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 Science Fiction Story!


My story, "The Museum of Modern Warfare" just appeared in the December Analog. Get your copy by clicking the words below:

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

A New Story!


My story, "The Night of The Dancing Champions" just appeared in one of my favorite issues of Fiction River so far. Check out Recycled Pulp by clicking the words below:

Fiction River: Recycled Pulp

A New Alternate History Story!

Vatican Vaults

My latest alternate history story, "The Island of Lost Priests" just appeared in Tales From The Vatican Vaults. Readers in the U.K. can get this book in all formats from ebook to paper. If you're elsewhere, you can get paper only through online retailers. U.S. Readers, click the words below:

Vatican Vaults

A New Urban Fantasy Story!


My latest urban fantasy story, "Fashion and the Snarkmeisters," just appeared in Chicks and Balances. Get your copy at your favorite bookseller, ebook retailer, or by clicking the words below:

Chicks and Balances

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