Life at the Confusion Factory

When last we saw our Intrepid Heroine, she was cleaning out her fridge in the aftermath of last week’s pre-holiday ice storm.

Since then, Steve and I have. . .cautiously. . . replenished the fridge; and I have purchased a new U(ninterrupted) P(ower) S(upply), replacing the one that either (1) died of old age at a quasi-inconvenient moment (which is, after all, Time Honored) or! (2) took a hit during the fluctuating power surges which were a Feature of last week’s Weather Event, thereby saving the life of Jack the Giant Killer, aka, my desktop computer.

Steve and I also rose to the challenge of taking Mozart to the vet in the teeth of a mildish little snowstorm on Monday afternoon.  Frequent readers of this blog will recall that Mozart celebrated his 15th birthday in March.  The average lifespan for Maine Coon cats is about 12.5 years.  The vet confirmed what we already knew, that Mozart is an Old Cat, and verified what we hoped was true — that he’s in pretty good shape, all things considered.

Despite this, Mozart had stopped eating — crunchies, gooshie food; not even baby food, the Food of Last Resort, tempted him — which was the reason why we had braved the snow to visit the vet.

The vet’s theory was that, given Mozart’s kidney function numbers are “high normal,” he might be feeling a little sour in the stomach, and thereby not interested in eating.  So, after a little hydration, Mozart got a dose of appetite-increaser, and some special food to take home, in case he’ll eat it; and we got instructions to feed him whatever he’ll eat, and as much of it as he feels like eating.

Which, at the moment, is baby food.  The special vet-food is OK, but baby food is much to be preferred.  So, it looks like we’re on the right path, there.

Last night, we knocked off early to view “The Secret of Roan Inish,” a favorite in the Lee-Miller household.  That was nice, though it appears that neither Trooper nor Sprite appreciate seals as much as  they ought.

For those who are. . .concerned about the fate of the next Liaden book — yes, I am writing.  Really.  But this is a shy one — particularly so, after the exuberances of George and the Carousel books — and the only way to deal with a shy book is to pretend you aren’t really working on it. In these parts, that mostly means a dearth of snippets, but I’m sure we can all agree that having the whole book, written and turned in on time and in good order, is worth sacrificing a few snippets.

P’rhaps the next book will be more outgoing.

This morning, in between loads of laundry, I’ve been updating some of the pages at sharonleewriter.com and at korval.com.  Take a look around, if you have a chance.

As I write this, we’re looking down the barrel of another Winter Storm Warning; we’re apparently going to enjoy the arrival of 6-10 inches of snow between 4 pm today and 6 am on Monday.  That’ll give me a chance to shovel the steps and free the car and still make Sprite’s afternoon vet appointment (for annual shots).

And I think that catches us up — no, I’m wrong.

You have only until midnight Central Time on Tuesday December 31, 2013 to order a signed-and-personalized copy of Carousel Sun!  Here’s the link.

You may order signed (but not personalized) copies until Uncle Hugo’s runs out, but do you really want to run the risk of not getting your copy?  Here’s that link again.

There!  Now, we’re caught up.

Carousel Sun reminder

Lotsa stuff doing today, including deliveries promised between 10 and 2 (cue laugh track), so I’m going to be scarce.  The discussion of immortality is raising some interesting points — thank you!

I did want to remind everyone that, if you want a signed-and-personalized copy of Carousel Sun, projected smash contemporary fantasy hit of 2014, your time is running out!  You have until midnight, US Central Time, on December 31, 2013 — that’s Tuesday! — to pre-order your book.

Here’s the bullet-point version:

* You may now pre-order a signed copy of Carousel Sun (as well as many other Lee and Miller books) from Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore via this link

*You may also, for a limited time, have your pre-ordered signed book personalized.  “Personalized” means you ask the author to write something special on the title page in addition to their name.  These can be as simple as, “To Marge,” and as complex as “To Marge in memory of that night in Seattle.”  Fair Warning: I, as the Signing Author reserve the right not to inscribe a book with a personalization I find to be, in my sole judgment:  (1) offensive, (2) too long, (3) anything else.  You will use the Special Instructions box on the order form to write out your personalization — Please check your spelling, ’cause I’m going to assume that you’ve typed it out exactly as you want it.

*There is a deadline involved if you want your pre-ordered signed copy of Carousel Sun personalized.  That deadline is December 31, 2013.  So you need to do this now.

