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...

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...

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