Yesterday through the 30th, everything in the e-book shop is 10% off, to celebrate the fact that we’re up and running again.
My favorite (insert glyph of rolling eyes here) phrase when dealing with inescapable, interminable, utterly frustrating automated phone answering systems—“Please listen carefully, as your menu options have changed.” This should be a whole lot less painful. Look to the Works In Progress block to your right on the weblog. Two, and only two, books are now in progress. Moon and … Continue reading →
In honor of the fever. I’m already tired of this. Drinking fluids, resting. The sale is my sense of humor, such as it is when I’m sick, anyway. It runs through Monday so the folks who surf from work aren’t left out. ALL CLINICS $2 OFF! EBOOK AND PRINT VERSIONS Sale Runs From Saturday July 28 through Monday July 30th. … Continue reading →
I’ve put all three Clinic books on sale from today through Friday, each one $2.00 off. Why? For karma. I’m struggling on the Ruby Key revisions, and the last time I put books on sale, the bad karma cleared. The line-for-scene is crawling, and most of the cards so far are red or orange. Not good. My stress level is … Continue reading →
Here’s the link to the print version of the Create A Language Clinic. And one to the print storefront, in case you want to browse. The print version is a ringbound workbook, the same as the character and language clinics. Very happy to finally have it finished, and I hope those of you who prefer print books to e-books find … Continue reading →
I’m almost done with the first draft of The Ruby Key. Due to the fact that I left out a lot of important and exciting things in the middle portion of the story (because I write very, very tight in first draft and almost always have to expand in revision) I’m going to end up wrapping the first draft at … Continue reading →
Wednesdays suck in general. Today, mine is worse than usual, so I decided to do something good to offset all the bad karma. There’s a one-day-only Hump Day sale on my writing books—15% off on any of them that you buy. Buy one or all three and get the discount. Character Clinic Language Clinic Culture Clinic … Continue reading →
Right now the book is available—the description is short and the free preview isn’t loaded. I’ll do all the catalog work on Monday. But I know people are waiting for the book, and if you’re one of those people, you can get your copy now. Thank you for all the encouragement and enthusiasm. Let me know what you think. … Continue reading →
Thanks to the comments, suggestions, questions, and edits of Heather and Christian, the two beta-testers for the Create A Culture Clinic (both of whom nailed their deadlines—thank you both!), I’m now deep in the final revision before publishing the e-book. Quick comments from the beta-testers: Heather: This is absolutely fabulous. I write present-day, and had always sort of assumed I … Continue reading →
HeatherCW and onesikmonkee, providing they can get edits and comments back to me by WEDNESDAY evening, win the roles of Culture Clinic guinea pigs. If either of them can’t, I’ll do a second run through the entries, and struggle to choose again. These were very tough choices, and there were a lot of folks who will still be in the … Continue reading →
I’d very much like to have two volunteers to give Holly Lisle’s Create A Character Clinic a test run, take it apart, see where instructions are unclear, and find typos and spellos (though I’m doing those, too, but I suck at copyediting). Your test drive should involve actually creating a working culture notebook and a culture to put in it. … Continue reading →
Culture Clinic is moving along. Check out the progress bar. Hope to finish rough edits tomorrow. … Continue reading →
My bud sent me a book on bookbinding some time ago, and I picked up one on handmade books. Things have to float around in my subconscious for a while before I figure out what to do with them, and these books were like that. I don’t know if it was the fever, or just a connection of strange dreams … Continue reading →
Received the copyedits for NIGHT ECHOES—they’re pretty clean. Shouldn’t take long, but I feel dreadful. The kidlet caught something, and now we’ve caught it. So work is catch-as-catch-can for the next few days.
