Inspiration from all sorts of places

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

This week, we’re talking about writing inspiration. I tried to answer this question in a delightful prose-oriented blog entry, but kept on getting foiled by having way too much to talk about—because as a former journalist, everything pretty much spurs me to pick up a pen! So here is a short list of things that have inspired me over the years. Make one for yourself — you might find it…

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I’ve never had research come in handy like this before.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

When you’re a science fiction author, you spend a lot of time with your head in the clouds. While other authors are researching down-to-earth events and happenings, we’re wondering just how long it takes to get to some unknown star across the galaxy if we’re running one’s warp-engine jets at three times light speed, or what an advanced alien society might look like if its planet developed off silicon instead…

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No longer such a perfect day

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Back in August, we Debutantes got together over video-conferencing to work on the list of topics we wanted to talk about this year. Some of these topics were developed in previous years by other Debs. Some, we came up with on our own. None of them were developed with a global pandemic in mind. This week’s topic is “A Perfect Day,” which I’m finding hard to talk about now that…

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The world of the Architects

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Occasionally, we authors of science fiction get it right. We predict tablet computers, spaceflight, and social movements. Genetic engineering, surveillance, satellites, voicemail—all of it appeared in science fiction first. Sometimes we predict utopian futures—you know, like Star Trek, where everyone’s pursuing their dreams in a society that has eliminated money and inequality. And sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we write futures that are not what we want at all, and we…

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When in doubt, consult Buzzfeed quizzes.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Let’s just be honest, here. I’m having a lot of trouble composing this week’s article—on how my personality affects my writing—because I’m not honestly sure what my personality is. I mean, I’m a little serious, I’m an extrovert, and a bit of a workaholic, but “I write a lot” does not a Deb article make. So. I took a bunch of Buzzfeed personality quizzes. “This Sorting Quiz Will Tell You…

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Inspiration from everywhere

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

So, my book revisions are due today, so I’m hoping you–kind reader!–don’t mind if today’s entry is a little short. I get my sources of inspiration from everywhere. My stories and novels are magpie nests, full of shiny bits and dark corners, lit on fire by deadlines. Architects of Memory alone needed nearly twenty years to form; it includes a cast I originally thought up during a college exam week in…

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Casting the Architects

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Let’s be honest. Most of us who write novels want them to be made into films. It’s just really fun, and the option money isn’t bad, either. (Plus, we all secretly fear more people will probably experience our stuff if it shows up on Netflix someday.) I’ve worked in small-scale videomaking for over a decade — YouTube, music videos, weddings, and commercials, both shooting and editing. I’ve never worked on…

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Interview with Tyler Hayes, author of THE IMAGINARY CORPSE

Saturday, February 8, 2020

I’m so happy to welcome Tyler Hayes to the Deb Ball this week! Tyler is a friend of mine from an online writing workshop, and from the moment I heard about his hopeful, bright (and noir!) story about a toy dinosaur detective, The Imaginary Corpse, I was hooked. This book, you guys. This book. It’s unlike anything else on the shelves right now, and it’ll break your heart and build…

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Not-So-Minor-Dramas: Why I Love Kathleen’s Book

Friday, February 7, 2020

There’s something you should know: I have absolutely no chill when it comes to books I love. This is why I never tried to be a reviewer—because I enjoy nothing more than to get completely lost in a book. So I’m going to spend the Deb release weeks less reviewing my colleagues’ fabulous works than losing my chill over them, because—wow. These are seriously good books. So you can guess…

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Self-promotion: what not to do.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

I’ve been dreading this week. The truth is, I have no idea how to self-promote. I’m seven months away from my book launch, the idea of “building my personal brand” makes my face do the quizzical thing usually found in bad stock photos, and I definitely don’t have any money for “swag.” So, instead, I’ll talk about some things to not do when you’re self-promoting. Don’t: … only talk about…

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