mmerriam: (Old Lynx)
It is Caturday, and Mr. Belyn would like to know if you have read his human's books? Every time you buy one of his human's books, Mr. Belyn gets a treat, and he thinks that is the Greatest Thing Ever!

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Thursday:
The move in was stupid hot, as the whole day was stupid hot. Luckily we were able to score a bellman’s cart to help with the move in, so it only took two trips instead three. The bad news was, the room (the brand-new just remolded room) had a broken shower, which forced us to clean up in the sink until maintenance was able to come and repaired the damage.

I went to the “Who Mourns the Villains?” panels, which had some pretty good discussion about creating believable and sympathetic villains.

I had dinner in the hotel room, visited the registration desk for attending professionals and picked up my card showing what programming I was scheduled for, and then wandered around the convention until I was on “Escaping the Slush Pile.” This panel had four editors and slush-readers actually read aloud the first few pages of audience member submitted manuscripts, then discuss them. It went really well, actually, and the courageous submitters seemed to appreciate the advice from the panelists.

Cut Because The Report Is Long And I Am Merciful )

Cover Art

Apr. 12th, 2012 08:17 pm
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I have the lovely cover art for the latest MinnSpec anthology, which I had the pleasure to edit. Look for posts about each story and why I picked it in the near future, along with a link to purchase the anthology.

Oklahoma!

Jan. 11th, 2012 04:28 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I traveled back to Oklahoma over the Christmas holidays to visit with family and friends. This was the first time we had been back since 2009, and [livejournal.com profile] careswen had the lovely idea that I should do some public readings and storytelling events in our old home state. It was a great idea. None of our family or friends in Oklahoma had been to one of my readings, and I was incorporating my storytelling-as-performance into what I was doing.

Long Entry With Pictures )

Oklahoma!

Jan. 11th, 2012 04:28 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I traveled back to Oklahoma over the Christmas holidays to visit with family and friends. This was the first time we had been back since 2009, and [livejournal.com profile] careswen had the lovely idea that I should do some public readings and storytelling events in our old home state. It was a great idea. None of our family or friends in Oklahoma had been to one of my readings, and I was incorporating my storytelling-as-performance into what I was doing.

Long Entry With Pictures )
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Because I know some of you got eReaders of one type or another for the holidays. And because as much I love writing, I also have to eat and pay bills. So here is my post-holidays marketing sales pitch for all my available books, both print and electronic.

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul: Urban Fantasy Short Story

It came to the diner looking for a soul to devour.

At a late-night diner, the manager finds himself faced with a nightmare from his past: The Nalusachita, a mythical-creature of his Choctaw ancestors.

Determined to protect his customers from the shape-changing soul-stealer but unsure how, the manager sets out to clear the restaurant at closing time.

What neither manager or monster counted on was the eccentric patrons of the diner, and how they would react to the mythical creature…

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul is available in ebook at Musa Publishing, Amazon, and Smashwords.

#

The Horror at Cold Springs: Steampunk / Supernatural Western Novella

When a disparate group of travelers find themselves stranded in a ghost town on the western Nebraska frontier, will they unravel the mystery of the missing townsfolk and survive to tell the tale?

The Horror at Cold Springs is available in print from The Sam's Dot Publishing Bookstore and in all ebook formats from Smashwords.

#

Last Car to Annwn Station: Urban Fantasy Novel / Paranormal Romance - Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction Blog pick for Top Ten Books, 2011.

“The fare is ten cents, miss.”

Mae Malveaux, an attorney with Minneapolis Child Protective Services, is burnt-out, tired and frustrated. Passing on an invite from Jill, her flirtatious coworker, Mae just wants a quiet night in. Leaving the office late, she’s surprised to find the Heritage Line streetcars up and running and hops aboard, eager for a quick trip home.
But this is no ordinary streetcar. Death is one of its riders, and Mae is thrust into Annwn, a realm of magic and danger.

“Your transfer, miss. You’ll need that.”

Mae’s life is turned upside down as human and fae worlds collide. Her budding relationship with Jill takes a perilous turn when they are hunted by mythical beasts, and Mae is drawn into a deadly power struggle. With Jill at her side, Mae must straddle both worlds and fight a war she barely comprehends, for not only does the fate of Annwn rest in her hands, but the lives of both a human and fae child…

Last Car to Annwn Station is available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and in audio format at Audible.

