Archive for December, 2008

Christmas Stories

Yesterday was our first Christmas with our son. Of course, at just under 3 months old, he wasn’t aware of most of what was going on around him, but we loved it all anyway, and I enjoyed the whole holiday even more because I was thinking of how we’d be sharing it with him in […]

Stocking Stuffers

So?  For those who celebrate the winter holiday season, what writing and/or reading related gifts did you get?  What will you go out and purchase for yourself, now that you’ve heard about the cool things received by your friends and family? Me?  My holidays mostly fed my non-writing passions – the beading fun that I […]

Holiday Greetings from Jig the goblin and Smudge the fire-spider

(With Apologies to Clement C. Moore) ’Twas the night of midwinter, and all through the cave, Every goblin was starving; their outlook was grave. Jig sorted through discarded garbage with care, In the hopes that some scrap of food might be found there. The children were hungry and wailed from their cribs, Their baby fangs […]

Cliches I Have Loved

Recently I was reading Eva Ibbotson’s The Countess Below Stairs as my evening recreational brain-relaxing reading.  I very much like Ibbotson’s clear, graceful prose, and the way she scatters the telling detail through text otherwise unencumbered by the weight of endless scene-setting detail in her historical landscape. But this book was rough for me in […]

There’s Something About Monarchy

Fantasy gets a lot of guff for its kings and queens. I won’t even get into the critics who call everything “feudalism-lite” without the blindest clue what feudalism actually means; let’s just agree they’re generally talking about a hierarchical and hereditary aristocratic system with a single ruler on top. What is it about monarchy? Why […]

“The Experience of Boredom and Disgust”

Revolutionary Road is replete with moments like that, conveying with great economy the experience of boredom and disgust… This quote appears in a review by Christopher Hitchens in the latest issue of the Atlantic. Hitchens is praising the novel (Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road, which lost out the 1961 National Book Award to Walker Percy’s The […]

Making Worlds That Make Sense

Earlier today I posted something at my own blog site about the political mess in Illinois.  In that post I said that the state’s governor, Rod Blagojevich, was so corrupt, so delusional, so inept, and so blinded by hubris, that if I were to write him into a book, my editor would tell me to tone […]

Writing and Sanity—Two Lists

One do list. One don’t list. First the do. I posted this elsewhere recently and the response suggested that it was worth showing to larger audience. It’s about how you balance your mental attitude about your writing and stay sane in a fundamentally irrational business. The six stages of engagement with a story. First, the […]

To th gr at alphab t soup in th sky

This post was originally going to be titled “Writing Through the Dark” and address the way our novels can help us get through tough times in our “real lives” (why do I always feel the need to put that phrase in quotes?  Because I have none?). But, like a typical episode of The Simpsons, it […]

Counting down…

And hey presto, it’s coming up to the end of yet another year. I am not entirely sure how this happens – I celebrate New Year’s Eve, putter around and get astonished when the rhododendrons suddenly burst into bloom in April, turn around twice and get astonished all over again at the fact that someone’s […]

Author Information

Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis is an American writer who lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their son "Mr Darcy", and their crazy-sweet border collie mix, Maya. Her Regency fantasy trilogy for kids, The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson, will be published by Atheneum Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, beginning with Book One: A Most Improper Magick. She has also published short stories in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, including Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. You can find out more, or read/listen to her published stories online, at her website. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeri Smith-Ready

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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.



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