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Top 10 Braaaaiiiinnns!

From the Barnes and Noble 2011 Best Zombie Fiction:

#10: Rigor Amortis, edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt.

Congrats everyone!

Zombies are coming!

Last year, Tamie got me a zombie to celebrate the launch of Rigor Amortis. This year, she got him an undead girlfriend. (She obviously hasn’t read my story, or she would have gotten two girls instead.)

Zombie boy is courting her quite sweetly.

They even went on a date this afternoon.

And now they’re sitting in the candy bowl awaiting trick-or-treaters. (I hope they’re not oozing.)

Happy Halloween!

Zombies and a reading list

If you're    ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency.    emergency.cdc.gov

This is a clever marketing ploy: CDC disaster preparedness has gotten more discussion today that in the past few months, I’d guess. And you know, it is rather important to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Also flood, tornado, earthquake and fire.

And the rapture, since it is happening Saturday. The rest of us may need to have some supplies laid up.

Once you’ve got your canned goods and drinking water (and flamethrowers!) safely stashed away, you’ll need something to do. I’ve got you covered there too: the 2011 Hugo nominees have been announced, and once again there’s a Hugo voter’s packet available, containing most or all of the nominated works.

For reasons I don’t understand, the link to the login page is not on the packet description page. You need a userid and PIN to log in, so why not publish the link. But they didn’t, so I won’t either. The packet page does have an email address to contact for more information.

Edit: I was just ahead of the game, apparently. The login link has now been posted. If you are a member, you can get a packet here. You’ll need your userid and PIN.

And how do you get this bounty of first-rate SFF? You become a member. It’s online, it’s quick, and Worldcon membership entitles you to not only read the packet, but also vote for the best and nominate next year. What a deal! It’s kind of pricy: supporting membership is $50. But how else could you participate in deciding what the best SFF of the year is?

And yes, there are zombies among the nominations.

You can tell from the lack of posting that I’m swamped. This working-for-a-living thing, you know. I got a pile of things submitted, and all were promptly rejected. Dammit. I’m not too bothered, actually. I’ve been writing and submitting scientific journal articles for a long time, and fiction rejections are so much friendlier. Really.

I finished the first draft of my novel in progress quite some time ago. I intentionally set it down for a while, but I didn’t intend for it to sit this long. Oops. I’m really intimidated by the amount of work still to do, and a bit scared to read the whole thing and see concretely how much revision, rewriting, addition it needs. So there it sits.

Last week I figured out the two major things that were missing, things that had been bothering me about the background and structure. I hope that knowing the missing bits will help me settle into the revision process. It gives me a starting place: reread the whole thing with an eye to where those two story-things need to be worked into the existing structure.

Having an entry point is a major part of the struggle on any project of this size.

But notice how I said “the two major things” up there, like I won’t find many more as I work through it. Heh.


Today let’s take a break from the Great Old Ones and talk about the very important topic of zombie preparedness. I know there’s the temptation to slack off at the holidays: eat too much, spend too much, pay insufficient attention to potential zombie attacks, but resist the urge.

(via Danabren)

For today’s science tidbit, the Parasites of the Day blog is doing the Twelve Parasites of Christmas. Enjoy!

If you’ve made it this far, you might like some nice reassuring sheep.

Zombie Science

Not really. But zombies and science.

My office-neighbor Tamie got me something to celebrate the release of Rigor Amortis.

Zombie mug

Zombie mug

Isn’t that great? The poor stuffed zombie is being made into stew – she filled the rest of the mug with candy corn and pumpkins. It’s a zombie cannibal’s dream come true!

Incidentally, my sister-in-law made the earrings I’m wearing.

Thing the second: science journalism. This is funny, but if you are a scientist it’s black humor. Too many journalists know little about science and turn out this exact article.

“But wait,” you ask. “What about Viable Paradise?”

Amazing. Brain-eating. Inspirational. (Please note the clever zombie allusion.)

More soon, I swear. I had unexpected houseguests immediately after getting home. It was a wonderful visit, but cut into my blogging time. (“Where’s your sense of priorities?” I hear you asking. Tough.)

I got all the photos sorted and edited, so the post can’t be too far behind. (Says the woman who hasn’t posted pics from the Albuquerque trip in July yet either.)

The power of internet marketing

Let me show you something.

Amazon screenshot

Amazon screenshot

Can’t read that? How about this?

Amazon screenshot

Amazon screenshot

That would be a 77. No, really. It would. Right there, just below my name. I’m having trouble believing it myself.

And here’s the photo version. We’re in good company.

Amazon screenshot

Amazon screenshot

This anthology started as a twitter joke, and was picked up by a small press and became (sort of) serious. Jaym Gates and Erika Holt did a ridiculous amount of work putting it together – thanks! All the marketing has been online, through twitter, blogs, facebook.

And it worked, far better than anyone expected.

Edit: Um. Can you all see this too? That’s a #45 isn’t it?

Amazon screenshot 45

Amazon screenshot 45

Edit: 8pm. #39. #1296.

Edit: Sometime over night – #30 and #795.

Right now it’s at 34 and 806. Congrats to everyone involved!!!

Zombie Day!


No, really I mean Booooookkkkksssss!!!

Rigor Amortis

Rigor Amortis

I’m very pleased to say that I received my contributor copies of Rigor Amortis earlier this week, and it is fabulous!

It is now available on Amazon. If you’re thinking of buying one from Amazon today would be an excellent day to do so.

There will be an online release party at Bitten by Books, and various authors will be giving micro-readings on twitter during the next week. Look for the #rigoramortis hashtag.

I’m “reading” at 5pm EDT today (10/1) but be warned – we have a 3-tweet reading limit!

Edit: As of 3:30pm:
# Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#96 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror


Life has been so nuts that I haven’t even told y’all: my very short story “My Summer Romance” was accepted for the zombie erotica anthology Rigor Amortis, to be published by Absolute XPress.

This anthology went from random twitter conversation to table of contents in two months, publisher and all, due to the insanity hard work of Jaym Gates and Erika Holt.

The full table of contents should be released sometime soon. I’m looking forward to seeing who I share the roster with (though I know quite a few already through the magic of twitter), and to reading the whole thing when it comes out this autumn (I think?).

(Do note that this is a zombie erotica anthology, and thus not for everyone. From some things the editors have said, it’s definitely not for the squeamish.)