Archive for February, 2009

Writing Process: Writing With A Craft Goal In Mind

February 26th, 2009

Note:  This post originally appeared on my blog.  I’ve made a few minor changes.

I’ve written a lot of books.  Traitors’ Gate (due August 09 USA with Tor Books USA and early Sept 09 with Orbit Books UK) will be my 19th published novel.  That’s counting The Golden Key, the collaboration I wrote with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, but not counting the two early unpublished works which are unpublishable and will remain that way because they’re also really embarrassing.  Hey, I was young once, too.

That’s not my point.

My point is, that I continually strive to improve as a writer.  I want to write better books, not worse ones.  I want to get more disciplined, not more lazy.  I want to hone my craft, not become dull and stagnant.

So obviously, this being my goal, I work to make each book better than the ones that came before.  Continue Reading »

The Fox in the Dollhouse

February 14th, 2009

After attending Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse panel at last year’s Comicon, I was eagerly awaiting the premiere.  So were friends, and there was even a party with a showing of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog to get us in the mood for more Joss goodness.  And then….

Well, while I don’t want to give any spoilers, Fox has put Dollhouse alongside The Sarah Connor Chronicles in what makes sense as a scifi block, but had promos with Summer Glau and Eliza Dushku that, if the sound were turned off, looked pretty much like 976 commercials:  “SciFi girls want to talk to you.  Just call them.  They’re waiting….”

Regardless, there was talk at the party about how Fox had asked for revision up on revision so that the first few episodes had been turned into something other than what Joss was wanting.  Something with more cop drama and explosions.  But since I can’t really discuss the truth of this without spoilers, they’ll be there after the fold:

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