First Cup of Coffee with Jeffe Kennedy

First Cup of Coffee with Jeffe Kennedy
Award-winning and best-selling author of fantasy and romance, Jeffe Kennedy shares her first cup of coffee of the day with listeners, giving a daily insight into the realities of being a career author.

August 11, 2020
Aug 11 • 16 min
Happy Release Day to L. Penelope for CRY OF METAL AND BONE! Also musings on superhero ensembles, Umbrella Academy S2, and #teambobcat
August 10, 2020
Aug 10 • 21 min
THE PROMISED QUEEN has been turned in, so back to DARK WIZARD. Also some on what I’ve been reading, what I need from a book for it to be fantasy, and about Cursed and Silicon Valley.
August 7, 2020
Aug 7 • 22 min
Thoughts today on re-regulating ourselves to live in a crazy-making world, how champagne problems are still real problems, reader expectations and Kresley Cole.
August 6, 2020
Aug 6 • 18 min
The report on Isabel and associated travails. Also about living in the present and enjoying summer while we have it, and funny publishing gaffes.
August 4, 2020
Aug 4 • 57 min
I’m welcoming special celebrity guest L. Penelope to the blog today! We discuss her path to self-publishing and to trad, her process, and how she hates bugs. Also, for those concerned, Isabel is fine. I’ll tell you the story Thursday.
August 3, 2020
Aug 3 • 20 min
By request, I’m explaining what a mastermind group is and how it work for aspiring authors. Also how I’m dealing with sick kitties and a recovering knee, alas.
July 31, 2020
Jul 31 • 19 min
Musings on what middlegrade means, being admired, what happened to me yesterday and not passing judgment on my knees, and also a snippet from the super fun Dateable Podcast!
July 28, 2020
Jul 28 • 23 min
A bit on how the universe works in strange ways, the importance of author voice - and how to refine it - and whether querying with a pristine mss is *that* important. Also, an amazing movie for studying suspense!
July 27, 2020
Jul 27 • 23 min
On conversations and brainstorming with bestie Grace Draven, and reports on what I’ve been reading lately - including mild complaints on female characters not having enough to do.
July 24, 2020
Jul 24 • 20 min
Updates on THE PROMISED QUEEN, and upcoming projects. Also thoughts on how subtle language choices create gender bias, i.e., it seems like the male characters have all the action.
July 23, 2020
Jul 23 • 19 min
Thoughts today on being paid for creative work - whether this creates positive or negative pressure. Also the difference between retirement and pandemic lockdown, personal pressure, and writing sustainability.
July 21, 2020
Jul 21 • 18 min
Happy Birthday today to my loving husband, David. A bit about our curve bill thrasher nestlings, hanging pot disasters, updates on The Promised Queen revision, and some about the New Shiny and Dark Wizard.
July 20, 2020
Jul 20 • 21 min
Why getting people’s name right - and honoring their choices! - is important. Also thanks for the kind support on Friday’s podcast. Plus a shoutout to debut author Lorelei Parker for her rom com CRUSHING IT!
July 17, 2020
Jul 17 • 22 min
I’m happy to have the heron fountain back in action. Also about being generous and dealing with a community of writers.
July 16, 2020
Jul 16 • 21 min
I’m talking about why authors give up writing, doing something with my old guest posts, writing advice and how much I like Hidden and The Morning Show. Plus cat and robot wrangling today.
July 14, 2020
Jul 14 • 21 min
Trying to figure out why I hate cutting from a draft so much - and how I can improve my craft and process by learning to Marie Kondo my mss. Also about podcast pod people.
July 13, 2020
Jul 13 • 21 min
On being a career author and learning when to hold your creative feet to the fire and when to back off. Also cutting and trimming a long mss down to size, transcribing podcasts, and my new sewing project.
July 10, 2020
Jul 10 • 22 min
New insights today on how I do my worldbuilding and why it can be really useful to start writing later in life. Also, why I think all writers should babysit.
July 9, 2020
Jul 9 • 22 min
A commute podcast today because I did an IRL writer coffee. Thoughts on pandemic exhaustion, a comet sighting, the exciting cover of THE PROMISED QUEEN, and exhuming a dormant project.
July 7, 2020
Jul 7 • 21 min
Mostly about my new Exciting Thing: Project Greenbelt, which has nothing to do with writing. Also a bit about cutting and tightening during revision.
July 6, 2020
Jul 6 • 21 min
Thoughts on the great privilege of being an unpublished author and the freedom that gives—which, like youth, we don’t appreciate at the time. Also some details on how I track my writing work.
July 3, 2020
Jul 3 • 29 min
How Jeffe Lost Her Temper at a Guy Not Wearing a Mask and other tales of opening up from lockdown. Also thoughts on writing toward a core image and re: Lois McMaster Bujold’s fantasy romance.
July 2, 2020
Jul 2 • 18 min
Getting back in the writing groove and exploring my new analogy for choosing what are the good ideas and how to decide when to write them. Also thoughts on owning your process and refining it over your creative life.
June 30, 2020
Jun 30 • 40 min
I’m welcoming guest Erin McLellan today for a Pride Month spotlight! Erin writes queer, quirky and erotic contemporary romance. We talk about self-publishing, living in Alaska, and being a pantser.
June 26, 2020
Jun 26 • 20 min
A gripping story about quail chicks today! Also general ramblings on building a writing habit, taking time off from it, and the difference between letting a field lie fallow and having it become a fetid swamp.
June 23, 2020
Jun 23 • 57 min
I’m welcoming very special guest, RWA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and all around kickass woman, Beverly Jenkins! We chat about her career, walking to England, Black history, and much more.
June 22, 2020
Jun 22 • 19 min
A commute podcast today as I go to breakfast with my mom at Santa Fe’s wonderful Teahouse. Also updates on THE LOST PRINCESS RETURNS, and an unhappy experience at the Compound Restaurant.
June 19, 2020
Jun 19 • 21 min
My mom is here! And she’s visiting the podcast today, reminiscing about the Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama. We also discuss cats, forest fires, and drinking too much wine.
June 18, 2020
Jun 18 • 18 min
Finishing up THE LOST PRINCESS RETURNS, so I have book brain. My mom and stepdad arrive today, too! So random thoughts today and a plug for Frolic Podcast Network sister, Boobies & Noobies!
June 16, 2020
Jun 16 • 19 min
An amusing, if frivolous story about my latte frother, a surprise guest appearance by the usually taciturn Mr. Kennedy, a lovely review comparing my work to Anne McCaffrey, and foreshadowing the ending.
June 15, 2020
Jun 15 • 65 min
I’m interviewing longtime friend, crit partner, and writer of top notch science fiction romance, Marcella Burnard. She discusses the ups and downs of her career, and what surgery she refused to have to be a professional actress.
June 12, 2020
Jun 12 • 19 min
Looking forward to seeing my mom, thoughts on online events, and also about axe-murderers and whether we really need the police. A bit about morality and ethics, too.
June 11, 2020
Jun 11 • 16 min
About Good Fiction™ and why I don’t think we need to read sad books. Also an outing! Margaritas with Megan Mulry. And I’m nearly done drafting THE LOST PRINCESS RETURNS.
First Cup of Coffee – June 9, 2020
Jun 9 • 17 min
Happy Release Day to Grace Draven for DRAGON UNLEASHED! Thoughts today on entropy, backsliding, and how drift figures into building - and sustaining - a good writing habit.
June 8, 2020
Jun 8 • 19 min
I’m back to regular podcasting, being grateful for my life, and talking about minor irritations like dealing with my drip system and being indecisive. Update on the progress of THE LOST PRINCESS RETURNS, too.
June 5, 2020
Jun 1 • 64 min
An interview with my wonderful friend and bestselling author Grace Draven today! You can read more about her upcoming release, DRAGON UNLEASHED, here
June 1, 2020
Jun 1 • 18 min
Reflections on the Nebula Conference, and landing from our shared virtual ship to the chaos in the US. So there are thoughts on racism and privilege, too-and on doing book promotion in the midst of it all.
May 29, 2020
May 29 • 16 min
I’m attending SFWA’s Nebula Conference today - which is entirely online - so thoughts on that and writing updates, etc.
May 26, 2020
May 26 • 12 min
Today is the Release Day for THE FIERY CROWN! I’m talking about enjoying the fruits of our labor and the importance of play and treats for the creative subconscious.
May 25, 2020
May 25 • 19 min
I had some realizations over the weekend about measuring success and “breaking out,” thanks to SFWA and excellent mentoring from the savvy Laura Anne Gilman. Also thoughts on pride and sanding canales.
May 22, 2020
May 22 • 69 min
I’m welcoming longtime friend and sister author, Sonali Dev, to the podcast today. We talked about our shared history, the evolution of her career, diversity, fear, ginger, and lots more. RECIPE FOR PERSUASION comes out Tuesday!
May 21, 2020
May 21 • 14 min
Big news is I got a mani/pedi! First in months-and just in time to match the cover of THE FIERY CROWN for release day. Also some news on THE LOST PRINCESS RETURNS.
May 19, 2020
May 19 • 16 min
I’m musing today on definitions of success and how I had my paradigm shifted yesterday. A bit about book recommendations. Also happy release day to Jessie Mihalik for CHAOS REIGNING! You can listen to the interview with Jessie here…
May 18, 2020
May 18 • 19 min
My thoughts on a newly released book and the difference between novels and novellas. Also a report on my weekend, book events, apocalyptic airports, being scheduled and online yoga.
May 15, 2020
May 15 • 46 min
Join me today in a conversation with Jessie Mihalik as we discuss how she got her agent, her first book deal, and developing her process over time. Also how established authors helped her and how science fiction is different than fantasy. You can find…
May 14, 2020
May 14 • 19 min
A cool story today about a new bobcat sighting vis a vis the ongoing rodent infestation. Plus a bit more about The Lord of the Flies, human nature, savagery and humanity - and assumptions about women and rape.
