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E-novella “Bearskin” Coming Soon

My novella Bearskin, previously serialized at The Scarlet Leaf Review, will be released as an e-book at Smashwords at the end of July. Bearskin is inspired by the Brothers Grimm tale of the same name. In it the classic tale of a soldier’s deal with the devil, becomes the story …

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Nearing a Finish Line

Last week I finished the first draft of the final story of the project I set out to do way back in 2011: write 14 short stories and encyclopedia entries for every kingdom in Idhua and hold a launch party for them. It is exciting to be nearing completion of …

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Ocilla Launch Party

A few weeks ago I hosted my thirteenth short story launch party. I only have one more to go before I will have written a short story and an “encyclopedia” article for each kingdom in Idhua. This launch party was for Ocilla, a small, south-western country between Lorgress and Souvin. …

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On the Cusp of Autumn

This has been the busiest summer in a long time. Moving, parties, camping trips, weddings – I am ready for a vacation! I just got back from a wedding in California and there is a hint of autumn in the air up here in the Pacific Northwest: crisp weather, the …

From the Idhuan Herbal

This week I have (along with the rest of my household) been having that slight nasal-throat complaint that arises with weather-is-changing-to-cold plus lots of pollen, dust and crushed dried leaves in the air. To stave off any more severe or lasting colds, we have been drinking “Brew” – a lemon, …

Expanding Vanovsk

This week I expanded a country.  I started working on my next country, Vanovask, and its short story.  As I began to work with the map, I realized that in my mind Vanovsk was a much larger kingdom than the little country I had marked out on my map those …

World Building – 1: Maps

I always begin world building with a map.  I sit down with a piece of paper a draw a country, a city or just a field with a house on one side and the entry to a forest on the other.  Even when I start a story without a map, …

Marketing Idhua: Part 2 (Round 1) – Audience

First annual reader’s poll:I’ve been thinking about an author’s audience.  In the past this has been a challenging topic for me because I approached it negatively: most of the fantasy I see out there is very different in even sub-genre from what I write, therefore there isn’t really an audience …

Marketing Idhua Part 1: Mission Statement

So, I have been working on my strategic plan – which is turning out to be a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  My sister, N, and I have observed to each other that often our challenge is not finding a way to do things, but to decide what …

Marketing Idhua: Introduction

I have been thinking a lot about marketing since I came back from Norwescon.  I chose panels that focused mostly on business and marketing aspects of writing and publishing, so it’s not surprising that it’s been on my mind.  However, I observed a pattern in the panelists – the ones who had marketing experience or deliberately set …