Monthly Archives: March 2012

Preparations For THIEFTAKER Release, #1

Last day of March.  On Tuesday of this coming week, April 3, we will be exactly 13 weeks away from the July 3 release of THIEFTAKER.  I’m sure that sounds far away to you, but I have been waiting for … Continue reading

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A Spring Morning

This morning I took a bit of time away from the computer and the rewrites I’m working on, and hiked down into a place called Shakerag Hollow.  Shakerag, so named because once upon a time, you could go down there … Continue reading

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New Freebie Added to the Website!

Today I updated the D.B. Jackson website to include a free download of “The Tavern Fire,” the first story (the first fiction, for that matter) I published as D.B. Jackson.  The story first appeared in a terrific anthology called After … Continue reading

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Review: The Hunger Games

Last night I went with a group to see the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ YA bestseller, The Hunger Games.  Our group consisted of seven teenagers, all of whom had read at least the first book in the Hunger Games … Continue reading

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Today In History: Lighting the Fuse

On this day, in 1765, the English Parliament passed legislation that would come to be known in the North American colonies as the Stamp Act.  In the wake of the Seven Years’ War against France (referred to in the colonies … Continue reading

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I Want To Go Back To College

Really, I do.  It’s not that I miss being in my late teens and early 20s.  I don’t want to go back to that part of my life at all.  But I would love to be a college student again.  … Continue reading

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Flash Writing Tips: What To Do When You’re Stuck

I’m going to put the flash in “Flash Writing Tips” and keep this one really brief.  But just because this is short, that doesn’t mean that it’s unimportant. This is one of those things that happens to all writers at … Continue reading

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A More Perfect Union

I’ll get back to Flash Fiction Tips soon — over the weekend or early next week.  But I’ve also posted about history on this site; with Thieftaker, my first historical fantasy, coming out later this year, it seems appropriate that … Continue reading

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Flash Writing Tip! Making Our Imagined Worlds Come Alive

Okay, birthday is done, but I’m still on the road.  Time for another Flash Writing Tip.  Today’s topic:  Worldbuilding! The object of worldbuilding for writers of speculative fiction is really no different from the goal of mainstream writers setting up … Continue reading

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An Apology for a Lame Post

Yeah, I should probably do another writing tips post today.  And I certainly will do my best to post some later in the week.  But today is my birthday and I’m on the road visiting with friends, and I am … Continue reading

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