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Summer Workshops, Conventions, and Signings–Come See Me!

Noumenon Infinity is getting great advanced reviews! Kirkus called it “the genre at its very best.”

Infinity covers

The Harper Voyager US version drops August 14th, and the Harper Voyager UK version drops August 23rd.

In honor of the new release, I’ll be out and about in July and August. I hope you’ll come see me at one of the following events:

July 19th, Fayetteville Public Library (401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR), 5:30pm-7:30pm. I’ll be teaching a two-hour workshop on how to query a novel. Participants will hear an interactive lecture on the basics of querying a novel, in which they will learn how to identify suitable agents, how to compose a query letter, and how to follow up with query submissions.  Participants will draft a query letter with my help and leave with additional reading on how to further their agent hunt.  Please see the library website for further details: https://www.faylib.org/

July 20th – 22nd, San Diego Comic Con (San Diego, CA). I will be a participant at this years SDCC! I’m super excited. Come find me at the Harper Voyager booth, or attend my Saturday afternoon panel “Fly Me to the Moon and Let Me Play Among Those Stars,” 1pm-2pm, room 28DE. Location and time subject to change, so be sure to double check the programming schedule once you arrive at the con: ComicCon 2018

August 14th, Nightbird Books (205 W Dickson St., Fayetteville, AR), 5pm-7pm. Come join me for NOUMENON INFINITY’s launch party! There will be cupcakes, there will be prizes, there will be a reading. There will be a whole lotta fun, and brand new books! http://www.nightbirdbooks.com/

August 16th -19th, WorldCon 76 (San Jose, CA). More convention shenanigans. No word on programming yet, but you can find me out and about at the dealers room, bar con, or at the Hugo Awards cheering on #teamDongWon. http://www.worldcon76.org/

August 25th, Little Rock Barnes & Noble (11500 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock, AR), I’ll be signing books starting at 1pm, along with cookbook author Dreux Antoine and possibly a third mystery guest (I’m not saying it might be Misti Kenison, but if confirmed, it’s Misti Kenison). https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2658

That is my summer schedule. Don’t forget, I’ll have brand new NOUMENON INFINITY bookmarks with me as well! Shiny!

Happy reading!

~Marina

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Long Time No Post

Hello all!

Long time no post, right? Let me update you on the state of this little one-woman nation.

I had a new short story come out in Flash Fiction Online at the beginning of August. It’s about you. No, really, you. I don’t know how to break it to you, but you’re very sick. The story is told in second person, and I dare you to argue with it. It’s totally about you.

You can read You Are Not a Metaphor here.

I also spent a week-ish in Kansas City for this year’s WorldCon (AKA MidAmericon II). For the most part, I had a blast. Got to see lots of friends, make new ones, and had a great meeting with my editor and agent about NOUMENON’s sequel.

I also took part in a group reading for Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, which was my first-ever public reading. All in all, I think it went pretty well (the panel next door even provided mood music).

Got to observe the Alfies once more (where agent-sib Alyssa Wong took home the Alfie for best short story!), and snapped even worse pictures of the ceremony than I did last time (hey, it was really dark in that theater, and the stage was really bright). For comparison:

 

Last Year

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(George R R Martin, Eric Flint, and other lovely people)

This Year

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(George R R Martin and other lovely people I could not identify in a line up with only this picture to go on)

 

In short, I had a great time (again, mostly. Pro tip: do not grab women at parties and then threaten to get into a violent altercation with their agents, okay?), and book two is going to be AWESOME (capitalization for emphasis…Awesome is not the title of book two…but it should be).

If you want a much more thorough recap of the convention, I suggest you take a gander at the write up penned by David Steffen over at Diabolical Plots. He took a lot of great pictures during the week, so pick an author/editor/cool person you love and go play Where’s Waldo.

Recap can be found here.

So now I’m officially in the throes of writing the sequel to NOUMENON. I will keep you in the loop via a newsletter I plan on starting before the end of this month. If there’s anything specific you’d like to see in a newsletter (WIP updates, writerly tips, jokes, cat pictures, grains of wisdom etc.) let me know in the comments!

 

~Marina

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Stories (by Me and Others) Eligible for Awards this Year

Hello all!  If you by any chance are nominating for either the Nebulas or Hugos, here is a list of my publications from 2014 that are awards-eligible (which excludes  reprints and shared-world stories).

I’ve linked to the stories that are available on line.

Best Short Story category:

Elsa’s Spheres, sci-fi (IGMS)

Imma Gonna Finish You Off, sci-fi humor (Galaxy’s Edge)

A Debt Repaid, sci-fi flash fiction (Lightspeed Magazine, WDSF special issue)

Lenora of the Low, dark fantasy (Fantasy for Good anthology)

Best Novelette category:

Balance, sci-fi (Baen.com) (also won second in the Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest)

 

And here’s a list of other people’s short work that I recommend. I’m specifically choosing lesser-known pieces that I think deserve far more attention than they’ve received.

Best Short Story category:

The Thing About Shapes To Come by Adam-Troy Castro, sci-fi (Lightspeed Magazine)

Rules For Killing Monsters by David Sklar, dark fantasy (Nightmare Magazine)

Unfilial Child by Laurie Tom, fantasy (Streets of Shadows anthology)

Intersection by Gio Clairval, sci-fi flash fiction (Galaxy’s Edge)

A Dragon’s Doula by M.K. Hutchins, fantasy (IGMS)

Best Novella:

On the Winds of the Rub’ Al-Khali (part 1, part 2), by Stephen Gaskell (IGMS) (ETA: NOTE.  Only part 1 is technically eligible for nomination this year.  The novella will be eligible as a whole next year if part 1 does not make the ballot this year.)

 

And there are a few wonderful people I think you should consider for the Campbell Award for best new writer. I admit to a bias here, seeing as how they are some of my WotF vol. 29 classmates, but I genuinely think they deserve recognition this early in their careers:

Andrea G. Stewart (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, and more)

Tina Gower (Galaxy’s Edge, Black Denim Lit, and more)

Brian Trent (Apex, Analog, and more)

Shannon Peavey (Urban Fantasy magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and more)

 

Go forth, read, nominate!

~Marina

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I’ve just made it home after a wonderful and exhaustive experience at LoneStarCon 3. Met with a lot of people, went to a lot of interesting and informative panels, and had a great time staying up late every night chatting in the bar and hotel lobby.

While I was gone, the latest issue of Galaxy’s Edge was released. It contains my story “The Prayer Ladder,” along with stories by Nancy Kress, Nick T. Chan, Robert Silverberg and many more.

You can read it on line at galaxysedge.com, or find it in e-book and hard copy from your go-to retailer.

I plan on doing a more comprehensive post on Worldcon once I’ve fully recovered from the trip.

If you were there, but somehow I missed out on meeting you, let me know in the comments!

~Marina

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