Two for Tuesday

How goes your writing this month? Is looking forward to SiWC 2012 helping you stay motivated to get words on paper? Can't wait to sign up? Keep an eye on our site in the next few days for registration news.

But first, meet two more of this year's presenters.


Returning to SiWC this year is the very funny Eileen Cook:

Eileen Cook is a multi-published young adult and middle grade author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2012. Her books have been optioned for film and TV, and while nothing has yet gone into production, she's already planning her Oscar speech.

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

Welcome back, Eileen!


Also back this year is the only SiWC presenter I know of who's both a writer and a puppeteer, Mary Robinette Kowal:

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Glamour in Glass (2012) and Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Stories from Subterranean.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit

Welcome back, Mary!

More soon!