Magical Words Writing Workshop

Misty MasseyMisty Massey

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 [...]

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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:

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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The Enemies of Our Progress Part Three

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Okay, I’ve saved the toughest one for last. Today I’m going to talk about one of the most insidious of enemies – jealousy.

You probably already know how damaging jealousy can be to a romantic relationship. Suspicion and unwarranted anger builds walls between people who care for each other, walls that prevent effective communication and take serious work to bring down. Jealousy can also crack your creativity into tiny shards of meanness that poke you every time you sit down to make your own magic. It happens to all of us. You read in Locus that someone from your writing group just signed another three-book deal, when you only got a one-book deal from the same publisher. You get a phone call from a writing friend who excitedly tells you that she’s been offered representation by an agent who’s previously turned you down. You want to feel thrilled and happy, [...]

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So Groovy Now

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Hi folks! I’m not normally here on Wednesdays, but Diana Pharaoh Francis had a family emergency to deal with, so I agreed to step in and take the day for her.

I’m still recovering from a weekend at Atomacon, a brand-new con in Charleston, SC. This was their inaugural weekend, and I’m pleased to say they did very well. Preliminary numbers suggest that they may have made a profit. Yay! I love the Lowcountry, and it tickles me to death to know fandom in the south is growing and strong. I took pictures in the Tardis and posed with R2-D2. I shopped in the dealer’s room. I was interviewed by the charming guys at the Weakly Villain Podcast (my interview isn’t up yet, but keep checking. They also interviewed John Hartness and Emily Lavin Leverett, and I’m excited to listen to their chat my own self!) And of course, [...]

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