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March 2017



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good night, Austin, Texas, where ever you are.

Poppy is mighty.

As there appear to be about 90 more people reading this journal today than there were yesterday. *waves feebly*

So, um, administrative stuff.

Hi. This is me. I look like that, only currently chubbier, with shorter hair, and no scribbles on my face. I wrote these books, except the one on the bottom, which is by somebody else with the same name. (Much like the old joke about the works of Shakespeare.) You all are more than welcome to comment, talk, and discuss things among yourselves in the comment threads. If you are planning on flaming anybody... go back to your own journal. I can't promise to answer every comment, but if I have something to say, I will.

If you want to talk about a book of mine in terms that will involve fairly serious spoilering, please go over here. I don't regularly read the community, though, so if you want to ask me a question, it's better to do it here.

No, I don't mind if you don't read my stuff and want to hang out anyway. However, you should know that I do collect every review of my work that I can find. *g* Good and bad, professional and unprofessional. So if you do read it, and comment in public, and I find it, I will stick a link here. (I respect friends-locks. Never fear.)

I also post a lot about writing, and sometimes about odd stuff that catches my eye.

Welcome in, have a drink, and be good.

I didn't do any real writing today, but I did start thinking about the next sex scene in By the Mountain Bound. Which will, I think, be the ellen_kushner / Delia Sherman memorial gay long-hair smut.

Yanno, I'm not sure I've written a sort of sweet sex scene since 2001. This may be tricky. On the other hand, it might be fun.

(By the way, Ellen's on the radio tomorrow morning at 5 am. Go look at her blog; there's a streaming media link.)

Speaking of narcissistic linking, here's a few more B&I reviews and comments, all from livejournal pals.

athenais loved Blood & Iron.

adelynne liked it, and had problems siding with or liking Elaine. [Which is totally cool with me. Nobody's supposed to side with any of my characters. There are occasionally ones I would kind of expect the sane people to side against, but that's different.]

misia liked the book. I made her sniffly. She had some problems with the POV shift and a dead-on comment about a structural flaw of the book I never was quite able to address in any meaningful fashion; some discussion in comments.

And if you absolutely can't live without a copy of Carnival for another four months, there's an ARC for sale on eBay currently. But if you're going to go give the sneak selling it money for something s/he's not supposed to be selling, I expect you to buy two copies for friends when it comes out.

It's only fair.


For what it's worth, I'm here mainly because I was really impressed with your attitude toward writing (as excerpted in metaquotes but also linked to me by someone else in its entirety today) and decided I wanted to see more of what you had to say :-) I have yet to acquire one of your books, but they're on the list.
Nice to meet you!
I, too, wandered over from metaquotes and enjoyed what else you had to say and the way in which you say it so I thought I'd stick around if that's okay. =) I'm fascinated by the artistic process in all its forms (not being artistic myself).
Hello! One of the new folks, here via metaquotes, actually, because I like the idea of prickly, broken protagonists. When I have tracked down and read your books (and they sound quite intriguing, I'm looking forward to it), I shall be certain to post reviews for your narcissistic linking purposes, because I definitely understand the desire for feedback.
Oh, you're so hired. The pay is shit, but we have dancing boys.
Hello. I read your list of things you'll never include in your fiction (which I'm currently copying). I was of two minds about friending you, but only because I had no idea how you felt about perfect strangers doing so.

So . . . ::waves:: Looking forward to future entries here!

I had no idea how you felt about perfect strangers

I get the impression Bear prefers imperfect strangers, just like those she writes about *g*
But if you're going to go give the sneak selling it money for something s/he's not supposed to be selling, I expect you to buy two copies for friends when it comes out.

Okay see now, that right there?

Fucking. Classy.

Or coldly calculating and playing on your guilt. But I'll take the charity.
^_^ I feel so be-cuddled! I'm just gonna curl up in your welcoming arms while you sing me to sleep with writerly tales, and my sweet dreams are full of Bear!
I did love the book. I can't write book reviews to save my life, sadly. But I can tell you the reason I have to reread it again soon, if not immediately, is because it is so full of nifty things that I know I passed over a few due to unwillingness to look it up or let it stop the flow.

This is a good thing, to not be able to get all the book in one reading. I thank you. And I thought Elaine was a terrific character. I didn't mind not having any one character to root for. I wanted to watch all their journeys.
Hee. Well, thank you.

Actually, if there's one thing that my workshopping experience has taught me, it's that there's no good in a people are just kind of okay about. If they love it, or hate it, it's a going concern.
I forgot to mention:

(I might have something to do with it, although I didn't write the review. I lacked sufficient brain cells.)
oo, thanks!
As there appear to be about 90 more people reading this journal today than there were yesterday. *waves feebly*

Wow. The power of listiness. :D
...I can see how that could end in tears...
Poppy is mighty, I admit it. But hi, anyway.
Also hi!

It's not that nobody's right. It's that everybody's wrong.

The Fae are in trouble because the humans made the Christian God and the Christian Devil and set them up as overlords, robbing the Fae of power and locking them in this protection racket. So the Fae started stealing (half)-human children to pay the arm-breakers, which seems only fair--your god, dudes, and this way we both pay half the fines. So the humans endured until they figured out the kind of magic that would let them contain and fight back against the Fae. And then the Fae used their doomsday weapons (the Wild Hunt, in the person of plagues), and the humans came back with the Prometheus Club (and more on that later, because of course it's not what it seems) except the Prometheus Club is allied with *other* Fae...

...yeah. S'like politics, isn't it? The snake keeps eating its own tail.

I don't wonder that this pisses people off. It pisses me off.
Commenting on a very small portion of your post... advance reading copies. I'm a book reviewer, and I never know what to do with all the the ARCs I receive. It often happens that I'm sent the ARC, the hardcover, and a year later, the paperback. I'm not sure how many times the publishers think I can review the same book! ;-)

I almost never sell ARCs because I don't feel right doing so. The rare times I do, it's months or even years after the book has come out so at that point it's being sold to a collector of ARCs, not someone trying to get a cheap reading copy to avoid paying retail. Do you think this is problematic? I'm definitely interested in your opinion. I would never sell an ARC before the book is published, or even just after it's publised.

But what to do with them all? I won't put them in the landfill. There's no way I can keep them all, and besides, I'm often sent stuff I have no interest in. Sometimes I donate ARCs to the library for their "Friends" booksales, well after the publication date, but I can see that publishers/authors may not like this either. Sometimes I give them to friends who collect ARCs or who like a particular author. Some could be recycled, but we have to drive 25 miles one way to get to the only place we've found that takes that kind of paper recycling, so we only do it once or twice a year.

I'd be interested in your perspective as an author, if you have time. If not, no worries!
I'd rather people passed them on to friends, but I understand that's not always possible.

...have you considered Bookcrossing?
I'm actually here from autopope, not metaquotes. I read Hammered and remember enjoying it. But really, I'd just like to say that I actually *bought* a copy of Blood and Iron. This makes you the first new author that I've actually bought a book by this year. (I work in a small bookshop. We're allowed to take the galleys home, and even read shelf copies, as long as we're nice with them. For me to actually spend my money on a book these days is a very rare occurance.) It's in my 'to read' stack, right below the Tiptree/Sheldon biography and the new Margaret George.
woo. Thank you. *g*