Talent, Writing, and MFA

K. writes, Have you seen this? http://www.thestranger.com/books/features/2015/02/27/21792750/things-i-can-say-about-mfa-writing-programs-now-that-i-no-longer-teach-in-one Yes, I have seen.  I suppose you would like to know what I think about it. My response to this is, if you don't love what you do, don't teach it.  I am tempted to leave it at that, but let's do a very quick rundown of his points. 1. Writers are born with talent. That's debatable at best.  How do you measure talent?  How do you recognize it?   There once was a violin teacher famous for producing child virtuosos.   They asked him how he did it, and he said that if … Continue Reading …

Magic Breaks is out in paperback

::waves a flag::  Magic Breaks is out in mass market paperback today, which also means that the ebook price should be $7.99 and below.  ::waves a flag::  Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Book Depository | B-A-M | Kobo | iBooks | IndieBound | Powells | Penguin Wooo!  Wooo! Okay, I have done the marketing announcement. *** I am so tired today.  I was having trouble sleeping and took Advil PM.  I know I slept enough but I swear my head just wants to tip over.  It doesn't help that the refrigerator is driving me nuts. About two weeks ago, our fridge started to make this persistent buzzing.  It sounds like a fan that's just not … Continue Reading …

Another short update

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Gordon flew out to NC.  His grandmother recognized him and his uncle was lucid as well, so win.  We're expecting Gordon back later this week.  I have to apologize: your contest books are delayed because in the drop-everything-and-fly mode we forgot that he also had to sign them.   Sorry about that.  They should go out to Nicole on Wednesday via priority mail and will be sent to you next week. I really miss my husband.  I realize that he only been gone a few days, but we are very rarely separated. Magic Shifts is at 80K. Trying to build up to the finale, but there is more and more stuff happening.  I thought I would bring you this small … Continue Reading …

Tiny Funny

So it's not all doom and gloom. Ghastek stood by the floor to ceiling window, sipping coffee from a white mug that said, “Graveyard Shift: we do it in the dark.” From this side, the glass of the window was crystal clear, offering an excellent view of the undead stables, and Ghastek surveyed it like he owned it, because he pretty much did. He wore a tailored pair of sleek navy pants and a woven grey sweater with a hint of blue. Both looked elegant and deceptively simple, which probably meant they were hideously expensive. A small black velvet triangle interrupted the texture of the weave just below the flat-knit collar. The triangle alone … Continue Reading …

Short Update

Some of you have been wondering why there are no posts.  I try not to talk about the family stuff, so very briefly, Gordon's grandmother is in very poor health.  It is not unexpected, because she is 91 years old.  Like all families, our extended family has some drama, and in times of crisis, that drama escalates, especially because his uncle is in terrible health also and his aunt and the one cousin who actually deals with all of this are exhausted.  So he will be flying to NC to do essential things that everyone else is too emotional to do, like speaking with the lawyer about Meemaw's assets and preparing for the eventual funeral. In … Continue Reading …

Hidden Legacy News

Hi readers, it's Nicole! I have some exciting Hidden Legacy news to share with you. Book two in the series has a title and release date! White Hot will be out on October 27, 2015. It's available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. As soon as we get the okay to share the final cover, we will post it. Only 245 days to go! :) … Continue Reading …

Dear Mr. Richards

Mr Richards

Warning: personal post. Dear Mr. W. Richards, I have no way to reach you, since Vista Ridge High School fired you and won't release your contact information, so I am using this forum to express my heartfelt thanks for everything you have done for my daughters.  The school doesn't have a facebook page so this is the best I can do. Being an ISS teacher is a difficult job, and many teachers would try to do everything they could to avoid it.  When one of my daughters was attacked in school and was given in school suspension for not letting a much larger child beat up on her, I thought she would have a rough time in ISS.  Instead, she … Continue Reading …

Blustery Day

It's a blustery day in Texas.  It's cold, and gloomy, and dark, and miserable all around.  But I have Sweep in Peace for you.  Chapter 11, Part 1-2.  I keep wanting to get to the autumn celebration and keep having to get stuff out of the way. I wasted an hour today on research only to come to the conclusion that it won't work.  Meh.  So I had to change strategy, but combined with 2K on Sweep in peace, my word count was roughly 4K today, which was my highest so far since the crash and burn. So, yay!   … Continue Reading …

Valentine Giveaway: Kate, Dali, and Nevada

Thank you so much for standing by our books.  Gordon and I really appreciate it.  We know that you are not doing it for us, but we are grateful all the same. In honor of Valentine Day and just because, we are going to do a giveaway.  Behold: 10 copies of mass market edition of Magic Breaks, 5 copies of Night Shift Anthology, and 5 copies of Burn For Me are up for grabs.  We would love for you to win one of these books and give it a good home. a Rafflecopter giveaway The giveaway is open to international readers and at least 3 books will be mailed internationally. Go! … Continue Reading …