After a lengthy hiatus from blogging (I’ve actually been spending my days writing a new novel) I have a post up today at the SFNovelists Blog Site, which I help maintain along with approximately 100 other writers of fantasy and science fiction. Today’s post is called “Short Fiction, Anthologies, and an Ongoing Kickstarter Campaign,” and it is about exactly that. (This is what we call truth-in-advertising, folks!) Writing short fiction is a terrific way for aspiring writers to hone their craft, and this post discusses the benefits of writing stories, as well as the fun of crafting them for themed anthologies. And finally, it offers a few details about a new project — Temporally Out of Order — that a group of us are trying to get off the ground.  Please check out the post here.  And learn more about the Temporally Out of Order kickstarter campaign here.  Thanks, and enjoy!!

After a few days off, the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour resumes with a post at my “home” blog, Magical Words. Today’s essay is called “The Writing Life: Living With Success and Failure,” and it is about the ways in which writers define their triumphs and setbacks.  Too often, outside influences force those judgements upon us. The truth is, in a profession as difficult as this one, success has to be, at some level, self-defined.

“Writing fiction — short form or novel length — is no small thing, and upon completion of a story or a book we should be able to pause and take pride in the accomplishment.  Indeed, we have to be able to do that, because it is the one reward that cannot be taken from us or spoiled by … external factors.”

Read more at Magical Words.  And enjoy.

Two big posts up today in the continuing Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour.  The first is at Magical Words, the site on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded and still maintain with my friends Faith Hunter and Misty Massey. The post is on the origins of A Plunder of Souls in the short story “A Spell of Vengeance,” which was published at Tor.com in 2012.  You can read the post here.

The second post is at All Things Urban Fantasy, who have welcomed me back for the third straight year.  I’m grateful to them.  This post is a fun one:  it’s an interview with Ethan Kaille, the hero of the Thieftaker books, conducted by the Boston Gazette, the leading Whig newspaper of the time.  And it gets better: in addition to the post, there is also a contest.  I’m giving away a signed, hardcover copy of A Plunder of Souls to some lucky reader!  So visit the site and enter the contest!!  And good luck.

Plunder Of Souls blog tour buttonThe first week of the Summer 2014 A Plunder of Souls Blog Tour is winding down, with this post, which is not on the official schedule, but which counts anyway.  My Blog Tour, my blog, my rules.  This was a quiet week — next week things begin to pick up.  I’ll be visiting the blogs of Faith Hunter and Kate Elliott, and I’ll also be a guest at Fantastical Imaginations, All Things Urban Fantasy, Black Gate, and Drey’s Library.  And I’ll be starting a month-long appearance at my old virtual stomping grounds, Magical Words. There will be original content at all of these sites, so be sure to check in.  For a complete listing of the blog tour appearances with links to the sites, go here.

"A Spell of Vengeance," by D.B. JacksonAs the July 8 release of A Plunder of Souls approaches, I have also started my teaser countdown on Facebook.  Yesterday I linked to the short story that serves as a prequel to the new novel.  The short story is called “A Spell of Vengeance,” and it can be found at Tor. com, where is was published in 2012.  Also at Tor.com, you can find the first two chapters of the book.  Starting tomorrow, and continuing on a daily basis until the release, I’ll be adding passages from the book to my Facebook page.

Finally, I would like to direct you to the appearances page on the D.B. Jackson website, which I have recently updated to reflect the latest plans for my signing tour, as well as another conference appearance, about which I’m very excited.  In October, I will be an instructor at the Annual Conference of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop.  I’ve attended the SCWW Conference several times before and have always had a great experience there.  I’m looking forward to this year’s meeting and hope to see many of you in Myrtle Beach. For more details, go here.

That’s all for now.  Have a great weekend.  And please preorder A Plunder of Souls!

priceofdoingbusiness_cov1_smToday, I am back at Magical Words, the blog on the craft and business of writing that I co-founded with Faith Hunter and Misty Massey, writing about creating characters, and celebrating the release of the newest Thieftaker short story, “The Price of Doing Business.”  The story can be found today at Tor.com. It is about Ethan Kaille’s first encounter with the lovely and deadly Sephira Pryce, who would become his rival in thieftaking and his arch nemesis.  The post can be found here.  I hope that you will check out both the story and the post, and I hope that you enjoy them both.

Yesterday was a travel day, so I neglected to post about the latest developments on the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Blog Tour.  But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t have posts go up.

First, in case you missed it, Black Gate Magazine put up my Interview With Ethan Kaille (composed with Dominick Swennen).  It’s a really fun interview and you can find it here.

Also, I have another Q&A up with my friend and Magical Words colleague Diana Pharaoh Francis. We covered a good number of topics relating to writing and research.  The interview is here.

Finally, I thought I would mention that the Summer 2013 Thieves’ Quarry Signing Tour is also still going on.   Tonight, Faith Hunter and I will be signing at the Books-A-Million in Gastonia, North Carolina, and tomorrow night I will be reading and signing at Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, NC.  Stop by and say hello.