Archive for August, 2010

Thoughts on Writing While Listening to Jazz

A few days ago I was listening to one of my favorite jazz albums (Diamond in the Rough by Roy Hargrove) and in particular to a song called “Confidentiality,” and I realized that jazz improvisations are the perfect analogy for explaining multiple point of view transitions for epic fantasy.  No, really.  They are.  And yes, […]

The Skill List Project

I recently re-read Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life.  It’s one of a set of books I read every now and then to raise my sights and make me more ambitious in my work; although Tharp is a choreographer, the book is a great source of inspiration for […]

Problem solved

Just a brief heads-up to anyone who noticed our site issues from Sunday until today: we had some WordPress difficulties that interfered with your ability to click through to entries, read or post comments, or generally do anything you might want to do on the site. Those should be resolved now, and our apologies for […]

Publishing and Class

 (I was supposed to post this yesterday, but I was traveling.  Sorry, Marie.)  So, I’m sitting here in sunny Italy, Tuscany to be precise, sipping white wine and chomping on wild boar while the rain pours down outside, and it occurs to me that one of the biggest differences between mainstream and genre is class.  Economic […]

T&A on Parade

Last month we talked about honorary males: the idea that for a woman to be powerful, she has to be like a man. As I indicated at the time, that was meant at least in part as a lead-in to this month’s post, in which we look at the other side of the coin. The […]

On Magic

You’ll have to forgive me – I’m presently running as fast as I can just to keep up with myself – so here is one from the archives and from elsewhere which you might not have seen before. Enjoy… Fantasy is a lens which sharpens and clarifies the sliver of reality viewed through it, or […]

Author Information

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.

James Alan Gardner

James Alan Gardner got his M.Math from the University of Waterloo with a thesis on black holes...and then he immediately started writing science fiction instead. He's been a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards, and has won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award as well as the Aurora award (twice). He's published seven novels (beginning with "Expendable"), plus a short story collection and (for street cred) a Lara Croft book. He cares deeply about words and sentences, and is working his way up to paragraphs. 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.

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.

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.



Browse our archives: