I’m a visual person—nothing makes me happier than getting my cover art, and nothing untangles a plot knot faster than drawing a map on a paper placemat (romance and YA author Linda McGinnis keeps me well supplied with those for just this purpose). For most of my life, though, I couldn’t draw a straight line with…

There is something so exciting about getting a new cover from the designer—maybe because it’s the first step toward opening that cover to dive into the story inside. (I’m swirling in the morass that is the actual draft at the moment, so I’m speaking metaphorically here.) Anyway—here it is! The cover for Fields of Gold. Originally I…

I just spent five hours on the Grants.gov website, which involved filling out three forms, creating three documents, and logging in at least 20 times. And I thought the Copyright Office’s website was bad! At least you don’t have to re-login every time you hit a button. Whoever is doing the programming for the feds, they…

After the application and the acceptance, it seems that the next thing a girl has to do is line up funding for her program. For overseas students, the PhD in Creative Writing program at Lancaster costs 13,930 pounds, or about US$17,415 per year (comprising three quarters of 10 weeks each). For UK/EU students, it’s less than half that,…

If you read steampunk novels, graphic novels, or watch steam-flavored movies (Adele Blanc-Sec, anyone?), you know that the history therein is a mixture of reality, alternate reality, and the neverwas but could-have-been. And that’s why we like it! Now and again I’ll get reader letters that say how much the person enjoyed the history in…