Things You Didn’t Know About The Wild West

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One week in, and the Weird Wild West Kickstarter is not only 22% funded, but was named a Staff Pick on the very first day! It’s going to be a great book – we have amazing writers lined up to craft stories for you – and if we can manage to fund for the second volume, we’ll have more stories by even more great writers!

Today I thought I’d entertain you with some interesting bits of information about the Wild West. This might be your chance to win at Jeopardy! Or even more likely, one of the following wacky facts might spark your ideas enough to get a story started. Did I mention that there’ll be open submission slots in The Weird Wild West if we fund successfully? There will be, so share the link with your friends!


Whiskey had a number of names during the days of […]

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The Weird Wild West

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Back in the summer, while standing in the hallway after a raucous session of Live Action Slush (it’s a panel we do – loads of fun and definitely something you should check out if you come to ConCarolinas next year) Emily Leverett, Margaret McGraw and I were talking about weird westerns. Ideas were flying fast and furious, and all of a sudden, before we really had a chance to think about it, the three of us were agreeing to edit an anthology of western fantasy stories. Over the next few months, we approached publishers and writers until we found one we were happy with – Danielle Ackley-McPhail, of eSpec Books. The quickest way to get the ball rolling seemed to be trying a Kickstarter to fund the project, so we had photos made, arranged pledge rewards and stretch goals from our committed authors, created a video and built the site. […]

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Home From Atomacon

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I was fortunate enough to be a guest at Atomacon last weekend in Charleston SC. It was the second year for this con, and I was happy to see that attendance increased by a noticeable margin. (It would be way cool to see some of you guys there next year!)

I appeared on several panels, one of which was “Ten Things That Will Make An Editor Stop Reading”. It was based on things we covered during the Live Action Slush panels at ConCarolinas (for those of you who weren’t there, we asked people to submit the first page of their work without their names attached. David, Faith and I listened while one of our intrepid readers read the work aloud. As we heard something that would make us stop reading, we raised our hands. Once all three hands were raised, we stopped the reading and discussed what we felt needed […]

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Nano Nano!

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No, I’m not trying to awaken your inner 80’s kid. Eleven days ago, NaNoWriMo began. For those of you who aren’t familiar, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the point is for you to write 50,ooo words of a novel/story/work. If you’re a slowpoke writer like me, NaNo can be a useful tool to help spill lots of words in a short amount of time.

I’ve always been the type to work better under a deadline, but it has to be a real one, set by someone else. NaNo ends on the last day of November, so if I want to successfully achieve the required words, I have to do it in the short time allotted. I sign up every year, although I’ve only ever “won” once. Not that it’s a competition, not in the strictest sense. It’s a challenge to yourself, to try to get a good […]

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Who Wants To Live Forever?

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Tomorrow I become another year older.

I’ve never worried much about my age. I didn’t panic at 40, and I’m certainly not going to let 52 get to me, either. But recently I was faced with truly understanding my own mortality, and it’s made me consider a lot of things in a different way than I used to.

We all want to be remembered when we’re gone. In a way, having stories published on paper means we’ll be immortal. Even when our bodies are deep beneath the earth, someone, somewhere will be able to pick up a book and read what we said, experience a piece of our souls that was consigned to the ages thanks to the miracle of publishing. It’s a reassuring feeling. I sometimes look at the copy of Mad Kestrel that sits on my desk and think, “I wonder if someone will read this book fifty […]

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Just Chatting

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Things have been a little crazy with most of us lately, and today’s scheduled guest has had to postpone due to family issues. So I thought I’d drop over and update everyone on a few cool projects and things that are happening in the Magical Words tribe.

First, this week Faith had a book birthday! Yes. that’s right, the latest Jane Yellowrock book, Broken Soul, is available now for your reading enjoyment! If you’re not sure (and why on Earth wouldn’t you be?), you can try it out here:

Speaking of reading things that Faith writes, she and David are anchor authors for the current Kickstarter project “Temporally Out of Order”. “This anthology will take on the challenge of interpreting what “temporally out of order” could mean for modern day—or perhaps not so modern—gadgets, such as the cell phone, laptop, television, radio, iPod, or even that microwave or refrigerator!” […]

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Bad News

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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 and […]

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