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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Retrograde launch party

I hope many readers (as many of you are in Berlin, anyway) will join me tomorrow at Another Country bookstore to celebrate the launch of my debut novel Retrograde. It's been a long road here, and at times writing a novel has felt like the easiest part of the process, what with all the time and effort it takes to edit, edit, edit a million more times, pitch to agents and publishers, do even more editing, do even more pitching, and... you get the idea. Of course, giving a reading is something I've also had to work on over the years, from my tendency to read to fast and forget to breathe, to deciding how to pronounce some characters' tricky German names the way you would in English, to not running away because I have to do something in front of other people. But most of all, this Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate with friends and fellow book lovers, and hear interesting outside perspectives about writing, and I'm really looking forward to it. For those of you who aren't in Berlin, (you're missing out!) check out Meerkat Press' Facebook page for the virtual launch on Monday. There'll be prizes, fun and book-nerdiness galore!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Win a free review copy of Retrograde

My debut novel Retrograde won't be out until this fall, but you can get your hands on a copy a lot sooner if you like writing book reviews. Just enter the giveaway on GoodReads by the end of this month for a free advance copy. Hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Retrograde on presale

Getting an offer from Meerkat Press for my first novel was very, very (and even more 'very's to be honest) exciting, but it's easy to forget when you first sign with a publisher how much time and work are involved in going from the offer to a physical book in your hand. Which makes it so much more exciting that Retrograde is now available for presales with great cover art by Laurel Hausler. I may still have to wait until September to actually be able to pick up a copy, but it's already out there! And yes, I'm all about paperbacks. eBooks would look so much less pretentious if I lined my shelves with them.

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's Berlinale season again

and I'm very excited about this year's films. Aiming to do no more than three a day this year because you can have too much of a good thing. And intellectually demanding, often depressing and graphically violent films weren't made for binge-watching. Also because I got so tired last year at four a day that I overslept and missed one of the competition films. Speaking of which, why are they so uptight about taking coffee into 9 AM showings? It's not like coffee involves loud chewing or crinkly packaging.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Not to be a New Year's grinch,

but I'm so over fireworks and glad people are finally running out of noisy explosive things to throw out their windows. In fact, I was sort of over them by early December thanks to that lovely neighbor who started dropping firecrackers into our courtyard at odd hours in November. Not that I don't appreciate the discipline it takes to hoard last year's fireworks for eleven months just to drive your neighbors crazy. The best part is that we get at least another couple weeks to enjoy the waterlogged used fireworks piled up on street corners with dog shit, snow and wilted Christmas trees. New year's eve is the gift that keeps on giving.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

-2°

Everything sounds colder in Celsius! Also Emma hates me when it sleets because she thinks I made it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I have nothing to say

...about you-know-which current event that everyone else hasn't already said. Mostly, I try not to think about it.