About Dawn

Dawn Trowell Jones a speculative fiction writer living in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two cats.

Yes & No, Query Hell, and the Comparables Problem: What’s the story like?

I’ve been preparing my query letter, synopsis, and first 19 pages for the Atlanta Writers Conference this November. No pitches, I’m only doing critiques. I’d like to polish the manuscript further, and the times are Continue reading Yes & No, Query Hell, and the Comparables Problem: What’s the story like?

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Higher Order for Greater Entropy? Life to Intelligent Life, & Beyond

This is an open invitation to ignore the insanity we live in for a minute. One happy minute. “First Support for a Physics Theory of Life” by Natalie Wolchover is a fascinating article. I was Continue reading The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: Higher Order for Greater Entropy? Life to Intelligent Life, & Beyond

First Sentences: The Pain, The Glory

I attended an online seminar about first sentences a few days ago. I should tell you, I learn by challenging assumptions. When I’m told that out of an entire novel that takes years to polish, Continue reading First Sentences: The Pain, The Glory

A Time to Listen

The plan was to write something positive this time, or even a sort of neutral post, maybe about what I’ve been enjoying in some of the books I’ve been reading lately. Seemed like we could Continue reading A Time to Listen

Unseemly

“I’m fucking pissed off at the world” is not a proper post. Again, I’m struggling with what to say. Not because I have nothing to talk about—obviously, we have plenty going on. As it likely Continue reading Unseemly

I’m fine. Are you fine?

At present, my loved ones are safe and sound. We’re stocked up. Still, like many of us, I’ve had a difficult time settling on what to say in the midst of all this. I’ve spoken Continue reading I’m fine. Are you fine?

One Got Away in the Night

He stands on a hill. From under his cape of skins, a whorl of musk, a whiff of lanolin that has tipped towards the rancid. Damp from dew, his wet wool. Heat under there, samovar Continue reading One Got Away in the Night

Prophecy, Fate, and Tender Mercies

It’s possible to know the future. Asimov in his Foundation series imagined so with Hari Seldon’s psychohistory, where a mathematical formula is able to plot the psycho-social movements of a connected people across great distances Continue reading Prophecy, Fate, and Tender Mercies

Goodbye and Hello: Happy New Year!

My work requires my undivided attention right now, but I still wanted to say something, so here goes: Goodbye yesteryear selves! Hello new us! Do you ever think about self-driven evolution? I used to call Continue reading Goodbye and Hello: Happy New Year!

NaNoWriMo… Mission Complete! (& some thoughts about it)

Sorry for the delay. I was too burned out. It took two NaNos, but I’ve now reached 79,458 words and finally have a complete very rough draft of I’m Your Goat! Yay! I would describe Continue reading NaNoWriMo… Mission Complete! (& some thoughts about it)