It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post for the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour (yes, it’s September, but it’s still summer officially . . .), and in that time I have attended DragonCon, and been busy on a couple of other fronts that I can’t discuss just yet but hope to announce soon.  Today, I am happy to point you to an interview I did with Garrett Calcaterra about writing professionally in the current market.  Originally, Garrett interviewed me for an article he published at Black Gate Magazine that touched on these issues and focused not only on me, but also on fellow writers M. Todd Gallowglas, Wendy N. Wagner, and Patrick Hester.  Today, the full interview is available here, on Garrett’s website.  I hope you enjoy it.

Today the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is back at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain, as David B. Coe, with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, James Tuck, and Mindy Klasky, among others.  Today’s post coincides with the dropping off of my oldest child at college for her freshman year.  So it is called “Grist For the Mill:  Emotion and Creativity,” and it is about using personal experience and emotion and memory to strengthen the emotional content of our books and stories.  I hope you enjoy it.  And I hope to see many of you at DragonCon later this week!

After a bit of a hiatus, the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour is back with a post about conventions — specifically DragonCon (which I will be attending next week) and WorldCon.  The post can be found at SFNovelists, the group blog I help to maintain with over one hundred other authors of fantasy and science fiction.  It’s called “A Quick Guide to Making the Most of Conventions.”  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope to see many of you at DragonCon next week!

I’ll be attending the con as D.B. Jackson. During the weekend I will be on panels (Urban Fantasy Track, Writer’s Track, Alternate History Track), I will have a reading and an autograph session, I will be in a booth in the exhibition hall selling books, and I will be at parties and in the hotel bars having fun and chatting with friends old and new.  Come by and say hello!

After a brief hiatus while I enjoyed some family time at the beach, I am back with another installment in the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour.  Today’s post comes on the eve of my departure for Calgary, Alberta, where I will be leading a writer’s workshop and appearing as Guest of Honor at WhenWordsCollide.  I’m very excited for my return to Calgary, and to mark the occasion I have written a piece about my preparations for the writer’s workshop, with an emphasis on patterns I have seen as I have read manuscripts.  The post can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog on the business and craft of writing fantasy that I maintain, under the name David B. Coe, with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, and James Tuck, among others. Today’s entry is called “Lessons Learned While Preparing for a Writer’s Workshop.” I hope you enjoy it.

“Sometimes an idea really is greater than the sum of its parts.  Each idea on its own might show little potential; but combine them and BOOM!” The Summer-(Now-Fall) 2012 THIEFTAKER Blog Tour continues today with a new post at my “home blog” — Magical Words. It is another in my series of essays dealing with creative ideas and how to handle them. The post is called “On Creativity and Writing: Making the Most of Ideas, part V — The Quest” and it can be found here.

I also have a new interview up at the “I Smell Sheep” website.  No that’s not a typo.  It was a fun interview.  You should check it out.

I hope you enjoy both posts!

Dragon*Con Cometh!

August 28, 2012

I’m heading to Atlanta the day after tomorrow for Dragon*Con, and frankly I am totally psyched.  Can’t wait.  I’ll be catching up with tons of old friends, and hopefully making some new connections.  I will also be appearing (as D.B. Jackson) on several panels and doing a reading of something from the THIEFTAKER universe — don’t know what yet.  My revised schedule is below.  My 11:30 panel is a late addition, and so I might not be on the list of panelists in your programs or on the D*Con app.  But I’ll be there.  Promise.

When I’m not on panels, I will be signing and selling books and t-shirts in the Marriott Marquis Dealer’s Room, booth 100-102 (Tairen’s Lair/Author’s Lair).  So, I hope that you’ll come and find me at one venue or another.

D.B. Jackson

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Title: The Abundant World of Alternate History: An Overview
Description: Not just “Steampunk 101″ this panel will survey it all: Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Post-Apocalypse, and much more!
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Gods and Goddesses
Description: How to develop a plausible religious/spiritual system for your fiction. Who worships whom and why?
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Meet the Authors of Alternate History
Description: Join a wide array of Steampunk authors as they discuss their various Steampunk worlds and what to consider when writing your own.
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Urban Fantasy – What exactly is it?
Description: What makes urban fantasy different than other kinds of fantasy?
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Centennial I – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: The Steam Horizon
Description: Editors and writers will give sneak peaks into what’s coming in the near retro-future. Come and be the first to know what lies ahead.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: International A – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Reading: D.B. Jackson / David B. Coe
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: The Perfect Blend – Genre Mixing In Urban Fantasy
Description: Urban Fantasy has been romantic, mysterious, magical.  What makes the perfect blend?
Time: Mon 11:30 pm Location: Fairlie – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: How Do You Take Your Steampunk — Light or Dark?
Description: Steampunk can be light “fun adventure” or dark “something sinister.” Do you enjoy Steampunk light as aether, dark as night or a bit of both?
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: International A – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

I have my schedule for Dragon*Con, which I will be attending as D.B. Jackson. I have several panels and a reading, and when I’m not doing something in programming, I will be in the dealer’s room in booth 101/102 signing books!  Looking forward to the con and to seeing many of you there!

