When You Let Go

When You Let Go

Dec 19, 2014

Three weeks ago, our ten year old Great Pyrenees, Nana, fell down the stairs. She had been slowing down of late, but I figured that was expected, as ten years is the lower end of the life expectancy range for these big dogs. But when we heard a scrabbling on the stairs, a thump, and that terrible hurt dog whining, we realized her decline was, perhaps, happening...

ConFusion 2015: Panel Schedule

ConFusion 2015: Panel Schedule

Dec 18, 2014

I’ll be at CONFusion next month (eeeee) from January 16th-19th. That’s… in 2015! 10 days before my book will be due! OH LORDY. I plan to be at the bar that Thursday night, so I do hope to see the early birds there as well to kick off the drinking right, as you can see my first panel isn’t until 5pm on Friday. And if you miss that...

Newsflash: All Quiet Until 2015

Newsflash: All Quiet Until 2015

Dec 16, 2014

So, now that the last announcement of the year is out, I’m off to go finish this fucking book that’s due in SIX WEEKS EEEEEEEEEE so you can read EMPIRE ASCENDANT on time in October of 2015, so I can get started on THE STARS ARE LEGION which is DUE in October 2015 (yes, do the math there with writing/promo and life looks grim in October), so you can...

Writing, Stress, and the Tunnel Vision of Middle Age

Writing, Stress, and the Tunnel Vision of Middle Age

Nov 30, 2014

I was cleaning out some old files and papers this weekend, packing things up to get archived over at Northern Illinois University, and as one does when one goes through old photos and letters and emails, I reminisced about times past, about what could have been, about other lives led. I have been working with my head down, blinders on, since 2011, when GOD’S...

Why I Finish All My Shit

Why I Finish All My Shit

Nov 26, 2014

I’ve started a lot more books and stories than I’ve finished, and this is a problem. Why? Surely, when a concept or story isn’t working, you should stop while you’re ahead, right? Well…. Chuck Wendig had a post up today about all the reasons you should finish your work, but really, I can distill it down to one reason, and one reason only. The thing...

THE HURLEY ARCHIVES: Archiving Papers at NIU

THE HURLEY ARCHIVES: Archiving Papers at NIU

Nov 25, 2014

So this summer I was approached by a couple of folks asking about archiving my papers. This was, as you’d imagine (especially those of you who’ve been reading this blog for ten years) a rather surreal experience for me. The first time I thought it was a fluke. The second time, I was genuinely confused. Who would be interested in this stuff, really?...

The Words Don’t All Have to be Right: Writing and Rewriting

The Words Don’t All Have to be Right: Writing and Rewriting

Nov 24, 2014

I’m writing about a book a year right now. With a day job and freelancing work on top of my novel writing, that’s about all I can manage. Next year’s schedule has me writing at least one book in just eight months, which a lot of folks who write four or more books a year are probably laughing at, but my work is known for its worldbuilding, and to be...

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