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Getting Excited for Brass and Glass 2!

| May 8, 2018

We’re getting ever closer to Brass and Glass 2: The Long-Cursed Map! To help tide you over, here’s a video of me reading a portion of Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering! Now’s the perfect time to read Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering if you haven’t already, so that it’ll be fresh in your […]

April 2018 Recap!

| May 1, 2018

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 26 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 19 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 19 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 27 April looks like a pretty typical month. One new story finished (shipping, as planned) and sent out into the world, […]

Brass and Glass 2 Edits are DONE!

| April 17, 2018

I finished up the last of my edits to the manuscript for Brass and Glass 2: The Long-Cursed Map on Saturday, and sent it off to my editors. Barring anything major that they find, the writing is basically done! Of course, that doesn’t mean that the book is also done. It still needs a copy edit, […]

Drumroll Please: Brass and Glass 2 Subtitle!

| April 5, 2018

I’m happy to announce that after a long session of brainstorming, we’ve come up with the subtitle for the second book in the Brass and Glass series. If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you may already know that Brass and Glass: The Cask of Cranglimmering was originally just called by the subtitle. […]

Brass & Glass 2 coming soon!

| March 15, 2018

Last week, I turned in my second round of edits on the Brass & Glass 2 manuscript to my editors at Razorgirl Press, which means that we’re well on our way to having a book! We’re shooting to have it out by the end of May, but I don’t have a release date to announce just […]

When the Heroine Isn’t 18, Blonde, and a Size 3

| January 25, 2018

One of the panels I was on at Rustycon was called “When the Heroine Isn’t 18, Blonde, and a Size 3.” The topics we talked about were wide ranging, from books to TV to movies, but the primary idea was about writing non-Hollywood style women protagonists. This is a topic near and dear to my […]

Thinking about Steampunk

| December 19, 2017

At Anglicon a couple of weekends ago, I took part in a panel on steampunk with Jeffrey Cook and Andy Wolf. One of the things that we discussed during the course of it was on a scale of H. G. Wells to Jules Verne, where does your steampunk fall? (The abbreviated explanation on that scale […]

The Relief of Sending a Book to Editors

| November 2, 2017

I finished off the first draft of Brass and Glass Book 2 at the beginning of September, and turned around a second draft by mid-October. Then it went off to a handful of beta readers, so that I could frantically incorporate some of their changes and send it off to my editors at Razorgirl Press. […]

September 2017 recap

| October 3, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 22 Acceptances received: 0 Rejections received: 11 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 13 New Submissions: 1 Stories out at the end of the month: 25 Another slow month, it looks like, with only 11 rejections coming back. I’ve got a few stories that are well past […]

Character Inspirations

| September 14, 2017

Last week, I finished up the first draft of Brass and Glass 2 (which doesn’t have an official subtitle yet) and started outlining book 3. In doing so, I had a chance to look at some of my characters, their motivations, and the inspirations behind them. One of my friends read the first chapter of The Cask […]