bookstore, taken tonight after work, as [ profile] cszego e-mailed me this afternoon to let me know it is in. The Canadian release date is March 1, so that's par for the course, pretty much (Americans wait until April).

[ profile] sandwichboy owns the first copy ever. [ profile] dolphin__girl owns the second.


This is the thing in my head right now.


Officially: Guys, here's the thing I made. It has been, bar none, the beautifullest trial of my life.

I hope it speaks, if and when you listen.


Sep. 13th, 2011 06:09 pm
September 13, 2011 Progress Notes:


Words today: 750.
Words total: 750.
Reason for stopping: Draft.

Books in progress: Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science-Fictional Universe.
The glamour: Now I must hurry, hurry, and rush to make it to a book launch on time.

Aside from this? "The Parable of the Shower" is live at Podcastle this week, and we should all be impressed that a third party was able to read that aloud without their tongue twisting and falling out. Enjoy!

And now I really do have to go out. Lateness is gauche.
Today I am, sadly, feeling icky, and will probably be curled up in bed for the rest of the evening (like I was with the whole afternoon) with a book.

Speaking of books?*

Shadow Unit's first season is now available in ebook format, with some extremely sharp covers by [ profile] kylecassidy. So you can take it to bed when you're feeling icky. There's a lot of words involved in that endeavour, so it's in three handy volumes:

For the Kindle:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

For the Nook and other ePub readers:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

The books will also be available on Apple's iBookstore and the SonyReader, Kobo, Stanza, and et cetera sites, once Smashwords does its thing.

I'd say take a gamma home today! But you probably don't want to do that.

*I had a dog named Segue.
The first installment of "The Small Dark Movie of Your Life" is up at ye olde Shadow Unit.

This one's running over three days, so it continues tomorrow, and then Tuesday. So there will be more after that.
[ profile] kafkonia 10:05 pm: Maybe I'm old fashioned, but some of these things make me say "No, I will not be tolerant and accepting of your alternate lifestyle. You need psychiatric help."
[ profile] kafkonia 10:05 pm: But then I worry I might wake up one day and find I've joined the Westboro Baptist Church.
[ profile] kafkonia 10:05 pm: (We have a neighbourhood in Ottawa called Westboro... I have never investigated what churches are present.)
[ profile] beatriceeagle 10:07 pm: I think as long as you accept someone, you've got one up on the WBC.
[ profile] kafkonia 10:07 pm: heh
[ profile] katallen 10:08 pm: I believe the WBC are moderately tolerant of each other.
[ profile] kafkonia 10:08 pm: There appears to be only a Unitarian Church in our Westboro.
[ profile] cristalia 10:08 pm: Isn't it standard assumption now that the WBC aren't bigots, they're trolls?
[ profile] kafkonia 10:08 pm: And I don't think the Westboro Unitarian Church would be quite the same.
[ profile] cristalia 10:08 pm: Oh man, although now I want to start it.
[ profile] kafkonia 10:09 pm: "We hate everyone, except all the people we tolerate."
[ profile] beatriceeagle 10:09 pm: I think that if you act like a bigot all the time, it doesn't much matter.
[ profile] beatriceeagle 10:09 pm: Ha!
[ profile] cristalia 10:09 pm: You picket funerals with signs like "We accept your lifestyle and welcome your friendship."
[ profile] beatriceeagle 10:09 pm: "We're sorry for your loss."
[ profile] kafkonia 10:09 pm: "And those we accept."
[ profile] kafkonia 10:09 pm: "But other than that -- WATCH OUT!"
[ profile] cristalia 10:09 pm: "Can we get you anything? Drink? Cookie?"

In other news that is not about shit-disturbing on the Internet, today's e-mail has brought both a copyedited manuscript and an ISBN for Above. I give back the CEM next week, but the ISBN I may keep.

The new issue of Ideomancer is up, with fiction from returning author Sandra Odell, Emily Skaftun, and Su-Yee Lin; book reviews aplenty; and three poems from and an interview with our first featured poet in a while, Mari Ness.

Also, Chilling Tales has hit its Canadian release date and is available for those of you in the Canadas (if you are in the Americas or the UKs, you have to wait longer. Sorry.) This is the anthology that "Stay" is in, alongside a lot of very, very, very good Canadian horror writers. We are launching it at the bookstore in two weeks' time.

Aside from that? It is cold, and I am terrifically busy, although most of it is good busy.

