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Well, my long weekend wasn’t quite as productive as I’d hoped, owing in large part to the fact that I downloaded the complete Sherlock Holmes collection and got a bit lost in it. I was, I freely admit, on e of those rabid geeks in high school who could quote passages from pretty much any of Conan Doyle’s short stories, and all of the novellas.

This reminds me: if you haven’t seen the BBC’s modern take on it, Sherlock is a thing of joy. They made him younger and set him in present-day London, and it’s both surprisingly badass and beautifully written.

And in other news…

My amazing writer friend Gretchen McNeil‘s book POSSESS is coming out this August from Balzar and Bray, and she’s just gotten her cover art, which is gorgeous.

Isn’t it? I love how stark and creepy it is.

POSSESS is a teen exorcism story, and it should definitely go on your pre-order list if you like dark, creepy, badass action with hilarious one-liners and amazing imagery. I can say this, because I’m lucky enough to have read it already. 🙂

And, last (and least, in this case…) –the obligatory meme.

23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

God, I dunno.

Okay, okay — so I do sort of know, but writing just takes as long as it takes, for me. I’m a picky writer, with a very loud and intrusive Inner Editor, so it can take me a while to get through a book. I’d say 8 months is probably my average, from first page to THE END on a draft. Revising — well, that can be quicker (or, as seems to be the case with a total rewrite to a new genre, longer). But 8 months seems like a close number.

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