I’m swamped by a bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff now, so I’m going to keep this blog post short and sweet. And I’ll be back again next Friday with a bonus post you don’t want to miss. Mwah-ha-hah!Without being too precious about it (although I did say sweet), reading and writing—the conjuring and sharing of worlds that otherwise wouldn’t exist—have always felt magical to me. Of course I’m not alone. If you’re looking for a satisfying way to pass as much time as you’re willing to spare, just google quotes about the magical power of words. I’ll limit myself to one that caught my eye in my Twitter feed earlier this week and has lodged in my mind: from Neil Gaiman’s lovely The Ocean at the End of the Lane, “I lived in books more than I … [Read more...] about The Magical Power of Words, Holiday Edition
“I love your dogs.”That’s how I introduced myself to one of the panelists at the writers’ conference I attended last month. Not that I didn’t appreciate the writing and marketing wisdom I’d gleaned from her interviews and articles over the years. But I was jet-lagged, and sleep-deprived, and super-saturated with everything I’d learned at the conference to that point. So what I could remember and articulate was, “I love your dogs.”(She has Viszlas.)I haven’t shared a pack update in a while because they’ve had some challenges, and I try not share things that might bring you down. There’s enough of that on the news every day. But the pack is where a lot of my energy has been going for several months, and since we’re guardedly … [Read more...] about Of Pot Bellies and Piddlers: A Pack Update
You may have noticed that the blog post is coming out on Saturday instead of my usual Friday. (If not, maybe you need to look around and see if you’re at work when you’re not supposed to be.) There’s a reason for the change in schedule, which I’ll get to in a bit.As I told my Reader Group folks (aka Newsletter, for those of you who aren’t cool kids), this week I approved the first twenty-minute sample of my Heir audiobook—yay! I’m so excited to wrap up the trilogy in audio (you can get it in ebook or paperback already), but I’m also feeling bummed. I can’t tell you how much I love these characters, and so long as I’m still working with Alex (my awesome narrator), I’m still working with Adam and JJ and Luther and the gang. Not to … [Read more...] about Spreading a Little Holiday (and Audiobook) Cheer!
I know, I know. No blog post last week. Let the beatings begin.But I had a good excuse, I swear. I was off island in a hotel with truly horrendous Wi-Fi in… Wait for it… LAS VEGAS, BABY! Sin City! City of Lost Wages! Glitter Gulch! (I think that last one is just downtown, but I love the alliteration.) You get the idea.Okay, admittedly the crappy Wi-Fi didn’t matter so far as writing a blog post goes because I never had a free moment. In fact, I never got more than four hours of sleep in a night and usually less. And for the record, I never touched a single slot machine except once when I walked into one trying to navigate the crush to a restroom. (David Sedaris fans, I suspect some casino goers were wearing Stadium Pals.)So … [Read more...] about Affirmation from an Unlikely Source: Meeting my Character in Las Vegas
It’s been an interesting week here on the rock. We’ve had copious (though generally low intensity) thunderstorms, which makes for lousy satellite internet and a dwindling supply of doggie drugs. The rumbles are due to hit again in about an hour. But the storms are only a small piece of the canine and other mammalian drama (more on the latter later). It seems like there was something else going on, too… Oh yeah—Heir, the final book in my Dead Hollow trilogy is now available! Yahoo! The ebook is everywhere, and the paperback should show up on Amazon any time now, but I’m still waiting for the other POD folks’ proof copy to cross the vast Pacific. And let me tell you, this is a chunk of a book. A door-stopper even. About 500 pages in … [Read more...] about Feral Pig Friday! (Yes, I Have a Book Out, But I Know You’re Really Interested in Piglets)