On Being Too Smart and Assertive in the Workplace

On Being Too Smart and Assertive in the Workplace

Jan 23, 2015

I’ve been blessed with some pretty great bosses in my time, folks who recognized that having somebody smart on the team who got things done made them look good, and meant they did less work because, you know, I was doing it. But, being a woman in the workplace, it was inevitable that some boss, somewhere, was going to go after me for being smart and...

I Never Saved Anything for the Swim Back

I Never Saved Anything for the Swim Back

Jan 21, 2015

In the film Gattaca, a young man born with what its dystopian society considered “undesirable” genetic disadvantages manages to fleece the system and rise up through the ranks of its elite astronaut corps. When confronted by his brother about how he’d done it, the young man likens it to the swimming races they had as kids. The young man always won, though...

Award Season Boogie: What’s Up for 2014 Noms

Award Season Boogie: What’s Up for 2014 Noms

Jan 13, 2015

It seems it’s that time of year again, when we remind folks what exactly we wrote last year, what we thought rocked from other people last year, and what’s eligible for what-what, etc. And before I get pummeled with tomatoes for saying, “Hey, here’s some stuff I enjoyed this year!” I’ll note the suggestions below are just...

2014: Some (Honest) Publishing Numbers, and (Almost) Throwing in the Towel

2014: Some (Honest) Publishing Numbers, and (Almost) Throwing in the Towel

Dec 31, 2014

About this time last year, GOD’S WAR, which had been out in the UK for a solid seven months, had sold just 300 copies there, and every single major publishing house had passed on THE MIRROR EMPIRE, the epic fantasy novel I thought was the most marketable thing I’d ever written. I was, to be blunt, pretty fucking devastated. A lot of people think that once...

Blog Stats: What Being Newly-Kinda-SF-Internet-Only-Famous Looks Like

Blog Stats: What Being Newly-Kinda-SF-Internet-Only-Famous Looks Like

Dec 29, 2014

You know when you’re sitting there listening to a song, and it hits the rock-out chorus part, and suddenly you feel alive, you feel invincible, like anything is possible? That’s what reading a great essay should be like. A story that moves you to action. And that’s all blog posts are, really, the good ones: essays that inspire the hell out of...

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...

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