Forthcoming Steampunk (and a bit free to read)

A couple of months ago, I signed a contract with Musa Publishing for my novella Murder on the Titania, which will be coming out in early 2013. It’s a story that involves the same characters and world as The Jade Tiger, my short story that appeared in Penumbra  vol 1 issue 6. I’m excited (and ...

On rejection 1

Well, it sucks. Any questions? To be more specific, I’m talking about the kind of rejection that is yours for the collecting if you do anything creative. My main experience is with writing, but I’ve gotten a solid impression from my friends who do other artistic things that if you want to create, and sell ...

Twitter is not a chore.

If you haven’t read Justine Larbalestier’s blog post about social media self-promotion for writers, you should. Obviously, as a writer who has actually published novels and made money, she has much more cogent and useful things to say about the issue than I do. But I would like to add my two cents as someone ...

And there is a winner!

That’s right, the Clarion write-a-thon ended last week and I got all six of my short stories written. I also said that I would pick someone at random from my supporters to have naming rights to a character in one of my upcoming steampunk stories. Thanks to Random.org for providing the RNG, we have a ...

You know what else is part of the beautiful spectrum of human experience?

Not having kids. Articles like this one seem designed to piss me off and make me pound out ranty things on my keyboard. Yet putting yourself last is one of the best things that can happen to a writer. I make no moral claims for motherhood ­— which can bring out the worst in a person, ...

GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

With 19 hours to spare, I finished the last of my six short stories for the Clarion Write-a-thon. Woof, what a slog. I had eight donors total. Thank you, all you lovely people! I’ll be drawing a name out of a hat (or, more likely, using an RNG) to pick who will be the lucky ...

I write a horrible story (also known as: trunk stories, what are those?) 1

It happens sometimes. It kind of has to, if you think about it. Not everything you write is going to be wonderful. In fact, particularly when you’re starting out, more of it will suck than will not suck. The difference for me is that normally, when I hit a story that I just start hating, ...

Submitting short stories (part 2/2) 4

Continuing on from yesterday, let’s talk more on with the nuts and bolts of submitting short stories to magazines/anthologies. The Cover Letter I feel like that heading should come with a dramatic flash of lightning and a crack of thunder. This is the number one thing that scared the hell out of me when I ...

Submitting short stories (part 1/2) 1

A friend of mine asked me for advice when it comes to submitting short stories for publication. Which actually surprised me a little at first, but hey. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m dropping things off my cover letter publication list to keep it down to six items, so I guess I must ...

Read me in Specutopia issue one!

The first ever issue of Specutopia is now online! Please go check it out and pick up a copy. I’ve got a story in there of course – Entangled. Unfortunately, it’s not one of the stories that will be available as a free read online, but I assure you the magazine is well worth the cost. ...