Working Stiffs

I’m about to bounce out the door for a personal tour of the Library of Congress (!) before I speak there at noon today.  (If you’re in D.C., stop by!  Even if you can’t stay for my full one-hour presentation!  We’d love to see you!  In the Pickford Theater!  In the Madison Building!)  O.K.  That’s my daily allotment of exclamation marks. Except I need to use one more – today, I’m guest-blogging over at...

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On Using a Pseudonym

Some thoughts on using a pseudonym, by Laura J. Mixon: http://feralsapient.com/?p=304 I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic – not from Laura’s perspective, as a woman writing science fiction, but from my own, as a woman writing in multiple genres, fighting the good fight against computerized book ordering.  I really like Laura’s depiction of the battle she’s fought with herself – and I wish her all the...

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First Book Friday

Jim Hines is a gentleman and a scholar.  Oh, and an author, too.  Jim has some great fantasy novels out there – his Goblin books about Jig (light fantasy with a game-playing twist) and his Stepsister series (antidotes to Disney princesses). Jim runs a series called First Book Fridays, where authors talk about how they got their first book published.  Today, I talk about THE GLASSWRIGHTS’ APPRENTICE (you know, my first book, which...

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Avoid the Annoyed

A long time ago, I learned that there are certain websites that are guaranteed to raise my blood pressure.  Nevertheless, I occasionally venture to those places, to see what idiotic posts are there — you know, sort of like poking at a sore tooth with your tongue, just to make sure that it’s still sore. Earlier this week, President Obama proposed freezing salaries for all civilian federal workers for two years (resulting, of course,...

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Exploring New Worlds

I read a *lot* of blogs.  Most of them are related to writing, in one way or another.  Most of them have content that is similar to all of the others, and most of the points of view run together.  There’s nothing wrong with that – one way to determine what’s important is to hear what gets repeated in the echo chamber. Today, though, I went to a new-to-me blog:  http://transmutinginteriors.com/ Transmuting Interiors is about...

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