Down for the count

Down for the count

I’ve been dealing with a particularly sticky case of a headcold and I’m falling behind on everything, including my blog posts. So, instead, have the glorious rendition of Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate, in my less than humble...
Non-fiction recommendations

Non-fiction recommendations

It’s been a while since I recommended books and there have been so many good books lately! And because I can’t help myself, you’re getting them in two parts, with non-fiction leading the way and fiction to follow next week! Burnout: The Secret to...
Halfway!

Halfway!

The year is now halfway over! OMG! How did this happen? I am not ready for it to be July yet! But, since time has yet to consult me on how fast it ought to be moving, I figure it’s helpful to gather all the things I’ve gotten done in one place. Partially for...
Clarion Write-a-thon

Clarion Write-a-thon

As I’ve done a few times before, I am taking part in this year’s Clarion Write-a-thon. Should you, dear reader, feel inclined to, you can support my efforts here. More on my individual efforts later, but first: What is Clarion? Clarion is a six-week...
A novel from the beginning to the middle

A novel from the beginning to the middle

A few of people lately have expressed interest in just how I’ve gone from idea to the draft that is fast approaching, if not finished, at least the midpoint that I’ll start sending around to agents and possibly editors. Early journey When I started...
Goblinfruit

Goblinfruit

One of the most useful things that I got out of Clarion as a writer is the concept of goblinfruit. The concept came to us from the brilliant Nalo Hopkinson, who talked about one of her favorite poems, Christina Rosetti’s Goblin Market, which absolutely everyone should...
Mainstream and niche specfic

Mainstream and niche specfic

I have been a nerd forever. I don’t get interested in things, I get obsessed. I’ve been reading comics pretty much since I learned to read. I found SFF literature in the library and I haven’t been able to fully let go ever since. I think it must have...
On spec

On spec

Due to last year’s novel fail, I’m still way behind on my podcasts and I just now listened to the Dirty Old Ladies’ episode on Spec Work from February and it got me thinking. In literature, there’s a lot of spec work. It seems that unlike in comics, spec work in...

Offsetting flights

Yesterday, I came back from a quick trip to Paris. I’m expecting to make one more round trip flight this year. And to be honest, with all the news coming from IPCC that climate change is moving faster than anticipated, I am not only leery of flying but feel guilty...
Maxim 70

Maxim 70

Howard Tayler’s Schlock Mercenary universe has 70 Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries. They’re all great, I would expect nothing less from Howard, but one of them, in particular, is close to my heart. Failure is not an option – it is mandatory....