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A New BVC Anthology

One of the wonderful things about working with Book View Cafe is that the co-op gives each of us a chance to explore new aspects of our creative lives as authors. With the support of our fellow members, we can … Continue reading

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Practice, Practice, Practice: The Art of Reading to an Audience

So you have screwed your courage to the sticking place, and chosen the thing you want to read. Do you just walk in to your reading with the manuscript in your hand, stand up at the mic (if there’s a … Continue reading

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New Worlds: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Possibly the most unrealistic thing about money in fantasy is that it almost always just works. Early in the novel Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson — who has a gift for turning … Continue reading

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The Sage in Bloom

Or How I play Hooky: Sacajawea in Bronze Most writers need a day when a loved one surgically removes them from the computer and takes them elsewhere. My husband recognizes my symptoms of needing a break before I do. Severe … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Takes a Hike Above Lake Whatcom

Phew. After “The Year of Constant Physical Therapy” and various other medical interventions (for both Thor and myself), I’m revisiting my attitude toward a cyborg body. In my first science fiction novel WILD CARD RUN originally published (cough cough) several … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Follow the Money

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If you go into a store today and buy something, you’re almost certainly doing it one of two ways: either you’re handing over one or more pieces of paper with … Continue reading

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Endless Surveys

Am I the only one who’s tired of the surveys? Every I do business with sends me a “customer satisfaction survey.”  The plumber installs a new faucet, and the next day I get an email.  “How did we do?  Click … Continue reading

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Chair Amie

For a writer of historical(-ish) fiction, one of the joys of research has been collecting prints from (and when I can find them, full editions of) an early 19th century English publication called the Repository of Arts and Literature, Commerce, … Continue reading

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Dreams and Ideas and What ifs

I’ve gone through periods when I did not know if I’d ever get another writable idea. Since most writers are magpies, crows, and jays, and as such we collect shiny bits and pieces and tuck them away in our mental … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Your Money’s Worth

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Since many of us have just gotten through tax season and a patron question last month had to do with currency, let’s talk about money. In fantasy games and quite … Continue reading

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