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

Posted: under Life beyond writing.
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 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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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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Nov 28

Thanksgiving Has Come and Gone

Posted: under Life beyond writing, the writing life.
Tags: ,  November 28th, 2014

…but the cleanup remains a work in progress.  MOST of  it was done (by sundown today) but the final packaging of leftovers for the freezer, not so much.  I sort of fell over in mid-afternoon and slept for two hours.  THUD.    We had wonderful guests, who brought wonderful contributions to the feast, and several of whom helped a lot in the initial cleaning up,  and good conversation, and a long walk on the land for most of us between the main meal and dessert, and then dessert and more conversation, until the light failed and people started for home.

 

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Nov 18

What HAS She Been Up To?

Posted: under Life beyond writing, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  November 18th, 2014

A  lot, actually.   Where we left off, the Mozart Requiem–it went well, even though I was beginning to feel off, and sure enough was sick the week following with a nasty sore throat.   Got better, and was able to sing one service the next Sunday.   We had a small birthday party for our son.   Everything seemed to be moving well towards Thanksgiving but this past week, we had some bad medical news.  My husband will need another cancer surgery–there’s a new tumor in his stomach.

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Nov 04

On Discussion and Spoilers

Posted: under Life beyond writing, Reader Help, Spoiler Space.
Tags: , ,  November 4th, 2014

Crown of Renewal has been out long enough now that it’s OK to discuss it–and the rest of the existing Paksworld books–without needing to use Spoiler Space.

However, a question for the group: Some of you have by now read the Paksworld story “First Blood” in Shattered Shields and others of you may not have…and yet you might want to discuss it in relation to the surrounding milieu. The same is/will be true of “Mercenary’s Honor” in the forthcoming Operation Arcana anthology, and the new (and maybe older) Paksworld short fiction in Deeds of Honor. So do we need a Spoiler Space specifically for short fiction? Does it bother you as much when a short piece is discussed before you’ve read it?

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