June 14, 2019

Fyrecon Schedule

I will be at Fyrecon next week! I've been to every Fyrecon so far, and am thrilled to be headed back this year. Here's my schedule:

Thursday, Jun 20
3:00pm The History of Writing (presentation)

Friday, Jun 21
7:00pm Food in Fiction (roundtable)

Saturday, June 22
3:00pm Author Signing/Spotlight

April 17, 2019

FanX Schedule + The End of Lunar Hens

My story "The End of Lunar Hens" is out in Analog! This is my first sale to Analog, which has been very exciting for me. I wrote about the story on Analog's blog here.

This Friday I will also be at FanX. At 5:00 in Exhibit Hall 1831, I'll be moderating a panel with Brandon Sanderson, Brian McClellan, and Michael Haspil entitled Creating the History of Your World. It's a panel I pitched to FanX, and I'm excited we get to dive into this topic. Here's the longer description:

From The Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, our favorite stories are enriched with references to earlier times. Fictional history can deepen a story -- or bog it down. Come learn tips and tricks on building your world's history, how much is too much, and how to include it in your writing.

January 21, 2019

The King's Mirror

I have a new story out today! "The King's Mirror" is live over at Strange Horizons. You can also listen to it as a podcast.

I'm very often inspired by history and archaeology when I'm writing, but I don't usually write straight-up historical stories with real people in them. It's more than a little intimidating. I know I'll probably still end up getting something wrong despite obsessively researching.

I'm thrilled I got to highlight this time period. I've loved Piedras Negras Stela 3 for more than a decade now. You can see drawing of it here.

That's Ix K'atuun Ajaw, sitting with her three-year-old daughter, Ix Huntan Ahk. There's something incredibly human about that small girl's face, turned toward her mother. And it was all carved in stone over thirteen hundred years ago.

If you want to know more about the reign of K'inich Yo'nal Ahk, this Mesoweb article is great. If you want to delve into more history, Chronicles of the Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube is a highly accessible volume filled with fantastic photography and drawings.

January 14, 2019

New Castle Panic Board

My son loves the game Castle Panic. And what's not to love? It's a co-op where all the players work together to defend their castle from waves of invading monsters. Good times are had by all.

Slightly less good times are had when you play so much, the board rips in two along its fold-line.

We could have fixed this with some tape, or some simpler solution, but given how much the kiddo loves this game, I wanted to make him something epic and battle-scarred. Also, I'd been dying to make something out of those pallets sitting around in the garage.

This woodburned game board is the result. I actually took pictures during the process, so if you want to see how it's made, check out my Instructable.