With Such Words
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27th-Apr-2017 04:02 pm - Important Note
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27th-Apr-2017 03:03 pm - Code push scheduled for Sunday night
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We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
27th-Apr-2017 11:06 am - The Accidental Mr. Thomas Wilker
swan_tower: (natural history)

I’ve got a post up at Tor.com about what it feels like to say goodbye to Isabella, and there’s an interview with me at Goldilox. Continuing on from yesterday’s post (and this time basically sans spoilers), there’s someone else I’d like to talk about . . .

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Tom Wilker is the best accidental character I’ve had in a while. Maybe ever.

What do I mean by “accidental”? I mean that I did not, at the outset, plan for him at all. I don’t think he was even in the first thirty thousand words I wrote, before I set the book aside for a few years; I think I added him in when I came back to the story, because I realized Lord Hilford would of course have some kind of assistant or protΓ©gΓ© along for the Vystrani expedition. Jacob was too new of an acquaintance to occupy that role; therefore I invented Mr. Thomas Wilker.

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Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

26th-Apr-2017 10:30 pm - Check-In -- Day 26
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The fog in my head is starting to clear. This is good. How are you doing on your end?

β€” Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
β€” Writing.
β€” Planning and / or researching.
β€” Editing.
β€” Sending things to the beta.
β€” Posting!
β€” Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
β€” Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question for today: How long do you wait before you officially dive into a new fandom?
26th-Apr-2017 06:32 pm - Time to Stop Procrastinating
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Here we are midweek and so it's time for our anti-procrastination post. What is the one thing that's hanging over you, dragging you down and all those other descriptions that apply? Something that if you just had the oomph to tackle it would fix it and leave you free of its nagging and gleaming with pride at your accomplishments.

Well this is the time to tackle it, you know why? We're here with you cheering you on, because we know you're awesome. So tell us about it and let us know how things are going (and whether you can hear our cheers or see our flying pompoms!).

Good luck team and go go go!
26th-Apr-2017 10:11 am - Concerning “Lord Trent”
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More than six years ago, in January of 2011, I sent my agent the pitch for the Memoirs of Lady Trent. It consisted of thirty thousand words from the first book and a document approximately three thousand words long describing the setting and the plots of the various novels. Because I am crap at outlining, while those latter synopses bear some resemblance to the final story, it’s very obvious in hindsight that I was just waving my hands in an attempt to make it look like I knew where was going . . . and nowhere is that clearer than in the figure of “Lord Trent,” i.e. Isabella’s husband.

Here there be spoilers. (Up through In the Labyrinth of Drakes, though I’d say the only really bad spoiler is for A Natural History of Dragons. If you haven’t yet read Within the Sanctuary of Wings, you’re in the clear.)

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Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

25th-Apr-2017 07:20 pm - Check-In -- Day 25
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Oof. Feels like my head is full of wet socks, but here I am. What have you been doing today?

β€” Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
β€” Writing.
β€” Planning and / or researching.
β€” Editing.
β€” Sending things to the beta.
β€” Posting!
β€” Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
β€” Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question for today: When you get tired, do you pack up for the day, or do you try to keep writing?
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medium-sized version of the cover for WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS

At long last, the series is complete.

This story has been living in my head for . . . about a decade, I think. I know I wrote the first third of A Natural History of Dragons in 2007 or thereabouts, before stalling out on the plot and setting it aside. I came back to it in late 2010, sold it in 2011, the first book came out in 2013, and now, my friends, the end of the story is in your hands. (Or will be, as soon as you run out and buy it.)

I’m going to be launching a new blog series, along the lines of John Scalzi’s THE BIG IDEA or Mary Robinette Kowal’s MY FAVORITE BIT, called SPARK OF LIFE: a place for authors to talk about those moments where the story seems to take on a life of its own, with a character doing something unexpected or the world unfolding a bit of depth you didn’t plan for. For me that mostly tends to happen in the depths of the tale, when I’ve built up enough momentum and detail for such things to spring forth. But in the case of this series, it happened less than a page in, because the spark of life?

That was Isabella.

Countless reviews have talked about how the narrator is one of the strongest features of the story. I’m here to tell you that, like Athena from the head of Zeus, she sprang out more or less fully-formed. The foreword got added a bit later, so it was in those opening paragraphs of Chapter One, where Isabella talks about finding a sparkling in the garden and it falling to dust in her hands, that she came to instant and vivid life. Part of the reason that initial crack stalled out in 2007 — or rather, the reason it got so far before stalling — was because I was having so much fun just following along in her wake, exploring her world and listening to her talk. The narrative voice has consistently been one of the greatest joys of writing this series. I have an upcoming article where I talk about how sad it is for me to be done with the story, because it feels like a good friend has moved away and I won’t get to see her regularly anymore. That’s how much she’s lived in my head, these past years.

