Archive for July, 2010

Narrative, Resonance and Genre

One thing I was often told when I was starting out as a writer was that story trumped everything, that a good story would always resonate because good stories were universal. Now, I’m always suspicious of any sentence that includes “universal”, because all too often what we take for universal is just assumptions so ingrained […]

My Favorite

(In the interests of full disclosure, I’m on the road this weekend and so won’t be able to respond to comments immediately.  This post is a revised version of a post I wrote several years ago for a different blogsite.  It still holds true though.  I hope you enjoy it. — DBC) As an author, […]

The Honorary Male

A few months back, I talked about how some writers feel that in order for their female characters to be strong, they have to weaken and/or feminize the men. In some ways, what I’m going to talk about this month is the corollary to that trope: the notion for a woman to be strong, she […]

Not Yet A Professional

 I don’t consider myself a professional writer, at least not yet.  It’s not how I make my living.  To my mind, if you want to call yourself a real pro, you have to be able to make a living at it.  I’m a published writer, and have made an amount that I think puts me […]

Dragon Diaries Part The Third

Here’s a third round of Dragon Diaries: Met a knight-at-arms, alone and palely loitering. Ated him. Ated pretty lady he kept whining about too. Hard and cold on the outside, but soft and warm on the inside. Yummy!Thinking of lounging on my hoard today. Dragons are supposed to do that sometimes, aren’t they? And Nap […]

Shhh, I’ve got this book…

As some of you may know, my move to France in 1995 was … memorable. Of course, moving house can be traumatic at the best of times. But when you’re moving countries too. And taking three cats, two horses, and an enormous puppy with you. And there’s a storm lashing the English Channel on the […]

It’s my birthday.

No, seriously, in all truth, it is. Today. Right now. When I was very young I was kind of convinced that I would die at 37. Yes, it was that specific. I have no idea why. Nobody I knew had died at that age, and in fact by that stage in my life I don’t […]

The Law of Unintended Edits

Recently, I had reason to read through my first three novels, (THE GLASSWRIGHTS’ APPRENTICE, THE GLASSWRIGHTS’ PROGRESS, and THE GLASSWRIGHTS’ JOURNEYMAN), comparing my final word processing files to the text as it was ultimately published.  The experience was … edifying. For the first two books, I found a handful of minor changes – one or […]

Author Information

Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard is the author of the upcoming Aztec fantasy Servant of the Underworld, published by Angry Robot. Her short fiction garnered her a nomination for the Campbell Award. She lives in Paris, France. 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.

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.

Chris Dolley

Chris Dolley is an English author of SF mysteries and fun urban fantasies, a pioneer computer games designer, and the man who convinced the UK media that Cornwall had risen up and declared independence. His novel Resonance (2005, Baen) was the first book to be plucked from Baen’s electronic slush pile. He now lives in France with his wife, a dolmen, and a frightening collection of animals. His memoir French Fried (2010, BVC) has just been released. 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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