To Swag or not to Swag?

Oops, threads got crossed! Sorry 'bout that. If you go to an event, should you bring author swag? If so, what should you bring? This year, the questions are a bit moot, since Cons and signings are being cancelled and postponed all over the place, and virtual swag . . . I guess you could... Continue Reading →

The Solitary Writer

And other popular myths. I am certain that there are people who exist, and write best, firmly avoiding any contact with their fellow human. I have doubts about the kind of writing they might produce. I mean, who can write a fully developed character who isn't themselves (and no, I don't mean a Mary Sue)... Continue Reading →

Fifth Friday Open Floor

It's the fifth Friday of the month. That means we're taking the day off. So the floor is yours. Ask your questions. Give us ideas for posts. We'll be checking in periodically and commenting. For now, I'm going to find more coffee and finish entering the edits on Jason F's book (which is so very... Continue Reading →

Apologies all round

First, I really don't have anything today. Second, I said a while ago that I had got back to 2000 words/day, as long as they didn't have to be good words. That failed as soon as I ran out of the plot in my head and had to stop and figure out what happens next. Because... Continue Reading →

There Are No Words

At least, no singular words. I'm sure I could manage a diatribe of sufficient length and vitriol to describe the actions and ideas of certain people given a down hill run and a following wind. See, I'm getting a bit tired of the automatic assumption that those who do not agree completely with someone's ideas,... Continue Reading →

More Unintended Consequences

Help!- I’m trapped in a maze of cardboard boxes, and I can’t find the way out! Not really. But there are a lot of boxes, and they all need to be filled so they can be loaded up this weekend, so this will be a rather short post. Let’s talk about audio books. I don’t... Continue Reading →

The Political Writer

There is a trope going around establishment science fiction where they prove again and again that we're wrong when we say that "science fiction shouldn't be political." They prove it conclusively, to their satisfaction, by demonstrating that science fiction has always been political, and therefore we're not only wrong, we're ignorant of the history of... Continue Reading →

Bad Brain Day

I don’t wanna. I don’t wanna, and you can’t make me. Seriously, I’m barely managing to keep my own head above water. I have to set the kids in front of the screen to get time to write. Which happens once a week, pretty much. I’m tired of it, but there’s no relief in sight.... Continue Reading →

How long before reality hits?

Let's face it. Most anyone with the slightest understanding of supply and demand, and even economics in general, can see the problems inherent in traditional publishing. These problems are legion and go well beyond the issue of editors choosing books they think we should read instead of those we want to read. After weeks and... Continue Reading →

Want something new to read?

Fresh out of the word mines, it's the official launch of something new, shiny, and good to read! Do you like suborbital planes, revolutions, military advisors with multiple competing agendas, explosions, bush flying, and ambushed ambushes? When her plane tries to come apart at apogee during a hijack, ballistic airline pilot Michelle Lauden handles the... Continue Reading →

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