Archive for October, 2010

The Skill List Project: Vocabulary

The last time I blogged here, I started The Skill List Project: an attempt to list the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. Why? Partly as a way for me to think about the many aspects of writing sf; partly to tell would-be writers about skills they should try […]

Read This Post! And Other Effective Titles

I led a writers’ workshop up in Calgary last week (Waves at IFWA members — Hi, guys!) and had a terrific time.  I worked with serious writers who were as committed to being good critics of their colleagues’ work as they were to improving their own writing.  I learned as much from them as I […]


The downside of finishing a long series of posts (like the one I was doing for the past year) is that I didn’t have a topic lined up for this month. The sixteenth sneaked very close before I remembered that I hadn’t written my post yet. But as it turns out, I have a topic […]

Reading is FUNdamental!

  At least it used to be.  Trouble is, there was never any follow up in schools.  RIF (which still exists, by the way) was and is designed primarily for children under eight who don’t have much access to books.  It was never a school program.      Which is too bad, because sometimes schools forget […]

For love and comfort

Okay, so, feeling a little under the weather – and I took a day off of everything except basically sitting down with a cup of herbal tea every now and then and… reading a book. An old book, one I’ve owned for years, one I know, one I love. There are certain descriptive passages, certain […]

To Series? Or Not To Series?

My name is Mindy, and I’m a speculative fiction reader.  (Hi, Mindy!) In contemporary U.S. publishing, the above statement can be translated to:  “My name is Mindy, and I love reading series of books.”  A lot of ink has been spilled on why readers love series — familiarity with characters, immersion into the details of […]

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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.

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.

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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