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Six Sentence Sunday, 16 December 2012 (Cleopatra’s Ironclads)

The regalia of Isis, Mother of Steam, was heavy indeed, with its crown of gears and twin stacks, a visual pun on the traditional headdress. Gods were shape-shifters, after all, and the Great Mother was no different in that respect. It … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: With (more than) a little help from my friends, or beta-reading as reward

Last night I finished the last cleanup of the zero-draft manuscript of Cleopatra’s Ironclads and sent it off to its first three beta-readers, along with the super-basic beta reading questionnaire that Devin Harnois and I developed for reading each other’s work. … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 9 December 2012 (Cleopatra’s Ironclads)

“I remember when you were in the palace, when I was stationed here under Gabinius. What a slip of a girl, and yet your eyes—“ She inclined her head and smiled.  “Oh, not their beauty, Your Majesty. Their wisdom. You … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: what kind of novel did I write?

This week is very high-intensity at my day job, but next week things start to ebb a bit. Last night I made some calendar notes so I wouldn’t forget what I’d promised; in particular, I’m doing beta-reading for my good … Continue reading

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Six Sentence Sunday, 2 December 2012 (Cleopatra’s Ironclads)

The last golden light gave way to torchlight, and they leaned toward each other, in the rich firelight, and once or twice their fingers brushed, in reaching for the same delicacy. The meat was succulent, and the wine delightful, and … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: crossing the finish line

I just finished this afternoon with the shortest NaNo novel I’ve ever written, and unlike its predecessors in the 50K range, it has a complete story arc. And it’s been the slowest of all. No other words left, unless a … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed: procrastination at the precipice, and the chaos of battle

There remain about 3500 words to write in the NaNo-draft of Cleopatra’s Ironclads, and last night I did not write them, nor have I written them this morning. Some of them belong to the battle, and some to the epilogue … Continue reading

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