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That anthology I’m in, Time Capsules? Here’s the link to pre-order!

At the moment, I don’t have much else to blog about, so I thought I’d also share another new anthology that’s come out this month. Silence in the City is about sudden failures of technology and the stories appear somewhat apocalyptic in tone. It includes work by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Gini Koch, and others. The one that caught my interest is by Alex Schvartsman.

Schvartsman is best known for his anthology series Unidentified Funny Objects, which as you might guess is themed on funny speculative fiction. Although well published on his own, he’s also a prolific translator of Russian science fiction. If you’re interested in international genre fiction, his blog is worth following.

Today’s announcement included a teaser for Schvartsman’s story in Silence in the City. It looks like a noire-detective-urban-fantasy blend. If that sounds like fun to you, here’s a link to the post with the teaser. Enjoy!


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I have a new short story coming out! Time Capsules is an anthology edited by Carol Hightshoe of Wolf Singer. Writing my story was a fun challenge. The anthology should be out on January 17th, but alas, I don’t have a link to pre-order it.


Time Capsules

Time capsules — history and mystery — a gift or a message from the past to the future? Messages that can easily be misunderstood. What were the reasons for passing along a pair of pink, fuzzy handcuffs? A glass vial containing a perfect dandelion puff? A Japanese katana? A red and blue scarf? A wooden spoon?

What magic do these items contain? What stories do they tell? From the past to the future, mysteries and meanings abound within these pages, as well as reminders of what people find precious. What will you find?


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What’s Happening? Merry New Year, everyone!

What I’m Working On. My current project is The Tale of the Drakanox, sixth and final novella in the Minstrels of Skaythe series. As I posted last Wednesday, I’ve been making great progress. I’ll probably feel sad and guilty once school comes back and I have to slow down because I don’t have all day to hop on the computer whenever I get a brain burst.

What’s Next? We might actually be able to travel a bit this year. I have an in-person convention scheduled for February, and in April we hope to visit the Grand Canyon. As those dates come closer, I’m watching Covid data really carefully and talking with my husband about the risks.

Fun and Games. One of my Christmas gifts was a new video game, Hades. It’s won lots of awards. So far there isn’t much deep characterization, but it is sort of fun to just run around madly smashing and slaying. I’m also continuing to play Animal Crossing when I need to chill out.

I know I’m not the only one who feels like 2021 was the worst and 2022 just has to get better. But let’s not challenge the fates, okay??


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Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing on my winter break. Normally I take the holidays off to allow for family events, but this year for pandemic reasons we haven’t/aren’t going to do that. Both my husband and kid are working most days, so I’ve had the house to myself.

With that time, I’ve been able to really dig in and work on The Tale of the Drakanox. So far this week I’ve gotten about 2,250 words down. My expected output would usually be closer to 1,600 for a full five days, so that’s amazing progress.

For comparison, most of these novellas have been 30 – 40,000 words. I usually have 2 POV characters and estimate 20,000 words for each to have a satisfying arc. Drakanox has started out with 4 POV characters. That could run up to 80,000 if each character gets the full 20,000 words. That’s more of a short novel than a novella, but maybe it suits for the climax of a six-novella series.

My total so far is 17,300 words on Drakanox, and I’m pretty well into it. I still have 3 days left to work on the story. However, tomorrow is my booster shot, and that’s likely to slow me down. It’s been a little scary to see the project grow so quickly, but it’s also a pretty good way to end the year.


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When you read this, it will be Christmas Day. So here is my gift to you: a short story! I shared it on this very blog back in 2017. (If you’ve been following me that long, I hope you don’t mind the repeat.) The Winter Wish is one of my favorites, written for the byline Lucy D. Ford.

Here is Part 1 and here is Part 2.

Happy Holidays!


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It’s that time of year, when Best-Of lists, awards, and other retrospectives are released into the world. This made me think about the books I’ve personally enjoyed during calendar year 2021. According to Goodreads, I’ve read 27 books (three short of my reading challenge) but of them all, two really stand out.

