Why Writers Should Read Their Own Books….

…even after publication.   Before, for instance, turning in the next book (if at all possible.)  At least read the old manuscript file.  Because otherwise a person who thinks she knows *exactly* what the end of the previous book was like (after all, it’s the last thing she revised, and proofread, and sent off to Editor) Read More…

BOOK DAY

I was supposed to post this earlier but we had thunderstorms and rain and more rain and thunderstorms…and I did post it where people who don’t come here and might now know the book’s about to be out could find it easily.  But I sure didn’t mean to neglect y’all here.   It was a great Read More…

And Four To Go

Four days to COLD WELCOME’s release, that is.   But let’s get on with the story (my hands are hurting so this may be a short segment, and following the POVs may be a bit rough.)   There may be other foursomes or fours in hand or other fours around in this Interlude story.  You never know, Read More…

Off-topic

All this week the repair & painting crew has been working on the outside of our house, including the carport.  It has been noisy and distracting (as construction and lots of strangers about always is) but the effect has been excellent.   The gaping hole were the beehive was removed is now closed, secured, and painted.  Read More…

Three to Get Ready

“They don’t have a reservation!”  The assistant manager  was flapping his hands again.  Bunter sighed–not too obviously–and glanced at Carson.   Carson nodded and with suitable demeanor headed for the backup command center. “They are old and valued guests,” Bunter said in his inimitable voice, silky with steel underneath.   Out of the assistant manager’s sight, his Read More…

Two for the Show

“It looks crowded,” Justin said as they came in sight of the Universes entrance.  Streams of Vattas, including the stream in which they moved, flowed in, directed by Waystation staff and four Universes staff in their somewhat different uniform.  He jumped a little as Shar’s elbow found his ribs.  “Look ahead,” she muttered.  “Those aren’t Read More…

First Sighting

My UK editor sent me a “hot off the press” copy of COLD WELCOME.  Remember embossed titles?  This one isn’t, but my name at the top and the title at the bottom are in shinier ink.  Very classy.   This book-ended the week beautifully, since I had sent INTO THE FIRE to my US editor on Read More…

And It’s Off to Agent

Yes, INTO THE FIRE is now with Agent, and will go to Editor on Monday morning.   All the square brackets have been dealt with, all the timing issues I found have been fixed, lots of little errors have been fixed,  and the working file (with old filename…like the barn name for a show or race Read More…

Audio Book & Other Stuff

This week I learned that Brittany Pressley will be narrating the audiobook of COLD WELCOME.   She emailed me about characters, pronunciation of names, etc. , and I may have drowned her with information (writer of long novels.  Not really good at the elevator pitch.)   I also heard from Audible’s Author Care, which has suggestions about Read More…

Of Time and Orientation

If you write a novel with a linear structure and only one POV character–no skipping off for flashbacks, for alternate points of view or “meanwhile back at the ranch” segments–keeping the temporal continuity is simple.   First this, then that, then the next thing, and the solid singular POV keeps even the writer perfectly oriented to Read More…