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So Much Stuff!

I am home for the weekend, but go back out on tour tomorrow. THANK YOU, everybody who came out! You are awesome! I have enough Red Vines to get me through the week (and maybe a few rough patches after...)

While I was staggering around the garden in a daze, trying to recover my sense of place, I learned that Jackalope Wives won the WSFA Small Press award! I am enormously flattered and grateful. Go read all the nominees--there's some fine stories in that company, and it was an honor to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them. I wish I could have attended in person.

It's odd, really--that story is a juggernaut. But I wrote it two years ago this month, so in my head it seems like so long ago! I keep expecting people to be like "Yeah, yeah, read that. What have you done lately?"

I am not one of those authors who thinks of stories like their children--that's a very dangerous headspace to get to, I think, about things you routinely sell or abandon or must slice and dice and put together a different way! But I do feel on some level like a story has a life outside of me, and once I send it off in the world, it's its own being, which I was lucky enough to work with for a time. And whenever I get a royalty check or we option something or sell audio book rights or another foreign language, or reprints or whatever, I do feel a bit like "Awww. It's sending money home to its dear old author..." Jackalope isn't really sending money, so much, but it's certainly an overachiever in the awards department!

(Maybe this is my coping mechanism for dealing with ego--it's hard for me to be proud of Thing I Have Done for very long, but I can be proud of this weird little story-shaped entity that came out of my keyboard and went careening off into the world to wreak havoc.)

Anyway, off again tomorrow. Pray for me, Internet, or think good thoughts, or whatever!

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It IS a great story and deserves those awards!

Have fun next week and tell us stories when you get back!

May you continue to have a wonderful tour and congratulations on winning the award.

Shakatany

when I write a story I become deeply immersed, and therefore it becomes part of me. I've literally driven myself insane while writing about insane characters.

b

Congrats on the award! May many Red Vines find their way to you.

I'm already tapped out - there's only one store near me that sells them and they only had the two bags.

The lack of Red Vine distribution in some parts of the country is downright criminal.

I had never even heard of Red Vines until I moved to California - they just aren't a thing that exists in New York.

Huzzah! Congratulations and WOOHOO! Also it was most excellent getting to see you "in the wild" at the bookstore event in North Carolina. Thank you for continuing to exist AND Writing All the Things!

Open roads and safe travels!

Congratulations on the award, it is well deserved.

It is a great story! And I am not really wondering 'what have you written lately' since I just read Bryony and Roses which was also a good read. Looking forward to your future works!

There's a lot of very personal resonances in that story for many people, I think. It has staying power in the heart and the mind.

Awards and happy thinking thoughts your way!

"I do feel on some level like a story has a life outside of me, and once I send it off in the world, it's its own being, which I was lucky enough to work with for a time. And whenever I get a royalty check or we option something or sell audio book rights or another foreign language, or reprints or whatever, I do feel a bit like "Awww. It's sending money home to its dear old author..." "

This is how I think of art-that you release it into the world, and other people develop relationships with it that may or may not reflect your intentions, values, etc.

...on some level, I feel like I don't have the right to feel that way? Because I'm not a pro artist, and who am I to have opinions about something so clearly beyond me. And I feel genuine empathy for people who's creation develops a life that they don't approve of? (see: Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451, according to legend. Or, even OSC and Ender's Game.)

But, yes. This though resonates with me. Also, here's hoping you collect ALL THE AWARDS AND ACCOLADES because you are awesome on multiple levels. and I LOVED Jackalope Wives.

Edited at 2015-10-13 02:30 am (UTC)

well-behaved stories

Well, of course jackalope wives send money home to their dear old creator.
You raised 'em right.

Them's Fighting Herds

Ah, you are back from your book tour! Did you keep count of how many times people said "Thanks M.A. Larson" to M.A. Larson? If it's as I imagined, it could have been a red vine eating game. 8^D

BUT, the point, it is here: indie game. Long story short, Lauren Faust (Power Puff Girls, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, MLP:FIM) teamed up with some indie game makers to develop a game called Them's Fighting Herds. I recall that you (probably) have mad skills with a game pad and that you like unusual indie games with wacky back stories. Or at least you were making an indie RP game and you have an affinity for wacky stories. Them's Fighting Herds is quirky and them some.

In a nutshell, it's this: six species of hoofed quadrupeds are tasked to keep predators from coming back to their haven and wrecking havoc on their peaceful existence. Each species sends a champion to battle the other champions to become the one who will lock the predators out. The sheep champion was elected by the sheep nation because amidst all the bleating, she expressed something that sounded vaguely like an opinion. The black-magic unicorn is testing her theory that black magic can be used for good (all the other unicorns are unconcerned with worldly matters). The other champions are an alpaca, a cow calf, a reindeer and a flaming half horse/half dragon, all female.

It's a fighting game, with quadrupeds, using the (Skull Girls) Lab Zero Games Unreal Engine. And Lauren Faust's artwork and stories. Watch the four minute blurb and demo here on YouTube.

It has an IndieGogo fundraiser that has reached over 75% of its funding goal (six days remain). Take a look! There should be a link in that YouTube vid page, in the description part. ^_^

On a bit of a tangent but I had a bummer week at work last week. So on the way home I pulled out my Kobo and re-read Loathly. And I cried on the bus home. And it made me feel better.

Thanks ;)

Edited at 2015-10-18 12:30 am (UTC)

The Jackalope wife is one of the stories I threw at my friends and follower on tumblr, because it's JUST. THAT. GOOD. (and by throwing, I mean, a link to the official page on Apex Mag and everything, no copy pasting, I swear!)
(also, I may have fangirled a bit about OMGNEWSTORYFROMURSULAVENONGANESHHOLDTHEWHEEL!!!)

I confess, I have both the ebook and the audiobook on my phone and it's a confort read/listening after a difficult day at work. I'll happily throw money (er, after the Christmas season) to have a GOOD french version of either. (I generally read English speaking author in their native language because french translation are... At best, awkward. Ask me about the Wood Wife sometimes, Or The Parasol Protectorate. Lord Macon isn't PRETTY for all the Steampunk Saints' sake!)

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