the writing life

Robin Williams, RIP

Well, fuck. I know there were some folk who did not love him, and looking back now some of his routines make one cringe, but at a time when I was unutterably depressed, his comedy shows could make me laugh, and got me through the night. Suicide is not confirmed, but yeah, based on his […]

Ah Monday. I thought I recognized you when you came in the door…

After the insanity that was last week’s GISHWHES, I’m back on the pony…mostly. Writing: The draft of WORK OF HUNTERS is with the editor, and I have the revisions letter for CLAWED (Gin & Tonic #4) on my desk. The revisions letter for SILVER ON THE ROAD is supposed to hit on Friday (more likely […]

DragonCon Schedule! (not yet entirely 100% final)

Please to note a) I have a reading.  If you want to know what’s coming up in 2015, you will be at that reading. Bringing me chocolate will be optional, but appreciated. b) once again, I’m going to be on a panel with Laurell Hamilton and Jim Butcher.  Come to this panel.  Scream devotedly when […]

oh brain…really?

So yeah, the first line of The Devil’s West #2 came to me in the shower this morning. Never mind that I’m not scheduled to START it until September. Never mind that I have two novellas and a short story to finish before then. Damn it, children….

Monday oh Monday hoist your colors and let me see….

Both SILVER ON THE ROAD and Gin & Tonic #4 go to their respective editors this week. Yes, I had two book deadlines the same month. No, that wasn’t ideal. Yes, I’m pretty much worn to a frazzle right now and because of that convinced that both are utter dreck and if I only had […]


A still, humid morning. I’d welcome a raging thunderstorm, if it would get the air moving a little bit… These are the days I find it hardest to work in: when the air is thick and heavy and anticipation is shivering just under the skin for something to HAPPEN and it never does…at that point […]

Thinky Thoughts

After spending a year creating a new world and new characters for SILVER ON THE ROAD, returning to Sylvan investigations, and the world of the Cosa Nostradamus is kind of… interesting, in a shake-up-the-brain way. Because none of you have met Isobel, Matthew or Farron yet. None of you have encountered the boss, or Calls […]

Writerbrain and writer-recommendations

The book I’m working on now is studded with small details – things that may or may not reflect back into the reader, and will probably be overlooked or ignored by most, but were, yes, placed there deliberately, the way a garden architect chooses what trellis to climb each rose on. I do this sort […]

That was the week that was(n’t)

I have spent the past few days locked in the windowless Inner Circle of Hell that is the Javits Center, helping man the SFWA booth for Book Expo America. And yes the reading horde (comprising of bloggers, librarians, publishers, various and sundry publishing-related folk, and General Readers) were unleashed upon us, and lo we did […]

The Progress Invisible…

To you, anyway.  To me it’s marked in blood, coffee rings, and inky fingers. Gin & Tonic #4 is a Draft, as of Tuesday. It’s an ugly, messy draft, but it has a beginning, a middle, an ending, and a through-line, so there’s that, and I still have a few weeks to polish it to […]