“Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas” is in the final round of audience polling for Best PodCastle Story of 2012. I am astonished and utterly delighted. Go vote! Listen to all the stories–they’re all good. Wow. I love the story, so to see it get love from other people is wonderful. Best PodCastle of 2012 –…

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“Recognizing Gabe” has been up at PodCastle for over a week now, and so has its discussion thread in the PodCastle Forum. As a writer, one of the things you want to know is whether people get your story or not. Do they understand what you’re saying? Do they think it has value? Did you do a…

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PodCastle has reprinted “Recognizing Gabe:  un cuento de hadas” as a podcast. I’m really excited that they decided to publish this as their Thanksgiving episode. I’m thankful for their support for the story. Go listen! Leave them a comment and tell them what you think.

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Okay, so at this point in the Write-a-thon I’m flagging. I’ve gotten two of the three stories from last summer redrafted. Both can use another go, but that’ll be later. I’ve got work done on five chapters. So, I’ve got one more story to redraft, and five chapters to work on. I tackled the genocide-God-and-me…

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Week Two is over and sees me with work done on four chapters of my novel. That isn’t the same as four chapters done, but it’s definitely progress. The runaway royal bride has gotten to the running away part (political marriages can be so tricky, especially when you don’t actually want to marry the guy),…

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The Clarion West Write-a-thon has gotten off to a slow start for me. I admit, I needed a few days of just vegetating and absorbing ridiculous television, post-finals. Then I drove 700 miles to visit my people in California. That’s where I’m writing now, while I see my family and friends for a couple of…

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Clarion West was an amazing experience for me. It was, in all honesty, one of the best things I’ve ever done. During the six weeks of the workshop, there’s a shadow event happening, one in which anyone can participate:  the Clarion West Write-a-thon. It’s designed to do two major things:  bring in funds for the…

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A long while back, I asked friends for prompts for drabbles (very short short stories) as a writing exercise. One replied, “18-wheeler drivers who are monkeys.” And thus, “Driving for Peanuts” was born. You can hear the inestimable Tina Connolly reading it here:  Toasted Cake #23   If you’d like to read it, too, here…

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Those of you who write have probably had this experience: you read a published story or novel and it makes you go, “I can write better than that.” And if you’re honest with yourself about your talent and skill, it’s true. You can. And if you’re me, you have to admit that whatever novel it is…

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