There is no such thing as a painless copyedit, only ones where you don’t mind bleeding.

THUD. Pending my secondary research backup getting back to me with feedback on the Latin, and with the knowledge that I’ll need to go over it one more time to make sure certain capitalizations and usages are consistent throughout…. Copyedits for SILVER ON THE ROAD are deflagged and done. All 452 pages of ‘em. My brain […]

State of the Author Dealing with Copyedit, in gifs

and then, when it all seems lost… you just give up, give in, and start STETing the fuck out of everything.

that thudding noise you heard may well have been me.

Huh. Yeah, that’s that, then. A little short and a lot messy, nothing anyone gets to see but me, but that’s Draft 0 of Devil’s West #2. ~Woo.~ [I’m actually really really excited about Draft 0, but right now I feel like I’ve been beaten with bamboo rods, so ‘woo’ is all I got] Now […]

At Norwescon

Last night’s reading, despite being at the awkward hour of dinner-o-clock on the first day of the convention, was reasonably well-attended, and by some people I didn’t know from Joe! That’s always nice. Then there was the panel on the use of the hard-boiled mystery element in urban fantasy, which…well, I suspect our moderator wanted […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward, weekend edition.

Saturday, I hauled myself out of town to take a meeting.  If anything comes of that meeting, y’all will be the third to know.  Then I came home and was a slug on the sofa.  Sunday’s been Writers’ Cafe and more work on the cracktastic project, and now all the words I didn’t get written […]

Heading into the Weekend…

This weekend, I am not at ECCC or at the Supernatural convention happening in town.  Mainly because I didn’t get my act together in time to deal with either.  So it goes.  The weekend seems to be filled with Stuff to Do, anyway.  Imagine that.  :-) Life is chaotic, and a little stressy, but good.  This diagram […]

The Obligatory Occasional My Accountant Makes Me, Post

“The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.” -John Steinbeck     with that quote in mind, let me remind everyone that: a) you can pre-order CLAWED! (and catch up on the first three L.A. Kornetsky mysteries!)   b) you can pre-order SILVER ON THE ROAD! and make sure […]

Opinions are Like Assholes…

Ooops.  According to Clean Reader, “asshole” might not appear in the text. Writers – who choose our words carefully, use them deliberately – aren’t thrilled with this Bowdlerizing app.  Readers shouldn’t be, either. It’s an attempt to take away freedom of expression, a power play by those who would control what we see/think/feel. No thanks. […]

My Norwescon Panel Schedule for Approved Stalking

One of the bonuses of moving to the west coast is a bunch of new conventions become my “locals” – including Norwescon, the weekend of April 2nd-5th. So if you’re going to be there too, and find yourself shut out from all the GRRM-y GoH goodness by the crowds, here’s where I’ll be….  (all rooms […]

Sir Terry

Everyone’s remembering Terry Pratchett, who has left us – not of his own will but under his own terms – too soon, at age 66, one step ahead and one finger raised to the Alzheimer’s trying to destroy him. My memory of Terry Pratchett is not Discworld-related. I came very late to the Discworld books. […]