Archive for May, 2010

SpellCrash Launches Today, Eep!

Despite this being my fifth book launch, I find myself as elated and baffled and nervous and delighted and just plain punchy about the idea that something I wrote is hitting shelves all over the country today as ever. I don’t think that I shall ever get used to the idea. It’s an enormous privilege […]

Saying goodbye

Bittersweet isn’t a word that I’m a total stranger to, but I’m not sure I ever really plumbed its depths prior to the release of the finale of my Autumn Rain trilogy, THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT.  Two years ago, Bantam released the first book, THE MIRRORED HEAVENS, and the year before that my agent sold […]

Libraries vs. File Sharing Sites

One of the arguments that comes up fairly regularly in discussions of e-book piracy and illegal file-sharing is that it’s the same thing libraries are doing.  If you hate piracy, obviously you must be against libraries.  If you support your local library, then how can you hate file-sharing sites for doing the exact same thing? […]

The Fundamentals

I’m a New York Mets fan.  Yes, I know.  Thank you.  Your expressions of sympathy are much appreciated.  But beyond seeking your pity, I bring this up for a reason.  Anyone who has watched the Mets play will tell you that they are terrible at the fundamentals.  When they’re hitting they swing at bad pitches, […]

Who Mary Sue Isn’t

“Yeah, I couldn’t get into that book.  The heroine was too much of a Mary Sue.” You’ve probably heard that kind of criticism before. Mary Sue: Avoid At All Costs. But who is she, really? And why am I also talking about who she isn’t? For a starting definition, let’s turn to the ever-awesome TV […]

The Ones You Walk Away From

(My apologies to Ms. Le Guin for the advertent pun.  This post has nothing to do with her story.  It’s just about writing.)  When do you know it’s time to walk away from a writing project?  Sooner rather than later, you hope.  Better to put aside a story during the outline than decide it doesn’t […]

More Dragon Diaries, An Experiment In Microfiction

Here’s another round of Dragon Diaries. For an explanation of how this got started, the original Dragon Diaries SFN post is here. Part three: DD 3 To find out where it goes, you can watch the experiment continue on twitter and facebook for however long it  continues. UPDATE: Round 3. Tried cat’s suggestion about flying […]

The long and the short of it

Here’s the thing – I am primarily a long-form writer. I’m a natural novelist – my writing rhythms tend that way, I tend to write long and lush and paint a wide horizon using a broad brush (which leaves me room, LOTS of room, to go back in and fill in the fine detail – […]

Writing Deadlines – The Missed and the Made

I have a manuscript that was due on May 1.  Yes.  I know it’s May 3.  No, the manuscript isn’t done yet.  Almost, but not quite.  This is the first deadline I’ve ever missed. I pride myself on meeting deadlines.  Writing is my job; it’s a business.  Part of running a successful business is meeting […]

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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.

David J. Williams

Descended from Australian convicts, David J. Williams nonetheless managed to be born in Hertfordshire, England, and subsequently moved to Washington D.C. just in time for Nixon’s impeachment. Graduating from Yale with a degree in history some time later, he narrowly escaped the life of a graduate student and ended up doing time in Corporate America, which drove him so crazy he started moonlighting on video games and (as he got even crazier) novels. The Autumn Rain trilogy sold to Bantam in the summer of 2007; the release of THE MACHINERY OF LIGHT completes the series. 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.

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.

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.

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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