Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Business Musings: The Curse of Early Adopters

All of us who indie publish our work are pressed for time. And even if we’re early adopters, we don’t adopt every change. We can’t. We make a cost-benefit analysis of each innovation to see if it’s worth our time to upgrade.

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Free Fiction Monday: Dread Unlocks

In Los Angeles, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds an amazing amount of it in that sunlight-filled city, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces on her current case. It arrives in a van. It has cameras, an agenda, and the ability to change her life in awful, nasty, inconceivable ways.

First written for a Lovecraft celebration, “Dread Unlocks” reveals the creeping uncontrollable dread in modern life, a dread Lovecraft himself might find too horrible to contemplate.

“Dread Unlocks,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: The Importance of Fiction

September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday. Here on the Oregon Coast, as in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., it was a beautiful fall day. Sun out, clear blue sky. And horrors, everywhere. I was in the middle—quite literally—of writing one of my Smokey Dalton novels. Set in another terrible time in American history, those books are emotionally dark, hard to write, and harder, […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Crunchers, Inc.

Edith works for Number Crunchers Incorporated. Her job? Determine the monetary worth of each human being. But her corporation faces a nemesis—the EISHies. The ridiculously sentimental organization sabotages Crunchers, Inc. and other places just like it.

Edith must discover how the EISHies infiltrated her business—and then figure out what to do about it, without succumbing to the EISHies’ subversive message: Everyone Is Someone’s Hero.

“Crunchers, Inc.,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Define Yourself

No longer can any writer say that she is “just” a writer. Now, if we want our books to be read by someone other than our families, we need to publish those books one way or another, and then market those books.

There is no more “just” any more.

I think it becomes imperative for all of us to figure out exactly what we do.

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Free Fiction Monday: Elegy for Piano and Three Voices

When Alzheimer’s takes Stacey’s mother, Stacey gives up everything—her career, her music—to take care of her. Until one lonely night, when caretaking becomes too much, Stacy sits at the piano and plays Bach.
She hopes to escape into the comfort of classical music. But what she discovers in the music—about her mother, her family, herself—proves far more enlightening than she ever imagined.

“Elegy for Piano and Three Voices,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: The Possibility of Burnout and Hairy Elephants

I admit: I debated about whether or not to write a blog at all this week. I’m so overwhelmed with so many projects that there is no surface. I actually made the analogy to Dean this week that I’m so deep underwater that if someone poured a bucket of water on top of me, I wouldn’t feel it any more than a sea creature on […]

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Just In Time For Halloween…

I love October. I love the darkening days, the blowing leaves, the spectacular sunsets over the ocean. I even love the return of the rain. So, it’s no surprise that I have a few appropriate stories coming out this month.

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Free Fiction Monday: Advisors at Naptime

Carol wants a nap. Carol needs a nap. And no one will let her have one because the grown-ups need her. But the grown-ups underestimate Carol. And they fail to realize that Carol will do anything to get her nap.

“Advisors at Naptime,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.

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Business Musings: Idle Thoughts

Late Saturday night, I finished teaching a writing workshop about history, alternate history, and time travel for professional writers. We read a bunch of books, worked on technique, and talked about turning points in history. Turning points are important for time travel and alternate history. Identifying turning points and then postulating what would happen if something went differently is an essential skill for the time […]

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