February 2009



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Yay, I got home and issue #6 of Fictitious Force was waiting for me. It looks awesome, and it has me me me so what’s not to love? You can get the next four issues here. Glee!
There was also a check, speaking of things to love. Heh. I may need to buy myself a sushi dinner to go with my lovely tribber’s issue.
In other news, I’m reading at WisCon again this year. Hooray!

My story “In the Water” will appear in issue #6 of Fictitious Force. And $16 for four issues is a steal, IMHO. You should totally go out and subscribe now!
I don’t know when there’ll be an individual issue link, or when the table of contents listing ME ME ME will go up, but rest assured that I’ll spam you again then.

I upgraded the site software and temporarily broke MT-akismet. This was probably the most horrible thing ever to happen to a writer’s site. Luckily, the problem was discovered when I asked myself, “Self, why are all those spam comments getting through?”
All is well, now. Now I just have to ask myself why spammers all want to comment on my entry about selling “The Captivity of Princess Sallya.”
Those of you who scroll past all the tech talk, as you were.

I’m in a writer’s group that is MADE OF AWESOME, but it’s also made up of only three people, and one has to take a hiatus. If we were going to increase our numbers, what would you recommend?
I’d really rather have our own writer’s group than join someone else’s. I used to use Critters, but I’m not ready to go back there. Having been in a good critique group for awhile, I’m spoiled by regularly receiving critiques from people who give good critiques.
Don’t get me wrong, I always got a lot of crits at Critters. I’d get a couple that were really useful and insightful, just completely awesome crits, and a lot of crazed badger crits along the lines of, “I can’t relate to your character because I don’t know what he looks like. Can you include a line where he sees his reflection in a mirror and describes himself so I can relate to him?” Um, no.
(Generally speaking, when I see myself in a mirror, I don’t think to myself, “She was about 5’6, with brown hair and…” The closest I get to that is seeing myself in a mirror and thinking, “Oh, shit, is that a coffee stain on my shirt?”)
Anyway, advice for adding people to an existing in-person critique group would be welcome. I’m thinking of making it a requirement that you must have at least one sale just to weed out the fanfic-only writers and the bad milsf clones. Nothing personal against fanfic or good milsf, of course.

Me in Electric Velocipede! I’m so excited!