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“Documents”

So my 9-year-old daughter writes “documents” sometimes, by which she means she writes in Google Docs. Her documents are either school work or, given her druthers, stories about characters she likes. In other words, fan fiction. She asked me to write a document with her, a Star Wars story. We’ve made a start, and I’ve…

A Funny Thing Happened…

I started re-reading Henry Jenkins’ Textual Poachers yesterday, and that prompted me to look up fanzines online. I was curious, really, whether anyone still publishes hard copy fanzines, or if it’s all just FanFiction.net and that kind of thing now. I guess I was just feeling a bit nostalgic. I started out as a fanfic…

IWSG: Back on the Horse

(But what if I fall off again?) What am I insecure about right now? Easy! My new book comes out in TWO DAYS! On August 5, Evernight Teen will release Changers: Manifesting Destiny and I am, of course, simultaneously exuberant and terrified. While I think this book has the potential for a wide audience, I…

The Akantharhodon

This is old. Like, really old. Something I wrote back in the mid-90s. Fan fiction from a time when I was really into comics and anime. I was cutting my writing teeth, so to speak. The Akantharhodon spans Fushigi Yûgi, Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, CLAMP’s X, and a bit of my own AElitian…

My Writing History

I find the question I most get as a writer is not, “Where do you get your ideas?” but “What does the M stand for?” And then, after that one, they ask, “When did you start writing?” And that’s a difficult thing to answer. (The M thing is answered on my FAQ page linked at…

The Thrill of It All

You can sign up for this blogfest here. The task is to write something—fictional or true—about a thrilling time or event. I’ve had some thrills lately (script being licensed for a movie would top the list), but I’m going to reach way back and talk about something that happened when I was an undergrad. My…

The Self-Publishing Conundrum

I go back and forth when thinking about self-publishing. That’s probably not the best way to open a post about the subject, but there you have it. A few years back I had written several short stories, only one of which managed to get picked up for publication. So I compiled them all and made…