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 “Why Boston?  A Plea For Support” and it is about the Fundraiser/Giveaway I have going to benefit victims of the Boston bombing.  I hope you enjoy it, and I hope that you will donate to the One Fund For Boston through the linked site.

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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.

Thieftaker120A month ago today, bombs set off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and wounded hundreds.  One month.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago, and yet the bombing has virtually disappeared from the headlines.  The city is healing; I heard a report on NPR this morning about how some semblance of normality has returned to that part of Boston.  But for those whose lives were shattered that day, the long, slow, at times painful recovery continues.  And you can help them.

The Thieftaker Fundraiser/Giveaway is still up and running, collecting donations for the One Fund for Boston, which will donate every penny to helping the injured, and the families of those who died.  We are only about $200 short of the first giveaway: a signed bound manuscript of THIEFTAKER, a collector’s item.  But we remain several thousand dollars short of the fundraiser’s goal of $5000.00.  If you have already given, thank you.  If you have not yet done so, please consider giving a gift today.  You don’t have to give a lot; every dollar truly does help.  Here is the URL:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/DBJacksonThieftaker/thieftakergiveaway

Many thanks.

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 Writing and Creativity: Who Are Our Characters?” In it I discuss the work I do to give my characters personalities, emotions, and even opinions that are unique, and not at all my own. I hope you enjoy the post.

Untitled-3Tomorrow, May 7, my good friend Stephen Leigh is coming out with a new book.  All right, actually he is coming out with an old book, but chances are it’s new to you.  Stephen has been writing professionally since 1975 — I think he sold his first story when he was, like eight years old.  And he has been producing thoughtful, elegant fiction ever since.

In 1981, he published the first book of his ‘Neweden’ Trilogy, SLOW FALL TO DAWN. It was followed by DANCE OF THE HAG (1983) and A QUIET OF STONE (1984).  These three books are now being reissued by DAW in an omnibus called ASSASSINS’ DAWN.  Briefly, the series is about a guild of “ethical assassins” on a world called Neweden, where assassinations and violence are tolerated. One of the assassins wishes to expand the guild’s reach to other worlds where its peculiar practices might not be so welcome.  For more, please check out Steve’s site.

I should add that Steve is not only a marvelous writer, but is also one of the finest people I have ever met.  I hope that you’ll check out his “new” old books. And while you’re at it, you might want to check out some of his more recent work as well.  Thanks.