Archive for July, 2008

is it morning already?

So, here I am. I’ve missed my last two posting dates, one because I was at a con and the second because life was in the process of going pear-shaped, a situation that continued for most of July. But things have settled down, and I hope ohdoIhope they stay settled. I’ll be heading out to […]

Bringing Together Authors and Readers – Book Groups Edition

Over the years, I’ve participated in a few different book groups.  Some were highly structured:  We chose books on a rotating basis, by suggestor’s last name, with a voice vote approval requiring a supermajority of book group members, and meetings that featured international cuisine (related to the books) prepared by at least three members who […]

Getting Lucky

I’ve always been a firm believer in the “We make our own luck” approach to life, and to writing in general.  Likewise, I believe in skill over talent, and that the most important part of making it as a writer is to work your backside off to learn and improve. And then I read this […]

The Dreaded Synopsis

No matter how many times I sit down to write synopses, I always end up screaming: “If I could distill the story into clever sound bytes, I’d be an advertising mogul, not a novelist!” At least the project on my hardrive is for a novel yet to be written.  I find it slightly easier to […]

Not Writing

I’m following the theme from the last two days.  Like Diana, I try to write every day because if I take a break, it’s difficult for me to get back in the flow.  My best productivity comes when I am working steadily, at a steady pace, moving forward day by day.  But like Simon, I […]

Write in spurts

Ask a handful of writers what works for them and you’ll get a handful of different answers. SFNovelist Diana Pharaoh Francis just posted about writing every day, and here I am to tell you that I’ve never done any such thing. When I’m working on a novel and facing a deadline you can bet your […]

Write Every Day

One of the pieces of advice that writers often give is to write every day. I gave that very piece of advice only a week or two ago and the response was a sort of nod that said, yeah, heard that one before, what else have you got? Actually, the context was more like this–I […]

Hard fantasy

I think it’s been about two years since the Internet spawned a new iteration of an old debate (like it tends to do), in this case the notion of “hard fantasy.” These thoughts coalesced in my head then, but what with one thing and another I was too busy to ever post them, so here […]

Plants In Space

Mike Brotherton has mentioned more than once on this site how much he hates bad science in science fiction.  Especially science fiction movies.  As a fantasy writer and complete non-scientist, I never thought I’d have much to say on the subject. Don’t get me wrong.  I love Pixar movies, and I found a lot to […]

“Middling” Through

Mid-July.  Middle of the summer.  It’s hot and humid and I can think of twenty places I’d rather be than home working.  I’m in the middle of a book, which will, at some point, wind up on the middle of a bookstore shelf and have middling sales numbers which will keep me right where I am […]

Author Information

Kristine Smith

I'm a scientist by day, spec fic writer by nights and weekends. Author of the Jani Kilian SF series. Owned by two overgrown puppies. Visit site.

Mindy Klasky

Mindy Klasky is the author of eleven novels, including WHEN GOOD WISHES GO BAD and HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH in the As You Wish Series. She also wrote GIRL'S GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT, SORCERY AND THE SINGLE GIRL, and MAGIC AND THE MODERN GIRL, about a librarian who finds out she's a witch. Mindy also wrote the award-winning, best-selling Glasswrights series and the stand-alone fantasy novel, SEASON OF SACRIFICE. Visit site.

Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines' latest book is THE SNOW QUEEN'S SHADOW, the fourth of his fantasy adventures that retell the old fairy tales with a Charlie's Angels twist. He's also the author of the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy. Jim's short fiction has appeared in more than 40 magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Turn the Other Chick, and Sword & Sorceress XXI. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. He's currently hard at work on LIBRIOMANCER, the first book in a new fantasy series. Visit site.

Tate Hallaway

Tate Hallaway is the best-selling paranormal romance alter-ego for an award-winning science fiction author. Her most recent novel is DEAD IF I DO is forthcoming from Berkley Trade in May of 2009. Visit site.

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is the author of multiple fantasy and science fiction novels, including the Crown of Stars series and the Novels of the Jaran. She's currently working on Crossroads; the first novel, Spirit Gate, is already out, and Shadow Gate will be published in Spring 2008. Visit site.

Simon Haynes

Simon is the author of the Hal Spacejock series, featuring intergalactic loser Hal and his junky sidekick, Clunk. His website contains a number of articles on writing and publishing, and he's also the programmer of several freeware apps including yBook, BookDB and yWriter. In his spare time(!) he helps to run Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Visit site.

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis has written the fantasy novel trilogy that includes Path of Fate, Path of Honor and Path of Blood. Path of Fate was nominated for the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Recently released was The Turning Tide, third in her Crosspointe Chronicles series (look also for The Cipher and The Black Ship). In October 2009, look for Bitter Night, a contemporary fantasy. Diana teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana Western, and is an avid lover of all things chocolate. Visit site.

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of more than forty short stories and seven novels, the most recent of which is the urban fantasy Lies and Prophecy. Visit site.

S.C. Butler

Butler is the author of The Stoneways Trilogy from Tor Books: Reiffen's Choice, Queen Ferris, and The Magician's Daughter. Find out what Reiffen does with magic, and what magic does with him... Visit site.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe ( is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (, he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.



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