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New Short Story and Post-ICON Recovery

Shadowed Souls Cover ArtFirst of all, my story “Hunter, Healer” is in the urban fantasy anthology Shadowed Souls [Amazon | B&N | IndieBound] that came out yesterday. This is a standalone story, and I should warn that it has more profanity than the rest of my writing combined. Let’s just say I was trying to push my own boundaries as a writer, and to…experiment with the language.

The anthology is edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes, and also includes stories by folks like Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Anton Strout, Rob Robyn Thurman, Kat Richardson, Tanya Huff, Erik Scott de Bie, and more.


ICON in Iowa was a good time, as always. That said, I think I need to rethink this whole “three conventions in six weeks” thing. I’ve just been feeling too overwhelmed and burnt out by it all. Much as I love going to cons, there’s always a cost — travel time and stress, being “on” for days at a time, and just generally needing some introvert time to recharge. So I’ll probably be cutting down a little on my conventioning for 2017.

There was much coolness at ICON, though. Getting to see my Iowa friends is always nice, and I got to spend some time with Seanan McGuire, Steven Gould, and Laura Mixon. (Sadly, did not get much time with the other two guests of honor.)

The author photoshoot went well. I ended up doing pictures for eight authors. It was educational, and I think we got some good shots of everyone. We also raised $84 in tips for the ICON charities. Woo hoo! Steve posted a photo I took of him and Laura yesterday on Twitter:

Laura Mixon and Steven Gould

One of ICON’s charities was the Iowa Raptor Project. After some confusion over scheduling, they brought in a pair of owls to do a presentation and Q&A. Which meant I ended up skipping out of a panel a little early — a panel I was moderating — in order to get some pictures. Which resulted in this shot:

Great Horned Owl debating whether to murder the cameraman

There are more over on Tumblr.

I’ll eventually get my con pics up on Flickr as well, but first I need to make progress on writing and process author photos and all that good stuff. Most of them are on Facebook though if you wanted to take a peek.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



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Nov. 2nd, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
We had a stretch of 5 events in 5 weeks last year, and Never Again. Among other things, I ended up with a case of Con Crud that turned into full-blown bronchitis and an opportunistic attack of cellulitis, and spent the next 2 weeks on 6 different drugs (4 antibiotics and 2 inhalers) trying to knock that shit down. It's wearing.

Nov. 2nd, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
Physically and emotionally, yeah. I'm amazed I haven't gotten sick myself with fatigue wearing down the immune system.
Nov. 2nd, 2016 08:08 pm (UTC)
Excellent owl pictures! My favorite is the 3/4 profile with the ear tufts halfway raised.

I do raptor rehabilitation, and I can tell you that the muppet half is all on the outside. Inside their heads they are 100% murder-death-beast.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 02:00 pm (UTC)
Several people have said the same about owlish murder habits :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
will look for the anthology.

and I loved the Owl picture, its looking like you are food.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 01:47 pm (UTC)
OMG, that owl picture is just waiting to become a meme.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 01:59 pm (UTC)
I know! For so many of those pics, it was like the owl was trying to encapsulate the general reaction to the current election season or something! :-)
Nov. 4th, 2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
Saw this. Got the anthology. Read it. Your's.... I want to see a novel in (you know me... it was all questions). The profanity made me laugh. I adore your writing but even your profanity feels pg 13. :P

Final story in the book was... dark. I liked it (it had a lot of interesting perspectives I really liked seeing that felt new), don't get me wrong. But wow. Dark. It felt almost revenge tuckerization-y.

Thanks for the recommendation.
Nov. 4th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
The profanity made me laugh. I adore your writing but even your profanity feels pg 13.

Heh. That comment made *me* laugh.

I haven't read the other stories yet. That last one was Rob Thurman, yes?
Nov. 4th, 2016 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: PG 13. You've never heard me swear. Neither proud nor ashamed, just saying. Y'all have never heard me swear.

Yes. Impossible Monsters. Best part, hands down, of that was the "I have the things you do but they don't work like yours does so..." thing. I recommend it. Of course it's a surprisingly good ensemble. I say surprisingly because anthologies recently on my read list have had at least one story making my wonder ..."Ok... but why this anthology?"

I adored yours. I mean that. It's been really great to see your voice mature and your confidence grow so you'd start writing more. Smart, concise, to the point, no wasted verbage. And beautiful characters. And of course a world I wanna know more about.
Nov. 8th, 2016 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads-up on the anthology; I'm definitely looking forward to that one.

I'm glad you had such a big time at ICON. Also, decidedly en-raptor-ed with your photos!
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