Priorities

Writing tip:

If you want to really do this, you can’t complain about lacking the time.  If you lack the time, it’s only because you have placed things higher on the priority list than actually writing.

Things like blogging. . .

That is all.

Still here

The quiet is due to me working on Marked, the new project that (at the moment) supersedes the NaNoWriMo novel.  I’m working on that one because, even though the NaNoWriMo project has more words, Marked is in a state closer to completion.  This is primarily due to having written a proposal for it for Eleanor to shop around, so I have a detailed outline of the yet unwritten bits.  The benefit there is the fact that all the little plot decisions, including those about pacing and scene order, are made for me so when I get to 80K words, the draft will be a lot closer to its final form.  The 50K from NaNoWriMo needs serious plot/pacing/scene revision before it counts as being anywhere close to done.

Anyway, still alive, activity on the Blog and Facebook to the contrary.

If I don’t blog before then, Merry Christmas.

Upgrading is a dangerous thing. . .

Well I applied the security update to WordPress and everything went fine, then I tried to upgrade my calendar plugin, and it nuked the whole site.  You will notice the calendar is now gone. . .

I’m going to have to look for a more stable plugin, I don’t want to deal with that again.

Book Stuff and Blog Stuff

For audiobook fans, I have good news.  Blackstone Audio has just contracted to do an audiobook version of Wolf’s Cross.  I’ve also added buy links for the Audible.com versions of Prophets and Heretics.   I also finally added this widget:

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To the Wolf’s Cross page.

No I haven’t given up ranting about politics.

But I decided to stop doing it here.  Frankly, most of the people coming to this site are a lot more interested in my thoughts about writing and fiction than my political ravings.  And while I may have a few fans for my rants, it seems that it might make more sense to direct them to another blog now dedicated to such blather.  It really is a win-win.  The fans of my fiction can delude themselves into thinking I inhabit the same political universe they do, and I get to play in a sandbox where I can take my gloves off and let loose without harshing the mellow here.

So, if my politics scare you, you can just ignore them.

Two Blogish Things

link imageBlogish Thing #1: The Amazon/Macmillan thing continues rolling on, making Amazon look more and more the villian to those of us who write for a living.  Reactions are varied, and I’d like to endorse Scalzi’s call not to boycott, but to buy books from the affected authors.

Also like Scalzi, I’ve decided to stop with the default use of Amazon as the “book buy” link on my pages.  I’ve tweaked my template to give you the option to get my stuff from Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and Borders, as well as Amazon. As in the little screen capture to the right.


Blogish Thing #2: I’m up for a guest blog post today at SFF Insider.

ON WRITING VILLAINS : One of the trickier aspects of writing fiction is coming up with believable villains. It’s tricky enough that some writers eschew the idea of a villain entirely, and simply have an antagonist who opposes the “good guys” for perfectly good and reasonable reasons. Nothing wrong with that approach, and some of the best drama can be drawn from the conflict of two mutually exclusive “goods.”

But sometimes you need evil.

Go read the rest.

And then there was one. . .

I’m currently working on Messiah, which is not only the last volume of the Apotheosis Trilogy, it is also quite possibly going to be the capstone on my entire Moreau/Hostile Takeover universe.  I won’t say it will be the last book in that universe (never say never) but it is likely to be the last book I write in the internal chronology.  I have this habit of completely destroying the established social order in every iteration of this universe, and there’s only so many times you can do that.

This is also a milestone in that (at the moment) it is the last book I’m contracted to write.  For the first time I don’t have any additional contractual commitments which both liberating and incredibly frightening.  (Especially frightening to my wife, who really wants me to be able to ditch the day job so we can move out into the middle of Amish country before the economy collapses.)

Since I’m going to be working on book proposals when I’m not at the day job or working on Messiah,  (or digging out from the snowpocalypse)  I’m going to cut the blogging down to thrice a week for the time being.

Oh, and if you want to help out, buy a copy of Wolfbreed or Prophets.  If you can’t afford to buy a book, tell all your friends to buy them, that doesn’t cost anything (and then you can borrow a copy, everyone wins.)

The Blogger is Ill

I am not feeling too great, so we shouldn’t expect many perls of ill-advised wisom coming from these here electrons for a bit.  I’ve turned on comment moderation, and i think I’m going to go take a nap.