Archive for the 'Writing Novels' Category

Karen Memory, schedule, books read so far 2013…

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Today is the first day of the rest of the book. I need a finished submission draft of Karen Memory by the beginning of January, and I expect to be pounding out words pretty much every single day between now and then–which means I need to shake off this lingering ennui and malaise and get [...]

Bear zero, exhaustion one.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Well, I am declaring this thing a draft. It’s not by any means a good draft, but I’ve had the realization that I can’t actually write the climactic three or four chapters of the novel until I go back and fix all the bits of things I need to fix in the earlier chapters of [...]

Cover me. I’m going in.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

For the next Some Time, I will be Finishing The Book. This means I will not in particular be on the Internets. However, if you want to follow the liveblogging of this desperate act, it will be available on my livejournal under the usual tags.


Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

(Some of this post could be triggery to people who find talk about fitness and weight management triggery. FYI.) I donated blood today! First time in a year and a half (I was having iron level issues when I started eating a more flexitarian diet, and got refused several times. I seem to have a [...]

On Endurance

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

She got to get behind the mule In the morning and plow. She got to get behind the mule In the morning and plow. –Tom Waits Last night I wrote 4000 words. Today, I ran twelve miles. These two activities are not really dissimilar. They require good prep, training, proper rest and nutrition, and they’re [...]

Today, Steles of the Sky begins.

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I have a box of file cards with plot points and cool bits of worldbuilding on them. I have a tracking spreadsheet and an initial manuscript file. I have a pot of jasmine tea that my friend Tibby gave me. The dog has reported for duty, and it’s a beautiful day here in South Central [...]

Ponies, ponies, ponies, all the way down.

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I’m working on getting my head back into the Eternal Sky headspace (soon I will reread both Range of Ghosts and Shattered Pillars and update my little list of unanswered questions) and while I am waiting for dinner to finish cooking (sage lime chicken and beets and sweet potatoes and asparagus, oh my) I was [...]

Dr. Slushkill (or) How I learned to stop worrying and love the rejection letter.

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

This is a story. It’s a true story about how I learned something important about publishing, and seven years later (or so) I sold my first pro story. Way back in the dim mists of history, before the beginning, when dinosaurs roamed the internets (this was before stew, but after dirt), I was a wee [...]

Three things don’t actually make a post, but we’ll pretend.

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Thing one: I turned in Shattered Pillars around midnight last night. This is the sequel to Range of Ghosts, which is out at the end of March. I am really freaking pleased with it, if I do say so myself. I mean, it’s getting one more editing pass after my editor and agent and an [...]

This would have been more impressive if I had a ream (an actual ream) of typewritten pages in front of me…

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

It has been 23 days since my last weekend. I’ve spend the past 60 hours or so working obsessively on finishing Shattered Pillars, book 2 in the Eternal Sky trilogy, which is due on the 15th. It’s not done yet, but I have basically only the climax and denouement to go… and maybe one small [...]