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March, 2019

♣ My science fiction short story collection is now available in paper. I got to hold my first collection in my hands this month–I am so proud of that slim volume!

♣ I’ve been quite busy this month with my writing seminar, Creating the Novel. I call it a seminar, because I limit this annual spring event (OK, this is the only the second year) to 6 students. We meet bi-weekly, and cover novels from A to Z. Or maybe skipping the vowels, so B to Z, because I’m always sure I’m missing some dreadfully important aspects and ruining writers for life. I’m sort of kidding. But students expect me to be an expert after 15 novels, and I keep thinking, are you kidding? I know someone who’s written 40 novels!

♣ I’ve been on a reading binge of Bernard Cornwall books–you know Sharpe’s Rifles, and the Saxon tales. I do love historical fiction; thus: my Dark Talents trilogy which was so much fin to write! (Although I had written one other historical fantasy, A Thousand Perfect Things.

February, 2019

♣ My eBook short story collection is now published at all on-line retailers! The title is Dystopia, Seven Dark and Hopeful Tales. Offered at a special price of $2.99. This is my first collection, bringing together stories previously published in anthologies all the way back to 2003. I expect to bring it out in paperback in a few weeks. I’m excited to see some of my favorites brought together in one place!

♣ Nest of the Monarch is coming out in two months, and I’ve got a few signings and conferences planned. (This is book 3 of the trilogy.) Check them out here, but one that is still up in the air is Willamette Writers Conference. I’ll add it if confirmed. Monarch is on pre-order, BTW!

♣ I am housebound, along with my cat Winston. We’ve had a foot of snow and more on the way. This IS Eastern Washington, so we live in snow country here, but even by local standards, it’s been a prodigious snowfall. Temperatures in the teens for two weeks. The cat screams to go out, but when I open the door, he balks. Guess we’ll spend our time on the couch with blanket, computer and To Do list. Actually, it’s all pretty cozy and I’m getting tons done. As for what I’m writing now, I am on the fence between several stories that are calling me. This is a rather unusual situation for me, and it’s throwing me off my stride. Winston is impatient with this sort of angst. Must make a decision.

January, 2019

♠   Last month I had two or three days basking in the thrill of a starred review from Publishers Weekly for Nest of the Monarch (coming April 16). A great review is always cause for a toast, but you can’t live on reviews–and in the end, I’m not sure what lasting impression they make. So I’m over it, but nevertheless thrilled with the critical reception the Dark Talents trilogy has had.

♠  I’m publishing a collection of short stories. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s called Dystopia: Seven dark and hopeful tales. These are my favorite previously published post-apocalyptic and dystopian short stories. Sometimes an author’s short work is hard to find, so I thought it would be fun to publish it all together.  Watch for it soon at your favorite online retailer.

♠   I’ll be giving a 6-week novel seminar this spring in Wenatchee WA where I live. Sometimes I wonder if I do aspiring authors a favor by encouraging them to get in this business! But who am I to say who might have a glorious career waiting in the wings? It’s also something of a relief to get out of my own  head and work with other writers. And I enjoy how teaching challenges my assumptions about Story and what makes one tick.

 

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