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Friday, February 27, 2009


Geeky goodness begins today in San Francisco.

Wife and I will be attending the festivities tomorrow.

Will you be there, too?

Light Verse Fiday: 2/27/09

With WonderCon starting today (and running through Sunday), here's a comic book themed bit of light verse...

The Dark Knight
Batman's aware
He's your worse nightmare.
He strikes where Gotham's evil dwells
(And hates that one version of "Jingle Bells").

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 2/26/09

MARTY: You made a time machine out of a DeLorean?
Back To The Future

Monday, February 23, 2009

KnM Updates

Part 8 of "Easy Money" is now up.

Things explode in this one.

Plus, the Bay City News Feed is up and running.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Light Verse Friday: 2/20/09

Malcolm Reynolds
Good Captain Mal
Was not Fox Network's pal.
For after just eleven episodes he
And crew were dry-docked...'til Serenity.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thought For Today

When Life hands you a lemon, don't make lemonade.

Instead, punch Life in the face with a brick and say, "I didn't want a lemon, I wanted PIE, dammit!"

In The Can

Finally finished the polish on Episode 5. Queue that up this weekend and it'll be ready to go in September.

Time to pull out notes for Ep. 6 and get cracking on that.

Behind the Curtain

I recall a convesation I had with a buddy on the value of knowing how a story works.

He said he didn't want to know because it would destroy the experience for him.

I held that knowing heightens the experience for me, from a writer's perspective.

What do I mean?

As writers I believe after we learn the basics of the craft, we develop a desire to find out how other writers demonstrate it. How do they draw the reader into the pages of their novels and keep them riveted for 300+ pages? What makes their stories so interesting that readers buy their next book or their tenth book?

Answering those questions helps us develop and hone our craft, our technique. It makes us better writers. It allows us to see how our colleagues play with or break the "rules." When, for example, others point to Elmore Leonard as the "king of dialogue," we study him to learn why, and how we can incorporate that into our writing.

Maybe knowing all that can be a turn-off to readers. "I don't want to analyze a novel," they say. "I just want to read it to be entertained."

Maybe for them, that's fine.

And sometimes, we writers also just want to read to be entertained.

But that part of us that analyzes is always working, even if it's unobtrusively, peeking out just behind that curtain.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

WonderCon Ahoy!

Jess and I will be attending WonderCon on Saturday the 28th.

For you readers who are in the SF Bay Area and plan to go, look for us and say "howdy do!"

We'll be the ones wearing Kat and Mouse hoodies.

Chicks With Guns: 2/17/09

Monday, February 16, 2009

Warrior Women

Jim Hines talk about warrior women over at his place, in reference to the character Talia in Stepsister Scheme. Check out the comment thread. Lively debate, with lots of good points.

This calls to mind a series of posts by Carrie Vaughn on UF heroines (UF in general, but with emphasis on UF heroines) which also referred to a post by Lilith Saintcrow on the same.

Personally, I'm a fan of warrior women. Way I see it, if women want to fight in combat, on the frontlines, and they train hard and take their requisite lumps, go for it.

(I do write about a pair of warrior women so I might be a little biased.)

UPDATE: More on butt-kicking heroines from Sherwood Smith. (h/t: K.C.Shaw)

KnM Updates

Part Seven of "Easy Money" is now live.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I Heart You

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Light Verse Friday: 2/13/09

In honor of tonight's premiere of Joss Whedon's new show Dollhouse starring Eliza Dushku...

Dollhouse with Eliza
Could be a hit you realize-a
If Fox could get its ass in gear
And not make all the good shows disappear.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 2/12/09

RIPLEY: Get away from her, you bitch!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just Finished...

I finished Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand so I penned this little bit of verse...

Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
Had Vegas, so, sexy, exciting, and grand.
The ending was--wait, I really shouldn't tell.
But it nicely sets up Kitty Raises Hell.

Up next: Tanya Huff's The Heart of Valor.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

KnM Updates

"Easy Money" Part Six is up.

The serial is now two months old.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Felicia Day Goodness

Or should that be "Felicia Day is Goodness."

Better yet: "Felicia Day is Goodness Incarnate."

Moving on...

Item: If you aren't watching it, you should be. The Guild. A web sit-com about online gamers of the WoW variety.

Starring...Felicia Day.

Of course.

Item: Over at Felicia's place, she gives us her perspective on hunky Highlanders in print and the joys of reading a 26-book series.

Item: Felicia in print (Feb issue of Geek Monthly).


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Shoutout Time

This one goes to fellow local writer Seanan Mcguire. I stumbled on her blog via Jim C. Hines's blog. One of her recent posts mentioned a comic book store that sounded familiar. I commented asking if it was the same store that I go to for my funnybook joyousness.

It was.

Turns out she's one of their "regulars."

And she's also a "regular" at another store I've frequented.

So up she goes on my blogroll.

Check our her site and her blog.

Her first novel, Rosemary and Rue, comes out from DAW later this year.

Go Seanan!!

Woot woot!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Words of Wisdom

From Jay Lake, via Jim C. Hines:
What every one of those people has in common is not any particular superpower. What they have in common is psychotic persistence. Almost all successful writers exhibit behaviors which would be unhealthy perseveration in the everyday world, but are critical success factors in publishing.
Well said.

"Psychotic Persistence."

I now have the quote printed and tacked up on the wall next to the monitor.

Light Verse Friday: 2/6/09

On The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
Jim C. Hines
Does fairy tale redesigns.
Not content with tropes that just settle
He makes them go ass o'er tea-kettle.

On the Kitty Norville novels by Carrie Vaughn
Carrie Vaughn's
Talk-show werewolf's spot on.
I just hope if you call Kitty Norville
You don't run up a helluva phone bill.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

In A Perfect World...

Jim C. Hines commented on yesterday's Stepsister Scheme post via LiveJournal*. He wrote:
Normally I don't respond to reviews, but I wanted to say that in a perfect world, my next book would have that as the cover blurb:

"You, sir, are the shiznit ... [tropes] went ass over teakettle!"

Thought I'd share.

Thanks for writing, Jim!

*What's this? LiveJournal? Yes, I was attempting to mirror this blog over yonder in order to establish a LJ presence. But it's not mirroring correctly. May need further investigation.

Geek Movie Quote Thursday: 2/5/09

VENKMAN: Back off, man. I'm a scientist.

Geek Movie Quote Thursdays

You know who you are.

You know what you do.

Lines. Scenes. Whole movies.

You know you quote.

You can't help it.

Therefore, we will now celebrate the joy that is quoting movies.

Let the fun begin!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Now Reading...

Finished Stepsister Scheme. Jim. Jimster. Jimaroonie. Big Jim. You, sir, are the shiznit. Bravura job on this one. Beyond turning tropes on their ear. They went ass over teakettle. Can't wait until Mermaid's Madness.

Started Dead Man's Hand on my lunch break yesterday afternoon. Read 70 pages. Drew me in and kept me there. Would've read into the afternoon had a fellow cubemonkey not come by and said hello. I say, well done, Carrie. You da writer-woman! Woot woot!

Monday, February 2, 2009

KnM Updates

Part Five of "Easy Money" is now up.

More trouble ahead for our daring duo.