Bloodpox

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

 
 

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Grayport

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The main harbor city of northeastern Floria, bustling and cosmopolitan, deeply weathered in appearance due to efflorescing salt.

 
 

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Corelli’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 12

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Corelli’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 12.

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SMOAK

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A hot drink made of ground smoakwood nuts, pleasantly addictive, with a bitter-rich, cinnamony, burnt-black flavor.

 
 

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Goodreads Giveaway for BELL WEATHER

Henry Holt and Company is giving away another 35 copies of my novel BELL WEATHER.

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The earlier giveaway is also still active, and you can sign up for that one at BELL-WEATHER.net.

ABIGAIL KNOX

Bellweather REDO author sendABIGAIL KNOX

A woman of strict conscience and stricter judgment, who believes moral duty is all that keeps the frontier from falling into chaos. Abigail is intelligent and highly pragmatic. Married to Benjamin Knox.

 

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Ember Gourds

Bellweather REDO author sendEMBER GOURDS

Vine fruits that redden and combust if they are not picked before they fully ripen.

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Map of Floria

Here’s the primary BELL WEATHER map, to be included in the novel this July. The second map — see an animated, interactive version here — will be the book’s endpapers.

Both were loving illustrated by Melissa Mykal Batalin.

floria

7 Things About My Writing You Might Not Know

My friend, author Kate Southwood (FALLING TO EARTH), tagged me in a Facebook list:

7 Things About My Writing You Might Not Know

I’ll answer below and tag three others: Eric Devine, Nathan Kotecki, and Kathryn Kopach Biel. You can check their Facebook author pages in the coming days for their answers, unless they blow me off.

isolator1. Lately I’m writing 1,000 words a day and riding off the equivalent number of calories on an exercise bike. The first draft will burn around 130K calories.

2. I defeated fear of the blank page at the age of 30, when I forced myself to visit a library after work and stay until I’d written 1,000 words. Unlike my current healthy bike parallel, I tempted myself into the library with their cafe’s superb coffee cake.

3. That fall in the Westport, CT library, I wrote a 70,000-word horror novel, which was so bad I never even tried revising it. I have since deleted all copies (I hope).

4. I don’t remember loving books until halfway through high school.

5. I write on a laptop, until I have such an unaccountably hard week that I switch to pen and paper, in order to change things up. When pen and paper grow stale, I return to the laptop. Whatever works.

6. Now that I’ve invented a fictional 18th-century world with BELL WEATHER, I can use that book, and its maps, as primary research texts. If the information isn’t there, I get to make it up.

7. It would be triumphant to say I built my writing career alone, with nothing but grit and genius, but it would also be a lie. I had a good childhood with wonderful parents, a solid education in upper-middle-class America, a string of easy day jobs, a supportive wife and son, two world-class pets, no major illnesses or derangements, and buckets of luck.

I will claim a measure of grit, but I had an incredible amount of help. Instead of feeling guilty about my unearned advantages, I view it all as a big royalty advance: I try to write good books and pay it back however I can. (My wife refers to this as her Return on Investment. She’s going to make me travel overseas at some point.)

Johney, Cock Thy Beaver!

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is the traditional song, “Johney, Cock Thy Beaver!”

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english country dances

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