*There will only be a limited number of signed copies of Carousel Sun available, they will only be available through Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore in Minneapolis.  The exact number of signed copies available depends upon how many are pre-ordered.  So, sooner is better than later to order, if you want a signed copy.

*Here’s the link again.

*The Uncle is doing me — and you! — a pretty substantial favor here, so please be courteous.  And while you’re at the Lee-and-Miller book page that the link above leads to, take a few minutes to look around.

Thanks very much for  your interest and support.

Trade Secret audiobook giveaway a true international affair

Reposted from Welcome to Liad

We’ve just sent out the redemption code to our five lucky Trade Secret Audible audiobook giveaway winners — congratulations!

If I’ve previously contacted you as a winner, do let me know if you don’t get the email in a reasonable time.

And for the record, those winners identify themselves as coming from Boston (Mass, USA), Flensburg (Germany), Innisfail, (Alberta, Canada), USA (city unreported), and Omaha (NE, USA). We’d like to thank everyone for playing, sharing, and reading our work!

If you’ve been holding off while hoping to win and want to grab yours now that you haven’t, here’s your spot!

Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night

I know I’ve been scarce — my excuse is a combination of Life, both Good Bits and Not-So-Good Bits, and negotiating with a still-faintly-recalcitrant book.  Apparently, there’s something still Not Quite Right, and the back-brain isn’t willing to just let me discover the problem as I go along.  Which means it’s a foundation issue.  So, I’ve been down in the cellar, head-lamp on, poking at the walls, looking for leaks, loose bricks, sinkholes, dead bodies — any or all of the above.

None of this makes for especially interesting reading or reportage (“Glared at screen and hated book for two hours.  Threw in towel and vacuumed house.”  Yawn.)

I also realize that I’ve been doing rather a lot of self-promotion; and I’ll be doing a little more promotion at the bottom of this note, too.  Bear with me, ’tis the season, and even if the information isn’t of use or interest to you; it will be of interest to someone who reads here, promise.

Apropos of nothing much, today’s mail brought me a Levinger’s catalog.  Now, I do love me the Levinger’s catalog, but as I flipped through it, I began to feel a little sad. Who buys these lovely pens and the all-leather desk furnishings any more?  Most of my work is done on the keyboard; my “desk” is a remaindered dining room table from Marden’s, out of legend, and while I do, sometimes, write out scenes and notes by hand, my Instruments of Choice are Pilot G-2 .07 gel pens and Staples 8.5×11 yellow pads.  The surface of my dining room table is covered with piles of paper, and not only is there no room for a beautiful Moroccan leather blotter; there’s no reason for me to have such a thing.  A couple of the ereader/tablet pillows are tempting, but otherwise, Levinger’s is dead to me, except as a sort of archival document of a time when elegance had a place.

What are your favorite catalogs?

* * *

Trooper is standing here by my keyboard with his nose practically in my ear, purring, which I’ll take as a hint that it’s time to come around to that promotion I was talking about.

Promotion the First:  Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore in Minneapolis has kindly agreed to handle a special order of autographed Carousel Sun.  They have also agreed to take on the non-trivial task of accepting personalization requests, through December 31, 2013 ONLY.  All the niggling little details, including a link to the proper page on Uncle Hugo’s website, are here.

Promotion the Second:  Liaden Universe® novelette “Eleutherios” is eligible for Nebula nomination. It was published on Baen.com in January 2013.  If you are a SFWA member and you would like to read this story, you may read it here.  If you are not a SFWA member, and you’d like to read the story, you may, of course, use the same link to do so.

Other Nebula-eligible Lee-and-Miller works are:  Novels Necessity’s Child and Trade Secret; short story “Out of True,” and novelette “Moon’s Honor.”  If you are a SFWA member and you would like to read the unlinked works with an eye toward the Nebulas, please write to me at rolanniATkorvalDOTcom with your preferred format.

And, yes, if you read for the Hugos, all of the above are eligible for the awards that will be presented at LonCon 3 next August.

There!  That wasn’t so bad, was it?

It was? Well, then, here — have a cat picture.

Grandpa Mozart and the Kid share a moment in the cat hammock.  Photo by Sharon Lee
Grandpa Mozart and the Princess
share a moment.
Photo by Sharon Lee

 

Tell us your first contact story

Nearly 100 intrepid explorers of time and space have already told us how and when they first contacted the Liaden Universe®.  It makes for fascinating reading, so go over here and read!  And while you’re there?  Why not add your own story, for a chance to read one of five! free! audiobook editions of the latest Liaden novel, Trade Secret, courtesy of Audible.

