Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Free Fiction Monday: Saving Face

When a beautiful but scared woman tries to hire Winston Karpathian, he wonders why. Winston possesses only small magic, nothing spectacular, and certainly nothing helpful for a woman like that. But when she turns up dead, Winston must work with a detective who doesn’t believe in magic to find the woman’s killer. Because Winston believes that the woman’s request for a spell might have more […]

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Business Musings: Buried (A Process Blog)

I am deliciously buried in work, and it is my own damn fault. I decided in the spring that I would take two classes per semester, because I need to think about things other than writing to help my writing. Otherwise, I get too lost in writing/publishing/reading to be fresh and creative. Trust me, the two classes are working for me. Spanish inspires me to […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Unity Con

When Paladin calls Secret Master of Fandom and private detective Spade and asks him to come to a new con he swore he’d never attend, he agrees. Because he can’t say no to Paladin. But what Spade finds when he arrives at the con makes him immediately regret the decision. A dead writer. Missing money. Organizers at each other’s throats. Spade wonders if saving the […]

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Recommended Reading List: October 2021

Totally insane month with a lot of legal reading—maybe 500 pages—which I find fascinating, but you won’t. I added Grisham’s latest to that, but it’s emotionally cold and didn’t have much of an impact on me. Okay, yes, all of Grisham is emotionally cold, but usually that suits the story. It didn’t here. I enjoyed the read, but not enough to recommend. Mostly, I’ve been […]

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Business Musings: Stale (IP Frontlist Part 3)

Because of a crush of work and deadlines, I got so laughably behind on my “current” reading that I am only now digging through it. Compounding the problem is that when I moved all of my back issues of “current” paper magazines (yes, I’m the last person on the planet who reads paper magazine; that bother you?), they got horribly, terribly, awfully out of order. […]

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A Quick Note and Reminder

The Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter has 48 hours left. We’ve hit 4 stretch goals, which include 3 pop-up writing workshops and lots of holiday reading. In fact the entire Spectacular is about holiday reading. This is, essentially, an advent calendar of stories, and you’ll get one story per day for 38 days. If you buy now, you can give it as an early gift to the […]

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Free Fiction Monday: After the Fall

Peter enjoys his solitary life in the Montana countryside. Higher mathematics, greater thought, sustain him more than companionship. But after a solitary walk along his isolated property’s borders results in a potentially deadly fall, he fights like hell to survive, knowing no one will come to rescue him. So, when he starts seeing things—a creature he knows can’t exist—he grasps at his one chance for […]

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Weird Glitches and Holidays

I love the little image above this post. It’s a perfect description of the Holiday Spectacular. Yes, we’re doing it again. This year, we will send you or a friend or both of you or all of you 38 stories between American Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November) to New Year’s Day. You will receive one story per day throughout that time. It really is a […]

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Business Musings: IP Is The New Frontlist (Part Two)

For six months now, I’ve been contemplating the sentence, “IP is the new frontlist.” I wrote about the implications of that twice in the past two months, first as part of the fear-based decisionmaking blogs, and then in the previous post called “Untapped.” First a few terms for those of you who don’t know. IP is intellectual property—which is what you create when you write […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Ghosting

Cudahay tracks ghosts. Not the ethereal kind. The regret-dating-you-so-they-disappear kind. He makes a business out of it with his partner, Serena. She deals with the losers and their sob stories, he tracks down the rather-not-be-found to provide proof of life so the losers can move on. When a real ghost from Cudahay’s past turns the tables and tracks him, however, Cudahay must decide just how […]

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