July was a month of revisions, book review column and cover copy. But: revisions for Cast in Wisdom are done, and I am once again rereading all of the words for the unfinished books that I didn’t touch while revising (revision being an entirely separate part of my brain than creating). There was a lot of cursing #pastme. I am going to the Worldcon in Dublin this year, which is just over two weeks away. So I’m desperately trying to get as many words as possible before then. Below is my current schedule — I think locations are subject to change, but not times. Kaffeeklatsch: Michelle Sagara Format: Kaffeeklatsch 15 Aug 2019, Thursday 17:00 — 17:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD) Stroll with the stars: Friday Format: Stroll 16 Aug 2019, … Continue reading
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This is the thread for discussion of War by people who have a) already read it and want to talk about it or b) don’t care about being spoiled. I found parts of the discussion thread to Firstborn a bit difficult — it’s been a while since I’ve had spoiler thread posts on this web-site, and I stayed out of book discussion posts on the forum, when they were active. But I have now figured out how to filter things, and I will remain blissfully ignorant while struggling with the current books, one of which is giving me minor ulcers, I swear.
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 … Continue reading
This is, indirectly, the answer to the question I was asked several years ago. That question wasn’t about how to write that first novel, or the rest of the questions that we all had as new writers; it was about how, after the shine of that first novel dulled, the dust had settled, and one was not Rowling or Rothfuss, one continued. Oddly enough, it is also a post about Anxiety and processing. Or not oddly. ANXIETY PART II I want to recap slightly, but also to be a bit more granular. So, let me go back to my 3 points, because they’re not actually 3 points. This is Michelle at peak efficiency: 1. Cast novel current words 2. Cast novel, possible causal forward writing … Continue reading
My job is writing. No, let me start this again. My work is writing. Job implies pay of one kind or another, but… the work itself existed before I was paid. When I chose publication as a viable aim, I did that work in the hope that I might one day be paid for doing it. It was the same work as I do now, but I wasn’t as good at it. Writing is work to all of the people who want to share the results of that work in future with readers. While you are in the writing trenches, we are struggling to do the same thing. We are all working. We are all writing. Let me start with an anecdote. *** When they were in … Continue reading