<3 Librarians

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog, clockwork dagger, public speaking | 0 comments

I love librarians. My hometown librarians took good care of me when I was young. They knew to let me know when new horse books arrived or when old favorites of mine were being discarded and sold. They helped me get my fix.


Therefore, I was really excited when the Greenville Public Library in Ohio reached out to me for an interview. It’s now up on their blog, Fourth and Sycamore.

I also have a guest post over at Milo James Fowler’s site where I discuss why I write a bit of everything.

I’ll be busy with Thanksgiving and family and loads of cooking next week, so I’ll be scarce online. Happy Turkey Day to my fellow Americans, and happy almost-winter wishes to everyone!

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Bready or Not: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Shortbread

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, pumpkin | 0 comments

Shortbread makes me think of autumn, so it’s only right to combine shortbread and pumpkin.

Choc Chip Pumpkin Shortbread

It’s been a while, but I have talked about my shortbread/autumn association before. It puts me in mind of kilts and bagpipes and happy family times.

Pumpkin lends an orange tint and a very mellow and pleasant flavor. It’s such a small amount that it doesn’t make the pieces feel tacky, either.

Choc Chip Pumpkin Shortbread

The original recipe called for dark chocolate. That’s just not my thing. I prefer white chocolate with pumpkin. Here, I mixed in white and semi-sweet chips. YUM.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this uses an 8×8 pan–the shortbread is thick, so it makes a good bit. I cut it small, like I would with fudge.

Choc Chip Pumpkin Shortbread

Like most any shortbread, these keep very very well. I imagine it would mail well, too, if you don’t live in a place where it’s still 100-degrees in November.

Modified from Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Shortbread from The View from the Great Island.

Choc Chip Pumpkin Shortbread

Bready or Not: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Shortbread


  • 2 sticks, (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 heaping Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp each: cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, allspice
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (white, dark, semi, whatever you want!)


  1. Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Prepare an 8x8 dish by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper and applying nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Beat in the vanilla, pumpkin, and spices.
  3. Fold in the flour, and then the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread the batter in the pan, smoothing it out evenly.
  5. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until the edges just start to turn gold. Set out to cool to room temperature, then use the foil or parchment to lift the shortbread out for easy cutting.
  6. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.
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Choc Chip Pumpkin Shortbread

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Wherein I share a ToC with Neil Gaiman

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in anthology:story, Blog, clockwork crown, poem-a-day, public speaking | 0 comments


I survived World Fantasy Con and had an absolute blast. I managed to complete a Poem-A-Day and make slow progress on my Clockwork Crown copyedits even during the con, which made me feel like a real writer. Fun fact: real writers are also sleep-deprived.


[Me working on copyedits on the flight to DC.]

The good news is that I mailed in my copyedits Sunday morning. Now I have a back log of other smaller projects to get done before I start work on a Top Secret Project that has a very tight deadline. It doesn’t look like I get to slack off for the holidays this year. I must do All the Things.

One of the nifty things about being at a convention is that you get told about good news. I knew I had a reprint story that had been requested for inclusion in Twelfth Planet Press’s Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013, but the full Table of Contents was announced the day I was mostly offline as I flew cross-country.

Surprised Kirk

So I was pretty gobsmacked to find out I’m sharing the book with Neil Gaiman. And my story follows his. Gulp.

The full ToC:
Selkie Stories Are For Losers – Sofia Samatar
By Bone-Light – Juliet Marillier
The Myriad Dangers – Lavie Tidhar
Carpet – Nnedi Okorafor
I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon – Sarah Rees Brennan
57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides – Sam J. Miller
The Minotaur Girls – Tansy Rayner Roberts
Not With You, But With You – Miri Kim
Ghost Town – Malinda Lo
December – Neil Gaiman
An Echo in the Shell – Beth Cato
Dan’s Dreams – Eliza Victoria
As Large As Alone – Alena McNamara
Random Play All and the League of Awesome – Shane Halbach
Mah Song – Joanne Anderton
What We Ourselves Are Not – Leah Cypess
The City of Chrysanthemum – Ken Liu
Megumi’s Quest – Joyce Chng
Persimmon, Teeth, and Boys – Steve Berman
Flight – Angela Slatter
We Have Always Lived on Mars – Cecil Castellucci

The book should be out in just a few weeks! Pretty darn good note to end the year on, I think.

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Sunday Quote needs to wrap up her holiday shopping

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“You must see with eyes unclouded by hate. See the good in that which is evil, and the evil in that which is good. Pledge yourself to neither side, but vow instead to preserve the balance that exists between the two.” ~Hayao Miyazaki

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