Entries are open until midnight Eastern Time, Friday, December 6, 2013 (that’s this Friday!), so put on your raconteur hat and tell us a story!

 

The Tomorrow Log

The Tomorrow Log, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, was released only! hours! ago! as an audiobook.  Here’s the link.

And, here’s the synopsis:

Meanwhile, on another side of the Universe. . .Meet Gem ser Edreth, a wizard with electronics — and a freelance thief. Deliberately solitary, unencumbered by family or friends, he immerses himself in his profession, rising to a pinnacle of skill so exalted that the planetary crime boss seeks him out with a commission to steal.

 Refusing the commission is his first mistake.

 Gem’s hidden past proves an unexpected liability and his plans to leave the planet go catastrophically awry. Suddenly embroiled in interplanetary politics, a potential interstellar war, and in possession of an ancient object of power and an unwanted cousin, Gem discovers that the mysterious Witness for the Telios may hold the key to his salvation — or his undoing.

 

Five Things Make a Post

1.  You have ONLY until midnight, Eastern Time, on Friday, December 6 to enter to win one of five FREE audio editions of Trade SecretThe contest rules and entry portal are here. We’re getting some really interesting anecdotes over there — go ahead and add yours.

2.  You have until midnight, Central Time, on Tuesday, December 31, to order a signed and personalized copy of the upcoming trade paper release of Carousel Sun, from Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore.  Particulars here.

3.  The eARC of Carousel Sun is now available, in every format known to Man or Turtle directly from Baen.  Here’s the link.

4.  Been meaning to get someone hooked on the Liaden Universe®?  Remember that Agent of Change and Fledgling are available as free downloads, direct from Baen, as well as from Amazon, BN, iTunes, and other venues too numerous to mention.

5.  Several folks have contacted me, asking for the best address to which to send seasonal greetings.   Steve and I, and the cats, are pleased to receive mail at PO Box 1586, Waterville ME 04903-1586.  Thank you for asking.

 

Win a free Liaden Universe® audiobook!

In honor of Trade Secret, and the 25th Year of the Liaden Universe®, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are, with the connivance of Audible.com, hosting a contest.  You — yes, YOU, could win one of five free Trade Secret audiobooks!

The rules are here.

NOTE:  Only entries that are appended to the post above, on korval.com will be counted.  And?  You only have through midnight Eastern US time, on Friday, December 6, 2013 to enter.

OK?

Gentlefolk, start your motors!

Here’s the link to the contest again.

#SFWAPro

Pre-order *Personalized* copies of Carousel Sun

The following message from the Uncle has just arrived:

We’ve arranged for our order of Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee (sequel to Carousel Tide) to be shipped from the bindery to the author for signature and then shipped on to us.  If you pre-order a copy before the end of December and request a personalization as well as a signature, we’ll try to arrange it.  The book won’t be shipped until around the end of January or beginning of February, and you can continue to order a signed copy until we’re sold out.  But if you wait until January to order a copy, you won’t get a personalized copy.  (Yes, we still have signed hardcover copies of the last 2 Liaden Universe® novels by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.)  The link to all the signed Lee & Miller stuff is on the Browse Our New Books page.
Best regards,
Don Blyly
Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore

Here’s the bullet-point version:

* You may now pre-order a signed copy of Carousel Sun from Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore via this link

*You may also, for a limited time, have your pre-ordered signed book personalized.  “Personalized” means you ask the author to write something special on the title page in addition to their name.  These can be as simple as, “To Marge,” and as complex as “To Marge in memory of that night in Seattle.”  Fair Warning: I, as the Signing Author reserve the right not to inscribe a book with a personalization I find to be, in my sole judgment:  (1) offensive, (2) too long, (3) anything else.  You will use the Special Instructions box on the order form to write out your personalization — Please check your spelling, ’cause I’m going to assume that you’ve typed it out exactly as you want it.

*There is a deadline involved if you want your pre-ordered signed copy of Carousel Sun personalized.  That deadline is December 31, 2013.  So you need to do this now.

*There will only be a limited number of signed copies of Carousel Sun available, they will only be available through Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore in Minneapolis.  The exact number of signed copies available depends upon how many are pre-ordered.  So, sooner is better than later to order, if you want a signed copy.

*Here’s the link again.

*The Uncle is doing me — and you! — a pretty substantial favor here, so please be courteous.  And while you’re at the Lee-and-Miller book page that the link above leads to, take a few minutes to look around.

Thanks very much for  your interest and support.