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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Where to Find Mary Robinette at the Nebula Conference

Mary Robinette will be attending the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Nebula Conference from May 16-19, in Los Angeles, California. The Calculating Stars is also a finalist for a Nebula award for Best Novel.

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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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37365 Q&A with Mary Robinette Kowal — 20 members — last activity Sep 06, 2010 08:02PM
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65868 THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON Q&A / Discussion Group — 73 members — last activity Oct 02, 2018 03:47PM
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