The Seer’s Choice, and general news…

I haven’t been keeping up my blogging here lately, and I’ll talk more about that below.  However, I wanted to drop in to tell people that my novella, The Seer’s Choice, will be coming up on Amazon soon…ish.

In this Golden City novella, we follow Captain Rafael’s Pinheiro’s efforts to protect a young woman he knows—he is a seer, after all—he is fated to marry. The story is set concurrent with The Shores of Spain, and brings up back to some of the characters in the Golden City. (And I confess, it will be easier for people familiar with the series to understand.)

I don’t have a cover yet, but as soon as I get it, I’ll be putting the book up on Amazon, where I’m planning to put it in the Kindle Unlimited program so that more people can get it for free.  (If you’re a Nook person, I apologize.)

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I’ve have a few guest posts lately, and if you go back to the home page, you can find links to a couple of giveaways that are still running.

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I’m currently offline quite a bit as I prepare to move from Oklahoma back to Texas. This is a long process, so my internet communication will be spotty for a while. Please be patient!

And finally, thanks to everyone who’s reviewed The Shores of Spain. I don’t say that often enough, but I really really appreciate your support!

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Turkey time….probably not in the way you think.

J. Kathleen Cheney:

I’m very busy getting my house packed up to move, but once again…our neighbor has purchased turkeys. I hope they don’t show up in time for house showings…

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Our neighbor has purchased turkeys again. I’m afraid he thinks they should be free range, so they’ve joined his guinea fowl in wandering our neighborhood, settling on our roof, and generally driving our dogs nuts.

To get a look at them–because they could evidently hear the turkeys while we were gone to yoga–the dogs broke the blinds in the front dining room. ::sighs::

Now, we love our dogs, and we don’t think there’s any rule preventing our neighbor from using our neighborhood as a giant turkey run*, but the broken blinds are a bit of a pain.

(We’ve decided that as long as we have our dogs, there’s no point in fixing the blinds. But we’ll have to pay eventually).

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*If the turkey-owner lived in the neighborhood, we could prevent him as part of the HOA, but since he lives on an estate -next to- our neighborhood, we have…

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Why you didn’t see author X at _____________Con

J. Kathleen Cheney:

As I’m heading out for ArmadilloCon today, I thought I’d slap this back up…since I’m going to be hiding in my hotel room, editing…

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Do you ever go to cons and want to see a specific person? And yet, despite knowing they’re present, you still don’t see them? Or you do see them, but they don’t seem to have time to talk to you?

Now I’m not talking about panels here, I’m talking about social encounters.  You know, hanging out in the bar, sitting in the con suite, meeting up at parties.  Some of those just don’t happen, and here are some of the reasons why…

1) Your target is socialized out (or not very social at all.)

For me, a rampant introvert, socializing is exhausting. I usually do pretty well for the first day or  so at a con, but after a couple of days, I’m getting mentally stressed. I tend to revert to only talking to my friends, or hiding in my hotel room and watching reruns of Mythbusters.

This isn’t a…

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Strong Female Characters (from Childhood)

I’ve got an article up at the Ragnarok Publications Blog, where I’m talking about a Strong Female Character from my childhood, Mrs. Frisby. 

My article is about the character who can’t fix her problems by herself, something that’s very very common in real life, but not as common in fiction.  So drop by and give it a look (although I don’t think there’s any way to comment.)

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ArmadilloCon Schedule

I have my schedule for ArmadilloCon in Austin this weekend. Since I’ll be moderating a couple of these, I’ll get to sound official!

(Reminders about Giveaways at the bottom.)

Friday

Researching Your Book  Fri 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Ballroom E
Blaschke, Cheney*, Moyer, Osborne, Thomas, Wood
Where to look, who to ask, what to do? How much is too much? What do you do with all the research that doesn’t fit in the book?

Saturday

Stump the Panel: Make Up an SF/F Use for an Everyday Object Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom D
Cheney*, Mandala, Stoddard, Rose, Rountree
The audience supplies the items, and the panel provides the imagination.

 Broad Universe  Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Southpark A
Burton, Cheney, Jones, Latner*, Oliver, Ward, Wright
A joint reading by members of the writers’ group Broad Universe “promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women.

Sa1600DR AutographingSat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Dealers’ Room
Cheney, Eudaly, Finn, Latner, Reed, Webb, Wells

Sunday

Hardcore Business of Writing Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom F
Cheney, Jacobs, Maresca, Swendson*, Wells
How does a writer look out for him/herself in the big world of publishing? What has helped the panelists most in forming a profitable writing career?

Performing Major Surgery on Your Novel Sun Noon-1:00 PM Ballroom F
Cargill, Cheney*, Chu, Marmell, Sarath, Wood
When do you know it’s time for a major redo of your novel? What do you do when an editor asks for a severe change in word count, to delete or add a subplot, or change the viewpoint character? Is it best to cut with precision, or chuck it all and start over?

So that’s what I’ll be doing at ArmadilloCon (when I’m not holed up in my room eaditing!)

If you’re in the Austin area, you should definitely come and see the show ;o)

Giveaways:

There’s a giveaway running through this Wednesday on GoodReads for copies of The Shores of Spain.

And the Rafflecopter giveaway still has 10 days left!

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