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Confusion, here I come!

posted on: January 14, 2015
in: Blog
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What I look like (before coffee). So you can find me.

I’m a gaming guest of honor at Confusion this year, which means I’m heading off tomorrow morning for the very cold side of the country (if you wonder what very cold means in this context, it’s currently 13 degrees there. So that’s a lot of holy fucking brrrrs that are about to happen). There is an incredible array of talent at this convention — writers like Ted Chiang, Karen Lorde, Mary Robinette Kowal, Steven Erickson, Colin McComb, Cherie Priest, Myke Cole, and many more (someone else kindly made a full list, with links, so I will link that here).

Here is my schedule for the weekend, if you want to come and see me sounding like I know what I’m talking about.*

*Important note: I am shy and introverted, and there’s a good chance that if I have only met you online, I don’t actually know what you look like. So if you see me walking around not talking to you, it’s because I don’t recognize you; please don’t hesitate to come and say hello. That photo up top is what I typically look like, so you can find me. Only more awake (hopefully) and with some actual make up on and stuff so that I look like a grownup person.

**Important note 2: All of the above does NOT apply at the dessert reception. If are are between me and dessert, I can’t be responsible for your safety.


Friday 7:00 PM Michigan Opening Ceremonies
Friday 8:00 PM Great Room Dessert Reception
Friday 10:00 PM Southfield What Makes a Sex Scene Suck
Saturday 11:00 AM Rotunda Reading #7: Cook/Germain
Saturday 12:00 PM Michigan Numenera
Saturday 1:00 PM Huron So You Want to Make Games, Huh?
Saturday 3:00 PM Dearborn Are We Living in a Golden Age of Gaming?
Saturday 4:00 PM Erie, Huron, Ontario Autograph Session
Sunday 10:00:00 Model T Kaffeeklatsch with Shanna Germain & Monte Cook
Sunday 11:00 AM Southfield How to Kick your Start
Sunday 12:00 PM Southfield Monte Cook & Shanna Germain Interview
Sunday 1:00 PM Warren Post-Binary SF
Sunday 3:00 PM Michigan Closing Ceremonies



Jan 8: In Which I’m a Synonym for Stay

posted on: January 8, 2015
in: Blog

Today got off to a slower start than yesterday. I read a bunch of short stories, the new issue of Saga, started Sex Criminals, took a long walk, ate breakfast, made coffee… They tell you not to start your book with your character waking up and having breakfast, and I buy that advice unless your character does super duper awesome amazing cool upon waking. Kills someone. Has mind-blowing sex. Creates a robot that makes you coffee and brings it to you in bed, with just the right amount of cream and sugar.

I did none of those things this morning. Instead, I moved through the world as if it was a bog. Deep. Dark. Slow. Teeming with dangerous things I couldn’t see. Step. Step. Step. Move. Swirl. Dip.

And then I sat down and got to writing.

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

Today’s Project(s): Beautiful Names for Monstrous Things

Today in Writing: 3,500 words, but I don’t think I’m done yet. I might have a few more hours of writing in me today.

Today in Walking: 3.5 miles

Today I Loved: The way water sounds against a feather.


Fiction words written today: 3,500
Fiction words written this year: 8,1000
Total distance this year: 25.2 miles

Daily Shot: 


Today’s writing spot.



Jan 7: In Which a Novel Takes Shape

posted on: January 8, 2015
in: Blog

I have written all the words in my novel and have none left for blog posting. (P.S. This is a good thing!)

Today’s Project(s): Beautiful Names for Monstrous Things

Today in Writing: Plus or minus 4,000 words. Seriously. 4,000 words!

Today in Walking: 4 miles

Today I Loved: You.


Fiction words written today: 4,000
Fiction words written this year: 4,600
Total words written this year: 1200
Total distance this year: 21.7 miles

Daily Shot: 

Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay



Jan 6: In Which We Begin to Retreat

posted on: January 6, 2015
in: Blog

Today I jumped into a car with three other women that I know only slightly who were kind enough to invite me along on their writing retreat. I am so grateful when people take a chance on me, and I try to say yes to those moments whenever I can, because I find they almost always turn out to be fantastic experiences. Today was no exception. There was lots of writing talk and life talk and language talk and laughter and a beautiful dinner and wine and even a little writing.

The house we’re staying at is also beautiful. Right on the ocean, lots of big windows and beautiful views, complete with a spaceship shower. Tomorrow’s plan is to get up early, go for a walk while thinking about plot and dark things that live under the water and poisoned apples, and then sit my butt down and write for many many hours.

Today’s Project(s): Beautiful Names for Monstrous Things

Today in Writing: 600 words, plus a whole lot of shaking going on

Today in Walking: 1.5 miles (I spent a lot of time in the car)

Today I Loved: Talking fiction (and other things) with smart, thoughtful, interesting people


Fiction words written today: 600
Fiction words written this year: 600
Total words written this year: 1200
Total distance this year: 17.7 miles


Daily Shot: Late-night writing against the ocean

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