#

Shimmers & Shadows: Short Story Collection

These diverse short stories unfold where the faery realm intersects with the mundane world of the Twin Cities, in the spacefaring future of exploration and adventure, and in a mythical land of sorcery and danger. Here you will find tales of adventure, horror, enchantment, humor, tragedy, and romance where:
…a young outcast strikes a hard bargain with the Muddy River
…two very different spirits find sanctuary in a historic shopping mall
…a space transport captain makes a difficult choice and falls headlong into the middle of a conspiracy
…a fallen Seelie champion is caught between his dark past and unusual mortal friends
…estranged lovers discover whether science or magic will save their dying Earth
…death is not the end, time does not always run in a straight line, and the rain blesses both mortals and fae.

Shimmers & Shadows is available at Lulu and in ebook for Kindle from Amazon.

#

Should We Drown In Feathered Sleep: Near-Future Post-Apocalypse Fantasy Novella -- Long Listed for the 2010 Nebula Award.

A New Order

A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons, direct descendants of the legendary First Pair, await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price.

A Free Spirit

Even as the rest of the world rebuilds, Grace Kriske’s life is shattered. Unable to walk, she feels utterly dependent on her family and trapped in a community that disapproves of her rebellious ways. Grace’s only solace is her lover, David Tvedt, a trader who wants to take her away with him—if she’d let him.

An Impossible Choice

Yet something else calls to Grace—the loons. They haunt her dreams, lurking in her mind as if part of her deepest primal self. But when Grace is chosen as the new sacrifice, she’s afraid. Will she risk everything to help the community that shuns her, or will she choose her own path?

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is available in ebook at Carina Press, Amazon, and B&N. and in audio format at Audible.
mmerriam: (Default)
Because I know some of you got eReaders of one type or another for the holidays. And because as much I love writing, I also have to eat and pay bills. So here is my post-holidays marketing sales pitch for all my available books, both print and electronic.

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul: Urban Fantasy Short Story

It came to the diner looking for a soul to devour.

At a late-night diner, the manager finds himself faced with a nightmare from his past: The Nalusachita, a mythical-creature of his Choctaw ancestors.

Determined to protect his customers from the shape-changing soul-stealer but unsure how, the manager sets out to clear the restaurant at closing time.

What neither manager or monster counted on was the eccentric patrons of the diner, and how they would react to the mythical creature…

Coffee For Your Body, Flames For Your Soul is available in ebook Musa Publishing, Amazon, and Smashwords.

#

The Horror at Cold Springs: Steampunk / Supernatural Western Novella

When a disparate group of travelers find themselves stranded in a ghost town on the western Nebraska frontier, will they unravel the mystery of the missing townsfolk and survive to tell the tale?

The Horror at Cold Springs is available in print from The Sam's Dot Publishing Bookstore and in all ebook formats from Smashwords.

#

Last Car to Annwn Station: Urban Fantasy Novel

“The fare is ten cents, miss.”

Mae Malveaux, an attorney with Minneapolis Child Protective Services, is burnt-out, tired and frustrated. Passing on an invite from Jill, her flirtatious coworker, Mae just wants a quiet night in. Leaving the office late, she’s surprised to find the Heritage Line streetcars up and running and hops aboard, eager for a quick trip home.
But this is no ordinary streetcar. Death is one of its riders, and Mae is thrust into Annwn, a realm of magic and danger.

“Your transfer, miss. You’ll need that.”

Mae’s life is turned upside down as human and fae worlds collide. Her budding relationship with Jill takes a perilous turn when they are hunted by mythical beasts, and Mae is drawn into a deadly power struggle. With Jill at her side, Mae must straddle both worlds and fight a war she barely comprehends, for not only does the fate of Annwn rest in her hands, but the lives of both a human and fae child…

Last Car to Annwn Station is available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and in audio format at Audible.

#

Shimmers & Shadows: Short Story Collection

These diverse short stories unfold where the faery realm intersects with the mundane world of the Twin Cities, in the spacefaring future of exploration and adventure, and in a mythical land of sorcery and danger. Here you will find tales of adventure, horror, enchantment, humor, tragedy, and romance where:
…a young outcast strikes a hard bargain with the Muddy River
…two very different spirits find sanctuary in a historic shopping mall
…a space transport captain makes a difficult choice and falls headlong into the middle of a conspiracy
…a fallen Seelie champion is caught between his dark past and unusual mortal friends
…estranged lovers discover whether science or magic will save their dying Earth
…death is not the end, time does not always run in a straight line, and the rain blesses both mortals and fae.

Shimmers & Shadows is available at Lulu and in ebook for Kindle from Amazon.

