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Vanishing Stories

Today marks the beginning of the new European Union VAT requirements. As an EU resident, I’m required to verify that any online vendors I work with are VAT compliant. Amazon is. Audible is. Smashwords… isn’t, and the only public announcement they’ve made on the topic is that they are not currently planning any changes to their web site.

Until that changes, my self-published fiction is no longer available for sale on Smashwords. Because Smashwords will not distribute to Kobo, iTunes or Barnes & Noble unless my work is available in their store, my work will soon be disappearing from those venues, too. Much as I’d like to, I do not have the time or capacity to work with each of those markets independently.

For reasons utterly unrelated to VAT, some of my lower-volume fiction will also be vanishing from Amazon. (It has to do with author rankings and weird algorithm stuff like that.)

The long and short of it: don’t be surprised if you can’t find a story that used to be there. You didn’t imagine it, and I’m not slowly vanishing due to weird Back-to-the-Future time travel effects. It’s just big business doing what big business does, with little authors worming their way through the cracks.

:) Happy New Year to those whose calendars just rolled over!


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New blog posts at SFWA

Most of you know that I occasionally blog for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. It’s fun. I get to talk about crafting awesome stories. I get to help out other writers. And this month, I got to do it all twice. Links to the latest blog posts are available below.

Painting Characters into Corners

If you write stories, this has probably happened to you:

The words are flowing. The plot is exciting. Your characters, faced with overwhelming odds, find themselves in the midst of a difficult and absolutely enthralling situation. It’s the Big, Dramatic Moment of your story – and you have no idea what happens next. The bad guys are too strong, the social pressures are… (read more)

Building Strength out of Weakness

My oldest sister is very wise. Once, long ago, when I was struggling to master a difficult situation, she sent me a letter about strength and weakness. The gist of the content was this: Many strengths are the flip side of weakness. Many weaknesses are the flip side of a strength. Like two faces of a coin… (read more)

The chronically curious can find a list of all my SFWA blog posts here. There’s also a fairly hefty collection under the “Press Kit” menu item on my homepage.


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Carbide-Tipped Pens, which releases from TOR today, has been doing very well in the online review venues. Kirkus called it “A science fiction anthology that strikes a balance between radical scientific ideas and grounded human emotion…Hard-core sci-fi fans will gobble this up, and readers newer to the genre should give it a chance, too.”

Library Journal describes the book as “A pleasing sampling of stories, all showing the range found even within a subgenre like hard SF.”

My contribution to this anthology is called “Recollection”. It explores what Bureau24 describes as “a plausible problem: what if medical science cures geriatric dementia, but can do nothing to recover the lost memories?” Bureau24 counts the story as one of the strongest in the anthology, which is interesting because it’s actually the second one I wrote for Eric and Ben. My first attempt (a character-driven military story which is still awaiting final revision) went too far afield of the anthology’s stated purpose. Eric kindly allowed me to send in a second submission. With only a few days before the deadline and no idea of where the story was going, I sat down and began writing the tale of a man who was permanently barred from recalling the people who love him.

It’s only the second time one of my own stories has made me cry.

From what I’ve heard, the other contributions to this anthology are emotionally powerful and technologically intriguing. It’s a very strong author lineup, I’m looking forward to reading their work over a cup of warm cocoa this holiday season.


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SHATTERED SHIELDS releases today!

BAEN’s military fantasy anthology, edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt, is live off the presses. Featuring stories by Elizabeth Moon, Larry Correia, Gray Rinehart, Annie Bellett and lots of other cool people, this is one of the most action-packed anthologies I’ve had the pleasure of being in.

My contribution, “Deadfall”, is set in a world where foreign raiders (literally) drop from the sky, and where practicing magic saps away your sanity. It features a bit of a twist ending and nice little action sequence shortly thereafter.


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Interview at Milscifi.com

Fun new interview up at Milscifi.com, where I discuss the initial concept for Castles in the Sky and expound at not-too-very-great-length about short story writing techniques.


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The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

I picked this up expecting a Mistborn gangster story, or possibly Mistborn steampunk. Turns out it’s a western, complete with a train heist, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I would have expected myself to if I’d known what I was getting into. Westerns aren’t particularly my style, but Sanderson plays with the tropes enough, and does enough cool things with bullets and steelpushing, that the book worked for me.

Lots of cool action sequences in this one, which I’ve come to expect from Sanderson, and plenty plenty of interesting worldbuilding. The Hero of Ages from the original Mistborn trilogy, still very much alive although never onscreen, plays a tangential role in the plot, and I like what Sanderson’s done with that. Especially the prayer earring, which is just so obviously appropriate given the worldbuilding from previous trilogy.

