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Kat Richardson
28 June 2016 @ 01:46 pm
Urban Allies got a nice review at Publisher's Weekly last week! "Readers will undoubtedly get a kick out of seeing their favorite heroes solving cases together and will enjoy being introduced to new characters and settings."

It'll be out on July 26 so... if you want to read some really cool crossover fiction, be sure to pre-order. (Easy ordering links to all your favorite sites are available on the Harper Collins site: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062391346/urban-allies
Kat Richardson
16 June 2016 @ 10:16 am
Greywalker film/TV option renewed for another 6 months. (*small squee*) Hoping for further exciting news on the work front.
Kat Richardson
15 June 2016 @ 08:10 pm
I started a new project today based on an old project I can remember but not find the scraps and notes for. So far it's weird in ways that make me happy and I did 1,531 words. I shall show you the following 69 of them:

They probably think he’s dead—he hopes they think he’s dead. He thought he was dead. But he’d thought that since he saw the two thugs on his tail. What’s Threcki got to be so pissed about, anyhow? It’s not like Ince killed anybody—or even stole anything. He just… borrowed the signal scrambler for a little while. He put it back! God’s death… There’s no pleasing some people.
Kat Richardson
06 June 2016 @ 01:53 pm
The second half of my Round Table Podcast, the Workshop Episode, is coming up tomorrow!
Kat Richardson
31 May 2016 @ 09:41 am
I'm on the Round Table Podcast "20 Minutes With..." segment today with Dave Robison and Heather Welliver!
Kat Richardson
26 May 2016 @ 07:05 pm
Whoohoo! I'll be on the upcoming "20 Minutes with..." interview at Round Table Podcast this coming Tuesday, May 31!
Kat Richardson
08 March 2016 @ 12:17 pm
We have a cover!

My short story "Peacock in Hell" is part of this amazing anthology, Shadowed Souls, that will be released in November (and you can preorder it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite Indie!). I'm in great company, here. Edited by Kerrie Hughes and Jim Butcher, with stories by Jim, Tanya Huff, Erik Scott de Bie, Kevin J Anderson, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jim Hines, Lucy A. Snyder, Anton Strout, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Kat Richardson
04 March 2016 @ 12:48 pm
Outlet of the Research Rabbit Hole: I've been looking at a lot of material about the Great Depression of the 1930s and one of the interesting things I've discovered is that Herbert Hoover--who is sometimes called one of the worst presidents in American history--turns out to be a fascinating, contradictory, and complex guy and probably a better president than he's given credit for. It's interesting reading during a particularly bizarre election year.

Ironically, it was Hoover--a Republican--who started many of the programs that FDR adopted into "the New Deal." He backed the Glass-Steagall banking act we now hear so much about, and the Bacon-Davis Act that established the maximum 8-hour work day. He outlined what became FDR's "Good Neighbor Policy". He was a Quaker, pro-labor Progressive, humanitarian, relief worker, and reformer. He was a mining engineer, and self-made millionaire who rejected Andrew Mellon's "laissez faire" policies, a progressive, but also a prohibitionist, who was both courted and reviled by both major parties at various times in his career. He backed Teddy Roosevelt's Progressive "Bull Moose Party", but was a registered Republican. He was appointed to offices by a Democratic president, and had been wooed to run for President earlier as a Democrat, but chose not to run at that time and later ran for President as a Republican, while having the support of FDR and other Democrats, but not the Republican president (Coolidge) whom he was about to succeed.

At the same time he made political enemies of Winston Churchill and other key European leaders by organizing various food relief projects for Belgians, Germans, and Russians after the first World War. At home, he strangled the licensing of "non-useful" radio stations, and was unable to stop (or turned a blind eye at the time) to the brutalization of black farmers during relief and relocation efforts after the Mississippi flood of 1927, which he then persuaded Robert Russa Moton--President of the Tuskegee Institute--to help him cover up so his presidential campaign would not be damaged.

Interesting stuff.
Kat Richardson
29 February 2016 @ 03:34 pm
I was exchanging replies to a post on Facebook with a reader and he asked about my editing process, because I am currently struggling with a tough revision. I have been tearing chunks out and rewriting to a tight deadline and the process is frustratingly ugly—it always feels like two steps back to take one forward, even if that isn’t the truth of it. The reader asked if that was my usual process and I had to say, “yes and no” essentially. That may be my process as a writer, but as a fiction editor, it isn’t. (And yes, editing fiction is not like editing non-fiction—they’re related, but different beasts.)

As a fiction editor—and as a crit partner, writing coach, or workshop instructor—my job is not to put my stamp on someone else’s work, but to help the writer realize their own goal for that work. So I have to approach with respect and care. I make suggestions and observations more often than changes. I point out places where an opportunity was missed or where voice or a structure could be strengthened, where information was missing, muddy, or heavy-handed, where pieces might be swapped, characters or arcs adjusted, inconsistencies, “clangers,” and so on. I also make sure that the writer is aware of the things that they did well—because it’s easy to forget to say “Oh, did you know this is Damned Fine Writing?” I never take someone else’s piece apart and rebuild it. That’s the writer’s job and it’s a necessary process in improving as writer.

But when I start revising or editing my own material, I’m both writer and editor at the same time and I have to listen to advice, weigh it, and analyze both the advice and my own work, as well as revising, cleaning, fixing, and re-building. I’m a lot more brutal on my own work, because no one else can be. The other aspect of editing my own work is using what I learn from reading, analyzing, and editing the work of others. So critiquing or editing my peers is part of my process of becoming a better writer, and after that a better crit partner, better editor, better workshop leader, better coach, and a better writer... And back full circle, endlessly.

Writing and editing (or critiquing) are cooperative processes, not adversarial. I learn from each to do the others better and I treat each writer I crit or edit as I would like to be treated by my crit partners or editor.
Kat Richardson
25 February 2016 @ 02:10 pm
The Kickstarter for Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling is finally live! Hurray! Look at that great list of authors, editors, artists, and essayists shaking up the clichés and tropes of genre fiction--including one by me! Go, make it happen!