94 Polishing your Shmoo with Tex Thompson


You may not be aware that my best buddy Arianne “Tex” Thompson has published her second book, Medicine for the Dead. We’re using it as an example how authors improve from one work to another. Now bear with me. The shmoo part is going to make sense.

One Night in Sixes (the first book)

My wish for you is that you’ll always look back on your earlier work and think it sucks.

Don’t be like Vegeta

Reviews of Medicine for the Dead and Kingdoms of Evil. Which are worse??

Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia

I finally whip out the shmoos?

K strategy and R strategy

Selection bias

I recently wrote a novella

Wonderful, Awful Ideas every Friday!

Dare I dream of a second alternate history fan?

A. Lee Martinez and Daryl Gregory

I don’t suppose I need to link to Terry Pratchett, do I?

Or Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosiverse? (Including Ethan of Athos! Come for the man-love, stay for the telepathy!)

The Paralysis of Freedom

Are you tuned in to the rustling of the sea urchins?

Dan Koboldt! (he knows about archery)

Bokken in the back seat

So what do you think? What’s your balance between polishing your shmoo and filling the water column with your planktonic larvae? How long should you hold onto a project before sending it out into the world?

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