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As I write this, winter is swiftly coming to Montana. We had overnight temps in the 20s the other night, and there is snow on the peaks all around us. We won’t be seeing 80 degrees during the day anymore this year, and probably only a handful of 70s. My many green tomatoes won’t be […]

is it morning already?

So, here I am. I’ve missed my last two posting dates, one because I was at a con and the second because life was in the process of going pear-shaped, a situation that continued for most of July. But things have settled down, and I hope ohdoIhope they stay settled. I’ll be heading out to […]

The Process of Finishing Up a Book

As I write this post, I am in the process of trying to finish up a draft of a book. There have been some potholes and speedbumps in the process involving health and life issues, but it’s almost done and I’m feeling relatively good about it (relatively because usually at the end of a book […]

The end is nigh

The end, however, is not nearly nigh enough. My deadline is in a couple of short weeks, and so I’ll keep this relatively short. I’m working through the end of the draft (leaving myself precious little time to revise before zooming the manuscript off to my editor–but we’ll discuss poor planning another day). The end […]

What I write.

The first title of this post was: I write crap. I changed it though and the rest of this post is about why and why I would call my writing crap. A little while ago (could be months or weeks) I read a blog somewhere about how writers will sometimes talk about their writing and […]

larks and owls

This month’s blog is more a poll than a post. OK, maybe a poll with an essay question. On weekdays, I write in the evenings. Without going into too much detail, it’s usually around 9-10pm before I am able to settle down enough to work. Since I get up around 6am…let’s say I’m usually tired […]

Part book review, part musings on writing

Recently Andrew Wheeler (former SFBC editor and now editor at John Wiley and Sons) sent me a copy of Extraordinary Circumstances by Cynthia Cooper. The book is non fiction and is about how Cooper helped blow the whistle on Worldcom and expose their financial shenanigans. I wanted to read this book when I heard about […]

That word again

Genre. The Encarta World English Dictionary that came loaded on my iBook gives one definition of “genre” as “one of the categories that artistic works of all kinds can be divided into on the basis of form, style, or subject matter. For example, detective novels are a genre of fiction.” What triggered that interest in […]

This ‘n’ that

Some observations made over the course of the week. Nothing profound–it’s all been said before. It’s just that it makes a greater impression when it happens to you. A question occasionally asked in Amazon reviews is “I wonder what the writer was thinking/trying to do”? The reviewer then goes on to posit what they believe […]

Start the conversation without me

At least a couple of times a week, exceptionally interesting and informative blog conversations pop up all over my little corner of the netverse. Some days, everyone seems to settle for posting quiz results, car repair woes, and head cold sagas, but other days, the repartee just seem to take off. Current events. Politics. The […]

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Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. Visit site.

Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. Visit site.

Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. Visit site.

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