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barbara_hambly
19 July 2015 @ 10:56 am
New Stories About Old Friends: for those who don't know, I continue to write short stories and novelettes about the characters of my old Del Rey fantasy serieses. These are available on Smashwords (smashwords.com) and on Amazon Kindle Direct. Most are $4.99. Smashwords supports all the major platforms (epub, kobo, mobi, pdf, etc), and I believe markets to sites for Nook, ePub, etc. Kindle Direct is - well, for Kindle.

So far, there are 5 Antryg and Joanna novelettes, 3 tales about Sun Wolf and Starhawk, 4 stories about Benjamin January (actually, two of these are about what Rose does while Ben is out of town), 2 each concerning John and Jenny in the Winterlands, and the gang at the Keep of Dare. Also available are the 4 stories that I wrote, over the years, for Sherlock Holmes anthologies, two of which are fantasy and two of which are "straight" Holmes stories: two are narrated by Watson, two by Mrs. Watson. Lastly, there is the vampire-on-the-Titanic novelette, "Sunrise on Running Water," in which Don Simon Ysidro from my vampire series has a very brief cameo (he has FAR too much sense to be on the Titanic himself).

I used to sell these stories on my personal website - I no longer do.

But, I will continue to write new stories about old friends, and post them on Smashwords and Kindle Direct (and announce them on LJ and FB... Twitter just makes me crazy).

I hope you all enjoy them!
 
 
barbara_hambly
15 June 2016 @ 10:15 pm
Any advice about Facebook would be appreciated here.

FB has taken it upon themselves not to recognize my password. Every time I try to re-set, the only "Security Question" they'll accept is a scan of either my passport or my driver's license, something I am totally not willing to send out. (When I signed up I put in several actual Security Questions). Does anybody know how to change the setting so they'll accept one of my security questions, instead of a government document (helpfully scanned into a Photoshoppable jpg that could go pretty much anywhere)?

Has anyone else had a similar problem? Any suggestions or solutions?

Any alternative system or site to use instead of Facebook?
 
 
barbara_hambly
20 April 2016 @ 07:09 pm
At last, I have finished - and had formatted, and put up on line - two new Further Adventures!

"Castle of Horror" is the cast of Bride of the Rat-God, filming in Reno where Christine's latest boyfriend (film-star Tor Westlake) is getting a divorce. The castle, on the outskirts of town, was built by an eccentric gold-miner millionaire and is supposed to be haunted, so of course Tor Westlake wants to hold a seance there to find out who's going to win the Belmont Stakes, much to the annoyance of the film-crew from the OTHER film company that's shooting there, a black film company from Chicago. (They're filming on the same sets by night, something that was commonly done). (THEIR female star is ALSO in Reno getting a divorce). Norah doesn't think holding a seance in a haunted castle is such a good idea, and the behavior of Christine's three magical Pekingese is causing her to suspect that something is very wrong with the whole setup.

"Death on the Moon" (and I screwed up the "What is this story about?" section on Amazon, so I have to go back in and repair that) is Rose Janvier sleuthing again, assisted by Hannibal because Ben is off helping a friend of theirs with a difficult pregnancy out of town. Professor Tixall has come to New Orleans with a telescope so powerful that it can see life on the Moon (exactly as, at the same time, Sir John Herschel was supposed to have discovered it). Rose is pretty sure this is a hoax, but a harmless one. When her housekeeper's daughter sneaks in after hours and looks through the telescope, the girl sees one of the "Moon people" kill another. Rose knows murder has been done, but how to prove it when it's supposed to have taken place on another planet?

These are both on both Amazon (for $4.99) and Smashwords (for $5.00) (about the cost of a fancy latte at Starbucks, I'm told...).

In addition I put up a collection of George Alec Effinger's haiku, written (as far as I can tell) back when he was living in the East Village in the '70s. The collection is called "Bliss-Bestowing Hands," and I'm still wrangling around with Smashwords, whose automatic algorithims have choked on the concept of Barbara Hambly putting up a book by George Alec Effinger. (They told me to take out an account as a pseudonym, but when I asked them, "Isn't it going to give me trouble about there being other George Alec Effinger books out on line?" they hemmed and hawed and haven't yet gotten back to me.) I will keep everyone posted.

