Category Archives: writing

Posted in writing.

I believe the front cover has gone live in some places, but: this is the full cover. I meant to post it yesterday, but yesterday was the optometrist appointment, after which I couldn’t really see. It’s actually the worst reaction I’ve had to eye drops – and the most persistent – since I was, oh, eight years old. I managed to miss the street I normally turn up to come home, and only noticed when I passed a long stretch of brown building that I could mostly identify as a church. (ETA: I was on foot, as I don’t drive, and wouldn’t try after an optometrist appointment even if I did >.>) Also, because I had eye drops, it was … Continue reading 

Posted in Books, DAW, Essalieyan, grovelling apology, writing.

I finally have news to report about War. TL;DR (too long; didn’t read, for those who aren’t accustomed to this particular Internet short-hand): The book I submitted to DAW is now going to be two books: Firstborn, which will be published in February 2019 and War, which will be published in June 2019. ______ For those who want the longer details, they are as follows. (I didn’t originally intend to have the shorter recap, but – it’s a long post, and I accept that some people don’t actually want author musings or groveling; they just want to know when they can read the book they’ve been waiting for. Since I am sometimes one of those readers, I’m sympathetic.) I mentioned some … Continue reading 

Posted in writing.

A reader who also writes send me a question in email, and agreed to let me post it, as the answer might be helpful to other readers in similar situations. So: this is about writing and process. It’s not really about news about current writing. I’ve been editing my first novel for several weeks now and I am finding that I am changing more than I expected. I guess I am concerned that I might be over editing and was wondering how much you change during the editing process? Is there a good way to know if you are going too far while editing? This is one of those questions that is very hard to answer because it varies hugely … Continue reading 

Posted in Cast, Essalieyan, writing, Shane Rebenschied, Mira.

January was the month in which I vowed I would write the Severn short story that has been owed since, oh, March of last year. However, at 35k words and chapter seven, I realized that this was not actually even a long novella–it’s a novel as it currently stands. So, that is now being discussed with publisher, because: novel. (I’m sorry, Melissa T_T) I have started the second short story I owe from the same period. At the moment, however, I have confidence that this time it will be short, and regardless, length is less of an issue because it doesn’t run afoul of option clauses. I think. (For the record, it’s a short story that takes place in the … Continue reading 

Posted in Essalieyan, writing, chapters.

I’ve been going back and forth with myself (and possibly fretting at other people in my household who were foolish enough to vacate the room after the first sentence). About what, you ask? About posting a preview chapter–in this case, the prologue–of War. I haven’t had the revision discussion with my editor yet; I hope to do that after the holiday break. So the fretting is mostly whether or not what I post will survive in the published book. I mean, it’s not much of a preview if it doesn’t actually serve as a preview of the book itself. It’s kind of a hopeful preview, but uncertainty abounds. Since the book is very very long in its current state, there … Continue reading