Monday, October 26, 2015

MileHiCon, publications and writing

Last week, I was on vacation from the day job. It was a staycation in which, for one glorious week, I got a window into what life might be like as a full-time fiction writer.

On Wednesday (Back to the Future Day), Nature: Futures published my time-travel story "Prime Time," which you can read right here. And you can read the origins of the story, too. (There are Daleks involved.)

Also, I received my contributor's copy of the Far Orbit Apogee anthology from World Weaver Press, which is all about space opera, one of my favorite subgenres.

And if that wasn't enough, Digital Science Fiction published a reprint of one of my all-time favorite stories, "Catch a Fallen Star," which you can purchase right here. (This is the seventh publication from Digital SF, with other stories published from great authors like Martin Shoemaker and Alex Kane. So check out the others, too!) Also, as I write this, my story is ranked No. 37 in the Kindle Store for short reads in science fiction and fantasy, and No. 97 in cyberpunk. Awesome.

MileHiCon from Friday-Sunday was a blast. I enjoyed my panels, and hanging out with friends I see only a couple times a year.

With all that going on, I still wrote at least 1K words on my novel each day. I don't have a final word count tallied for the week yet, but it'll land somewhere between 9K and 10K. That's as much as I usually do in a month when I'm also working at the day job.

And in a lovely coda to the week, my talented friend Dustin Adams has a super fun story today at Every Day Fiction, "Halloween O'Hungering," in which a hungry journalist named Jennifer hunts for food during the Denver Zombie Crawl. This might be "based on true events." Except for the part where she turns into a zombie.

Today, I'm back at the day job. The window is closing for now. But it gives me even more motivation to make writing my permanent, full-time job someday.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

My MileHiCon schedule

MileHiCon starts tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Denver Tech Center. For the first time ever, I'm a participant instead of a member. I'm not scheduled to sign books, but I'm happy to scribble my name if you happen to own an anthology in which I have a story. I am doing a reading, panels and fan forums. Here's where to find me around the con:

4 p.m. Inside Writing Workshops: Clarion, Odyssey & More, Wind River B
Jennifer Campbell Hicks (m), Oz Drummond, Blair MacGregor, Emily Mah, Connie Willis

11 a.m. Once Upon a Time Fan Forum, BristleCone
Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Deena Larsen

8 p.m. Space Opera Discussion & Reading, Centennial
Michael Carroll, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Eytan Kollin, Patrick Swenson

2 p.m. Orphan Black Fan Forum, BristleCone
Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Paul Lell

4 p.m. Eulogies for the Lamented Departed, Mesa Verde A
Melissa Koop, Lou J. Berger, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Jessica Coyle, Rob S. Rice, Connie Willis

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Updatery time

Happy October, everyone!

Actually, October is one of my least favorite months because it means winter is right around the corner. Snow and me don't get along. I should be living in Miami, not Denver.

Here's what's going on in writing:
So, lots of good news.

Also, I will be at MileHiCon, Oct. 23-25. This convention is always a highlight of the year for me. This will be my first year participating on panels, and I might also be doing a reading. I'll post my schedule here when I get it. If you're around the convention, please stop me to say hi.

And things I'm reading:
  • "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline with my 11-year-old son. There are parts that aren't appropriate for him, so I'm editing as we go along. Overall, we are both absolutely loving this book. For the first time in a long time, my kiddo complains when I tell him we have to stop for the night and go to bed.
  • "Dawn" by Erin Hunter with my 8-year-old daughter. This is the third book in the second series about the Warrior Cats. This series is darker than the first one and gets a lot into the devastation that humans cause to the ecosystem when we rip up natural open areas to build houses and roads.
  • "Joe Ledger: Special Ops" by Jonathan Maberry. I've read three Joe Ledger novels, and now I'm jumping into the short story collection. I'm enjoying these stories a lot, more than the novels, which are also awesome. That's probably my natural inclination toward short fiction coming out.