There's something really unusual about the creation process of both Witchmark and its sequel, Stormsong: they were mostly written in silence. I'm usually a playlist maker. I usually write to music, a habit that sparks debate among writers about whether sound or silence is the better environment. Now with my fanfic, I was forever making… Continue reading Two Books without Music: My Persnickety Playlist Needs
C. L. Polk arrives on the scene with Witchmark, a stunning, addictive fantasy that combines intrigue, magic, betrayal, and romance. In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only… Continue reading Witchmark – Pre-Order Now
Sometimes it's hard to figure out how to yoke your Character arc to the external plot. When I'm planning, I have a series of questions I ask myself when I'm making sure that I have the right character for the shiny plot idea I figured out, but when I'm making sure that the arc hangs… Continue reading Doing it backwards
Up there is the beginnings of a very simple shawl - once you get past the fiddly cast on, it's the definition of mindless. Stockinette in the round, with very occasional increase rounds, to make a huge circle out of any yarn you want. I chose a cashmere laceweight yarn for mine, but you can… Continue reading My Knitting Attention Span is Terrible
I am attending When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta, from August 11-13, 2017! I'll be seeing panels and doing barcon as an attendee. I'm looking forward to attending Taxes For Creative Folk, The Book of Sensations, and Worldbuilding the Lazy Bastard Way. I won't have any swag, but I will have business cards, and they're… Continue reading I’m Attending a Conference!
I declare a vacation. Usually about a week long. I don’t look at any of my work during that week. I get out my paper journal and pen and I write in it every day. I just brain-dump, all my complaints and worries and selfish egotistical thoughts. I’m writing to purge myself of the crap… Continue reading Nine Things I Try to Do When I Feel Creatively Drained