Navigating Through Waves of News

One of the advantages of working in an office with other people is that it’s much harder to obsess about the news. Even if I wanted to stare incessantly at the screen, I couldn’t. People would interrupt me with their needs. I’d be embarrassed to be seen spending time not working. At home that’s not…

Fun Without Fairy Dust

My mother often asks, “How is the writing going?” My answer is nearly always the same: slowly. I used to feel bad about that answer. In fact, this blog was originally started to answer my mother’s question in more detail because it’s easier to write some things than to answer them verbally. Even for a…

Dream Invasion

I went to bed last night unsure of what was wrong with the final story in the Thule collection. It’s supposed to be a romantic adventure to Thule with two new characters, but it falls on its face. I worked on the language last night but I couldn’t figure out how to fix this story…

Critique Groups

My critique group met night before last and it was a lot of fun as it always is. (Of course, it’s more fun to read everyone else’s stories and chapters than my own, but you have to pay in words to stay in any group.) The group is dense with knowledge and they care that…

Quick Update and a Cat Picture

It’s been a busy day and this will be a short update. The Thule collection is really coming together and I have a special surprise for it that I’ll tell you about once things are further along. Suffice it to say that I squeed last night about it. Work continues on the other projects, but…

Bringing in the Lettuce

Where does Steve get his energy to write so much and run so far? Plants. Specifically green leafy vegetables, which he eats enormous quantities of. He is probably half chlorophyll at this point. I affectionately refer to him as my sweet koala bear since koalas are also introverts that eat their own weight in leaves….

Play, Not Perfection

Whenever possible, I write with friends. It keeps me focused on writing and sharing the work makes it more fun. Also we help each other brainstorm. Yesterday and the day before I had trouble concentrating through a headache and backache. No matter what I did I couldn’t focus hard enough to work on an edda….

Is Steepster Pining for the Fjords?

One of my favorite social media sites, steepster.com, looks like it is pining for the fjords. After a bit of research I found the owner’s July 7 post on Twitter saying that they’d sold the site to “people who will be able to support and grow the site.” Just a month later and the site…

Social Wealth For Writers

We are watching David Baldacci’s MasterClass in the evenings while Steve lifts weights. One thing Baldacci said about research struck me. He lives just outside of Washington, D.C. and previously worked as a lawyer there. He talked about the importance of personal contacts, of connecting to experts and people with the real world experience that…

Fangirl Flusterings

I try to contain my enthusiasms. I really do. Sometimes they just burst forth. Today is that kind of day. I’m excited because one of my favorite authors has a Kickstarter for one of my favorite series. That is Kristine Kathryn Rusch’ Diving Into the Wreck series. She is also one of my favorite writing…