Covers! Copy!

March 29th, 2024 · No Comments

Things are moving along towards the reissue of the four novels from Open Road Media. I’ve seen both the covers (gorgeous, once the top hat is gone!) and the promotional ‘jacket copy’ (is that what you call it when there are no jackets?). It’s always fascinating to see how different artists approach the covers. I’ve […]

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Lady Sitwell’s Party. And an update.

March 11th, 2024 · No Comments

I’ve finished the first round of serious line editing on the Witch Novel and now I need to buckle down and make the more serious changes needed. And maybe think of a name for the damned thing. In poking around my folder of miscellaneous writing advice, I came across some exercises I did from WONDERBOOK […]

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Witch Novel update

January 24th, 2024 · No Comments

I survived the comments from Reader #2. Most suggestions are easy to implement or require just a bit of revision. One of the areas requiring major change wasn’t a surprise at all, as I was never sure that it really worked anyway. Lots of positive comments helped, of course, so I wasn’t required to visit […]

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What I read, 2023 Edition

January 7th, 2024 · No Comments

Another year, another 140 books (or so) books read. Of these, 44% were non-fiction on topics from science to politics to history to biography to (of course) ‘how to write’ books. Because hope springs eternal on that front. Here’s a quick summary of some of my favourites. Climate (yes, it’s bad): Arboreality, by Rebecca Campbell. […]

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I used that word HOW many times?

December 27th, 2023 · No Comments

I’m waiting for some ‘bigger picture’ comments on the Witch Novel so thought I might as well proceed with some ‘easy’ editing. This involves searching the document for weasel words* and my own personal pet words (notably ‘dark’ and ‘pale’. God, I love those words). Weasel words include things like: suddenly, finally, merely, huge, most, […]

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Another Year, Another Nano

December 1st, 2023 · No Comments

Wrapped up Nanowrimo for another year and met my goal of 5,000 words. They were 5,000 pretty pathetic words and I suspect that when I start “Glass World Take Four” they will all vanish into the electronic ether, but c’est la vie. Words were typed! Goals were met! The world moves on.

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Big News! Ebook Re-issue Coming in 2024

November 21st, 2023 · No Comments

I’m very excited to announce that all my novels (currently out of print) will be issued in new ebook editions in 2024 by Open Road Media. Now I’m in the middle of rights clearances (the process has changed a wee bit from the early 1990s when I sent a fax to the music publishing company) […]

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Nanowrimo 2023

November 18th, 2023 · No Comments

So far I’m making my target for this year’s National Novel Writing Month, but I admit that target is pretty modest: 5,000 words on the Glass World project. I’m not feeling terribly inspired and am in the “well, I have no idea what’s going on here but might as well have THIS happen” stage. The […]

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More Books for Your “To Read” List!

November 3rd, 2023 · No Comments

A while ago, I did a list of my favorite books featuring female vampires for Shepherd, the book discovery site. They’ve just published a new featured called “Favorite Reads in 2023”, featuring the selections of almost 900 authors. We were asked to choose our three favorite books from our reading over the last year, with […]

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What I read at the cottage (plus extras)

October 23rd, 2023 · No Comments

I didn’t keep a close record of cottage reading, but did get through a few books between July and the end of the September. Here are some of my favourites. FICTION The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic, R.F. Kuang. I motored through the first two parts of this trilogy and finished the final book […]

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