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Writing Advice

I was going to write a few essays inspired by our Short Story Workshop this past weekend. It turns out that my husband Dean Wesley Smith beat me to it. He’s covered three topics on his blog that I was going to talk about. Since he did it so well, I’m not going to write […]


Tie-ins and SF

Mind Meld has done another long piece on an issue that won’t die: What kind of impact do tie-ins have on sf? Lots of good stuff in here. They actually asked tie-in writers as well as other sf folk. And yes, they asked me. You can find the latest tussle here.


Thank You, Mr. President

HBO is running a short documentary of Helen Thomas, the White House reporter who has covered 9 presidents. Thomas has always been a hero of mine. When I wanted to be a journalist, I wanted to be one in the Helen Thomas vein, who wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power or to ask the […]


Worldcon Report Part Two

The Worldcon reports are coming in and SF Signal has been keeping track of them. You can find links to all the reports here. As for the second part of mine, I decided, after this brutal summer in sf, that I would see as many of my friends and mentors as possible. Even though this […]


Worldcon Report Part One

We arrived home from Worldcon late Monday. It was a good convention–a lot of fun to see old friends, meet a few new ones, and connect with readers. I have often said that everyone who goes to Worldcon has a completely different experience. One fan told me that she spent her entire Worldcon in the […]


Worldcon Schedule

I’ll be at the World Science Fiction Convention in Denver this week. Here’s my schedule for folks who are going. I do like meeting readers, and hope to see you there. Those of you who live in Denver and just want to come for one day can get a day membership at the door. You’ll […]


The Dark Knight

Another midnight show, a completely different crowd. Our small band of local writers went to the six-plex (yes, we only have one) at midnight July 17 (July 18, official opening day) to discover the movie was sold out. (Fortunately we had our tickets from earlier in the week, when we saw Hellboy 2.) Now, you […]


New interview posted

Travis Heermann interviewed me for his writing blog. He asked some interesting questions. You can find it here. You might want to play around on his site for a while. He has many author interviews as well as some other worthwhile things there.


Fast Forward 2

This cover art is from Fast Forward 2, edited by Lou Anders. The anthology will come out in October, and I have a story in it. Lou sent a copy of the cover art this weekend. What you’ll find here is the pure illustration without the text and the illustration with text. The artist, John […]


The Great Debaters

I finally had the opportunity to see this movie. It’s marvelous. Not a lot of action–it’s a movie about intellectual pursuits. As a person who was on the debate team (yes, major geek) and who had a few teachers like the character Denzel Washington played, the movie was–oddly enough–a trip down memory lane. Since I […]


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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