Archive for January, 2010

Resolution Made; Now, Can I Keep It?

It’s been nearly three weeks since New Year’s, and so I’ve pretty much forgotten most of the resolutions I made for 2010. I really meant to start eating better, but with the house still full of holiday goodies — the fudge and cookies and that wonderful peppermint ice cream that the stores only sell around […]

Did You Ever Have One of Those Ideas?

A novel idea attacked me yesterday and ate my brain. It’s an idea that I love, and yet it’s insane. Really. It’s one of those things where disparate things crash together and seem like they shouldn’t exist in the same universe, much less the same world, city or neighborhood. Think about something like Lost meets […]

Home is where the hero isn’t

This month on “How to write female characters wrong”: the nagging wife! She isn’t always a wife. Sometimes she’s a mother, instead. Or just a woman who pretty much fills one of those roles, without the actual relationship. Whatever guise she wears, this is the female character whose role in the story seems to be […]

Sam-Who-Likes-Nothing – The Stars My Destination

I always wondered why I never read this book.  By the time I was in college I had read most of the pre-1960 SF classics, but for some reason this one never crossed my palms. Now I think I know why.  Except for a certain muscularity, and a wonderful description of synesthesia toward the end, […]

Pet story…

What kind of a pet would your story be if it were a living thing? I was in the waiting area of my car’s service department while said car was being worked on, and they had put in a large aquarium, full of brightly coloured and exotically shaped tropical fish. Flashes of bright yellow, striped […]

Day Late, Dollar Short (or How I Make New Year’s Resolutions)

Yeah, I know it’s already January 4.  But really, this is the first working day of the new year.  So, the fact that I’m supposed to post on the first of each month shouldn’t really matter, right?  Even if my post is about how to impose discipline on writing, specifically through the use of New […]

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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.

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.

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.

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.



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