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!
On the 7th of July - Tuesday - (as another way of celebrating Ringo Starr's 80th birthday, I guess...)
Open Road Media will have a promotional deal for two of George Alec Effinger's best short stories: Target, Berlin (the silliest and most absurd of his silly and absurd period in the '70s) and The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything. These will be available in the US and Canada, Tuesday July 7 only, FOR FREE!
In other news, I hope everyone is staying safe out there. It's hot here, so this evening I get to sit with all the doors and windows open, listening to my neighbors fire off fireworks in the streets - which beats hell out of my former neighborhood, in which you could hear the sustained rolling artillery-fire from across the 405 Freeway in Inglewood until far, far into the night.
Well, some nice news! What will probably be the last novel of the Asher & Ysidro Vampire series, "Prisoner of Midnight," (though I will continue the series in the form of novelettes on Amazon) is one of the finalists for the Locus Horror Awards. Fingers crossed... though I never do seem to win awards.
Still thrashing around with FaceBook, and having computer experts muttering, "Gosh, that shouldn't be happening..."
Wednesday, June 24, Open Road Media will offer "Traveling With the Dead" (the second of the Asher/Ysidro vampire series - and my favorite of the series), US and Canada, $1.99 (digital).
And, I can now be found on Dreamwidth (copying my entries here), at 88barbara_hambly88 (except that I haven't figured out the "insert picture" function). Still fumfering around with FaceBook, which has reached a point where even the mention of yet another round of trying to deal with them brings on bouts of uncontrollable tears (though that could be a blood sugar issue).
Otherwise, all is well.
Thursday, June 18, George's book "The Nick of Time" will be downpriced from Open Road Media: $1.99, US and Canada. One of George's funniest, and cleverest, time-travel books - George at his best.
George seemed to have two "periods" in his writing. This is from the earlier phase: light, clever, playing with ideas (I can't remember whether or not this is the one where they wrapped the Moon in duct-tape in order to crash it into the Earth...). The later phase - When Gravity Fails and its sequels - is darker and richer, with deeper characterization. When he was good, he was brilliant.
Still struggling with Facebook here, and trying to carve out time to start up a Dreamwidth account. Anyone who has insight about Instagram, please share.
At the end of this week, I will have my first anniversary in my new home. It is flaming damn hot and the cats are all doing their imitation of Dali's The Persistence of Memory. I am just taking a break between adding up everybody's grade, and posting them.
Back in March - the day of the first exam in History-1 - I came home to the news that the school was closing and I'd have to finish teaching the class as an online course, news that must have dismayed my students even more than it did me - some of them have VERY sketchy wi-fi at their places of residence (and some, I suspect, had none at all. I know one poor fellow was doing his assignments at his job). What it meant for me was, recording all the rest of my lectures as 20-minute podcasts, and posting amplified versions of all my PowerPoint presentations, and VERY QUICKLY coming up with alternate forms of exams and "online discussions"... all this while working on the rough draft for the first book of what I hope will be the new mystery series. (The setting will be 1920s Hollywood, a time and place I've long wanted to return to, though this is a mystery series, not fantasy. I'm keeping fairly quiet about it until it's more in shape, but that's what I've been working on. The working title of what I hope will be the first book is Scandal in Babylon, though that may change.) (Some of you may have seen that the vampire series has migrated over to Further Adventures novelettes, with "Gravemould and Ectoplasm," and I will continue it in that form.) (Other interesting stuff is stirring around also). (Interesting to me, at any rate).
In any case, I am now in an over-the-top mid-century modern tract-home, with glass walls and a kitchen the size of Nebraska, and get to spend the summer a) scripting the lectures that I will be delivering when I teach live-streaming on-line via Zoom in Fall Semester and b) researching Hollywood in the '20s some more.
And, c), engaged in the long and frustrating fumfering with my Facebook Business Account (i.e. "Barbara Hambly, Writer") which inexplicably decided not to let me onto my page anymore. (And no, the problem isn't cookies. We checked that.)
I have been advised to get an Instagram account - does anyone have experience with that they can share? I gather it's mostly pictures?
I will try to be better about posting.
MAJOR stupidness about social media. For the time being, this will return to being my regular social media site. Facebook, for its own reasons, decided not to let me onto my own FB site, which was opened for me - and is still being managed for me - by the EXCELLENT and helpful folk at Open Road Media, who handle my digital backlist. But, the page has decided not to let me on - and when I try to sign on through Google or a browser, simply redirects me to their advertising page, with no option to log-in.
I will (as I have often promised in the past) try to be better about posting here more regularly. A couple of years ago I was stalked on FB, and became much more reticent about posting there or anywhere else.
So here I am - I have no idea how many of you faithful friends still deal with LJ, but at least it's something.
Whew! I am pretty much all moved in to my new place.
When I moved to my house by LAX 30+ years ago, I had friends all over LA, and those friends who lived in the San Fernando Valley, I could reach - on a good day - in 20 minutes. Over the years the situation has changed. All my dearest friends now live in the Valley, and it was taking 45-60 minutes to reach them. (When I first went to work at Pierce College I could get there in 30 minutes. Now... not so much.)
And, the old house was literally falling apart. It needed to be re-piped, re-wired, needed kitchen and bathroom remodels if I was going to continue to live there. But every house on the street for the past five years, when they've sold, were simply torn down and replaced with these immense McMansions. I couldn't see pumping $100,000 that I didn't have into something that was just going to be torn down.
So, in May I sold my house (to an Investment Company, as a tear-down), and bought a slightly smaller, slightly newer one in the Valley that DIDN'T need to be re-piped or re-wired and already HAD a new, lovely, remodeled FRAKKING IMMENSE kitchen. Yes, it's hot as hell's hinges, but the house has an A/C plant the size of an apartment building. I donated literally a ton of books to the California prison library system, got rid of about half my Stuff (filling 4 construction-sized dumpsters in the process and about 6 pickup-truck-loads of stuff for the Goodwill), and the garage here is STILL packed to the ceiling with books, mostly publisher copies of my stuff and George's stuff.
So it's been a very stressful and tiring spring. (I also injured myself in the moving process, so I had to work around that).
I'll be very glad when every day doesn't involve something being inspected, installed, or repaired. We're coming to the end of that cycle, I hope, this week.
That's the explanation of why I've been even more dilatory than usual about posting. I'm happy with the new place. The old house can regenerate and go on to someone new. I'm already behind on the next book, but am able now to start work again.
I will keep you all posted. Thank you for your patience.