Archive for September, 2010

Bones, flesh and clothes: research and the research-heavy story

And now for something completely different… I’ve been asked recently how I tackle research: what I look for and how I use it. Accordingly, here is a post about my research process and how I use it in a typical, research-heavy story (your mileage, of course, may vary; though I believe some of the stuff […]

Time to Write

A week or so back, John Scalzi talked about Finding Time to Write.  He said in part: “Do you want to write or don’t you? … If you spend your free time after work watching TV, turn off the TV and write. If you prefer to spend time with your family when you get home, […]

A Good Day

We writers spend a lot of time talking and posting about the difficulties of what we do.  Storytelling is hard.  Writing books is hard.  Finishing them can be darn near impossible sometimes.  At least it can seem that way.  In addition to posting at this site, I’m also a co-founder of and a regular contributor […]

Woman =/= Body

For about the last year, I’ve been posting about the various stereotypes that plague female characters, and how to avoid them. I think I’ve reached the end of my ability to slice the topic up into coherent, focused points, at least for now, so I’ll be moving on to other topics — though I’ll certainly […]

Boys Don’t Read

  I was thinking about this old trope recently as I followed the recent online discussions about gender bias in the NY Times Book Review section.  Pretty good joke, huh?  Boys don’t read, but they’re still the gatekeepers about which novels are important and which aren’t.  A good reason not to read NY Times book […]

$@&@%# Muse!

So the part of my Muse that I call my sense of structure has apparently been on vacation for the last 8 months, a fact I noticed when it returned this morning at 6:15 to whisper vicious nothings in my ear. M: “Psst Kelly, I’ve got a question.” K :”Go ‘way.” M: “No, really, there’s […]


I was driving along suburban roads yesterday with my husband, on our usual trip to our Saturday morning breakfast out, and I was suddenly struck… by fences. There’s a little house on a corner, older and less than perfectly cared for, with a short picket fence more decoration than any kind of impediment to anything […]

By Any Other Name…

Names are important to me.  (No, not my own.  I hardly *know* my own name, because sometimes I go by my maiden name, and sometimes by my married name, and more often than not, I stumble verbally when I introduce myself to folks, which makes them ask if I’ve only recently gotten married…  But that’s […]

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.

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 ( 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.

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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