I am ready, I think, for winter to be done now.


Jan. 17th, 2011 11:04 am
leahbobet: (bat signal)
Ducking in quickly from The Dayjob to let you know that the Winter 2011 issue of Goblin Fruit is up, containing poetry by Neile Graham, [ profile] rose_lemberg, Michelle Muenzler, [ profile] ideomancer regular Mari Ness, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Christopher W. Clark, Loreen Heneghan, and yours truly.

The poem in question is "Little Songs", which some of you may remember as the formal Petrarchan sonnet about music and poetics and boyfriends with bonus! dirty Greek pun.

The art, I think, is particularly good this issue.

(--and back to work.)


Dec. 11th, 2010 02:54 pm
leahbobet: (bat signal)
1) Thus endeth one of the busier months per year at the Dayjob.

2) To celebrate that, saw Broken Social Scene and Superchunk Thursday night with [ profile] mykwud, who was gracious enough to take the second ticket on short notice (it originally belonged to Dr. My Roommate, but she is unwell at the moment). This'll be a short version of the usual show report, since I didn't write it up that night and since we left during what we thought was the last song and then I found out later they kept playing until 1:45 in the morning. Oops. But anyways.

Sound Academy is sort of redeeming itself as a venue for me, even though they have a constricted, sad beer selection and it's all the way out in the docklands and you have to walk half an hour in the cold through industrial nothingness to get out there if you don't have a car. Usually when I'm at things there they haven't done anything with the back of the room, and it sort of feels like a long deserted hallway. This time, because it was a BSS show, they had a long merch table, Amnesty International, a whole art display/auction thing from a non-profit that runs arts programs for street kids or at-risk kids (and a lot of the art was really, really good) and a video display thing for another one. They were also taking donations for the food bank at the door. Yes, this is a Broken Social Scene show.

I didn't know the opener more than glancingly (Mike did) but it was a really nice, danceable kind of early-nineties alternative set: kind of in the Limblifter/Age of Electric/Treble Charger sort of constellation of things.

Then! There was Broken Social Scene!

(Leah, you ask, didn't you see this band in the summer and write up a whole squeefaced concert report then? Yes. Yes I did. And next time they do a hometown show I will see them again. And the time after that. And the only reason I didn't go to the second date they played at the same venue last night was because my legs were very, very tired from all the dancing I did the night before and I ended up having to eat THIS MUCH protein and crash into bed early and sleep late to feel normal this morning.)

In terms of my Songs I Like bingo card, I got most everything but Major Label Debut (below) and All My Friends, and danced until my legs didn't work (as above). Highlights: original-style version of Almost Crimes, nice long Superconnected, string-and-horn-filled Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl (made me cry in the good way; always does), Sweetest Kill, which is a song I now have a lot more appreciation for, and on the top all-time list, Lover's Spit done just piano and voice by Kevin Drew, with the entire rest of the instrumentation coming in halfway through on the bridge. And the crowd singing most of it. And...oh. :)

It's actually entirely possible they played Major Label Debut later; we had an agreement that when it looked like the last song before the encore, we'd go get the coats, because otherwise you spend an hour in the coat check line. And then we ended up not staying for the encore because we were both hungry and exhausted and wobbly and had to still walk half an hour back to civilization to catch the streetcar, so we staggered back through Scary Industrial Desolate Lakefront Toronto, passing a vitamin water and a bag of Sunchips back and forth, jaywalking indiscriminately, and being ridiculously hyper. Little did I know until the next day that they played until 1:45 in the morning. Yes. You heard that right.

I'm a little miffed about that, but to be fair, I was legitimately tired and out of go and had filled up the concert tank more than adequately. And had to work the next day. I am old, I am old, I will wear my trousers rolled etc. etc. whatever.

Have samples:

This is last night's show, not the Thursday show, but it's the same song and the same venue and you get the idea:

Yes, the crowd sang along on my night too. :)

Oh, here's the one I was at. I'm a little back and to the right there! that was Thursday. :)

3) Back in our everyday lives that aren't actually all about Broken Social Scene, the fantabulous [ profile] csecooney interviewed me about Ideomancer for the Black Gate blog. It's mostly about this issue and the process of making it, as well as my own personal history with the magazine, but there are some bits about what we look for if you are the sort of person who cares about such things.

4) [ profile] stillsostrange's second novel, The Bone Palace, came out this week. I picked it up on Thursday and am, so far, about two chapters in. Amanda can write like whoah. You should read it.

