>Writing with children -or- Why Mommy's daily wordcount is so low.

>I don’t write fast. Quite frankly, I wish I did. I’m in awe of some of the writers whose blogs I read, especially one in particular who has turned out two novel drafts in the time it’s taken me to write a third of Sable Locks. But there’s a reason I don’t write fast.

He’s three and a half years old. He’ll start school in the fall, if we ever master this whole potty-training thing, but until then, my writing is in the hours after he goes to bed. Especially since he a) doesn’t nap anymore, b) can see my laptop even if its on the kitchen counter, and b) can sound out words. I’m not ready to have that discussion with him. Not at three. I’m already imagining the fun that we’re going to have on Parent-Teacher nights.

“Oh, Mrs. Schechter, so nice to meet you. Tell me, what is it that you do?”

“I’m a writer.”

You know what the next question will be: “What do you write?”

Now, I suppose I could give them the bullshit answer: “I write fictional accounts of the homoerotic interplay between sentient humanoids and their mechanical constructs.” Which sounds a heck of a lot more impressive than “I write steampunk erotica.” But with my luck, I might just get the rare teacher in our county who actually knows how to think and who understand words of more than one syllable.*

I also think I won’t get a lot of invites to speak on Career Day. This is, after all, the DEEP South.

So, most of my day is focused on my boy, which is as it should be.

And now you know why it takes so long to get a book out of me.

*I’m not knocking teachers. I was one myself once. A LONG time ago. So I know first hand that teachers of high caliber don’t tend to last long in the public school system. The pay isn’t good enough to keep them. And since the private schools around here are all religious, with very few, very EXPENSIVE exceptions, our boy is going to attend public school. With home-schooling around the edges to pick up the slack. I want my son to be able to count to more than first-and-ten.

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>Thoughts on censorship and freedom of speech.


“It was a shocking thing to say and I knew it was a shocking thing to say. But no one has the right to live without being shocked. No one has the right to spend their life without being offended. Nobody has to read this book. Nobody has to pick it up. Nobody has to open it. And if you open it and read it, you don’t have to like it. And if you read it and you dislike it, you don’t have to remain silent about it. You can write to me, you can complain about it, you can write to the publisher, you can write to the papers, you can write your own book. You can do all those things, but there your rights stop. No one has the right to stop me writing this book. No one has the right to stop it being published, or bought, or sold or read. That’s all I have to say on that subject.”

Philip Pullman, speaking on his new book The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Opens a Youtube video.)

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>Important Point.

>If you can be counted, then please, BE COUNTED!!!

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Can’t say anything else, yet. But still…


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>New cover art!

>The art for the cover of Apocalypse Sex was released today. The book itself will be out in the next week or two, and you can be sure I’ll post about it when the release happens!

The story that I have in this book is called Darkest Night. My first stab at hard sci-fi. I’m pretty pleased with it. (And I know that it isn’t at all likely, but I swear that the cover is Tariq and Moira!)

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>Blame it on Cecilia…

>In chatting today with Cecilia Tan from Circlet Press, I made a comment about my imp of the perverse, who feeds me ideas for delightfully perverse stories, usually at the worst possible moments. And she told me that Imp of the Perverse should be the title of a book that I write someday…. or the title of a blog about my writing.

I can take a hint. Especially when she follows up that statement with the words (hint, hint!).

So, these are the new digs. I’m still working out the kinks, so there might be some tweaks now and again. And I’m working out mirrors, so this will show up in Dreamwidth and over on Livejournal eventually (I think I have the Dreamwidth bit fixed. LJ is being stubborn. Good old LJ!)

So, why do I need a blog about my writing? Well, because I’m a writer, to start with. I write delightfully perverse stories that make my sisters say “Shame on you, where’s my copy?!?” I write for Circlet, and I have four stories under my belt with them now. If you look that-a-way <—–, you’ll see the list. (I ‘m not actually going to say ‘go buy my stuff’, but if you click on the pictures, you’ll get to the e-commerce site where you can buy my stuff.) 

Oh, and if you’re reading this on the mirror sites, there is no that-a-way. Look here, and here.

I don’t just write short stories. There’s a pair of novels complete, and one day, I’ll see them in print. There’s another novel in the works, and the outlines for a bunch more. Someday, there will be enough hours in the day for me to get all these words out of my head and onto the screen. (That someday will probably be in the fall, when a certain small boy of my acquaintance starts school…)

That’s my other life. I’m a mom to a toddler, who is perfect in every way, and who is teaching himself to read. (And let me tell you, nothing puts a dampener on a hot and steamy scene quite like a small boy who loves Mommy’s computer. “Mommy, whachu writin’?” End mood, right there.)

So, that’s me in a nutshell. Naughty writer, mom, housewife, butcher, baker, candlestick maker. And now blogger. Just you watch me keep all the eggs in the air!

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