I especially appreciated Sanderson’s handling of the romantic thread, which doesn’t play out at all like the tropes would prescribe. The final resolution was a tricky one to pull off, and it worked extremely well for me, although I suppose other readers might have been disappointed.

Overall, a delightful read and money I do not regret spending. I’m still waiting for backstory on why, precisely, Harmony appears to have altered the genetic inheritance of allomancy and feruchemy. Presumably subsequent books will provide the answers.


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I am giving away a Halloween Kitty.

No, really. See that cute little stuffed cat just above this text? I will send one anywhere in the continental US (or outside it, for that matter, as long as we can agree on a shipping fee).

Why? Because I love cuddly kittens, and because I want people to know about the (said with all humility) extremely awesome ebook Hexes and Haunts, which is on sale at a steep discount in honor of Halloween.

How to Play:
There are three ways to enter the contest.
(1) Retweet or share this post.
(2) Post your own link to the Hexes and Haunts ebook
(3) Grab a real, live person standing next to you and say, “Aw, wook at the cute widdle kitty!”

Don’t forget to let me know that you’re playing! Twitter and facebook will automatically message me if you tag my username in the post. For other social networks, you may have to get in touch via my contact form.

I will select a random winner shortly after the witching hour on October 31st.


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I love digging into the nuts and bolts of writing. It’s fun to analyze why things work, which things don’t, and what writers can do to increase their effectiveness. And it’s twice as fun when I get to showcase my analysis on a high-traffic site like SFWA’s.

I therefore present with pleasure Variations of Villainy, a brief analysis of several basic character types.


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Oh, I wants it!



My niece, who long ago surpassed me in any skill related to the visual arts, has opened up an etsy shop full of beautiful things. I'm drooling at all of them, but most especially at the image linked in this post. I could wax poetic about the aesthetic brilliance of the medium and the personal metaphor of the blond winged girl looking upon a landscape of boundless possibilities... but I'll spare you this time.

I can't stand the thought of shipping art internationally, so I'll wait until I'm in the US to pick up a copy. With my luck, by then the shop will have acquired, like, five other equally irresistible items. (Be still, my beating pocketbook!)

Keliana does commissions and has a slew of delightful image samples at deviant art. You'll recognize the covers from several of my ebooks in there. She's great to work with and full of innovative ideas. And she does it all in between a full load of college classes.

I really like being related to awesome people.

Lost pennies

"Mommy, can I have this penny?"

I looked up to see my youngest daughter, thrilled with her discovery, holding a shiny copper penny in her hand. She'd found it on the ground outside, and as per usual my children's usual protocol, she'd come to check with me before claiming it as her personal property.

I smiled and told her she could have it. Two hours later my older daughter made an excited noise and lifted something shiny from my computer desk. "Mommy, can I have this penny?"

Primed by the day's earlier events, I answered yes without looking up from the screen. I finished the sentence I was working on, turned to admire my daughter's acquisition, and discovered that it was the same penny I'd been petitioned for earlier. My youngest daughter, instead of tucking the penny into her wallet, had left it lying on the desk and wandered off to play. The same penny had now been discovered and claimed twice.

I briefly considered reclaiming the penny, then shrugged and let it be. There is no shortage of pennies in this household. If the original owner came back to look for it (an unlikely proposition, in my experience) I'd produce a replacement and send her off cheerfully.

Fast forward three hours. I finished my day's work, shut down the laptop, and paused as something caught the light at the edge of my desk. I scooped up the penny absentmindedly, intending to collect it into my wallet, where lost coins generally belong. Halfway to my purse I paused, realizing that it was the exact same penny my two daughters had collected, then forgotten.

I smiled and contemplated the penny's gleaming surface. Then, gently, I lowered it to the kitchen table.

There's a lesson there somewhere, although I haven't quite figured out how to verbalize it. Regardless, I expect it won't be long before someone new wanders past the table and asks me for permission to claim the penny.

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The Death and
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Backlash
a novelette

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That Undiscovered Country
Jim Baen Memorial
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Movement
2011 Nebula Nominee

Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, March 2011

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The Breath of Heaven
Stories from Distant Worlds

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In the Halls of the Sky-Palace
Jim Baen's Universe, June 2009

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Backlash (novelette)
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, 2010

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The Man Who
Murdered Himself

Phobos Award Winner

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Dead Men Don't Cry:
11 Stories by Nancy Fulda


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Nothing This Fun Could be Good for You (article)
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Like Rain From Silver Skies
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Basement Stories





Knowing Neither Kin Nor Foe
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Nancy Fulda is a 2012 Hugo and Nebula Nominee, a Phobos Award winner and a Vera Hinckley Mayhew Award recipient. She is the first (and so far only) female recipient of the Jim Baen Memorial Award. Her fiction has appeared in a number of professional venues.

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