May 12, 2020
May 12 • 20 min
More pack rat drama - asking for prayers for Baby Groot Begonia - and planning future writing projects. Also I’m teaching an online workshop in June, Identifying and Breaking Bad Writing Habits.
May 11, 2020
May 11 • 22 min
How I’m feeling done with video meetings, bailing on a book at 90%, buying a new car, middle books, and how fun it is to have a screenwriter talk about how they’d film your book.
May 8, 2020
May 8 • 19 min
Ruminations on dressing for video interviews and parties, including changing up my makeup. Also about the next big step I’m taking to up my career game.
May 7, 2020
May 7 • 14 min
Reports on the murder bucket, how terribly busy I am, and All The Things. Also news on appearances, early copies of THE FIERY CROWN, and giveaways. Plus upcoming interviews!
May 5, 2020
May 5 • 24 min
Talking today about literary agents, how that power dynamic works, and why authors should absolutely ask all the questions they like. Also about the writing community, generosity-and a smattering about the Irish diaspora. My agent, Sarah Younger of Nancy…
May 4, 2020
May 4 • 21 min
Adventures this weekend in navigating the lockdown and my own book brain. Sympathies to my lovely Grace Draven on the loss of Big Fuzzy, and various other semi-coherent ramblings.
May 1, 2020
May 1 • 20 min
Another devastating blow dealt in the pack rat war, which means there is cursing in today’s show. Plus I’m cranky about forms and busy work. I do talk about conflict, though, and when it grows too thin to sustain.
April 30, 2020
Apr 29 • 56 min
A great conversation with bestselling author Amanda Bouchet! She discusses her career path, how her debut fantasy romance became a hit, living in Paris in the time of COVID, and her new release, STARBREAKER. You can find Amanda’s books here…
April 28, 2020
Apr 28 • 19 min
For all of you working from home for the first time, I’m offering thoughts on drawing boundaries to restore work/life balance. Also a bit more on the #revengeofthepackrat and refilling the well. This is the essay I mention: here…
April 27, 2020
Apr 27 • 18 min
A story about my weekend adventures in which the pack rat tried to murder me-and the engine fire that has us down one vehicle. Also THE PROMISED QUEEN is done! I have an essay up here…
April 24, 2020
Apr 24 • 16 min
Some updates on fun things around the release of THE FIERY CROWN, including a super fun virtual event and a chance to get a signed copy early! Also musings on rewriting vs revising and how word processing Changed Things.
April 23, 2020
Apr 23 • 10 min
A short episode today because I have serious Book Brain. I’m close enough to the end of THE PROMISED QUEEN to taste it and I’m talking about difficult plane landings.
April 21, 2020
Apr 21 • 23 min
I’m talking today about creativity, definitions of success, making sacrifices to do hard things, the movie Whiplash, and what it means to be a failed writer. Also, a visit from a neighbor!
April 20, 2020
Apr 20 • 19 min
I’m doing a Fantasy Romance Panel today for r/Fantasy Virtual Con. Find it here ( Otherwise I’m talking about making masks and other weekend activities. Still…
April 17, 2020
Apr 17 • 15 min
A commute podcast today as I emerge from sparkling isolation and run actual errands! Reports on social distancing in Santa Fe and the line to get into Trader Joe’s - and doing my own hair. Eep!
April 16, 2020
Apr 16 • 18 min
Some frank talk today (with names changed to protect privacy) about agents and what they should be doing for an author. With bonus cat wrangling.
April 14, 2020
Apr 14 • 14 min
I have book brain, deep into finishing THE PROMISED QUEEN. I’m also mulling next projects and welcoming votes on that. And how I don’t want to buy clothes if I have nowhere to wear them…
April 13, 2020
Apr 13 • 21 min
Thoughts on giving feedback to audio book narrators, springtime gardening, and how odd people are about giving reading recommendations. Also, a spoilery rant on a book that Disappointed me.
April 10, 2020
Apr 10 • 17 min
My mind keeps replaying scenes from Fun Things I Used to Do, which is interesting. I’m also musing on how much of my social stimulation used to come from going to conventions.
April 9, 2020
Apr 9 • 17 min
My brain is sunk deep in revising The Promised Queen, with help from the dreamthink. I also received my beautiful poster of the cover of The Fiery Crown.
April 7, 2020
Apr 7 • 17 min
Happy 18th Birthday to Nephew Henry! Also Happy Release Day to Darynda Jones for A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE. I tried an Instagram Live podcast again - and failed due to tech. Any advice?
April 6, 2020
Apr 6 • 21 min
Reflecting on female characters in fantasy novels today - and how authors can change up their social constructs. Also about my weekend, including pack rat adventures!
April 3, 2020
Apr 3 • 18 min
Reflecting today on how sometimes you can’t write a book any faster than it wants to go. Also, I’m considering trying doing Instagram Live as I record - but the logistics are baffling!
April 2, 2020
Apr 2 • 44 min
I’m welcoming celebrity guest Ilana C. Myer today. We chat about life choices, love, taking time to read, and her fantasy trilogy The Harp and Ring Sequence - including the newly released final book: The Poet King.
March 31, 2020
Mar 31 • 15 min
Talking about reaching the ending of a book - including a brand-new insight into why I tend to slow down near the end, and how to combat that - and perspectives from Chinese medicine.
March 30, 2020
Mar 30 • 22 min
A roundup of some of the stuff bringing me joy during the quarantine. Also about American humor, interviews, updates on The Promised Queen - and how I always slow down as I approach the ending.
March 27, 2020
Mar 27 • 50 min
A great conversation today with author Jennifer Estep. We discuss the writing life, process, traditional vs. self-publishing, transitioning from journalism to writing fiction full time - and much more!
March 26, 2020
Mar 26 • 19 min
Slowing down a bit on The Promised Queen, but because I had to work on another Exciting Project. Also talking about weaving as a metaphor for writing a novel, and leaving the ending loose on a draft.
March 24, 2020
Mar 24 • 20 min
Thoughts today on helping out others during COVID-19, shallower thoughts on my nail polish. Also Facebook messenger for kids, the global community, online yoga, and knowing what details to give a reader - and what to withhold.
March 23, 2020
Mar 23 • 19 min
I’m talking about the fabulous new Emma, my weekend, and finding the positive aspects of our sparkling isolation. Also on my movie marathon to work my way through a plot problem. The blog post I mention is here…
March 20, 2020
Mar 20 • 19 min
I visited with Wine & Spines yesterday - great fun to talk books from a safe social distance. I’m also talking more about hitting a sticking place in the story, and different methods for working through it.
March 19, 2020
Mar 19 • 20 min
I’m fighting the blues - as I imagine many of us are - but also talking about process and what it means when I say go back and layer in certain elements. Also about pets and what makes them really hard to write.
March 17, 2020
Mar 17 • 19 min
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m fighting with my treadmill desk, yet again, and talking about stress responses to our social distancing, along with the power of purchasing. Also, why I feel so blessed to have the job I do.
March 16, 2020
Mar 16 • 19 min
Tracking the #flattenthecurve efforts through markers like yoga classes, sweet pea seeds, and the availability of eggs. Also an adventure in microbaking.
March 13, 2020
Mar 13 • 17 min
Talking about efforts to #flattenthecurve - and the myriad of reactions to COVID-19 in the U.S. Also about progress on THE PROMISED QUEEN. Pretty much the two things I’m thinking about these days. The lovely review of THE FIERY CROWN is here.
March 12, 2019
Mar 12 • 18 min
Adjusting to life with the pandemic, thoughts on improving as a writer - or any kind of artist - how long it takes to write a book - and how we grow over time. Also being a newbie writer and knowing when something is good enough.
March 10, 2020
Mar 10 • 18 min
Reflecting on reflections today - the trope of a character having to face themselves in the magic mirror, to see the ugly truths inside themselves. And other random thoughts on sin, personal transformation, COVID-19 and Taoism. As usual.
March 9, 2020
Mar 9 • 20 min
Today’s my mom’s birthday, so there is singing. Thoughts on defining midpoint and other story structure beats. Also on romance and reading urban fantasy, and a kayak misadventure.
March 6, 2020
Mar 6 • 18 min
On hand-washing songs, saving water, Woody Allen and the walkout at Hachette, along with thoughts on COVID-19, yoga, taxes, and planting sweet peas.
March 5, 2020
Mar 5 • 17 min
A Commute Podcast today with tales on two family medical scares this week, and thoughts on Honey Boy and Annie Bellet’s Justice Calling. Also a bit on how being a writer changes you as a reader.
March 3, 2020
Mar 3 • 12 min
A report on our CostCo #prepping venture, thoughts on COVID-19, and how to cope.
March 2, 2020
Mar 2 • 18 min
It feels like spring so I had my first recording of the year outside! A bit about how I track royalties, and thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 28, 2020
Feb 28 • 20 min
A story today about how I got my first cell phone instead of leaving my husband, Oliver Sacks, and other thoughts on the internet, community, and neurology.
February 27, 2020
Feb 27 • 23 min
A podcast commute today with thoughts on male gaze and sexist/gendered analogies. More on staying off the internet, killing kings, concubines, and assorted thoughts that I promise are related. Also an unexpected guest.
February 25, 2020
Feb 25 • 22 min
Reporting in on the rather amazing effects of staying off the internet for the first 2 hours of the day, and thoughts on our new effort to cut down on screen time in the evenings, too. It’s quite remarkable feeling my brain chemistry change.
February 24, 2020
Feb 24 • 51 min
I’m welcoming celebrity guest and longtime friend, Tawna Fenske, to a special long chat over coffee today. We’re discussing her wonderful new book, THE TWO-DATE RULE, life, love, making marriages work, and hot firefighters.
