2016 Scares the Shit Out of Me

 

image

Seriously.

It’s only the 2nd day of the year, nice easy Saturday night full of peppermint candy, Lana Del Rey and sleeping dogs.

Last night was Sherlock’s ‘The Abominable Bride’ (which was better than all of S3 put together, and I loved S3), and this afternoon was ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ with my almost-8-yr-old son in his Darth Vader sweatshirt and my cool-as-hell hubby (and it was GREAT! I was afraid to hope, after the prequels). So. I’m high on Moriarty and Chewbacca.

The year ahead lies sprawled in an almost impossible glowing light. These Lite Brite blips of things to come, and they seem too good to be true:

  • the first edition of Menacing Hedge I’ve worked on as full-fledged co-fiction editor with my incestuous sibling Craig Wallwork, out pretty much anytime – and conspiring with the beautiful crew there
  • more and more unbelievable announcements about the Gutted:Beautiful Horror anthology – just a lil ole book coming out this year with me in it….AND Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Paul Tremblay, Damien Angelica Walters, Richard Thomas…that’s not even all!! It’s just too hard to type out all the names, and they’re not even DONE with the ToC!
  • AWP LA, which I guess is some sort of “conference” or something, but whatever – I’ll be spending April Fool’s Day in California with the crew that welcomed me into the bosom of ‘Warmed and Bound’ nearly five years ago, only that crew times ten…ocean and bowling and books with some of the best people I’ve ever met or am about to
  • Tentative plans for a vast and ambitious family vacation that, worst case scenario, would take place next summer instead of this one
  • Tentative plans to finish a semi-vast and very-ambitious linked short story collection surrounding the concept of Frankenstein’s Monster and the freedom from the burden of chronological memory…that, worst case scenario, will be completed next summer instead of this one (it would take some massive laziness to drag out an entire extra year)
  • Jewelry – Jewelry!! Work!! They call it work, I call it a kitchen and laboratory full of adoptive family, gems, and magic lasers and elf-sized tools. They let me hang out there, and talk about movies and gold and life, and pay me for it…
  • my son and I have started the Harry Potter series, a mere two hours ago, and he’s into it
  • Richard Thomas has extracted a promise for a story from me for Gamut, which seems like something I should have to fight to get into
  • Craig Clevenger wants to podcast with me for a couple guest episodes of Booked.
  • My sister is going to give me another niece or nephew – another minion for my son!

Can I just stop there, and take a breath?

My fear is justified, yes?

Because this is my life, and I want to deserve it. I want to deserve the people and the love and the pictures in my brain and the roof over my head and the happiness,

and I don’t want to take a breath, or cough, for fear I’ll wake….

So, before I do, in this world now I want to say: I love you all. I appreciate you all. You’re heavy and light and wispy and warm in your love and support and confidence and laughter and conspiratorial smiles. My family, my friends, my work family, my writing , my reading compadres, my Sherlock-fiends, my fellow mothers of beautiful strong babes, my ladies in the shadows that whisper to me that I’m good enough.

Thank you. By the Stars and the Moonlight and the magic of breathing, I wish you all as beautiful a 2016 as you’ve made possible for me, just by being a part of my life.

-Amanda

 

image

(Magical Shiny Shoes to dance through the year)

‘Exigencies’ Available NOW!

arkThe baby came a little early, and she’s available on Amazon in paperback right now:

Exigencies – an Anthology from Dark House Press

here are some pictures and things:

image

image

image

We have a lot of beautiful stories in here – the line-up is fabulous, and I know quite a few of the authors (myself included) had extra-special precious work that somehow found its way between these covers.

Happy June!!

Video: Amanda Gowin at Sylvester Memorial Library

the video!!! took forever to get this mess uploaded. i realize it’s an hour long, but at least stick around long enough for the church fire anecdote… plus i read a story. mainly i ramble. but i think it turned out pretty well! 

‘Burnt Tongues’ Crosses the Pond…

The good news keeps on coming!

‘Burnt Tongues’ is also slated for release through Titan in the UK. I hope there’s a different cover in every country, so I can collect them all. Here’s the U.S. cover and the link to the official press release:

 

image

 

http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/53336

Burnt Tongues cover art!

image

Image

August is the Month of Twins: Cipher Sisters Now Available

 AMAZON ORDER LINK: 

http://www.amazon.com/Cipher-Sisters-Michael-Paul-Gonzalez/dp/0615854230/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375385785&sr=1-1&keywords=cipher+sisters

cipher1

cipher2

cipher3cipher4

Cipher Sister Pre-Order (Have It in Your Hands by August)

 

the time has come, my little friends, to talk of other things….

like the fact that Cipher Sisters available for pre-order as of this very minute. and not the “Wait forever then pay shipping and handling!” kind. i’m talking the “Toss in a bit of cash at the Thunderdome Indiegogo page and that’s it, books will magically appear.”

here’s the page: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/thunderdome-press/x/3684917

WASTE NO MORE TIME! Order your book, spread the word, enjoy your summer.

I’m happy as an… oyster? fits with the above quote 😉 off to warm waters for the day!

i love you, each and every one….

cipher

(click this link for the Cipher Sisters Table of Contents post! https://lookatmissohio.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/the-ides-of-march-cipher-sister-table-of-contents-floats-to-the-surface/ )

Previous Older Entries