20 11 / 2013
I do not like these tumblr ads showing up in my dashboard. Every time I see one I frown and look at who the person is who is reblogging that crap into my stream so I can unfollow their awful reblogging ways, and then realize, oh, it’s tumblr.
14 11 / 2013
mnemehoshiko asked: O_O YOU'RE (upcoming) NOVELLA HAS A POC MATH LADY AS THE HEROINE....*weeps tears of joy as a WOC in math*
Yes! I have had the idea for this story sputtering about in my head since my own days as a WOC in math, which is long before I even started writing books.
I got the idea from a professor of mine who was telling us random stuff about various scientists because he was the random stuff kind of professor. He was a computational guy, and he was telling us about how before there were computers, the things they called computers were actual people who would do all the math by hand, and it wasn’t a highly respected job even though the people who did it laid the foundation for a lot of numerical methods work today.
And then he threw out there: “A lot of them were women.”
Then he just went on with the lecture, like I wanted to hear a damned thing about Hartree-Fock after being told that there were untold thousands of women who played pivotal roles in science and NOBODY EVER TALKED ABOUT THEM OR RECOGNIZED THEIR EXISTENCE.
In any event, I have been hungry to hear more ever since. Sadly, there is not actually that much information out there about female computers. So I’m taking all the stuff I can find and turning it into a story.
14 11 / 2013
yo but when is Courtney Milan gonna write a romance starring a POC as a romantic lead?
Actually, it will! Because I am procrastinating!
(But you can always ask me questions like that directly.) (As this is something that is absolutely unnecessary for me to do, I’m therefore doing it.) (That parenthetical is really for glamaphonic who got a panicked email from me yesterday that was like HALP EVERYTHING IS FUCKED UP BECAUSE I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PRESS BUTTONS ON TIME.)
The answer is: mid-2014 for a novella, assuming it doesn’t take me a billion years to write, which I cannot guarantee. I put up the cover very quietly on my website the other day and haven’t said anything or even posted a page for it yet because I have been very busy not pressing buttons on time.
The heroine is a mathematical savant named Rose Sweetly. I don’t want to say any more because I haven’t written it yet and everything else is subject to change.
The series I’m writing after the Brothers Sinister is designed (explicitly) to take us out of England, but I don’t want to even guess how long it’s going to take me to publish the book (currently planned to be #3 of 6 in that series), in which neither the hero nor the heroine is white. That’s like literally four full-length books from now. Five for you guys, since you haven’t read the one that I’m working on now.
So there you are. Spoilers for a series that I haven’t even started and never will unless I shut up and go back to work on this book.
10 11 / 2013
Some books are inherently flawed.
It’s hard to figure out what those flaws are until I start writing, and by the time I figure them out, it’s too late to turn back. I try to minimize those flaws, to make the books as good as possible so that I don’t disappoint my readers. I try to make it the best flawed book it can be.
Other books…I start writing and I realize the book is bigger than me. The struggle then is not about readers, however much I care about them. At that point, it’s about not disappointing the book. I struggle to get the thing that I have in my head out in a way that will do it justice.
It’s like floating in a raft down the Grand Canyon. No matter what words I use to describe it afterwards, I’ll only ever deliver an imperfect approximation.
All books are hard, but there’s a difference between books where I have to be better than the book, and books that make me realize how much more I have to grow.
19 9 / 2013
Every Monday and Thursday, I’ll be posting a photo of an author, editor, agent, reviewer or myself holding up a publishing or writing tip we’ve written on my traveling chalkboard/whiteboard. I have enough to get us through the next six months and I’ll be gathering more in my travels, so you can look forward to ongoing tips, wisdom, advice & inspiration.
These are meant to be a combination of fun, amusing, inspiring, serious, goofy and weird. You don’t need to agree with them all, but I hope, no matter what, you find them entertaining!
And to kick off #writeideas, I introduce Nora Roberts, with what may be my favorite writing advice of all time…
"Anyone who tells you there’s a ‘right’ way to write is a lying bitch."