Archive for the 'Writing' 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 [...]

Coping with the rave rejection.

Friday, July 26th, 2013

I have sinned. It has been 23 days since my last blog post. In that time, I’ve been to two conventions, written a review or two, threw a birthday party for a housemate, took my boyfriend on a whale watch, cleaned up the sort of paperwork and dust that piles up when you are away [...]

Yoga and writing books and how they are the same.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I totally just did a tripod headstand with no spotter and no wall. This physical fitness thing is really awesome. (Scott took the photo. Because he is tolerant. And he’s been spotting me since last year some time while I practiced. He is a patient soul.) I have not been this geeked about a yoga [...]

Psychic space and feathered dinosaurs.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

It always amazes me how getting a couple of big, mentally taxing projects (like, say, a major novelette commission and the Very Important Third Book Of A Trilogy) squared away opens out the horizons. There are suddenly more hours in the day, and more energy to get stuff done in those hours. Creative work is [...]

Smart is hard.

Monday, May 13th, 2013

I am so very stuck on how this character outsmarts a nemesis. I’d go write the other story, but I’m stuck on how those characters outsmart their nemesis. Basically, I have made the critical error of trying to write stories about people being smart, which means I have to be smart. *sigh*

Words, and counting them.

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I delivered the publication version of Steles of the Sky at about 4 AM this morning. It goes to production now, and if all goes well, next April you will have a lovely bundle of pages or pixels in your hot little hand. (I’ve already seen sketches for the cover art. Oh man. This is [...]

Where to go and what to do in case of bear-urgency…

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I’ll be a Guest of Honor at RavenCon in Virginia next April! And I will be joining That Boy I Like at NYC ComiCon for One! Day! Only! in October. And now, back to the word mines. travel and appearances 2013: Boskone: Boston, MA, February 15-17 2013 Signing: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton Highlands MA, [...]

When last we left our intrepid band–

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

I mentioned this briefly in the last post, and I think I’ll mention it again, because I could not be more thrilled: Scott’s handed in the final revisions on The Republic of Thieves, and its publication date is set for October 10th 2013 in the UK and October 8th 2013 in the US. I know [...]

Chairs kill (The daily commute, 2013 edition…)

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Like many people in my line of work, I suffer from a few of the drawbacks of typing for a living. One of those is sedentism (a bunch of my writer friends and I tend to refer to our butts as our “street cred”–wordcount is produced by Butt In Chair) and another one is the [...]

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 [...]