Coming to Audio!

I’ve bitten the bullet and am now inviting auditions for an audiobook version of my Sherlock Holmes stories. All three stories will be collected into one audiobook. I’m super excited; it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. If you’re a narrator, you can find the project on ACX. I anticipate it…

Defining Success

Every year at New Year’s I set goals rather than making resolutions. I make sure the goals are concrete and/or quantifiable. That way it’s clear when I have or haven’t met them. But how to formulate those goals? Any writer or artist must decide for him- or herself what “success” means. It’s a personal thing,…

Random Fact

Here’s a random fact about me: I hate the smell of certain cereals. Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, basically oat cereals—I can’t stand the way they smell. I’m fine with the fruity cereals like Froot Loops, I guess because the fruit smell covers the oat smell? Corn Pops or Flakes and those kinds of cereals…

WIP Wednesday

The beginning of a new Regency romance titled Faebourne: Duncan Oliver was in every respect an unremarkable gentleman. He was not tall, though also not any shorter than would be deemed respectable. He was not rich, though again not particularly in want. And though he rode well, he was not especially keen on sports or…

We Need the Media

I’ve heard a lot of chatter about “the media” lately, mostly aimed at the news outlets as they attempt to cover the new presidency. Yes, the news can be biased. But it also acts as a kind of filter, an interpreter for the masses. And we need that. Imagine you’re deaf. Someone is saying something…

Save the Bookstores!

Digital Book World is happening now (wish I were there), and one topic up for discussion is whether more people would visit bookstores if the stores also had booze? You know, cuz the café thing has worn thin. I think bookstores have to do something to get people in. Now that people get their books…

WIP Wednesday

So the biggest complaint about my Sherlock Holmes story “The Mystery of the Last Line” is that it has an ambiguous ending. I wrote the story in 1999 as part of my application to grad school (and yes, I was accepted). At the time, I sort of meant the reader to infer a lot of…

Criticism

It’s in human nature, I think, to want to avoid criticism. We want to please. And in careers where pleasing others is the ultimate goal—where one’s livelihood is based on pleasing the greatest possible number of people—criticism can feel all the harsher and sometimes seemingly fatal. Writers, for example, want and need readers. So they…