We Did It Ooooooour Way!

Hi folks,

Back in 2008, Faith Hunter, David B Coe, C E Murphy and I came together to start a little blog about writing. We called it Magical Words, and we slowly gained followers who were friendly and excited and curious about what we had to say. Over the course of nearly ten years, we’ve seen new friends come and go, we’ve hosted a year of special guests, and attempted to change the format somewhat. Alas, now we’ve come to a decision. It’s time to put the blog to bed.

We’ve been honored to be of help to so many of you. You’ve become friends to us and to each other, and many of you have found successes large and small thanks to your start here. We hope that you’ll all continue to pursue the dream, and share what you’ve learned with those who come along behind you. It […]

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Bless Your DragonCon!

It starts tomorrow! Want to see Faith Hunter? Now you can!

Friday, Sept 1 The Logic of Magic Magic may not be real, but it still has to make a certain kind of sense. What’s involved in developing a magical system for a story, and making it feel internally consistent and believable? Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Embassy EF – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour) (Faith Hunter, Kathryn Hinds, Elizabeth Moon, Jim Butcher) ——————- The Overlooked: Under-Represented Heroes & Heroines of the Wild West The settlers of the Wild West were more than white, male cowboys. They were also women and foreigners from Asia, Africa, Mexico, and the Native Americans who were there originally. Our experts discuss these heroes and heroines of the West that have been overlooked by history and historic fiction. Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour) (Margaret S. McGraw, Misty Massey, Tamsin L. […]

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DragonCon always sounds like lies to a sinner.

It’s almost time for the Con! Want to see John Hartness? Here you go!

Friday, Sept 1 Two Sides of the Same Coin? Angels & Demons in Urban Fantasy Representations of angels and demons vary widely within folklore, religion, and literature. Our panelists will discuss how depictions often focus on their similarities as well as their differences. Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour) (Linda Robertson, John G. Hartness, Faith Hunter, Tamsin L. Silver, James A. Hunter, Jennifer St. Giles)

Saturday, Sept 2 Reading: John G. Hartness Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

——————- The Black Dog: Depression and Mental Health in Fiction and Fandom Our panelists examine how mental health is portrayed in sf. Are there any portrayals that help those of us dealing with our own issues? Note that this is not a prescriptive or workshop. Time: Sat […]

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With Cat-like Tread, to DragonCon We Steal!

Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today we have David Coe’s schedule! Come find him at the following stops:

Friday, Sept 1 The Beginners Guide to Steampunk and Other Alternate History More than a steampunk 101, this idiot’s guide to to the wide world alternate history is for those curious about the books, media, costumes, or just how to get started in the steampunk, dieselpunk, or other subcultures large and small. Bring your curiosity and questions for our panel of experts. Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour) (Tentative Panelists: Eric Flint, David B. Coe)

——————- Murders, Mysteries, […]

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Did Ever A Dragon Keep So Fair A Con?

Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today is A J Hartley’s turn. You can see him here:

Friday, Sept 1 Signing at The Missing Volume Friday, 2pm. Americasmart building 2 first Floor booths 1400, 1402 1301 & 1303 at the end of the aisle. ——————- Magic in the Middle Middle Grade Books are the hidden genre that explores the realms of fantasy & adventure. Discover the Magic in the Middle with our panel of amazing authors. Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: M106-M107 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour) (Tentative Panelists: Diana Peterfreund, A. J. Hartley, Ed Masessa)

——————- He Said, She Said Every […]

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They’re Taking The Hobbits to DragonCon!

Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today is Misty’s turn. If you want to find her to get a book signed or hear her speak, this is where she’ll be:

Friday, Sept 1 The Overlooked: Under-Represented Heroes & Heroines of the Wild West The settlers of the Wild West were more than white, male cowboys. They were also women and foreigners from Asia, Africa, Mexico, and the Native Americans who were there originally. Our experts discuss these heroes and heroines of the West that have been overlooked by history and historic fiction. Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton […]

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Not all those who wander DragonCon are lost

Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today we give you Gail Martin’s schedule!

Friday, Sept 1 Internet Marketing (for Authors): Conquering Social Media Tips, tricks, and advice for the novice or seasoned authors to navigate Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. We will take a brief look at the various platforms where authors promote, and break down the common themes for utilizing them for maximum engagement in conjunction with book sales. Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour) (Sascha Illyvich, Gail Z. Martin)

——————- Reading: Gail Z. Martin and Friends Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt […]

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