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Mary Robinette Kowal

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Mary Robinette Kowal was the 2008 recipient of the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and her short story "For Want of a Nail" won the 2011 Hugo. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year's Best anthologies. She is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey and Glamour in Glass (Tor 2012).

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a d
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Mary Robinette Kowal When you're recording, you have to be word perfect without any stumbles. In practice, this means that we stop every couple of paragraphs because I…moreWhen you're recording, you have to be word perfect without any stumbles. In practice, this means that we stop every couple of paragraphs because I mispronounce something or stumble over a tricky word. Sometimes just random tongue-ties, too. When that happens, there's plenty of time to take a sip of water.

That's really the secret. Lots of hydration.

Also, in the booth, I don't have to project, which means less air passing through my mouth and less dryness. Comparatively.

Mostly, it's just water.(less)
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Hurrah! I’m 47 today and I’m getting on an airplane to go to Salt Lake City to record Writing Excuses and attend LTUE. On my birthday. On a plane.


I think we all know how this is going to go.


Meanwhile! I have a party favor for you. This is the first scene, sort of, in Ghost Talkers. The reason I say “sort of” is that I’ve trimmed it so that it works as a short story in order to not leave you tot...

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“One must not put trust in novelists, Beth; they create worlds to fit their own needs and drive their characters mad in doing it.”
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“She sighed to cover her agitation. “You are insufferable.” “I prefer ‘inscrutable.’” He smiled, softening a little at her teasing tone, and because she had allowed the change of topic. “Inexplicable would be more accurate.” “Inconceivable!” She rested her hand on her ever-increasing stomach. “Not any longer.” He laughed and kissed her on the forehead. “I do not think that word means what you think it means.” “Humph!” But Jane was delighted that she had managed to make him laugh.”
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“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
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