…wherein I send Ayn Rand out the airlock. (C’mon, it’s only the right thing to do)—
Sweet! I have just received contributor’s copies of the October-November 2013 double issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction, which contains my novelette “No Others Are Genuine.” On the stands and available in eformats almost immediately. And in very good company, too, including my old pal Jack Dann, Paul Di Filipo, and the great Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
I often try to explain to writing workshop classes the concept of the brouillon: That’s the French equivalent of the English “first draft,” except that the French term is related to the verb for “to disorder, to scramble.” I am a brouillon writer, no question. But, you know, sometimes just seeing somebody’s naked process is worth a thousand abstractions. So here, posted for the enrichment of all, are excerpts from Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue. Here is a process forged from the chaos of writing, longhand, in notebooks…and still arriving at a remarkable finished product.