Recognition

When I was in that stage of adolescence when you may (if not in angsty despair) daydream longingly about being famous someday so people will admire you and you’ll have tons of friends and all the people who think are being nasty to you now will be stricken with either remorse or envy (or maybe Read More…

New Vatta-verse Story

I have a new Vatta story in Infinite Stars, a new anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt that’s out today.  https://titanbooks.com/infinite-stars-9264/ . It fits between the end of Vatta’s War and the beginning of Cold Welcome, and is the story that I originally planned Ky’s first meeting with Jen–that I posted here or thought I Read More…

Copy Edits!

Copy edits arrived this morning.   The work space is set up now, with dictionary and Chicago Manual of Style at hand, and several sharp pencils.   This is the *next to last* step for me (checking page proofs is the last)  and one that’s very important.  Even so, if you find a typo in the final Read More…

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…

Inside the Writer’s Mind

How, some of you may wonder (I hope you wonder) do writers keep their various story-verses separate while writing, and especially while switching from one to another?  Are we all incredibly organized, with minds like a giant university library’s special collections, each in a climate-sealed room with those movable shelves you can “walk” by turning Read More…

Is It Done Done, or Half-Done?

Only the Editor knows for sure.  But I hope it’s done done and gone, because after a time a book being worked on has definitely lost its savor for the writer.   Sent it off yesterday.   There wasn’t dancing in the street, because I was stiff from sitting at the computer for hours a day 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…