Magical Words Link Roundup 4-25-2017

Fantasy Cafe features Fran Wilde, author of Updraft, Cloudbound and Horizon, for their Women In SF&F Month series.

The reason we don’t write more disabled characters is because disability frightens us: it can spring out of the woodwork, surprise us around a corner or suddenly strike and flip our lives upside down.

When you write scenes with physical conflict, the injuries need to be realistic.

There are a number of reasons why someone would choose to defend a specific location: to protect property or the lives of inhabitants; to secure a strategic location; to offset an opponent’s superior advantage; or because they have no other choice.

A group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve.

The end of the world seems bound to be a big event, and it’s tempting to assume that the cause will be […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 4-24-2017

There are some books that a writer really should have in their own personal for-keeps libraries. These are the books that you’ll keep coming back to, over and over, through your career.

There’s a weird moment near the end of Shakespeare’s most realist and domestic comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, when the plot to expose Falstaff’s failed sexual exploits gets all “Midsummer Nights” dreamy.

Uhura: “Xenolinguistics. You have no idea what that means.” Kirk: “The study of alien languages. Morphology, phonology, syntax…”

Dino Ignacio and his five-year-old daughter Harley showed their appreciation for Fisher in a unique fashion by interacting with Leia cosplayers. *Warning – you may need to have tissues handy.*

What do you call it when writers are all collected together?

Garrett Calcaterra put together this list of notable climate fiction (cli-fi) written specifically by science fiction and fantasy authors.

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Party Talk!

The weather’s changing, the flowers are blooming, and the writers are starting to emerge from their winter cocoons. Everyone has a drink, and we’re answering the question, “What kind of music do you listen to when you write? (If you prefer to write in silence, then what kind of music do you listen to in the car?)”

Faith Hunter I sometimes listen to Country. But usually nothing except talk radio — NPR.

Gail Z Martin Depends on the mood. For writing—mostly classical, smooth jazz, New Age. In the car—classic rock, Top 40, Sinatra, Buffett.

Melissa Gilbert I like to listen to thunderstorms when I write. In the car, I have had Lady Gaga’s new album on heavy repeat. I’m also fairly fond of 60s and 70s protest songs.

Misty Massey I don’t listen to music when I write. I have, in the past – managed to write a first […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 4/20/2017

Maureen Eichner relates, “I felt a freedom to read all kinds of books: books that challenged me, and books that comforted me. Books that were too old for me and books that were too young.”

There are many kinds of humans in the world. That means there’re also many kinds of women. The logic of the above statement says two things: 1) that it is wrong for people speak out about conditions that are uncomfortable, unprofessional, or sometimes even dangerous and 2) that only people with the strength to survive a gauntlet that can include being groped onstage, being mocked publicly, having their work denigrated for no reason other than having been produced by a woman, and a multitude of other forms of harassment deserve careers and the rest are out of luck.

Tara Sparling said, “The other day, I tried a little experiment, and attempted to browse Amazon as […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 4-19-2017

“Never was there a tale of more sad // Than that of Hamlet and his spooky dad.”

Here’s a bit of free advice for new writers that’s worth considerably more than you paid for it.

Twitter is talking about things only women writers hear, and things only women writers of color hear.

“Life as a professional writer is financially depressing, and I’ve often been advised to self-publish. Here’s why I won’t do it.”

Volunteers, Professionals, and Who Gets to Have Fun at Cons: another thought prompted by the recent unpleasantness surrounding OdysseyCon.

There’s nothing more frustrating than an ambiguous ending after a great movie.

On Monday, the American Library Association released its annual report of the most-challenged books and articles nationwide.

Bad movies are easy to laugh at and subsequently ignore. Bad movie series, on the other hand, make you question whether or not this whole Hollywood thing was […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 4-18-2017

Yes, it’s that special day, when the post office will be slammed from open to close, and many of us will be desperately scrambling at 11: 55 pm to try and finish that last bit of math. (Well, not me – we managed to finish our taxes over the weekend, so yippee!)

It’s the evocation of a mysterious elsewhere in language as weird and lovely as its subject. Language is the magic system.

If you give them a taste of the story and your style, they will be more apt to buy your book, rather than if you just drone on and on about your author life and why you wrote the darn thing in the first place.

The good people at the OED had a little tie-in to announce: “sonic screwdriver,” the Doctor’s multipurpose magic tool, is getting its own entry.

Judith Tarr says, “All I remembered of C.S. […]

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Magical Words Link Roundup 4-17-2017

There is a woman in a forest. Or maybe on a highway by a cornfield. At the doorway of a condemned building. And she knows that something is wrong.

Heather Weidner presents 50 things she has learned about the writing life.

Xanth is one of those series that is difficult to explain to newcomers because its popularity is undeniable (I myself devoured the books readily when I was a youngster) and yet they are super-rapey.

One recurring theme that periodically arose while reading and watching the horror genre was the notion that somewhere was a powerful and macabre book of demonic spells called the Necronomicon.

The last of OdysseyCon’s Guests of Honor has dropped out.

A series of instincts, thousands of tiny adjustments, hundreds of drafts … What is the mysterious process writers go through to get an idea on to the page?

Just as long as we […]

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