Have been one of those days.
But not one of those days. Oh, (Dinosaur) Lordy, no.
So let me recap – as best I can even recall:
No, not now! I’m exhausted and my upper back is sore from sitting too long in a hard chair – a small price to pay for an afternoon spent at an awesome Fourth of July party kindly thrown by John Jos and Gail Gerstner-Miller and featuring the likes of, well, them, along with S. M. “Steve” Stirling and his wife Jan, Jane Lindskold and Jim Moore, and Doug Potter and Julie, plus Wild Carder Chip Wideman and a bunch of cool people from the library Gail works at. Oh, and George R. R. Martin.
It was about as swell as you would think.
No, I’m doing an AMA
on Reddit, Thursday, July 7th!
I’m on the schedule and everything!
Today started off with me seeing my first review of The Dinosaur Knights. And omigods it's a good one!
Turns out it’s about knights on dinosaurs! Who knew?
This gratifies me hugely. Not just because it’s what I believe may truly be characterized as a rave review. But because to this reviewer, at least, I imparted pretty much what I hoped to in the book.
And a key perception on her part is that Book I, The Dinosaur Lords, is really the beginning. And Book II, The Dinosaur Knights, is the rest of the story.
As to how that came about – here’s the rest of that story.
Yes, the long-awaited authors copies of The Dinosaur Lords in mass-market paperback have finally arrived!
On Paradise the King Tyrant is an apex predator.
Here on Jupiter, not so much.
As I hope you remember, I finally saw my first copies of the damn paperback Sunday. And just a few minutes ago, I heard the knock-thump-zoom of a UPS delivery from my front door. (There wasn’t the usual furious barking that’s now, blessedly, once again a thing since Mouse Dog came to us, since she was in the back yard.) With my heart all up in my throat, I opened the door and brought the Box inside. And when I opened it -
The Dinosaur Knights, that is.
With yet another smashing cover by the incomparable Richard Anderson!
Book II of the Dinosaur Lords Trilogy comes out in hardcover three weeks from today – July 5th, 2016. Which I can still hardly believe.
So I went to Portales and all I got was this lousy -
For context, click the image. Or here.
Wait! That’s not lousy at all! It’s entirely Awesome! It's a plaque for being Guest of Honor at the 2016 Jack Williamson Lectureship. And that’s a real Clovis Point!
Revision: I went to Portales and all I got was this most excellent award and a wonderful time!
… And possibly even dark!
Dinosaur Knights: crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside.
So a few months back the fine folks at Grimdark Magazine, published online out of Australia, kindly invited me to contribute a story. And here it is: "Red Sails, Red Seas," on the cover, no less. Along with some mighty distinguished company.
And you can buy the whole issue on Amazon
So much meaty goodness! So to speak.
Specifically, mine began this way today:
A nutritious breakfast for girls and boys!*
We may have missed out on the full traditional course – I missed the “knock-knock” and the “thump” part – but for the first time in months a dog barking vigorously presaged the vroom of a UPS truck pulling away, having deposited an unexpected package on my porch. And this was what was inside. Double yay!
So, yeah. To start my day I got the new ARCs for The Dinosaur Knights and the inaugural slice of my Easter chocolate cake! Which I made on Easter, so it totally counts.