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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Posted in Miscellaneous.

Thank you for your comments, emails, or input on the West group list.  I’ve added a page to the sidebar, called Down­loads.  On it, you will find three short stories.  The first, Echoes, is a West-universe related story about Kallan­dras, the Master Bard.  The second, Birth­night, is the first short story I sold; it was written as Michelle Sagara.  The last, Nightin­gale, is one of the stories that I partic­u­larly like, and one of the few SF stories I’ve written.  For some reason, my SF stories end up being some­what darker than my fantasy stories. I’ve closed comments on the Down­loads page, because in theory it’s static, so if you have anything to say (links not working, etc.), here’s a good place to leave comments. … Continue reading 

Posted in BenBella, Books, DAW, Elantra, Luna.

I hope you like it.  I’ve broken out the series in the bibli­og­raphy so they now each have their own page, but have left the text in the plain list alone.  I’ve added cover images to the sub-pages.  More impor­tant, I’ve also added .pdfs and .html of the first chap­ters (or prologues) of all of the DAW and Luna novels that have been published.  I will, hope­fully closer to the publi­ca­tion date, also add the first chapter for Cast in Silence.   I haven’t added links for the first chap­ters of the Sundered series, because unfor­tu­nately, I have no elec­tronic copies of those; they were written in the days when flop­pies seemed like a good back-up medium, and the flop­pies with the files … Continue reading 

Posted in Miscellaneous.

I have some news for Michelle West readers. But first, a small digres­sion. I’ve said before, and will no doubt say again, that no two writers I know work in the same way. It doesn’t matter what their stated process is; when you get down to details, the process that sounds the same actu­ally differs widely. Some writers are outliners. They can write an outline which they can more or less follow, and use the outline to guide their story as they write the actual book. I can’t. I’ve done it once, and what it taught me was that it’s not a guide — for my partic­ular creative process — it’s a straight­jacket. Some writers can look at a story and have a natural feel for its length; they know when … Continue reading