Work and WorldCon and Such Things

Everytime I write one of these blogs the litany of I should blog more pumps through my head. This time I’m actually making an effort to write about Things That Are Happening, since it would appear folks out there care about what I’m up to.

But the big news: I’m heading to Finland for WorldCon! It’ll be my first con EVAR and I’m crazy excited for it. If you want to hang out, catch up or say hi, please do. I’ll be there as both a writer and editor, and I do believe I’ll be present on a panel, which I’m also looking forward to. Instead of ranting on Twitter about things I pretend to have the slightest clue about, I’ll have folks sitting there and listening to me and the other panelists talk for an hour. It’s a month from today, so yeah. Stoked for it.

Anyway. I’ve finished agent edits on my novel and am busy outlining the next two. It’s much tougher than it sounds, and I’m making deliberate care not to retread themes, characters and narrative templates I’ve worked with on other novels, even ones unpublished. But I’m getting there, and it’s outrageously fun having an entire universe to play around with. But also incredibly daunting. But we’ll see.

Otherwise, I’m busy editing my other novel and will be sending it out to beta readers soon. I’ve had time to catch up on some novels and shows as of late. I read through The Colour of Magic as my first Discworld novel…and it’s looking to be my last unless the other Discworld novels are infinitely better (which, I am told, is the case). I read Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach (I enjoyed it well enough) and am currently working my way through Judas Unchained  by Peter F. Hamilton, which 1250 pages (yeah, you read that right) of big, chunky space opera world-building in cosmos scale with at least two dozen characters. If anyone else but him was writing it, it’d be a massive slog. I’m about half way through.

I also wrapped up Better Call Saul Season 3 (amazing, of course) and season 2 of Outlander (also amazing). I also got a chance to complete Batman: Arkham Knight on PS4. The Arkham games are a huge part of my life as far as a games and sci-fi are concerned. I picked up Arkham Asylum when I was 15 or so, and have devoured each title as they came out. The easy mix of sci-fi gadgets, detective noir and some incredibly evil villains have inspired so much of my writing.

But yeah: it’s one month until WorldCon and I have two short stories, two novel outlines and edits on a new novel to wrap up, so expect silence ’til I manage to get some actual work done.

I Now Haz Agent!

If you didn’t see my raging howls over social media, it’s that I NOW HAZ A LITERARY AGENT.

I am now represented by John Jarrold of the John Jarrold Literary Agency, and my film/TV rights represented by Julie Kane-Ritsch of The Gotham Group. John Jarrold picked up my space opera/murder mystery noir novel called THE ROGUE GALAXY, with a strong blend of Scandinavia noir and a body count in the triple figures.

John Jarrold edited and acquired novels by Michael Moorcock, Iain M. Banks, and Robert Jordan, and his current clients include John Gwynne, James Bennett, and Melinda Snodgrass, who I now share an agency with. He also represents Adam Nevill, whose novel The Ritual is releasing as a feature film this October.

It’s not about rubbing shoulders with the big folks (well, maybe a little), but more about the assurance that someone who’s worked with these giants know their stuff, and that you and your project be in good, safe hands.

I spoke with John Jarrold over the phone and felt he was the best one to represent my work. I had interest from other agents, but went with John in the end. But these other agents were so gracious and polite, some telling me that while they didn’t think they had the right contacts to sell it, or didn’t connect with it entirely, they were fans and couldn’t wait to pick it off the shelves one day. There’s so little indication if you’re Doing It Right, and it’s a relief when you get picked up.

But yeah. Agent! We’re going to start doing edits soon, and then it’s off to publishers and I’m absolutely over the moon about this. Thanks again to everyone who beta read the novel, helped revise the query, gave me advice, or just cheered along from the sidelines. It all helped and I’m very pleased to be here now.

New story in Nature!

Just after a few weeks of it being accepted, my story “When There’s Only Dust Left” has dropped in Nature magazine, my fourth with them (I’m still reeling over how I managed to get my greasy paws inside the magazine at all). It deals with war, AIs, reality, and had a very strong dose of horror in it, maybe more than most of my other stories do.

The art is amazing, as always. The guy that did the art for this story did the art for Alien: Covenant on Empire magazine’s cover, which is super cool. I invite you to check out his (Jacey’s) portfolio).

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Anywho, you can check out the story here, or pick up a copy of Nature’s May 11, 2017 issue from your local retailer, if they have it. Hope you enjoy it.

Happy reading!