Nov
13

Writing References: Hustlers, Harlots & Heroes

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I had actually meant to post about this book several weeks ago when I was at Geek Girl Con, but better late than never. Anyway – I wish I’d found this particular resource much earlier – it would have definitely shortened some of my research time on certain things in my latest manuscript, but it’s still a really great overview of information if you’re writing Regencies/Steampunk type stories.  (And it goes particularly well when paired with some historical slang or the dictionary of the vulgar tongue, might I add.) I’ve actually got another of Krista Ball’s , too - I mentioned it over on this post, (What King’s Ate and Wizards Drank) and it’s all about food prep, particularly in medieval times. Again – major eye opener if you’re a stickler to for details – particularly in fantasy when it seems like everyone’s eating tarts and pickled eels. And quite honestly, it’s… Read more
Nov
11

A Bit Like the Ocean

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2014-06-30 06.59.31 So I finally got back from World Fantasy Con on Sunday. I know I tend to be fairly quiet about where I am via social media during these things. I should probably be better about it, but a lot of it is laziness on my side, plus I have a tendency to want to focus on the con itself without all the other stuff getting in the way. In my case, I ended up fighting off the beginnings of a shitty cold on the first evening and then getting completely slammed by a fibromyalgia flare on the last evening – enough that I was stuck in bed for 5 or 6 hours on Saturday and had a lot of trouble walking/socializing most of the day.  I also managed to tear my left calf muscle pretty badly on Sunday after I got home, so I’m just a bundle of joy  at the moment,… Read more
Oct
30

Dropping Electronic Baggage

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freakout So my main hard drive gave up the ghost over the weekend. And yes the picture on the left is fairly accurate in my reaction, but eh. To be honest, I was actually able to save the majority of my data without much issue – thanks to the fact that so much of my information (e.g. writing) is in the cloud somewhere and even installs like Office or Photoshop are all cloud-based now, it’s not quite as big of a deal. All my Steam-saved games? Most of those were stored on another drive, so I should be okay there. Same with my iTunes library. (After a while, you realize it’s really lousy to store ALL your data on one drive – and if you can really swing it, a RAID configuration or a NAS is even better, but I don’t have one of those…yet.) The one thing I did lose… Read more
Oct
14

Juggling

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cat20in20the20hat20juggling I’m not a particularly good multi-tasker. This is mostly an issue with priorities and trying to figure out what task is most important. And there might be a bit of procrastination/procrastination thing happening along with that too. (Pros and cons to both, but the end result is that things don’t get done like they should.) With a deadline looming, I find it easier to get things done, or written, as the case may be. Which, to be fair, is pretty much a no-brainer. Want money? Get X done. End of story. But right now I’m on submission with a book and a short story (which may end up in limbo as the magazine I subbed to changed editors just as I got the email telling me I’d made it up the chain, so it’s a waiting game, all the way around.) In the meantime, I have some Fox & Willow… Read more
Sep
8

A Duet With Darkness ebook Out Today

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carniepunk-a-duet-with-darkness-9781476793511_lg My short story A Duet with Darkness is officially out as an e-short today. Having just quit Julliard, disillusioned fiddler Melanie St. James finds herself as part of a group of traveling musicians en route to an OtherFolk carnival. Eager to break the chains of a lifetime of conformity, Melanie throws caution to the wind and enters a reckless bargain, plying her musical skills for the chance to win a violin that can open Doors to the CrossRoads. But the competition turns out to be far more than she expected. When the carnival barker makes her an offer she can’t refuse, Melanie is forced to play for the Devil or risk trading her soul for the one thing she holds dearer than life itself. (If you already have the full Carniepunk book, you’ve already got it – this is just a re-release of my individual story.) Check out more information about it… Read more