I am over the moon to be able to announce that I (as Mira Grant) have been invited to become one of the newest authors working in the Star Wars setting. And wow, was that a difficult secret to keep heading into San Diego Comic-Con (as well as being one of the reasons that I had to go despite Alice’s illness).
I am so excited, and so delighted, and feeling like this is such a step forward for me (and maybe a step toward the X-Men). I have a lot of NDAs in place, so I can’t really say anything about the story apart from “I am writing one.” Here is the article from Entertainment Weekly:
We’re heading for a galaxy far, far away!
All of this is very relevant because I met with the orthopedic surgeon this morning, and the situation I'm in is basically: maintain (keep living with the pain), or fairly extensive surgery, much more so than I was expecting. The first option is not viable, so the second is the one I'm going with, even though it's going to SUCK. It'll be arthroscopic surgery to clear out the crap in my shoulder joint (arthritis and bone spurs), and an actual real incision through my armpit to detach, clean up, and reattach the bicep tendon in a different location. Three weeks in a sling (non-negotiable), three weeks of light use with physical therapy, and however many months of PT it takes to get back to full use. (I sense more time spent with the never-to-be-sufficiently-damned finger ladder in my future. :P)
There are details to work out -- what I can do at work is going to be limited and very slow, since I'll need to work left-handed (Dad has suggested a track ball, which may help), so I'll need to get with my SVPs and figure out how I;ll be working and on what. All of the lifting/stocking etc is going to be entirely out. But I'm looking at early- to mid-September, to avoid wearing a heavy sling in August, which would suck, and to hopefully be able to work properly again before the end-of-year craziness.
Vancouver, of course, is not going to happen, but that was a bit of pie-in-the-sky distraction and I think I always knew it. I do very much still want to do the trip, and I think I'll plan it for next May, as something to look forward to. Better whale watching that time of year anyway...
I met G. Scott Huggins almost twenty years ago. We were both published in Writers of the Future XV, and we ended up in a writing group together for several years. He was one of the folks who helped me grow and improve as an author. I published one of his stories in Heroes in Training a while back.
I love the premise and setup. Dr. James DeGrande is a veterinarian in a land that’s been taken over by a Dark Lord, and the whole thing is written with a kind of tongue-in-cheek humor. The book is made up of several distinct but related stories, showing the growth of James and his partnership with his assistant Harriet (a physically disabled almost-witch).
Here’s part of the publisher’s official description:
Everyone says it was better in the Good Old Days. Before the Dark Lord covered the land in His Second Darkness.
As far as I can tell, it wasn’t that much better. Even then, everyone cheered the heroes who rode unicorns into combat against dragons, but no one ever remembered who treated the unicorns’ phosphine burns afterward. Of course, that was when dragons were something to be killed. Today I have to save one. Know what fewmets are? No? Then make a sacrifice of thanks right now to whatever gods you worship, because today I have to figure a way to get them flowing back out of the Dark Lord’s favorite dragon. Yeah, from the other end. And that’s just my most illustrious client. I’ve got orcs and trolls who might eat me and dark elf barons who might sue me if their bloodhawks and chimeras don’t pull through. And that doesn’t even consider the possibility that the old bag with the basilisk might show up.
The only thing that’s gone right this evening is finding Harriet to be my veterinary assistant. She’s almost a witch, which just might save us both. If we don’t get each other killed first.
I appreciate writers who take traditional fantasy and flip things around to present a different perspective. Just as I enjoy clever protagonists, like James and Harriet. (And while this may come as a shock, I also like fantasy that tries to have fun.)
There’s one bit I need to talk about. About 80% of the way into the book, we meet Countess Elspeth Bathetique, an incredibly neglectful pet owner and generally unpleasant person, and we get this exchange:
“Dammit, my lady, you’re not even a vampire!”
“How… how dare you? I identify as a vampire, you filth! You cannot dream of the tragic destiny which is ours!”
“What? Suffering from vitamin deficiency, malnutrition, keeping out of the sun for no damn reason, and torturing your poor pet basilisk? If I dreamed of that, I’d seek clerical help!”
I don’t believe it was intentional, but seeing language generally used by transgender people played for laughs by a wannabe vampire threw me right out of the story. I emailed and chatted with Scott, who confirmed that wasn’t the intention. The Countess was meant to be a darker take on Terry Pratchett’s Doreen Winkings. But he said he understood how I or others might read it the way I did.
One of my favorite parts of these stories are the veterinary details. Huggins’ wife is a veterinarian, and there’s a sense of real truth to the protagonist’s frustration with neglectful pet owners and the various challenges of keeping all these magical animals healthy. It helps to ground the book and acts as a nice counter to the humor.
I couldn’t find an excerpt online, but there’s a promo video on YouTube.
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
Fandom(s):Harry Potter & Star Trek: AOS/Kelvin Timeline
Link(s): Story here at AO3
Summary: When long-time mates Harry Potter and Ron Weasley cannot seem to pull it together as a couple, Hogwarts Castle calls upon its awesome magic to bring a couple from the future to help them along.
Warnings: Rated nc-17 for explicit sex and bad language
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Horace Slughorn, Madam Pomfrey; Montgomery Scott; original characters
Pairings:Harry Potter/Ron Weasley; James T. Kirk/Leonard McCoy
When I Started: Sometime in 2011
How I Lost My Shit:I intended to write this for the 2011 Star Trek Big Bang on LJ. I got into it and thought I would not hit the 10K word minimum count, so I bailed. I’ve been working on it, off and on, ever since.
How I Finished My Shit: Thank you wipbigbang!! For providing the opportunity for me to finish this fic.
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. All Star Trek characters herein are the property of Paramount Pictures Corporation/CBS Studios and Gene Roddenberry. No copyright infringement is intended. All characters engaging in sexual activity are 16 years or older.
Author's Note:Many thanks to the folks at ushobrwri who are always great cheerleaders. My undying gratitude to my beta readers aome and weepingnaiad who read a bad fic and then made it so much better. Any mistakes or wtf? moments remain entirely mine. Finished on 8 July 2017 while I was sitting in weepingnaiad’s house drinking coffee she brewed for me.
Thank you to my artist, kuhlshadow for this lovely title banner!