On Internet “Bravery”: This is not Nazi-Occupied France, Folks

On Internet “Bravery”: This is not Nazi-Occupied France, Folks

Apr 13, 2015

My grandmother grew up in Nazi-occupied France. When she was nineteen, she and her friends found a Nazi boot containing a severed human leg while walking along the river. For every Nazi the French killed, the Nazis would kill ten French citizens. So how many would the Nazis kill, my grandmother thought, for a severed leg? She and her friends huffed the boot and...

Writing Income Timeline: The Long Game

Writing Income Timeline: The Long Game

Mar 31, 2015

Now that the year’s taxes are done, it’s time to play the yearly “How much I made writing fiction last year game! I’ve written before about how fiction earnings have made up about 12-15% of my yearly income in times past. Since I know you all love these graph posts, here’s a nice neat graph of how much I’ve made in fiction...

What I Did on my Twitter Vacation

What I Did on my Twitter Vacation

Mar 30, 2015

It’s amazing how much you get done when you’re not on social media. Here’s what’s been happening. STORY SALE I have a new short story in Jonathan Strahan’s upcoming Meeting Infinity anthology, which has a fabulous Table of Contents. The story is called “Body Politic” and it’s dark and weird, as you’d expect...

Break in Service: What I’m Working on For You Behind the Scenes

Break in Service: What I’m Working on For You Behind the Scenes

Mar 14, 2015

I’m often asked why I bother posting “I won’t be on the internet for awhile” posts on the internet, and it’s because these posts aren’t really for you all, they are to remind ME every time I’m tempted to come back that I told YOU that I had WORK to do. In addition to my usual social media burnout (when I started muting...

Is Becoming a Pro Writer Worth it?

Is Becoming a Pro Writer Worth it?

Mar 9, 2015

I spend a lot of time talking craft and word count and publishing as a business online, and I do my fair share of exhausted-tweeting, like last night when I sat up until 10:30 signing bookplates for newsletter subscribers. Or on Saturday when I squeezed out my 5,000 words for the week in one go, annoyed that I hadn’t hit my goal of 10,000 because I desperately...

Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing

Feb 16, 2015

After writing 9,000 words on Saturday and spending Sunday doing, well, everything else I don’t have time for during the week, I sat down Sunday night for some trashy TV. I was out of Pawn Stars and Swamp People and Storage Wars, so I opted for season 6 of America’s Next Top Model, which is just one step up from something like Road Rules or Honey Boo-Boo. One...

Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process   

Life on 10,000 Words a Day: How I’m Hacking My Writing Process   

Feb 2, 2015

I’ve talked before about how I don’t write every day. This idea blows the minds of some folks who follow me on Twitter during the long marches right up before deadline, when I’m updating them with insane word counts while weeping into my whisky and mourning extravagant character deaths. But the reason I binge write – and, in fact, the reason it’s often...

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