Writer, Editor, Reader, Fan Girl

Cat Crimes and Cheezburgers

One of my favorite goofy sites is Icanhascheezburger. A friend sent this link.  I have a story in the book featured on the picture (and a cat who looks like the cat). http://icanhascheezburger.com/2009/03/06/funny-pictures-nowheers-a-new-one/



I love seeing enthusiasm about science fiction and fantasy. A while ago, I sold a story to a new group in Colombia. They reprinted “Chimera” in this beautiful book, and did a multimedia presentation to introduce the book. The book is called Agua/Cero. Now the same group is putting on a conference in Colombia and […]


Two good essays on writing

My husband, Dean Wesley Smith, has a good blog about writing fast on the Novelists Inc. site. Check it out here. Also, Writers of the Future posted an essay by Algis Budrys. It’s the lecture AJ used to give beginning writers on structure. Since he’s not around to give it any more, this slightly paler […]


Writing Advice

SF Signals Mind Meld column is always interesting, and often useful.  This time John DeNardo asked a bunch of writers, including moi, for the best writing advice we ever got.   It’s all entertaining, of course, and diverse.  Except for John C. Wright’s decision to shred Heinlein (what was the point of that?), it’s mostly […]


We Are One

As my friends can tell you, I’m a political junkie.  Many Americans are following the inaugural events this year.  I follow them every 4 years. Which means I’ve seen all of the celebratory concert.  I didn’t have high expectations for this concert.  I didn’t have low ones either.  I recorded it so that I could […]


Portrait of the Writer as a Little Person

I found this while digging through some old files. Yep, that’s me, showing my true colors right from the beginning.


Goal Posts

My husband, Dean Wesley Smith, is doing a fantastic series on how to set goals.  I mentioned it a few weeks ago, but I’ve been reading the blogs, and they’re getting better and better.  If you ever thought of writing and are having trouble applying butt to chair, read these.  You can find them here.


The Real Secret Lives of Cats

Those of you who read my July ’08 Ellery Queen story, “The Secret Lives of Cats,” might find this news story interesting.  It’s from a Seattle newspaper.  Check it out here.  I got the idea for my story from a German inventor who posted his cat’s photos online.  He also posted a way to make a camera […]


How Smokey Dalton Spent Election Night

In my imagination, Smokey stood in Grant Park last night, tears running down his face, his family and friends around him. Blinded by the lights, overwhelmed by the crowd, stunned by events. He would celebrate quietly while everyone cheered around him. What a great night for America and for the world. –Kris Nelscott


Women Writing Science Fiction

A great new article has been posted on the F&SF blog site, interviewing a lot of women in the sf field about women & science fiction. It’s fascinating. I’m happy to be included in it. It’s an amazing read. Check it out here.


A New Story! (With Goo)


My idea of a science fiction sports story involves a library. Of course. Order "Petra and The Blue Goo," by clicking this sentence.


The Unexpected!

FRP The Unexpected ebook cover web

Includes my story "Earth Day" as well as some of my favorites from Fiction River. Click on this sentence to order.


A New Science Fiction Story!


Asimov's has just published my first sentient ship story, "Matilda."

Read an excerpt here.

A New Urban Fantasy Story!

Primitive Area UA cover web

I love taking part in the Uncollected Anthology of Urban Fantasy. Every quarter, we put out individual stories on the same theme (hence "anthology" and "uncollected"). This time, Dayle Dermatis, Leah Cutter, Ron Collins, Leslie Claire Walker, Rebecca Senese, and Annie Reed, have joined me in the Out of the Woods "anthology."

Find out how to order all of these stories by clicking on this sentence.

A New Fantasy Story!

FR Sparks ebook cover webThe latest Fiction River is out. Edited by Rebecca Moesta, the volume includes a fantasy story from me called "Salem Week."

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