Feb 27

Aten’d Dead Yet: Granny Non-Weatherwax Returns

Posted: under Background, Life beyond writing, the writing life.
Tags: , , ,  February 27th, 2015

There are days I wish I were Granny Weatherwax and think of knitting stockings like that, but my present form is more that of Nanny Ogg, who in other ways I don’t much resemble.  Yet.  Anyway:  Stuff has been going on, of several forms and various levels, and you folk have been neglected.  My apologies.  The neglect, or partial neglect, will probably continue at least another two weeks.  Things that Ought to Have Been Done have Not Been Done because things that Ought Not to Have Been Done were done (partly by others, partly by me) and got in the way of the Ought to Have Been Done ones.

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Feb 12

Good News: B&N has Deeds of Honor

Posted: under Collections, Deeds of Honor, E-books.
Tags:  February 12th, 2015

Deeds of Honor is now available for the Nook direct from Barnes & Noble:

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Feb 10

Update & Heads-Up

Posted: under Craft, Interview, Life beyond writing, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  February 10th, 2015

We’ll start with the heads-up.   A few weeks from now there’ll be a podcast up on Gamer’s Tavern, in which we have a discussion of the Deed of Paksenarrion and its connections to RPGs, and other stuff.   I don’t know the date yet, but will post it on Twitter when they tell me.

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Feb 02

Concert Report (brief)

Posted: under Life beyond writing, Uncategorized.
Tags:  February 2nd, 2015

The concert on January 26 was amazing.   Everyone had worked so hard and so well getting ready for it, and the weather (which had been icky all week–that kind of “weeping” cold winter rain)  cleared off so it was a perfectly clear, sunny afternoon, not too hot or too cold.    The musicians were *wonderful*–not just talented musicians but genuinely nice people, lovely people.   And though I’d been just a little scared of bringing a chamber music string quartet to this community…it was a hit.  Everybody liked it (well, maybe the 10 yo boy was tired of it by the long second half, but not the rest).   I could feel the electricity from audience to musicians and back.   Everything I’d worried about (how will the acoustics be in that space?  What about having only one restroom?  What if not enough people come?  What if, what if, what if (a novelist can imagine complications and disasters VERY easily)  didn’t happen and better things did.

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Jan 26

On Fantasy/Historic Archery: Guest Post by David Watson

Posted: under Background, Life beyond writing.
Tags: , , ,  January 26th, 2015

David Watson, known in the SCA as Master Iolo, is a crossbow maker and experienced archer who has studied archery in warfare a long time, including visits to museums in the US and Europe.   Here’s his take on the recently very popular YouTube videos of superfast shooting, including by people who insist that they’ve discovered historical truths unknown to mere sport shooters.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 16

Brief Explanatory Post

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Tags:  January 16th, 2015

The other two in the family were in a car wreck today.   They were rear-ended while stopped behind another car, waiting to turn when the light changed.  They’re OK; car is now in for repair.   I am buried in work.   Sorry about that; it’s going to be this way for a couple of weeks at least.   Only some of the LifeStuff was expected, and that’s not even counting the car.

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Jan 11

Dancing With A Dragon

Posted: under Life beyond writing.
Tags:  January 11th, 2015

…that is, with Dragon Naturally Speaking.   This is my first day of working with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I’m hoping to use it to make blog posts, email, and tweets on Twitter. This will save my fingers a lot of work. So far I’ve gotten it to work for emails for some posts but not on Twitter yet. Right now I’m using it. It definitely changes the rhythm of my writing. It’s also slower than writing right now.

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Jan 08

Progress Report

Posted: under contest, Deeds of Honor, Good News, Life beyond writing, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  January 8th, 2015

First, for those wishing for a print form of DEEDS OF HONOR.   A POD version will appear.  I don’t know when yet, or have the details, but sales were good enough in the first couple of weeks of the e-book to trigger the “How would you feel about a POD version?” question from the powers that be.  And I said “Sure, fine, let’s do it.”    More when I know more.

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Dec 26

Nose to the Grindstone & Contest

Posted: under contest, the writing life.
Tags: ,  December 26th, 2014

NewBook is growing nicely, at 210 pages, moving right along every time I sit down to it,  so I think we need a contest to end this year and start the next.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 25

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes

Posted: under Life beyond writing.
Tags:  December 25th, 2014

It’s being a windy, sunny Christmas Day here, and I wish all who celebrate it a Merry one wherever you are.  For those with other traditions,  the same sentiment of joy and peace and goodwill expressed in your way and toward your own traditions.  Happy Holidays, best wishes for a joyful, peaceful, prosperous New Year.

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