Note: This blog was most rudely hacked with what I am told was brutal force. Bring me my smelling salts! I am still restoring it one blog entry at a time. When it is complete, I’ll remove this notice. Until then, forgive the bit of dust!
Readers, you know I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of Naomi Novik’s newest fantasy novel, Spinning Silver, the not-a-sequel yet-same-universe-ish Eastern European historical fantasy world she first inhabited in the much lauded and loved Uprooted [which I have recommended before if you want to check the categories in the sidebar]. I’m listening to the audiobook now and need I say, I am loving it? It’s not the same forest and world of Agnieszka and her Dragon, the dragon who “does not really eat the girls he...read more
First things first! For some reason a notice did not go out in email to let you know about my most recent post. So since you probably missed it, here is the link. It’s about how Harry Potter influenced The Fury Triad and if you have read either or both, I think you might find it interesting. Oh yes, and fanfiction! It’s the first in a series and a new post will be going up in a few days. Now, back to your regularly-scheduled bloggage. We haven’t talked about research lately! Did you ever wonder what the Vliegende Draeck,...read more
I have been asked whether Harry Potter and its fandom influenced the creation of The Fury Triad. Really! Why would you even imagine that Snape influenced This Crumbling Pageant’s villain, Mr Jones, aka Vespasian Wyllt? ::blinks innocently:: Wait. Am I being coy? I am being coy. Enough of that piffle. You wouldn’t be the first to notice. The review that spelled it out with the most detail came from Author Ashlyn Macnamara, whom I did not know. [I immediately had to email her privately, thank her with more than a little squeeing.]...read more
Hint: M.J. “Don’t Call Me Maisie Jo” O’Malley is slaying me. Stay updated by signing up for the...read more
Links to fabulously useful sources to help you learn more about Writing the Other, or, as the Writing the Other website says, “Learn to write characters very different from you sensitively and convincingly.” MARY ANNE MOHANRAJ GETS YOU UP TO SPEED WRITING THE OTHER I may add more later but this will get you started....read more
Be a writer they said. You don’t have to wash your hair, put on makeup, and leave your dogs, they said. But they didn’t say anything about writers’ conferences. I’m not complaining. In fact, I can’t wait. DFWCon is an amazing conference for writers at every stage of their career, from just beginning to best seller. I will be at DFWCon speaking on these topics: Writing With Passion is More than Opening a Vein Forget opening a vein—this is a workshop about bleeding emotion from your pores. About putting a tight...read more