Katherine Mankiller


Hey, check it out!
March 29, 2009, 9:57 pm
Filed under: selling fiction

It’s the cover of the issue of Electric Velocipede that I’m going to be in. Isn’t it awesome?

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Starting over from scratch…
March 26, 2009, 8:51 pm
Filed under: writing mysticism

There’s this thing I used to do sometimes while writing, where I would follow a character around and see what happened. Dishearteningly, sometimes nothing happened. Other times I would figure out what the heck I was trying to say or do and the story would take shape.
I think I’ve figured out what one of my problem child stories wants to be. The problem being, of course, that the characters and the structure have changed completely. I don’t know what that 10,000 word thing I sent through Critters was, but it wasn’t a story. Not structurally.
I have a four sentence outline that feels like a story now.
The thing is, I think it took me several revisions and 10,000 words to figure out what the hell this story wanted to be. I’ve got to figure out a way to speed up that process. I enjoyed following Chinequa Mark I around–for certain values of “enjoy”–but I’d really like to have a story sooner.
And now, I think it’s yoga time.

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Made. Of. Awesome!
March 11, 2009, 8:42 pm
Filed under: geekiness, selling fiction

Fantasy Magazine‘s new online submission system rocks so hard I’m afraid they’ll get a ticket for disturbing the peace. Seriously. And this is from someone who used to write database-driven websites for a living. Best online submissions ever! They even let you track where your submission is in the slush!
As you were.

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