I generally post my recommended reading list a month or three after I’ve done the reading. Which means that all of the holiday stories that I read get recommended in January or February. In 2011, I decided to do a compilation of past holiday recommends so that you can get them for the appropriate season. (Please note: the stories might have shown up in other collections. I haven’t gone searching, but you might want to.)
I realized that all these great things had happened in my career, and some other great things had happened in my life at the very same time, and I hadn’t taken the time to appreciate them. Yes, other outside things brought me down emotionally. While those things (as well as those emotions) are valid, they shouldn’t stop me from living day to day.
I decided I needed an attitude adjustment.
So, I decided to look back at some of the good things in my writing career, in the writing business, and in the craft, as preparation for the day of feasting that I’ll be enjoying while those of you outside of the States will go through your usual Thursday routines.
In no particular order, here’s what comes to mind:
As boys, Scott and Richard went into Felton Woods in the middle of the night and took pictures of a mysterious phenomenon, changing their lives. Scott attended MIT and used his science background to become a crash site detective. Richard married too young and had three children, never leaving Seavy Village.
When Richard dies in Felton Woods, his daughter Stacy wants to know why. Scott investigates, but what he finds changes everyone’s lives—again.
“Blind,” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
To do modeling for the next year of your business, you need to be as clear-eyed as possible. You should research trends for your business for similar economic times, if you can.
Then you figure out as best you can what your future will be.
Here’s how you do it.
When Winston discovers Ruby has vanished, his heart breaks.
But he quickly learns that familiars all over the Northwest have gone missing under mysterious circumstances.
Winston pledges to find Ruby at any cost. Or he might lose her, his only family, forever.
“Searching for the Familiar,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here. To read more in the Winston & Ruby series, check out the Fabulous Familiars Uncollected Anthology, featuring “Un-Familiar.”
In August, I noted a slowdown in all of our businesses, from the retail stores we own to the books we sell online to the willingness of people to sign up for online workshops.
I figured that this 2016 election was so vituperative and consumers were so spooked, they weren’t spending money, and this was unusual. So I investigated. What I discovered was very different from my expectations.
Election night—the busiest night of the year, at least for the newsroom at the local listener-sponsored radio station. Marisa, the news director, has no time for anything, certainly not for the death threats that some idiot insists on calling into the station.
She finds them an annoyance, nothing more—until one of the crew goes missing.
“Updates,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.
Words of writing wisdom? On this historic night?
You people expect so much of me. 🙂
I have lots of fun stuff to share. I hope you saw that the latest Diving novel is out (and the Recommended Reading List has returned). I also have a story in The Best American Mystery Stories 2016, edited by Elizabeth George. I love her work, so I’m particularly flattered that she chose a story of mine. If you haven’t read “Christmas Eve at the […]
Reese Catton manages campaigns. The dirty side of campaigns. And he has dirt suggesting that his candidate’s opponent serves as a vampire’s slave.
But in politics—as in life—nothing ends up as it seems. Not even the relationship between vampires and politicians…
“Victims,” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only.