Argh Author: Deb Blake’s Wickedly Wonderful

Our own Deb Blake has a reissue out now.

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…
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Happiness is Real Books

Okay, I know you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy beautiful hardcovers and that are very happy making, not just because they’re beautiful, but because inside are some of the best times you’ve ever had reading. I just wrote a scene in which a guy who is leaving My Girl buys her a box full of hardcovers of her favorite books because he knows she has all them all in digital form, but he also knows that to make a home, you need books, beautiful books on shelves and not-so-beautiful books–some of them are very old out of print novels–but the books you love, like old friends around you, worlds you love you can escape to. And then since I’d given those books to My Girl in her story, I bought some for me in real life–Pratchets and a gorgeous reprint of the first Rivers of London–because I want those in my house. I want to be able to walk by a bookshelf and just pick one off. That makes me so happy.

What made you happy this week?

This is a Good Book Thursday

I was reading a really interesting romance and then the heroine started rejecting the hero for no reason and there was a big misunderstanding, and I just couldn’t go on. So I reread a Loretta Chase and felt better. Rereading: it’s a good thing.

What did you read or reread this week?

Working Wednesday, June 5, 2024

So here’s the thing about work: half the battle is figuring out HOW to do something. For us, it’s this new collaboration.

We already knew that Bob is a linear writer and I write in patterns. That is, he starts at the beginning and goes on to the end, with much revision, and I skip around the story, writing the scenes as the appear to me. On one book, that’s not too bad, Bob keeps going in a straight line and I fit my stuff in where it logically appears in his story line and then we rewrite a thousand times and we have a book.

But now we’re writing trilogies, and I have just realized that Bob is starting at the beginning of one book and getting to the end and assuming (after much rewriting) that we’re done, and I’m looking at the series as a whole, leaping back forth among the books, and I won’t be done with Rocky Start until we’re well underway on The Honey Pot Plot. And I had a meltdown that Rocky Start was coming out in three weeks and I wasn’t finished rewriting it yet. Bob, who really does have the patience of a saint, put it back for me even though he was sure we were finished. So let’s have a round of applause for a good work partner who sighs a lot but always come through.

How did your work week go?

Admin: Quick Reminder on Argh Author, Etc.

Three things:

1. While we value lurkers, if you’re not part of the conversation, nobody knows you. That’s fine, but it means nobody will recognize you which means you’re not part of what makes the community. Become part of the community for a couple of months and ask again. Or don’t–it’s a time sink, I understand, nothing wrong with lurk, I do it myself other places–but then understand that I can’t give you a post to serve a community that’s never met you. Which means if Susan does Macbeth again, we want to know, but if Brad Pitt asks for an Argh Actor post, he’s not gonna get one, no matter how much he begs.

2. If you do post here–YAY!–please don’t send me the title of your book or art or anything else without that accompanying information I asked for (see below). The idea is that you tell me exactly what you want the post to say and I cut and paste it, not that we go back and forth while I try to pull information from you. I don’t have the time for that and neither do you.

3. Please make sure this is your work. Don’t send me things that somebody else has done or information about a shop you run that sells work by other people, no matter how lovely it is. If you have an Etsy shop where you sell things that you make, have at it with a picture of one thing that you have made and a link, but this is not an advertising opportunity or primarily a way to sell to this community (although if people volunteer to buy, have at it), it’s an opportunity to share your work with a community that wants to know what you’re doing because you’re a part of it.

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Happiness is Being Close to the Finish Line

I’ve spent the weekend working on the truck draft of Very Nice Funerals. Bob had written as far as he could and I needed to do my stuff, but I couldn’t get a grip on the book. It had all this good stuff in it, but it wasn’t making sense to me, so I spent weeks doing diagrams and tables and writing scenes as they came to mind, not knowing if they’d even fit. And then this week, I got it. I knew what I needed to write and what I needed to rewrite, I knew where everything went and all I had to do was do it. So I’m doing it. We’ll have this done pretty soon. That makes me SO happy, not just because it’ll be done but because I know what the book is about now.

Happiness is getting close to the end of something you’re doing that you love.

What made you happy this week?

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Admin Note: About Argh Author

I just realized that it’s been awhile (years?) since I explained what the Argh Author posts are about.

They’re about about this community. They’re about the people who post in here on Working Wednesday and Good Book Thursday, who engage in conversations, who are a visible and active part of the community. Those people. And the Argh Author goes up whenever one of Those People has finished something that’s ready for the rest of the community to look at and read. Which means that I don’t care if it’s traditionally published or self-published or fan fiction or a deck of tarot cards, I care that it’s something the community is interested in because they know the author. Continue reading