Terri Windling is in need.

Besides being a groundbreaking editor, artist, and author, she’s kind of a fairy godmother to the whole fantasy field, and a human being that fairly glows with inner light. We’re trying to help her get on her feet after medical and legal issues.

That means auction.

So, go over to the magick4terri community and see the spectacular array of stuff on offer there. I have a couple of things available–

1. You can name a character in the next Fairyland book! Not necessarily a Tuckerization, though it can be if you want it to be. Name the character anything you like. I promise it will be a character with lines and some importance, not just a walk-on. I VERY RARELY do this, in fact, I’ve only done it once before, for SJ Tucker’s auction. That resulted in Ivan Nikolaevich form Deathless, because sometimes symmetry is a beautiful thing (the buyer asked me to use his name, which is actually two names, but to alter it in some way. You can ask for a similarly specific naming.)

2. A printed handbound manuscript of The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There. The ARCs won’t be out til March, so this is your chance to read before anyone else ever, essentially. Anyone who doesn’t work at Macmillan and/or isn’t married to me.

Bid on these things! Bid on other things! Help make magic happen for our magical lady.

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WOW!

Fairyland has made it to the final round of voting in the GoodReads Reader’s Choice Award! I’ve never even been nominated before, let alone made it to the final round. And Deathless made it to the semi-final!

Please, if you have a moment, head over and vote for Fairyland in the Middle Grade section of the poll. It just takes a minute–and there’s tons of other awesome books to vote for in a bunch of categories, too.

Real blogging soon, I promise! Like, today even!

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Vote now for your favorite books!

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So excited! I finally get to announce A Thing!

The official publisher’s announcement will come in a few weeks, but I can finally tell you that I have an essay collection coming out (sometime) in 2012 (probably) from Mad Norwegian Press (the kids who brought you Chicks Dig Time Lords)!

As a lapsed critic and failed academic, I have wanted to do an essay collection FOREVER. It is like a LIFE GOAL. I’m so thrilled it’s finally happening!

The collection will be called Six-Gun Snow White, and will contain blog material as well as talks and essays I’ve done for various projects and events. Some new pieces, too. Folklore, fairy tales, science fiction and fantasy, gender and race issues, writing craft, culture and fandom. It’s a HUGE book, containing nearly a decade of non-fiction work. I haven’t yet decided whether to include movie and/or book reviews, provided they contain some critical value. I go back and forth on whether I should.

This means that if there’s an essay or non-fiction piece of mine that you’ve read anywhere, on the blog or off, that you want to make sure gets into the collection, now is the time to holler at me (you don’t have to provide a link, “that one about the ghostpigs” will do. I’ll know what you mean).

If’s there’s a topic you want to see me tackle, I’ve got a couple of weeks before the manuscript is due, so let me know and I’ll do my best to grab it by the horns.

I cannot wait to get this book into the world–Chicks Dig Time Lords was such a fantastic project, I’m all a-grin to be working with that team again.

Squee! I are a real live smarty pants blogger girl!

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Almost four years ago, I started a weird little thing called The Omikuji Project. Every month, I wrote a short story not published anywhere else, printed it on archival paper, signed and sealed them with wax, along with a personal letter. For four years they’ve gone out all over the world, every month, with wobbly, but stalwart, regularity. (October’s has gone out–delay caused by crazy novel deadline–so sorry!)

From the beginning, I said that if subscriptions dropped below a certain level, I couldn’t do it anymore. Remember that stack of Things I Wrote This Year? It did not include a new, original short story every single month. It’s a lot of work, even before the late nights folding, signing, and burning ourselves with sealing wax. It’s wonderful, but it’s work.

We’re circling that level now. With the economy and the ebook apocalypse, we’ve had a lot of cancellations and folks who didn’t renew their subscriptions. And I totally understand that. Something like this is a luxury purchase. Nevertheless, in order to keep the Project going, we need new subscribers. Especially given the increase in postage rates since we began years back, and the exponential increase in my workload since 2007-8.

So this is my way of saying that if you wanted to get someone a holiday gift, or miss your letters every month, or had been thinking about getting a subscription, now would be a wonderful time to sign up. The rates are $100 for the year or $10 a month for the paper edition, and $50 a year or $5 a month for the electronic. International subscriptions are $120 a year or $12 a month.

There is a community at omikuji_project where subscribers meet and discuss the stories, and we’ve had meetups at conventions. It has been one of my most rewarding creative endeavors–it’s just that, given my workload, I can’t keep going if enough people aren’t interested in getting it. I really want to keep going. I hope you do too! But if we do have to close the Project down, yearly subscribers will get stories through the end of their tenure, never fear.

But I hope it won’t come to that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it–here’s hoping for four more years, at the least.

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If you’ve wondered why I’ve been a little scatter-brained this year, slow to get back to folks, skidding sideways over deadlines, blogging not nearly as much as I used to, well, I thought I’d give you a visual aid.

Sleep NowThat’s everything that I’ve had published in 2011: novels, short stories, essays not counting the blog. (Not actually though, the Wyverary Govournesse webfiction and A Silver Splendour, A Flame are not pictured, because we didn’t have any more screens to show online stories on!)

It’s just shy of half a million words of fiction.

If we went for the last twelve months? There would be two more books on that stack. Author is shown sleeping because that’s the thing I am most interested in in the whole world right now. I knew going into it that 2011 would be one of the hardest years of my professional life, and boy howdy, it was. It was good in unimaginable ways–the NYT Bestsellers List, the unique wonders of the tour, Australia, my new house. And hard in unimaginable ways–the sheer amount of books, the constant state of “on,” the deadlines, personal heartbreak, and moving into that new house. The fact that I have only three books coming out next year seems posh and relaxed.

At the end of a year I often berate myself–I could have done more if only I hadn’t watched so damn much DS9 or socialized at all or read anything on Cracked. I am lazy, I have no work ethic, I’m one year closer to death and I could have written more if only x, y, or z. I’m actually still doing it this year, because if only x, y, and z, I could have written the proposals that sit half done or finished my epic Persephone poem on time or not been so late on a, b, or c. But for the first time, I’m putting a boot down on that voice because fuck me, I physically could not have done more. I ran myself straight into a burning wall of breakdown, and all those beautiful books are what I have to show for it. Not bad, old girl.

Great Pumpkin forgive me my sins and grant me rest.

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