Monthly Archives: February 2012

Writing on a Whim: The Project That Won’t Let Go

The other day, posting elsewhere, I commented on the fact that I was about to get back to writing after spending the first couple of months of this year working on short story revisions and a proposal for the next … Continue reading

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New Page on the Site

This is one of those things that makes an author slightly uncomfortable.  I’ve added a new page to the D.B. Jackson website.  It’s a page that includes all the nice things reviewers and advanced readers have said (and will say) … Continue reading

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Friday Fun: What Extravagances Do You Covet?

I love to write, which is why I’m an author.  As I said in my last post, this business can be really hard. If I was doing it for the money rather than for love of writing . . . … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Writing Is Hard

Sounds sort of weird, I know.  I mean, what kind of tip is “Writing is hard?” In all honesty, it might be the most important tip I ever post to this site. Let me start by saying that this is … Continue reading

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A Winter Day’s Dilemma

It’s cold out.  Not eye-watering-tears-freezing-on-your-face cold, but cold.  Raw, is probably the better word.  It’s foggy and windy, and it was snowing earlier.  Nasty, nasty day.  And I’m sitting here on the couch, typing on my laptop, a fire in … Continue reading

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DragonCon, Here I Come

Writing under a pseudonym is weird.  It’s also fun, and I’ll get to that in a minute.  But let’s focus on the weird for a moment.  It’s weird in big ways — I’m promoting myself, but it’s not me.  I’m … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Trusting Your Reader

Recently, while reading through a wonderful short story written by a Master’s student with whom I’m working, I found myself writing a comment in the page margin that rang all too familiar.  The student had just had one of her … Continue reading

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Web Site Update and News!

So, I have updated the D. B. Jackson website to reflect a few recent developments.  First of all, I have been invited to be a special guest at a couple of upcoming conventions — Con*Stellation, in Huntsville, Alabama (October 2012) … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: The Taxman Cometh

As it happens, I’m doing my taxes today (I’m expecting a refund, so there’s no reason to wait for April), and so I thought I would share a bit of information about professional writers and their tax process.  For those … Continue reading

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Writing Tips: Character Development Starting Points

Aspiring writers are often told that they should “write what they know,” which I’ve always felt is a strange bit of advice for people trying to make their way in a profession founded upon feats of imagination.  And to my … Continue reading

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