A Holiday Hiatus, And Other News

THINGS! STUFF! CAPS LOCK! LOUD NOISES!

Some real quick news-flavored snidbits (now in nacho habanero salted caramel):

Holy crap! Blackbirds gets a nod as being amongst the best of 2012 at The Independent. This is alongside some alarmingly talented, er, talent — Paul Cornell, Nick Harkaway, Cherie Priest, Joe Abercrombie. Very happy to be in such great company. Humbled, honored, and more than a little tingly in all my pink parts. (Check out Blackbirds here at Amazon.)

Blackbirds has flown into the Novel of the Year running at This Is Horror! But to fly to the furthest flung heights, that means I need your vote. (If, of course, you enjoyed the book.) You can check it out and vote here, if you so choose!

Blackbirds continues to also flutter forward, round after round, at the Ranting Dragon Cover Battle 2012. We’re currently in the Quarter Finals, with Blackbirds in the Coverdome against N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon. Two covers enter, one cover leaves. (As authors we have decided to both of us will reprise the Tina Turner role; I will take Tina’s wardrobe, and N.K. will take the hair.) Whether or not you like the book, I happen to believe that thanks to the mighty magic of Joey Hi-Fi, the Blackbirds cover is THE BESTEST COVER TO HAVE EVER COVERED A BOOK. Which means, yet again, I’d appreciate your vote if you’re feeling all votey.

From Book Monkey, a Blackbirds review: “There is often something about urban fantasy series that don’t pull me in enough to make me want to read more. But Blackbirds is definitely the exception, and I literally can’t wait to read the next instalment Mockingbird.”

Let’s see. What else?

You’ll find me yammering over at ThrillerCast.

The terribleminds revamp is largely complete. We now have a way to subscribe to the blog. Or to comments. And we have nested comments, too. I now have a full portfolio on the front page for the work. The blog font size is increased. The widgets are still… changing, maybe, I dunno? But we’re at least in done for now territory.

Love to get your thoughts on it when you have but a free moment?

I’m currently almost through the second draft rewrite of The Blue Blazes.

While also editing Popcorn (which has a new title I’ll share after the new year).

While also editing Gods & Monsters: Unclean Spirits.

While also prepping Beyond Dinocalypse.

While also drunkenly veering toward Christmas and New Year’s.

WHILE ALSO SAVING THE WORLD FROM DIMENSION-HOPPING TERRORISTS WHO WANT TO DESTROY THE TENDER MEMBRANES BETWEEN UNIVERSES AND SEE IT ALL COME CRASHING TOGETHER DAMN YOU TERRORISTS DAMN YOU.

Okay, maybe not that last part.

But all this leads me to the final crunchy snidbit of news:

Terribleminds is going on hiatus!

Relax, relax, it’s not like, a long one. Or even a complete one.

We’ll be back just after the New Year. Probably that Wednesday, the 2nd.

Further, you’ll see another post between now and then — a personal year’s end wrap-up.

But meanwhile, I’m gonna go crawl back around the word-war trenches.

Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. May Lucifer light your way. I mean, uhh, not Lucifer. What? Who said Lucifer? Was it you? Weirdo. *runs away, disappears in a cloud of incredulity*