Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Recommended Reading List: April, 2022

I got a lot of reading done in April, but never had time to update this post. That’s why it’s late. I was trying hurriedly to finish the next Fey novel, and everything else seemed to get thrown overboard. Much of what I read I liked, which is a nice change of pace from earlier in the year. I also think I’m a bit more […]

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Business Musings: How Writers Fail (Part One)

I keep forgetting that working in the arts requires a very specific sort of attitude. It’s an attitude that can be trained, but to do that, an artist must want to change. This is a complex and sometimes difficult thing to do. First, the attitude itself. It’s a combination of optimism and pragmatism, with a bit of cynicism mixed in. Yeah, I know, confusing. So […]

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Deals For The Time of Great Forgetting

Dean calls the period from the beginning of May to the middle of August The Time of Great Forgetting. That’s because all the plans we made at the beginning of the year no longer motivate us to work during the rush of spring/summer events. Graduations, weddings, family reunions, gardens, and the beckoning of the great outdoors all get in the way of writing goals. So […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Voyeuristic Tendencies

Maggie knows things. She reads a person’s thoughts and uses that information to make a living. But when she meets the old man, everything changes. He knows things he shouldn’t, things that threaten Maggie’s sense of security. He also says he knows her future. And that terrifies her more than anything. Providing a whole new perspective to a beloved classic, “Voyeuristic Tendencies” is an homage […]

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Business Musings: Endings

For more than a decade, writers have asked me what they can do to sell their existing books. I always tell them to write the next book. Some writers don’t have time for promotion. Others don’t have the constitution for it. But all the ads in the world don’t work unless the writer has a lot of inventory. And when the reader is done with […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Good Genes

When Dr. Wyatt calls Ro and Gil into his office, they fear the worst for their baby. But Dr. Wyatt thinks he has good news. Ro knows better. This news means choices that could change their future—choices Ro and Gil never wanted to make for their child. “Good Genes” by Hugo Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s […]

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Business Musings: Attorneys

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I’ve been taking a pretty extensive Entertainment Law class. Initially, I took it to learn about industries related to mine, as I get back to licensing. But I found the first semester fascinating, because it filled in a lot of gaps in my learning. It also filled in a few gaps in my teaching. For years now, I’ve […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Drinking Games

As Rikki tries to shove a dead body out of the airlock on a space yacht, she finds herself stopped by a stunningly attractive man. Not because he wants to arrest her for killing the guy, but because he wants to help her dispose of the body. Rikki doesn’t need help, even sexy blue-eyed help. Yet somehow, she can’t get rid of this handsome man, […]

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Business Musings: Focus Again (A Process Blog)

I had two major challenges in 2021. The first was the stupid pandemic. I hadn’t realized how much of my brain it consumed. Even after I wrote the blog called “Focus,” I still wasn’t back 100%. At some point in early 2022, I clicked over to this: Covid will be ever with us, and I needed to put the fear and the hypervigilance in its […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Boy Who Needed Heroes

When Ben’s wife leaves him, taking little Casey with her, he feels lost. Ben just wants to read to Casey, to tell her stories, and he knows just the one: a fairy tale his father read to him as a boy—before things went bad. But finding the story proves difficult. And the truth behind the story might prove most difficult of all. “The Boy Who […]

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