Yes, I know it’s a long way out yet. Please don’t yell at me – I handed the book in (more or less) on time. It’s purely a publisher’s decision.
This year for Worldbuilders’ charity auction, I am offering A Thing:https://worldbuilders.org/…/laura-anne-gilman-will-discuss…/
I’m offering a ‘bluesky’ session for a writer who wants to throw plot-ideas or career worries against a wall and get critical-but-nonjudgmental feedback from a 20+ year survivor of the publishing industry. This will be a 45 minute session via Skype, for pretty much anything you want to talk about, regarding writing, publishing, and survival in same.
Bid early, bid often, bid now!
Oh hey there! Looking for something new to read? Looking for a lot of something new to read? For not much money?
Looking for something new to read, for not much money, that directly supports the writers, and a good cause, too? The Neo-Noir Storybundle may be right for you!
Cross boundaries and defy expectations while exploring the noir tenets. Unreliable narrator? Check. Cynical, world-weary protagonist who’s as quick with wit as a weapon? Check. Complex plots rife with reversals and betrayals? Check, check, and check. Add a dash of snark, a jigger of suspense, and garnish with a twist of epic proportions for a neo-noir cocktail that’ll leave you reeling…and thirsty for more.
From space opera to swords and sorcery, horror to urban fantasy, corrupt elves, werewolf cops, ghostly soul-whisperers, and Twitter-obsessed superheroes – including the first PSI/Pietr Cholis novella by yours truly, “Trouble in Double” – it’s all here!
(but it’s only here for another 22 days!)
Because why should Patrons have all the
pain fun? Have a snippet-taste of My Youthful Folly, aka “the first fantasy novel LAG ever tried to write (emphasis on ‘tried’) back when she was a baby writer, complete with horrified snark by the much-older-now author. ”
That stopped Manden’s breath in his throat. Ever since that day, seasons ago, when he had felt a god’s whisper in his ear and heard it echo in his voice, he had longed to hear it again, to be the first true Godsinger in three generations (was this ever set up/established? oh hell, why NOT dump some significant worldbuilding and character motivation into the sixth chapter, woo hoo!) then reality slipped back in, and Manden shook his head more than a little regretfully.
“The Coven didn’t reject me – I left them, and I think mostly everyone understood why (technically, he refused a summons, and he has no reason to think they understand at all…meh, details.) even if they didn’t agree. And the gods wouldn’t talk to a Voice who broke the Law of Choice, even to stop the violence.”
This, plus new original fiction, moderately NSFW Rants, and more! is available on a monthly basis via my Patreon. $1/month feeds your need (and helps sustain the feline medical care fund)
If you missed last month’s new story on Patreon, “Trouble in Fear,” you can still sign on and read it – plus the first Pietr Cholis story, “Trouble in Mind”! Otherwise you’re going to have to wait until the series is complete, and then buy the full set…. (and that may not be for another 6+ months! Delayed gratification is all well and fine, but $1/month gets you satisfaction now!)
Meanwhile, we’ve got an exclusive “false start” excerpt from the NewBook, that nobody outside of Patreon will ever see. Hints at what’s coming, and a peek into what my brain is like during first drafts. If that’s your cuppa, anyway. :-)
Coming this week: October’s “WTF is writing?” discussion, the monthly Rant, and more of My Youthful Folly (aka “annotated-with-snark excerpts from the first book I ever tried to write”)….
May we all be inscribed and sealed for the new year ahead. And for those of the tribe who are observing, may you have a meaningful fast.
Over the years, I’ve fallen out of the habit of giving general-audience writing advice, because it’s sort of like giving advice on sex: unless you’re an active partner, you really don’t know enough about the person to be useful.
That said, I do have two bits to say, that will hopefully be useful to any creative in any field.
1. Buckle in & prep for a long ride. Some of it will be dark. This may sound facetious; it’s not. Some people enjoy dark rides. Some get scared. Some enjoy being scared. Some throw up. Know your tolerance. And don’t assume your tolerance should be the same as ToughWriter or AwesomeSelfPromoter. They may just have awesome facades, and are melting down inside, too.
2. There’s only one way to write. You sit down. You tell a story. You do it any damn way it comes out that works consistently for you. You hope people like it. You hope people pay you for it. You do it again. And again. That’s all I got. You can cheer me on and I can cheer you on, but in the end? In the end it’s down to how you get your getting done, done. So get it done.