Category: Author

  • This Was Supposed to Be a Book Review

    This Was Supposed to Be a Book Review

    I have notes, quotes, and a half-assed draft of a book review waiting in the Wingback wings. This was the weekend I was going to pull it all together and publish it on Monday. However. Memoirs of a French Courtesan Volume 2: Spectacle has been to the proofreader and the layout has been completed. I…

  • Today Was a Good Day

    Today Was a Good Day

    As I opened my book to read for a while before going to bed, I realized I had had a very good day. I made a list in my bullet journal to remind myself what made it good; I thought it might be worth sharing and spelling out—briefly!—why these were good things. The Morning Run…

  • A Newsy Newsletter

    A Newsy Newsletter

    I have reached a trifecta of tiredness this week. I have a huge deadline looming for my thesis proposal at school, I have my first in-person book event since the pandemic coming up (see below!), and I have a family concern that’s weighing on me. So I don’t really have the brainpower to write something…

  • Rebellion: Behind the Scenes

    Rebellion: Behind the Scenes

    Tomorrow, January 16, 2024, my translation of Memoirs of a French Courtesan Volume 1: Rebellion will be published. I’m really proud of this project, and it’s gotten great reviews from advance readers. So far it’s earned four out of five stars on NetGalley, which makes me happy. Paperback and ebook copies will be available just…

  • Making a Mistake, Then Making It Better

    Making a Mistake, Then Making It Better

    On May 19, publication day for Life Among the Paiutes, I sent out about a half-dozen copies to friends and family, including the artist who did the cover. I printed out the labels and left them for the mail carrier to pick up in a responsible, socially distant way. I was so proud. A couple…

  • Kickstarter in the Time of COVID-19

    It’s official: the Kickstarter campaign for Life Among the Paiutes did not fund. Despite my best efforts, and the efforts of friends, family, and complete strangers who believed in the book, we weren’t able to reach our funding goal. Boo. April 2020 was admittedly a weird time to launch a campaign for a book. Lots…

  • How to Make a Book Step 7: Book Marketing

    How to Make a Book Step 7: Book Marketing

    In this eight-part series, I’ll walk you through the creation of a book using the next release from Practical Fox as an example. As I do the steps to make Life Among the Paiutes, I’ll write about it! You can start with Step 1. Ah, book marketing. There are so many ways to do it, and so many…

  • How to Make a Book Step 5: Make a Cover

    How to Make a Book Step 5: Make a Cover

    In this eight-part series, I’ll walk you through the creation of a book using the next release from Practical Fox as an example. As I do the steps to make Life Among the Paiutes, I’ll write about it! You can start with Step 1. Okay, you’ve got the text, edited it, and designed the interior. Now comes the…

  • How to Make a Book Step 4: Book Design

    How to Make a Book Step 4: Book Design

    In this eight-part series, I’ll walk you through the creation of a book using the next release from Practical Fox as an example. As I do the steps to make Life Among the Paiutes, I’ll write about it! You can start with Step 1. If you are traditionally published, all of the book design will…

  • How to Make a Book Step 3: Book Editing

    How to Make a Book Step 3: Book Editing

    In this eight-part series, I’ll walk you through the creation of a book using the next release from Practical Fox as an example. As I do the steps to make Life Among the Paiutes, I’ll write about it! First, let’s deal with one of the most pressing questions on book Twitter: Do you need a…

  • How to Make a Book Step 2: Set a Publication Date

    How to Make a Book Step 2: Set a Publication Date

    In this eight-part series, I’ll walk you through the creation of a book using the next release from Practical Fox as an example. As I do the steps to make Life Among the Paiutes, I’ll write about it! Start with Step 1 here. You’ve written your text, or picked a public domain text, or bought…

  • How to Make a Book Step 1: Get Yourself Some Text

    How to Make a Book Step 1: Get Yourself Some Text

    In this eight-part series, I’ll walk you through the creation of a book using the next release from Practical Fox as an example. As I do the steps to make Life Among the Paiutes, I’ll write about it! The most basic thing every book needs is some text. Some words on some pages, whether they’re…

  • Skull and Sidecar: Where Did Those Characters Come From?

    Skull and Sidecar: Where Did Those Characters Come From?

    If you’ve read my novel Skull and Sidecar, or even if you’ve only read its description, you might be wondering, What the hell kind of name is Gunn Flagely? And where did Nell Kelly come from? Well, wonder no more, friends!  Gunn Flagely A couple of years ago, I was on the phone with my…

  • Yes, You Can Buy Skull and Sidecar Paperbacks on Amazon. But.

    If you visit the Amazon page for Skull and Sidecar, you will notice that it’s available in paperback or ebook. You will also notice that if you try to buy it directly — like, the usual way you buy a book, with the Buy Now or one-click button — there’s a message saying that the book is…

  • KHG-Force

    What I’m up to the week of Dec. 3, 2018:

  • Launch Party for Skull and Sidecar!

    Launch Party for Skull and Sidecar!

    If you’re in the Portland area this weekend and want something to do on Saturday afternoon, come pick up a paperback copy of my new novel, Skull and Sidecar. It’s historical fiction about women anthropologists set in 1926. There’s a man in a black hat, and a Harley-Davidson with a sidecar, and a trip across the…

  • A Bullet Journal Journey to Page-Chomping Freedom

    A Bullet Journal Journey to Page-Chomping Freedom

    When I was a kid, probably about eight years old, I got my first hardcover journal. I think it was for my birthday, though it could have come in an Easter basket. We were a gift-giving family, so sometimes after decades have passed, I don’t remember precisely what holiday was the occasion for a gift.…

  • Take the Wheel: Now Bigger and Better

    The revised edition of Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self will be out in November! Here’s a quick tour of the changes: All told, the changes and updates add a couple dozen pages to the book. It’ll be getting fresh, fly cover! And a new, lower price! It’ll…

  • My Shitty Mantra

    Mr. HG and I had both had long, stressful workweeks, and a non-rainy Sunday was in the forecast. A couple hours under the trees with the dog would be the mind-cleansing, soul-restoring excursion we needed. It was true — our minds were cleansed by exhaustion and our souls were restored by surviving. It was a…

  • Learning? Let Lynda and Your Library Help!

    Learning? Let Lynda and Your Library Help!

    This post brought to you by the letter L. I’ve self-published a book (Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self), and I work in publishing, so I feel pretty confident about publishing Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories this summer. I’ve got lots of friends…

  • Business Launch for International Women’s Day

    On International Women’s Day 2017, I participated in A Day Without Women. Organizers meant it to be a general strike, but it supposed a lot of privilege on the part of the strikers. There were millions of women who couldn’t take a day off. Being freelance, I worked extra hours early in the week so…