Strange Wordings

Thoughts on fantasy, science fiction and genre writing in general . . . stuff that's strange.

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These Blogs are largely about the process of coercing words out of my head (at times I convince myself that I am a novelist). Thoughts about current reading and/or fantasy literature and writing in general may disgorge at random.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ugh, Ugh, Ugh

No matter what I do time keeps flying by. I'd hoped to be done with Book One by now, but naturally - being the genius I am - I decide to completely rewrite a somewhat minor but critical-to-the-plot character, so . . . maybe by end of June I'll be done. Gonna post an excerpt later tonight, or I'll try but Isabel has Croup so that might not happen after all.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Wow, I'd decided to take a little break from writing, and blogging about reading and writing, smell the roses, that sort of thing -- but I can hardly believe it's been almost two years. Two years. Almost. Well, actually I did take a long, very long, holiday but it wasn't really close to two years. It has just been about that long since I posted anything online.

In any event, I'm now back to writing everyday. And yes, I'm still committed to finishing RoseThorn, although I've now decided to split it into two books: The Black General and The Last Queen. I'm doing the final edits to The Black General right now, and I hope to be able to sub it in a few weeks. (I'm going with indies this time -- no more beating my head against the agent wall of invulnerability). And then I need to write about 40k more words for The Last Queen, most of which will involve adding Finn's arc and expanding Eleanor to be a more independent character.

So that's what I'm up to now. More to come later.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Random update

Sold The Dream Poacher for Issue #5 of 7th Dimension Magazine. It'll be out in May.

Also, new update on Rose|Thorn. Check it out.

Monday, March 03, 2008

New RoseThorn post

Update on progress on Rose|Thorn: including a preview of a new scene with Finn.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nothing new to see here, but there's a small update over at Rose|Thorn. Check it out.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

New RoseTorn post

The newly revised Chpater One of RoseThorn is up pon the blog:

Short Fiction 2.0

Treasure those intermittent bits of truly objective and constructive criticism that you sometimes serendipitously receive. Shrug off everything else, most especially the subjective, both the raves and the rants.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Short Fiction 1.1

Only a very silly person wastes time in drafting up "rules" for writing.