The poems are sweet and funny and sad and very typical of George, and I'd be happy to see them out there, finally. I'm a bit vexed because Amazon won't let me charge LESS than $2.99, and I'd put them up on Smashwords for $1.99... and now of course Smashwords is giving me problems) (completely aside from the fact that Smashwords will publish in a whole bunch of different formats).

AND my condensed-format class is over, so I'm only teaching Monday nights and can FINALLY concentrate on Ashers/Ysidro #7 - on which I'm WAY behind.
 
 
barbara_hambly
19 March 2016 @ 07:26 pm
Friends assure me that Mercury is in retrograde. I - and many of my friends - have been experiencing random adversity lately: getting their car crashed into (they were unhurt, miraculously), or me having a large piece of stucco fall off my house, or two friends getting "Tidy Up Or Else" notices from their respective dwelling-places. School today involved the Media Center not having equipment I needed, and when I phoned them they said, Oh, yes, it's in the room next to your office (only we forgot to inform you of this...) - and when I went all the way across campus and checked, there it wasn't. Evidently they'd forgotten to inform anyone else that that's why it was there, so someone took it away and locked it up again... and other small, vexing things. I was very glad to get home unhurt.

The condensed, accelerated PACE program class is finishing up, so I'll have more time to work - thank goodness, since I am now behind schedule on Asher/Ysidro # 7, and there are a couple of short stories and a fantasy novel that I ALSO want to work on. And, I've been counting the hours since last Monday until I can take off an afternoon and paint. I was tickled to death that Big Finish Productions - the people who do the Dr. Who audio adventures - did audio downloads of the Carnaki the Ghost-Finder stories by William Hope Hodgson, stories that I thought I was the only person in the world who knew about them or liked them. (When I paint and listen to stories, they have to be stories that I'm already familiar with... or else Dr. Who audio adventures, which I find very soothing. I have about a dozen of my favorite Sherlock Holmes, and six H.P. Lovecraft faves, as well as the Carnaki stories and The Canterville Ghost - a pattern of supernatural Ripping Yarns.)

I generally find I write better, after I've done an afternoon of painting.
 
 
barbara_hambly
08 March 2016 @ 07:34 am
Many thanks to everybody for the input! I have a number of regular Further Adventures in the queue, but I'm having such a good time writing the gang at Colossus Films again that I'm seriously considering doing a serial, and of course I've been toying with the idea of an Antryg serial for quite some time.

When I do them (and it does look like When and not If) I will of course publish them in Smashwords as well as Amazon (like all the Further Adventures tales), so they'll be available in a plethora of formats. I'll probably charge $2.99 per segment (making it about $15 for the whole novel), and I will CLEARLY mark them, THIS IS AN EPISODE IN A SERIAL. (Although, God knows, many people totally don't pay attention to that sort of thing... as I've found out teaching Community College.) ("What do you mean, we can't just cut and paste our research papers off Wikipedia?")

At the moment I'm sort of buried in other projects, but will keep everybody posted.

Thank you all!
 
 
 
barbara_hambly
07 March 2016 @ 12:28 pm
Chilly morning - TREMENDOUS thunderstorm in the early hours, which knocked out electrical power until nearly noon: lovely silence and peace, and fortunately the water in the water-heater retained heat enough to take a shower. The freaked-out cats have just emerged from hiding, and will presumably forget all about it within the next 30 minutes. Of course, a power outage also means no micro-wave and no heater (which has an electronic thermostat) (thank God for smart-phone e-mails), and thank God, also, that I don't have an electronic garage-door opener.

Heavy teaching schedule (for me): M & W nights, and most Saturdays in February (except the one where I went to Gallifrey). (Did I post a picture of myself in my Time Lord robes?) I'm well up (so far) on Asher/Ysidro #7, so am taking a little time off to write more Further Adventures, including the Further Adventures of the cast of Bride of the Rat-God.

