Author Archives: Marion

Writing Promotional Copy; the Struggle is Real

I sent my editor some copy to be incorporated into a larger release announcement due out later in March. It’s about the Project That Cannot be Named. Actually, it could be named and even renamed, which is has been, but … Continue reading

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Hot off the Press Panel

Tuesday, February 23, I participated in a Hot Off the Press Author panel for Falstaff Books. I talked about the origins of Copper Road, and a little bit about writing process. It was a super relaxed author panel, like one … Continue reading

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Author Copies!

They have arrived! Second Chances Used Books will have some on consignment if you want a signed one. (I won’t be selling any directly.) There will be opportunities for consignment in a few other independent bookshops later in the spring. … Continue reading

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Wishing He Were Here

Both of my parents have been dead for a long time. I still think of them often. Sometimes a picture, an object or a piece of jewelry reminds me of them. Sometimes it’s a story or a song. I miss … Continue reading

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Fly Me To the Moon (or a Story of Mine, Anyway)

In fall of 2021, a short story of mine will go the moon. No, seriously. Our natural satellite? Neil Armstrong? Dark side? Werewolves? The moon, the actual moon. For real. My short story “Adagio for Tiamat Station” was published in … Continue reading

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Sampler Platter

Just a few small points to start the week: Today, I sent off the revised version of The Project That Must Not Be Named. Hurray! I hope to have author’s Copies of Copper Road by next week… plus a few … Continue reading

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Farmers Market Dinner

Last Sunday, after I got a gigantic head of Napa cabbage, I stopped at the Franco Brothers sausage booth and bought the Calabrese sausage, which is pretty peppery and spicy. I asked if it went well with cabbage. “Let me … Continue reading

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The Case of the Stand-in Horse

As a writer I owe one important “aha” moment to that Master of Horror, Stephen King, and the character of Dick Hallorann in The Shining. (Before anyone starts up about “spoilers,” the book came out in 1977, you all.) In … Continue reading

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The Watch; Hmm, Maybe

I’m watching The Watch. Yes, I just wanted to type that. The Watch, a partnership between BBC and AMC, is inspired by characters from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I applaud BBC’s honesty in their use of the phrase “inspired … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #12: Vaccination Centers

As I write this, Sonoma County is vaccinating first responders, health care workers, and people 75+ years old against Covid 19. The choice to focus on the 75+ comes from a number of factors. One is simply that nearly 25% … Continue reading

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