Monthly Archives: February 2015

Reprise on Bricolage

  A couple years back, people linked to Lev Grossman’s list of twenty things he’d like to see in fantasy novels. Discussion of lists like this can slow to a halt when writers pop up, issuing long comments about how … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Cabin Fever

It is an undeniable fact, dear reader, that if one lives in the frozen North, one makes one’s peace with long winters or one runs mad. Fair warning: I’m about to go stark, raving bonkers. It happens every year just … Continue reading

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Carol Severance, a remembrance

I was saddened to learn that Carol Severance has recently passed away. For those who don’t know her, Carol was a science fiction writer from Hawaii. There aren’t many of us here in the islands, and she was an important … Continue reading

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Grokking Karen Joy Fowler

Artificial Things

I worked in the early 70s as the children’s book buyer for an Austin bookstore called Grok Books. It was the predecessor to Bookpeople, the city’s highly successful indie bookstore, but I’m mentioning it here because of the name, which … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 2-25-2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Good luck finding copies of Antonia Forest’s work–old paperbacks go for hundreds of dollars. But through a Goodreads connection I lucked into a copy of … Continue reading

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A Duel of Words: Dialogue and Action, Part 1
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My annual stint in an online writers’ conference (the Catholic Writer’s Conference, of which I’ve been a non-Catholoic guest for the past several years) has me doing a chat workshop on writing dialogue and action. And, as often happens, this … Continue reading

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How Does the Busy, Busy Bead

Until last August, I was a production editor at a publisher who does craft and activity books for kids; sometimes, alas, there was not sufficient production-editorial work to do on a given day. So I did other things: create an … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Seas of Ernathe by Jeffrey A. Carver

Seas of Ernathe A Novel of the Star Rigger Universe by Jeffrey A. Carver Starship rigging is a long-lost art. But the ocean world Ernathe may hold the key to its rediscovery, if a young star pilot can learn the … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Making the Rules by Doranna Durgin

Making the Rules by Doranna Durgin

Making the Rules by Doranna Durgin Kimmer Reed is a Hunter Agency operative, a street foundling escaped from an abusive family and raised to be code-name Chimera-a fierce, savvy loner with a natural gift for reading people. Now on her … Continue reading

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Gone to the Dogs

There’s a thing going on in the dog world these days. It’s not a good thing. It can be hard to talk about objectively, simply because we do all care so very much about our dogs, and the fate of … Continue reading

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