On Friday I had a very nice interview with a reporter from our local paper. He was a young guy, with an interest in fantasy and science fiction, and I felt like things went swimmingly.

Me, reading a book during our interview.Here’s the article itself, which I am very happy with. He managed to cover linguistics, my genre reading habits, where the story came from, and the specific inspirations from this story in a relatively short space, and I thought it reflected really well on the book.

And of course it publicizes very well for a reading I’ll be having at the local indie bookstore in about two weeks. Nice!

The torrential rains have died down to a patter, and the thunder has finally drifted off into the west. Up above, the sun may finally be peeking through the churning clouds. Yes, the Storm Bride blog tour is winding down, with our last two stops both occurring today:

Lilaina Osborne has a very nice review up at On Writing.

The Indie View has an interview with me which includes some interesting discussion of the historical antecedents of the events in Storm Bride.

And that’s all. The storm is over. You can come out now and enjoy the sun.

That ominous rumbling you hear overhead means that it’s time for another Storm Tour update. This week, we unleashed torrential rains and terrifying blasts of lightning on three more bloggers around the web:

Over at Kelly Smith Reviews we have a very nice review and interview, including Facts About Me that you might not have known.

JeanzBookReadNReview has another promotional blast.

And finally, a thorough review at Illuminite Caluginosus.

The storm finally seems to be abating, but the tour will continue for one more week! (And there will be more reviews after that, never fear.)

The Storm Tour continues! This week the storm blew through three more places, wreaking havoc and destruction as it went.

The Gal in the Blue Mask has posted a review of Storm Bride and an interview with me.

Darusha Wehm has another interview with me, using a completely different set of questions.

And finally, another review over at Big Al’s.

Once again, I apologize to all people negatively affected by the flooding, lightning, hail, and earthquakes associated with the Storm Tour. You may address your complaints to the Powers, not that they ever listen.

Alas! Alack! I am two days late to properly commemorate the true start of the tour, but nonetheless: the Storm Bride blog tour has begun, which features a whole pile of blogs with reviews of Storm Bride and guest posts by yours truly. So far, we have visited the following:

How to write a blind character in one easy step over at Mary Fan’s “Zig Zag Timeline”.

A meditation on parenthood and transformation at Big Al’s Books and Pals.

An interview with Keshlik at Long and Short Reviews.

I’ll be updating periodically throughout the tour with links and other announcements. Enjoy!

Vorkosigan

So this pile of books is pretty much the entire Vorkosigan saga, pieced together from various omnibuses and singletons available at my local bookstore. The only ones missing, I think, are The Vor Game and The Warrior’s Apprentice (the first two starring Miles himself), and I’ll probably just skip those.

But anyway. The purpose of this post is not to let you know what I’m reading, but rather to quote something at you from Bujold’s afterword to Cordelia’s Honor:

All great human deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves. A false destiny may be spotted by the fact that it consumes without transforming, without giving back the enlarged self. Becoming a parent is one of these basic human transformational deeds. By this act, we change our fundamental relationship with the universe–if nothing else, we lose our place as the pinnacle and end-point of evolution, and become a mere link. The demands of motherhood especially consume the old self, and replace it with something new, often better and wiser, sometimes wearier or disillusioned, or tense and terrified, certainly more self-knowing, but never the same again.

It is not coincidental that Storm Bride (coming out this winter!) contains many of these same themes.

Storm Bride cover
Storm Bride, available Winter 2014

And it looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

There are other projects in the works, as well. Gears are turning, spells are being brewed, warp engines are spooling, monsters are being summoned. I have a lot of material related to this book that I’m preparing to release over the next months, so watch this space.