Writing By Numbers


As far as I know, there aren’t any packages with paper, pens, and numbers you fill in to write a masterpiece, so that’s not what this is about.

It’s the simple fact that I hate numbers. Now, as a former biologist, who specialized in the most math heavy specialty in biology, that may seem odd. However, by the time I was in grad school, computers were just entering the scenes and there were wonderful programs that could do the biostats in seconds. With a matrix of nine characters across (leaf measurements) and five hundred across (number of plants), it made life easy.

I still can’t balance my checkbook. I can’t remember my phone number. And I have a heck of a hard time keeping score when I judge dogs. I let someone else take care of the addition.

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Faith Hunter — Hit Me with Your Best One

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Hi all. This is my third week on MagicalWords.net, under the new format. It’s also both confession time and two weeks to the day that my most recent book came out (BLACK ARTS, Jan. 7th release day). Let’s start with the book.

Last Wednesday, on the 15th, (if you are doing the math, that’s eight days after release day) BLACK ARTS came in at 56 or 57 (I honestly forgot which) on the USA Today list of all books. It’s a hard list to make at any position, because every book (hardback, fiction, non-fiction, e-book, trade and massmarket paperback and maybe e-books, I’m not sure) are vying for the list all at once. Just making this list is difficult and I was delighted when I hit in the 70s two books ago. So, yes, 56 or 57 is fabulous!

More importantly, from my publisher’s bragging rights perspective, BLACK ARTS [...]

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Best Books

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Writers are always asked what their favorite books are. Since its holiday season, I thought I’d share, then (at the bottom) talk about what I find difficult to do as a writer.

As I’ve said here before, my life changed in fifth grade when my teacher told my mom I was a poor reader. They two of them cooked up an evil plan to have me read aloud to mom for 30 minutes every day. The school librarian picked out book she thought I’d like, and I still remember that book. It was Gilligan’s Island, a comedy book, based on the old TV series. The first day I dropped into the story I was hooked. By day three, I was reading under the covers with a flashlight. By that Friday, day five, I had finished that book and was halfway into the next one. I haven’t stopped reading since.

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On Writing: Knowledge Versus Wisdom


I love doing the puzzles in my local newspaper. (Kids, newspapers are collections of paper that are delivered to your home each morning. They include all the interesting stuff that you saw on Twitter and YouTube yesterday . . .) I do the Sudoku, the crossword, and, my favorite, the Cryptoquote. The Cryptoquote is that puzzle that gives you an encoded quote; you have to figure out what each letter represents to discover the quote and its author. I bring this up, because this week I solved a puzzle and discovered one of the best quotes I’d ever heard. It’s from Miles Kington, the late British journalist:

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

Yes, this does have something to do with writing. In fact, it has everything to do with writing. This site offers a lot of knowledge, and, [...]

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Yesterday, All My Troubles Seemed ….

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Whatever. Anyway, Yesterday was an amazing day. Today, I am just now getting the word out and telling people and…

It’s like this. And it’s all about creating characters.

Yesterday was the release day for KICKING IT, the anthology Kalayna Price and I edited. It did well (very well) on release day, in no small part to the efforts of my PR team and my street team and the efforts of Chloe Neill who has PR nailed.

Yesterday was also the release day of the new revamped (haha) website www.faithhunter.net . It is stylish and slick and I love it!

Yesterday was the day I turned in a proposal and character for a new series.

And Yesterday was also the day I turned in my notice that, after the first of the year, I will no longer be a full time lab rat. I went [...]

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The PUSH. The Result of Hard Work and …

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Years ago, a pal of mine’s sixth paperback (excellent book) was published, and a buyer at Borders/Waldenbooks read it. He fell in love with the book. He liked it so much that he ordered a ton of books and pushed that writer’s books in Borders-affiliated stores. It was the push that writer’s career needed to get off the ground and fly. Not many writers get that push. Most of us work our buns off and just hope for a chance like that — that push from behind that catapults us to the next level. When it happens it’s luck, blessing, whatever you want to call it.

There are things we can do to help that possibility along, of course. It’s called promotions. I’ve been doing a ton of PR for all the products I have coming out these next few weeks. (If you missed the releases, you can see them [...]

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Then and Now — Quantity of Books

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I’m baaaaach, with more then and now musing. I renamed this post a few times — “Quantity of Books” won out over “Productivity”, “Books in a Year” and other variations. You’ll see what I mean as I ramble on…

THEN: Fifteen years ago, I received The Call — my agent had sold my first novel to Roc. “They asked if you had a sequel,” he said. “I told them you had planned two.” (A lie — I’d written a stand-alone, and I hadn’t dared to think about more in the series.) “They want to know when you can turn in the first.”

I thought for a bit, and I said, “It took me three years to write The Glasswrights’ Apprentice, but I learned a lot doing it. I should be able to produce a sequel in about two years.”

My agent laughed, and he said, “The correct answer is one [...]

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