#

Should We Drown In Feathered Sleep: Near-Future Post-Apocalypse Fantasy

A New Order

A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons, direct descendants of the legendary First Pair, await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price.

A Free Spirit

Even as the rest of the world rebuilds, Grace Kriske’s life is shattered. Unable to walk, she feels utterly dependent on her family and trapped in a community that disapproves of her rebellious ways. Grace’s only solace is her lover, David Tvedt, a trader who wants to take her away with him—if she’d let him.

An Impossible Choice

Yet something else calls to Grace—the loons. They haunt her dreams, lurking in her mind as if part of her deepest primal self. But when Grace is chosen as the new sacrifice, she’s afraid. Will she risk everything to help the community that shuns her, or will she choose her own path?

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is available in ebook at Carina Press, Amazon, and B&N. and in audio format at Audible.
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Catherine Lundoff, ([livejournal.com profile] catherineldf) award winning author of A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2011) will be reading at True Colors Bookstore with Special Guest Michael Merriam, author of Last Car to Annwn Station (Carina Press, 2011).

True Colors Bookstore: http://www.truecolorsbookstore.com/
Saturday, November 12 · 4:00pm
True Colors Bookstore
4755 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

* The reading will take place downstairs in the bookstore, which has no elevator and is unfortunately not accessible for people with wheelchairs or walkers.
mmerriam: (Last Car)
Catherine Lundoff, ([livejournal.com profile] catherineldf) award winning author of A Day at the Inn, A Night at the Palace and Other Stories (Lethe Press, 2011) will be reading at True Colors Bookstore with Special Guest Michael Merriam, author of Last Car to Annwn Station (Carina Press, 2011).

True Colors Bookstore: http://www.truecolorsbookstore.com/
Saturday, November 12 · 4:00pm
True Colors Bookstore
4755 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

* The reading will take place downstairs in the bookstore, which has no elevator and is unfortunately not accessible for people with wheelchairs or walkers.
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I will be interviewed this Saturday, September 17th on “Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction." The discussion will focus on my novel Last Car to Annwn Station, including the "incongruity" of a straight male writing lesbian fiction. I will also do a short (one to three minutes) reading from the novel.

The Details:
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 3:00pm Central
URL: http://blogtalkradio.com/readingslab

There is a guest line at phone number (646) 929-1909 for anyone who might want to call in and/or ask questions live on air during the show.

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Last Car to Annwn Station. Available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and in audio format at Audible.

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep. Available in ebook format at Carina Press, Amazon, B&N, and in audio format at Audible.
mmerriam: (Default)
I will be interviewed this Saturday, September 17th on “Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women's Fiction." The discussion will focus on my novel Last Car to Annwn Station, including the "incongruity" of a straight male writing lesbian fiction. I will also do a short (one to three minutes) reading from the novel.

The Details:
Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 3:00pm Central
URL: http://blogtalkradio.com/readingslab

There is a guest line at phone number (646) 929-1909 for anyone who might want to call in and/or ask questions live on air during the show.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Last Car to Annwn Station. Available in ebook format at Carina Press, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and in audio format at Audible.

Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep. Available in ebook format at Carina Press, Amazon, B&N, and in audio format at Audible.
mmerriam: (Quantum Cat)
1. Finished Bujold's Shards of Honor, because I might be the last SF fan in existence to read these books and I thought I needed to correct that. I was suitably impressed and will be starting on Barrayar soon.

2. Dear Reverend Selena: We love you, but if these expensive trips to the vet don't stop soon, you are going to have get a job of your own. I'm just saying.

3. Speaking of jobs: Dear Universe: I really need a part-time position that pays between $14 and $15 per hour and is 20 to 24 hours a week and no more than an hour commute involving no more than two buses. I need this so that [livejournal.com profile] careswen can free up more time to build her psychotherapy practice. I know this might be much to ask considering the crummy economy, my complete and total lack of marketable skills, and the fear and dread you see in the eyes of hiring managers and HR people when the gimp walks into an interview, but still, it never hurts to ask.

4. Dear Muse: A vampire novel? Really? Oh, I get to write them as the deadly monsters they are? Cool!

5. Is there some kind of fair or something going on right now?
mmerriam: (Quantum Cat)
1. Finished Bujold's Shards of Honor, because I might be the last SF fan in existence to read these books and I thought I needed to correct that. I was suitably impressed and will be starting on Barrayar soon.

2. Dear Reverend Selena: We love you, but if these expensive trips to the vet don't stop soon, you are going to have get a job of your own. I'm just saying.

