Stephanie Shaver

Sometimes Writer Always Extremely Online

About Me

Hello, my name is Steph. I’ve been writing and publishing since 1988 and I’ve been in the games industry since 1996. I wrote a little bit more on the About Me page. This is my sometimes-updated website. Enjoy.


  • yup

    Words. About 1500. I will probably backtrack, though, and omit the second of the two scenes. I did this with the last story — a great deal was told from perspectives that I ultimately omitted in order to keep the focus on Lelia. It’s not lost work, however; it’s more like research. Knowing what the… Continue reading

  • solitary creatures

    Him, from the bedroom: “It’s quiet out there.” Me, on the couch in the living room and typing: “Yup.” “What are you doing?” “I’m writing.” A pause. “Writing writing?” “Mmhm.” “Ohhhh.” There have been many serious discussions between me and The Guy about personal time, which both of us — being older adults, being solitary… Continue reading

  • hooked by the nose

    A good chunk of my creativity is automatically eaten up by work. I am building a world and cultures from whole cloth, and while a genre writer can temporize and finish the culture when she gets to book three of the trilogy, a creative team actually needs to know what’s going on in my brain… Continue reading

  • proof

    I packed page proofs to read over, and they’ve sat in my luggage for the last week, completely untouched. Yarrgh. I have been writing, but not updating here. I am a bad person. And I have another Valdemar story to write by the end of the year. Hurray! More Lelia. ♥ Continue reading

  • a little more

    Chapter 3 is down. And I know where chapter 4 is going, too. Yay! Continue reading

  • andrea the house guardian

    I realized that my character’s house guardian sounded too much like my main character, so I mapped her personality to that of a real-life friend of mine, and suddenly she doesn’t suck so much. That’s super. I got the scene out of me. On to other scenes. My character now has a problem. I gotta… Continue reading

  • chaptah three

    I have this scene I can’t wait to write, because it’s based on personal experience, and it’s a bit self-indulgent, but man, I love it on so many levels. Off to a convention. Back later. Continue reading

  • and the rivers inbetween

    Time to sleep, but three more pages of something. Work has been unusually heavy lately, and that means little time to sleep and eat, much less write. With every blade that flowers Must grow, then drown With love, our cruelest sea Continue reading

  • more scotch

    I wrote. So now I sleep. Continue reading

  • moving into two

    The jacaranda is a tree that grows a lot in Southern California. It has extremely vivid purple flowers, and grows quite tall. While we were at the San Juan Capistrano mission, I saw a lot of jacaranda. So I wrote them into this chapter. Along with the mission. Been sick and/or under deadline. Haven’t been… Continue reading