2014 Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

Last week, I attended the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop in Laramie, Wyoming. Here’s the description: Launch Pad is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes. I’ve been avoiding this post because I know I won’t be able to do the experience justice. I’ll tell you about what we studied and the people I met, I’ll show you some pictures,... Read The Rest →

Thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past (Spoilers)

Note: This post contains spoilers for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Also note: I grew up reading the X-Men and for most of my life, they’ve been my favorite superhero team. I’m invested in this. X-Men: First Class made me incredibly angry and sad, and I hoped that X-Men: Days of Future Past would not show such obvious disdain for woman and people of color. And it doesn’t! But mostly by not including women or people of color at all. The movie has a frame story that takes place in... Read The Rest →

“Zodiac” in Science Fiction World

Back in April I received an email from Science Fiction World in China asking if they could reprint my “Tales of the Chinese Zodiac” stories — 12 flash pieces under 500 words each that originally ran in Strange Horizons and were then collected in a Tropism Press chapbook. I happily said yes. Science Fiction World has a circulation of 300,000 print copies. (That’s a 3 followed by 5 zeroes, for real.) They estimate that because of the way the magazine is passed around, they have a readership of one million... Read The Rest →

Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop

This summer, in a galaxy far, far away (aka Laramie, WY), I’ll be attending the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop! Launch Pad is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes. Five and a half days of lectures will cover the fundamentals of introductory astronomy at the college level… Topics we will cover: the seasons, phases of the moon, historical astronomy,... Read The Rest →

Trilogy unlocked: Horizon is here!

Today is the official release day of Horizon, the third and final book in the Above World trilogy. I’d like to follow tradition and share with you the book’s dedication and acknowledgements. (I’d also like to tell you why this book is special to me and why it means so much to me to have a trilogy, but that will have to wait until I’m done traveling this month.) The Dedication Here it is in regular text: For everyone who’s come on this adventure with me so far. — And... Read The Rest →

Upcoming Events in California

It’s almost time to celebrate the release of Horizon, the last book in my first trilogy. After the launch party in Los Angeles on Sunday, I’m heading up to the Bay Area where I’ll be on tour with author Pete Hautman for the rest of the week. Two of our events are open to the public: Book Launch Party for HORIZON (Los Angeles) April 6th, 2:00 – 3:00pm Once Upon A Time: 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA 91020 Event Page Please join me to celebrate the release of HORIZON, the... Read The Rest →

Stuff I Love: The Kat, Incorrigible Trilogy

One of my favorite middle-grade series of all time is Stephanie Burgis‘s Kat, Incorrigible trilogy, and the third book, Stolen Magic, is now out in paperback! Book 1: Kat, Incorrigible — Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book 2: Renegade Magic — Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble Book 3: Stolen Magic — Indiebound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble I’m not trying to make you jealous, I swear, but I got to read every chapter of this trilogy as soon as Stephanie wrote it. I remember waking... Read The Rest →

Martial Arts Magic

On Saturday, I attended “Carrie Ogawa-Wong Day” at the Martial Arts History Museum in Burbank. Master Carrie has been my sifu since I started training at White Lotus Kung Fu, and I couldn’t imagine a better teacher. I’ve studied kung fu, Tai Chi, and weapons with her for years. She’s an incredible martial artist — her forms are perfection, her fighting technique is terrifying, her fitness and flexibility are astounding, and she’s amazing at actually explaining everything. More than that, though, she cares about her students. When I’ve been absent... Read The Rest →

Kirkus Reviews Horizon

Kirkus has liked both books in the Above World trilogy so far, calling Above World “…a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Imaginative and riveting.” and Mirage “…a powerful sequel with sustained themes of friendship and honor.” Here’s what Kirkus has to say about the final book, Horizon: A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes offer a strong anti-war, pro-diversity message. Aluna remains a compelling warrior, and Hoku, Dash and Calli come into their own as the fast-paced action ricochets back and forth, culminating in a colossal confrontation... Read The Rest →

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