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A little less conversation

A little less conversation

I’ve recently had a breakthrough of sorts regarding my novel vN. Basically, it involved the need to cut a lot of material. One thing that always bothered me about the journey my main character Amy takes is that it was a bit too long, and didn’t go enough exciting places. More importantly, the exciting places that it did (and still does) go didn’t reveal enough of the world where she and I were spending so much of our time. There…

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Some words I (re)wrote the other day:

Some words I (re)wrote the other day:

“I didn’t know it was so bad,” Amy said. “I really didn’t. I swear. I just couldn’t stop myself.” “I know,” the guard said. “I used to work corrections before I got this job, and that’s what kids in your situation always say, organic or synthetic.” Amy hugged her knees. She supposed organic kids wanted to curl up in a little ball in this situation, too. “There won’t be a trial, or anything?” “Of a kind. Tests, probably. Lots of…

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Book Deal Report

Book Deal Report

After receiving word about my book vN this week, the talented and generous Charlie Jane Anders of io9 kindly asked me for a few words about it. And now, the report is up. You can read it here. (You should read the headline, if nothing else. It’s hilarious. And accurate.) Special thanks to Charlie for not only posting this amidst the chaos of covering Comic-Con, but leading the post with a big ol’ pic from Gunnm, also known as Battle…

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So, I have some books coming out.

So, I have some books coming out.

Damn, it feels good to type those words. My first novel, vN, will be published by Angry Robot Books in August, 2012. They summarize it far more concisely than I’ve ever been able to: vN introduces us to Amy. She’s been grown in a stable family environment, with her robot mother and human father. But alone of all her kind, her human-protecting failsafe has stopped working for some reason. Soon she’s on the run from the law, and worse –…

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How I spent the Fourth of July in Canada

How I spent the Fourth of July in Canada

From Toronto Photographing tall ships, getting sunburned, and coming home for our annual re-watch of JAWS. Oh yeah, and finishing the re-writes of my novel. The latest iteration now rests comfortably in my agent’s inbox, and I would have done a celebratory dance of some sort once I clicked “send,” had it not been a quarter to five in the morning. I took a four-hour nap before we headed out to look at the tall ships, I’m exhausted, and my…

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Getting it right

Getting it right

From Food I’ve been on break from school for a while. I wish I could say that I did something truly amazing with my time, but I mostly focused on watching Twin Peaks, doing yoga, and finally figuring out how to make brown rice properly on a stovetop. There are a lot of ways to do this, but I seem to finally have discovered the method that works for me. The secret is washing the rice. Over and over. Three…

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Decisions

Decisions

In case anyone’s curious, I’ve gotten feedback on my manuscript from both my agent and (most of) my workshop. I’m still waiting on a couple of opinions which really matter to me, and for this reason I’ve been reticent to attempt any re-writing. I’m waiting until all the science is in, to use a climate-denier phrase. That said, I’m slowly growing more excited about the process. Everyone has a slightly different take on the book, but the good news is…

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First draft: done.

First draft: done.

From Food This is the dinner I prepared after finishing the first draft of a novel called The von Neumann Sisters. My agent is reading it, my workshop is reading it, my husband is reading it. The title is taken from a comment Peter made in a Starship Sofa podcast, when talking about it. He mistook the title I had in mind, but when I thought about it, I realized it was a better fit. But that final moment reflects…

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Just so you know, I do think about Issues.

Just so you know, I do think about Issues.

Recently, two separate posts have gotten under my skin and forced me to re-examine the book I’m trying to write. (I’m trying, I promise. Really. It’s just that everything I do looks wrong, and this is part of the reason why.) The first is Jetse de Vries Christmas present to the genre: Should SF Die? Jetse distills his point here: My viewpoint is that SF is becoming increasingly irrelevant, and that lack of relevance can be attributed to developments and…

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ready, steady, go!

ready, steady, go!

I’m going away to finish this book. I have a lot of work to do. Luckily, as of this morning I feel energized to do it. For too long I had been languishing, fretting, freaking. Then I spent yesterday with a rather large cephalopod watching Fullmetal Alchemist. (Because that’s our life: we write and read all day and then break for eight-hour marathon viewings of good anime. It’s a good life. A great life. I suspect what people want when…

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