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...

On Becoming What You Hate, Redux

On Becoming What You Hate, Redux

Oct 15, 2014

When I was 18 I was living in a shitty apartment, far from home, with an emotionally abusive boyfriend. I felt totally powerless in my own life. I contemplated suicide often. I would learn, later, that taking birth control pills had caused a debilitating state of depression, one I simply could not shake, no matter how much I willed it. Being mentally fucked up...

On Responding to Reviews

On Responding to Reviews

Sep 25, 2014

I’ve been asked a few times recently – certainly more than I was asked with God’s War , Infidel and Rapture – to address specific responses to THE MIRROR EMPIRE. We all like a good author meltdown, I suppose. I think what some folks don’t realize is 1) this ain’t my first rodeo, and I’m very good at sorting GamerGate...

Writing, Editing, Inclusivity: We’re All in This Together

Writing, Editing, Inclusivity: We’re All in This Together

Aug 20, 2014

I’m supposed to be hip-deep in writing content for other spaces right now, but I wanted to say a little bit about the role of editors in this whole push we’re seeing for more diverse books, especially after that wild Hugo weekend. I will likely have a little more to say about that later, too. But for now, here are my thoughts on the role of editors...

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...

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