February 28, 2011
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 “Bonus! Descriptive Passages, part IV: Dialogue” and it is, I believe, the last in my series of posts on descriptive passages. I hope you enjoy it.
February 25, 2011
The D.B. Jackson blog (“Wit’s Plough”) is up and open for business. Today’s post is called “Mythology and History” and it focuses on the similarities and differences between American history and the ancient mythologies of older cultures (the Celts, the Greeks, etc.). It offers more questions than answers, but after spending the week reading mythology, I find the questions themselves pretty interesting. I hope you will, too. Please visit the blog at http://www.dbjackson-author.com/blog
And feel free to bookmark the site and return anytime.
February 24, 2011
You know that feeling where it seems like your mind is firing a thousand times a second, where the ideas are coming so quickly that you can’t jot them down fast enough? That’s where I am now.
I have a new project. Yes, already. I know, I finished a book on Monday, and already I’m knee-deep in another. That’s how I promised myself it would be this year. I have no original releases this year, except for the first D.B. Jackson short story, “The Tavern Fire,” which comes out on March 1 in the After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar anthology, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray. Thieftaker doesn’t come out until next year.
So this year is all about writing new stuff and getting it contracted. I don’t know how long it will take me to feel burnt out, but right now I just want to write. All the time. And I’m going to ride this wave as far as it will take me.
I’d write more, but I have ideas to explore. More as it develops….
February 22, 2011
So, I finished a manuscript today. I put the finishing touches on my first book for kids. It’s geared to middle readers (8 to 12 year-olds) and came in at a shade over 40,000 words. I started the book a couple of years ago, then put it away for a while because I wasn’t sure I had the voice quite right. But my daughters loved it and urged me to finish it. Last summer I took it out again, and worked on it for a while — got to about the halfway point. But I wasn’t sure where it was going, so I put it away again. And my daughters continued to bug me about it.
Finally, this month, I took it out, figured out the ending, and wrote the final hundred pages in about three weeks.
I’m going to put it away again, but just for a couple of weeks, just to put some distance between myself the most recent work. Then I’ll read it through, make a few revisions, and start looking for Beta readers. Know any kids on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, 3rd-6th graders, who might like to read a fantasy novel?
February 21, 2011
I have two posts going up today. The first, my usual Monday Magical Words 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, Stuart Jaffe, and A.J. Hartley. The post is called “A List For President’s Day” and it’s meant as a bit of historical fun for the holiday. The second 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.” I hope you enjoy both posts.
February 17, 2011
The website, Facebook account, and other web-based manifestations of my new pseudonym, D.B. Jackson, are finally up and running. You can find “D.B.”‘s website and blog at http://www.dbjackson-author.com and can find D.B. on Facebook as both a regular person-page (dbjackson) and as a fan page (D.B. Jackson). D.B. is also on Twitter and Good Reads, though those accounts are not yet fully active.
Why all the activity? Well, it’s true that the first D.B. Jackson novel, Thieftaker, volume I in the Chronicles of the Thieftaker, won’t be out from Tor Books until May 2012. But D.B.’s first short story, “The Tavern Fire,” appears in the upcoming anthology, After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray. After Hours will be out March 1, from DAW. And over the course of this year, D.B. will be posting sample chapters and original short fiction to his website. In fact, the first three chapters of Thieftaker are available there already. So check out the site, come by and “like” D.B.’s Facebook page, and stay tuned for more news!
February 14, 2011
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 “Descriptive Passages, Part III: Action” and it deals with how to reconcile descriptive passages with fast-moving action scenes. I hope you enjoy it.
February 9, 2011
There’s a beautiful snow falling right now. The past few storms we’ve had have been violent affairs — stiff winds, frigid temperatures. Nothing gentle about them. But there is no wind tonight, and the air is cold but not biting. Sounds are muffled, peaceful. Already we’ve got close to an inch, and though the forecast is for two inches or so, I think we’ll wind up with more. It’s clinging to branches and tree trunks, so that the lights on the house make it seem that the trees are glowing. It’s been a long winter, and many of us are ready for an early spring. But this is lovely.
February 7, 2011
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 “Descriptive Passages, Part II: Character” and it deals with writing descriptions of people and allowing them to do more for our stories than just tell our readers what a person looks like. I hope you enjoy it.