Sked, Stuff, And Other Updatery-Doo

*unhinges jaw* *disgorges information into your eyes, blinding you* OKAY SO HEY. I’m putting terribleminds on a two-week hiatus because, well, I’m gone for two weeks. That may change if I have a steady, consistent ability to log on at a distance and make updates, but that is rarely a guarantee whilst on the road due to the way I lockdown access to the site, so it’s more likely we’ll just let the blog be quiet for a couple of weeks. It will sleep. It will wait. It will grow hungry. In the meantime,... Read The Rest →

Clark Thomas Carlton: Let’s Not Be Like Ants

To coincide with the March for Science tomorrow (during which I will sadly be in the air, on a plane), Harper Voyager is having some of its authors talk about science and politics, and one of those authors is Clark Thomas Carlton, who has written his own spin on an ant novel, Prophets of the Ghost Ants. Here are some of his thoughts on ants, science, and politics for the Harper Voyager Science Fair! * * * The Bible tells us, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways,... Read The Rest →

Dan Koboldt: Five Things I Learned Writing The Island Deception

What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well… For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest Vegas casinos. And yet, for all the accolades, he definitely feels something is missing. He can create the most amazing illusions on Earth, but he’s also tasted true power. Real magic. He misses it.... Read The Rest →

Elizabeth Vaughan: Five Things I Learned By Writing Wardance

Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord.  But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky—instantly changing everything for the People of... Read The Rest →

What I’ve Learned After 5 Years And 20 Books: 25 Lessons

It is about to be my birthday. I like to think of this as both my real birthday and my birthday as a novelist, actually. Because at this same time, five years ago, a little book called Blackbirds landed on shelves. It did so while I was in Los Angeles, promoting that book at the LA Times Book Festival. I also took meetings on what would become the TV deal for the Miriam Black series (one that eventually and sadly went away, as most of them do), and I did a really awesome... Read The Rest →

The Problem With Blurbs (Or How I Got My Reading Groove Back)

This will be a disappointing post for some, and an apology, too. I get a lot of requests for blurbs. They roll in, at least one a week. And I am genuinely honored each time that anyone would ever consider having my dumb name devaluing their book from the inside or on its exterior. Bonus: I like helping writers, from eager novitiate to well-practiced word-herder. And I’ve been there. I’ve been the guy with a book in his hand, just asking another author, DO YOU LIKE-LIKE ME Y/N COOL LET’S... Read The Rest →

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