Getting back into the work-year--always a little difficult after summer break, and what an excellent summer break it was. Three weeks in New England, including a week on a working farm. Absolutely fabulous, but now it's time to buckle down again. Spring showed that last year was actually a lot more productive than it felt. … Continue reading Kitty! And other news.
A number of things swimming in my mind today. First, I read this article from BBC, speculating about robots writing novels. We already know that computers can and do generate news and sports stories--as well as children's books. The latter are easy to pick out, because they're generally assembled in China, feature licensed characters, and … Continue reading You Get What You Pay For
Living on the academic calendar, I mark time a little differently. The beginning of my year is in the autumn, and the end is sometime in the middle of summer, when we head off on vacation--because really, how much work does anyone do on vacation? The past few years have run on a cycle of … Continue reading Year’s End Review
CCWC Wrap-up This weekend I had the pleasure of attending CCWC (the California Crime Writers Conference) for the first time. It was a small, friendly, well-organized conference with interesting presentations, and I’ll surely be back next year. Here are the takeaways: PEOPLE: The panels were interesting and informative, but the best and most useful result … Continue reading Notes from the Calif. Crime Writers Conference
I stayed up way too late reading last night. And then I lay awake thinking about the ending for Fool’s Gold. Wondering if I should have written the story a different way—as if it were even possible. I’m not going to spoiler here—if you want spoilers, you can read the reviews at Goodreads. But I … Continue reading Late-night Post-Release Second-and-Third Thoughts @boldstrokebooks
This has been THE HAUNTED SPRINGTIME, featuring: …the CURSE of the NEVERENDING running injury! …the HORROR of the pernicious PLAGUE! …and the TERROR of the ACCURSED ANTHOLOGY! But hopefully, as El Nino sweeps over California, bringing much-needed rains (and thunderstorms! We had thunderstorms last night!) it will take these misfortunes with it, and usher in … Continue reading Haunted Springtime
Fool's Gold is here, and is getting some terrific reviews! Many thanks to Amos Lassen, The Novel Approach, and Prism Book Alliance for their kind words. Was sad to see the last session of my Short Fiction Writing Class at PCC. It was a fun group with great energy, and there will be some excellent … Continue reading News & Tidbits