Snowpiercer ... here there be spoilers (#SFWApro)



Oh hell, who am I kidding? Everyone has already seen this movie. As usual, I'm the last one to the party, because NO CAPTIONS AVAILABLE at the theater, and haven't we all heard THAT song enough times, so I won't sing it again here.

If you haven't seen Snowpiercer, turn back now. Go watch the movie, then return to discuss it, or not, whatever pleases you. This is your last chance ... okay, you were warned.

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Review Roundup for The Broken Road (#SFWApro)

October is the time for scary stories, and I do prefer writing creepy stories so I scheduled The Broken Road to publish in October for that reason. Lynn summed the effect up very nicely when she said The Broken Road contains "Nothing bloodthirsty or dripping in gore – just plain goosebump-invoking chilling."

I've also been kind of pleasantly surprised that several folks have tagged the novella as science fiction as well. So if you're still on the fence about whether or not you would like to read The Broken Road, here is a quick review round-up for you so you can see what others are saying:

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The Character of Environment in Gothic Fiction

A few years back, just prior to a World Fantasy Con, a question was posited as to whether urban fantasy had become the new gothic horror due to the cityscapes taking the place of haunted houses and castles. It was an interesting idea, but one that I ultimately rejected. Urban fantasy has a texture that isn’t quite as dark as gothic horror; although, I will concede there are many elements that overlap (sorry, no Venn diagram is forthcoming from me).

However, the idea of a physical place, such as a house, a rural landscape, or a city, attaining the same characteristics as a person seems to be common to both urban fantasy and gothic horror. I recently read an NPR review for Lauren Beukes new novel, Broken Monsters, where Michael Schaub noted that Beukes renders Detroit as “… a major, tragic character in the novel.” Sarah Waters gives us a house in The Little Stranger that becomes haunted with a man’s desires.

Read the full post at Fantasy Book Critic

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Meet the Character--Travys du Valois (#SFWApro)

Jason M. Hough challenged me to the latest blog tour ... toury ... bloggety thing going around the Internets, and I thought it would be fun to do. You can read Jason's entry about Nigel, who is a character in Jason's new novella, The Dire Earthright here.

I want you to meet Travys, who is the star of my new novella, The Broken Road:

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A giveaway planned for Newsletter Subscribers! (#SFWApro)

A giveaway planned for Newsletter Subscribers! (#SFWApro)

I know it's been quiet here, but I've been busy behind the scenes. Okay, I've been horsing around some too, but mostly I've been busy making the new things for you.

The inaugural edition of my newsletter is coming soon. This is a quarterly newsletter. I, like you, despise getting five hundred random emails from companies dumped into my ever-burgeoning email box, so I fully understand the desire to not be pestered with weekly updates. As far as I'm concerned, weekly updates is what the blog is all about.

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for writers...when the rainbow gets to be too much

Another case of a writer blowing off steam in the wrong venue has come across my feed. Angry fans are angry, and penitent author is penitent, perhaps too late, but that's what happens sometimes. Although the post has been deleted, hard feelings will remain for a while, I'm afraid.

I'm not saying which author had the latest meltdown or where I saw the flash, this is not about author shaming. I'm telling you that I understand the individual's feelings even if I didn't appreciate the way those feelings were stated.

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Women Made of Chrome (a guest post)

I wish there were more Jane Navios in fantasy. Oh, you see them in science fiction and horror, but not in fantasy. There is an unwritten code that women in fantasy novels must not be older than thirty, or they’re all the grandmotherly types over sixty, but rarely are there any in the forty to fifty range. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but since the 1990s, female characters over forty seem to have faded into the background scenery, and very few are protagonists.

You can read the rest of this post over at the Hugo Award winning blog, A Dribble of Ink.

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Books I'm Reading

This past week was a little like Christmas. My Barnes & Noble order hit the door along with a very nice surprise from a fan who only wants to be known as Sean McGivney. Three novels and COFFEE (Yo te amo, Columbia). My most heartfelt thanks to Sean. The coffee has been amazing and the books look to be just as delicious.

But first, a picture of the elusive Mr. Macavity ...

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The Broken Road--a brief excerpt (#SFWAPro)

And finally, the opening for my novella "The Broken Road" is finalized. This means that I have opened the file numerous times, read it, and have not felt the need to rearrange words.

Outside the gilded halls of Antigua, summer wilted the crops in the fields. The lowborn poured their blood into the soil. What grew from those rites couldn’t be named or eaten. Famine was a dirty bitch with rotten fangs, but the hunger she put in a belly bit sharp nonetheless ...

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"The Broken Road" novella update

Nailing the opening and ending of a novel are the two most difficult aspects for me. Those first words are like a thesis statement, and I have to work them constantly to get just the right feel for the novel. 

I'm still playing with the paragraph. It has morphed at least five times in the last week. Each time I open the story to work on it, I read the first paragraph anew and tweak it slightly.

Last week, it looked like this:

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