February 21, 2020
Feb 21 • 21 min
Sharing news today about an exciting new project! Also general updates on my plans for the year, including spin-offs of The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms.
February 20, 2020
Feb 20 • 16 min
Mostly a rant today about how Dollar Car Rental is extorting money from us. Apparently now that everyone has figured out not to pay the ridiculous insurance, Dollar is making money with spurious claims we can’t fight.
February 18, 2020
Feb 18 • 15 min
Do some people just not have the talent to write? Can hard work and practice be enough to make a professional author? I’m musing the roles of work and talent - and why writing a million words actually works.First Cup of Coffee is part of the Frolic…
February 17, 2020
Feb 17 • 22 min
ARCs of THE FIERY CROWN! And I’ve mailed out print copies of THE FATE OF THE TALA. Otherwise, I’m discussing algorithms for social media visibility and how AIs are changing how businesses operate.
February 14, 2020
Feb 14 • 21 min
Some observations on increasing my productivity by staying off the internet first thing in the morning, and other thoughts on the choices we make.
February 13, 2020
Feb 13 • 19 min
Commute podcast with crazy drivers, then thoughts on editors in trad - how much and how little they might do - and increasing my productivity by staying off the internet first thing in the morning.
February 11, 2020
Feb 11 • 19 min
A discussion of rain barrels and winterizing, snow storms, and sweetening coffee. Then, more on point, how exposing your work to others too soon can result in shaken baby syndrome. Also, wonderful reviews on THE FATE OF THE TALA!
February 10, 2020
Feb 10 • 15 min
Mulling what “cross-genre” really means for SF and Fantasy Romance authors, if we accept the premise that SFF is setting, theme and ambiance, rather than an actual story structure. First Cup of Coffee is part of the Frolic Podcast Network. You can find…
February 7, 2020
Feb 7 • 12 min
Coming to you from the beautiful and snowy Inn of the Mountain Gods, talking about writers supporting each other, and news on getting a review widget of The Fiery Crown!
February 6, 2020
Feb 6 • 21 min
Talking today about process, owning it - & how it’s okay to get hives hearing about someone else’s process. Also raving about the movie Wild Rose, discussing art and sacrificing for it - and conversely, taking time off.
February 4, 2020
Feb 4 • 12 min
A snowy morning in Santa Fe - and I’m mostly giving info on when and how you all can get THE FATE OF THE TALA, and how I’m starting in on THE PROMISED QUEEN. Also loving AURORA BLAZING!
February 3, 2020
Feb 3 • 19 min
My productive weekend, update on the release of THE FATE OF THE TALA, and various ruminations on preserving lanyard ribbons and female gaze in SFF.
January 31, 2020
Jan 31 • 20 min
Burbling about an amazing, insightful review of PRISONER OF THE CROWN and ranting a about cons that charge authors to both be the content and attend.
January 30, 2020
Jan 30 • 20 min
I’m asking what people like about going to author events, and also talking about creativity and how not to listen to the voices that make us doubt ourselves.
January 28, 2020
Jan 28 • 18 min
I’m burbling about THE ORCHID THRONE being a Staff Pick at Powell’s Books-and talking about dreams. Also discussing plotting for book proposals, more on the Netflix effect on committing to stories, and what I’m working on.
January 27, 2020
Jan 27 • 21 min
Some thoughts today from the author coaching I’ve been doing, on the struggle to carve out time to be creative, and how this isn’t easy. Also on the importance of routine, and thoughts on Avenue 5.
January 24, 2020
Jan 24 • 19 min
Talking a bit about my excellent bobcat sighting. I’m also talking a bit about missing stairs and how we handle bad actors in our community, and my thoughts on Picard! Verdict: YUMMY.
January 23, 2020
Jan 23 • 17 min
Updates on new book titles and some appearances for the release of THE FIERY CROWN. Otherwise I’m burbling with optimism about new projects, plans for the new year, and meeting new friends on private jets!
January 20, 2020
Jan 20 • 21 min
More thoughts on Joker, resistance, and authoritarian spin. Plus happier reports on wedding anniversaries, movable feasts, maybe plotting, and further thoughts on agents and multi-book contracts.
January 17, 2020
Jan 17 • 16 min
Celebrating snow and coziness. Also about learning new tech, the value of play, and my thoughts on Joker.
January 16, 2020
Jan 16 • 15 min
Recapping my planning call with Agent Sarah and talking about resurrecting old work, and what I’ve learned from it. Also revising vs. redrafting and writing without voices in your head. And what I thought about Little Women!
January 14, 2020
Jan 14 • 15 min
On changing up my writing schedule, being more efficient, and Christmas decorations. Also about my new laptop, computers in general, and an update on the RWA crisis.
January 13, 2020
Jan 13 • 20 min
On finishing THE FATE OF THE TALA and how my process differs between trad and indie books. Also on introversion and noise, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and why it’s not awesome for authors to sign multi-book deals.
January 10, 2020
Jan 10 • 15 min
THE FATE OF THE TALA is done! (But for a bit of polishing.) Also talking about CIRCE, a bad Western, and how to choose character POV.
January 9, 2020
Jan 9 • 18 min
A commute podcast today with thoughts on finishing THE FATE OF THE TALA and what’s up next. Also a bit on knowing - and not knowing - how well a book is selling.
January 7, 2020
Jan 7 • 21 min
I wax emotional today talking about why I withdrew THE ORCHID THRONE and WARRIOR OF THE WORLD from the RITA® Awards - and why it was such a painful decision. Also my hopes for the future of RWA.
January 6, 2020
Jan 6 • 16 min
Some frank talk today on author income - including my own numbers - and thoughts on bumping things up a level.
January 3, 2020
Jan 3 • 15 min
I’m *so close* to done on THE FATE OF THE TALA, and I have book brain, but I’m talking about choosing not to suffer and pointing you to Leslye Penelope’s podcast on the RWA situation here.
December 31, 2019
Dec 31, 2019 • 20 min
Talking today about success - in context of Demi’s Moore’s INSIDE OUT - and the difference between how it feels from the inside and how it looks from the outside.
December 30, 2019
Dec 30, 2019 • 19 min
I’m back from hiatus, working on THE FATE OF THE TALA and talking a bit about the RWA crisis and how boards of organizations like this should - and shouldn’t - operate.
December 20, 2019
Dec 20, 2019 • 9 min
I’m laid up with a bad knee - and counting my blessings that I’m normally able bodied. Taking time to enjoy the moment. Happy holidays to all!
December 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019 • 20 min
A commute podcast today with gnashing of teeth over how the universe derailed my Grand Plan and other woes.
December 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019 • 15 min
On my sugar-cookie batter disaster, ruminations on health insurance, and good news on THE FATE OF THE TALA.
December 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019 • 18 min
On being a full-time author and the reality of finances if you don’t have a salaried & benefitted spouse - plus progress on revisions and how I organize my books.
December 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019 • 17 min
Reminding you all that there’s nothing new under the sun and no one gets to own a genre or ideas, but that copyright IS important. Really, both things can be true. I also take photos of the sunrise.
December 12, 2019
Dec 12, 2019 • 12 min
A commute podcast today, with thoughts on writer gossip, betrayal and why I love my synonym finder.
December 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019 • 13 min
I got feedback from long-time crit partner Marcella Burnard on THE FATE OF THE TALA, and the verdict is not terrible! Talking about revising and how it fits in with being a pantser/gardener.
December 9, 2019
Dec 9, 2019 • 17 min
Why writing isn’t necessarily fun, the value of pushing ourselves to do hard things, and other thoughts on what it means to work at something.
December 6, 2019
Dec 6, 2019 • 15 min
I’m still fighting with the Vile Book, but posting anyway to be faithful to showing the real downs of being a writer, instead of glossing it. Also a bit on each book presenting a new challenge, and changing up tools.
December 5, 2019
Dec 5, 2019 • 20 min
Some insights from interviewing Melinda Snodgrass at George RR Martin’s Jean Cocteau Cinema the other night. Also about my writing community and how great they are - and when it’s a Vile Book.
December 3, 2019
Dec 3, 2019 • 14 min
I’m head-down in writing THE FATE OF THE TALA. Talking about that and interviewing Melinda Snodgrass tonight at George RR Martin’s Jean Cocteau Theater/Beastly Books.
December 2, 2019
Dec 2, 2019 • 11 min
Welcome to December! I’m enjoying my advent calendar and buckling down for some serious book-finishing before Christmas.
November 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019 • 5 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 29: A lazy holiday morning, with coffee, cats, and some words of encouragement.
November 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019 • 6 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 28: Happy Thanksgiving from the US! A bit today on different kinds of editing for those who don’t know. Otherwise a brief check in.
November 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019 • 6 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 27: On finding out who you are and doing it on purpose - and more on why I love the Dolly Parton’s America podcast, and why #NaNoWriMo is just a construct.
November 26, 2019
Nov 26, 2019 • 6 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 26: A quick message from a lovely location: continue with that writing habit you’ve built!
November 25, 2019
Nov 25, 2019 • 28 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 25: A special celebrity guest today: SFF author Emily Mah, talking about Clarion, breaking into writing, self-publishing, her process, and her new PNR trilogy, The Sunrise Prophecy.
November 24, 2019
Nov 24, 2019 • 12 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 24: More on treating the subconscious creative self with gratitude - and rewarding ourselves for hard work. Why taking a break is important, and how historical romance was my gateway drug. First Cup of Coffee is part of the Frolic…
November 23, 2019
Nov 23, 2019 • 7 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 23: On working with the creative subconscious and expressing gratitude for what it gives you - even if your hero suddenly becomes a villain.
November 22, 2019
Nov 22, 2019 • 14 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 22: Approaching the story like a tesseract: you don’t have to know the whole thing. Also setting goals and keeping them firmly in mind.
