Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday to Me!

Merry Christmas! Today also happens to be my birthday! This post will be short and sweet, with a quick update on Grigory's Gadget: Last week, I received my copy edits from the editors at  Writership. My sentiments about this are summed up well by this quote from one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger: Meanwhile, … Continue reading Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday to Me!

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Why “Writing” a Book Should Be Called “Editing” a Book

I've taken a step back to look at my writing process for Grigory's Gadget and made a realization: most of the process was not, in fact, pure unadulterated "writing". Most of the process was editing. I wrote the first draft of Grigory's Gadget in 30 days, in November 2010 as my National Novel Writing Month … Continue reading Why “Writing” a Book Should Be Called “Editing” a Book

World-Building: Creating a Universe From Scratch

I'm currently putting the finishing touches on my map for Grigory's Gadget (which will then be beautified by the wonderful artists at Deranged Doctor Design), so world-building has been on my mind.  World-building can be a rough ride. Where do you start when you place a story in a fictional place? How much detail should … Continue reading World-Building: Creating a Universe From Scratch