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...

I Love Writing Books. So I Need to Get Better at Writing Them

I Love Writing Books. So I Need to Get Better at Writing Them

Nov 20, 2014

I read a really spectacular Advance Reader Copy yesterday of a book called THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT (out Sept, 2015. I’ll talk more about it then). I was hooked from the first page and cried through the first 40 pages. It’s a tragedy in the traditional sense, like Madame Bovary or Macbeth (or Mass Effect 3!). You know everyone is fucking doomed. You know...

When Trolls Attack: Hunting the “Kinder, Gentler” Internet Unicorn

When Trolls Attack: Hunting the “Kinder, Gentler” Internet Unicorn

Nov 14, 2014

I was listening to the SF Squeecast yesterday when the topic of the “kinder, gentler” days of the internet came up. I’m part of a generation of writers and bloggers who came of age in the early days of blogging, when everything was fresh and new and you clicked the “next” button on Blogger to find new blogs, or accepted LJ invites from friends that...

How Being a Corporate Copywriter Made Me a Better Novelist

How Being  a Corporate Copywriter Made Me a Better Novelist

Nov 13, 2014

When many fiction writers hear I write marketing and advertising copy for a living, they’ll inevitably ask, “Isn’t it hard to write corporate copy all day and fiction all night? Aren’t you burned out by the time you get home?” Folks generally tell me the story of a web designer or illustrator who’s so burned out after working on corporate projects...

Hugo Speeches: Thanks for All the Llamas

Hugo Speeches: Thanks for All the Llamas

Aug 17, 2014

So! How about those Hugos? As for me, I said what I wanted to say in the acceptance speeches, which I’ll reprint below for those who missed them. Thanks again to Kate Elliott and Tricia Sullivan for accepting in my absence, and to all the fans, readers, and colleagues who’ve supported me while I ranted my way out here along the margins. It’s an...

Valuing the Work: Writers and Chasing Our Way to the Bottom

Valuing the Work: Writers and Chasing Our Way to the Bottom

Aug 6, 2014

For reasons various and sundry, I have a lawyer I consult with on Intellectual Property matters. Anyone who knows my publishing history can probably figure out why. I got an invoice yesterday for $72, a charge for the time it took them to read and respond to an email of mine about a particular matter. I was not at all outraged or whatever by this – merely...

Nobody’s Normal: Introversion and the Writing Life

Nobody’s Normal: Introversion and the Writing Life

Aug 4, 2014

I woke up at 3 a.m. yesterday to a panic attack. Adrenaline coursed through my body; it was like a jolt of juice in the arm, a desperate desire to fight or flee flooding me from head to toe, compelling me to move, to act. I sat in bed for some time, heart racing, talking myself down. There was no immediate danger. No tornado or wild animal to flee from. No...

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