We All Drop the Ball

We All Drop the Ball

Feb 8, 2016

I turned in my copyedits for GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION last night, and a good thing, too, since the book comes out in May. I now have seven days left to finish a big revision on THE STARS ARE LEGION, because we have ARCs going to Comic-Con, apparently (ha ha) and it comes out October 1st, and we are tight on timing, here. This morning I cruised into the day job...

Committed to the Drop: Writing Deadlines, the Fear of Success, and Mitigating Failure

Committed to the Drop: Writing Deadlines, the Fear of Success, and Mitigating Failure

Jan 28, 2016

There has been a rise in public conversation recently about authors and deadlines since George R.R. Martin noted that the next season of Game of Thrones was now going to be coming out before the next book, as he was unable to meet the publication deadline. Lots of authors have talked about their struggles with life vs. deadlines, including – most visibly...

Traditional Publishing, Non-Compete Clauses & Rights Grabs

Traditional Publishing, Non-Compete Clauses & Rights Grabs

Jan 27, 2016

DISCLAIMER: I am going to say some tough, true things in this essay. It’s not NEW stuff, but stuff that writers talk about a lot in the bar at conventions on in email with one another. This is not meant to be a jibe at any publishers I’m currently working with (well, except the usual one, and they know who they are). These are general industry issues on the...

On Kindness and Conventions

On Kindness and Conventions

Jan 25, 2016

I want to talk a little about kindness. We like to think that geeks are kind, that geeks understand what it is to be outsiders, and so we open up our circles and are super inviting to everyone. But what happens more often is that once we find our groups, we jealously defend them to keep outsiders away. Once we’ve created an “us” we work even harder to...

Yes, We’re All Going to Die

Yes, We’re All Going to Die

Jan 11, 2016

People often ask me why I work so hard at the writing game. I’ve answered that question in long form dozens of times over the years, but the short form is simply, “This is all I ever wanted to do, and I know the time in which I have to do it is limited.” We share a lot of similarities and life experiences, we humans. One of those is that eventually, all...

Don’t Tell Me I’m Talented

Don’t Tell Me I’m Talented

Jan 6, 2016

I remember when I used to be really annoyed with John Scalzi’s arrogant swagger about being a good writer. No, scratch that. It wasn’t annoyed so much as jealous of the fact that he had confidence in his writing abilities. This was way back in 2005/6 when I was still working a shitty admin job and had never compared myself to other working...

ConFusion 2016 Appearances

ConFusion 2016 Appearances

Jan 6, 2016

Still a little shocked that I somehow survived 2015 long enough to arrive more-or-less whole at my first convention of 2016, which will be what is becoming the annual writer gathering at ConFusion just outside Detroit. It’s a nice centralized con, just a couple hours by plane from either coast and a three-hour drive from my digs here in Ohio. The...

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