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Sometimes the Trite Is True

My characters are specifically barred from being subjects of this answer.  If I let them have their way, they’d do nothing but blather on about how many horrible things I subject them to for the purpose of the story.  That they’d be right is entirely beside the point.

I considered this question for a bit (and found it a little unsettling to realize I had numerous instances to compare and contrast), but concluded that the most accurate answer is also the one most expected, unto the point of cliché, for a mother.


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No New Chapter Today

Sand of Bone’s next chapter will not be posted today.  I hope to have it up by the weekend.

Sometimes life overwhelms us, and events move beyond what can be managed.  Sometimes it’s better to take time to grieve than to spend that time forging ahead as if grief is just another entry on the schedule.


The Very Last Chance… With A Bonus!

The Indie Fantasy Bundle from StoryBundle is still available–but will end at midnight.

Folks who choose to activate the bonus not only receive two additional novels, but five more short stories and novellas as well.  My contribution to the bonus is The Key, the novella that placed first in the quarterly Writers of the Future competition.

Thank you to everyone who has thus far supported the Indie Fantasy Bundle and the chosen charities, and thank you to those who will add their support in the next few hours!


Viable Paradise

For years and years, I set my writing goals–even the act of writing fiction–to the side.  Life events had overwhelmed me.  The mere task of getting by and raising my son consumed everything.  It was… a bad time.

Then came the opportunity to apply to Viable Paradise.  Here’s the description from the website:

“Viable Paradise is a unique one-week residential workshop in writing and selling
commercial science fiction and fantasy. The workshop is intimate, intense, and
features extensive time spent with best-selling and award-winning authors and
professional editors currently working in the field. VP concentrates on the art
of writing fiction people want to read, and this concentration is reflected in
post-workshop professional sales by our alumni.”

You, the writer, spend a week on Martha’s Vineyard, with professional writers and editors who are there to teach you, support you, and encourage you.  This year’s instructors are writers Sherwood Smith, Steven Brust, Steven Gould, Elizabeth Bear, Debra Doyle and James MacDonald, and editors Patrick Nielson Hayden and Teresa Nielson Hayden.

You will be surrounded with fellow writers who want to take their stories from good to amazing, and who want to help you do the same thing.  These writers don’t disappear at the end of the workshop.  We keep in touch, beta read each other’s work, cheer progress and give support when times are tough, and generally enjoy each other’s company.

It is not an understatement to say Viable Paradise changed not only my writing, but the direction of my life.  If you’d like to read my more personal accounts of the experience, you can check out my entries from LiveJournal here and here.  Once you’re at LiveJournal, you can click the “viable paradise” tag on the left and see other entries that touch on the experience as well.

If you have questions, ask them here or there.

If you think you might like it, apply–the sooner the better.

If you know someone who might be interested, give them the link.




The Final Week

StoryBundle has gone marvelously well in the first two weeks.  We’ve put our work in the hands of new readers, developed new contacts, and raised nearly $1000 for Mighty Writers and Trees for the Future!  Not bad for fourteen days, yes?

And now… The Final Week.  Seven days and some hours remain for you to get Sword and Chant as part of the Indie Fantasy Bundle.

If you’ve already checked it out, I thank you.  If you believe you got a great value, please pass the link along to others.

If you haven’t even taken a look yet, hie thee hence!


On a related topic, it looks like Sword and Chant will be available in trade paperback by late spring!

Quick Questions Because I’m Curious

Because a bunch of tweets and posts over the last few days has me curious about who shares what knowledge…

At the moment you are reading this:

1.  Can you tell me who Hugh Howey is and what he wrote?

2.  If you do know, about how long have you known?

3.  Can you tell me which major publishers have partnered with Author House?

4.  Can you tell me when that happened?

I know the answers, so am just looking for who else has heard the information.