Adventures in… Kansas

It’s been a while since I last blogged, but I’ve had good reason, honest!  To be exact: I’ve been in America!  Whoopee adventure! So yes.  The University of Kansas – specifically the Gunn Centre for SF – very kindly invited me to come and attend the Campbell Conference, and even more kindly gave me a prize for Harry August.  It’s a wonderful thing to receive, not least as the trophy is covered in the names of so many greats that to be included is both a massive honour and hugely geek-joy-tastic.  It was also a wonderful shortlist to be part …

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Surprising Editorials

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Something odd is happening. I’m actually… … really excited by doing edits for Forget Me Not. Traditionally, writers aren’t big fans of doing editorials.  ‘What do you mean it needs changing?‘ is the punchline of many an old writery joke.  I don’t mind editorials that much, not least as my current editor is the absolute queen of a) telling me that I’m wonderful before every note and b) constructively giving feedback.  This last part is not to be undervalued.  I’ve had editorial notes in the past which boil down to this: ‘Dear Cat, I read your latest book, and it’s …

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Stop! The Play

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I’m lighting a play at the moment!  Actually, I’ve been working on it for a while, but tomorrow we go into fit-up for it at Trafalgar Studios and I’ve printed off the plans and the colour call and put my folder in order and done a pre-plot on the ETC offline-editor (because that never goes wrong) and all things considered…. … I am one prepped lighting designer.  Basically. The play in question is called Stop! The Play.  It’s a play in two parts.  In the first half, we see actors rehearsing for a play.  A play that I think I …

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Adventures in… Avignon

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I get a bit of piss-taking from my mates when I tell them I’m going on holiday.  Apparently ‘doing taxes’ and ‘sorting out the flat’ and ‘writing a book’ don’t count as ‘holiday’ to which I say… you guys clearly don’t take relaxing seriously enough. This year, however, I’m totally acing the holiday thing in a way which even my friends have to admit is proper holiday-like.  There’s gonna be some time in America later this year to see my partner’s family, but a few weeks ago there was ALSO four days in Avignon!  Take that, rest and relaxation.   …

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The John W. Campbell Memorial Award

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Harry August is a finalist this year in the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and I’m right chuffed!  It’s a wonderful short list to be on, with some awesome people – including Nina Allan and William Gibson!  It’s also wonderful to see Europe in Autumn there, and especially Bete by the scarily awesome Adam Roberts.  (Confession: I was a bit intimidated by Adam Roberts when I first encountered him, not only because he reads faster than any human I’ve ever met, but because his reading, his writing and his words are so soggy with intelligence you begin to wonder if …

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Some Upcoming Publication Dates….

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So!  Just this once I have some information about publication dates whoop whoop!  I mean, not much, but by my standards this is totally on it… 1.  Touch paperback.  While naturally I’m assuming that everyone who comes here has bought hardback copies of Touch for themselves, their friends, families, loved ones and garrulous strangers in the street, just in case you’re hanging on in there for something a wee bit cheaper, the paperback of Touch is released on August 27th in the UK. 2. … and about two minutes later, the Gameshouse novellas are released as ebooks on November 3rd!  …

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