5) While I'm in the Amazon links thing, Chilling Tales, the anthology which "Stay" is going to be in, is available for preorder at Amazon. The release date's March 1st otherwise. It has a cover that looks like Nick Cave's bald guy mullet, true, but it contains some of the brighter lights of Canadian horror fiction and will be well worth your time. Apparently there are going to be some events for it when it comes out too, at World Horror Con and around town here. Stay tuned.

6) A new episode of Shadow Unit came out this week too: "Uniform". It is 30,000-plus words of WTF goodness and a bit of stunt-writing besides.

7) My brain's still chewing on that short story I mentioned a bit back. Don't spook it.

8) I am going to the circus tonight. I would say "If I get everything done here, I am going to the circus tonight," but this would fool nobody. I'm going anyways.

Such is the week that was. And now to send slush, answer e-mail, and go to the circus.
The Autumn 2010 issue of Goblin Fruit is up, containing poetry by S. L. Vitale, Jacob Garbe, Theodora Goss, Carolee Sherwood, Jacqui Deighton, Lisa Bradley, Cassandra Phillips-Sears, [ profile] rose_lemberg, and mine own bad self.

It is lovely as usual, and [ profile] csecooney has already reviewed it.

In other news, this weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving and thus a three-day weekend. I have decided I will use it to finish revising Above. So by Monday night, I come with my novel draft or...well, just with it. There is no "on it" option.

Tea has been made, and Dr. My Roommate has graciously volunteered to give me, ahem, "book beats" if I don't do work. The possibility of Indian takeout for dinner tonight has been contemplated if I get through 50 pages. Feel free to make sure I'm working and shit. :p

Things have been busy, both at Dayjob and home (and abroad I'm sure, and socially, for that matter). All-night art festivals! Dance classes! Scavenger hunt dinners! Revising! Rush projects! Digging out from altogether too much e-mail!

There is much too much to do in this city in the fall, and this is a wonderful first-world problem to have.

Some stuff piled up while I was doing all that.

For one, I have an episode -- "The Closet Monster" live at Shadow Unit this week. About 13,000 words of ECR goodness!

For two, Horrorscope reviewed On Spec #80, and with it, "A Thousand".

For three, poem "For Pomegranates", the one I read at the Rhysling thing at Readercon this year, will be in this month's issue of Goblin Fruit when it goes live, which is sometime this weekend. Not yet. I let you know when.

For four, I'll be panelling at the first annual SFContario in mid-November, and here is my panel schedule:

Saturday 8:00PM, Gardenview
Best Books of 2010
Hugo and Aurora nominations open soon. What novels and stories caught your attention this year?
(Leah Bobet(M), Sandra Katsuri, Karin Lowachee, Michael Martineck)

Saturday 10:00PM, Ballroom BC
Short stories and Novellas: Where’s the Love?
Sure, we say we love reading shorter works, but it’s the novels that sell, and awards for shorter fiction tend to go to successful novelists. Why don’t short stories and novellas get more respect?
(Leah Bobet, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime(M), Gabrielle Harbowy, Michael Swanwick, Hayden Trenholm)

Sunday 12:00PM, Ballroom A
Review and Criticism in the SF Field
How is science fiction and fantasy being reviewed? Is it only amongst readers of SF or is it getting more mainstream attention. Are reviews helping or harming the genre, and where can the most reliable reviews be found? Are there things, aside from writing a brilliant story of course, that a writer can do to insure a positive review or should the writer ignore reviews altogether?
(Leah Bobet, Peter Halasz, Monica Pacheco, Tony Pi(M))

Otherwise I will be in other people's panels knitting and listening with intent. Or in the bar.
Got home yesterday to my contributor's copies of the Spring 2010 issue of On Spec, which contains fiction from [ profile] wistling, [ profile] tinaconnolly, Kate Riedel, several authors I haven't had the pleasure of acquaintance with yet, and "A Thousand", which is a story about paper cranes, Vancouver, bad communication, and the subtleties of cultural-social expectations. It has an especially lovely cover this quarter.

