Morning Cuppa – 03/26/13 – Neal Asher! Midlister blues! What is a geek?!

Good morning, folks. The life partner and I (is she really a girlfriend after nearly 8 years?) painted the office this weekend and doing that little bit of work to improve that space has me reinvested in my work. I’m plugging away, creating the framework for my next novel and it had me wondering about other author’s approaches. What is it that keeps them motivated? How much do they write? Do they do it full time? Fortunately, the answer wasn’t further away than my NEW rss reader, Feedly (up yours Google for killing Reader).

  • Neal Asher shares his approach to working on novels and it basically comes down to 8 to 5, 2000 words a day. He remarks that being self-employed before he started writing full time was a real boon because it helped him realize that when he wasn’t working, he wasn’t earning.
  • Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster are in a tiff right now that has resulted in the bookseller dramatically reducing orders from the publisher. YA novelist Stephanie Burgis writes on her blog that while she’s certain they’ll come to some terms, mid-list authors such as herself are getting shafted in the meantime. She’s signed on with Simon & Schuster and her book, among many others, is being released during this dispute. Because of the pace of the publishing, there’s small chance that her book will end up in stores after the dust has settled since they’ll already be looking forward to the next thing getting published. It’s heartbreaking to read because she has no control over the process and has, naturally, poured her heart and soul into her book.
  • The first episode of the BBC radio play for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is now available online and iTunes for download.
  • Finally, Felicia Day announces a second season of Geek & Sundry and takes a serious tone, asking, “what is a geek?” I couldn’t agree more about the fact that geeks have just become a box for marketers to put a checkmark in. In fact, I’ve been trying to craft an essay about my struggles with being a geek and how much consumerism is tied to it. I’m interested to see where this discussion goes…

Morning Cuppa – 03/17/13 – Cuppa go Brách! Neverwhere! The Winds of Khalakovo excerpt!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day you sad, hungover bastards. May this day be filled with odd tasting beef and potatoes and beer as black as Shane MacGowan’s teeth. No, don’t drink green beer, that’s just fucked up.

  • Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere radio play started yesterday on the Beeb and will continue for the next 6 weeks. Warning, the first three minutes of the recording are the end of another program, so skip forward to about 3:03 to get past it.
  • The Far Beyond Reality blog posted an excerpt from Brad Beaulieu’s The Winds of Khalakovo, the first volume of his Lays of Anuskaya trilogy. Brad recently split with Night Shade Books and decided to release the concluding volume as a self-published book. If you’re interested, check out his Kickstarter for that project.
  • Waterstones has dreamed up a way to get an edge on all the digital competition by partnering with Joanne Harris to release an exclusive-to-them chapter for her new paperback Peaches for Monsieur le Curé. The article (from the UK-based Independent) touts that this will be a boon for discoverability of mid-list authors. Here in the States, as the Passive Voice blog points out, our major chain, Barnes & Noble, virtually don’t carry mid-listers at all so the application here may be a bit less applicable.

Morning Cuppa – 03/01/13 – Brainstorming! Neverwhere! Fix flat scenes!

Happy Friday all! Hope you’re winding down for a relaxing weekend, here are a few brief links, I’ll see you all tomorrow for the some short fiction!

  • Mary Robinette Kowal shares what a brainstorming session looks like, and it contains a lot of spoilers, so if you’re a fan you might want to avoid it. From a writer’s perspective though, it’s a great look inside the mind of a practicing, successful author.
  • The cast for Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere BBC Radio special has been announced. Highlights? James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Christopher Lee. Really just all a bunch of stars.
  • Janice Hardy reposts one from her archives about how to diagnose a scene that feels “flat.” Should you show rather than tell?