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Under the Rosebush

We humans are, as a rule, ridiculously bad at keeping secrets. There’s a reason for sayings like “two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead”. It comes from us being social critters who like to belong to something – and to some extent need to belong to something. Whether that something is a tribe, or a fandom, well, that’s a cultural thing, but all of us have this built-in need to belong to some group of humans.

Which of course means that the secrets of the group, whatever they might be, are shared with its members, and – almost inevitably – leak out sooner or later. Because another big part of the social critter thing is the mix of curiosity and communication that goes along side the social aspect. In other words, we gossip.

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The Hartington Inheritance

Our very own Sarah A. Hoyt inadvertently nudged me toward this series. Last year, we were having a wonderfully rambling conversation in her kitchen and she mentioned that ‘lords and ladies in space is a thing’, or words to that effect. She was most likely referring to the sci-fi equivalent of a political thriller, but because we had been previously talking about Georgette Heyer and other regency romance authors, I took the idea down a completely different path. Read more

Managing Yourself

It used to be a joke between my husband and I, when I started writing full time.  He’d come home, find me particularly cross and ask if it was a rough day at the office, and if the characters had refused to obey.

He did not know it wasn’t as much of a joke as he thought, nor, to be fair, did I.  Nor that the problem wasn’t so much the characters but the employee of my own, self owned business.

Much is said about how to “behave like a business person” but very few people tell you how to be a business. Read more

The REAL Work

A meme floated across my media feed the other day. It went along the lines of “when you’re done writing the story, the real work can begin: editing!” I’ll be honest: it pissed me off. I’m still a bit tetchy about it. I think it denigrates the creation of stories, and plays right into the large publishers vision for writers as penitent petitioners, asking to please, please, please be considered for the great honor of being allowed to be published. Read more

Common Sense Needed

(I am in the final throes of getting Nocturnal Revelations prepped to go on sale Feb. 19th. Add to that I am re-releasing the other titles in the series with new covers and new print editions before then and that I am doing the conversion on a really great book by a friend–waves at J–and blogging is taking the backseat right now. Today’s post comes from Sept. 2014 and has additional comments included.–ASG)

Over the last few days, several things have come up that have left me scratching my head and wondering why. Why do I write? Why do other people write? Why is common sense so lacking in our industry and in people in general? Read more

‘Trust me’, said the author

Image: Pixabay

I asked my kid to pass me a newspaper, you know, that trusted repository of information about the current affairs of the world…

I got a long-suffering sigh. And handed an i-pad.

You know, that’s the problem with progress. It’s all very well, sleek, convenient, etc.

But it can’t be trusted soak up puppy-puddles like a newspaper did.

But they’re pretty good for swatting flies, and lining parrot cages.

I hear in rural parts these days you can find a pile of old i-pads in the dunny. Avoid the ones with cracked screens. Read more

Ad Copy Is Not Rocket Science (Blurb Workshop IV*)

I should know; I flunked out of rocket science as a major, but I manage to do okay at writing blurbs!

Consider the following a basic primer in blurb writing; I am no master or guru, but while all my author friends are putting out their 5th or 15th story, I am putting out my 35th blurb attached to it. And with enough practice, you can get skilled at something. Read more


The human factor in art is noise. When you are taking a photograph, the noise is the graininess, the imperfection that when you blow the photo up large enough to see the details, the details erode into static. When a scientist runs a baseline on a chromatograph, the baseline isn’t smooth. If you zoom in far enough, you see jagged peaks and valleys that mean nothing when compared with the actual signal of a substance being analyzed. That’s noise. Read more

Around the publishing industry

Here’s another collection of articles that caught my eye over the past couple of weeks.  They include some useful information for independent authors.  Click on the title of each section to be taken to the article concerned.

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I got nothing



Been up to here in alligators since my last post two weeks ago, and brain function is decreasing rapidly. I can’t discuss the specifics because that would require spreading Other People’s Business all over the Internet. A couple of the largest alligators have been dispatched, but new ones just crawled out of the swamp.

Anybody who’s desperate for something to read while avoiding work is welcome to stop by my personal blog, where I’ve posted a chapter of A Revolution of Rubies, which went live some time during this whole kerfuffle. (And the structure of that “sentence” is all the evidence you need that you don’t really want to read anything I could write just now.) I hope to be back here, somewhat more coherent, and sporting alligator-hide shoes and handbag, in a couple of weeks.