When Magical Words asked me to write up a post for January, to go with the release of THE COLD EYE (Book 2 of The Devil’s West, ready for you to buy TODAY!), I suggested “writing the second book in an open-ended series and how to keep your sanity while doing it” as a topic.
There’s just one problem with that topic. I have no idea how to do it. I’m not even sure if it’s possible, honestly.
Seriously, I’ve done this “open-ended, multi-book series” thing three times now (four, if you count the novellas). And each time, I hit the same second-book Oh Fuck moment, that coal-squishing pressure of not only keeping everything straight and connected and clear from book one to book two, but also setting up threads to be used in books three, four, and five (and maybe six and seven too, if you’re keeping options open). […]
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Laura Anne Gilman has a new book coming out in a few days (and it’s killing me to wait!) It’s the second in the Devil’s West series, called The Cold Eye, sequel to the marvelous Silver on the Road. We’re delighted to host her here on the blog today!
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As some of you know, I work part-time at a winery tasting room here in Washington State – it’s a nice change from sitting alone in my office staring at my computer screen, only interacting with the voices in my head and the characters on the page, and the steady(ish) paycheck’s not bad, either. But it does mean that I tend to have a lot of open wine around the house. I mean, more than the average person who isn’t an actual indecisive alcoholic. So I challenged Misty – one day when we both should have known better […]
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Top Ten Tax Tips
Do all or some, but always number one and number two. And for all you giggling 8 year olds … yes I said number one and number two.
Save every meal receipt (if it pertains to writing) for every meal at every event, every con, and on the road before and in between and after. On receipt document date, time, total, and who you were with. A lot of receipt ink no longer lasts. Faded receipts are useless. If you count off your clothing as a tax deduction, make sure the clothing is worn only at what counts as work. Con costumes, con clothing, con shoes, have their own place in the closet. If I use it in everyday life, it doesn’t go in Con clothes and I don’t count it off. Count gas or mileage. Keep receipts (ditto on ink problems) or good records. If […]
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And yes, I can look at the title and see the play on words. But what happened was — the Hubs took me on an unplanned 4 day, 3 night trip to the mountains, so nothing (NOTHING) got done. Why? I was spazzing out about the release tomorrow. BLOOD OF THE EARTH lands Tuesday.
I was in a nail biting ruin. I needed rest. Hence the vaca and the total dropping of the ball on today’s post and the blog at my own site, and …. yeah. Faith Screwed Up. But I’m glad I waited.
Because, um, this at B&N.
Yeah. Number two. No–it never happened before. No–I didn’t expect it. No–I never expected Nell to create this much excitement. (Yes–that’s a confession.) Yes–my tummy aches. I don’t really chew my nails. But I may not sleep.
Making Money Mondays is about making money in the field of writing. Despite […]
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Sometimes, I think my writing life echoes the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Would you write it on a train? Would you write it on a plane?
Would you write it in a car? Would you write it near and far?
I can write it here or there. I can write it anywhere!
I’ve written book chapters and short stories just about everywhere. A big chunk of Deadly Curiosities was written on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Most of the time, it’s not nearly that sexy. A lot of times, I can picture the hotel room where I wrote a story or chapter whenever I re-read it. Which means that a lot of my stuff reminds me of Hampton Inns.
I wrote the short story No Reprieve at my vendor table at last year’s Origins. I wrote my alternative Sherlock Holms story for Baker Street Irregulars […]
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