Posted in Appearances.

This, for those of you who will be at MidAmericon II, is where you can find me during the convention. I’m really looking forward to crawling out from under a rock and seeing people :) Gateway Reading: Getting New People into Science Fiction and Fantasy Wednesday 14:00 – 15:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center) So… you want to engage a reader who is new to our genre. What factors should you consider? Which books or short stories, classic or recent, make the best entry points, and which should be avoided? Michelle (Sagara) West, Don Sakers, Mrs. Jen Midkiff, Arthur Chu (M) Writing Major Minor Characters Wednesday 16:00 – 17:00, 2210 (Kansas City Convention Center) Do you ever read a book and come across … Continue reading 

Posted in covers, DAW, Essalieyan, Jody Lee.

When I returned from Australia, where I finally finished the final revision of Grave, I felt a little burned out. I went back to work on War, but progress there was slow. This happens sometimes when I haven’t quite emerged from a state-of-anxiety with regards to writing – and Grave was definitely that. As I’ve said before: when things are hard, I feel incompetent. When I feel incompetent, I tend to withdraw. The internet is full of bright, shiny, entertaining things – none of which I am at that particular moment. I am always at my most gregarious when the writing is going well. Something arrived at my doorstep, literally, that really helped. In the mess of deadlines, more deadlines, emergency … Continue reading 

Posted in writing.

I appear to have missed April. April was Cast in Flight revisions and taxes. And visitors. On May 3rd, the mass market paperback of Oracle was released. I appear to have missed May 3rd. This is going to be a theme =(. I am almost finished Grave revisions. Grave is a February 2017 title. May has been, and will be all Grave, and a little bit of War. Because Grave is a book I started four times before I could actually finish it, there’s the assorted stresses and knee-jerk reactions, which makes this revision harder than most of my revisions. But: I am working, I am writing, and I am trying, desperately, to catch up. Which is also, sadly, one of my life themes. … Continue reading 

Posted in Cast, DAW, writing.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I apologize for that. I have, on the other hand, been writing. I finished Grave and sent it to my editor, and she sent it back with revision notes (when I say notes, I mean phone call), and one of those revisions is a single sentence long and…not so small. And Cast in Flight was not finished, so I set Grave aside to percolate and finished Cast in Flight. And then, because it was – I know this will shock you all – way too long, I then spent the time cutting 11k words, and sent the book to my editor. And then I read books, and wrote a review column for F&SF. During … Continue reading 

Posted in writing.

So. I finished Grave, as I think I might have mentioned. I have not finished the submission revisions, which I thought would take two weeks, max. Unfortunately, other deadlines, one stomach ‘flu, and the holiday season – I thought it was still, somehow, November on December the 10th, which tells you everything to need to know about my realistic relationship to the Real World (TM) at the current moment – have conspired against that. I’m about half-way through the revision. I’ve been changing every second sentence, which is not actually as helpful as it sounds. I have also been working on both War and Cast in Flight, and I am having so much fun with both of them, because it … Continue reading