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 […]
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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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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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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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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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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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