Stop the Presses!

Stop the Presses!

REBEL AUTHOR TAKES ON MIGHTY EMPIRE (A press release for our times) A little more than a week ago, in a city not far away, author Mindy Klasky was putting the finishing touches on her new novel, then called REBEL RISING. Klasky had worked on REBEL for the past four years, adapting an earlier work that had failed to find its audience, allegedly because certain large store book buyers did not care for stories about children who rebel against the...

Read More

Settling Into a New Home

Settling Into a New Home

Nineteen years ago, I launched my first website, promoting the one book I had available for sale, The Glasswrights’ Apprentice. That site was designed by Sharon Keir Patry and her husband, Frank Patry, and it was hosted on sff.net, where most of my science fiction- and fantasy-writing friends had their pages. For years, I merely updated Sharon and Frank’s code, changing background colors and a couple of graphics. Eventually, I...

Read More

Not a Treat

Not a Treat

Today’s item that sounded like a cat treat but wasn’t: (Not the soap itself, but the plastic wrapper around a new bar.) Share...

Read More

Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

Plotting, Pantsing, and Something In Between

In the age old discussion of how writers write, people often make a distinction between plotters (people who create an outline prior to writing, also called “architects” by George R. R. Martin, of Game of Thrones fame, because they develop blueprints for the finished structure prior to beginning work) and pantsers (people who write “by the seat of their pants”, making it all up as they go along, also called...

Read More

LAW AND MURDER – Not Your Ordinary Book Launch

LAW AND MURDER – Not Your Ordinary Book Launch

Bounce, bounce, bounce! Today is my first book birthday in nearly a year! (Yes, there are a lot of reasons for that, but that’s a blog post for the future…) Today, I’m reveling in the swirl of posts — congratulations from family and friends, emails from readers who are just getting their own copies, reviews from advance readers that are being posted for the first time on public media… It’s all very exciting....

Read More