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BLOOD OF THE COSMOS
Yes, I have disappeared from my own blog for quite a while, only popping up to do a quick post about a book bundle in the past month or so. I have been even more buried than usual with writing and publishing deadlines and life in general, and although I do post quick updates regularly on my Facebook page (and go here to join, if you aren't already Following), this has unfortunately not managed to climb to the top of the stack. But I've been clearing the decks like crazy and now I see a little bit of daylights. WRITING: for most of the month I have been immersed in the rewrite and then the final edit of my 750-page manuscript of BLOOD OF THE COSMOS, second book in the Saga of Shadows trilogy, following THE DARK BETWEEN THE STARS. This involved adding new chapters and scenes, rewriting a lot of interactions, fine-tuning some plot points, and tying up loose ends. After I finished my rewrites to the whole manuscript—750 pages—I then turned right around back to page 1 to edit all 750 pages all over again. In the middle of that, I went up to Estes Park on the edge [...]
Sat, Nov 22, 2014
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It's that time of year to feast on great spooky stories—and Halloween means FUN as well as SCARY. So, a batch of Urban Fantasy novels is just the ticket. I'm curating a new Urban Fantasy bundle for storybundle.com, a remarkable collection of ten terrific novels by bestselling, legendary authors and rising stars. As always, at storybundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity (in this case, the Challenger Centers for Space Science Education, Mighty Writers, and Girls Write Now). The Urban Fantasy bundle contains my original Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. collection WORKING STIFF, seven cases featuring everybody's favorite dead detective—a special sneak preview, because the book itself will not be released until January! And the bundle includes a new Harry Dresden book by Jim Butcher—WORKING FOR BIGFOOT, all three of Harry Dresden's Bigfoot cases, never before collected. This book is not available anywhere else. AND, Vicki Pettersson presents an original, never-released work THE REORDERING, which is not available elsewhere. AND AND Carole Nelson Douglas put together a brand new collection of her popular Delilah Street Urban Fantasy stories, just for this bundle. Other New York Times bestselling authors [...]
Wed, Oct 15, 2014
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I've curated many novel bundles before, but this one is a very special toolkit for writers. Storybundle.com has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more. And you name your own price. The NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle is a treasure chest of books vital to your success not only in writing your novel in a month but in launching your long-term career as a successful writer. This is a toolkit, a drill sergeant, a mentor, and a cheerleading section, all in one. To help you write, and keep writing, there's Million Dollar Productivity by Kevin J. Anderson, 500 Ways to Write Harder by Chuck Wendig, and A Novel in 21 Days by Mike Stackpole. To hone your craft as a writer, there's Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland, The Pursuit of Perfection (and How It Harms Writers) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing by David Farland, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler, and The Non-User-Friendly Guide for Aspiring [...]
Mon, Oct 06, 2014
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It's been a fun two days, from loud music and crowds to utter silence and mountain beauty—and I loved both. On Tuesday, thanks to the efforts of our friends David Boop and Peter J. Wacks, we got tickets and backstage passes to see the Dandy Warhols in the legendary Bluebird Theater on Colfax Ave in Denver. The Dandy Warhols had been on the edge of my musical radar, but we were happy to see the concert; I spent the afternoon listening to a lot of their YouTube tracks, getting familiar with the music. As a point of connection, Peter and David had written a Veronica Mars novel, FAST TIMES AT NEPTUNE HIGH, which WordFire Press published through Kindle Worlds—and the Dandy Warhols did the VERONICA MARS TV theme music. We enjoyed the concert and afterward we all went back to chat with the band members (in a veritable dungeon beneath the Bluebird!) Lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor and keyboardist Zia McCabe were both fans of our books, both big readers. Courtney Taylor-Taylor tries to enjoy PAUL OF DUNE in the dungeon Peter J. Wacks with Zia McCabe and Courtney Taylor-Taylor And David Boop with Zia and Courtney Rebecca and I got home [...]
Thu, Oct 02, 2014
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