Announcing | Writer’s Refuge

One week ago, I decided to start an online writing community. I did this on Facebook, and I mostly did it because I wanted somewhere to go to talk to writers about the art (and trials) facing writing. (Yes, I know other groups like this exist, but I wanted my own corner because apparently I’m…

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Map of The Bloodlands

When I wrote Seraphina’s Lament, and made the decision to publish it, I didn’ t have a ton of money. Hell, I still don’t. Chronic illness is expensive, folks. Anyway, as luck would have it, I have a friend who makes AMAZING fantasy maps. He was willing to work out a deal with me, and…

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Announcement | Of Honey and Wildfires

First things first, I’m about 40,000 words into An Elegy for Hope, but this book is a beast and while writing it is fun, it’s requiring just an absolutely shocking amount of research and the going is slow. I’m aiming for publication early in 2020, hopefully in January or February. This book expands the world…

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Deep Dive | Russian Peasant Life, and the Mir

I’ve been noodling how I want to attack my next Deep Dive topic for a while now. The problem is, it’s so expansive, and there’s just so much of it, and I used so much of what I learned as jumping-off points for my worldbuilding, that I just don’t think it can all fit in…

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Deep Dive | The Tenth-Century Slavic Slave Trade

If you’re an author, or an editor, or really just a person who uses the internet, you understand how researching one thing often leads to hours spent traveling down pathways you’ve never expected, until your mind is full of details about things you’d never imagined you’d ever need to know. Writing my Bloodlands trilogy, starting…

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The BEST kind of update

So, an update. The long and short of it is, after a bunch of tests – A BUNCH OF TESTS – and all signs – ALL SIGNS – pointing to lymphoma, it turns out that, wonder of wonders (seriously), I do not actually have lymphoma. My neck dissection happened a little over a week ago….

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An Update Involving the Big “C” Word

I have always been pretty open and honest with my health stuff because I don’t really see the point in not being open and honest with it. I generally find a lot of comfort and information from people who have “been there, done that” and I hope that maybe someone else can feel the same…

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An Update

The start of this year has pretty soundly kicked my ass. I released my first book on February 19, which was awesome. However, in the middle of all of that, I’ve had some pretty major health problems kick up which have had me in and out of commission. On April 5 I had a surgery…

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