I don't mind her successful simultaneous careers as puppeteer, puppet/prop fabricator, convention speaker/panelist, SWFA office holder and voice actor. I'm cool with all that. No, it's that she's taken to writing fiction, sold dozens (maybe thousands?) of short stories, won a Campbell award, had praised heaped upon her in large amounts, and now is celebrating the publication of her first novel, "Shades of Milk and Honey."
It would be worse if all the accolades were undeserved. Not only have I been favorably impressed with everything of hers that I've ever read, but she does all the things that a serious writer should; like studying her craft, writing prolifically, submitting regularly and not being daunted by rejections. I'm sure she's had two or three. She must have.
I could mention how insane jealousy would be easier if she wasn't also charismatic, gracious, environmentally conscientious and the caretaker of two fine cats (one has the delightful habit of running around with a small basket on his head), but this isn't about me. What's important here is that she'll be reading from her first book this week:
Mary Robinette Kowal - Shades of Milk and Honey
Wednesday, August 11th, 7 – 8 pm
Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon
If you're in the Portland area (and can overcome any reluctance to travel to Beaverton (understandable as it may be)), check it out. If you're in New York, San Francisco, or Eugene, check out the other dates here.
And if she sold her soul to obtain her success, then someday she'll come to ME for advice, and then I'm SO going to gloat about it...