I take this to mean that if you, the reader, wish to purchase this fine assemblage of wordstuffs, you can probably get it at your local magazine concern

Otherwise? The sprained ankle is a lot less swollen today, and actually held up for walking home from the movies last night, which is no small feat. It's still bruised, and so is my knee, which appparently isn't happy about the whole scene either; we got yer damaged soft tissue here. I'm going to try to hold off on any overly walky errands until at least the weekend, to give it time to calm down a little more. This renders me lazy and useless, which I hate, but Management recognizes that there's really not a lot to do about it. Except the filing, which can be done from a seated position. :p

Hopefully an update that contains wordcount this evening.
A few very nice things fell into my inbox in the past few days. I show you them.

1) Via the eagle eyes of [ profile] wistling, the Spring 2010 issue of On Spec is due to drop sometime soon. It has some fantastic cover art:

It contains "A Thousand," which is a story about Vancouver, cranes both paper and living, some of the problems of cultural miscommunication, and people being drastically unfair to each other. It also has fiction by that selfsame [ profile] wistling (as his alter ego, Campbell nominee Tony Pi) and [ profile] tinaconnolly, who are both cool people whose work I admire.

2) [ profile] slushmaster informs me that the illustration artist Gary Lippincott did for "Mister Oak", which appeared in the February 2010 issue of Realms of Fantasy (and was probably one of the nicest illustrations I've ever had) is going to be reprinted in Spectrum 17, which will be out in November. It is a fantastic painting and totally deserves to be petted and made much of. Congrats, Gary!

3) Ian Tregillis, OWW alumnus and awesome dude extraordinare, had his first novel, Bitter Seeds, come out this week from Tor Books. You should read it.

4) Ted Kosmatka, whom we have published in Ideomancer and who is likewise an awesome dude, sold his first novel, The Helix Game, to Del Rey this week. Sight unseen, I can tell you that eventually, when it comes out? You should read it.

5) I had high tea last night. Nom.
Just a quick note on my lunch to say that "Three Days and Nights in Lord Darkdrake's Hall," which originally appeared in Strange Horizons in early 2007, is live in audio at Podcastle this week. It's read by the fabulous Mur Lafferty and introduced by the equally fabulous [ profile] mkhobson, and I am overall chuffed.

Throw tomatoes! Throw panties! Discuss! Enjoy!
Is normality writer-announcements and sitting around at 4:00 in the afternoon on a Sunday knitting, watching Ghost Hunters, and eating bonbons*, all in pajamas? Why, yes. Yes it is.

Niall Harrison at Torque Control reviews "Miles to Isengard", continuing the tradition of American reviewers disliking this one and British reviewers liking it. Which I, of course, find to be a really interesting pattern and would love to pry into a bit.

Six months later, "The Parable of the Shower" continues to get some love: a rec from [ profile] raucousraven and one from [ profile] dsudis. I have given up on figuring this out. I think that present tense, second person in the language of the King James Bible is maybe just an inherently funny thing.

And finally, I have personal verification that the February issue of Realms of Fantasy is out, containing "Mister Oak", which is a Wildean fairy tale about a tree and the girl he loves. I saw it at the bookstore's Christmas party yesterday afternoon, and when we left there were at least two copies standing unclaimed. [ profile] slushmaster, who's now the art director, had assured me a few times that I was really going to love the art he got for it (from Gary Lippincott) I do indeed. It's kind of desperately, breathtakingly wonderful.

They're offering the February 2010 issue as a free pdf on the website, so if you are not near a bookseller of your choice or just want to take a peek, it's linked off there.

I'll hopefully further reestablish some normality with a big honking public accountability list and some regular wordcount this week, since the Dayjob exited the crazy busy season with fifteen bangs and a whimper (mine) on Friday afternoon, but now I am expected at my parents' house for holiday dinner, and I must lay down my pajamas and bonbons and trek up to the 'burbs.

*Okay, it's not technically bonbons, it's Green & Black's.
[ profile] time_shark informs that both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have Clockwork Phoenix 2 in stock, even though the official release date is July 1. This shiny book includes fiction from Claude Lalumiere, [ profile] swan_tower, Ian McHugh, [ profile] ann_leckie, [ profile] maryrobinette, Saladin Ahmed, Tanith Lee, Joanna Galbraith, [ profile] yuki_onna, [ profile] experimeditor, [ profile] handful_ofdust and Stephen J. Barringer, Kelly Barnhill, Barbara Krasnoff, and Steve Rasnic Tem, as well as my "Six", which you all may know as the story about gardening, roof-sheep, and the apocalypse.

It got a really shiny review from Publishers Weekly. I think you should read it.

