There are two sides to this writing thing: the creative side, and the business side. This is not news to anybody, right? It's just that, based entirely on my own experience, I'm pretty sure not everybody knows what it means. I sure as hell didn't understand. Even now I'm only just beginning to see it. And it's … Continue reading Art vs. Commerce
Editor Cat died today. People write on line about losing animals. It always makes me cry. But not like this, not like the reality of it. Empathy is one thing, but as part of your own life—wherever you look, this loss, this absence—no matter how much you cry for strangers, it’s not the same. This … Continue reading Not enough time
When I was younger, I went to a fair number of cons. I wasn't the sort to travel much for it, but Boston was a pretty decent hub for such things, so there would usually be a couple each year I could hit without much trouble. I'd drag a friend or two, and we'd see … Continue reading NYCC (or: I have extroverted, and lived to tell about it)
"Be present on social media, Liz. It's good for the book." <checks date of last blog entry> Oops. One of the casualties of writing to deadline is that recreational writing - and the exhortations of people insisting that blogging is an important marketing tool don't make my personal blog any less recreational - gets shoved way, … Continue reading In Which: There is rambling
This entry doesn't have anything to do with books or writing. I just finished a draft, and I'm so burned out I can't see straight, so I'm going to write about something that is not writing, and is it just me or is there some kind of recursive weirdness there? Anyway. If you're not curious about computers, file … Continue reading Bug or Feature?
Regardless of my newbieness, it turns out there's one thing I do know about the publishing business, and it's this: sometimes conventional wisdom is bullshit. I hear assertions from people that are downright startling, mostly because I'm a living counterexample. I'd hate to have people reluctant to push their baby novels out of the nest … Continue reading Dispelling a Couple of Myths
I tend, these days, to be cautious on the internet. A lot of this is because of all the years I spent not being cautious on the internet. I started on Usenet back in 1988, and I did my share of ranting and piling on. I have a temper, and the reason so few people know this about … Continue reading KILL IT WITH FIRE