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"The star maker says, 'It ain't so bad.'"

First things fucking first, as Nice Guy Eddy was want to say. I have the mini-schedule for the "Fungus Among Us" Agents of Dreamland book mini-tour. Emphasis on mini, as I said at the start of all this. I'm making the announcement today, then Tor will make it on Monday. We may be going to add a date in Connecticut, but I'm starting to think that's unlikely. Without further adieu:

Saturday, February 25, 6-9 p.m.
Agents of Dreamland Launch!
Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council
Providence, RI

Thursday, March 9, 6 p.m.
With C.S.E. Cooney
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
Westerly, RI

Friday, March 17th to Sunday, March 19th
I-CON 32 at SUNY
Stony Brook, NY

Monday, March 20th, 7 p.m.
With Max Gladstone
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA

Thursday, March 23rd, 7 p.m.
Pandemonium Books
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 4th, 7 p.m.
Lovecraft Bar
Manhattan, NY

Wednesday, April 5th, 6 p.m.
Kinokuniya New York
Manhattan, NY

Note that the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences date is three days in advance of the actual release, so that's your chance to get the book early. You got questions? I'll try to answer them. Such as, will I sign books you bring with you to the signing (yes) and is there a limit on the number of books I'll sign (not within reason)?


Yesterday was pretty close to an utter loss. I didn't get out of the house, so that's thirteen days since I've been outside. I just couldn't pull it off. Too much anger and darkness in my head, and the fear of the wide carnivorous sky and people and this fallen nation. I sat here all day.

I said stuff on Facebook. Stuff like:

I honestly thought I'd be a lot older before I had to shop for a wheelchair. Not that there's actually a correlation between one's need for a wheelchair and age. Just one of those things I had in my head.

~ and ~

Free speech is useless if it permits and facilitates the emergence of a society that suppresses free speech. We have no imperative to tolerate intolerance.*

~ and ~

Today I realized that a lot of people assume I have health insurance. I'm a full-time freelance fiction writer, and not an especially commercially successful one. In America. How would I have health insurance? I couldn't even afford the ACA, and for me it would have been a bargain. I haven't had health insurance since 1996.

~ and ~

Yes, we really do have someone sitting in the Oval Office who makes George W. Bush look like motherfucking Santa Claus. And Einstein. Einstein Santa Claus W. Bush.

Jesus, I fucking hate fucking Facebook. But I hate Twitter a whole lot more.

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, to which I have belonged since 1984, has released a statement condemning the Horror Clown's immigration ban. For what it's worth.

We saw the first two episodes of Season Two of The Expanse, which I'm still generally delighted with. But there were two details of this vision of the future that made me balk. First, that FedEx is going to be keeping the same logo for the next two hundred years, and two, that all the effects of lethal radiation poisoning could be reversed with an armband and a subdermal implant.

Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast

* This was a reference to Reddit dumping two "alt-right" Neo-Nazi subreddits (whatever those are), not to the protests in Berkeley. I kept having to explain that on Twitter yesterday.


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Feb. 3rd, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: In to the dark.

What are you even on about? Australian refugees? Abduction? What?
Feb. 3rd, 2017 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: In to the dark.
sorry, not sleeping.
Feb. 3rd, 2017 06:35 pm (UTC)

I'm always befuddled and depressed when witnessing the alarming number of people who confuse the right to free speech with the right to a platform for saying whatever the hell they want without consequence.

A cold grey week, in many ways, so I made pulled pork in the slow cooker to bring back the ambiance of North Carolina. Only partially successful, but we take our comforts when we can.

Ah, Pandemonium Books. It's been a long time since I was there last. Come to think on it, the last time I was there I picked up a signed CRK book - the Gauntlet version of Silk, if I"m recalling correctly. I hope the mini-tour (tourette? nah, probably not appropriate) goes well!
Feb. 4th, 2017 02:04 am (UTC)
I see you have two dates in Manhattan! I live in Staten Island (no, I'm not proud), so maybe if I'm well enough, I'll be able to come out and see you!

As for the political situation, I don't know whether to stay in bed and hide with the covers pulled over my head, or allow myself to be consumed by rage on a daily basis. I decided the best course of action was to do some act to #resist on a daily basis. Yes, self-care counts as resistance. I think his whole plan relies on The Shock Doctrine, disaster capitalism. A series of shocks, whether from natural disasters or from man-made events and situations, that destabilizes a democracy, and allows a dictator to step in and fill the void. I worry about martial law. I'm having visions. They won't stop, and they're not good.
Feb. 4th, 2017 03:29 am (UTC)
Just pre-ordered Agents of Dreamland. Looking forward to it. I hope to make it to your date at Kinokuniya. One of my favorite bookstores in Manhattan. (Not so many bookstores left to choose from anymore, but that's another story.)
Good luck with the mini-tour!

I'm still looking for the gateway into a better, safer, less utterly insane parallel universe. No luck yet.

Edited at 2017-02-04 03:29 am (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2017 05:39 am (UTC)
Monday, March 20th, 7 p.m.
With Max Gladstone
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA

It's on my calendar.
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