Next Step

Next INTO THE FIRE duty will be copy edits–they should arrive here at the end of September and I need to get them back to the publisher before October 13.  Thank goodness for overnight package service!!!  Between now and then I will be working on the introductions for the new edition of the original three Read More…

Looking Ahead: DragonCon

Thursday, by Plan A, I fly out of Austin to Atlanta for DragonCon.  (Plan B through D takes me another way, in case Harvey the Destroyer, arcs back around and comes at us again, canceling flights from Austin.  This is a very determined storm.)   So ordinarily, I’d have already done all the pre-trip shopping, and Read More…

Back to the Drawing Board

Editor has requested some more changes.  Work is in progress.   I am still in confused mode, since my brain had moved on to “project manager for renovations in the house we bought to provide rental property for our son when we croak.”    That house–which we have owned for just a hair over a month–now has Read More…

What Do You Do When the Writing’s Done?

The previous post was a wee tad premature, since I found a Problem  (having two files with very similar names.  Opening said files (but only one at a time) while extremely tired and migrainous.  No guesses who made some changes in one, and some in the other.)   So two more days were spent calmly (!) Read More…

At Last…

Last night I finished the editorial rewrite for INTO THE FIRE (I know, you’re saying FINALLY! in the same tone I did) and as always the book is better after a reworking.   It’s a little shorter, it’s got more stuff IN it, and my brain is certifiably toasted to a crisp, very brown around the 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…

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…

When the Magic Works

Yes, I know, it’s a science fiction blog, not a fantasy blog, but sometimes when things finally go right after a struggle, it’s tempting to equate great skill with magic.    Things were not working out for reasons that–it turned out–had nothing to do with my stuff, Ruta who built the sites and customized the blog Read More…