November 21, 2019
Nov 21, 2019 • 19 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 21: In the trenches thoughts on being a pantser/gardener - and a reminded that dramatic beats and story structure are mileposts only, and not formula. A lot of story-structure advice comes from analyzing what someone else did…
November 20, 2019
Nov 20, 2019 • 14 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 20: Talking today about the business and money end of being a writer - and how your goals affect your priorities and decisions.
November 19, 2019
Nov 19, 2019 • 22 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 19: Pantsing DOES NOT mean no structure. I use a structure - and spreadsheets! - to chart my progress and predict the novel beats and eventual length. Today I talk about how this works, and when it doesn’t, and why THE FATE OF THE TALA…
November 18, 2019
Nov 18, 2019 • 6 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 18: A quickie check in today, and sharing a bit about the business side of show business.
November 17, 2019
Nov 17, 2019 • 7 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 17: On our literary estates and great cautionary tales. Also: why you shouldn’t edit (yet).
November 16, 2019
Nov 16, 2019 • 14 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 16: How writing is real work - and energetically draining - and at first just showing up to do the work is enough. Also giving ourselves credit for degree of difficulty.
November 15, 2019
Nov 15, 2019 • 16 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 15: On being stuck, whether it’s writer’s block, and how creative flow can’t be scheduled. Also a bit on how our creative brainz work.
November 14, 2019
Nov 14, 2019 • 17 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 14: On reframing our idea of success, Taoism, and knife-throwing. I promise it connects.
November 13, 2019
Nov 13, 2019 • 12 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 13: On the value of daydreaming, and - though only writing counts as writing - how this is the great cheat if you don’t have unlimited time to write. Also, a poem about poets and windows.
November 12, 2019
Nov 12, 2019 • 19 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 12: Why competition can be toxic, having faith in your work, and why comparisons are invidious.
November 11, 2019
Nov 11, 2019 • 6 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 11: A bit on Romance tropes and the One Rule in Romance. Also how writing a novel is laying bricks. Keep at it!
November 10, 2019
Nov 10, 2019 • 5 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 10: Gardener vs. Architect vs. Archaeologist vs. Sculptor - what’s your metaphor?
November 9, 2019
Nov 9, 2019 • 4 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 9: Subconsciously understanding story structure and why you should read, especially in your own genre - and how you can’t accidentally steal ideas.
November 8, 2019
Nov 8, 2019 • 8 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 8: Learning to listen to your subconscious, recognizing burnout, and knowing when to take a break.
November 7, 2019
Nov 7, 2019 • 18 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 7: The magic trick of square brackets, also evaluating opportunities - and opportunity cost.
November 6, 2019
Nov 6, 2019 • 9 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 6: True confessions today on how well I practice what I preach. On hitting walls, letting things ferment, and abandoning Poldark.
November 5, 2019
Nov 5, 2019 • 16 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 5: A bit about word count and how long novels really are, plus a funny story about how I figured that out early on.
November 4, 2019
Nov 4, 2019 • 17 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 4: Creating a story as a leap of faith. Knowing that angst is okay. And, as in our lives, trusting that even our mistakes bring us to where we should be.
November 3, 2019
Nov 3, 2019 • 9 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 3: Honoring and protecting the writing process. To embrace creative flow, you must ignore other opinions and ideas, refining YOUR process and owning it.
November 2, 2019
Nov 2, 2019 • 16 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 2: Evaluating success - and viewing it as an ongoing process. Also some advice on gradually increasing wordcounts to build a solid writing habit.
November 1, 2019
Nov 1, 2019 • 21 min
#PantsNaNoWriMo day 1: On creative flow, Taoism, and other advice on letting go of white-knuckling the story. And being more one with the universe in life in general.
October 31, 2019
Oct 31, 2019 • 22 min
Announcing that I will be doing a daily podcast to #PantsNaNoWriMo, with an eye toward teaching embracing creative flow in the future. Also an indignant rant on “ideal” Fantasy heroes and the absurd assertion that Fantasy is inherently conservative as a…
October 29, 2019
Oct 29, 2019 • 18 min
Giving some updates today on submissions of a new project - with insight into that process and some happy feedback.
October 28, 2019
Oct 28, 2019 • 21 min
Discussing the psychological aspects of setting wordcount goals. Also about yoga, a “good practice,” and deciding what we want to get out of efforts like that.
October 25, 2019
Oct 25, 2019 • 22 min
A bit about how the publishing industry can be weird: release dates, author copies, and being orphaned when an editor leaves. Also musings on whether angst is necessary for creativity and what choosing the happy means.
October 24, 2019
Oct 24, 2019 • 21 min
Talking today about building up the writing habit again after a long hiatus. Also why L. Penelope is *wrong* and Good Omens is brilliant. And news on THE FATE OF THE TALA cover reveal.
October 22, 2019
Oct 22, 2019 • 21 min
About pantsing vs. plotting, and why I prefer “‘gardening vs. pre-plottting” as a descriptor. Also protecting and nurturing creativity as a fragile thing, and more thoughts on success as a progressive realization of a worthy goal.
October 21, 2019
Oct 21, 2019 • 21 min
About MileHi Con and more on success as the progressive realization of a goal. Also on the care and feeding of the writer in your life - and Exciting News on the Frolic Podcast Network!
October 17, 2019
Oct 17, 2019 • 32 min
I delve deeply today into what “failure” means - and also “success” - and why I feel we shouldn’t regard failing with fear or dread. Also deciding when to reveal a secret to the reader, as opposed to when I know it, or when the characters know it.
October 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019 • 22 min
Thoughts on choosing an agent, especially as regards creative choices. Also choosing which ideas are good ones, whether inspiration & opportunity hang around, and visiting with a sorority sister.
October 14, 2019
Oct 14, 2019 • 21 min
Reflecting a bit on reviews and how fandom communities work. Also cat wrangling and saving of bluebirds. How I’m loving Grace Draven’s DRAGON UNLEASHED, and a bit about kayaks!
October 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019 • 17 min
Recognizing the difference between finished work and early drafts, perceived time while writing vs reading time and how that affects pace, and being in the world but not of the world. That is: what to do when you get knocked off your pillow.
October 10, 2019
Oct 10, 2019 • 11 min
I’m keeping it short today because it’s been a chaotic morning and I’m almost out of minutes for the month! Talking about struggling with this draft, having faith, talking heads - and a vote on dream interpretation!
October 8, 2019
Oct 8, 2019 • 19 min
Thoughts today on fixating on minor chores, preparing to travel, and working through solidifying Act 1 of this book. On my fourth opening and counting!
October 7, 2019
Oct 7, 2019 • 21 min
Talking today about the five-stage cycle of creation, how we’re better at some phases than others, and how this plays out in our lives, including writing books. Beginnings - especially finding the right place to start a story - can be difficult. For…
October 4, 2019
Oct 4, 2019 • 24 min
Talking today about funding the creative life - what’s real and what is the fairy tale. Also, of course, cats and New Mexico weather.
October 3, 2019
Oct 3, 2019 • 18 min
We’re back with the (much quieter!) commute to Writer Coffee. Musings along the way on writing as far as the headlights illuminate, how the mass mind works, and controlling what you can in the publishing business.
October 1, 2019
Oct 1, 2019 • 20 min
Shout out to L. Penelope and Jessie Mihalik on the release of WHISPERS OF SHADOW AND FLAME and AURORA BLAZING. Today is also the 50th anniversary of a sadder event in my family - but that led to talk of my Grandmother, romance novels and finding true love…
September 30, 2019
Sep 30, 2019 • 24 min
Series, how I group books in them, and working my way into THE FATE OF THE TALA. Also discussing Yesterday and creativity.
September 27, 2019
Sep 27, 2019 • 22 min
I’ve been rereading THE SHIFT OF THE TIDE, and thinking about how that book is different. Also how I drew my maps for The Twelve Kingdoms books.
September 26, 2019
Sep 26, 2019 • 20 min
Today I’m discussing outlines and how various authors use them - and mulling my own thoughts on pre-plotting. Also about giving myself credit for writing business work, even though I still think only writing counts as writing.
September 24, 2019
Sep 24, 2019 • 21 min
It’s Release Day for THE ORCHID THRONE! So I’m mostly burbling about that. Also about how pretty autumn is and associated stuff.
September 23, 2019
Sep 23, 2019 • 20 min
Quite a bit of tangential rambling today, mostly because I *can’t* talk about the exciting things I want to. But, hey - want to know about my mushroom gravy?
September 20, 2019
Sep 20, 2019 • 23 min
I’m relearning how to treat drafting like getting back into marathon training: slowly increasing wordcount is key. Also a bit of a rant on a certain article - if you’re going to have a career as an author, people, there’s no excuse for not learning the…
September 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019 • 21 min
Talking today about inspiration and how it never feels like a person or visitor to me. Also progress on THE FATE OF THE TALA, and how drafting requires kicking the voices out of the room.
September 17, 2019
Sep 17, 2019 • 22 min
Talking today about money, why it’s not at all evil, and what it means to receive money for our creative work.
September 16, 2019
Sep 16, 2019 • 21 min
Musing today on Delight & Gladness, inspiration, having fun, and the concept of what we love, loving us in return. Also a bit more on politics in stories and blender settings - plus a sad report on the fate of the koi.
September 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019 • 21 min
I’m giving a bit of a run-down today on how literary agents and agencies work: the significance (or lack thereof) of job titles, how they get paid and other important things authors should know. Also a bit about the metaphysical aspects of creative…
September 12, 2019
Sep 12, 2019 • 21 min
Talking today about Impostor Syndrome vs recognizing one’s own limitations. Also about quality and learning to take an objective - and critical - look at our own creations.
September 10, 2019
Sep 10, 2019 • 20 min
Talking today about breaking the gridlock of chronology, story framing, autumn, and hopefulness in general.
September 9, 2019
Sep 9, 2019 • 22 min
Talking about Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC, a bit on genre-dissing and the ubiquitous descriptor “churn,” and my magical drive on Saturday. Also about the Love in Panels RAICES benefit auction!
