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A Random List of Worldbuilding

It’s been less than half a year since the time trains came to 1907, but things are already a-changin’! What do Ruth, Emily, Vivek, and Sam encounter when they get of the time train at Knickerbocker Station? I wrote down … Continue reading

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Am Writing Chapter 9

I’m trying something new this week, which is to write about my writing. Maybe other people can benefit from the results of my experiments. Please tell me if you like it and I’ll keep doing it 🙂 1) As per instructions … Continue reading

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A Week After the Sidewise

Last week I won the Sidewise Award. Then I went to a small village on the border between Bulgaria and Macedonia for a week. My older daughter found a firebellied toad (above!). My younger daughter learned how to say “I’m … Continue reading

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I won the Freaking Sidewise Award!

I co-won the Sidewise Award for short fiction along with @adamrov and Ben Winters. I am honored to be in their company. Click here for “Treasure Fleet” and the other excellent stories in Tales From Alternate Earths. Click here for some notes from the world of “Treasure Fleet.” … Continue reading

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Sidewise Awards today!

The day is today! Go to Sidewise Award page and see if my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has won! And to wet your appetite for more, here are some alluring fragments of a sequel… At the heart of the Forbidden City, … Continue reading

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The Inklings’ Sidewise Q/A

Stephen Hunt at Inklings Press was kind enough to ask me some questions about the Sidewise Awards (coming tomorrow) and my feelings about the nomination of one of my short stories. Stephen: So – it’s been a year since Tales From Alternate Earths came … Continue reading

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2 days until the Sidewise Awards!

Only two more days until we find out whether my alternate history short story  “Treasure Fleet” has won the Sidewise Award! Continuing my sharing of backstory for this story of the Muslim Chinese discovery of the New World, I ask the … Continue reading

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3 days until the Sidewise Awards!

In case I haven’t beaten you over the head with this news enough already, my alternate history short story “Treasure Fleet” has been nominated for a Sidewise Award! They’re going to announce the winners on the 20th. Fingers crossed! In honor … Continue reading

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Asking for Help

As a writer, I need a lot of help. Not just psychological and financial (oh the effortposts I could write) but just getting facts right in your fiction is an enormous job. I’ve written about the Illinois Indians, the American … Continue reading

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Hopepunk

I read an interesting post the other day, which coined the word “hopepunk.” As I understand it, it’s stories about bad people doing good things (or regular people doing the best they can with a bad situation). It’s exactly the sort of … Continue reading

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