Gathering Experiences

Okay, or going on holiday. Had a wonderful week in Nova Scotia with my sister; but hey–we DID go sea kayaking, which I have never done before, and one needs a plethora of experiences as a writer, right? Also, very cool to go to a ceilidh and see the locals just get up and square […]

Chapter 1 of second book in the series

This has been an interesting process. I was unable to get to book 2 because of too many other deadlines and family responsibilities, but I WAS able to dictate into my voice recorder while on a motorcycle trip. I created 22 documents, some of which were plot threads and reminders, and some of which were […]

Writers Retreat for six days

This is about the 4th year in a row I’ve gone to Montana on the long weekend with 4 friends for a writers’ retreat–this year we got away for 6 days. It was AWESOME! This is the best place to plan out a novel because we write morning noon and night, stopping for a break […]

Got my novel edits

Got novel edits, both global and line edits, yesterday and I managed to get through the line edits this morning (accepted almost everything). Now I am working on the big picture stuff–cut the first 2 chapters (may cut more) and need to see what needs feathering back in, as well as 3 new scenes (nice […]

Camping is Awesome

Camping is awesome. Something about relaxation making your brain more creative, I think. I woke up yesterday morning with the four scenes (inciting/complication/crisis/climax) for chapter 1 of the next novel.

When Words Collide–awesome, as always

Of course, I was over-booked. Not conflicting, but just so booked that I didn’t have time to go to any panels. Sigh. However, 2 people offered to take over jobs for me next year, so instead of 4 jobs I will be down to 2. Yay! I ran pre-festival registrations and attended Sam Hiyate’s session […]

Line Edits for Shades Among Us

Got a blog post for Mary Robinette Kowal (My Favorite Bits) done on what I learned by editing the Sum of Us, and now on to line edits for Shades Among Us. Five down, 15 to go. I think this book is going to be another real winner. As the structural edit requests come in, […]

First Review in for Sum of Us

Publishers Weekly reviewed The Sum of Us! They didn’t love every story (but why they picked out Bottleneck to dislike is beyond me–that is one of my favorite stories), but picked out four for special praise: “The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains,” “The Healer’s Touch,” “Blinders,” and “The Oracle and the Warlord.” All of […]

When Words Collide upcoming!

I was away for a bit on the motorcycle, but got home and caught up on the last zillion tiny details for When Words Collide. I invited a bunch of panelists to moderate their panels, signed up for my pre-festival workshop choices, organized a list of all my duties for the festival weekend, and took […]

Dictating on the Motorcycle

Back to dictating on the motorcycle as we ride through western Canada and the US. Stunning scenery. However, I think I have solved all the plot problems for my next novel, and just need to get home and write it all down. Love my voice recorder!