I’m still trying to get over this. Or integrate. <grin> I have to confess that the business side of writing is not my favourite part. Certainly there are many writers who are more extroverted and enjoy speaking about themselves and their latest book. They do a great service for boosting their own profile; after all,…

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  I’m so very excited to share the cover of Darkest Light! Companion book to Half World, the cover and illustrations are being done once again (so lucky!) by the most amazing artist Jillian Tamaki . I’m still working on finishing the novel but the catalogue comes early and what a nice incentive to see the…

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Being a professional writer invariably leads to public performances. I actually never thought this through when I started writing and only realized, in horror, that I’d have to read my words aloud in front of people I both knew and didn’t know…. I grew up as an introvert child…. Performing in front of people was something that…

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If you have never had your work published in a professional venue (i.e. magazine not owned by family members, anthologies, newspapers, contest win leading to pro publications, etc.) and you are eager to do so you might like to ask yourself: Question #1: Have I worked long at developing my craft? and: Question #2: Have I…

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I have been so busy I have not posted on my Sundays. But, je ne me regrette pas, because tomorrow– well, today, in fact, daughter and I leave for France! We are “picking up” my mum along the way (via airplane/airport) and will be spending the next two weeks on the road! Tres bien! It is…

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It’s difficult to comprehend fully, but I’ve been a writer for over twenty years. Unbelievable! Weird! By hook and by crook I’ve somehow managed to live off my writerly income, but this has been only just manageable because my ex-husband and I share our resources to raise the children and maintain family. I know I…

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WisCon 35 concluded—what a lovely weekend meeting up with friends from previous Cons, making new friends, and talking, laughing! Nisi Shawl gave a lovely GOH speech and I loved how she situated the idea of genius as not something individual and anomalous, but arising from and because of community, and that it is possible for…

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In a professional way, of course. (Just like I admire and respect librarians!)   This year I am so lucky as to have been introduced to an accountant who not only understands what kind of expenses/interactions/etc. that a writer is likely to financially experience, but, is also a writer himself! An accountant poet!!! This means…

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