The Great Hot Tub Massacre

A saga in a series of tweets, with commentary by some VERY clever Twitter-peeps…

 

Stuff I Published in 2016

It has been so long that the early reaches of the year seem an impossibly long time ago. Nevertheless! If we do not keep track of what we did, how will we know!?

Short Stories

Razorback – Apex Magazine

Novelette

The Tomato Thief – Apex Magazine

Children’s Books

Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic – Dial Books
Hamster Princess: Ratpunzel – Dial Books

Novel

The Raven and the Reindeer (as T. Kingfisher)

If Summer in Orcus wraps by the end of the year, as I am hoping to make happen, it’ll count here too. (Oh god, I need to make an e-book cover…)

I honestly had hoped for another novel this year (and I keep forgetting that Summer counts as quite a long novel, because it’s a different thing in my head) or at least a novella out this fall. The election season turned the last half of the year into a dragging pit of unproductivity, though. Nevertheless, I’ve got an anthology, a novelette, and the next hamster book all slated for early next year, so that’s not too shabby, and Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, some of these half-done things knocking around will fall out onto the page sooner rather than later.

Chapter 26

It’s up!

Also, looking at the schedule–it would appear that the story, as currently scheduled, would only run over into January by one week. So for the last week of the year, we’ll get double helpings of the story, and wrap it at the end of the year. It seems tidier. And also…well, I kinda feel like I can’t do much to make the year end on a positive note, but by god, I can do this!

I’ll scramble to get my e-book versions together so they’ll be available in early January too. (Patreon sponsors will get access to free versions, because you’ve made the whole thing possible! And I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that. It’s been really awesome!)

Early December Journals

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I am embarassed by the relatively meager looking size of the harvest, but in my defense, like half the early crop got swept into a slow cooker (and I have no idea what was in it! I think a lot of Yoeme Purple. There were words.)  and I sacrificed a load of Trail of Tears and Tarahumara Red to chili. But a couple just plain did not perform–I’m done trying to make the “ojo” types work. Whatever they want, it’s not what I’ve got here. And the Aztec Cave Beans are very pretty and don’t hold a candle to Mother Stallard in terms of production and flavor, so they’re out.

On the other hand, I just went and looked up standard yields for dry beans, and a lot of them average something like 1.5-3 lbs per 25 foot row, and even 25 plants per pound of beans. So given that I have maybe 25 feet of beans TOTAL, and that heavily intercropped with tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers and squash, the fact I managed at least three or four pounds worth is not too embarassing at all.

Next year, I’m looking at Trail of Tears, Mother Stallard, O’odham Pink, Tarahumara Red, Rattlesnake Pole and probably Yoeme Purple. We’ll give it a year or two and see how those fare…