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Friday, April 25, 2014

Thursdays with Kris

Yesterday was like every other Thursday. I got my caffeine first. This time I ran over Starbuck's for a trenta iced tea, black, no water, no sweetner. In other words, my standard order when Houston temps reach the mid-eighties. I had a hard day ahead of me--getting several thousand words in for a super secret, not-my-usual project I'm working on.

Like every other Thursday morning, I booted up my computer and clicked on Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog for my weekly dose of The Business Rusch before I started.

Unlike every other Thursday, I wanted to cry when I read Kris' announcement. After five years of not missing a week with her words of wisdom, Kris was ending her popular column.

I totally understand her reasoning. If you're not enjoying something you're doing for free, then you need to stop.

In this case, Kris had dispensed her thirty years of experience and hard knocks to a multitude of writers. She was to the point that she felt she was repeating herself, and she had started to dread what was a self-imposed deadline.

Kris also announced that her blog will be revamped soon, so she can't guarantee all her columns will survive the transition. I highly recommended that if you haven't read The Business Rusch yet, start printing off copies for study. There's a lot of advice in the million words she's written. If you haven't read them, you'll never know if there's some tidbit that may take your career to the next level.

To Kris, thanks from all of us newbies from the bottom of our hearts.


  1. That was a nice post, Suzan. Sorry you won't get to read her column anymore. But yeah, it's hard to keep doing something for free, if that something just isn't working anymore.

    1. On the plus side, Kris is focusing on her fiction including several series that were dumped by her trad publisher and she got the rights back. I love her mysteries and SF! So all is not lost!

    2. Good deal. I don't know her or read my adult fiction these days, but good to hear she's got some fun projects coming up.

  2. I feel so selfish for wanting to wail "Nooooooo!" [hides under keyboard] I understand why she's stopping, and agree that it's the best choice for her, but it still sucks. :(


    1. You're not the only one who wants to wail from the comments on Kris's blog and TPV.