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So. I’ve been meaning to put this post up for some time. To be honest, I’m at that time in my life where I’m still young, but I have that…I see a lot, and lack the patience for things that didn’t used to bother me. I’ve taken it into my head to write semi-funny posts about etiquette. It’s probably not going to help, but, hey, at least it’s something to write about. Today? Email.

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So, the great agent hunt continues. It takes forever to do it right, to read as much as you can and to write…and re-write each letter so it doesn’t sound like a cut and paste, tasteless plea. And you try and wait. Agents and editors all sort of like you to wait until they respond, but I think they know that it’s unlikely. They get deluged by so many emails…queries, questions, spam…that it is …

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This Saturday was the Rapier and Costume Academy in Pittsburgh. I really loved it and hope we have one every year. I am inspired to go back to an idea of what I have been playing with for many years…to distill down the similarities and the differences in the different old masters of rapier styles so that you can, technically, look at the sheet, look at the fencer, and sort of guess what they …

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One of the most disheartening times of year for me as a writer is tax time. 1. You get to see how little you actually sold. Until you look your 1099’s in the eyes, you can sort of lie to yourself that you’re actually getting books into the hands of future fans. 2. You can’t free file because you need to process something that’s not a W-2, and your pitiful royalties are probably only …

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One of the things that’s going on right now is that I am seriously in love with my iPad, which I just got this week.  I’ve been writing up little emails to my faculty, who have them too, to let them know the neat things that might be able to do. It’s an interesting journey for me, because, for ages, I’ve been trying to make a decision:  Netbook?  Tablet?  iPad?  Just get an e-reader? …

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I haven’t gotten to book signings yet in the books I’m reading, so I may well revisit it again, but something I was reading in Booklife, about people’s strengths and weaknesses (i.e. this one lady who is very shy and actually does herself harm by trying to interact with people at conventions) made me think about how I deal with book signings. The thing I always do is I think about what people expect …

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So, as part of my…I guess for lack of a better way of putting it, New Year’s Resolutions (I don’t like to call them that because NYR’s have a feeling of pointlessness to them. But there is something nice about using the beginning of a year to say, this is it, I’m taking control of this situation.) I decided to take control of my writing life. Find balance, and actually promote my work. A …

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And now I will leave you with the final (for now) short story, “The Fortunate Ones.” It is by far my grimmest short story – and one that is the hardest to talk about. Partly because it deals with spousal abuse, partly because it deals with how the mind tries to escape what’s happening to it. The main character is of a race of people who believed that all of their fortune resided within …

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“One Hundred Eight Degrees” is a short story that was meant to play an idea that is, off and on, very popular in fantasy…the mundane, every day person from our world traveling to another. Don’t get me wrong…I’ve always liked the idea, it’s very seductive. I remember, particularly, Alan Dean Foster’s Spellsinger and Magic Kingdom Books, But I wondered, about all the characters from these books who go to these magnificent worlds, who do …

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“Every Word I Speak” is the last of my re-told fairy tales, and the story that got me published by Drollerie. I still remember and treasure the comments Deena Fisher said, because I was submitting stories and starting to wonder if I would ever get anywhere. It was originally published as one of the downloadable short stories, and now is in But Can You Let Him Go? For me, this story marked my return …

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