Working with an Editor: Not Change, But Evolution

While I worked for years – twelve of them – on my book, I knew one day I’d eventually send it to an editor as the final trial before publication. What I pictured that editor doing to my book either involved many measuring tapes and 10x magnifying loupes, many feather dusters or many match books. […]

Flotsam Audiobook cover


This morning I promised Colin of Parvus that I’m done with FLOTSAM. No more revisions. No more layout changes. Forever and ever, Amen. Revisions to the manuscript itself were locked in last Tuesday, in reality, when Colin and I Zoom-conf’d for 3.5 hours to go over my notes from the audiobook review and prioritize any […]

Audio and Print Proofing

Biathlon of Proofing

The audio files for proofing/QC arrived on Saturday morning, which was perfect timing for getting them reviewed and sending my comments back on schedule, but wow that was an intensive weekend. My back and neck (plus right shoulder) are not happy with me. Thankfully I got out for a couple hours this weekend to walk […]

Projects on my Plate

I’m in a very to-do listy mood today. Sometimes all the joy I get comes from planning and deciding on directions and next steps. Thankfully this doesn’t happen every day, because plans never engaged don’t go far. I spent yesterday afternoon playing Skyrim. I figure listy moods probably come from the deep, painful, lingering guilt […]

NaNoWriMo Recap

I suppose I should talk about NaNoWriMo. About juggling multiple projects in a month-long attempt to write 50,000 words. I did the same for last year’s NaNoWriMo in this post and that format seems as good as any to rip off and use again. Goal Checklist Complete a new draft of Love & Pickpockets, goal of […]


Introspeculative Fiction

How do writers weave stories about places and times and societies that don’t exist? How can we ‘write what we know’ if we are making it all up? The narrative of the story, the meat that hangs off its bones and the costumes we drape them in – that’s where the fiction lies. The heart […]

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