BELL WEATHER: A Novel

bell-weather-3d“THE TIME IS FAR OFF, THE PLACE IS CHARMING STRANGE, AND THIS IS ROLLICKING, JAW-CLENCHING ADVENTURE.”

– Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

A captivating adventure set in a fantastical world where a young woman must uncover the secrets of her past while confronting the present dangers of a magical wilderness

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Merryweather Tea

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Said to taste like “a cup of many seasons”

 
 
 

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Albinoni’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 1

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Albinoni’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 1.

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Between the Trees

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Between-the-Trees-4-2013Source: Ellie Davies

Candlefruit

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Green, waxy berries used to make fragrant candles

 
 
 

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SHERIFF JAMES PITT

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The sheriff of Root. A man of firm intent but dubious ability, he is committed to colonial justice even as he boils over personal wrongs.

 
 

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So You Want My Job: Novelist

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And lo, the mighty pine fell.

THE ART OF MANLINESS once interviewed me about being a novelist. Lumberjacks fear me.

[As a child] I’d make “movies” by taking sequential photos of my action figures, or by drawing a cartoon, slideshow-style, on a big roll of paper I could pull through a fake TV made of a box with two slits cut in the side. So the storytelling impulse was there, even if I wasn’t yet writing.

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BELL WEATHER Hardcover Jacket

Here’s the beautiful final jacket for BELL WEATHER: A Novel (Henry Holt & Co., July 7, 2015).

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Bloodpox

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A potentially fatal, infectious disease characterized by severe fevers and bleeding pores.

 
 

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Behold the Japanese Fox Village

“Located near the city Shiroishi in the mountains of Miyagi, Japan, the Zao Fox Village (Zao Kitsune Mura) is a paradise for fox lovers. Open since 1990, the village is a sanctuary for over a hundred animals, including six different breeds of foxes who roam freely.” Source: My Modern Met

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Write, Burn, Read

I earlier posted about my current workday routine: writing 1,000 words of new fiction and burning an equivalent number of calories on an exercise bike. Book gets bigger, I get slimmer.

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View from my writing chair

So far, so good. Since late March, I’ve written 21,000 words (about 60 pages of a first draft) and burned 21,000 calories, and that’s including spring break with our son home from school.

Now I’ve added reading to the mix, so the routine looks like this:

  1. Write 200 words
  2. Burn 200 calories
  3. Read 20 pages of a book
  4. Repeat

Ideally, by the end of each week, I’ve written 15 pages of fiction, lost approximately 1 pound of bodyweight, and read at least one book.

A single, undisrupted season would yield:

  • 180 pages written (half a mid-sized novel)
  • 12 pounds lost (which I could stand to lose)
  • 6,000 pages read

And I can still be a bum on the weekends. I recognize that I’m in a privileged position of writing fiction full time, and that such a routine would be tricky for people with day jobs. But the beauty of the routine, for me at least, is the steady accrual of results, along with the enjoyable, balanced variety. It’s daunting to write 1,000 words in one rush, or exercise for 90 consecutive minutes. Alternating through micro-goals keeps the effort fresh and approachable. On days when I can accomplish only a fraction of my usual goals, the routine remains an easy way to beat procrastination.

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