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Shenanigans IX: the March of time
Hello, friends! As March begins, I’m looking forward to my kids making approximately twenty bazillion jokes about marching. I’ll probably make a few of my own, because as the saying goes, de tal palo, tal astilla. If you have any good ones, let me know; it’s always fun to expand one’s repertoire.
Page proofs for Where Peace Is Lost are in progress, which means I’ve gone over the PDF of what the printed book is supposed to look like and sent back any changes. At this stage, only minor tweaks are allowed, because otherwise I’d risk causing a cascading effect on the pages that would culminate in fire, distant sirens, and extremely justifiable resentment on the part of the person tasked with layout. A proofreader may have more to say in coming weeks, but for now, the book is once more out of my hands.
If you want Where Peace Is Lost to be in your hands in August, you can pre-order it and then forget you did and get a pleasant surprise! Much better than fire or sirens.
The story I sold to Uncanny Magazine has been published! “In Time, a Weed May Break Stone” is a quiet little fantasy tale about a retired soldier suiting up for one last fight. Right now, you can only read it if you buy the issue; otherwise, you have to wait until April 4th, when it will be posted on their website for free.
Fit for the Gods now has a publication date: August 1, 2023. If you want to read my space opera Atalanta story, among many other riffs on Greek and Roman myths, pre-order and give your future self yet another surprise present! They will be so grateful to current you, who will be past you by the time August arrives, unless unforeseen temporal instability occurs.
Once again, here’s a quick digest of my recent blog posts:
How to pitch: chocolate edition: Having read through a few novel pitches for other people, and because I am always turning things into similes and metaphors, I have come up with yet another theory for How to Pitch. I call this one: What flavor is your chocolate?
Writing is like making cupcakes: Continuing my chocolate fixation, I launch into an extended analogy with accompanying pictures and links to relevant vegan recipes.
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