Back in part two, I mentioned that I’d just written a review for a writing book. The review’s available online, so you’re welcome to check that out: Book Review: Writing Novels That Sell by Jack Bickham
Today, I’m going to talk a little about quilting because Nicki asked. Quilting is one of those things that I always thought I should know how to do. My first encounter with quilting was when I was still in single digits; my parents were working on one. My dad made this square wooden block that they were using as a template, and there were stacks of squares sitting on the ironing board (I think that’s where I saw them). As far as I know, the quilt was never pieced together, which is a shame. ( Read the rest of this entry » )
It occurred to me once again today that I’m much better at responding to requests for information than in coming up with topics wholesale. Recently, people have asked in other venues for recommendations on urban fantasy, on empires in science fiction and fantasy, and on mystery/fantasy hybrids — and in each case, I not only gave recommendations off the top of my head, but also more occurred to me later.
I’m the same way with links. Lots of people provide lists of links on their blogs, possibly along with a description of why a reader might find it interesting. I find it easier to send links individually to friends and family, based on what I know their specific interests are. (I do post links to my Facebook and Twitter feeds. Sometimes they get a response; often they do not.)
So I’m instituting reader requests. What would you like to see or know more about? Research I’m doing for stories? Music I’m listening to (lately, the Giuseppe Verdi Essentials station on iTunes Radio)? What I’m actively working on? What I’m reading? The fine points of catfish olfaction?
Tell me what you’d like me to answer, and I’ll see about getting responses written up.
(I’m also thinking about getting back to describing the subgenres, and maybe even doing some more Q&A posts.)
I have, from time to time, put book reviews here — sometimes, things I read, loved, and had to share; sometimes friends’ books (lots of overlap with that first group here); and sometimes, books I’ve agreed to review for whatever reason. If you look in the sidebar, you’ll see my GoodReads widget — I post even more reviews there. I’ve recently signed up with NetGalley, and I will undoubtedly be posting some reviews of books from there as well.
I’m aiming for one review a week. I hope you enjoy them.
To My Mother
by Christina Rossetti
To-day’s your natal day;
Sweet flowers I bring:
Mother, accept, I pray
And may you happy live,
And long us bless;
Receiving as you give
Great happiness. ( Read the rest of this entry » )
Nutschell, over at The Writing Nut, invited me to talk about my workspace, and you can find me over there. Be sure to check out the other posts while you’re there.
I’ve quite happily participated in the A-to-Z Challenge the past two years, but this year, I’m giving it a miss. I had a topic all picked out, but I haven’t had the time or energy to write the posts up ahead of time — and I imagine I won’t have a whole lot more of either this month.
So for those of you participating, enjoy! And those of you who are not, you still might want to check it out. It’s a great way to find new blogs that interest you.
I wasn’t sure at first that I had something to say about writer’s block. I’ve always got something to work on, and I tend to follow Asimov’s advice — if I get stuck on one project, just shift to another. On the other hand, anyone who’s looked at my blog over the past couple of months knows that I haven’t been writing as much here. I’ve been poking at my brain to figure out why. ( Read the rest of this entry » )
Sorry; I didn’t get one written, although Chuck Wendig had some lovely location-based prompts posted last week. It’s been a week of not getting much done, despite having a lot to do. Some weeks are like that, and Monday I’ll be back up on the productivity wagon.
Meanwhile, I have news about some upcoming things in September for you to look forward to: September 10th, I’m participating in the What’s Your Chocolate? blog hop.
And September 13th marks the second anniversary of my blog, so I’m planning a giveaway to celebrate.
Have a good weekend, everybody!
I think I’m going to have to switch to every other week for posting about genres. Meanwhile, life has been interesting here. I’ve just upgraded the computer to Lion, which has then involved shifting all of my e-mail (I was using a Power PPC app before, which won’t run at all under Lion), and I’ve got to figure out how to do POP rather than IMAP for my accounts (because it’s what I prefer, that’s why) and get used to the new scrolling, and how long everything takes to open and close, and learn why iCal keeps deciding to open (a preference setting I haven’t found, I’m sure), and locate a backup of a folder that the update deleted because it had all my custom dictionaries for word in it. Oh, and find the setting that turns off this damned autocorrect — oh, hey, I found that one! (False alarm — the words are still popping up with suggestions, although I turned it off in the System Preferences. *sigh*)
Anyway, between the computer shift and the large number of deadlines lately, I didn’t get a post on genres together for today. Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week for the gratitude post!
Hi! If you’re stopping by because you just read my flash “The Call” in Daily Science Fiction, thank you. It means a lot to me that you liked it enough to find out more about me. (Or maybe that you hated it enough to hunt me down and tell me how awful I am. Strong emotion is the point.) The long version of who I am is on my About me page. The short version is I’m a writer who has a varied background and likes to reflect that in her writing.
