I am now a level 55 human! Later today, some of my favorite people will come for a mini-retreat at my house and I get to have fun making cocktails and cooking for them. This is, genuinely, one of the things I love to do best. Which is why I have a party favor for […]
I recently had a chance to sit down with the wonderful Wil Wheaton in an interview put together by Audible. Wil and I had a fantastic time talking about audiobook narration, writing, and acting. You may listen to the interview in its entirety here: Timestamps 0:00 – Introductions for Mary Robinette Kowal and Wil Wheaton
I collect etiquette books and ran across this little gem recently. What is one of the most common errors people make when speaking to a writer? The woman who goes up to a writer at a cocktail party and tells him how she has always wanted to write but just hasn’t had the time, as
We spent a good chunk of yesterday and today emptying out our storage locker here in Portland and ferrying things down to McMinnville where a friend has a ginormous locker that he’s letting us put things in. Free! It was really bizarre looking through the locker as we’d forgotten what a lot of the contents
Today was one of those days that looked like I had nothing on the calendar and then I was out of the apartment all day. I started with breakfast and tea with a friend, then trotted off to the Puppet Kitchen to show some of the saw players I met this weekend around. From there
01:06 You know… just once, I would like to go to a con without pulling an all-nighter at the theater. See you at Wiscon tomorrow? # 04:31 I’m waiting for the bus to the airport. Have I been to bed? Does a 20 minute nap count? # 04:38 Today’s shopping list consists of ginger ale,
Well, my guests have all gone to bed and I’m mostly packed. I decided to catch an early flight back to New York because there are some things going on with the show that need attention and it’ll be less stressful to just fly back and deal with it myself. I have to tell you
I was a little distracted today but still managed to wrap up a story and edit another. At one point, to keep from checking my email every two minutes, I headed into the kitchen to start cooking and made some Deep, Dark Chocolate cookies. Gluten free, I’ll have you note. We all trouped out to
The last of our guests arrived today bringing us to ten plus my folks to make an even dozen. I have to say that this was a brilliant idea to throw this house party/writing retreat. While I’m a little distracted because I’m working on the show remotely, mostly I’m hunkering down and getting writing done,
My new computer arrived yesterday. Well, technically it arrived on Monday, but I was out of town, so our UPS guy left it with our next door neighbor. I didn’t actually get to fondle the thing until noon yesterday. As a reminder, I got the Lenovo X61 and so far it is everything I wanted.
After all of the problems with my computer, I waited for two days to make sure it was stable before I started writing on it. It felt so good to be back on a familiar keyboard and with a full size screen, so I got some good words in. And then my computer crashed again.
I spent the afternoon and much of the evening with Michael Schupbach, the puppet designer for MacBeth, as we did last touches on the puppets. I am pleased to say that, barring disaster, we are finished. We went out for dinner afterwards and a much-deserved beer. I think both of us felt like we’d been
SF writer, Rick Novy, pointed out that Ralan is having a fundraiser and has only raised 14% of his goal, half-way through the drive. Come on folks, we can do better than that. We all use Ralan.com because he has pretty much every market listed. Rick suggests: 1) Make a 10 euro donation (the paypal
All right. I’ve sent this question to a couple of teens that I know, but I figure the wider the spectrum the more chance I have to not screw up. Please — if you are an adult, only answer if you have a teenager handy as a reference guide or if you can provide a
Nancy Fulda has an excellent post about her theory on Why Modern Readers are Less Tolerant of Description, which rings totally true to me. One hundred years ago, or even fifty years ago, the average reader did not travel widely and did not have access to full-color photographs or television. They had never seen pyramids,