The Third NaNo 2017 Progress Report: Distractions

Consistency hasn’t really been a thing this year, but I have managed to write–something–every day. I did a little better on average, I think, but managed to burn through a good bit of my cushion this week, then raised it … Continue reading

The Second NaNo 2017 Progress Report with Some Stumbles

Today, you get the treat of two blog posts instead of one, which is another way of saying I did not manage to post yesterday as planned. Still, the extra day gave me time to see that a temporary real-life … Continue reading

The First NaNo 2017 Progress Report (Hint: It’s Going Well)

Today is the seventh day of November and the seventh day of NaNo 2017. (Did you miss my opening NaNo post?) At this point, our valiant word adventurers should have reached 10,002 words and be working toward 11,669 words by … Continue reading

A Glimpse into a Writer’s Mind When World Building Plus a Multi-Author Giveaway

The first novel I wrote started as an anthropology assignment to create a society where gender is defined differently. My mind took that prompt and a mostly forgotten nature show on bizarre insects to create a people who were born … Continue reading

Spotlight on Seeds Among the Stars Plus a Multi-Author Giveaway

Readers often compliment me on how my characters feel like real people. I achieve that sense through my worlds, which exist in full form somewhere in the back of my brain. This drives how my characters act and react as … Continue reading

Your Opinions Please: Hollywood Immortals

As I mentioned last week, I will be working a table at Sands/Reno Comic Con this Saturday and Sunday. I also suggested I might be doing a panel, which is where the opinions come in. I will be on a … Continue reading

Come Join Me at the 4th Annual Sands/Reno Comic Con

The 4th Annual Sands/Reno Comic Con runs September 23rd and 24th from 10 in the morning to 5 or 6 at night (depending on the day), so mark your calendar. This is an inexpensive, two-day event with all things science … Continue reading

Notes from World Building Techniques and Approaches at BayCon 2017

Panelists: Kevin Andrew Murphy, Ms. Jennifer L. Carson, Jon Chaisson, and Katharine Kerr Moderated by me (Margaret McGaffey Fisk) Note: I’ve tried to get the correct attributions, but sometimes multiple people spoke on the same concept so no guarantees I … Continue reading

BayCon 2017 Con Report

The experience of a science fiction convention is a mix of your state, coincidence, programming, and organization, at least in my opinion. For this year’s BayCon, all those pieces fell into place. The programming was varied, interesting, and provoked many … Continue reading

My BayCon 2017 Panel Schedule Is in and I Can’t Wait

For those of you who are local to Reno, Nevada, don’t forget to drop by the Earth Day celebration at Idlewild Park this Sunday (http://www.renoearthday.org/). I’ll be there at booth #1020 in the California Building with the science fair so … Continue reading