September 6, 2019
Sep 6, 2019 • 22 min
A new salvo in the pack rat wars. I also talk about being a feminist, Snow White, and programmed racism and sexism. As one does. Also about how Agent Sarah helps me pre-plot.
September 5, 2019
Sep 5, 2019 • 19 min
Talking on my way in for Writer Coffee today, still musing on Carnival Row and how its *so important* to always elevate story over agenda.
September 3, 2019
Sep 3, 2019 • 20 min
Trying to figure out why I don’t love Carnival Row, plus general musings on where we choose to live and access to quality food.
September 2, 2019
Sep 2, 2019 • 22 min
Talking today about habits, and how vacation is good for breaking all kinds - and allows us to consciously and deliberately rebuild. Also, another salvo in the pack rat war.
August 30, 2019
Aug 30, 2019 • 20 min
I’m back from Ireland! Talking about vacation and how our minds are different in that mode, and about getting back to work with the well refilled.
August 20, 2019
Aug 20, 2019 • 22 min
A special #FirstCupofWhiskey episode from Bettystown, Ireland. Includes #WorldCon2019 recaps, thoughts on convention ROI, and general updates on the #Ireland adventure.
August 17, 2019
Aug 17, 2019 • 24 min
Finally had time to update from Ireland! Thoughts on travel, Dublin, WorldCon, etc.
August 12, 2019
Aug 12, 2019 • 23 min
I’m getting ready to leave for #WorldCon2019 in Dublin, and talking about time off from writing and the Restless Stagnation (TM) that begins to rise when I need to write. Also, a bit more about L. Penelope’s podcast and her episode on YA Fantasy here.
August 9, 2019
Aug 9, 2019 • 23 min
More musings today on YA vs adult fantasy, with a bit of feedback from Emily Mah and L. Penelope. Also musings on book brain, how to approach a convoluted revision, and why I like on-the-page sex scenes.
August 8, 2019
Aug 8, 2019 • 18 min
Talking as I drive in for writer coffee, about social media, Facebook parties, revising The Fiery Crown, the New Shiny, and initial thoughts on how YA fantasy differs from Adult Fantasy.
August 6, 2019
Aug 6, 2019 • 21 min
Mulling over how to approach edits today, along with thoughts on the cycle of life and valuing nature for itself. Soliciting some opinions, too, for those who are interested.
August 5, 2019
Aug 5, 2019 • 23 min
Talking today about interpreting critique from editors and others, updates on the audio book of THE ORCHID THRONE, and a story about a weirdly p/a encounter with an author at San Diego Comic Con.
August 3, 2019
Aug 3, 2019 • 23 min
I’m back from a week at Lake Coeur d’Alene, talking about taking vacations from even the work we love, the RITA Awards at RWA, my tribe there, and about podcasting in general.
July 26, 2019
Jul 26, 2019 • 24 min
I chat with my roommate aspiring author Sassy Outwater about writing, the romance community, and a bit about her life as a blind woman.
July 24, 2019
Jul 24, 2019 • 22 min
In which we mostly gush about Hamilton.
July 23, 2019
Jul 23, 2019 • 25 min
I’ve made it to NYC and have another celebrity guest - SF author Lex Beckett - talking with me today. We talk about social media, exalted coffee, skipping, and her upcoming book, Gamechanger.
July 20, 2019
Jul 21, 2019 • 25 min
A special celebrity guest, Grace Draven, talks with me from San Diego Comic Con. We discussed SDCC, what we’d been up to, etc. I also ask Grace to talk about her daily life and challenges as a career author.
July 16, 2019
Jul 16, 2019 • 21 min
Thoughts today on the rapid-release mentality in self-publishing, how SFF differs from romance that way, and how writers place value on their own work. I mention how Ed Sheeran’s media blitz has affected me in this context.
July 15, 2019
Jul 15, 2019 • 21 min
Revisiting my (surprisingly) long career, with thoughts on art, audience, and “making it.” Oh, and being multi-genre. Also dishing on Big Little Lies and Juliet, Naked.
July 12, 2019
Jul 12, 2019 • 21 min
About my lady-who-lunches lifestyle of late, and a bit about The Hate U Give - things I learned and musings on textured stories and nuanced characters.
July 11, 2019
Jul 11, 2019 • 19 min
A commuting podcast on my way for writer coffee, wherein I talk to other drivers and fill you all in on my victories in Battles with the Universe. A bit more ranting about the fax obstacle and heads up on my LERA workshop this weekend.
July 9, 2019
Jul 9, 2019 • 21 min
Today’s podcast is all about career author Real Life - my wranglings with a dead car battery, health insurance, and Waste Management not caring about recycling service.
July 8, 2019
Jul 8, 2019 • 11 min
I’m heading into conference season and nonstop travel, so I’m talking about that a bit and projects I’m winding up before I go.
July 5, 2019
Jul 5, 2019 • 22 min
Today is the 1 year anniversary of this podcast! Being very on-brand, I ramble about the last year, how the podcast has focused (and not) on being a career author, and also about Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries, and the new movie Plus One.
July 2, 2019
Jul 2, 2019 • 21 min
A bit more today on the difference between marketing and promotion - and good manners in asking for cross-promotion.Info on seeing Grace Draven and me at San Diego Comic Con. Also how a coyote about scared me to death last night.
July 1, 2019
Jul 1, 2019 • 19 min
Author dos and don’ts on marketing today, especially as regards asking other authors for cross-promotion. Also: email harvesting and what it means, networking, and giving fair value.
June 28, 2019
Jun 28, 2019 • 20 min
I’m talking more today about finding the right place to start a story, how difficult that can be, and why I always listen when someone tells me where they think it should start. Also how an agent can be helpful in these early stages, and why I have…
June 27, 2019
Jun 27, 2019 • 15 min
You heard it here first news on THE FIERY CITADEL, including cover hints. Also a bit about transcription, the New Shiny, and bluebird fledglings.
June 26, 2019
Jun 26, 2019 • 18 min
Exciting news on the New Shiny, plus treadmill woes asked and answered. Also, how I’m transcribing the podcasts now, and putting a donation button out there.
June 24, 2019
Jun 24, 2019 • 21 min
A surprise guest today in the form of a neighbor chat. Also more about Sage Walker and Jim Sorenson, mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, Do You Need a Critique Group – Or Something ELSE? Plus thoughts on science fiction, etc.
June 21, 2019
Jun 21, 2019 • 20 min
Why I don’t like lots of POVs, even in fantasy where it’s supposedly okay. A bit on how to choose POV, my feelings on the first 25% of a story (& POV), and then on grounding a reader in a sequel.
June 18, 2019
Jun 18, 2019 • 20 min
More today about writer’s retreats and residencies and why that experience was transformative for me. Also how writers live in this timeless space where books come into being in waves, and how our time doesn’t match the rest of the world.
June 17, 2019
Jun 17, 2019 • 21 min
Your chance to weigh in on what project I should pick up next! Also a rant about “writer’s retreats” that are just ways to take your money, and how SFWA’s credo that money should flow to the writer is more important than ever. Also a round up on revision…
June 14, 2019
Jun 14, 2019 • 21 min
Another chapter in the Disappointing Saga of the Contact Lenses. Good news is I should finish my revision of THE FIERY CITADEL today. I might be a little cranky - a bit of a social media rant on the unfollow/follow trick.
June 13, 2019
Jun 13, 2019 • 16 min
General conversation on my drive into town for writer coffee, plus exciting news about THE ORCHID THRONE and San Diego Comic Con. Also, for those who listened yesterday, some stories about my mom and I having the same voice.
June 12, 2019
Jun 12, 2019 • 20 min
A special celebrity guest today: my mom! She tells stories about me and we reminisce about old Denver spots. Also features discussions science fiction vs. fantasy and cat wrangling.
June 11, 2019
Jun 11, 2019 • 21 min
A bit of excitement today as Jackson catches a gopher during the podcast. Otherwise I’m talking about Tanith Lee, The Silver Metal Lover and others of her fantastic books, and ye olden times of mail order book clubs.
June 10, 2019
Jun 10, 2019 • 21 min
Talking today about the Rule of Three and how that factors into success of any kind. Also about my revision process and updates on THE FIERY CITADEL.
June 7, 2019
Jun 7, 2019 • 22 min
If you’ve been waiting for the second Sorcerous Moons compendium, books 4-6, it’s out! Also talking about reviews and why authors shouldn’t try to improve craft by reading them. And updates on my broken contact lens.
June 6, 2019
Jun 6, 2019 • 19 min
Started my day by breaking a contact lens, alas. Otherwise things are going well, and The Fiery Citadel is coming along faster now. Includes reminiscing on old Denver landmarks.
June 4, 2019
Jun 4, 2019 • 17 min
THE ARROWS OF THE HEART won an award! I’m also telling a story today about how men and women talk differently about their pain. Also the continuing saga of THE FIERY CITADEL revision, and how being an auditory learner affects how my brain recalls words.
June 3, 2019
Jun 3, 2019 • 16 min
Updates on my weekend (low key), The Fiery Citadel revision (coming along), and our perceptions of the writers life vs. the reality. Plus cat wrangling.
May 31, 2019
May 31, 2019 • 21 min
A bunch of ideas today - thoughts on dealing with this revision (yes, still), why people hate Nickelback (yes, really) and how bikeshedding fits into this (yes, it does. well… kinda).
May 30, 2019
May 30, 2019 • 17 min
Wherein I develop a new analogy for what revision feels like to me, plus general musing on revision vs drafting because I’m deep into revision brain, working on THE FIERY CITADEL. Did I mention revision?
