Aven Cycle Book Two Title!

Book Two officially has a title! I'm delighted to announce that Latona, Sempronius, Vibia, Neitin, Aula, and all the rest will be back in... Give Way to Night I'm really pleased with it. Unlike From Unseen Fire, where it took ages to arrive at something that made everyone happy, this had immediate unanimity. It was … Continue reading Aven Cycle Book Two Title!

Worldbuilding for Masochists Podcast — Expansion

Panoramic view of the Roman theatre in Palmyra (from Wikimedia Commons)

While I mention a few things to do with ancient Rome in the episode, I thought I’d expand a little bit here and talk about some of the pop culture that shows up in From Unseen Fire, and some of the things I’m building into Books Two and Three as well.

Jigsaw Puzzle Revisions

So for the past couple of months, I've been revising Book Two of the Aven Cycle. It's been an interesting process, because while I'm not actually generating a ton of new content, it's felt like that kind of heavy lifting. Have you ever seen that thing where an artist puts together jigsaw puzzles that have … Continue reading Jigsaw Puzzle Revisions

But isn’t this a girl book?

My favorite book to recommend to readers of a certain age, or those shopping for them, is Patricia Wrede's Dealing with Dragons. It's a perfect rec for middle grade readers with an interest in fantasy who have already consumed the "big" titles at that level -- Warriors, The Unwanteds, Land of Stories, Percy Jackson -- but who … Continue reading But isn’t this a girl book?

On Reading Tolkien

"Must" is a silly word. The books you "must" read to be a fan of a genre, or to create within it, are the books which speak to your soul, the ones that resonate with you.

A Much-Delayed Update

News on the #AvenCycle, conventions, websites, and a giveaway!

Cass’s Birthday Review Bonanza

We didn't quite hit 50 reviews on From Unseen Fire, but we're closer than we were a month ago! I'll call that a win, so -- As promised! 30 reviews of books I've enjoyed, all of which I posted to Amazon over the past 30 days! There's a broad range here -- YA and adult … Continue reading Cass’s Birthday Review Bonanza

Cass’s Birthday Review Campaign

We are just past 4 months since From Unseen Fire hit the shelves! We are also one month out from my 33rd birthday. So this seems like an awesome excuse to say... I would like to have 50 Amazon reviews of From Unseen Fire by my birthday! Totally doable, I think! I'm standing at 32 right now, … Continue reading Cass’s Birthday Review Campaign

False Starts

The theme this week over on the Deb Ball is "the manuscript in the drawer", and I thought I'd expand a little bit upon what I wrote over there. I chatted about this on Twitter a while back, too. I have been, across my life, a prolific writer. Since the age of 11, when I … Continue reading False Starts

Camp Nano: Writing with Anxiety

Originally written for the Camp Nanowrimo blog this month! That meme, right there? That explains a lot about who I am. I’ve got what some people call “high-functioning” anxiety, the kind that makes you a constantly over-wound spring but determined not to let anyone know that you’re screaming internally. I am a Slytherin, driven to … Continue reading Camp Nano: Writing with Anxiety