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!
Sadness here. Last night heard of the deaths of two friends - not intimate friends, but women I've known for forty years. Roberta Pournelle - Jerry Pournelle's widow - was the definition of the word "queenly," taking no shit and no prisoners, yet warm and delightful to be with. I knew she'd had a stroke - I saw her very shortly afterwards - so her death, though saddening, wasn't a surprise or a shock.
The passing of Susan Ellison - Harlan's amazing widow - was both. What a sweet, lovely woman she was.
Two steel-strong, wonderful women (who never failed to amaze me that they could live with the men they lived with!). I will miss them.
Just touching base - and glad to have access to FB again. During breaks from the MASSIVE amount of work involved in switching course materials for my Fall class over to an on-line format, trying out working titles for the Hollywood murder-mystery. One of the smaller chores of writer-hood.
Thursday evening I'll be the guest-speaker at the Los Angeles Science-Fiction Society meeting, which should be interesting, and good practice for the upcoming MileHi Con, at which I'll also be a guest - both on Zoom, so I don't have to take an airplane ride anywhere and don't have to go look for a cat-sitter.
I'm also in the process of reviving my old website, just to have a little more presence on the Net. But as always, there's the time issue: I'd much rather be actually writing than doing any of these things.
Still working on trying to get direct access to my Facebook page, and MANY thanks to the folks at Open Road who’re trying to get that techno-mess sorted out!
In the meantime, I’m trying the alternate scheme of reviving my barbarahambly.com page, with a link to Open Road… a task complicated by the fact that I have lost contact with the page’s webmaster. My most recent password to THAT page doesn’t work – why should it, it’s about 8 years old? – and of course everybody at the host server is out working from home and it’s VERY difficult to get in touch with ANYONE to help. I may well have to re-establish ANOTHER home page for myself, and I’ll go that route if I can’t get into barbarahambly.com.
Meanwhile, thank you all for your patience! I continue to post on Live Journal and Dreamwidth, in between trying to prep for an online-live class Fall Semester (HUGE amounts of work) and trying to finish the newest murder mystery – plus other upcoming projects. (It’s the school prep that’s prevented me from doing new Further Adventures: they’re outlined, but I simply haven’t had time. At one point last semester I was getting up at 4 a.m. simply to transfer material for the following week – not the optimum way to stay mentally in shape to write).
And thank you, Open Road, for all your help and patience!
If by any chance my former webmaster reads this, could you get in touch with me at the e-mail I always had when dealing with you?
Yet another nice downprice deal from Open Road Media. Monday, July 15 (the day all your taxes are due!), the Rainbow Abyss - Book one of Sun-Cross, my Magic Nazis duology - downpriced in US and Canada (digitally) to $1.99. (I'm guessing they'll have Book Two, The Magicians of Night, on a similar deal in the near future).
An odd and difficult book to write at the time, due to editorial issues, but one of which I'm now fond.(Sun-Cross was originally going to be one huge cinderblock of an epic, but, as I said, editorial issues...)
In other news, it's still frying hot here, and I'm staying sheltered and doing well. When I take walks early in the morning, I see LOTS of my neighbors out - and WAY more birds and squirrels than were around a year ago. I'm pushing hard to have my Fall Semester class materials switched over to an online format - it's the main reason I haven't done any Further Adventures tales for awhile. I will return to those when things get a bit more squared away. Right now, all I want to do is sleep.
Still fumfering around with FB. Still getting re-directed to the page advertising FB Marketing, and being told that I'm not authorized to post on my page, even though I've been invited REPEATEDLY to be a partner on the page.
Open Road Digital Media is having a special on the third of George's Budayeen trilogy, The Exile Kiss, Monday, July 13 - downpriced to $1.99, US and Canada, one day only. I met him just after this was published. He always said there would be a fourth, and he and I worked out an outline for it, but by that time his illness had advanced to the point that he wasn't able to write consistently.
In other news, it's frying hot here and I've done my allotted school-prep for the day, and can now go back to work on Real Work. The cats are doing their imitation of Dali's Persistence of Memory.
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.