Today on the Blog Tour

June 30, 2014

Plunder Of Souls bannerToday, the Summer 2014 A Plunder of Souls Blog Tour shifts into high gear, or at least into a higher gear.  I have two appearances on the schedule today.  The first is at the blog of my wonderful friend, Faith Hunter, who (along with Misty Massey and me) is one of the co-founders of the Magical Words blog site.  The post is about creating rich, believable, compelling settings for urban fantasies.

I am also interviewed today at Fantastical Imaginations, a wonderful genre-oriented site run by my friend, Dominick Swennen. The interview covers a good deal of ground and was fun to do.  I hope you enjoy it, as well as the post at Faith’s site.

And for those of you not keeping track of the minutes, as I am, the July 8 release of A Plunder of Souls, the third book in the Thieftaker Chronicles, is only eight days away!!  Woot! And you don’t even have to wait that long to make sure that you have your copy ready; you can pre-order it now!!

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After about a six-week hiatus from posting, I am back at Magical Words, the blogsite on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded and continue to maintain with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey.  Today’s post is about plotting and pantsing, and the ways in which the nature of the book itself can dictate the best approach to take.  It is called, “The Plotter Goes Pantsing:  The Relationship Between Process and Product.

I have spent the past several weeks finishing one book, revising another, and writing the early chapters of a third. For the last few days I’ve been proofreading the galleys for yet another novel, A Plunder of Souls, the third Thieftaker book.  Busy times, but as any writer will tell you, busy is good.  It’s nice, though, to be posting again, and I hope that this marks the first of more posts to come in the coming weeks and months.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy today’s essay.

A Magical Words Reminiscence

December 30, 2013

Today’s post at the Magical Words blogsite looks back on the history of the site, as Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and I prepare to initiate some changes to the site going forward.  For those of you who have ever visited the site or commented on one or more of our posts, or even been curious about Magical Words, I hope you will stop by, learn a bit about where the site came from and join us as we step into our shiny new future.  Today’s post can be found here.

Happy New Year to all of you.  May 2014 be filled with contentment and joy, both professionally and personally.

My post today can be found at Magical Words, the group blog about the craft and business of writing that I maintain, under the name David B. Coe, with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, and Mindy Klasky, among others.  The post is called “On Writing: Knowledge Versus Wisdom” and it is about the truisms we encounter as writers and the ways in which they are both accurate and misleading.  I hope you enjoy the post.

Today’s post is up at Magical Words, the blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness and several other wonderful writers. The post is called “On Writing: Creative Intersections–Point of View and Dialog”.  It’s a follow-up to a post I wrote a few weeks ago about the ways in which staying true to Point of View can help us address so many of the problems that come up when we write.  As the title implies, this time around I am looking at ways in which POV can strengthen our use of dialog in stories and books.  I hope you enjoy it.

I’m back at Magical Words today with the latest Blog Tour installment.  This one is a post about using Point of View to solve problems that crop up with our writing.  The post can be found here.

“…Point of view is the nexus of character and narrative; it is the place where our character arcs and our story arcs come together.  It is how we inject emotion and meaning into our plot points.  But what struck me so forcefully at this summer’s conventions and writing workshop, is that POV is also the answer to so many problems that we run into as writers when working on a novel.”

Check out the post to read more!

It is officially fall, so I suppose that the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour has to be over. But the Fall Blog Tour is now underway and today I am all over the place.  I have my usual Monday post up at Magical Words, the group blog on the craft and business of writing that I maintain with Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Mindy Klasky, John Hartness, James Tuck, and several others.  Today’s post is called “On Writing: Outlining Vs. Pantsing Revisited,”  and it’s about the reasons I have grown more committed to outlining my books

My second post is at SFNovelists, another group blog that I maintain with over one hundred other published authors of fantasy and science fiction. This post is called “Thoughts on Giving a Reading,”  and it offers a bit of advice to aspiring writers getting ready to do their first public readings of their work.

Finally, I am a guest today at Mike Dariano’s blog, 27 Good Things.  Mike invites artists and recognized professionals in various fields to blog about three Good Things to Read, three Good Things to Watch, and three Good Things to Use.  It’s a fun site — I certainly enjoyed writing my entry.  So what things did I choose?  Well, you’ll just have to visit the site and see.

I hope you enjoy today’s posts.

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 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.

The Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour stops today at SFNovelists, the group blog I help maintain as part of a group of over 100 published authors of speculative fiction. This newest post is about the little details I like to use to help breathe life into my historical fantasy novels, the Thieftaker books (Thieftaker and Thieves’ Quarry). The post is called “The Little Details that Make Historical Fiction Come to Life.” I hope you enjoy it.