What Is Dieselpunk?

Misty MasseyMisty Massey

Good morning, folks! Long time no see! I just got home from a wonderful weekend at Contemporal, a steampunk fantasy con in Raleigh NC. If you’ve never been, you really should make a trip there next year. My husband and I had a marvelous time. (Not to mention that on our way, we stopped at the nearby Tesla showroom to test drive the most awesome car in existence, and I think we were both still buzzing about it this morning. But I digress…)

I served on a panel called “What is Dieselpunk?”, an exploration of the dieselpunk subgenre. For those who aren’t familiar, dieselpunk generally covers the period between (and including) the two world wars. It’s usually defined by either a military or urban noir aesthetic, and is rapidly gaining in popularity. During the panel, I displayed an assortment of books, movies and video games to illustrate the point, [...]

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Just Some Thoughts

Misty MasseyMisty Massey

Hi y’all! Long time no see! Happy May Day! I hope everyone’s doing well, and enjoying our guests. We’ve got some incredible people lined up for the rest of the year, so be sure and stick around for more fun. If there’s anything you’d like to see here, be sure and let us know, and we’ll do our best to make it happen. I had intended to post today with an announcement about my new ebook, but it’s not quite ready, so you’ll have to wait a little longer. Sorry, is that cruel of me? *grin*

Anyway, ConCarolinas is coming up, and we’re very excited about it. Faith posted recently about our Magical Words seminars, and we wanted to make a couple of modifications to the rules of the Live Action Slush seminars we’ll be offering. The whole thing’s supposed to be anonymous (unless, during the [...]

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Magical Words Writing Workshop

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Hi folks!

We hope you’ve been enjoying all the marvelous guests we’ve brought you so far in 2014. Trust me, we have even more writers and their books to introduce to you as the months move along, so you’re not allowed to be mad at us when your to-be-read stack climbs higher than your bedside table. *laughs*

Today everyone’s taking a break, so I thought I’d drop over to mention that Faith Hunter, David B Coe and I (Misty Massey) are very excited about the upcoming Magical Words Writing Workshop, which is taking place during Congregate in July. It’s an intensive two-day seminar offering detailed, specific feedback on the first 2500 words of your manuscript from all three of us. Not only that, but members of the class will be able to offer feedback to each other as well. And since we’re teamed with Congregate 2014, you have the [...]

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Magical Words Writing Workshop

Misty MasseyMisty Massey

It’s time to let the cat out of its proverbial bag. As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, the Magical Words team (David B. Coe, Faith Hunter and Misty Massey) will be holding an intensive critique workshop at this summer’s Congregate in Winston-Salem, NC. If you’re planning on attending the con and would like to participate in this workshop, you can find all the information here: http://con-gregate.com/magwordsworkshop.htm

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!

The Ghost of Magical Words Present

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Okay, I shouldn’t say “ghost”, since the site’s healthy and strong and not going anywhere! But it’s still the Christmas season and I couldn’t help myself…

I don’t think any of us expected the site to grow and flourish the way it has. As David told you yesterday, we expanded from four people posting once a week to nine regulars on a schedule, with guest appearances from writers across the world. It came about because we realized we had more people reading what we were writing and we were scrambling to come up with great content. So the family of Magical Words happened because of you, our readers. Thank you for that!

At the beginning, we told everyone we could about the site, just so we could get someone (anyone!) to notice. I cross-posted on Facebook and Livejournal, doing my best to drive people toward Magical Words. If you’ve [...]

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My Wish

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Back in the spring of this year, my parents decided to move closer to my sister and her family, for a multitude of reasons. Which meant that last year was the last Christmas I spent in my childhood home. It was bittersweet for me – I’ve been lucky enough to have a close and loving family, so that house represented more than just a place to sleep. It was where I prepared for my wedding, and where I first told my parents I was pregnant with my son. I brought my college boyfriend home to meet my parents because he was the one and I knew it, and I wanted them to like him. (They did.) In that house I studied for tests, glued projects together, did homework at the dining room table. I cried over mean things other students at high school said to me and worried in the [...]

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Coming To The End

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I’ve been thinking quite a bit about endings lately. Everything ends, and the best one can hope for is that the ending is painless and peaceful, or beautiful and grand. Endings can be sudden, and they can be well-planned. Sometimes the end is wracked with tears, and sometimes the end is filled with joy and laughter. Nothing lasts forever. It’s okay for things to come to a natural conclusion – it’s just the way of things. Friendships end, jobs end, and of course, stories end.

Last night I watched the midseason finale of Once Upon A Time. (I have to take a left turn here to marvel at the existence of the midseason finale. Why is this a thing? I can see skipping a week or two around the holidays to make room for the endless number of holiday extravaganzas featuring country music stars singing rewritten hymns while wearing [...]

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