Author Archives: Marion

The Dragon Awards

The Dragon Awards, for excellence is speculative fiction, were awarded over Labor Day weekend. Depending on your point of view, you might say there were no surprises, or the results were a stunning surprise. Here are the various Best Novel … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #8

Stranded cruise ships. No masks needed. Six feet of distance is good!Walk in the street.Making sourdough. What’s Zoom? Masks made from socks. Masks made from T-shirts. Masks made from scarves.N95 Masks.Don’t use N95 masks.Social distancing. Italy. YouTube “living room” concerts.Stores … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #7: My Bags Are Packed

My suitcase sits upright by the door. It’s so heavy I’m glad it’s the wheelie kind. The closest thing to clothing in it are a pair of shoes and a couple of towels wrapped around family pictures, still framed. One … Continue reading

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Dragons and Hugos

(This is a snarky, opinionated post. I’m entitled to those once in a while.) The Hugo awards, recognizing excellence in speculative fiction, were first awarded in 1953, according to the Hugo website. The first Hugos were presented at WorldCon in … Continue reading

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Copy Edits Done

Today I sent back the Copper Road manuscript with the copy edits made. My copyeditor turned the document around pretty fast, I thought. All in all, this process is much faster than “Aluminum Leaves.” There was a several-month gap between … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now #6: #MCWC2020

2020’s Mendocino Coast Writers Conference was entirely online. Zoom provided the backbone of the event, used for the morning workshops, the afternoon talks, readings and Open Mike, and as far as I know the consultations. There were some surprising bonuses … Continue reading

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Missing Mendocino

This year’s Mendocino Coast Writers Conference is online. It starts today. I am looking forward to the three-morning workshop, with Nebula and Hugo winner Kij Johnson as the workshop leader. I’m pretty relaxed with Zoom these days, and several friends … Continue reading

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The Worldbuilding Bible

My Copper Road editor asked me to send in a worldbuilding bible along with the manuscript. To me, “bibles” were for TV writing rooms and shared universe series or anthologies; basically places where the writing is collective and certain conventions … Continue reading

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Hem: Half Acre

No reason, really. I just think the song is beautiful.

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Some Books

The Great Sequestration let us all get caught up on our reading, right? In my case, I often couldn’t concentrate to read, a situation I’ve never faced before. That issue has faded lately. I thought I’d share a few I’ve … Continue reading

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