Category Archives: Writing life

Writing Nowadays–Without a Deadline

I don’t have a contract or deadline right now.  It’s a little nerve-wracking, because it means I don’t have any for-sure checks coming up.  On the other hand, it means I can write whatever I want. This is also a … Continue reading

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Hurrah! Ursula K. Le Guin Voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Congratulations to Ursula K. Le Guin, who has been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The new inductees will be formally welcomed at a ceremony at the New York-based academy in May 2017. More information at SF … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marissa Doyle

Marissa Doyle

Writer Marissa Doyle joins Book View Cafe. Her first 2017 interview is at their blog. Continue reading

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A Tricoastal Woman: Clarion West 1997

Clarion West 1997

I went to Clarion West in 1997. Over that six-week period, I wrote five stories and a book proposal, averaged five hours of sleep a night, lived on coffee, gained ten pounds, didn’t get out to train in Aikido, and … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 8: Who Reads Reviews, Anyway?
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Today, verse 8: They reviewed my book in Locus magazine. They reviewed my book in Locus magazine. The way Mark Kelly synopsized it, I barely recognized it, but they reviewed my book in Locus magazine. True story. In fact, it … Continue reading

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Writing Around in Circles

I’m back at work on the book! Yay!! But I’m still having plot issues. Sigh. But I had this great idea for the direction of one of the scenes. And it’s actually doing what I want it to do. Yay!! Well, sorta. … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 7: What’s in a Name?

Verse 7: And my name is on the cover of my book. Yes, my name is on the cover of my book. Although I hate to tell it, the publisher misspelled it, but my name is on the cover of … Continue reading

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Cat Dances on Keyboard, Author Gets Last Word

The perp. Goes by the moniker Moonlight. I’m sure every writer has either had this happen, or had nightmares of it happening: You finish up a nice bit of work and walk away from the computer. Do you think about … Continue reading

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Marching in Washington

by Brenda W. Clough  At least a couple dozen friends and fellow writers I know were at the Women’s March in Washington DC on January 21, but from first to last I never saw them — there were more people … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 5: The Castles of Seattle

Bimbo, Verse Five: There’s a castle on the cover of the book. There’s a castle on the cover of the book. Every knight is fit for battle, but the action’s in Seattle. There’s a castle on the cover of the … Continue reading

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