An Introduction Calling Boskone my ‘first convention’ is nearly correct. It depends largely on how one defines ‘convention.’ I’ve been to a couple of other cons (Phauxcon, for instance) but this was the first time I attended something this large, and the first time I was a panelist. Let’s say it was my first big con,…

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I would like to declare an official moratorium on all of the following cinematic tropes: the eternally patient New York editor talking their genius author through personal problems with the grace befitting the Actress of a Certain Age that’s been cast to play the part the fast-talking literary agent negotiating hard with the publishers—this is…

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This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post shortly before The Spaceship Next Door debuted.  Philosophically, pieces like this were why I was writing for HuffPo in the first place: interest people in reading my articles, then show them something about my fiction writing.  Since HP doesn’t share market information, I have no idea if this…

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Wait, I could just quit? I have a new article up at the Huffington Post this afternoon. I didn’t know quitting was an option. I imagine that sounds a little like a derivation of one of those motivational-slash-inspirational mantras that someone with a title like “life coach” shouts at an unreasonable volume, or possibly the…

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Posting today I have a new blog post up at the Huffington Post.  This one is called Success Bias, and you can read it by clicking here. Also, if you are wondering if I have been recast as a young attractive black woman, I didn’t select the image to go with the article.  I tried to select…

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Why Your Dialogue is Terrible My latest article is up on Huffington Post, on how terrible your dialogue is: There are ways to deliver exposition in dialogue, and it’s even possible for one person to give what amounts to a prepared speech, but it needs to be treated exactly like that. It can’t just appear…

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On fan fiction I don’t write fan fiction, or publish fiction that existed at another time as fan fiction.  I also don’t read fan fiction.  To the best of my knowledge nothing I have written has spawned any manner of fan fiction out there, but it’s entirely possible I’m wrong because (again) I don’t read…

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Writing from scratch I don’t want to alarm anybody, but do you realize how long it’s been since I started a novel from scratch?  It’s been… hang on… (counting) SEVEN YEARS. (Holy shit.  It’s been seven years.  I was sort of kidding around when I started this post, but that’s forever!) I have done a lot…

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That sound you hear is me holding my breath I am slowly going insane.  This insanity is due to the following facts: Immortal and Hellenic Immortal are both doing very well, both in terms of sales and reviews, however… …there is more press coverage coming. Eventually. The press in question is of the sort I can’t…

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