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Posted in self-publishing, Short Stories.

And it’s Monday. Today’s short story is Winter. Mike Resnick was editing an anthology about Deals with the Devil, and he wanted a story. So I wrote him a story. I would have bowed out of this one because it was before the birth of my first child and frankly, I couldn’t under­stand why morning sick­ness was called “morning” sick­ness, as I was nauseous all day long, with maybe an hour or two of sort of normal. That hour or two was the time in which I could sit at a computer and write. And it was early days, and because I was young and new, I really didn’t want to make another profes­sional angry. But I liked the story I did write. It’s here. Click the link and you should be able to … Continue reading 

Posted in Books, Elantra, Short Stories, writing.

I seem to have misplaced April. First: News. I have sold DAW Books the first four novels in the series that is now called The Burning Crown, but which I’ve called The End of Days arc for decades. I have no titles, but do have dead­lines — the first of which is July of 2020. That’s when it’s due to the publisher. It’s not a publi­ca­tion date >.<. This is the last arc of the Essalieyan universe. I expect it to be roughly the same as the Sun Sword in length. (Well, no, I orig­i­nally thought, it’s just these two books, right? I have endings! Greek Chorus: No, Michelle, try to be real­istic for once. You thought the Sun Sword was two books, too — Broken Crown and Sun Sword. But I had key endpoints and the first endpoint was … Continue reading 

Posted in Books, self-publishing, Short Stories.

Last July, I started repub­lishing ebook versions of my out of print short stories. I still have fifty-nine to go, but sold Silence, and added a book to my dead­line plate. Since I publish the short stories, I am unlikely to seri­ously tick me off if I let things slide. I promised I would have a print version of Memory of Stone and Other Stories for my print readers. I’m grateful for the many years of support print readers have given me. This doesn’t mean that I’m less grateful for the support ebook readers give me now, but I started writing and publishing in a time when the only medium was print, and many of you have been with me since I started. Also: I have an iPad, but I still prefer reading … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, self-publishing, Short Stories.

I have finally managed the last little bits and pieces of asso­ci­ated format­ting & ISBN retrieval and back-cover blurb writing (which I am not terribly good at, sadly), and have final­ized three short stories. As decided by general consensus, the shorts are being released in chrono­log­ical order. One of the things that really strikes me, rereading them, is how much tech­nology has changed, because two of the three are set in the theo­ret­ical now, which would really be the now of the early ‘90s. Honestly, some­times it is very hard not to revise every­thing. Shadow of A Change is the first of the three (or the 9th of the sixty, depending on how we’re counting). It was orig­i­nally published in Dinosaur Fantastic, edited by … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, self-publishing, Short Stories.

There are two stories, which are much shorter than the previous six. They were written at about the same time – very early ‘90s, and over­lap­ping by a month. It’s inter­esting for me to reread them, because I often don’t reread my short fiction unless I’m looking for specific details in a partic­ular story – for instance, when looking up the Maker’s Guild in Memory of Stone. As I approach the task of proofing them (and describing elements of each story to the graphic designer), I’m struck by the sense of watching myself change as a writer over a decade and a half. These stories were written twenty years ago. All stories come from the sum of our expe­ri­ences, obser­va­tions, and inter­ests, but not in completely predictable ways. I do not remember … Continue reading