Archive for August, 2008

Conquering Procrastination 101

For all intents and purposes, summer is over, and we return to our regularly scheduled writing activities.  In order to fulfill those goals (and, OK, all the goals I had up and running over the summer), I’ve needed to develop some pretty rigorous tools to cope with my stellar tendencies to procrastinate.  (You know, the […]

More Thoughts & Links on Genre Bias

The 24th is usually  my day to post at SF Novelist, but my kids have shared another cold with me, and I’m still brain-fried.  (But hey, at least they’re learning to share!) I came home from Gen Con earlier this week with the realization that I have a bias about gaming fiction (Forgotten Realms, etc.) and […]

My Newest Jacket Art

Depending on the author you speak to, and depending on when in that author’s career you happen to strike up the conversation, one’s jacket art can be a source great excitement or bitter consternation. I bring this up because my editor has just sent me an image of the art that will grace the cover […]

teaching fantasy

In my day job, I’m a professor of English. This fall I teach an intro to lit course with a subject of SF/F. One of the things that makes this more tricky than it might be, is that I teach on a block system–students take one class at a time. So this course will be […]

Applying heart to sleeve

One thing you find out very quickly as a published writer is, readers are perfectly capable of having wildly divergent reactions to any given aspect of your story, even to the point of flat-out contradiction. One reviewer thinks your plot is a roller-coaster ride of thrilling and unexpected turns; another finds it pedestrian and utterly […]

Villains or Monsters

An interesting question came up at a talk I was doing last week in Hackensack, NJ for the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County.  When does a villain cross the line from straight up villainy and become a monster? This might not matter for a lot of fiction, but in fantasy, especially epic and heroic […]

I want my Sean Stewart

Dear Sean Stewart, I’m talking to you, man. I want you back. Not the Sean Stewart who’s now making ground-breaking reality games like i love bees and writing ground-breaking interactive YA novels. I want the novelist. The guy who wrote some of my favorite books: The Resurrection Man, The Night Watch, Mockingbird, Galveston.  The writer […]

Writers Resources

One of my non-writing but writing-related hobbies is indexing. I know that sounds a little strange and off topic, but bear with me for a moment. In this case, it’s actually quite strongly related to writing. There are a number of excellent blogs by professionals in the publishing world that offer writing and publishing advice. […]

Sorry I’m late…

…This is why: Launchpad, debriefing My usual day (the fifth) was so swamped by all of this that I simply missed it. But it isn’t as though I haven’t been BLOGGING. Go read all the stuff I was writing throughout all of last week…

Carving Out Time to Write

In a recent post, I talked about writing every day. Thanks to everyone who responded. But one person followed up with this question: You know, I would love to write every day, I really would. But real life just keeps getting in the way! Help. What can I do? I thought that was a question […]

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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.

David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) 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 (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), 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 (http://magicalwords.net), 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.

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.

Daryl Gregory

Daryl's a science fiction writer who lives in State College, PA. Several of his short stories have appeared in "Year's Best" anthologies, and his first novel, PANDEMONIUM, will appearing in Fall 2008 from Del Rey Books. Visit site.

Kelly McCullough

Kelly McCullough is a fantasy and science fiction author. He lives in Wisconsin with his physics professor wife and a small herd of cats. His novels include the WebMage and Fallen Blade series—Penguin/ACE. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues including Writers of the Future and Weird Tales. He also dabbles in science fiction as science education with The Chronicles of the Wandering Star—part of an NSF-funded science curriculum—and the science comic Hanny & the Mystery of the Voorwerp, which he co-authored and co-edited—funding provided by NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope. Visit site.

Alma Alexander

Alma Alexander is a novelist, short story writer and anthologist whose books include High Fantasy ("Hidden Quen""Changer of Days"), historical fantasy ("Secrets of Jin Shei", "Embers of Heaven"), contemporary fantasy ("Midnight at Spanish gardens") and YA (the Worldweavers series, the Were Chronicles). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats. 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.

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