Easy as Pie

As I’m sure happens with all authors, I often get asked questions about my writing process. How long did it take you to write your book? How much editing work do you do? Who helps you revise? I thought I’d put together a rough recipe of how Heart Blade and Night Blade (Out soon in... Continue Reading →

Summer 2017 Updates

Summer is here, bringing all the joys and challenges of kids on school vacation. It’s a lot harder to get writing-related things done when my not-so-little ones are around, but by mixing up the carrots (“we can go to the beach tomorrow if you let me work today”) and the sticks (“HALP! Leave me alone... Continue Reading →

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

Oh, hey! It’s another character naming post! (And here’s one I made earlier... *gestures like chef on cooking show*) This time, it’s about naming difficulties I ran into while working on Heart Blade. Changing a name after a first draft is done is always tricky. A new name can change a character in unexpected ways.... Continue Reading →

October Updates

  Hello October, you lovely thing. Plenty of the good and the busy going on over here in my autumn-colored neck of the woods. My Heart Blade edits are pretty much done! I have the wonderful experts at Laurel City Sword looking over my fight scenes at the moment, but apart from that...the manuscript is... Continue Reading →

Worlds Apart

I recently read a great blog piece by SF/F author Jo Zebedee on how every character is a protagonist in their own story. Her post stuck with me, and I began thinking about how – in real life – we create stories to live in which color and enrich our world. Children do this all the... Continue Reading →

August Updates

August tiptoed in yesterday all ninja-like and sneaky. July went by so fast it was a blink-and-miss it month. Probably because I spent most of it buried in my laptop. So, what's new on the writing front? Plenty! I received my edit notes for Heart Blade and I'm deep into rewrites. Revisions are hard work, and... Continue Reading →

Write ’Em Up(dates)

True fact: once I wrote an entire novel to a 2-song soundtrack consisting entirely of Fall Out Boy’s Immortals and My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up). There, aren’t you glad you know that now? So what’s new or old on the writing front, soundtracks aside? I handed in the... Continue Reading →

What’s in a Name?

“The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games.” The line is the first in the opening poem of T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It’s a line that comes to mind every time I read a thread or a post or a tweet on character... Continue Reading →

Abendau’s Journey: Interview with Jo Zebedee

Northern Irish science fiction and fantasy author Jo Zebedee is not only an incredible writer, but a highly motivated one too, juggling numerous projects with a busy home and work life. Jo has had several short stories accepted by magazines and anthologies (some of them upcoming throughout this year), and her 2015 self-published post-alien invasion... Continue Reading →

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