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An Update: Writing Vlogs, Writing, and Appearances

So, I've been told I need to be vlogging, in addition to the sparse blogging I'm doing on this place. And I need to do a better job of giving you all what you want. I think what you want is to hear about what I'm working on and why and how, but also about writing in general.

The Vlog aspect will essentially me being answering your questions about your writing and my work, but to kick that off, I'll begin with some questions I answered for someone else.

At Dragon Con in 2013, Arizona State University's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing conducted a series of interviews with writers for use in their online creative writing courses and this is the first part of that series. I'll be posting the rest over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, send me questions at bryan (at) bigshinyrobot (dot) com so I'll have plenty of ammunition for the new vlog series.


In the way of a brief update on my writing: First, I'm still toiling away on revisions for The Aeronaut for a release this spring. Second, Apollo's Daughters is coming soon. The eBook is out now. And I have some other stuff in the pipeline that I'm not allowed to talk about (and might not be allowed to talk about until 2016!) but if it happens, it'll be the best news I've ever offered you.

In the short term, I'll be doing a couple of panels on storytelling at SaltCon 2015 in a couple of weeks and I'm still doing the readings at the Salt Lake City Library on the third Thursday of every month.

And don't hesitate to check out any of my other books, drop reviews of them on Amazon or Goodreads, and follow me on twitter!
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