Yes, but can you relate…?

The issue of “relatability” is not a new one, although the word describing it has been a relatively recent arrival in modern dictionaries. In a recent essay in the New Yorker of all places, Rebecca Mead opens up by a critic’s dismissal of King Lear, in particular, and Shakespeare, in general, as not being “relatable”. Given […]

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Short Fiction, Anthologies, and an Ongoing Kickstarter Campaign

I often encourage aspiring novelists to write short fiction, which is a bit ironic, since I began my career writing novels and didn’t sell my first short story until I had my fourth novel in production. But this is a classic case of “do as I say and not as I do.” Or did. Writing […]

Voice – what you say, and how you say it

  Part of the problem of writing the other, writing about a culture one has researched rather than the culture  you are familiar with from the inside, is that it depends so fundamentally not just on WHAT is  said, but on HOW it is said. So a component of the problem becomes not just approaching […]

Brown and fit to break bread with

The title of this post comes from a passage early on in The Game of Kings, the first book of Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles. In it, the (blond) Lymond has encountered the (black-haired) Mariotta, and their conversation diverts briefly to hair color: “Or didn’t you know the family coloring? Richard hasn’t got it. Poor Richard […]

Notes From the Road: The Shared Journey

I have just returned from a convention and small signing tour to help promote A Plunder of Souls, the third book in my Thieftaker Chronicles (written as D.B. Jackson). I had several good events — a launch party at ConGregate, fun signings with my friends Faith Hunter and A.J. Hartley in Rock Hill, South Carolina […]

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