If I were to start doing essentially serialized novels through Amazon, would people buy them? I've long wanted to do the sequel to Rat-God, and I realize I can break it into 4 or 5 novelette-length segments... IF people would buy them as they come out, and not wait for all 4 or 5 to appear. I'd also like to do an Antryg & Joanna serialized novel in this fashion: 4 or 5 segments, written between my other committments. Would this work? (I promise I'd finish them, but it does take time...)
 
 
barbara_hambly
31 January 2016 @ 07:58 am
Classes begin next week.

I've accomplished pretty much all I set out to accomplish over the winter break, despite being sick for much of it: the relapse of the chronic bronchitis was light, and the sinus infection that triggered it responded well to antibiotics. I finished the last page-proofs of Drinking Gourd - Ben January #16, with which I am extremely pleased - and have made a good start on the next vampire book; I sent off outlines for the next two books in both series (fingers crossed!) and have made good progress on the fantasy I've been working on (on spec - publishers seldom take books on outline anymore unless you're a best-seller, I'm told) and have put together outlines for the next two Further Adventures shorts. I've put together paintings to show - and prints to sell - at the Gallifrey One Dr. Who convention early next month, and will spend this week fluffing and buffing material for my upcoming classes.

I've slept a lot.

I'll be at the Gallifrey One Dr. Who convention, Feb. 12-14 at the LAX Marriott, doing signings Friday and Sunday and a "kaffeeklatsch" Friday evening; April 3 I'll be signing at the Paperback Book Show at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.
 
 
barbara_hambly
25 January 2016 @ 01:25 pm
Sadness here, with the death of another close friend. Robin was a talented costumer, a prolific writer of fanfic (until on-line flaming forced her to retreat - shame on them!), an enthusiastic birder, a faithful friend, a lover of her family and a loving bird-mommie to her pets; I will miss her deeply.

A day of working on school-prep, mechanical and painstaking, a good distraction in sadness.
 
 
barbara_hambly
16 January 2016 @ 09:30 am
I feel like I'm turning into one of those characters in a Regency novel who's always so paranoid about coming down with "an inflammation of the lungs" that they demand all the windows be closed and whine for people to bring them mustard foot-baths and blancmanges. I'm here to tell you, once you get chronic bronchitis an "inflammation of the lungs" can be touched off very quickly, and I really, REALLY don't want to end up teaching my Spring Semester classes with walking pneumonia like I did last year. Antibiotics has cleared up the cold, but I'm still twitchy - and very, very tired.

On other fronts, work on the vampire book is proceeding well, and they tell me I should be getting page-proofs of Drinking Gourd (Ben January # 16!) this week. I finished the Dr. Who paintings I was doing for Gallifrey (paintings NFS, but selling prints) (which is okay, they tell me, at the con, but the BBC licensing department would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I started hawking them on-line); also finished a set of Time Lord robes to wear to the con itself (including that frakking collar). I'll try to get pictures of that to post. I've returned to my usual practice paintings, of sloppy covers for romances that never existed, and blood-and-thunder posters of movies that never were made. One of my teachers is instructing me in how to do model-shoots: opening new doors.

I'll also be appearing (NOT in Time Lord robes) at the Paperback Book Collectors show in Glendale on April 3, at the Glendale Civic Auditorium (a VERY nice venue where I used to dance at bellydance festivals). I'll be signing 10-11.

Now it's time for me to go make a mustard foot-bath.
 
 
barbara_hambly
06 January 2016 @ 11:50 am
Twelfth Night afternoon, and pouring rain. Taking down the Christmas Decorations (as tradition dictates) and listening to the BBC recording of Antony and Cleopatra - Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston, phenomenal! Worlds better than the only film I've seen of it.

The holiday season is officiall Over as of tonight. Four weeks of writing and painting (and sleeping) ahead. I'm down again with a slight sinus infection - nothing serious, except that (I'm sure because of my illness most of last year) I get very tired, very quickly: I suspect I'm going to blow off Anime LA, which is now a long drive in the rain. (And I think it's supposed to be raining again by the weekend). Many small tasks to do before Gallifrey in February.