May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019 • 21 min
Talking about my towering TBR pile today. I pose a quiz question for my listeners, too. What should I do??? I’m talking about revisions, how I’ve changed my view of them, along with my progress on THE FIERY CITADEL. Also thoughts on Mary Robinette Kowal’s…
May 27, 2019
May 27, 2019 • 22 min
I’m talking today about the artist’s relationship with their audience, how crow-sourcing relationships affect that, and also about being edited. Framing this in terms of a concert I recently attended.
May 24, 2019
May 24, 2019 • 22 min
Talking a bit about stories today - romance, SFF, mystery and horror - and how they’re structured. This segues into a discussion of the horror structure (new to me and learned at Nebula Conference), Breaking Bad and its series finale, with a final…
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019 • 16 min
Talking a bit about my New Shiny project and how I’m likely going to San Diego Comic Con.
May 21, 2019
May 21, 2019 • 23 min
I’m back from Nebula Conference and reporting a bit about that, especially a thought-provoking panel on whether science fiction and fantasy stories have a baked-in structure. Also thoughts (no doubt not my last) on the Game of Thrones finale and why…
May 10, 2019
May 10, 2019 • 18 min
Talking today about the perks and pitfalls of having author friends, pseudonyms, and authors I wish I’d met. Also a bit about where to begin a story and how external and internal conflict work in different genres.
May 9, 2019
May 9, 2019 • 20 min
Commute podcast today as I went to meet some writer folks for coffee. Updates on The Fate of the Tala, changing where the story starts, and also more thoughts on Game of Thrones and Arya’s character. A bit of a rant on what feminism means.
May 7, 2019
May 7, 2019 • 21 min
Thoughts today on giving yourself vacation days, and also how not actually writing can still be working on the book. A bit about water rights in the West, too, which is all part of what we offer here, along with cats and New Mexico weather.
May 3, 2019
May 3, 2019 • 18 min
Today I’m telling my own story of having my newbie writer dreams stomped upon by someone thoughtlessly cruel. Also some stuff on process, finding the right POV, and THE FATE OF THE TALA.
May 2, 2019
May 2, 2019 • 15 min
I’m a bit muzzy today, using up my brainz to get back into the Twelve Kingdoms world, but I’m musing some on possible serials I might put on the blog.
April 30, 2019
Apr 30, 2019 • 18 min
I’m still talking about GoT Season 8, Ep. 3 spoilers, especially in light of Avengers Endgame (no spoilers except that I *loved*) it. And a bit about spoilers in general, stories, and whether it impacts our experience of a story to know details going in.
April 29, 2019
Apr 29, 2019 • 17 min
Happy Birthday today to my wonderful agent, Sarah Younger! Today I take a little walk of our property, make a discovery, and talk Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 spoilers - though not until the end on the spoilers
April 26, 2019
Apr 26, 2019 • 14 min
Rambling today about our trip out to the lake yesterday and how I wish the trend of cutesy romance titles would go away, but it won’t. And about taking the train to Santa Fe.
April 23, 2019
Apr 23, 2019 • 17 min
I’m in well-refilling mode, so mostly chatting about books and movies.
April 22, 2019
Apr 22, 2019 • 19 min
I finished THE FIERY CITADEL! So I’m just chatting today about next plans, some about the arc of The Twelve Kingdoms and The Uncharted Realms books and how publishers make us do odd branding stuff.
April 19, 2019
Apr 19, 2019 • 18 min
Spring is sprung and I’m finishing this book today! So, I’m mostly burbling about that. There is a bit of cat wrangling, but a surprise! It’s Isabel this time. Go figure.
April 18, 2019
Apr 18, 2019 • 17 min
“How My Cat Got Tangled in My Neighbor’s Satellite Dish,” and other fun tales today. Also a little bit about the cool fog waves in the photo.
April 16, 2019
Apr 16, 2019 • 20 min
Musings on finishing a book and hitting the nostalgic phase, and I’m thinking about next steps, too.
April 15, 2019
Apr 15, 2019 • 17 min
Mulling a bit today about writing battle scenes, finishing The Fiery Citadel, and what I thought about the Game of Thrones Season 8 opening episode. (May contain spoilers.)
April 12, 2019
Apr 12, 2019 • 11 min
Another short episode because this book is eating my brain. But I included some updates about The Dragons of Summer standalone and my new website store!
April 11, 2019
Apr 11, 2019 • 10 min
I’m muzzy headed from being head-down in THE FIERY CITADEL - which is going well for me, but very badly for my characters - but also reporting on my walking desk outcome.
April 9, 2019
Apr 9, 2019 • 16 min
Talking a bit today about the advice in writing “if occurs to you to delete it, you should.” Also updates on progress on The Fiery Citadel, interesting birdsong, and a grumble about people with stupid opinions.
April 8, 2019
Apr 8, 2019 • 22 min
Reporting in on my temporary treadmill desk - and talking about process, writing habits, and treating your creativity as the sacred thing it is. I also rave about THE LAST WOLF by Maria Vale.
April 5, 2019
Apr 5, 2019 • 14 min
I’m discombobulated today because my under-desk treadmill is being - and making ominous noises - so I’m talking about how my walking desk is integral to writing for me.
April 4, 2019
Apr 4, 2019 • 20 min
Hearkening back today to my first fantasy romance trilogy, A Covenant of Thorns, and how I explored the alien whimsy of faerie.
April 2, 2019
Apr 2, 2019 • 17 min
I’m talking a bit about my process today - why I don’t like the term “vomit draft” and how I mull the story a lot, then plug that into the flow of words.
April 1, 2019
Apr 1, 2019 • 18 min
Happy April! No trickery promise here. General updates here on my weekend (low-key), a funny story about Foster’s Lager, and how I’m going to ramp up word count a bit on THE FIERY CITADEL.
March 29, 2019
Mar 29, 2019 • 9 min
An abbreviated episode today, as I accidentally hit the wrong button. And I’d run out of things to say. I’m just head down on The Fiery Citadel. Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
March 26, 2019
Mar 26, 2019 • 17 min
Had a lovely day at the lake yesterday, daffodils are ready to pop, and I’m deep into cogitating this story. Also a bit about the Motley Crue movie The Dirt.
March 25, 2019
Mar 25, 2019 • 19 min
Talking about my weekend, some about my process and being a gardener. Also, how much I like Google Play music and the 2010 Robin Hood!
March 22, 2019
Mar 22, 2019 • 18 min
Sitting outside this morning after rain, enjoying birdsong and my RITA® Award final! Reflecting on how I got no words yesterday, but that sometimes it’s good to take time to celebrate.
March 21, 2019
Mar 21, 2019 • 20 min
Also a random assortment of news, including the release of LONEN’S REIGN! And this is late going up because OH WOW! I got a phone call and THE
March 19, 2019
Mar 19, 2019 • 19 min
Chatting today about my fun dinner with Megan Mulry, how friends support us, and making the decisions we have to. Also I respond to some listener and reader comments - you all are awesome! - and talk about writing cross-genre
March 18, 2019
Mar 18, 2019 • 19 min
Some updates and an honest look at my finances, along with an old story about grad school and how older women do - and don’t - help rising ones in their field.
March 15, 2019
Mar 15, 2019 • 14 min
My new website should be live soon! So, I’m talking some about that, the news of the world - why it’s better they ground airplanes than crash us in them - and various other thoughts on drafting and getting All The Things done.
March 14, 2019
Mar 14, 2019 • 17 min
On brand today, I go from talking about how much I loved The Umbrella Academy to the concept of sacrifice, spiritual growth and character transformation.
March 12, 2019
Mar 12, 2019 • 16 min
Bless me, listeners, for I have been away. It’s been one week since my last podcast… We had a great time in Tucson, so today is about our weekend mini-break and other catching up.
March 5, 2019
Mar 5, 2019 • 16 min
Happy Mardis Gras! I started out quiet today, then ended up complaining about People Being Wrong on the Internet (and elsewhere), so…
March 4, 2019
Mar 4, 2019 • 17 min
A run-down today of how I analyze royalty statements, including the new challenge of figuring out Ingram Spark’s arcane reporting system. And a bit of gushing on a lovely blurb from Grace Draven.
March 1, 2019
Mar 1, 2019 • 12 min
Reminiscing about my Brother Correctronic and how that likely shaped the way I write for discovery - and how I shape Act I of any book in general. Also news on the cover of Lonen’s Reign!
February 28, 2019
Feb 28, 2019 • 11 min
A short podcast today, as I have a lot going on, with musings on the desire for seclusion from the world warring with the need to participate in society.
February 26, 2019
Feb 26, 2019 • 13 min
I got to be outside today! Talking about my initial steps in starting a book and my template document. Also a cool dream I had, thoughts on SFWA elections, and balancing writing with other activities.
February 25, 2019
Feb 25, 2019 • 19 min
A new week and a new book! Some thoughts on not “saving” stuff for another book, plus musings on characters and why we love to follow them through series, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and bird song.
February 22, 2019
Feb 22, 2019 • 11 min
Quick update on progress on LONEN’S REIGN, and some exciting news on my upcoming Forgotten Empires trilogy. The photo is Jackson finding his way to the top of the high kitchen cabinets where he’s never been before.
February 21, 2019
Feb 21, 2019 • 19 min
Discussion today of the movie The Prince and Me, and how movies portray romances compared to novels, and associated ramblings. (Also how hugely the sequel sucked.)
February 19, 2019
Feb 19, 2019 • 7 min
A quick check-in today as I’m still circling the end of this book. And news that I’ll be on the SFF Marketing Podcast! (
February 18, 2019
Feb 18, 2019 • 17 min
Acknowledging (yet again) that I slow down as I reach the end of writing a book - and planning for that. Also a bit of weekend recap, thoughts on conversational French, Facebook, and spring agues.*
February 15, 2019
Feb 15, 2019 • 20 min
A report today on how I got mauled by a wild animal in the night, and also thoughts on pre-plotting vs. “pantsing,” and why I prefer the metaphor of gardener vs. architect - springing from musings on George R.R. Martin’s storytelling in A Song of Ice and…
February 14, 2019
Feb 14, 2019 • 15 min
How I handled a slow writing day and picked between three options to move forward. And also a bit on Valentine’s Day, what it does and doesn’t mean, and my plans for the evening. (Spoiler: none.)
