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Civics 101: My duty, my obligation, and my pleasure.

Boom. Done.

I love having the ballot box just down the street. A nice walk, some fresh air, and my civic duty is done.

And no, I don’t miss the “community-building” elements of single-day polling place voting at all. It was stressful and occasionally inconvenient, and they weren’t even offering cookies any more. And drop-off balloting creates a higher participation level, which is a marker of success other states should seek to emulate.

Talking to my mom last night, she was fascinated by drop-off balloting, and asked why more states don’t do that.
“You know why they don’t,” I said.
“Oh. yeah.”



cover art for WEST WINDS FOOL
  1.  Realize that you’ve managed to schedule your first actual non-work or family-related vacation in nearly 6 years that week (meaning: limited internet access on the day of release)
  2.  Get a text from your cat-sitter that starts “don’t freak out, but we’re at the vet….”I now remember why it’s been 6 years since my last vacation.  Yikes.But!  If you’re reading this, everything went off without a visible hitch, and WEST WINDS’ FOOL and Other Stories of the Devil’s West has gone live!

    And since I won’t have reliable internet for another two days, I’ve put together a PAQ (potentially asked questions):

    Is “A Town Called Flood”  the original story that grew into SILVER ON THE ROAD?    Yes, yes it is.  You will spot many similarities – and a number of significant differences.

    Will there be a print edition?    Yes, as soon as I nail down some fiddly production and distribution details!

    When is “Gabriel’s Road” coming out?   I’m still aiming for Winter 2019, but I’m not going to take a blood oath on when in the winter…..

    Is the cat okay?   We think so – he’s elderly and diabetic, and a cancer survivor, so every sneeze and wobble makes us nervous, but he has an excellent vet and a lot of stubbornness… Good wishes much appreciated.

    Where did you go on vacation?   Taos, New Mexico.  Storing up sunshine for the Engloomening about to descend upon the Pacific Northwest….

    So, until I return to the land of coffee and orcas and reliable internet…

    Happy Reading!



Do you know the way to San Jose (WorldCon76)?

I know I’m far from the first to use that joke WRT this year’s WorldCon, but it’s the first time I’ve used it, okay?

Heading south to California on Thursday, with my WorldCon76 schedule a bit in the air (my roommate is dealing with family health issues, so I may be staying somewhere other-than-planned for the weekend).  But if you want to find me, here are some guaranteed spots and times, all on Saturday, August 18th:

SFWA Table (autographing and shilling advocating for SFWA)
11am-11:30am (location TBA)

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Last Unicorn
1:00 – 2:00pm, 230 (San Jose Convention Center)

Come talk about this classic of fantasy literature! Your favorite scenes, characters, and what it meant to you, in a Q&A with its creator. And Prizes!
Jacob Weisman (Tachyon Publications) (M), Peter Beagle, Laura Anne Gilman, Brandon Sanderson, Effie Seiberg

2:00pm – 3:00pm, (San Jose Convention Center)
Ada Palmer, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Wesley Chu, Maya Bohnhoff, Kate Elliott, Laura Anne Gilman

(bring new copies.  Bring old copies! Bring cash to buy copies of things you might not be able to find elsewhere!)

The Body and The Shadow of the Imagination
4:00 – 5:00pm, 211C (San Jose Convention Center)

How necessary is the visual or descriptive charge of an image in science fiction? How much do you have to let the viewer see and when do you suggest so that the reader’s imaginative engine works by itself? How do we open dialogues with the reader or viewer so that they activate their own channels of imaginative communication?
Felecia Caton Garcia, Libia Brenda, Iliana Vargas (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Mary Anne Mohanraj

And to see how many people actually read these posts through to the end: if you happen to see me walking around the convention center (NOT while I’m on panels or signing), I will have a Special Gift for the first three people who walk up to me and say “I accept the Devil’s Agreement.


I now understand the phrase, "could have knocked me over with a feather."

Cutting to the chase: THE COLD EYE is a Washington State Book Award nominee.

Longer version, with reaction gifs:

A few weeks ago, I got an email that started,

“Dear Laura Anne,

We are so happy to let you know that THE COLD EYE  has been named a finalist in the Fiction category for the 2018 Washington State Book Awards!”

“The Washington State Book Awards recognize works with literary merit and lasting importance penned by a Washington author and published in 2017. The Awards are administered by the Washington Center for the Book.”

So yeah.  Today, it’s official.  In the Seattle Times, no less.

My fellow nominees:

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (Flatiron Books)
The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman (Simon & Schuster)
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper (HarperCollins)
Solar Reboot by Matthew D. Hunt (Matthew D. Hunt)
George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl (Touchstone)
Duplicity by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam)

THE COLD EYE is now a twice-nominated book (for this, and the Endeavour), with SILVER ON THE ROAD having a single nomination.  Huh.  Next stop, Hugo nomination for best series?  Hey, why not?