Monday Musings: “What’s Next?” Well, How About Some Big News?
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1d ago
“When I ask ‘What’s Next?’ it means I’m ready to move on to other things. So, what’s next?” — Jed Barlet, THE WEST WING Yeah, I will seek out almost any excuse to quote from The West Wing, it being my favorite television series of all time. But as it happens, this is a question that’s been on my mind for a while now. In the show, “What’s next?” was more than a change of topic or a jump to the next agenda item. It was also used to turn the page after a setback, to refocus the staff after a triumph, even to look for a new beginning after tragedy. As is the case with so much that happens in the ..read more
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Professional Wednesday: Preparing For the Coming Year
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1y ago
December has come to my little corner of the Cumberland Plateau. The trees are bare, days of gray skies and cold winds outnumber the blue, chickadees and nuthatches, titmice and woodpeckers and cardinals flock to my feeders. Yes, we still have nearly a month left in 2022, but already these remaining weeks feel foreshortened. The holidays will gobble up much of our time and energy in the closing days of the month, and we will be distracted by all the preparations for family get-togethers and the like. Which is as it should be. The past two years have seen our holidays strained and, for some, ru ..read more
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Professional Wednesday: The Chalice War, Book I Cover Reveal!!
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1y ago
For some time now, I’ve been writing about and teasing my new Celtic urban fantasy, The Chalice War. The series is part thriller, part comedy, part myth, part urban fantasy, part mystery. It is set in our modern world — all over it, in fact: book I takes place in the U.S.; book II shifts the action to Australia, and book III is set in Ireland — but the series also draws heavily on Celtic lore. It is unlike anything I’ve written before. Each volume was a ton of fun to write, and will be, I hope, just as much fun to read. I love these books and I am incredibly excited about their upcoming releas ..read more
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Professional Wednesday: Another Celtic Urban Fantasy Teaser!
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1y ago
This is a busy week and I have a lot going on. No time to sit still and write a Professional Wednesday post. And why should I when what you REALLY want is another teaser from my upcoming Celtic urban fantasy release. This, like the first one I shared with several weeks back, is from The Chalice Wars: Stone, the first volume of the trilogy. It picks up sort of where that last teaser left off. Enjoy! And rest assured: normal Professional Wednesday posts will resume next week. Keep writing! And read on! ***** All of these suburban streets looked the same. Treeless yards, soulless cookie-cutter h ..read more
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Professional Wednesday: Finishing a Book Actually Means More Work
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1y ago
As I mentioned last week, I have recently finished the third book in my new contemporary Celtic urban fantasy, The Chalice Wars. This book, The Chalice Wars: Sword, will be out sometime fairly early in 2023. Book I, The Chalice Wars: Stone, is currently in production, and book II, The Chalice Wars: Cauldron, is with my editor. The art work for the first book should be ready soon. I’ll share it the moment I can. I’m excited about these books. They are filled with tension and suspense, but also with humor, and they are quite different from other work I’ve done. And I am proud to add that when th ..read more
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Creative Friday: Celtic Urban Fantasy Teaser!!
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1y ago
This week, I finished the first draft of the third and final book in my new project, a contemporary Celtic urban fantasy called The Chalice Wars. I have a lot to do with this newest manuscript still — I’ll discuss that in greater length in next week’s Professional Wednesday post. But for today, as a way of celebrating the completion of this latest novel (which will be my 30th when it finds its way to print, later this year or — more likely — early in 2023), I thought I would share with you a bit of book one in the series. This is actually chapter 2 of The Chalice Wars: Stone I expect it will b ..read more
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Monday Musings (On Tuesday): Back From DragonCon
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1y ago
I have spent this past weekend at DragonCon, catching up with friends, meeting new people, and returning an air of normalcy to my professional calendar. To be honest, I went into the weekend a bit reluctantly. I was excited to catch up with friends, but I was nervous about little things — Covid exposure at a convention attended by tens of thousands, and also just being back among so many people after a difficult year in which I have, to the extent possible, tended to avoid public activities. As it turned out, being among people was fine. Not always easy, but definitely not as difficult as I fe ..read more
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Monday Musings: Wading Back In (and Why I Left)
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
1y ago
Yes, I’m back, dipping my toes cautiously into the social media waters, gauging my mental state. I have a lot going on professionally right now, and I need to write about it, to boost the signal (as the market phrase would have it), to shout it from the virtual rooftops. And so, I’m venturing back out into the digital world. But you, who have put up with me disappearing now and again, deserve a bit of an explanation for my sudden withdrawal back in early July. The short version is this: Our older daughter, who has been battling cancer since March 2021, had an unexpected setback. “Unexpected” a ..read more
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Professional Wednesday: Dealing With My Latest Editorial Feedback
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
2y ago
I’ve written many times before about dealing with edits on a story or novel manuscript, and I don’t want to repeat myself any more than necessary. But I have just received feedback from my editor on the first book in my upcoming Celtic urban fantasy series, and I thought a return to this topic might prove helpful to some. Including me. Earlier this year, I wrote about my expanded editorial responsibilities, and the ways in which doing more editing had made me a better writer, as well as the ways in which writing for more than twenty-five years had helped hone my editorial eye. I also mentioned ..read more
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Today on the Blog Tour: Nemesis and Protagonist
D.B. Jackson » Urban Fantasy
by dbjackson
2y ago
One of the things that the first book did not do — because it wasn’t necessary to the plot — was to set up a nemesis for Jay Fearsson who would outlast the narrative of this particular novel. I mean someone like Leo Pellisier in Faith’s Jane Yellowrock novels, or Sephira Pryce in the Thieftaker Chronicles, or the rival powers in C.E. Murphy’s Negotiator series: a character who represents both danger and opportunity for the protagonist, someone who challenges my hero, who threatens him, but who also relates to his darker side. As I say, there was no room in the first book for such a character ..read more
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