February 12, 2019
Feb 12, 2019 • 19 min
Being careful not to harsh someone else’s creative process, how emails create a sense of obligation that we have to work against, and why very few things are real emergencies that require immediate attention.
February 11, 2019
Feb 11, 2019 • 20 min
Thoughts on how Dread & Procrastination act like ice slowly freezing up creativity, and why this metaphor works better for me than the term “Writer’s Block,” which I find to be damaging and misleading.
February 8, 2019
Feb 8, 2019 • 19 min
How I discovered I’m a Trekkie, and other random musings on life, art, Queen, and living with yourself.
February 7, 2019
Feb 7, 2019 • 16 min
Reporting on some adjustments I made to my writing schedule yesterday that really made some huge differences in my efficiency and how I felt. Also musings on yoga, being luminous, and thoughts on memoir-writing.
February 5, 2019
Feb 5, 2019 • 20 min
Traditional vs. self publishing and how knowing what you want out of being a writer lets you process opinions on how you should be running your career.
February 4, 2019
Feb 4, 2019 • 19 min
A bit of a touchback to Friday’s podcast - which blew up more than I expected! - on thanking authors for blurbs.
February 1, 2019
Feb 1, 2019 • 18 min
A bit of a rant today on being gracious to other authors and watching what you put on social media. Also an explanation of how blurbs work and why it’s a big ask.
January 31, 2019
Jan 31, 2019 • 16 min
Noticing the absentmindedness that intense drafting can bring, and thoughts on whether ALL scenes in a story need to move the plot forward.
January 29, 2019
Jan 29, 2019 • 17 min
How to work through those sluggish writing weeks with low wordcount and why having a writing habit is key especially then - and how creativity is more like a complex biological system than math.
January 28, 2019
Jan 28, 2019 • 15 min
News on the release of ORIA’S ENCHANTMENT, book #5 in Sorcerous Moons, plus thoughts on writing good endings and meeting reader expectations.
January 25, 2019
Jan 25, 2019 • 16 min
Some thoughts today on how to handle those New Shiny ideas when you’re supposed to be working on something else. Also about being social, getting to see Amanda Palmer in concert during SFWA’s Nebula Conference- plus staying home to get the work done.
January 24, 2019
Jan 24, 2019 • 15 min
Busy day yesterday with cover reveals for two different Sorcerous Moons books - a new release and a French translation - the SFWA Fantasy Storybundle, chats and giveaways for WARRIOR OF THE WORLD.
January 22, 2019
Jan 22, 2019 • 18 min
Exciting news about the cover reveal and release date for ORIA’S ENCHANTMENT, book #5 in the Sorcerous Moons series. (At last!) Also ruminations on dedications and my grandfather.
January 18, 2019
Jan 18, 2019 • 12 min
A surprise snowstorm and dealing with business stress. But it’s Friday!
January 17, 2019
Jan 17, 2019 • 17 min
Dedications, acknowledgments and faulty memories - oh my! Also some musings on knowing when your juice is there and taking time off between books.
January 15, 2019
Jan 15, 2019 • 19 min
I’m happy today because copy edits for THE ORCHID THRONE went swimmingly yesterday, and are done! And talking a bit about a debut fantasy romance coming your way from Maxym M. Martineau.
January 14, 2019
Jan 14, 2019 • 16 min
I’m excited to report today that I’ve finished Oria’s Enchantment! I’m also sharing the title of Sorcerous Moons Book #6, telling how Minerva Spencer fought a blizzard in white jeans, and about having drinks with Katie Lane.
January 11, 2019
Jan 11, 2019 • 13 min
On the home stretch of finishing Oria’s Enchantment today - also random thoughts on editing, revision, Irish harps and day job stress.
January 10, 2019
Jan 10, 2019 • 10 min
Popping in to update on Oria’s Enchantment, Sorcerous Moons Book #5, and assorted ramblings from a book-fogged brain.
January 9, 2019
Jan 9, 2019 • 21 min
A cheerful rant today ranging from sports bra inserts to author flame wars - along with suggestions on how to deal with both.
January 8, 2019
Jan 8, 2019 • 19 min
A special release day reading! Chapter One of WARRIOR OF THE WORLD, book three in the Chronicles of Dasnaria trilogy.
January 7, 2019
Jan 7, 2019 • 18 min
Heading into the second week of 2019 feeling good about ORIA’S ENCHANTMENT, and offering thoughts on working out plot issues and how a story belongs to the reader.
January 4, 2019
Jan 4, 2019 • 17 min
Why the advice “if you’re bored, the reader will be bored, too” is really terrible, how being a writer is a job and requires work. Also trusting your gut and deciding what to work on next.
January 3, 2019
Jan 3, 2019 • 20 min
Creaking back into the working schedule and talking about more about habit and routine - and how those fit into the creative life, or anything we try to do. I also talk about obsessiveness and why we need that, ponderous prologues, and three strikes that…
January 2, 2019
Jan 2, 2019 • 19 min
Welcome to 2019! I’m talking about how time off lets us rebuild - or form - habits with mindfulness. Also some about my preparations for the new year and maybe a bit too much information on how crunching financials on self-published projects works.
December 20, 2018
Dec 20, 2018 • 10 min
Last episode of 2018! On being a career author, self-employment, and being a good boss to yourself, in all areas of life. Talk to you in the new year!
December 18, 2018
Dec 18, 2018 • 20 min
Looking at granularity of tracking word counts especially evaluating writing goals and time management.
December 17, 2018
Dec 17, 2018 • 14 min
How we get through Mondays - and all kinds of work, creative or not. (Why I don’t really believe in writer’s block.)
December 14, 2018
Dec 14, 2018 • 19 min
On working through the rough periods in writing a book, setting stretch goals, and learning to value failures as much as successes.
December 13, 2018
Dec 13, 2018 • 16 min
How to figure the beats and three-act-structure for the overall arc of a series, particularly one set up as more of a serial.
December 11, 2018
Dec 11, 2018 • 16 min
On why powerful endings can make or break a book, thoughts on Burlesque, and why I mix up celebrities.
December 10, 2018
Dec 10, 2018 • 20 min
Recap of a busy weekend, along with musings about organize time as a writer to optimize creativity. Also thoughts on Jacqueline Susann and how our partners in life enable us to do extraordinary things.
December 7, 2018
Dec 7, 2018 • 14 min
Low wordcount day yesterday, so I’m musing on that - and various assorted ideas like language drift, holidays in the Southwest, and the prospect of snow.
December 6, 2018
Dec 6, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about XKCD and watching creator’s work evolve - how it’s akin to a writer producing a million words to refine voice.
December 5, 2018
Dec 5, 2018 • 20 min
A morning conversation with a career-author friend has me thinking and talking about agents, agencies, and how to choose what’s best for you.
December 4, 2018
Dec 4, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about why it’s good to stop writing while the flow is going well - why that honors the subconscious creative self.
December 3, 2018
Dec 3, 2018 • 22 min
Talking today about time management - is it true that “the more you do, the more you can do? - and also why authors might need to let go of that one book and move on to another.
November 30, 2018
Nov 30, 2018 • 20 min
Friday thoughts on owning your writing process and optimizing the conditions for consistent creative flow. Also musings on left brain and right brain, knowing yourself, and why we face the same problems over and over.
November 29, 2018
Nov 29, 2018 • 19 min
Touching back to yesterday’s discussion of dealing with agents, how publishing is a small community - and how your agent might listen to your podcast when you complain about her!
November 28, 2018
Nov 28, 2018 • 22 min
Talking today about dealing with agents and editors, changing agents, querying agents - and how no one will ever love your work as much as you do, or will care about your business as much.
November 27, 2018
Nov 27, 2018 • 20 min
A bit of a departure today as I talk about intermittent fasting and health stuff, but then I talked about the release of WARRIOR OF THE WORLD, some upcoming bonus content and secret, exclusive stuff.
November 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018 • 17 min
I’m back at it today, musing on vacation, taking time off, and learning to listen to your subconscious voice on whether to work or relax.
November 19, 2018
Nov 19, 2018 • 10 min
Quick update today for honesty in the “writing every day” thing - and musings on being hybrid, traditional vs. self-publishing, and holidays.
November 16, 2018
Nov 16, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about whether authors read and what it means to be part of a conversation in your writing.
November 15, 2018
Nov 15, 2018 • 21 min
Updates on SEASONS OF SORCERY - including that the print versions are now live! - and celebrating our #1 spot. Otherwise I’m discussing my reasons for doing this podcast, how wordcount waxes and wanes, and why I feel learning to write to deadline is…
November 14, 2018
Nov 14, 2018 • 16 min
Excited that Seasons of Sorcery is #1 in Fantasy Anthologies! Otherwise I’m talking about dyslexia, technical trials of self-publishing, and rebuilding writing habits.
November 13, 2018
Nov 13, 2018 • 17 min
Celebrating the release of SEASONS OF SORCERY today with impromptu conga lines, possible pumpkin pie, croissants - and a bit of information on the tech side of self-publishing. Also a bit about life, Parkinson’s Disease, and yoga.
November 12, 2018
Nov 12, 2018 • 22 min
About networking and friendships - what it means to be a friend to someone - and an unexpected bout of weepiness over some old friends lost long ago.
November 8, 2018
Nov 8, 2018 • 16 min
Updates on the upcoming release of SEASONS OF SORCERY, along with some background on how multi-author anthologies work, coming to consensus, and picking nits.
November 7, 2018
Nov 7, 2018 • 19 min
Changing agents - what’s the protocol, some ways to know a good agent from a bad one, and why having no agent is better than having a bad one.
