Tomb Raider

Patience is hard. Especially as a writer, maybe, because we have so many lovely things we want to show you. When I started writing the Folley and Mallory adventures, I knew that eventually they would have to explore a tomb, because a) it’s Egypt so duh and b) I’ve loved…

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Hooked

Last Thursday, I did something I’d been thinking about for a while; I picked up a crochet hook and started crocheting. I found a video on YouTube and away I went, hooking yarn as if I’d done it all my life, spinning out hats and cowls and arm warmers and–…

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Old Things

If you are acquainted with my writing, you know I like old things. My stories and novels gravitate toward history — albeit sometimes history we haven’t written down yet. There are two universes I like to play in: one is rooted in ancient Egypt, the other in the timeless fields…

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Baroness

I love space. I also love our solar system. It’s never not fascinating. New Horizons going to Pluto? Curiosity going to Mars? Cassini studying Saturn? Juno peeping at Jupiter? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! We live in an amazing age for this stuff. I eat it up! My new Clarkesworld story, “Baroness,” is set…

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Murmuration

You probably know about the face on Mars, the mesa imaged by Viking I in 1976. It looks like a mask, a face, something that could only exist because Martians built it. But, it turns out, it’s just a rock (a really beautiful rock), only looking like a face when…

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Upright Infinity

Many of my story ideas come from random conversations with the muse. (By this time, perhaps you know I call him that ironically, or perhaps you don’t. Now you do.) In one such conversation, he said “whatever happened to the Ripleys?” And while further conversation revealed he meant the kick-ass…

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The Princess

“We’re going to play war. You stay here, and wait to be rescued.” “We’re going to play monsters — you stay here and wait to be rescued.” “Stay here until we come with the army to save you.” “You can’t have a gun, you’re a girl.” “You don’t get a…

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The Year Behind Us

It’s one of those years where the less said the better? It’s one of those years you’d never believe unless you lived through it? It’s one of those years. What did I publish this year? Some good things, if you ask this writer. But what does this writer know —…

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