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...

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...

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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