The first was The City We Became, by N. K. Jemisin, which technically was released in 2020. The initial release was in hardback, and I waited for the trade paperback. The book won a number of awards, which it deserved. I enjoyed how it played with stereotypes enough that I already wrote a whole blog post about it. You can revisit that here, if you wish.

The other was The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik. This is the second book in her series The Scholomance, which is being categorized as contemporary fantasy but really I think is the spiritual successor to Harry Potter. Just think if dear old Hogwarts was an evil entity intent on devouring the students? That’s the Scholomance. Then add in a supremely powerful and snarky POV character, trying to organize her hostile and traumatized fellow students, so that they don’t all fall victim to the Scholomance’s malign tendencies.

Novik is an author who continues to grow and gain mastery with time. She’s also won a number of awards, although not for The Last Graduate. Her early series struck me as fairly ordinary, but she’s really hit her stride with her YA books, Uprooted and Spun in Silver. That’s not to say The Last Graduate is without flaws. El is the sole POV character, and she has a tendency to stop in the middle of the action to explain about things — some of which I already knew. This is one of my own flaws, which is perhaps why it sticks out to me. That didn’t stop me from enjoying the book or thinking about it for days afterward.

So, those are my two most memorable books from 2021. How about you? I’d love to hear your one or two most memorable books from this year.


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Does this happen to you? Every few years, you look at books, movies or video games, and they all seem the same. Or you hear these rave reviews, but when you check it out, the work just seems… ordinary.

I guess it’s the nature of the marketplace. Publishers and producers identify something that’s been successful, and they replicate that until it’s completely run into the ground.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m too demanding, with unreasonable expectations that new work might actually contain original thoughts and ideas.

This isn’t just a complaint for me. It’s something that’s spurred me on. Back in the 1990s, I had that feeling about fantasy books. Everything on the shelves seemed like something I’d read before. Maybe more than once.

What that did was challenge me. If I couldn’t find the stories I wanted on bookstore shelves, then it was up to me to write them. And I’ve done that. My first book was a fantasy/murder mystery, The Magister’s Mask. There wasn’t exactly a ready market for this. It didn’t fit into the neat categories that publishing is built on. I did get it into print, though, in 2004.

Even today, as I work on my Minstrels of Skaythe series, it continues the project of creating the stories I want to read, vs. what the publishing industry thinks I should want. I have a lot of questions for publishers and producers. What are these stories we present? When every problem is solved at the point of a sword or gun, do those stories make the world better, or in fact do they push us all toward increased violence?

Writing outside the box isn’t always commercially successful, and people may look at me like I’m crazy when I ask for more than what conventional work provides. That’s the reality. I accept it, but I’m still writing the stories I think this world needs.


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Today I have a blog visit with David Lee Summers. I’m talking about the roots of my Minstrels of Skaythe series. David is a good friend who has edited my novels in the past, so I hope you’ll skip on over and check it out!


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With my latest e-book out, this is where I appeal to all of you friends to show a little love for Prisoners of the Wailing Tower.

Have you read it? A review on Goodreads of Amazon would be great. Or, just tell your friends who also read high fantasy.

Do you have a blog? I would love a chance to visit and spread the word.

Are you interested but want to know more? I’m always happy to answer reader questions.

Help a lady out?


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It’s the day before Thanksgiving, here in the USA. (Other countries celebrate on different days, to be sure.) So there’s a lot of bustle with travel plans for many of us, and cooking ahead of time for those who are hosting. I’m fortunate enough to have the day off, and even now, there’s an apple pie calling for me to make it.

I’m hearing the first few reviews for Prisoners of the Wailing Tower, and they make me happy. Okay, just hearing that someone I don’t personally know has read one of my e-books is enough to make me happy! But, having kind reviews is always a boost. They are inspiring me as I gain speed with The Way of the Drakanox, my next Minstrels of Skaythe novella.

Holidays can be intense and fraught, so I just send you my wishes for a pleasant day (whether or not it’s Thanksgiving Day for you).


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