D.B. Jackson

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Title: The Abundant World of Alternate History: An Overview
Description: Not just “Steampunk 101″ this panel will survey it all: Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Post-Apocalypse, and much more!
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

——————-
Title: Gods and Goddesses
Description: How to develop a plausible religious/spiritual system for your fiction. Who worships whom and why?
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

——————-
Title: Meet the Authors of Alternate History
Description: Join a wide array of Steampunk authors as they discuss their various Steampunk worlds and what to consider when writing your own.
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

——————-
Title: Urban Fantasy – What exactly is it?
Description: What makes urban fantasy different than other kinds of fantasy?
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Centennial I – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

——————-
Title: The Steam Horizon
Description: Editors and writers will give sneak peaks into what’s coming in the near retro-future. Come and be the first to know what lies ahead.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: International A – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

——————-
Title: Reading: D.B. Jackson / David B. Coe
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

——————-
Title: How Do You Take Your Steampunk — Light or Dark?
Description: Steampunk can be light “fun adventure” or dark “something sinister.” Do you enjoy Steampunk light as aether, dark as night or a bit of both?
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: International A – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

Green With Envy

April 7, 2012

So I’m having a great time at Marcon.  I’ve gotten to spend time with Faith Hunter and Lucienne Diver, I’ve met some terrific people, and had a few fun and interesting panels.  But I have to admit that I have one strong regret about being here instead of at home.  My wife and daughters got to see Alison Krauss and Union Station tonight in Chattanooga, and had I been home I would have gone with them.  I love AKUS and though I’ve seen them in concert a few times before I still would have enjoyed seeing them again.

Anyway, tonight I get back to my hotel room and check my messages and there on my Facebook page is a photo of my two daughters standing with their arms around AKUS lead mandolinist and singer, Dan Tyminski, the voice behind the version of “Man of Constant Sorrow” from the movie Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou.  I kid you not.  I KNOW there is a great story behind this photo.  I can’t wait to hear it.  And yes, I am totally jealous of my kids.

On My Way to Marcon!

April 5, 2012

I’m on my way to Marcon, where I will be a literary special guest.  I’m staying tonight in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I had dinner with my wonderful friend, Faith Hunter.  Faith and I will be driving up to Columbus tomorrow morning (while her husband, Rod, kayaks!) and joining up with our terrific agent, Lucienne Diver.

I always miss my family on these trips, but I also enjoy the chance to spend time with my writer friends and talk shop. That’s what Faith and I did over dinner, and no doubt will again during our drive tomorrow.  I hope to see some of you at the convention.  If you’re there, please find me and say hello.  I’ll be on panels, I have a reading on Saturday night, and I’ll be signing books Friday.  I’ll also be catching up with an old friend from home Saturday morning. Looking forward to a fun weekend.

Ephemera and Update

March 28, 2012

So I missed a day of blogging, which might not seem that unusual because I don’t post something here every day. But between this blog and the D.B. Jackson blog I had managed to post at least something each day of the year. Until Sunday. I was doing the single parenting thing (Nancy is on a work trip), and had managed to write a Magical Words post for Monday morning AND do the grocery shopping AND make dinner AND take a little time to watch some basketball AND stay up with my older daughter who needed to talk through some school/college stuff.

But only when I finally got into bed at about 11:30 did it occur to me that I hadn’t written a post for that day. And by then I was too tired to get up and post something. I haven’t missed day since, and I am going to try not to miss any more. But I’m a bit annoyed with myself.

On the other hand, I’m pleased with the work I’m getting done this week. I’m revising a book that I have worked on, on and off, for the better part of seven years. It has been through several incarnations and has a long and tortured market history. But I like the way it’s coming together, and I think this might finally be the year I get it contracted. Hope so, because I think this is the last time I can rework it before I finally give up on it.

Other than that, I’m getting ready for MarCon next weekend in Columbus, Ohio, where I will be a special guest; I’m looking forward to having Nancy back home and (eventually) putting an end to this rather lengthy period in which we’ve been apart more than we’ve been together; and I’m enjoying this odd but lovely spring here in Tennessee.

Hope all is well with all of you.

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