Reviews are out for After Hours:  Tales from the Ur-Bar, which includes “The Tavern Fire,” my first publication as D.B. Jackson.  I would steer you to the reviews with links, but I’m not going to do that directly.  Instead, I’m going to steer you to the D.B. Jackson blog, where you can find those links as well information about a contest that’s underway at the After Hours livejournal page.  Why am I doing this?  Why be so annoying?  Well, to be honest, I’m trying to steer a bit more traffic to D.B.’s blog, as well as his website.  So check out the blog.  Check out the reviews.  Enter the contest.  Buy the anthology!  It all starts here.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, Stuart Jaffe, and Edmund Schubert, among others. The post is called “Back to Basics, part IV: Worldbuilding and Research” and it is the newest post in my “Back to Basics” series. I hope you enjoy it.

Today’s post can be found at http://www.sfnovelists.com, the group blog on speculative fiction that I maintain along with a group of over one hundred published authors of fantasy and science fiction. It is called “A Conversation About Outlining and Worldbuilding, Part II,” and it is a continuation of an extended discussion of the prep work we do prior to starting a novel or new series. I hope you enjoy it.

New Interview Up!

March 22, 2011

While I was away on family vacation, an interview I recently gave was posted online.  The interviewer, Dianna Gunn, maintains a blog called  “Dianna’s Writing Den.”  We talked about a range of things, from the first book I ever wrote (at age 6) to the Thieftaker series, which will debut next year.  Please visit the site and check out the interview here.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, Stuart Jaffe, and Edmund Schubert, among others.  The post is called “Back to Basics, part III:  Maintaining Self-Confidence” and it is the third post in my “Back to Basics” series.  I hope you enjoy it.

How To Write Magical Words:   A Writer's Companion, edited by Edmund SchubertHow To Write Magical Words:  A Writer’s Companion (Bella Rosa Books), which was co-written by the Magical Words regulars, including yours truly, is now available in a Kindle version.  I don’t own a Kindle myself, but I am told that its availability in Kindle format is a Very Good Thing.  I hope that all of you agree.  You can find the Kindle version here.

Today’s post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, A.J. Hartley, Stuart Jaffe, and Edmund Schubert, among others. The post is called “Back to Basics, part I: Be a Writer” and it is the the first in a new series of posts on the basics of writing. I hope you enjoy it.

I’m leaving tomorrow morning for StellarCon, in High Point, North Carolina.  Most of the Magical Words crew will be there (A.J., we’ll miss you!) and on Saturday night we will be hosting a party to celebrate (belatedly) the release of How To Write Magical Words:  A Writer’s Companion.  If you’re in the area, we hope you’ll stop by the con, come and listen to our panels and readings, and stop in at the launch party.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Cynical Right

March 2, 2011

There are, I believe, two ways to read what the GOP is doing at the Congressional and state levels.  On the one hand, this may be all driven by ideologues — it’s easy to dismiss the budget battle in Washington and the craziness in Wisconsin as the overreaching of Tea Party Republicans emboldened by their electoral success.  That would explain why House Republicans would be willing to force through budget cuts that will, in all likelihood, stall the economic recovery and cost the economy nearly 700,000 jobs.  It would explain why Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s newly elected Tea Party Governor, would be willing to alienate teachers and union workers in his pursuit of a political agenda that goes far, far beyond “fiscal concerns.”

On the other hand, this could be a coordinated and, frankly, strategically sound attack on the Democratic Party and the Obama Presidency.  Weaken unions and teachers’ associations, two of the party’s core constituencies, to the point where they are unable to protect themselves and their jobs much less raise money for the party.  And at the same time, cripple the economy in the name of “budget savings,” so that next year, when unemployment has spiked again and the economy has slipped back into recession, they can point fingers at the President and, they hope, win back the White House.

Are Republicans that cynical?  Would they sacrifice hundreds of thousands of jobs and sabotage the American economy in order to win an election?  I really want to say no.  I really want to blame this on Tea Party ideology run amok.  But the truth is, I think they are just that cynical.

AFTER HOURS is Out!

March 1, 2011

After Hours: Tales From the Ur-Bar, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia BrayToday is the release day for AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR, the anthology from Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray (DAW Books) that includes “The Tavern Fire,” the very first D.B. Jackson publication.  In addition to the D.B. Jackson story, the anthology includes stories from some of the best authors in fantasy and science fiction, and I hope you’ll check it out.

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