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 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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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 24

Craft of Writing: Formatting Manuscripts

Posted: under the writing life.
Tags:  December 24th, 2014

This is a very brief post relating to a comment someone made awhile back (and I’m too rushed this morning to look up–apologies.)   But I want to answer this while I think of it, since I meant to back then and didn’t.

What I remember is that I mentioned how many pages of the new book I had, and what the wordage was, and someone was surprised that it took that many pages (or was it that few??) for that number of words.

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Dec 20

Craft of Writing: Ah, Research!

Posted: under Background, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  December 20th, 2014

Fantasy requires as much research as science fiction, but slanted somewhat differently.  Or so it feels in my head, because the SF stories and the fantasy stories are situated in different places, not just fictionally, but psychologically.  As it happens, I like both kinds of research (and I also like flying without wings, sometimes, as in the CHICKS stories–no research there, nuh-uh.)   At any rate, I knew the new Vatta book would demand considerable research, despite being set in the same universe, because it’s set largely on planet.   The nail-biting moments (well, most of them) will be down in the gravity well.   And–just because it had to be, the story demanded it–much of it is in environments I have never personally experienced.   (Of course, the space-based stories are in environments I’ve never experienced, but not even our current astronauts have either, so…there’s more wiggle room.  Still research, but not likely to find someone who says “I served in an interstellar empire’s space navy and you’re completely wrong about the tactics of space warfare and not only that your conception of ship design is ridiculous.”

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Dec 16

So Why That One?

Posted: under Background, E-books, Life beyond writing, Marketing, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  December 16th, 2014

Somebody’s going to ask “So why that story and not that other one you mentioned you were writing/had written?”   Some decisions were easy.  One of the Paksworld stories I was working on came to a halt, hooves stuck in the ground, back up in a hump, neck stretched out, ears flat and would. not. budge.   It’s not a failure to thrive: it’s a story telling me I made a mistake, that’s not how it goes, and it’s not going to cooperate until I take it where it wants to go.  But it won’t tell me.  Eventually, left alone out there in the pasture, it will come wandering up to my mental cabin, climb up the step to the porch, and stomp on the porch.  But it didn’t choose to do that before the time I had to have stories turned in, so…maybe next time.

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Dec 15

Craft of Writing: “But Nobody Will Buy It”

Posted: under Craft, the writing life.
Tags: ,  December 15th, 2014

This post is the promised one about living with another kind of failure.  You wrote the story; you think it’s a good enough story to submit for publication; you give it one or several final polishes.   And all you get for the submission is a rejection.   Now what?

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Dec 06

Craft of Writing: Failure to Thrive

Posted: under Craft, the writing life.
Tags: ,  December 6th, 2014

Sometimes a story of any size starts…and then crumbles to dust, or lies down and refuses to move, or otherwise reveals itself as a failure.   I’m not talking about stories completed that never find a market (that’s another kind of failure, which I’ll talk about another time) but stories that you want to write–at least when you start.  Stories that are happy, gurgling, grinning infant stories, that may even get far enough to start crawling on their own–but develop what doctors call “failure to thrive” in spite of your best efforts.

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Dec 05

Plotbombs Away!

Posted: under the writing life.
Tags: ,  December 5th, 2014

No better sign of a really live book than plotbombs, annoying as they are when they arrive as I’m trying to go to sleep because I have to get up early in the morning to be ready for the 8 am plumber, because R- will be somewhere between here and there picking up M from his apartment in the city to take him to the dentist in a city between here and there.  Why couldn’t the plotbombs have arrived at a decent hour, say 2 pm in the afternoon?  (I hear the plot daemon’s wicked chuckle over there behind the boiler…followed by a headshake and “Ye should be thankin’ me, lass, not complainin'”)

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