You can't learn how to use the tools if you don't use the tools.
If I could meet any of them in real life, he's the one I'd choose. I'd sit and have a drink with him. He'd have coffee, probably the cheapest cup he could get, because flavor isn't as important as caffeine. I'd have a beer, one of those dark ones you can't see through.
One of the things that comes from not being famous is that nobody ever asks you about the things you want to talk about the most. I've got a couple of prime promo slots for this book--one on Mary Robinette Kowal's MY FAVORITE BIT, one on John Scalzi's BIG IDEA, and a nice interview on … Continue reading About That Book…
aka Still Not The All-Encompassing Wizard World Philadelphia Post (sorry) One of the things I've always believed is that writing is such a deeply individual process that there's very little I can teach someone else about craft. I'm not talking about basics like grammar and vocabulary. I tend to assume writers are either already well-versed … Continue reading Writing Advice and Rule-Breaking
(What? A non-political post? Why, yes. Because despite the chaos surrounding us all, writing is still my job, and I still love doing it, and today I'm going to write about it.) Like most writers, I've got an uneasy relationship with critiques. As a writer, you understand, when you're writing with publication in mind, that … Continue reading Listening to Critiques
I didn’t know, when I started this book, that it was going to be about revenge. Revenge is a funny thing. It seems to be a pretty strong human instinct. You hurt me; I hurt you. Scales get balanced and all is well, right? Except it doesn’t work out that way. It should—eye for an … Continue reading REMNANTS OF TRUST: or, What’s Revenge Got To Do With It?
I actually wrote this a while ago, and tabled it. But here, on the cusp of the release of REMNANTS OF TRUST--which is also not a romance novel--it seemed like a good one to resurrect. WARNING: This post contains spoilers for THE COLD BETWEEN, although if you've read any reviews, they're probably spoilers you've already seen. Still: READ … Continue reading The Romance Thing