Folks, I don’t like sharing bad news at the best of times, but this is the worst kind of news. Daniel Davis, writer and friend of Magical Words, has been diagnosed with liver and kidney cancer. He suffered with Crohn’s Disease for many years, so when he started losing weight and feeling more pain, he assumed his Crohn’s was acting up again. By the time they figured out what was truly wrong, the cancer had progressed too far. His wife has alerted us that Daniel is home, under hospice care.
Just before he fell ill, he and I had agreed to have him be a guest on Magical Words to promote his novella, While You Were Away. That appearance is obviously not going to happen now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t hear about his book.
Kev Thorsin has returned from a twenty-year war campaign across the stars, battle-weary [...]
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When I began work on my first novel – The Six-Gun Tarot – I made a decision to make as many of the characters in my tiny little town of Golgotha, Nevada, as unique as possible. I wanted everybody in the town to have some dark secret, some special gift, or some unique history. I have received some very positive feedback on my characters in Six-Gun, but I don’t think it was just giving the shop-keep a wife who was a head in a jar, or making my female protagonist a member of a secret Lilith cult, and a living weapon to boot— I think the reason my characters breathed for people was because I tried to make them, well…people.
At this year’s RavenCon, I was fortunate enough to be a guest and to have the honor of being on a panel with some very cool folks discussing the concept [...]
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Hey y’all, happy Labor Day! I hope you’re all having a good day, whether you’re at DragonCon, or the beach, or your mama’s house, or even if you’re among those souls who have to labor on Labor Day, I wish you a good one.
The vast majority of my social circle has been at DragonCon all weekend, so we decided to do something a little silly for today. I asked them to answer the following question:
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever witnessed/heard/participated in at a con?
And here are their answers! Feel free to chime in with your own in the comments!
The craziest thing at D*C – The kids (both genders) dressed up in Star Trek uniforms traipsing up and down the hotel hall, drunk (of course), and claiming that they were going to have a galactic orgy. They then proceeded to lie down (en masse) [...]
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Well, hey y’all! It’s been a while, and I’m tickled to be posting today.
There are a lot of things no one tells you when you finally sell a book. They don’t tell you how long it will take for checks to come in. It takes a long, long time – it’s usually one check on contract signing, one check on manuscript delivery and the last one on release. That wonderful dollar amount you saw on the initial offer looks a little depressing when it’s broken into chunks over the course of months. They don’t tell you that you might have to completely rewrite your book once the editor has gotten a nice, close look at it. It’s called an editorial letter, but it’s really a long, sad list of all the things you didn’t know the editor didn’t like. They don’t tell you that you’ll have to handle your [...]
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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, and [...]
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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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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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