Instead of songs about bad relationships or drug use, they write geek music about Pokemon and Star Trek.
Michael Underwood stops by to share the origin story of Celebromancy, why having a bisexual main character was so important to him, and what’s next for Ree.
Today on YA Rewind, author Gail Carriger joins me for a chat about her new young adult novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book One). We talk about her literary influences, what appealed to her about a teenage protagonist, and why Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality floats above the moors.
Last week I road-tripped with a couple of friends from Los Angeles to Seattle, cramming the trip into a couple of days so we’d make it in time for the second annual GeekGirlCon. I have to say, it was a different beast than last year’s convention. The organization went up about five levels, the location was more centralized and in the actual downtown part of the city, and the scope in general was beyond what you might expect from a con only in its second year.
But it was a completely different experience for me, since this year I decided to go as an exhibitor.
In Geekomancy, forthcoming from Pocket Books, author Michael Underwood introduces us to Rhiannon “Ree” Reyes, a barista-slash-screenwriter-slash-geek who discovers the ability to turn science fiction and fantasy props into actual power and pick up super skills from watching TV. With barely a glance over her shoulder, Ree jumps into a world where Magic cards are actually magic, strangers from Faerie hang out in bars, and Aberrant Muses encourage suicides so the Duke of Pwn can get their souls.
For the first time in years, I’m not going to Comic-Con. I made my decision almost immediately after last year’s Con, and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought to resist the pull of the membership presale earlier this year. Once upon a time, I thought that if I prepared, learned the ropes and the tricks, and just went with the flow of the weekend, I was guaranteed a good time. But I didn’t have a good time last year. It had it’s moments, like cons always do, but the stress outweighed the fun, and what’s the point of that?
I was a geek in high school. This should come as a surprise to no one, but in case it does, let me add that I was an ‘under-the-radar’ kind of geek for years by virtue of the fact that I spent a lot of time by myself, so no one got the chance to find out just how deep the geek went. Truthfully, I didn’t even know just how nerdy I was until I surfaced from my solitude a few years later and discovered that most people didn’t get as myopically passionate about niche topics as I did.
My phone wouldn’t stop buzzing yesterday after Felicia Day (Buffy, The Guild, Dollhouse, Eureka) retweeted my exclamatory blurb for her newest project: the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel. Specifically, I urged people to “watch @feliciaday make a fireplace poker with a real live blacksmith!” which spawned several good-natured jokes about undead blacksmiths or pokers made from blacksmith bits, and a surprising stream of retweets.
But 140 characters is barely a sentence, so I thought I’d go ahead and share a slightly more detailed reaction to all the nerdy programming that debuted.
I started this blog in 2008 as I was preparing to graduate from college with a degree in creative writing. I had an unpaid internship as the assistant to a producer; I was submitting my YA novel to agents, short stories to literary journals, and gathering plenty of material on what not to do. (I have an enormous MS Word document of other people’s query letters that are each horrendous in their own way.) A lot has changed since then (and, sadly, a lot has not), but what I always hoped to do with this blog was share my successes and failures in the writer’s market, and possibly help others learn from my mistakes.
So this is what I’m doing: I’m writing a comic book.