On Whetsday Proto-Art

Mark Sumner’s next book, On Whetsday, will be available within a few weeks from Word Posse. Currently, the book can also be found online as a series of podcasts and text episodes


Text Episodes

The paperback and Kindle versions are in the process of being completed. Here’s the proto-art for the cover. Pretty cool!

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2015 in Review

2015 was the first full year of Word Posse. We went to several conventions, published five novels, and learned a lot. Here’s to an even better 2016 for us and for all of you, too. May you be productive and successful!

At our annual holiday get-together, we had another photo shoot, and this time, Laurell was able to join us.




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Archon Schedules

Here’s where you can see Marella and Debbie at Archon (besides their Word Posse table). Oh, and look—Marella gets to moderate four panels!

Fri 4:00p    Elementary: How to Plot Your Novel (M)
Sat 10:00a   Author Readings with Esther Friesner and Marella Sands
Sat 2:00p    How I Write: Author Methods (M)
Sat 3:00p    Yesterday’s Hits: SF Movies/TV of Yore (M)
Sat 5:00p    What Libraries Can Do to Stay Relevent (M)
Sun 1:00p    World Building: Bringing Your Ideas to Life

Fri 5:00p     Writing Damaged Characters
Sat 10:00a   Supernatural Beings as Antagonists
Sat 12:00p   I love it! How I developed my best ideas
Sat 2:00p    Futurama. World’s Science Fiction Cartoon
Sun 11:00a  Current Trends in Young Adult Literature
Sun 12:00p Signing


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Meet Word Posse

Several members of Word Posse will be attending Archon in Collinsville, IL, this October 2-4.

You should be able to:

  • find Deborah Millitello and Marella Sands on panels discussing anything from Doctor Who to writers groups.
  • see art by Marella Sands in the art show
  • visit the Word Posse table to meet Deborah Millitello, Marella Sands, Tom Drennan (Sunday only!), and, at some point, Rachel Sullivan (Fortune’s Daughter cover model).

Plus you can also do all the other fun things Archon has to offer—gaming, children’s activities, the dealers’ room, the Masquerade, the art auction, the charity auction, and more! See you in Collinsville in two weeks.


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A Productive Summer

Word Posse is having a banner summer release season! In the past few weeks, we’ve issued Tom Drennan’s Thor McGraw and the Ice Man Murder; Deborah Millitello’s Do Virgins Taste Better? and Other Strange Tales; and Marella Sands’ Restless Bones. Read about these works on the author pages (just click on their slider at the top of this page)!

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Nike had it right

A couple of days ago, I spotted an article on the web about the 10 habits of creative people. I can’t tell you what the other nine were, because I got stopped at #1: creative people wait around for their muse to show up.

I believed that 30+ years ago. I thought I’d write a book one inspiration at a time. I’d wait until I felt like writing, write a few hundred or even a thousand words, and then wait again. Time in between writing jags: weeks to months. Needless to say, that book never got written. I bet if I looked around my backup files long enough, I might find a few thousand words do still exist. They will remain safely trunked, however. Unlooked for, and unmourned.

As any Word Posse member can tell you, some days you do feel inspired, almost as if you are a mere conduit for words coming straight from some mystical source, as if something semi-divine is trusting you with their very own words. Other times, writing is just what you do. And sometimes, it a chore, more like wrestling a greased pig than gently guiding heaven-sent words onto the page. The weird thing is, no matter how little or much “inspiration” you had when you wrote the words, you won’t be able to tell later which ones were painful to write, which were just blah, and which were rapturous. They all read the same.

You don’t become a writer (or designer, or painter, or concert pianist…) by waiting around. You become something because you worked at it every day. Perhaps you take your birthday off, or you don’t work when you’re sick, but almost every day, you did something. You wrote. You sculpted. You sketched out some hemlines. You worked on the harmonies to go with the melody you jotted down last week. Whatever it is, you worked on it. And you went on the next day and worked some more. And the next day. And the next…

Sooner or later, you had a sculpture, or a play, or a dress pattern, or a poem, or a song. It might be terrible. It might be good. It might be fantastic. But it won’t be there unless you put the work in.

Are you working on something right now? Did you work on it today? If not, perhaps you should put down the internet slowly, back away, and get back to what’s really calling you.



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