The Future of Work is Here – and It Sucks

The Future of Work is Here – and It Sucks

Aug 5, 2015

I woke up this morning and read this essay “Why Your Rent is so High and Your Pay is So Low” and nodded and sighed as I read it. It blows away a lot of assumptions held by older people in particular about “kids today” and “how they don’t work hard enough.” The joke I saw on Twitter summed up this position perfectly: Baby Boomer: “In my day I...

Do Pro Writers Really Not Know if their Work is any Good?

Do Pro Writers Really Not Know if their Work is any Good?

Jul 28, 2015

So I wanted to talk about this phenomenon that I and many other writers experience right before a book drops. I felt this most when I wrote RAPTURE, and I’m here again with EMPIRE ASCENDANT, because these were books I wrote and rewrote massively right before deadline. It meant I didn’t have time to sit back and look at them from a great distance and get an...

WorldCon Schedule

WorldCon Schedule

Jul 17, 2015

It’s going to be the drunkest con of the year! I was put on a few panels at Worldcon, which I admit still surprises me. Compared to my nine or twenty panels at Gencon, this will be a fairly relaxing affair as long as nobody crashes into their own face during the Writing Diverse Characters panel, which folks are weirdly wont to do on this sort of panel,...

All Together Now: Writing and Managing Anxiety  

All Together Now: Writing and Managing Anxiety   

Jul 15, 2015

At the end of June, I lost my shit. GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION was due July 7, and last ditch copyedits were due on EMPIRE ASCENDANT July 9.  THE STARS ARE LEGION is due October 1. And I still have a day job, folks. Day job 4ever. I was, in a word: stressed. I was also nearly out of the drugs I use to stay alive cause of my chronic illness, and my doctor...

Gencon 2015 Schedule

Gencon 2015 Schedule

Jul 6, 2015

Gencon is coming at the end of the month! Holy hell. Time fucking flies. I will have ALL MY BOOKS available for sale at the Indy Reads Books booth. I also hope to have postcards available with the EMPIRE ASCENDANT cover and possibly a sampler, though we are still too far out to have ARCs available. I have TWO: count them, TWO signings, on Friday and Saturday,...

Books You Should Be Reading: THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR

Books You Should Be Reading: THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR

Jun 30, 2015

I want you to look at the cover of THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR. JUST LOOK AT IT. Anyone who says covers don’t sell books is lying. There’s a reason it’s the biggest marketing expense a publisher spends on a novel, and if they get it wrong, you may not be entirely fucked, but you will be put at a severe disadvantage. The cover was enough for me to...

All Quiet on the Midwestern Front

All Quiet on the Midwestern Front

Jun 14, 2015

It’s time, once again, for me to put myself on an internet blackout – or at least an internet diet – as I rumble toward some very intimidating deadlines. So you may see a little less of me bouncing around on Twitter this summer outside of scheduled events and news annoucements. Here’s what the next few months look like for me, and why I...

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