That is all.
leahbobet: (bat signal)
Lone Star Stories #33 is live, a few hours ahead of schedule! It contains poetry from Sonya Taaffe, Samantha Henderson, and Jacqueline West -- two of whom will be appearing in the June Ideomancer, incidentally -- and fiction from Jo Walton and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. And me.

I feel like I keep saying I find myself on TOCs with really cool people and don't know how I got there, but they keep failing to kick me out of the cool parties somehow... 0.o

So! If you wanted to find out what that Shower Angel story I kept giggling about is all about, "Parable of the Shower" is available right behind that link.

(Deposit your tomatoes and/or panties here. Although if you do opt to throw tomatoes, I may just make them into more gazpacho.)
Despite today starting with getting poured on on the way to work, forgetting my lunch at home, and the elevators at work not working?

1) The sun is shining in a most delightful way.

2) I checked outside and I have radishes and lettuce sprouting.

3) I will be starting training for an additional work responsibility at the end of this week, which:
  • a) will make me a fully operational battle station member of the Dayjob; and
  • b) bodes well for my performance appraisal, also at the end of the week.

4) Clockwork Phoenix editor [ profile] time_shark has demonstrated the existence of the Clockwork Phoenix 2 ARC, wherein resides "Six", the roof-sheep apocalypse story, as well as much other fine fiction by other people whose livejournal this ain't. *g*

5) Getting sushi for dinner (actually deferred sushi I earned by revising 130 pages on Sunday).

6) I have alllll evening to revise this book to the end. Or as close as I can get it.

Some days? It's just good. :)

Tell me yours!
There are birthdays tonight.

First off, it is "Sugar"'s birthday: it goes live at Shadow Unit within the hour. I admit to nerves about this. If you're a fan, whee! Hope you enjoy! If you're hoping to get into it, the shockingly dedicated and industrious fans have put together a master chronology that tells you where to start. And if you're just interested in finding out what I was swearing about for three months or more there, well, now you can know.

For those of you who haven't yet heard about the whole Shadow Unit thing, it's an interactive online hyperfiction environment, of sorts. Or, more clearly, it's a long, collaborative, ongoing narrative, currently written by a cast of award-nominated-and-winning SFF authors including [ profile] coffeeem, [ profile] matociquala, [ profile] truepenny, [ profile] stillsostrange, and [ profile] blackholly, licensed under creative commons, with an active fan community and a whole lot of fun. They let me play with their toys for this episode. It was nice of them.

Go read. *g*

The other birthday tonight is Above's. Yes, kids: Above is two.

I didn't bake it a cake like last year; in Book Years (like Dog Years) it is now an indolent, leeching twentysomething who's moved back into the basement and needs to go out and get a job so I can continue planning Freedom 55. But I did write it a synopsis tonight. This means two things: firstly, that the next time I get tantrumy and threaten to throw it out right! now! I might actually be able to make good on that threat. The submission package is ready. I sub this book very soon now.

Secondly, it's nice to skim through your book as you're synopsizing it and realize it's actually pretty good.

(Oh, Above. It's a good thing you're pretty, or it would have been the burlap sack and the river a long time ago. *adoring sigh*)

So, um. Happy birthday, little book? :)
I have from a few sources that Interzone #220 is on shelves now! It includes novelette "Miles to Isengard", which is about a boy, a nuke, and a cross-country drive to a volcano.

I can't tell if one can order individual issues from the website store, but it is purportedly stocked at Borders Books, or maybe just from your helpful UK-based friend. *g*

(If anyone else has purchasing information for North America, please share in comments.)

Other than that, this'll be the official post for throwing rocks or panties!
December 11, 2008 Progress Notes:


Words today: 300.
Words total: 4300.
Reason for stopping: Bedtime.

Books in progress: Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife; Robert Graves, The Long Week-end.
The glamour: The now-usual dayjobbery + hacking my lungs out. And a bit of knitting.

Quick review so I can get it out of my inbox: someone has Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2006 two years after the fact, which includes a line about "Bliss". I admit surprise, but am not complaining.

But more immediately, I hear tell that Interzone #220, which containeth "Miles to Isengard", has gone to press. I will have an illustration! I do not get illustrations often, so this is exciting! Here is my illustrator. I am intrigued and would like to subscribe to his newsletter.

Issue is out in early January, and I eagerly await. Interzone! Pictures!

That is pretty much all from this front tonight, since I need to be asleep before 2am.

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