sometimes, daily means when you can

I started this year with an admittedly-ambitious daily target: 1,200 a day on the faerie novel and 700 a day on a short story (which will probably end up not entirely that short). I could have aimed for a lower target, but that would have meant working on Saturdays and Sundays and one thing I […]

today's alpha draft addiction is the em-dash

The playlist for the kelpie story is full of drowning songs. Sinking songs. Listening to it is like having all the air siphoned slowly out of my lungs while weariness expands like a squeaking black balloon in my head. I suspect I need to write this story very, very quickly — or else very, very […]

i can't help but count the seconds ticking by

Time is proving more elusive than usual, of late. This is possibly (shh, don't tell anyone) due to being a smidge over-committed. On pretty much all fronts. There's the personal deadline for the zero draft of the faerie novel, which is fast approaching (and the recalcitrant thing shows no signs of approaching its narrative end […]

Sale to TPP!

I have a confession to make: for a couple of months now, I've had some Good News that I've not been able to share. And by good news, I mean KERMIT-FLAILINGLY AWESOME NEWS! It has been very difficult not to share this news with you all, and I feel most strongly that you should all […]

New Interview: Galactic Chat

Hola! I am lifting my head from the morass of editing this one story I never want to see again1 and drafting this other story I don't want to have to write2 to tell those who find such things interesting that there's a new interview of me up online. This one is a little different, […]

Let me 'splain — No. There is too much. Let me sum up.

Back in June, I guest-posted over at David McDonald's blog, on the topic of silence: It’s something I’ve heard at almost every point of wanting and trying to build a writing career: you have to be active on the internet. …But it comes at a cost. There’s the inevitable time pressure, yes, but then there’s […]

holy sleep deprivation

In the world of news (of me), my Twelfth Planet collection … is officially delivered. A little under a week ago, in the bleary hours of the morning, with my eyes pointing in different directions and the room a little wobblier than I prefer it, I handed in a workable draft of the final story. […]

again the week vanishes out from under me

the good Squawk has graduated away from Duplo and on to "little Lego" or "big girl Lego", as she calls it. Or, as I call it, the proper stuff. I mean, Duplo is surprisingly versatile for its size, and I'm sure you've all seen my attempts at robots and towers and dinosaur cars over the […]

briskwater, in duplo

View this post on Instagram Squawk and her dad (mostly her dad) built a Lego version of the village of Briskwater! A post shared by Deborah Kalin (@debkalin) on Mar 21, 2015 at 10:00pm PDT

Cherry Crow Children: on fighting, and fighting back

To celebrate the launch of Cherry Crow Children way back when, the plan was to do something of a blog tour — but it fell by the wayside because Life. However, the first of the posts are written, and the launch of the ebook seems as good a time as any to put them up. […]