Tag Archives: the writing life

Fourth Quarter and the clock’s ticking…

Today is when estimated 3rd Q taxes are due in the mail, if that’s a thing that you need be concerned with. Just a friendly reminder from your neighborhood freelancer…. Meanwhile, the editorial revisions to CLAWED (Gin & Tonic #4) are back with my editor as of this morning (on schedule, go me!). So what’s […]

Busy week for NEWS!

Very pleased to say that my short story “Heartbeat” has made it into the ToC of Genius Loci, edited by Jaym Gates.  Some very nice ToC-mates there… Santa Cruz–Andy Duncan And the Trees Were Happy—Scott Edelman Blackthorn—B. Morris Allen Ouroboros in Orbit—Jason Batt Reef—Kathleen Miller Scab Land—Wendy Wagner The Forgetting Field—Caroline Ratajski The Town the Forest […]

If ever I had vanity, I’ve traded it for coffee and an extra hour of sleep…

Ever wonder what a writer looks like at the end of a book* deadline? No makeup. No shower. Nowhere near enough sleep. All those things..tomorrow. For now, enough to say “done” and tomorrow let it be m’editor’s headache joy for a while. (*technically it was TWO books, but let’s just say a little under 200,000 words, a […]

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 […]

Wednesday

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 […]

Deadline and the Longest Day

After nearly one year, four passes, two false endings, and some brave work by a small army of beta readers, and at a weirdly lean 114,000 words, SILVER ON THE ROAD is off to Twinling and Agent for their not-quite-so-exhausted take. Yay? *decides that yes, yay* So that’s one deadline down, two to go.  Since […]

Just when you think you know someone….

Midway through the fourth pass, and something that’s been in there since first draft caught me by surprise with “oh, that’s how this will be relevant later.” Book, c’mon, you’re KILLING me. I also yanked an entire scene out, and figure I can maybe use the character introduced there somewhere else, in a later book, maybe with […]

short week, twice the work

This morning I kicked my houseguest to the curb (okay, I put her in a cab) and returned to the usual schedule of All Book All Day. Second pass on this book is…different. I’m not changing actual scenes, but instead adding or subtracting lines to support other elements elsewhere in the book, and/or changing details […]

this fog will never lift it will always be like rain

Yesterday’s bounty: 2K new words on the mystery, and a revelation in the backbrain about revisions to be done on the fantasy, plus some long-range promo work done for DEAD MAN’S HAND which you can get your own hands on in 12 days…. and I declutterd the office, which after three days of rain was starting to remind me […]

sometimes you go forward sideways, with the prevailing winds

I woke up yesterday morning thinking “the bit in the outline is no longer the bit that should happen.”  Frustration occurred.  And I wrote about a hundred words of a new bit, and then stared at the screen and thought “well, what do I do with that, then?” And then I was distracted by a […]