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March 2017



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ten more things

The one thing that seems to be cropping up most frequently on the "Ten things I have learned (about/from/in avoidance) of writing" thing (which I have stopped linking because, as the song goes "there's too many of us.") is the one about how there will always be somebody more successful than you (that, and blackholly's advice to take off your nametag when you get drunk) and I realized I need to make an addendum to it.

11. No matter how successful you are, it will still drive you. I met a very successful author a year or so ago who joked about being jealous of my then-current Locus review, and another one who made a crack about "Yeah, I keep telling myself, this book has to get one rung higher up the NYT best seller list than the last one did."

These guys were being arch and ironic, and they were trying to teach me something. (Both of them were, in fact, NYT best-sellers. Top ten. No, I won't tell you who.) You can't control that stuff. Nor can you control how readers will respond to the story. What you can control is the words on the page in a measured and consistent fashion.

Well, most of the time.

*piths another horta, going by*

ten things I am mostly ignorant about

  1. number theory
  2. types of Austrian sausage
  3. eighties horror movies
  4. clothing
  5. color theory
  6. the !kung language
  7. network architecture (though I do listen to netcurmudgeon, I swear)
  8. nonfiction publishing
  9. how the heck Marketing goes about picking the cover art
  10. classical sculpture. although truepenny recently told me a heartwarming story about the first female curator at the Met going around with a box of genitals, trying to match them to defaced statues

ten things I, like Clive Barker, don't really know much about--but do know enough to get myself into trouble with:

  1. internal combustion engines
  2. the second world war
  3. the publishing industry
  4. sex
  5. current events
  6. geology
  7. cooking
  8. fanfiction
  9. Zen
  10. archery

  11. *g*
News from the weekend, which nobody has told me I'm not allowed to talk about, so I guess I can mention it. And I am very pleased to: Hammered has been nominated for the Compton Crook Award (the B(altimore)SFS's best first genre novel award) (and may I just say their notification email is unutterably charming? It reads in part: "This award was fist established in 1981 by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc., in the belief that first novelists in the field and under-reviewed, neglected, and underpaid." Well, I'm not going to argue with that... well, okay, actually I'm really happy with the support my books have gotten, especially as a new kid.)

Pursuant to that, I can also tell you that Hammered has gone back for a fourth printing. Which by my count puts about 40,000 copies in print. Which I probably wasn't supposed to tell you, but hey, yours for transparency in publishing.

And which is, yes, they tell me, really rather good for a first mass-market paperback novel in genre. Yes, 40,000 copies. Is rather good. Four printings. (Somebody over there just fainted. Medic!)

...but what about Dan Brown?! And his billions and billions served? Why is Bear not Wealthy? Where are the Fans?

Well, this is why rezendi makes more money than I do, guys. (Or possibly because he's a better writer.) *g* There are only so many people who will buy that crap with the starships on the cover.

Oh, and Worldwired made the March Locus best seller list. Life is not so bad. And it's a living, after all.

...and now, my hair is filthy and so are my contacts, and the media mining calls.



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*upon rereading this post for content*

Oh. I'm in a manic phase. Well, that explains my incoherent babling in other people's comments this morning, too.

At least it's happy manic. Now I just need to get past it enough to FOCUS AND GET MY WORK DONE.

Bad brain chemicals.

No biscuit.

Re: *upon rereading this post for content*

I originally came down here to say, "Congratulations," but instead I will say, "HEE."

Woohoo! Have a blast!!!


Congratulations on all the good news.

And good luck and have fun!
Err, I recommend Company Of Wolves for eighties horror... is it eighties?
Pretty sure it is. Good stuff.

I liked Angel Heart too, but the stuff I remember from that era is more the start of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street arcs. So I was going to say, no knowing 80s horror is no loss.

re: Dan Brown

Yeah, but I bet more copies of your books have actually been *read*.
Congrats on the nomination.

Does this mean you'll be coming to Balticon at the end of May?
No, because I'm committed to Wiscon.
Congratulations! And have a good trip.

And re Dan Brown: nobody's taken you to court for plagiarism (have they?) and plus, your books actually make sense.

This is probably not much compensation for the lack of billions, though. :-)
a. Congratulations!

b. Lists! Love the lists!

c. William C. Davis* has written a book about Jean Lafitte &c.

d. Gracious sakes, girl! Get a grip on yourself! You can't pack for a trip overseas in this state of mind; you'll pack the wrong brassiere--the dead one you can't be seen in public by strangers in.

*mostly an American Civil War historian, FFIW.
Congrats and hope you get the award!
Heee. I can account for a few sales of your books. I've leant Hammered to a few people and then demanded it back. So far they've all gone out and bought the full series. I am so your pimp.

Though I must tell you that you're having a scandalous affair with my friend Lee. He tells me that you're keeping him up late at night in bed.

(Don't worry, he's happily married... but he looks awfully cute in a kilt.)

well, at least my characters have an active horizontal social life....

Ah... Number Theory

To quote my college professor:

Mathematics is the King of all the sciences, and Number Theory is the Queen of mathematics.

It's so...pure. Elegant. Divine, even.

Number theory and matrix transformation. Everything goes to zero. *bliss*

(And I'll stop being a math geek, now...)


email is stuffed again so: unless I have a relapse,wh is apparently unlikely,I am v reluctant to blow out c/bridge. T has offered to drive me up so all I'll have to do is sit. will u have email when u r away?

Re: Cambridge

I will have email, and I can call you when I get in. I **am** really looking forward to it and am sad at the prospect of not doing. **But.** I don't want you killing yourself because you have to write me more books.

Will proceed as advised.

Re: Congrats and Stuff

Good and bad are false dichotomies. *g*

And I've gotten along fine without the number theory too, sad to say.
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