Marie Brennan

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Marie Brennan

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My Progress

(6/29) One week down, and things are going well! I haven’t started revisions on Night Parade yet because that’s waiting on my editor, but Alyc and I have done a little over 8K so far on the second Rook and Rose book. And I’ve already completed one short story, “999 Swords”!

(7/6) Good news! I was about halfway through a second short story when a new idea mugged me out of nowhere; it went from concept to draft in about twenty-four hours flat. That’s “Oak Apple Night,” and it was followed very rapidly by me finishing the thing in progress, “This Living Hand.” Both of those are Onyx Court stories — and they put me up to three finished stories so far this write-a-thon, when my goal was only two! I’m not going to rest on my laurels, though; there’s at least one other story I’d very much like to finish this month, and I think that should be eminently possible. As for the other two goals, Alyc and I have done about 19K now on the second Rook and Rose book, but I’m still awaiting editorial notes on Night Parade.

What I Write

Writing Sample

The street opened up into the punishing brightness of a sunlit plaza. It was too near to noon for there to be much shade; she’d have to stand directly under a trader’s awning, and then they would want her to buy a hundred things she couldn’t afford. Linen dyed sky-blue, bangles for her wrists, fresh melon brought from the farms upriver. Yachay shaded her eyes with one hand and struck out across the dust-hard ground, murmuring apologies when her narrowed vision caused her to bump into someone. It was a relief to attain the dubious safety of the rickety wooden steps leading up to Ach Rikhu’s shop, perched on the flat roof above a potter’s.

What I Write

I’m a fantasy novelist and short story writer, and also a freelance game writer.


Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to the short novel Driftwood and Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. She is the author of several other series, over sixty short stories, and the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides; as half of M.A. Carrick, she has written The Mask of Mirrors, first in the Rook and Rose trilogy. For more information, visit Swan Tower, Twitter, or her Patreon.

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals

Novel drafting: 40,000 words on the second Rook and Rose book (co-writing with Alyc Helms)

Novel revision: The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons

Short stories: complete two