Mar 15

A Gentle Reminder

Posted: under Life beyond writing, Reader Help.
Tags: ,  March 15th, 2014

No one here has made this mistake.  However, in the greater blogosphere, I see this kind of thing coming and going, and as far as this blog is concerned, I want it to go and stay away.

“What?  What’s wrong?” I hear you say.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 29

Question for Groupmind

Posted: under Reader Help.
Tags:  October 29th, 2013

Without knowing anything about the plot, and just on your first reaction, which of the following titles would be most attractive to you for a story?

A) “Forethought”    B) “Mercenary’s Honor”   C)  “Meeting of Minds”   D) “Old Age and Treachery”  E) “Learning Experience”   F) None of the Above and here’s my suggestion. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 03

Home (with News & Questions)

Posted: under Conventions, Life beyond writing, Reader Help, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  September 3rd, 2013

I’m back from WorldCon.  I do have an iPad now, although I never got a chance to sit around downstairs where the free wi-fi was to learn how best to use it, because I was raging busy and also my neck was giving me fits–so carrying any more weight in the tote bag was not going to happen.   I have the iPad, and a padded case with a keyboard for it.  Yay!  (Eventually, when I learn to use it, right?)

Very, very busy convention,  and tiring with the size of the convention center and the heat outside and my schedule.  However,  met a lot of neat people, plenty of people wanted me to sign their books (always an ego-boost) and all I lost on the trip was my really good Knit-Picks needle gauge, which I will have to replace pronto.

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Aug 17

Reader Help Request

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Tags:  August 17th, 2013

Did I, or did I not, within the past two years, post a picture or two of my messy office?

If I did, and if anyone knows where it is, I’d appreciate the reference.

Thanks.

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Jun 23

Request for Reader Help

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Tags:  June 23rd, 2013

I’ve misplaced my reference copy of Oath of Fealty (there are copies around somewhere, but…it’s Lazy Day) and cannot remember the name of the functionary in the palace in Vérella who’s in charge of the treasury.    This would be when Dorrin delivers the regalia.    I think that’s the first instance of this person showing up, but I don’t have a name in the Names file, or a title.  And though I’ve tried to go through the novel’s own master file…my eyes are glazing over.    If someone’s got a reference from one of the other volumes, that’s  also great.

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Jun 20

First Week Out

Posted: under Good News, Limits of Power, Reader Help, Revisions, the writing life.
Tags: , , ,  June 20th, 2013

The first week out is the week that determines (nearly always) whether a book will reach “bestseller” status.     It’s the week that agents watch over,  checking BookScan numbers regularly, checking rankings any place they can find one and making their own calculations of raw numbers v. other books’ raw numbers.   In the first week,  LIMITS sold a few fewer hardcovers than ECHOES, and a few more e-books, to wind up with a modest increase of total hardcover/ebook sales in the US market.   So thank you, all of you who wanted to and were able to buy a copy  in the first week.    Thanks for talking about the books, and introducing others to them.   You’re the ones who keep a writer in bread & butter (and dark chocolate.  Can’t forget the dark chocolate.)    Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 23

Nose to the Grindstone

Posted: under Reader Help, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  March 23rd, 2013

Right now, I’m pouring words into the files for Book V, so I’m not keeping up with everything the Punctuation Working Group is doing….trying to check comments and email a few times a day, but not really able to concentrate on anything but stuff I can’t tell you yet.   (I should have been listening to different music…finally thought mixing Smetana’s Bartered Bride first act with Saint-Saens’ symphonies, not Beethoven.  And…it’s galloping.)   I’d forgotten the particular combination of suspense, darkness, and explosive brilliance, in that one in particular…goosebumps.  Lots and lots of goosebumps.   Just what I needed.)

Anyway, my brain’s not in pronunciation right now.   It’s in getting Book V done to “send to editor standard”.

Forgive the inattention after handing over that job, please.

Also–remember that my webmistress wants the output as a .doc, .rtf, or .txt file.  She has her own tricks for making it pretty on the website and says those are an easier starting point than others.   (Also, I can’t read docx or xcl files on my machine, so I can’t look files over before sending them on to her.)

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Mar 19

Anyone Want to Help?

Posted: under Reader Help.
Tags:  March 19th, 2013

Brilliance, who are working on the new Paksworld audiobooks,  sent me a list of words for help with pronunciation.  And then another list.   Remembering that some time back we had a discussion here (more than one, maybe?) on pronunciation of words from Paksworld,   and other questions I’ve had, I set to work on them.    And kept the list and my attempts at making pronunciation easier on files for myself.    The list has about 140 words/names on it, but they’re not in alphabetical order (in order of appearance in the text, apparently)  and I think there are some duplicates.  Also, it’s not complete, if you go back to the first books: there are names and places and words that aren’t included.

You see where I’m going, I’ll bet.

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Jan 05

Need Some Help: Contest Related

Posted: under contest, Reader Help.
Tags: ,  January 5th, 2013

In case no one’s checking the comments in the contest thread…I’ve now read everything and made what I hope is an accurate list of unique contributors.

But, given that I’ve been sick and foggy-headed, I’d like someone else to count that too.  I get thirty unique contributors…is that what y’all think?    Once I have a check on the number, I can run the random number app and have a winner.

BTW…great entries.  I was so smart not to think I could pick a winner on merit because there were too many really good ones!

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Sep 27

A Small Bouquet

Posted: under Life beyond writing, Limits of Power, Reader Help, snippet, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  September 27th, 2012

This is a small bouquet of gratitude to someone on the list who–reading the snippet–found an inconsistency with Oath of Gold and emailed me privately about it overnight.  So this morning I hauled out my copy of that book, and the manuscript, and knew he was right–it was an inconsistency and it needed to be fixed, if possible.   The book’s already past copy editing, so I didn’t know if it could, but I set to work looking for the smallest possible fix that wouldn’t mess up any other previous books.

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