If you’d like to see more of what I’ve written, check out the Short stories page, which has links to other stories on-line as well as pointers to anthologies where some of my work appears. I’ve also self-published some work, including one mystery novel, a couple of science fiction novellas, and some shorter works. Links for that can be found on my Hartshorn Publishing page, including links for excerpts.
Last month, I participated in the A to Z Blog Challenge, using a theme of epic fantasy. I’ve also done a number of posts defining different genres, and every Monday, I like to blog about something I’m grateful for. (Today, I’m grateful for readers!) I also participate in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour each month, where a bunch of writers post on the same topic on their blog; here’s my latest post, on deadlines.
I also blog about my garden, books I’ve read recently, recipes (infrequently), my family (without names mentioned), and anything else that seizes my fancy. Take a look around, comment if you feel so inclined, or maybe even subscribe to get e-mail updates of new posts. (Comments are closed on posts older than 21 days, so if you want to talk about something older, either comment here or use the contact form. Also, I moderate the first comment from new visitors, and I use Akismet to weed out spam. It keeps the site friendly.)
So happy you came by!
What are you grateful or happy for today?
April begins on Sunday, as you might have noticed. Last April, I participated in the A to Z blogging challenge. This year, I’m doing it again, and unlike last year, I’m going with a theme: epic fantasy. Posts will be about authors, books, tropes, themes, or anything else I think happens to fit.
I will still make my normal posts — the Merry-Go-Round blog tour post on the second, the gratitude posts on Mondays, the genre-defining posts on Fridays, and pictures of my garden or random other posts as I see fit. This is adding to the blog for a month, not changing it overall. Just expect more content for the month of April.
Also, if you’re inspired, you can go sign up to join in, but hurry — sign-ups close on Monday! If you follow that link, you’ll see the others who are signed up to participate (currently 1,365 blogs). Check some out; see what they have to say. You might find a new favorite!
One of the problems I have with blogging is that I feel like I don’t have anything to say. (Okay, Mom, stop laughing now. I know that never used to stop me.) That seems kind of silly for a writer, doesn’t it? But having stories to tell doesn’t necessarily translate to having informed opinions about politics or climate change or the situation in Nigeria or new advances in technology or the latest films. (We don’t go out to movies much; between the price being so high and us having young kids who don’t sit still, it’s not our best entertainment option.) In fact, I feel so far from an authority blogger, that I might even have mentioned this before. If so, I apologize. Don’t want to bore you.
I’m going to try to branch out and blog a little wider this year. You can still expect posts about knitting and quilting, how my garden is growing, the new gratitude posts, new stories I have up for sale as well as sales to professional venues, and various reviews. I’m also going to talk about genre and subgenre, so that when I say a book or story is clockpunk or sword & sandal or epic fantasy, you understand what I mean by that. I’m also going to talk a little about future history — nothing as grandiose as Hari Seldon, but a bit about how futurists look at the world and project where it’s going, and how that can build a solid foundation for science fiction. (This will probably start off with some commentary on Charlie Stross’s post on World building 301.)
My focus may shift a bit. I may add new topics and discard ones where no one seems to care. However, this is the plan for the next month or so.
My friend Alex Fayle came up with a wonderful idea for a Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour (no posts there yet). Each month, the participants will blog on the same topic, each on a different day. We’ll post on our own blogs, with links to the tour and to those posting before and after us, so people can follow the tour. I think the plan is to start for July, so I’ll let you all know what day to expect my words of wisdom — or words, anyway.
The other thing I’m planning to do is another A to Z blog series, since I had such fun with the one in April. This time, the plan is to post once a week, beginning July 2. Topic will be women science fiction and fantasy authors. Obviously, I’m not going to do every author with a given initial, so I may choose some other method to narrow it down. I’m open to suggestions.
I may also try to get back to weekly Q&A posts, too. It’s been a while since I did those.
The idea is to get some regular content going here, in addition to all these random, “Oh, hey, I ought to tell people about that” posts.
Happy April, everyone! Although I’ve enjoyed some of the lovely pranks I’ve seen around the Net, there are none here.
I made the last-minute decision to join the A to Z Challenge for blogging this month. I started this blog posting 3-4 times a week. Now, I’m down to 2-3 times, and some weeks, I don’t even manage that. So this is an effort to get myself used to posting more regularly.
And my big news — I sold my story “Matchmaker” to Clarkesworld Magazine, and it’s up now as part of their April issue. This is my first sale to a SFWA-qualifying market, and it makes me eligible to join SFWA as an Associate member. (I need 3 short-story sales or 1 novel sale to qualify as an Active member. This fall, when Daily Science Fiction will most likely get SFWA-qualifying status, I’ll be up to 2 stories. With any luck — and lots of persistence — I might get the third one before then.) However, I’m waiting until July to join because that’s when their fiscal year flips, and I’d really rather pay dues only once this year.
What’s new with you this month?