Looking back at 2014: I know I have been quiet ... (#SFWApro)

But I'm still here, recharging my batteries and making nefarious plans for more stories. 2014 was full of new experiences and busier than I originally thought. It was a year of writing, and, discounting blog posts, there were a lot of words. A few of the highlights include:

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The Indalo Man in Hisses and Wings (#SFWApro)

Last week, Alex and I were posting teasers about our new novelette, Hisses and Wings, on Facebook. We were looking for pictures that tied into the actual story itself, and one of the pictures that we used was that of the Indalo Man. He intrigued enough people that I promised I would blog about him and tell you a little more about what he represents and why he is in the story.

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Cover reveal for Hisses and Wings: a story of the Tufa and Los Nefilim (#SFWApro)

I've long been a fan of Alex Bledsoe's novels, so when I was offered an opportunity to work with Alex on a short story, I jumped at the chance. We bounced around some story ideas, and the one thing that seemed to click with both of us was that Alex's Tufa used music in their magic, and I have a series, Los Nefilim, whose magic is also based in music. 

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News about Manifesto: UF (#SFWApro)

Yesterday I received an email from Stacey Turner, Owner and Managing Editor of Angelic Knight Press. Angelic Knight Press is being acquired by a larger publisher and some titles from will not be carried over into the new imprint--Manifesto: UF is one of those titles. On December 1, 2014, Stacey will be removing Manifesto: UF from online distributors. All of this is normal and good and as it should be.

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A story with Alex Bledsoe and another picture of my cat, because work (#SFWApro)

I know I haven't been around, but I have a very good reason: Alex Bledsoe and I have been working on a short story together, and if all collaborations were this much fun, I'd be emailing every author I know to work on one. As it stands, different  writing styles can sometimes suck the fun out of such a collaboration, but not in this case. Alex and I have been rolling the story back and forth between us for the last few weeks and I read over my final edits this morning and sent them back to him.I know I haven't been around, but I have a very good reason: Alex Bledsoe and I have been working on a short story together, and if all collaborations were this much fun, I'd be emailing every author I know to work on one. As it stands, different  writing styles can sometimes suck the fun out of such a collaboration, but not in this case. Alex and I have been rolling the story back and forth between us for the last few weeks and I read over my final edits this morning and sent them back to him.

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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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"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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