November 6, 2018
Nov 6, 2018 • 20 min
Thoughts today on starting the story in the right place, how to weave in backstory without bogging down the velocity of the opening, and how this is never easy.
November 5, 2018
Nov 5, 2018 • 21 min
Warning: politics. Voting is on my mind, also a funny story about Grace Draven and her story, A WILDERNESS OF GLASS, for our SEASONS OF SORCERY anthology, and what “playing the bone flute” means to me.
November 2, 2018
Nov 2, 2018 • 21 min
Why I don’t do NaNoWriMo - but why I think you should, and some advice on how.
October 31, 2018
Oct 31, 2018 • 17 min
With the veil thin between worlds today, I’m thinking about sending and receiving messages, imagination, and transforming ourselves into something else.
October 30, 2018
Oct 30, 2018 • 20 min
Lots of chatty updates today on THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER, Twinstar, Sorcerous Moons, and release day for BARBAROUS, by Minerva Spencer - plus a request for Also, I ask for some recommendations on Ireland travel and books and movies with cool strategy stuff.
October 29, 2018
Oct 29, 2018 • 21 min
How to recover your schedule - and salvage a working day - when your habits and rituals get blown up.
October 26, 2018
Oct 26, 2018 • 9 min
Disruption abounds today. I tried recording on a walk to the store, and ended up messing up the podcast. This is part one.
October 26, 2018 Pt 2
Oct 26, 2018 • 9 min
The second half of the Podcast from the Land of Confusion.
October 25, 2018
Oct 25, 2018 • 19 min
Ruminations today on writing fight scenes/battle scenes vs. sex scenes and news on THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER.
October 23, 2018
Oct 23, 2018 • 21 min
Big thunderstorm this morning - and thoughts on cats, software updates, the movie Tully, weight loss and gain, and updates on THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER.
October 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018 • 19 min
Waxing artistic today with thoughts on living a creative life, Georgia O’Keeffe, the beauty of autumn in Santa Fe and Taos - and how being a writer, what that involves, changes as your career grows.
October 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018 • 19 min
Musings today on scenes with conflict and building suspense, how that rhythm works and when it’s false suspense.
October 18, 2018
Oct 18, 2018 • 20 min
I’m discussing the structure of fantasy novels, particularly The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay, and whether a story built on human history with token fantasy elements should really be called fantasy.
October 16, 2018
Oct 16, 2018 • 21 min
More musings today on The Princess Diarist, along with how we see men and women differently, including Mary Sues and improbable heroes.
October 15, 2018
Oct 15, 2018 • 21 min
Social media - what you can and can’t learn about it - and a review of Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist and what I wish it had done.
October 10, 2018
Oct 10, 2018 • 19 min
My very spoilery review of The Wife - along with thoughts on being a woman and a writer.
October 9, 2018
Oct 9, 2018 • 21 min
Today is the Release Day for THE ARROWS OF THE HEART!
October 8, 2018
Oct 8, 2018 • 21 min
Ruminations today on names and pseudonyms, why and how to choose them.
October 4, 2018
Oct 4, 2018 • 21 min
A bit of cat wrangling due to a jailbreak today, along with thoughts on copyediting, preparing a book for publication, and a bit more on 1st person POV, because I can’t let it go.
October 3, 2018
Oct 3, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about 3rd vs 1st person POV and why asking readers which they prefer won’t work.
October 2, 2018
Oct 2, 2018 • 20 min
Musing today on how the way to prevent jealousy is to avoid comparisons - and put that energy into your own work.
October 1, 2018
Oct 1, 2018 • 17 min
October 1 is a bad luck day in my family, so I’m talking a bit about that.
September 28, 2018
Sep 28, 2018 • 20 min
Talking today about 1st person POV and keeping track of which characters knew what and when - and how that’s just as confusing as it sounds.
September 27, 2018
Sep 27, 2018 • 20 min
Mostly ruminating about choosing my winner for LERA’s The Writer contest - with a brief segue into why talking about politics matters.
September 26, 2018
Sep 26, 2018 • 21 min
The weather is turning in Santa Fe, but I sat in the grape arbor anyway, in my new wrap, and waxed on about coffee, pastries, and writing. As one does.
September 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018 • 21 min
Today is the first day of the #fantasyromancetrifecta, the release day of Grace Draven’s PHOENIX UNBOUND!
September 19, 2018
Sep 19, 2018 • 20 min
Telling you all about the upcoming Fantasy Romance Trifecta coming your way.
September 18, 2018
Sep 18, 2018 • 21 min
Talking today about how “networking” is truly making friendships and supporting each other.
September 17, 2018
Sep 17, 2018 • 14 min
I’m back at work today - and talking a bit about my days off, including separating irises AND how to give them away to your friends.
September 14, 2018
Sep 14, 2018 • 21 min
I’ve finished THE ORCHID THRONE revisions and have been refilling the well - talking about downtime after work, reading, editor brain, and how annoying it is when movie monsters won’t die.
September 11, 2018
Sep 11, 2018 • 19 min
Taking a walk today with Jackson, a preemptive strike against his autumn restlessness, and talking about the domestication of cats and dogs (as one does), along with worldbuilding and perfectionism.
September 10, 2018
Sep 10, 2018 • 22 min
Talking today about knowing where a story starts and how that can be difficult, along with taking critique in general.
September 6, 2018
Sep 6, 2018 • 21 min
Talking today about revisions for developmental edits on THE ORCHID THRONE, and revisions in general - what to cut, how to know, the importance of post-production.
September 4, 2018
Sep 4, 2018 • 20 min
Today is the release of EXILE OF THE SEAS, so I’m mostly talking about that, release days in general and why they’re on Tuesdays, finishing THE ARROWS OF THE HEART and a bit about Georgia O’Keeffe
September 3, 2018
Sep 3, 2018 • 23 min
Final day of completing THE ARROWS OF THE HEART, so I’m talking about my process, finishing books, and the importance of observing our own creative process.
August 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018 • 19 min
Hummingbird sightings, musings on happiness and updates on The Arrows of the Heart
August 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018 • 20 min
I muse about how beauty - the concept of paradise - uplifts us and is an antidote to the aspects of life that can be crushing, about marketing and advertising, and how those influence the subconscious, too.
August 29, 2018
Aug 29, 2018 • 21 min
Cuing the reader on when the characters are safe enough to have sex, and other updates including cover discussions regarding THE ORCHID THRONE.
August 24, 2018
Aug 24, 2018 • 22 min
I wax philosophical today, talking about how to work with the creative self and how it’s like training a puppy - and plans for Bubonicon tomorrow.
August 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018 • 21 min
Reporting on Mary Robinette Kowal and John Scalzi at George RR Martin’s Jean Cocteau theater, on my lovely birthday, and the new cover of SHOOTING STAR.
August 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018 • 19 min
Musing about the finite nature of creativity, and also agents - good and bad.
August 20, 2018
Aug 20, 2018 • 23 min
WorldCon gossip and so forth
August 16, 2018
Aug 16, 2018 • 19 min
Coffee with Canadian SFF author Kelly Robson at WorldCon76 in San Jose.
August 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018 • 20 min
Netflix, Extinction, WorldCon, SFWA, and thoughts on books and movies.
August 13, 2018
Aug 13, 2018 • 20 min
Asking for blurbs and rising through skill levels as a professional author.
August 10, 2018
Aug 10, 2018 • 19 min
Secret project reveal and musings on sensitivity issues.
August 9, 2018
Aug 9, 2018 • 19 min
External and internal conflict in writing, plus cat wrangling and pack rat wars.
August 8, 2018
Aug 8, 2018 • 20 min
Waxing philosophical today on cycle of life, head space, and building the skills to write a novel.
August 3, 2018
Aug 3, 2018 • 20 min
Mostly cat wrangling and rhapsodizing on Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins
August 1, 2018
Aug 1, 2018 • 15 min
Musings on going back on the keto diet, birthdays and book covers.
July 31, 2018
Jul 31, 2018 • 20 min
In which I *don’t* talk about an annoying situation, but instead muse on days off, the work week, habits, and THE ARROWS OF THE HEART.
July 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018 • 23 min
Ruminations on ending series, lightning rods, coyotes and crow fountains.
July 26, 2018
Jul 26, 2018 • 22 min
Getting back into my at-home routine, so I discuss writing habits, creativity, the RWA conference, Suzanne Brockman’s Lifetime Achievement Award speech - and what being quietly civil really means.
July 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018 • 12 min
Short update from the Aqua Lodge at Navajo Lake.
July 19, 2018
Jul 19, 2018 • 21 min
Taking a long walk on noisy 16th Street Mall, Thursday morning of #RWA2018.
July 16, 2018
Jul 16, 2018 • 21 min
Talking with #RWA2018 roomie Darynda Jones about writing, life and scruffy Chris Pratt
July 15, 2018
Jul 15, 2018 • 19 min
At Starbucks at 16th and Court, Denver, Colorado. In town for #RWA18
July 13, 2018
Jul 13, 2018 • 19 min
General blathering on writing, finishing THE ORCHID THRONE, and plans for RWA National.
July 10, 2018
Jul 10, 2018 • 22 min
In which I talk about alternate fantasy worlds and levels of technology, and progress on THE ORCHID THRONE
July 9, 2018
Jul 9, 2018 • 22 min
Sharing my first cup of coffee with Minerva Spencer, debut author of DANGEROUS.
July 6, 2018
Jul 6, 2018 • 21 min
Updates on THE ORCHID THRONE and musings on writing for discovery and how that process works for me.
July 5, 2018
Jul 5, 2018 • 20 min
Inaugural episode in which I don’t quite have the sound right (I forgot to turn on my earbuds and recorded from the phone that I kept walking away from - lol), but which is kind of amusing anyway.