• History and historicity, historiography and legend - How can you make a realistic novel set in the past feel like magic—and a book stuffed with magic and myth feel realistic? And why can that be a problem for historical fiction writers? Funny you should ask: I just wrote a whole essay about that for Historia Magazine. Go take a look. Oh, and there's a clue in the image description...
  • Close-up of old manual typewriter with a document being typed: Terms of Service Want me to blurb your book? Here are the conditions - Here are my new conditions for anyone wanting me to blurb their book.
  • Competition winners! - We have one grand winner and one runner-up who guessed the top two most-used adjectives in early reviews of SPEAR...
  • Last chance to enter the Spear adjective competition: Clue #16 - The final clue in the guess-the-review-adjective for SPEAR competition, this time from a blurb by Maria Dahvana Headley Get your best guess in before noon Pacific time tomorrow. Rules, prizes, and how to enter:
  • Spear adjective competition: Clue #15 - Clue #15 in the guess-the-review-adjective competition for SPEAR prizes, this time a quote from a review in Chicago Review of Books by Jake Casella Brookins. No purchase necessary! Open to anyone in the world! Rules and how to enter:
  • Spear adjective competition: Clue #14 - Clue #14 in the guess-the-review-adjective competition for SPEAR prizes, this time a quote from a starred review in Shelf Awareness. No purchase necessary! Open to anyone in the world! Rules and how to enter:
  • Friday 4/29, 6:00 PM, Brick & Mortar, Redmond: In-person event! - Friday 4/29, 6:00 PM: at Redmond's own Brick & Mortar, live and in-person! Talking about SPEAR, history, representation, and writing joy. Come help celebrate Independent Bookstore Weekend!
  • Thursday 4/28, 7:00 PM, Mysterious Galaxy! - Thurs 4/28, 7:00 PM PT: Mysterious Galaxy! In conversation with the beauteous, smart, and always fascinating @kelleyeskridge, novelist, short story writer and screenwriter extraordinaire. We'll be talking about SPEAR, of course, but also many other delicious things. Do join us!
  • Wednesday 4/27, 7:00 PM, Seattle Central Library: In-person event! - Weds 4/27, 7:00 PM PT: Seattle Central Library's Microsoft Auditorium, live and in-person! Talking about SPEAR, language, history, and writing joy. Presented by Seattle Public Library and Elliott Bay Book Company. ASL and CART transcription.
  • Spear adjective competition: Clue #13 - Clue #13 in the guess-the-review-adjective competition for SPEAR prizes. No purchase necessary! Open to anyone in the world! Rules and how to enter: