Archive for January, 2011

A New Idea

It started with a character, a woman.  I could see her face, read her thoughts.  She was very much a stranger to me, unlike any other character I had written before.  But she showed up in my mind one morning when I should have been working on something else, and insinuated herself into my thoughts.  […]

The Skill List Project: Reading Voraciously

This is another post in The Skill List Project: an attempt to list all the skills involved in writing and selling fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy. This time around, we’re looking at the hugely important skill of reading voraciously—reading widely in order to expand your horizons. Reading For the Love of It From time […]

It BETTER not all be a dream

Recently I was watching a movie — name redacted to protect the guilty — that, near the end, revealed that its entire second half had been the hallucination of the main character after he suffered massive head trauma. Before the reveal, I was enjoying a cheesy action flick. After the reveal, I was pissed off […]

Callooh! Callay!

It’s such a wonderful feeling, finishing a story.  On the one hand, there’s the joy of having created something from nothing.  On the other, there’s the sheer relief of not having to work on the darn thing any more.  For short stories I think the joy is especially ecstatic, because your utter weariness isn’t quite […]

“The Plot Escapes Me”

There have been a number of write-ups of late discussing style vs. content – the WAY a book is written as opposed to what’s actually IN it. There was an article in the Books section of the New York Times – I’d link to it but I only have the body of the article (which […]

Be It Resolved…

Yep – you’re probably already tired of reading about New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s January 1, and new beginnings are on my mind. So…  Given the nature and topic of this blog, what are your science-fictional-and-fantastic-novelish resolutions?  Anything involving reading?  Writing?  Creating a new and better society?  Learning science or history or magic? Mindy, with […]

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.

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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