Friday, May 30, 2008

Welcome to the world, Baby Greenleigh!

La Gringa would like to extend a hearty congratulations to good pals Viking Warrior Princess and Hexboy (aka Jen and Evan) on the birth of their first child, Baby Girl Greenleigh Leslie. Baby Greenleigh was slow to exit the confines of Viking Warrior Princess's netherparts, so bribes and negotiations ensued. Finally, after much cajoling, Baby Greenleigh made her grand entrance into this world, sans feather boas or tattoos (sadly, as feather boas and tattoos are her mother's favorite accessories). Baby Greenleigh weighed in at hefty 9 pounds 10 ounces, a true Junior Viking Warrior Princess!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

First official agenty squeeeeeee of joy!

Go congratulate Alan. (You'll have to actually, oh, email him or phone him or something since the comments function on his blog has been broken since way back when Lost was still worth watching....)

Edit to Add: Looks like Alan got his comments working again. :-)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Why Salman Rushdie wrote a fantasy novel.

From today's Guardian UK:
The Enchantress of Florence, his first truly fantastical work of fiction since Haroun and the Sea of Stories, is the result of this drilling back down into story and fantasy. "We all began as readers with a very fond relationship with the imagination," Rushdie told interviewer Mariella Frostrup. "But what happens as we grow up is we begin to think of that as childish. I've never thought that."

Perhaps he has his eye on JK Rowling's audience now that she is semi-retired. The Enchantress of Florence is filled with bad faeries, imaginary dragons, ogres, sorcerers, witches, an imaginary queen, hexes, and love potions. There's also a princess who travels from east to west and becomes renowned for her capacity to enchant - until she becomes enchanted herself and learns, as Rushdie said, in love "you don't always act in your own self-interest."
More here. (Via my pal Cheryl Morgan)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Book Launch 2.0 (Hilarious!)

This is bloody brilliant (and more accurate that you might imagine). This is a writer talking to his editor about the paperback re-release of his book. Enjoy!

Friday, May 23, 2008

A boring update, gratuitous cat stuff and updated
submission guidelines for your reading pleasure!

Those few of you who have been following the exploits of La Gringa and the Furry Machiavellian Persons for the past year or so will note that my sidebar is in a lamentable state of neglect and the links are sadly out-of-date. I plan to address that this weekend. The boys with whom I'm couch-surfing are in Texas (why two gay men would intentionally go to the state of Texas for a vacation is beyond me, but there you have it) so I have access to their G5 all weekend. (Cue evil laughter.)

Note: I also have access to their elderly and exceedingly cranky feline, Flounder. Flounder reminds me a bit of the late great Miss Mona, a dignified and independent old lady. She's half-blind, very vocal and is a frightening four pounds of fangs, fury and furballs. We had breakfast together this morning, then she proceeded to head-butt my right foot for fifteen minutes.

What else? I know I'm missing something.

Oh, yeah! I have updated my submissions guidelines a bit; you might want to pop over there and take a look at them if you haven't read them in a while.

Women writers in SF/F...why aren't they taken seriously?

Great op-ed about this topic in today Guardian UK.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rory Root, rest in peace.

From ICv2 comes this sad news: San Francisco Bay Area comic retailer and all-around incredibly nice guy Rory Root has died. Those of you involved in comics and the graphic novel industry know what a huge loss this is to the community.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

More on understanding racism and the
experience of Other

If you've been anywhere near a computer these past few days and you are in any way associated with the SF/F online community, you're probably aware of the discussion (kerfluffle, flame war, debate - intelligent or otherwise, finger pointing, and name calling) that has been taking place over this story at Fantasy Magazine. Take the time to read through the comments thread there so you can fully appreciate the extent to which some people's buttons were pushed.

Various folks have been writing commentary on the story itself - is it racist or isn't it? (personally, I think it is, but that it was wholly unintentional - which doesn't excuse it, however), as well as the way people handled their own reactions to the story. 

Writer Kelley Eskridge has written what is probably the most level-headed commentary I've seen so far on the whole situation. You really should go read it right now.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Steampunk is fashionable. Who knew?
(We did.)

Great piece in today's NYT about the steampunk culture (not just the writing subgenre). Some great mentions of the writing genre that started it all, however.
Devotees of the culture read Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, as well as more recent speculative fiction by William Gibson, James P. Blaylock and Paul Di Filippo, the author of “The Steampunk Trilogy,” the historical science fiction novellas that lent the culture its name. They watch films like “The City of Lost Children” (with costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier), “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “Brazil,” Terry Gilliam’s dystopian fantasy satirizing the modern industrial age; and they listen to melodeons and Gypsy strings mixed with industrial goth.
More here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

La Gringa is interviewed; hilarity ensues!

Popping in quickly on someone else's borrowed laptop (I haven't unpacked mine yet) to post this:

I was recently interviewed by Maria Zannini for the May newsletter of the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. You can read the full interview here. (Scroll down toward the bottom.)

I am now going to take a shower as I am completely covered in grime, dust and packing tape fragments. Feh! But the apartment is sparkling clean and the Victor the Super now has my keys. And my ladder. And my air conditioner. And a bitchin' set of Hold Everything kitchen shelves...