Archive for April 2011

Interview on the Pendragon Variety podcast

April 29, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of getting up early to talk with the Ladies Pendragon of the Pendragon Variety podcast about publishing, writing, and a variety of other geekish topics. Thanks to the miracles of Skype and podcasting, we were all able to do the interview in our pajamas, with favorite hot morning beverages in hand. Well, at least most of us did: Adryn lives in Japan, and it was evening for her.

We had a great conversation! We covered a lot of very interesting territory, discussing the publishing industry, small press, and the choices available to writers interested in publishing their work; promotion, publicity, and distribution for books; the experience of working with an editor before a book goes to press (spoiler: my editor is Awesome); and a variety of other topics of particular interest to writers of SFF.

I met Scribe and Raven at StellarCon, where they were recording panel discussions and interviews of interest to SFF writers; since then I’ve enjoyed a few of their episodes, which blend practical information for writers with discussions of their writing journeys and the things they’re learning along the way. If you’re a SFF writer, you owe it to yourself to check the Pendragon Variety podcast out. Besides, how else are you going to get to listen to me talk shop for an hour without running into people dressed like Storm Troopers?

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😉

Click through and listen below:

Pendragon Variety –Episode 30–Interview with Barbara Friend Ish

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Today’s Dirty Writer Secret

April 10, 2011

A couple days of forward motion at the keyboard does not constitute total immunity to creative malaise. That is a battle we have to fight more days than not. After just one day of derailment by the mundane (in this case, allergies) I am back down at the bottom of the mountain trying to push that damn rock again.

Heave. Ho.

Today’s progress meter

April 8, 2011

Because apparently it won’t work in a WordPress.com widget, and I just don’t have the time to figure out hosted WordPress.

Did I mention that this represents the completion of a chapter?

Writing again

April 7, 2011

Huzzah! The Muse is back! After far too many months of absence (mine) from the study, I am sitting at the writing desk for longer and longer periods this week…and today the words began to flow.

Miles to go before I sleep, of course. 6%* is probably a generous estimate; The Shadow of the Sun hit 215,000 words during editorial. But this is the best work in the world.

* In case you’re wondering: No, I didn’t write 13,000 words today. I wrote about 2000. But a hundred 2K-word days is a 200K-word novel. 🙂