Have to do the copyedit of NIGHT ECHOES tomorrow. Will proof and publish Culture Clinic when that is done. … Continue reading →
Actually, the mail part of the process of sending out contest winners’ books wasn’t too time consuming. Finding the books, however, was a nightmare. It turns out that I have no more copies of either Diplomacy of Wolves or Vengeance of Dragons (or if I have them, they’re buried far, far away from all the rest of my author’s copies.) … Continue reading →
My French is nowhere near what it used to be, I’ve just discovered. Once, years ago, I could comfortably read Spanish and French at the newspaper/ novel level and was working hard to add German to my language list. No more, alas. I was stunned and dismayed to discover how much I’ve simply lost. I can still manage some Spanish, … Continue reading →
I’ve finished the first draft of the main part of the Culture Clinic. I still have to do all the organizational sheets and worksheets and accompanying instructions (a significant task) and I still have to edit and proof. But I’m definitely on track with this book, and I’m very pleased with the way it’s going.
Religion was a combination of head-down slog and great fun—the section required a lot of background work on the enormous number of religions and philosophies available for the culture-builder to draw on, but it also included the fun of covering pantheon-building, liturgies and services, and other goodies. And economics might sound like a drag, but when you’re developing (or figuring … Continue reading →
Work on the culture clinic went well today. Finished personal lives and spaces, moving into community development now. I love how it’s coming together.
Sick today. Sick, sick, sick. Writing today. Writing, writing, writing. Let’s see which one wins—2500 words or barfing up toenails. This should be a fun game.
Got 2500+ words today on the Culture Clinic. However, it does seem to be …. er …. running long. And I’m being as compact as I can, dammit. Well, I’m really pleased with what I got, anyway, and I’m well set up for work tomorrow. Now that I have the approach down, it’s all coming together. Of course, the poor … Continue reading →
Have done the copyedits. Have fixed typos and clarified a few things. Have redone the font, made it all pretty for print, and now Holly Lisle’s Create A Language Clinic has passed muster and is now available for purchase. In a few days, a revised PDF version will be available for download from the shop, free to anyone who purchased … Continue reading →
Making the Culture Clinic usable in a clear, linear form seemed impossible. So much to do, so much so show, so much to make. And no one needed everything all at once, but someone would need everything sooner or later. Fluffing the curtains didn’t help, walking in circles didn’t help, knitting helped a little. The nightmare I had last night … Continue reading →
This is first draft. It was drop back and punt time for me, as I got my head around what, exactly, I’m trying to give you in this book. This is the introduction to the book, where I think I got it. Why Create Cultures? Every novel ever written is, was, or eventually will be about cultures. Really. There was … Continue reading →
Follow that by a rueful wince and the fierce rubbing of the head. See, I only do bits and pieces of any culture that I do. I work on my culture as I write, too, so the task never becomes overwhelming, and I add things in a mostly-organized method, so I never think about how much there really is. Over … Continue reading →
Every word on Culture Clinic yesterday was a new one. They are, however, much better words than before. Today, I’m also chasing all new words. I need to change the order of the Problems With Created Cultures, because the first one I have to address is 5) Your culture contains only paladins, clerics, bards, rogues and healers, and maybe the … Continue reading →
The print version of Language Clinic landed on my front step late last Friday, and it turned out beautifully. I’m going through and copyediting, will do final revisions, and have the thing available for sale in the next couple of days. Other than copyediting most of that, I did nothing writing-related over the weekend except let my sizzlin’ brain rest. … Continue reading →
First, cheers to Kathleen Bolton of Writer Unboxed, who survived one-pass revision and got her manuscript in the mail. Yesterday, I ended up doing a series of ever-decreasing tweaks on NIGHT ECHOES, bouncing stuff back and forth with my editor, until I finally finished at 6PM, just in time to take stuff for the burgeoning migraine and eat supper. Good … Continue reading →
Outlining on Create a Culture Clinic is done, and I actually made a start into the text of the book. (Not much of a start, granted, but I got words on the page.) Tomorrow I’ll shoot for 2000 words. I’m shooting for both clarity and fun—we’ll see how that goes.