Antoni Austen, Low Tide After a Storm, 1892, Salon des Champs-Elysées 1892
“We want what the woman wanted in the prison queue in Leningrad, standing there with cold and whispering for fear, enduring the terror of Stalin’s regime and asking the poet Anna Akhmatova if she could describe it all, if her art was equal to it.”
― Seamus Heaney, Crediting Poetry: The Nobel Lecture
They give us one month, a singular set of days, to remember we are poets at heart. (more…)
Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. Today, my friend (and co-editor of the soon to appear 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook) Cat Rambo is here to tell you about her gorgeous new book and first novel, Beasts of Tabat, just out!
Four Philadelphians and two New Yorkers had a great time at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble this past weekend. I mean, just look at these faces:
Gregory Frost, Michael Swanwick, Sheila Williams, Fran Wilde, Emily Hockaday, Tom Purdom, at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes Noble on March 28, 2015 … photo by Tom Wilde
Greg and Michael, editor Sheila Williams, Tom Purdom and I talked about how great the Philadelphia science fiction writing scene is, how our stories in the April/May issue of Asimov’s Magazine came to be, answered fantastic questions from the audience about things past and future, and signed piles of magazines for two hours. (more…)
It’s tough to interview a friend for a podcast, but I did just that for you with Jodi Meadows, renowned cookie aficionado and author of the stupendously successful YA Incarnate Series, as well as the new Orphan Queen, out this month. The risks are many: giggling, talking too much, … that she knows where I live…
but I didn’t realize that I would be walking into a recipe mineshaft.
It’s true. Jodi Meadows’ recipe is for the er, soup… she calls it soup… she feeds her pet ferrets. And you can only hear it here, on Cooking the Books. (more…)
Aidan Moher invited me to A Dribble of Ink to talk about sky-high worldbuilding. Here’s a peek, with a pointer to the rest…
A few things to know before we set out:
First, we’re going up… and (maybe) down, so pack your chutes. Aidan asked me to write a post about worldbuilding in the air — a somewhat non-traditional fantasy setting — because of a few stories I have in the wind. I set both the short story, “A Moment of Gravity, Circumscribed,”1 out this month in XIII: Stories of Transformation (Resurrection House, March 2015), and my upcoming novel Updraft above the clouds.
Book Bites is Cooking the Books‘ more easygoing sibling. Authors talk about their book and share a recipe, all in one tasty bite. We’re so glad to have the wonderful Carrie Patel here to talk about her new Angry Robot book The Buried Life, which debuted on March 3.
Book Bites with Carrie Patel:
The Buried Life takes place in an underground city filled with scheming blue bloods, cunning detectives, and plucky laundresses. While food isn’t the centerpiece of the story, characters frequently come together to share a bite and a drink while they trade secrets and barbs.
In a status-obsessed city like Recoletta, the cuisine also reflects the venue—fashionable whitenails dine on canapés and caviar, and working-class characters enjoy meat and potatoes. Also, since inter-city trade is limited, all but the most expensive dinners must come from ingredients provided by Recoletta’s local farming communes.(more…)
I spent a few days writing without ice and snow last week. Also without much Internets. We had a weak WIFI signal, which made for many words, and an odd feeling of being disconnected on a global level, while very connected to my fellow writers. This was a very good thing. Many thanks to Patrick Swenson and everyone at session 2 of the wonderful Rainforest Writers’ Village.
I gave a Deadlines 2.0 talk and I made deadline-apocalypse stickers for it… I have some extra. Might give away a few. Will give that a think.
Nicole: dedication personified.
Breakfast off campus with Nancy, Maura, Brenda, and Janna
Remy, always smiling.
More lake, with character arc.
XII, XV, & XVI Viable Paradise folks: Nicole, Stephanie, Casey, Tucker, Mark, Janice, Me, Kelly
Lake, with character shift
When I say Nicole was all dedication, I’m dead serious. 6 am every morning. Even the last morning. #respect
Never enough lake photos. This time with plot element.
Our YA series, The Change, starting with STRANGER and HOSTAGE (download an excerpt here) is set in a kind of Gold Rush crossed with X-Men setting, on the ruins of Los Angeles. That called for a diverse set of cultures—and that means an interesting variety of foods. We describe food a lot in the books, because we both really like food.
So when the opportunity came up to do this Book Bites blog, the first thing to mind was apple crumble. Rachel had one recipe, which is a delicious one. Sherwood faced a dilemma. (more…)