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<p>Hello <a href="https://wandering

Fri, 07/12/2024 - 08:39

Hello ! I have five hours between 10 and 3 to get the Water Dragon Publishing and Small Publishing in a Big Universe dealer tables set up before doors open. And I'm going to need them. We have SO MANY BOOKS! I hope people buy all the books so I don't have to pack them up again.

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Fri, 07/12/2024 - 08:15

Do we learn the main plot within the first two chapters?

Usually? I mean, it's always a gradual reveal. In *A Familiar Problem*, the first chapter sets up the story, we learn the general shape of the story with the next couple of chapters, and more details after that. As I've developed as a writer, I've gotten better at embedding indications about the plot in the set up of the story so that it's not a surprise later on.

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Fri, 07/12/2024 - 07:28

What's the earliest version of your stories you allow others to see?

I frequently post fragments of stories as I write them.

I have beta readers who look at a very early version of my rough draft to help me check the story structure and pacing. This is very helpful because I find it much easier to make adjustments at this stage. Afterwards, I make multiple passes of revision where I add detail, polish the transitions, and hone the dialog.

<p>They&#39;re trying to put AI in

Thu, 07/11/2024 - 10:44

They're trying to put AI in *everything*!

<p>The Butter Angels were relaxing on

Thu, 07/11/2024 - 09:50

The Butter Angels were relaxing on their day off.
"Taste this, Darling!" Zsazsa said, holding out a spoonful of soup.
Booboo opened her mouth obediently & let Zsazsa feed her. She sampled the flavor & smacked her lips experimentally.
"I think you need to it more."
"Yes, but what?"
"Hmm. Well, salt for sure."
"That's not a seasoning. Salt just covers up flavors!"
"Salt is the best flavor!" Booboo replied.
"Is not!"
"Watch out or I'm going to get salty!" Booboo said with a wink.

<p>I found the patio for <a href="https

Thu, 07/11/2024 - 09:06

I found the patio for .

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Thu, 07/11/2024 - 08:10

Introduce your main cast.

Lady Cecelia Aster Aspidelle is a young woman from a wealthy family. They intend to marry her off to promote their interests. She is beautiful, with platinum blond hair & passionately interested in botany.

Miss Kasseh Wright, though a commoner, somehow also attends the Finishing School. She's in love with Cecelia, but fears to approach her due to their difference in status. She is large & plain, but has a brilliant mind for engineering & crafting.

<p>Cecelia dragged Helia down into the

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 20:40

Cecelia dragged Helia down into the underbrush at the edge of the forest. They lay still, trying to hide.
"This is so exciting!" she whispered.
"Ssh!" Cecelia hissed. "This isn't an adventure !"
Cecelia tried to peer through the vegetation to see the soldiers to determine where they were from. Their uniforms lacked insignia, so no information there.
Two soldiers came within ten steps of them & looked across the pasture. Cecelia was grateful she hadn't tried to make a run for it.

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Wed, 07/10/2024 - 18:18

Is your MC possessive?

"The Queen asked how many girlfriends he has," Tiny said.
"Well, he has a few," said Emma & Dexy, holding his arms. "He's not the marrying type."
Revin's mouth worked but no words came out.
"You hadn't heard! He's married now!" Tiny said. "To a girl named Lidja." 
Emma & Dexy looked at Revin reproachfully. 
"And then there's his polyandry with the Queen too."
Now Revin looked truly scandalized, but Tiny was unrepentant: "I saw how she looked at you!"

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Wed, 07/10/2024 - 18:12

What stays the same in every story you write?

Hypothermia, bad.

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Wed, 07/10/2024 - 18:12

Do we meet any significant primary or secondary characters in the first chapter of your WIP. Who are they?

Uh… Is there any book where you don't meet significant primary or secondary characters in the first chapter? I mean, you might not in a prologue. But I can't imagine a first chapter that doesn't introduce the protagonist. Maybe if there's a framing story… But the whole premise of this question seems kind of whack to me.

<p>Look for *Fruits of the Gods* at the

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 16:15

Look for *Fruits of the Gods* at the Small Publishing in a Big Universe dealer table at

<p>Almost ready to head for <a href=

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 11:32

Almost ready to head for to bring the for Water Dragon Publishing and Small Publishing in a Big Universe.

<p>I just finished a new Better Angels

Tue, 07/09/2024 - 21:20

I just finished a new Better Angels story: The Better Angels and the Really Bad Idea. It's pretty weird — i.e. a typical Better Angels story.

<p>&quot;Thanks for showing me your

Tue, 07/09/2024 - 17:18

"Thanks for showing me your study site!" Helia said.
Cecelia led her across a pasture.
"Watch your step," she said, pointing at a cowpie.
Helia smiled. She had a bright, sunny smile that Cecelia invariably found charming.
"Give me your hand," Cecelia said, stepping over a tiny stream at the edge of the pasture.
Helia took her hand & stepped over the stream. Then Cecelia felt her nails dig into her palm.
"What's that!" she hissed.
Cecelia looked. Armed men were moving through the forest.

<p>Ooh! *The Third Time&#39;s the Charm

Tue, 07/09/2024 - 17:11

Ooh! *The Third Time's the Charm*, Part One of *Revin's Heart*, is #1 in "Children's Steampunk Books" at Amazon! (Note: It's not just for children. Note also: You can download it for *FREE* from most online vendors!)

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Tue, 07/09/2024 - 07:17

Is your WIP's first chapter indicative of the whole work?

*Lady Cecelia's Journey* has an overarching story composed of six novelettes. Each of the novelettes has its own story arc and each is quite different from the others. Overall, it's a "road" story where, in each part, they are in a different region , face unique challenges, and have distinctive experiences. But the parts are all sapphic romantasy all-the-time, so they're not *that* different from one another.

<p>A paean to the NYT Book Reviews:

Mon, 07/08/2024 - 21:12

A paean to the NYT Book Reviews: "Reading the *Book Review* is a joyless task because it is mostly so massively, stiflingly dull. There is a sameness and a flatness to the reviews, held as they are to some invisible set of *Times* 'standards,' the most obvious one of which seems to be, 'Never be interesting.'"


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Mon, 07/08/2024 - 20:11

Self-Promo time! My (verified!) links are all listed in my profile on Mastodon. I have two books out now: *Revin's Heart*, a steampunky fantasy adventure with pirates, airships, and a trans protagonist, and *Better Angels: Tour de Force*, a fluffy military space opera. I've recently finished a new series set in the Revin's Heart universe that is a sapphic romantasy, *Lady Cecelia's Journey,* which I'm hoping to serialize in six novelette-length parts. Look for it soon!

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Mon, 07/08/2024 - 20:04

A4 Have you ever written from the POV of an animal (real-world or invented)?

I mostly write in third-person limited. I have written some first-person stuff, but that has generally been a person, although in *Always a Destroyer* the viewpoint character is a "destroyer" — an engineered biological weapon that is like an extremely gaunt woman with feathered wings and sharp, recurved claws. (You can find the story in the *Romancing the Rainbow* anthology out now!)