I have been absent for all of November, in part because of revisions and in part because of general stress and anxiety. I have copy-edits for Cast in Conflict on my computer now. Copy-edits are the part when I realize: Oh, I’m an idiot. Again. (If I made no mistakes, if I were competent the first time, I wouldn’t have to deal with … my mistakes. And neither would anyone else. Paralyzing writer-brain at it’s finest.) Writing has therefore been slow. Well, worse than slow. I realized, with the new West novel, that I had made a critical error (character introduction) and that the book would be much better if I fixed that. Which means, because of my process, losing 110k words of writing and starting again at the … Continue reading
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As promised, for those who have already read The Emperor’s Wolves and wish to discuss it, this is the post on which you can do so. It goes without saying that the discussions will involve spoilers, and if you hate spoilers, avoid this particular post. I am behind in absolutely everything T_T. I will be absent in a vain and flailing attempt to catch up. 2020 has not been the year for great focus =/.
This isn’t so much a social distancing post as an update. I’ve put the short stories on hold until the revision for Cast in Conflict is done and back to the editor — it’s going to be a bit late =/. Release week for The Emperor’s Wolves is coming up, and in theory it’s the time when I try hard to make myself more available on social media — and I will try, but, well. Revisions. Cast in Conflict. I also believe that when it comes down to brass tacks, readers would rather have another book than … more Michelle babbling frenetically on the internet. I will, however, continue the short stories after the revisions are gone and the release date has been celebrated, because we are not out of covid-19 social distancing … Continue reading
Because The Emperor’s Wolves comes out in October, and it’s September now, which means it’s time for the preview chapter. So, this week instead of a short story, I’m posting the first chapter. You can find it on the book page, linked above, or here. (The book page has current audio pre-order links; I assume that the audiobook will be sold on iTunes, but the preorder for that hadn’t gone live yet.) Because I’m Michelle, there’s a very thin divide between being excited and being anxious. This is, sadly, normal for me, as people who have had to live with me would be happy to attest, although possibly happier at a safe distance which is harder to attain during these times of minimal excursion from the house. … Continue reading
The first thing I want to say is: I love Michelle Obama. After her speech, when Eva Longoria said, “This is what we missed”, she spoke for me. Over the past four years a lot of people have asked me, when others are going so low does going high still really work? My answer… Going high is the only thing that works, because when we go low, when we use those same tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that’s drowning out everything else. She goes on to say that going high doesn’t mean that we smile and make nice when we see injustice, when we see wrong, because going high doesn’t mean closing our eyes. The reason Michelle … Continue reading