Magpie Musings

My book launch went better than my wildest dreams. At one point the book was listed as number ten in Amazon’s Top Releases, which was just breathtaking. I’m so beyond grateful I cannot express it. The buzz is settled down a bit, but the book is still doing quite well. I set up a Facebook…

Lightning Scarred and Other Stories

My first book, Lightning Scarred and Other Stories launched this morning on Amazon through their Kindle Unlimited program, which means any KU subscribers can read it for free. It’s met with overwhelming kindness so far, for which I am deeply grateful. It is a beautiful book filled short stories, original eddas, and Viking-inspired interior art….

Shipwreck on the Amazonian Rocks

When you hit Publish, Amazon reviews the book and then has to agree that you can publish it on their site. Amazon didn’t agree. They sent an email letting me know that they rejected me for one of the reasons on a long list, leaving me to guess which ones. I think I’ve guessed right…

One Ship Sails, Another Hull is Built

Last night I realized that the changes I was making to Thule were reaching the point where I was making the book different rather than better. It looks pretty good to me, now. Undoubtedly it still could be better, but it is time for the book to sail away and for me to start on…

Cruising Through Time

It’s been a while. I know that I actively owe correspondence to several people. If you are waiting, accept my apologies. I’ve had a hard time collecting my thoughts to write lately, whether in the blog or directly to people or in fiction. I suspect that a sleep deficit is to blame and I’m working…

The Journey Continues

Some weeks take us across a threshold of self and when we emerge we are subtly changed in ways that are invisible from the outside. So it has been this week. I feel a bit unsteady, as if I were taking over someone else’s blog, but here I am, ready to show up for whatever…

Finding a Way Into Poetry

One of the best parts in yesterday’s inauguration was Amanda Gorman, our youngest poet laureate, reading her poem written for the day. She has a book of poems coming out, if you want more from her. With her performance I’m thinking a lot about poetry. Also, yesterday I finished looking at edit notes for the…

Smooth Sailing

Steve and I just completed Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Novel Writing Workshop. We found it an excellent video course, very well-organized and taught. It is based on her book of the same name and her workshops that she’s taught in person. It is a $12 a month charge to join her course Library, but…

Steve Jackson Games Kickstarter

Steve Jackson Games started their Pyramid Schemes Kickstarter this morning and it has already blown through its base and is now into stretch goal territory. The Kickstarter is for 3 brand new issues of Pyramid Magazine. One of our articles has a featured place on one of their graphics. Here is their description of the…

Exciting Publishing News

One of the projects we wrote for this year is coming out on Kickstarter on Monday. Steve Jackson Games has announced its upcoming GURPS Pyramid Scheme: three brand new issues of Pyramid Magazine. We have articles in two of the issues. Even more exciting, when they shared the enticing image, it was our article they…