December 23, 2013
Today’s post can be found at the SFNovelists blog, a site I help to maintain with over one hundred other published authors in speculative fiction. The post is called “Writing Resolutions for the Coming Year,” and it is my annual post listing my goals and resolves for the coming New Year. I hope that you enjoy it.
And I want to wish all of you a merry Christmas and a New Year filled with laughter and joy. Have fun, people, and be safe.
August 26, 2013
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!
May 20, 2013
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, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, Kalayna Price, and James Tuck, among others. The post is called “On Creativity: Narrative, Fiction, and Life” It is a special post, written on a very special day in my life. I hope you enjoy it.
I grew up just outside of New York City. I was a Yankees fan, a Knicks fan, a Rangers fan, a Giants fan. And, as a loyal New Yorker, I have spent much of my life rooting against teams from Boston — the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins (the Patriots too, but they haven’t really been the Boston Patriots since I was a little kid).
On the other hand, I lived for several years in Providence and all of my siblings lived for at least some time in the Boston area. So, while I grew up hating Boston’s teams, I have always loved the city of Boston. When it came time to set my Thieftaker books in a Colonial era city, Boston seemed the logical choice.
The terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon venue left me stunned and grieving, not only for the victims most affected by the bombings, but for the entire city. I still recall my sense of outrage, of violation when my beloved New York was attacked in 2001. I know what the people of Boston are feeling.
And so, it is with deepest sympathy and love and solidarity that transcends lifelong sporting rivalries that I embark on a fundraiser and giveaway to do my small part in helping Boston get back on its feet. Through a website called First Giving, I am hosting a fundraising event the goal of which is to raise $5,000.00 by July 2 (the release date for THIEVES’ QUARRY, and for the paperback reprint of THIEFTAKER) for the Boston Foundation and the One Fund of Boston. If you will help me raise the funds, I’ll make it interesting for you. Here’s how it works:
For each fundraising milestone we reach, I will be giving away prizes to lucky donors.
– When we reach $1000 raised, I will give away one signed uncorrected manuscript of THIEFTAKER. This is a collector’s item — a copy of the manuscript that was sent out to other authors who were asked to blurb the book before its release in 2012.
– When we reach $2000, I will give away one Boston Thieftaker’s Guild t-shirt in whatever size the winner wants. The t-shirt can be signed if the winner would like it to be.
– When we reach $3000, I will give away one signed paperback edition of THIEFTAKER. (This book comes out on July 2, so the giveaway will happen then.)
– When we reach $4000, I will give away one signed hardcover edition of THIEVES’ QUARRY. (This book will also be available on July 2 and will be given away then.)
– When we reach $5000, I will give away a second signed paperback of THIEFTAKER and a second signed hardcover of THIEVES’ QUARRY to one lucky donor. (Also to be given away on July 2.)
The donation site can be found here: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/DBJacksonThieftaker/thieftakergiveaway
I hope you will join me in reaching out to the people of Boston, and doing our part to speed the healing process. And I hope that you’re one of the luck winners.
October 23, 2012
Today I have a post up at the SFNovelists blogsite, a site I maintain in cooperation with approximately 100 other published authors of fantasy and science fiction. The post (written under David B. Coe) is called “Six Non-Writing Things That Might Improve Your Writing,” and it is about the things I do to keep my creative juices flowing and my life balanced and healthy. I hope you enjoy it.
July 25, 2012
This will come as no surprise to any of you, but I have now been doing THIEFTAKER promo stuff for nearly two solid months. Thank you all for putting up with my posts, my excitement about reviews, my announcements of signings and talks and online events. I appreciate your patience and your support. The good news is that eleven days after the book’s release, my publisher was already hearing from the warehouse that inventory was low and they needed to print more copies. They have been waiting for a few more orders before actually going back to press, but we’re close, and that’s a Really Good Thing. If you’ve bought a copy already, thank you so much. If you haven’t yet but are considering it, this would be a great time. I would love to get a second printing done before the month is out!
May 15, 2012
Some days are harder than others. Sometimes we feel older than our years. At some point the routine weighs more heavily, the responsibilities seem more onerous. Bad news arrives from a distance of both years and space, little moments that remind us of our own mortality catch us off our guard, the slog of the day-to-day seems unrelenting.
I am weary tonight, and my heart is heavy. I could write more, but really that’s what it comes down to. And tonight of all nights, I feel that my time would be better spent playing my guitar, seeing to my girls, sitting with my wife.
If you love someone, tonight would be a good night to tell him or her so, be it with words, or with a kiss, or with the simple act of taking a moment to sit and say or do nothing at all.