Maybe it’s just bad writing

In general, I don’t have opinions about Game of Thrones because I haven’t watched it and I haven’t read it, and I don’t particularly care to. And yet my attention was drawn to this piece at Wired: Why the Writing in Game of Thrones Season 8 Feels Off Reader, I am annoyed. Miffed. One might even say, ...

Awards Eligibility 2018 2

I just realized I ought to do this for the reference of anyone who might care, and in a much more permanent form than on Twitter. Because I did do a thread on Twitter, you see, but that hardly counts when I can’t even manage to find it myself. So, what the fuck did I ...

Sniff, Sniff Adventure! 1

Being a story of a beloved, if admittedly not terribly bright, minor character who may be familiar to you due to his adventures in The Curious Case of Miss Clementine Nimowitz and Her Exceedingly Tiny Dog, available in Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures   Once upon a time, there was a happy little puppy ...

You’re nothing new. 4

“There’s nothing new here,” so why do we write it? – a blog post my dear friend E. Catherine Tobler wrote, and you should read. And now I’m going to have some feelings that are too big and too angry to have on Twitter. I have basically been told at various times since I started ...

[Short Story] What Purpose a Heart

This story was originally published by Scigentasy on 5/13/14. Looks like it’s not on the website any more, and I happen to really like this story, so I figured I’d repost it here for all to see. There’s more I’m going to be doing with this universe, trust me. :)

Yes, but what is your game *about*? 5

I’ve been meaning to write about this since I got back from ECCC, and I guess this is my first opportunity. I spent most of the time at the con hiding behind the Angry Robot table and trying to convince passersby to buy some books. Which isn’t a problem, I assure you. I don’t really ...

Happy sequel day! 6

It’s here! Out in the UK and the US now, you can get Blood Binds the Pack! I mean JUST LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT MAG BEING A TOTAL BAMF. This is my first ever second book, and I’m really, really proud of it. There are explosions, and an even bigger heist, and girl kissing, and ...

2017 Writing Year in Review 2

Writing This Year Novels: 2 (Blood Binds the Pack and an as-yet untitled scifi novel that I finished off at the beginning of December.) Novellas: 0 Novellettes:  0 Short Stories: 1 Flash: 3 Feature Length Scripts: 0 Other Scripts: 2 scripts written for Six to Start Paid Reviews/Nonfiction: 4 for Tor.com, 17 for Book Riot Treatments/Outlines: 7 ...

Awards Eligibility 2017 1

Since it seems award season is upon us again (wheeee?) it’s time to note what I’ve had published this year. Short Story Comfort Food in Haunted Futures: Tomorrow is Coming Once Upon a Time There Was a Xurit Named Xcanda from Humans Wanted Novelette Six More Miles in Giganotosaurus Angel of the Blockade from Tor.com (ebook version) Past the Black Where ...

Dealing With a Bunch of Fucking Nerds: Research and “Getting It Right” 6

I’ve gotten some interesting blowback since I decided to go public with my irritation over JRR Tolkien’s puzzling geomorphology. Among the “well actually” and personal insults, there’ve been a more interesting complaint, with variations. To paraphrase: “Writers shouldn’t have to be an experts on everything just to tell a story!” Well, yes and no. To ...