Author Archives: Marion

How Do Characters Come to Life?

I always say that my stories start with a character and a question, and that’s true. I always have an imaginary person in mind when I start. Often I feel like I know them very well. Sometimes it takes the … Continue reading

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In Which Marion Does a Bad Thing

I did a bad thing, and I still feel the effects of it hours later. I hope I bounce back, but this may have traumatized me for life. (Trigger warning for icky sexual material.) You know how in horror movies … Continue reading

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Cons I’ll be Attending in 2020

So far, there are at least 2 conventions in my immediate future. I will be at FOGCon in Walnut Creek, Ca, March 6-8, 2020. More importantly, I think, Aluminum Leaves will also be there, courtesy of Borderlands Books, who will … Continue reading

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Dublin Murders: Lose the Damn Wolf

Dublin Murders, the latest adaptation from Starz, disappoints. It’s based on two Tana French novels, In the Woods and The Likeness. The premise is that two deeply troubled Dublin Garda cops, both outsiders, are partnered and solve murders, only see … Continue reading

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The Books We Got for Christmas, 2019

It was a banner year for books! I’ll start from the bottom and go clockwise, finishing up with the two “pocketbooks” in the middle. Ravenmaster is for me. It’s written by Christopher Skaife, Yeoman Warder of the Tower and London, … Continue reading

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Christmas, 2019

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The Wheel of the Year

2019’s been a hell of year, hasn’t it? It’s nearly solstice and I planned to write an introspective piece on the year, mainly because I never did my “Things I’m Thankful For” column. When I sat down I was immediately … Continue reading

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Reading the Field

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend who is a developing writer who plans to write science fiction. We started talking about who they had read, and it emerged that they haven’t read the field recently. … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Royalties

In the past, royalties were as mysterious to me as alchemy. Now I have some though, so I have undertaken a study of these arcane payments.  I’m here to report out to you what I have learned. The Oxford Dictionary … Continue reading

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The SFWA Nebula Reading Suggestions

When I met John Hartness at AtomaCon, he told me that he had put Aluminum Leaves on the SFWA suggested reading list for the Nebulas. I’m excited to be on this list. The Nebula is voted on by SFWA members, … Continue reading

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