Why #HoldOnToTheLight Matters


You’ve heard the story about the boy throwing starfish back into the ocean at low tide. A man chides him that the boy can’t save them all, and what difference does such a futile gesture make? “It makes a difference to this one,” the boy replies, tossing another starfish into the sea.

Light one candle. Scare away the dark. Use your voice every time they try to shut your mouth.

The power of one. Refusing to go gently into the dark night.

Defiance is one of the human race’s better attributes.

#HoldOnToTheLight is about throwing starfish and lighting candles. And giving a one-finger salute to the darkness.

As my friend John Hartness likes to say, there is ‘famous’ and then there’s ‘writer famous’. ‘Writer famous’ is when you walk into a con and people recognize you. ‘Famous’ is when you walk into a Starbucks anywhere in the world […]

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Special Guest Stars: J F Lewis

Today we welcome special guest J F Lewis, author of the popular urban fantasy Void City series, to Magical Words. He decided that he wanted to be a writer when a supposed creative writing teacher questioned his sanity and suggested therapy. An avid reader, J also enjoys sushi, popcorn, lukewarm sodas, and old black and white movies. His two favorite activities are singing lullabies to his kids at bedtime and typing into the wee hours of the morning. Fortunately, like the protagonist of his Void City novels, the author takes very little sleep. We’re delighted to have him with us today!


Murder and Judgment: Writing Advice from J.F. Lewis

Write what you feel driven to write. Write it well and with passion. Be willing to commit murder when the time is right. And know that you will probably be judged, as a person, based on what you write.

It […]

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Back from ConCarolinas…

…And settling back in to work and home and the normal day-to-day rhythms of another summer. The kids are out of school, and I’m trying to figure out my writing time for the next few months. But the con….

ConCarolinas was terrific. Faith, Misty, and I had a wonderful time sitting on panels, which more often than not, spiraled off into silliness and fun, while still — we hope — providing interesting discussions on writing, marketing, the state of the publishing world, and such social issues as race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. We attended one another’s readings and sat together in the authors’ alley hallway trying to sell our books. We saw several good writer friends — Gail Z. Martin, Ed Schubert, James Maxey, Robert Aldrich, J. F. Lewis, Stuart Jaffe, to name a few — and found a couple of new ones as well, including the wonderful Katherine […]

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