3. Speaking of jobs: Dear Universe: I really need a part-time position that pays between $14 and $15 per hour and is 20 to 24 hours a week and no more than an hour commute involving no more than two buses. I need this so that [livejournal.com profile] careswen can free up more time to build her psychotherapy practice. I know this might be much to ask considering the crummy economy, my complete and total lack of marketable skills, and the fear and dread you see in the eyes of hiring managers and HR people when the gimp walks into an interview, but still, it never hurts to ask.

4. Dear Muse: A vampire novel? Really? Oh, I get to write them as the deadly monsters they are? Cool!

5. Is there some kind of fair or something going on right now?
mmerriam: (Default)
...you go here and read the first installment of [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

Catherynne is offering this new YA novel on the internet on a donation model. She writes a cool story and gives it to you for free, you decide what it's worth to you. There is more information about the project here.
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A sort of review: Caitlin Kittredge's Night Life is a rollicking good bit of dark urban fantasy plus detective story with horror elements. Kittredge handles action as well as any writer I've read, and keeps the story moving along at a fast pace, punctuated by little pauses to catch your breath. This is a solid, fun read, and while Kittredge is skilled at scene setting, world building, and creating tension, she doesn't lose sight of the plot. Sure, there are some problems: I think the main character, Luna, is too mouthy and self-destructive for her own good, and sometimes I had to stop and wonder just how in the hell she made it to detective, but everything considered, but it wasn't enough to put me off. Fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden books and Tonya Huff's Victory Nelson series will enjoy this book.

A recommendation: Walking Shadow Theatre's Robots vs. Fake Robots is a wild, chaotic, and deeply thoughtful piece of work. This is something that will appeal to SF fans and to theatre goers both, and is the kind of piece that has you walking out thinking about what you just saw. This show works spectacularly, telling its story on multiple levels. I won't spoil things for you except to say it's a biting bit of commentary wrapped up in SF genre ideas taken in a different, if still dystopia, direction. Well-acted, well-choreographed (did I mention the sexy robot dancing?) and lovingly presented in a wild, chaotic fashion by cast and crew. It runs through June 27th, so you have plenty of time go see it.

Project: One Short Story a Week: I finished new piece this week, a 2500 word story about ghosts, cellphones, loneliness, revenge, and friendship. Once I finish next week's pieces, I'll start polishing this one.
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...with the added bonus of getting to read good stories!

This is the brainchild of [livejournal.com profile] neutronjockey. Check it out. Buy one. Help your neighbor.



Cornstalk Gypsies: The Iowa Flood Relief Anthology.

100% of revenue from this project will be donated to assist in relief efforts for victims of the 2008 floods in Iowa. Authors in this anthology: Sarah Prineas, Michael Jasper, Carrie Jones, Tyson Chaney, Joya Mannan, Ann M. Nguyen, Dr. Catherine Schaff-Stump and Shalanna Collins. Edited by J.K.Richárd. www.reliefanthology.com
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...with the added bonus of getting to read good stories!

This is the brainchild of [livejournal.com profile] neutronjockey. Check it out. Buy one. Help your neighbor.



Cornstalk Gypsies: The Iowa Flood Relief Anthology.

100% of revenue from this project will be donated to assist in relief efforts for victims of the 2008 floods in Iowa. Authors in this anthology: Sarah Prineas, Michael Jasper, Carrie Jones, Tyson Chaney, Joya Mannan, Ann M. Nguyen, Dr. Catherine Schaff-Stump and Shalanna Collins. Edited by J.K.Richárd. www.reliefanthology.com
mmerriam: (Coffee)
I think I'll be focused on short fiction for the rest of the year, with time set aside to do rewrites on Dark Water Blues. So far this year I've completely rewritten one novel, finished another in first draft, and written about 24,000 words on a third novel that I might pick back up later. Add in a novella and a couple of novelettes, and I think I'm ready to focus on some shorter stuff.

Really, it's not like I don't have a whole gaggle of possible short pieces waiting their turn. I'm especially keen to work on "Fourth Dimensional Pony in the Concourse of the Lost" and "Zombies for Christ!" I have several other strong contenders once I'm done with those, including a science fiction murder-mystery, a space opera ghost story, and a steampunk paranormal romance.

I occurs to me it is October, which means I should be engaged in my annual reading/listening of Roger Zelazny's "A Night in the Lonesome October."

In other news, I've had Charles Trenet singing "Le Mer" in my head pretty much all day. I don't know why.

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