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!!

Today on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour, I conclude my month as Featured Author at Drey’s Library.  My final post for Drey is a somewhat lighthearted list of my writerly pet peeves — from mall signings to “reserves against returns,” and a few things in between.  While you’re at the site, be sure to sign up for a chance to win a free signed hardcover copy of A PLUNDER OF SOULS, the third Thieftaker novel, which has just been released. You can find the post here; I hope you enjoy it.

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.

Plunder Of Souls blog tour buttonI was on the road yesterday, driving home from North Carolina after a fun and successful signing tour that began with a book launch party at ConGregate in Winston-Salem, and then took me to Rock Hill, SC, Gastonia, NC, Richmond, VA, and Raleigh, NC. Along the way I reconnected with old friends, and met some new ones. It was a great trip.

But I did miss out on telling you all about yesterday’s stops on the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour. So let me tell you about those, as well as about today’s stops.  Yesterday I was the blog of my good friend Stephen Leigh, with a post about minor characters who assert themselves and become major characters. The post can be found here.

I was also at Magical Words again, with a post about some of the odd things people sometimes say to writers.  You can read that post here.

Today, I am once again at Drey’s Library with a post about the books on my enormous and growing “To Be Read” pile that I am most excited to delve into.  That post can be found here.

And finally, but definitely not least, I also have a post up at SFNovelists that touches on the best part of my recent signing tour:  the fact that I was accompanied, at least for some of it, by my fifteen year-old daughter.  That post is called “Notes from the Road: The Shared Journey,” and you can find it here.

I hope you enjoy them all.

Happy Monday, everyone! Today, the Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour visits the journal of fellow author and history geek Beth Bernobich. Beth’s newest novel, The Time Roads, will be out later this year — it’s a great book and I recommend it. For today’s post, Beth asked that I take some time to write about the women in the  Thieftaker Chronicles, and so I have written about Kannice Lester, Janna Windcatcher, and, of course, Sephira Pryce.  I hope you enjoy the post.

And later this week, I will be hosting a live book launch event at Bitten By Books, the paranormal site that recently gave A Plunder of Souls, the third Thieftaker novel, a five-star review.  At the launch event, I will be giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to some lucky fan, so start accumulating your chances to win by RSVPing for the event here.  Good luck!

The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour rolls on today with a post at the blog of my great friend, the brilliant, talented Kate Elliott.  Kate and I have known each other for many years and long ago decided that we are siblings separated at birth. (My birth, to be specific, since she is much, much, MUCH older than I am . . .)  The post is called “Top Ten Things I Do to Help Me Write,” and it’s on the things I do to keep writing and keep at least semi-sane.  The post is here.  I hope you enjoy it.

The Summer 2014 Plunder of Souls Blog Tour takes me to two more sites today.  I have an article up at the blog of Black Gate Magazine on “The Life and Times of a Midlist Author.”  It’s actually a follow up to an article by Garrett Calcaterra that appeared last year at Black Gate. Garrett interviewed me for the article and I thought it was an important enough subject that I should revisit it this year.  I hope you find it interesting.

I am also at Drey’s Library, where Ethan Kaille, the hero of A Plunder of Souls and the other Thieftaker books, takes readers on a brief tour of Boston as it appears in the summer of 1769.  This was a really fun post to write, and I hope you have as much fun reading it.

I’m at SFNovelists today, with a blog post about the similarities among various art forms.  Specifically, I’m discussing a few lessons I’ve learned doing photography that translate to my writing life.  The post can be found here. I hope you enjoy it.

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.

Today I am posting at Magical Words, the group blog about the craft and business of writing that I maintain with fellow authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, John Hartness, Mindy Klasky, and several others.  The post is called “On Publishing and Writing: A Sale, and a Study in Perseverence,”  and it gives the long and tortured background of a series — a contemporary Urban Fantasy trilogy called the Weremyste Cycle — that I have just sold to Baen Books.  I’m incredibly excited about the sale; even more than I would be usually.  This post explains why.  I hope you enjoy it.