Revised timeline.

So here’s the thing. I’m up to my fucking eyeballs in work. My teaching job isn’t overwhelming, but when there’s work to be done, it comes with deadlines. There’s the PhD thing: I’m not behind on it, exactly, but instead of spending the last several months forging ahead with new chapters, I’ve gone back and done some work on the first eight. Some of this work has been extensive: I pretty much rewrote Chapter 4. This is all to the good, as I now have a much clearer picture of where this whole thing (the working title is Inhospitable, by the way; I may have mentioned that at some point, but in case I haven’t, there it is) is going, but it doesn’t give me that comfortingly exhilarating feeling of churning out one...

“Too Much Light Makes the Day Go Blind”

Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction has accepted my short story “Too Much Light Makes the Day Go Blind” for its upcoming issue 51, which should be out in April or thereabouts.  I haven’t done much with my short fiction in the last few years (I wrote a few stories, including this one, when I finished the first draft of Murder in the Cabaret Sauvignon, but haven’t shopped them around much), so this is kind of cool, and I like what these guys are doing with the ‘zine.

$2.99

My backlist books (which is to say, all of them at the moment) are now all priced at US$2.99 each.  This includes Bitter Orange but not The Queen of Statue Square, as I have no control over the latter.  In case there’s something of mine you’ve been wanting to read, now’s your chance. CCCP, the publisher of The Queen of Statue Square, is in the process of reissuing the e-book.  Look for that to become available again in another couple/few weeks.  I do not yet know what the price will be but will post a link to it once it goes live. There’s not much else writing-related to report.  My beta readers are still reading Murder in the Cabaret Sauvignon; two have gotten back to me, and I’m waiting to hear from three more.  The comments from...

#JeSuisCharlie

I have this bad habit of checking my email and taking a spin through Facebook (even Twitter sometimes, unless I really have to pee) when I wake up first thing in the morning, before I get out of bed. Waking up to the news of the vile tragedy in Paris… was not what I would call the ideal start to my day, and seeing vaguely Islamophobic comments like “most Muslims tacitly approve of such things” from people who ought to know better made me want to go back to bed and pull the covers over my head. (In fact, that is exactly what I did.) In general, I struggle with religion. Like many Americans, I was brought up in a church-going family, but we stopped around the time I started middle school. My parents, to their credit, decided Sunday drives would be more meaningful,...

Hong Kong: Aftermath of the Umbrella Revolution protests

So, the aftermath of the Umbrella Revolution protests (not the whole movement itself, just the beginning stages) is upon us. I didn’t comment earlier because I wanted to wait and see what was going to happen. Now it seems clear that there are indeed going to be repercussions, some of which could be ugly. There have already been a number of articles about surveillance: calls being intercepted and eavesdropped upon, people being followed, and so on. The received wisdom is that Beijing is snooping, gathering intel to use against key figures in the protests. This is worrisome, of course, especially in light of the Sony email hack (which despite the implications for free speech, I have to admit I’m enjoying — it’s rather fun to see a...

More newness.

I’ve been neglecting this blog since the switch from LiveJournal. To be honest, I like LJ’s interface better, even after all this time, but WordPress is better where website-building is concerned, so here we are. I’ve also been insanely busy for the last several months. There is news. 1. My new (co-edited) book, The Queen of Statue Square, is… what’s the correct way to say this? Let’s just put it this way: if you would like to buy a copy, the only way to do so that I know of after Dec. 22 (give or take a couple/few days) will be via the publisher’s website. The e-book distribution partnership between Typhoon Media Ltd and CCCP ends Dec. 31, and I am unsure what their plans are for their e-book program. On the odd chance...

Newness.

The biggest news isn’t about me: it’s Hong Kong. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last month, you will know that the situation here has gotten interesting — and volatile. I’ve been out in it a little, although nothing like the commitment the students (including many of mine) have shown. For me, there’s a boundary: I’m not even a permanent resident yet, so there’s kind of a limit to how much I am willing to sleep on the street. But I was out there the night the teargas was thrown (I missed it, mercifully), and I’ve made a couple of supply runs; in fact, I’ll be making another one later tonight, provided I don’t go down the Internet rabbit hole. Wherever you are, please lend support to...