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Queen of Swords Press' newest title, Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks, is up for preorder now at the Evil Empire, other platforms to follow soon! Print will be up for preorder in the next week or so too. The pretty, pretty cover is by Nathalie Grey of KaNaXa.

Home with a splitting headache and working like a mad thing. Good times! But on the progress front, finished two very short story drafts and starting on a longer one, all due this month, have a new article mostly drafted and making progress on sundry things.

I've also been using my "snowed-in" time to shop for my birthday at the end of the month. It's pretty lowkey, but I've found an infrared massager that's supposed to be good for knees, shoulders and elbows (fingers crossed that this works! I'll link if it does), copies of Peking Opera Blues (Brigitte Lin in a tuxedo - do you really need to know more?) and Sword of Destiny (Crouching Tiger 2, pretty much just about Michelle Yeoh) and literary chocolate from Open Book Chocolates. Normally, there would be books too, but we're  tackling the Great Cleanout in prep for the Great Furnace Replacement so we're getting rid of a lot more than we're buying.

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Or, at least in the near future.

I've got a new guest blog up today, this one on author Karelia Stretz-Waters'
blog, on the topic of writing good sex scenes. This an appetizer for my online class, In Flagrante Delicto, which I'll be teaching on 3/31 (assuming people sign up) at Cat Rambo's Academy for Wayward Writers, so if you like my post, the class may be for you. I'll also be offering a class on editing anthologies on 4/6. And we are doing our financial planning for the replacement and attic redo this summer so if you're thinking of taking a class, now would be an excellent time. See also: buying books.

Speaking of books, I'm in the process of pulling together the latest Queen of Swords Press title, Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks. Wireless is a sequel to Acks's Murder on the Titania and features more Ramos and Simms stories. They're both rollicking good reads and I highly recommend them! The cover reveal will be coming soon, along with preorder links, and the release date will be midApril (probably the 10th, but perhaps a week later), hopefully in time for ClexaCon and almost certainly in time for UntitledTown in Green Bay.

I'm also doing a talk on running a small press at DreamHaven Books on 3/21, "Running a Small Press: It's an Adventure!"  This will be a sequel to the talk I did in 2017 on getting started in small press publishing. There'll be time for Q&A, hopefully amusing anecdotes and some munchies, as well as QoSP books for sale. I'm also hoping to open up for book queries for 2020 for a bit in April and May, since i have a part-time assistant who i doing great work and can help me manage things. Fingers crossed.

Apart from all of this, I'm working on stuff. Blood Moon, the next menopausal werewolves novel, is moving along at a reasonably brisk pace. I hope to have a draft done by end of April, maybe sooner. I'm into that phase of pantsing where I know how it needs to end and that helps move things along. I've also sent in a pitch for an interesting project, am polishing up an essay for submission and will be getting some other things out the door this weekend while tackling my invite projects. I'm also looking forward to the Huldufolk Art Show on Saturday and Theatre Unbound's production of "Iphigenia and Other Daughters" on Saturday night (the same playwright's Fringe production, "Blood Noctourne" about Elizabeth Bathory was amazing). I'm also doing catch up on all my missed meetings and meetups from Snowpocalypse February. Should be fun.

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 Only 1 day (and a few hours) left to get this queer specfic Pride Month StoryBundle and support Rainbow Railroad in their work w/ LGBTQ folks fleeing oppression around the world! Books by Alex Acks, Melissa Scott, Dayna Ingram, Tenea D. Johnson, Don Sakers, Jo Graham, Joseph Carriker, Geonn Cannon, A.C. Wise and Emily L. Byrne. 
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 We shall begin with a lovely review of Alex Acks's Murder on the Titania from reviewer James Davis Nicoll. Can I just say how great it is to see other people love this book as much as I do? I'm really glad that Alex decided to entrust Queen of Swords Press with this book so I'm hoping we can do them proud, as it were. :-D

As part of the Great Possessions Purge of 2018 (I'm downsizing like a mad thing because I really need to), I posted two previously unworn Tiptree Award t-shirts, a steampunk butterkeeper from Aegean Goods Pottery and a stack of feminist sfnal reading materials at the Con or Bust Auction. I've also posted a Queen of Swords Press print book package. Bidding opens 4/9!

I'm planning for Clexa Con in Las Vegas next week, where I'll be tabling with the awesome gals from Blind Eye Books and doing a panel. And I'm turning 55 on Friday so I'm trying to raise $550 for SAGE, a nonprofit that serves LGBTQ+ seniors, in lieu of gifts. (If you're local and want to attend some portion of my bday weekend festivities, feel free to message me here).

Other than this, I've got two short stories out the door, am making progress on novel edits and am wrangling a lot of stuff and am trying to find time to rest, go to movies and read. We'll see how that goes.
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Because if that's not an attention-grabbing headline, I don't know what is. :-) It is available on Amazon and it includes my essay "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," the saga of how I almost got traded for my then worth in nose candy back in the 1980s. Good times! Also, lots of essays, stories and poems from other women about their travel experiences. There is also swag and more swag of the book cover available on t-shirts, tote-bags and such. I am about a hair away from getting My Wandering Uterus shower curtains for everyone to enjoy!

I have pretty, pretty
paperbacks of Alex Acks's Murder on the Titania, the new Queen of Swords Press title! It's up for preorder now, but there will be copies at ClexaCon and WisCon!

Tonight, I am off for a sanity break to see the rebooted Tomb Raider but when not doing that or day jobbery, I am writing like a mad thing. There is a new Emily Byrne romantic sf novel in rewrites, Blood Moon is moving along and there are 3 short stories in progress. Also, need to do some proposals. And more stuff. Day job is still being Dread Pirate Roberts to my Wesley, so no updates there. Possessions purge is ongoing and kind of swell, at this point. I have decided to break my local con fast and go to 4th Street Fantasy because they are making some interesting changes. We will see how that goes.
More soon...


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