Stay tuned on future Tuesdays for a glimpse at how other authors’ stories came to life. And stay tuned in upcoming days for some more behind-the-scenes stuff about my own characters!

***

In the meanwhile, the book is out, and so are the reviews. Here’s a spoiler-free one from BiblioSanctum, and two reviews on one page at Fantasy Literature; here is a SPOILER-TASTIC one at Tor.com. (Do NOT click unless you’ve read the book or are fine with having the big discovery of the entire series laid out in full. I’m serious.) (And while I’m at it, the same goes for that Gizmodo article that shows all the interior art for the book, because spoilers can come in visual form, too. Love ya, Gizmodo, but oof. Tor.com warned; you didn’t.)

Back in the land of no spoilers, you can read about my absolute favorite bit of Within the Sanctuary of Wings on Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog. It’s . . . a wee bit topical, these days. And I’m on the Functional Nerds podcast, talking about all kinds of things that aren’t this book, because they like to give authors a chance to branch out and natter on about roleplaying games and things like that.

And finally, I’m currently running a giveaway on Twitter. Name your favorite female scientist in any field (there, or in comments here), and get a chance to win a signed book of your choice from my stash of author copies. It’s already a stiff competition; we’ve had dozens of women named. (If you were wondering why my Twitter stream has turned into a sea of retweeted names, that’s why.) You have until tomorrow!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

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Then maybe you will like [community profile] weekly_food_challenge! It went away for a while but now it's back!

Every Wednesday a new theme is posted. It might be an ingredient or a cuisine or something else. You then post your recipes inspired by the theme. We welcome vegetarians and other people with restricted diets. Come and join us!

ETA: I should not have constructed the title like that. Now my brain won't stop replaying the Cheezy Peaz sketch from the Fast Show... -_-"
24th-Apr-2017 08:00 pm - Check-In – Day 24
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A-a-achooo! *sniffles* What are you doing today, writers?

β€” Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
β€” Writing.
β€” Planning and / or researching.
β€” Editing.
β€” Sending things to the beta.
β€” Posting!
β€” Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
β€” Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

A good question, since I do this: Do you aim for a certain number of scenes, chapters, etc. in a longer story (like I do), or do you let the story move more organically?
24th-Apr-2017 01:51 pm - One day left! (For two things!)
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Tomorrow, y’all. Tomorrow, Within the Sanctuary of Wings will be available from all reputable vendors of books! If you’ve been waiting for the series to be complete before you pick it up, now is your chance to start! If you know someone who has been waiting for the series to be complete before they pick it up, now is your chance to tell them to start!

My upcoming tour schedule is here, with a new item added: a May 11th signing at University Bookstore in Seattle, where I will be joined by the inestimable Todd Lockwood.

Also, don’t forget that the illustrated edition of Lies and Prophecy is currently 30% off at Kobo. Just enter “APR30” as a coupon code at checkout to get the discount. The sale ends today!

Finally, I’ve contributed a number of items to this year’s Con or Bust auction. There are three lots:

Bidding is open now, and will continue until May 7th. It’s a great organization and a great cause, so go forth and bid!

. . . see you all tomorrow!

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

24th-Apr-2017 06:09 pm - Rocinante
kayim: (Expanse: Pretty Amos)
I swore I didn't want to mod another community, but I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed a place to squee, so please come and join me!


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For all of your Expanse squee, whether it's about the books, the TV series,
the amazing Belter language, or about the actors themselves.
 

24th-Apr-2017 07:48 am - Revealing requests tomorrow
bridgetmkennitt: (Umbrella)
I'll be revealing requests on AO3 tomorrow, so if you haven't updated your sign up with your optional details yet and you plan to do so, now might be the time.

Sign ups are open and will close on April 30th.

Useful Links
Not Prime Time 2017 (with schedule) | Prime Time Madness 2017
Frequently Asked Questions | AO3 exchange faq for participants | Pinch Hitting faq
2017 nominations
Dear Prime Time Player on DW
24th-Apr-2017 09:37 am - RPG Citadel
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Genre: Celebrity BDSM RPS
Name: Citadel
Contact: the mods - [personal profile] jennandanica, [personal profile] fiercy and [personal profile] alley_oops
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Minimum Age Requirement: 18+
Deadline: None

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24th-Apr-2017 01:58 am - calling all Yu Yu Hakusho nerds
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In an attempt to consolidate the fandom where I can, I've created [community profile] yu_yu_hakusho for lovers of the classic manga and anime! All fannish content is welcome, and there may be group activities in the near future depending on what sort of traffic we get, so don't hesitate to drop in.
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