I just spent five hours on the Grants.gov website, which involved filling out three forms, creating three documents, and logging in at least 20 times. And I thought the Copyright Office’s website was bad! At least you don’t have to re-login every time you hit a button. Whoever is doing the programming for the feds, they…

After the application and the acceptance, it seems that the next thing a girl has to do is line up funding for her program. For overseas students, the PhD in Creative Writing program at Lancaster costs 13,930 pounds, or about US$17,415 per year (comprising three quarters of 10 weeks each). For UK/EU students, it’s less than half that,…

If you read steampunk novels, graphic novels, or watch steam-flavored movies (Adele Blanc-Sec, anyone?), you know that the history therein is a mixture of reality, alternate reality, and the neverwas but could-have-been. And that’s why we like it! Now and again I’ll get reader letters that say how much the person enjoyed the history in…

I’ve given up on New Year’s resolutions because I never keep them for more than a week. But my business and writing goals are a different basket of eggs–because when you make books your living, you can’t just give up when the going gets tough. Readers are waiting. The car payment is waiting. And plus,…

My writer friend Elise posted the other day about playing with her grandson—making up a script, changing it on the fly, having fun living the story without actually knowing where it was going from one minute to the next. It made me think about how we used to play when I was a kid. “Let’s play…