Monthly Archives: October 2014


I’ve been sadly lacking in my posts of late, sorry. I’ve been spending time finishing up some shorts, working on my new novel, and starting the latest round of querying for my recently finished novel. Busy, busy. But I’ll have something for Thursday– something kickstarter-y.

Meanwhile, in celebration of throwing another bunch of bottles into the query sea, a song.

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When I first started submitting short stories, I didn’t think much about what would happen after they sold. I think I assumed that maybe a few commas would get removed and typos fixed.

I was wrong. At least some of the time. Some editors have sent me marked-up Word docs with zillions of comments. One story got a brand-new ending. Other editors have sent a copyedited version of the file shortly before the story went live. At least one just sent me a final copy of the printed magazine.

Now I know that I have no idea what will happen.

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Tour recovery

I’m back!  In some ways it doesn’t feel like I’ve been gone very long, but in other ways, it feels like I’ve been away a month.  Especially when I look at the piles of laundry to be done, housework to catch up on, revisions to start, and emails piled up in my inbox.  Overwhelmed, I am.

But then I look at this picture from the Tweens Read festival and I grin.  Totally worth the time away from home.


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So right now I’m neck-deep in 1920’s Chicago research, and I have to say I really, really like it. This is almost a new concept for me. I don’t usually do much research for my novels and stories (with the exception of my stories for the Crimson Pact series, which follows the demon-fighting antics of sequential generations of women). I’ve never been a big history buff, either. I get confused about dates and motives and what the heck started World War One anyway (yes, I know Ferdinand got assassinated. I can’t tell you why or how or what that actually did to destabilize everything).

Prohibition-era, though … that’s where it’s at.

The era in general and gangsters in particular have always fascinated me. I’ve always been intrigued by the notion that folks who operate outside the law have their own moral code and rules for enforcing that code. And the fashion! I love flapper dresses and mary jane shoes and long necklaces. Doing the research now is giving me all sorts of ideas, and once I sit down to write the outline I’ll probably have to hold myself back from putting it all in one book. That’s what sequels are for, right?

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