Wednesday Magic District: In which I am sneaky like an airhorn.

March 18, 2009 at 6:30 am (Uncategorized)

My Wednesday Magic District post is up: I’m being subtle!  Look!  Look how subtle I’m being!  I suspect you can figure out what it’s about from the title.

Meanwhile, here’s a reminder for those of you in the Boston area to visit Pandemonium Books and Games.  If you want to see me, I’ll be there tomorrow evening at 7:00; but really, just go visit Pandemonium, regardless of who’s there.

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Signing at Pandemonium 3/19

March 10, 2009 at 7:13 am (Uncategorized)

I get to make appearances!  Cool!pandemonium

I’ll be reading and signing at Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge on Thursday, March 19, starting at 7:00 PM.  

If you’re in the Boston area and haven’t been to Pandemonium, you’re really missing out.  They’ve got a fantastic selection of science fiction and fantasy, used and new, and their staff always have good suggestions.  (They’ve even been helpful when I sprung a question on them designed to drive bookstore clerks mad: “I’m looking for a book but can’t remember the author or the title…”   Yeah.  That.  But they didn’t kill me, and they found the book.  I probably ought to sacrifice to the Lords of Book Karma in thanks.)

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Big Idea post

February 5, 2009 at 8:15 am (Uncategorized)

And again with the kind authors letting me take up blog space: I’ve got a Big Idea piece up at the Whatever, where I go on  about Celtic myth, changing stories, and finding old friends in research.  Thanks again to John Scalzi for giving me space to talk!

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Guest blog!

February 4, 2009 at 7:53 am (Uncategorized)

One of the cooler things that’s happened since Spiral Hunt was picked up has been the contact with other awesome authors.  Marjorie M. Liu, author of The Iron Hunt (which is fantastic, by the way), has been kind enough to give me a spot on her blog to talk about cities, urban fantasy, and why the urban setting is one of the most potent ones for fantasy writers.  Go and take a look, and thanks again to Marjorie for the guest spot!

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Pride

January 20, 2009 at 8:03 am (Uncategorized)

When I was in junior high school, Veterans’ Day and other patriotic holidays were celebrated by, among other things, playing Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American” over the PA system.

I hated that song. Still hate it. The thing is, I don’t hate it because I’m not proud to be an American. I hate it because it cheapened the pride I do have. Because it turned what should have been a considered, thoughtful approach to one’s country into a knee-jerk response, echoed the line that I always heard as defensive and whiny: “at least I know I’m free.” (Also, it was one hell of an earworm, and back then I hadn’t learned the trick of humming ABBA to get a song out of one’s head.)

I admit that a lot of this was the result of being in junior high, when anything I didn’t like had to be awful and why couldn’t anyone else see that I was right? But my dislike of the song remained. And I thought about it a lot this last year, particularly when Michelle Obama got excoriated for her (perfectly innocent, I thought) remark that she was finally proud of her country. It seemed that unthinking pride was somehow supposed to be better than the sudden realization that there was a cause worth fighting for.

For the obvious reasons, I’m remembering all that today. Over the last few years, I’ve been ashamed of what’s been done in my name as an American. That won’t go away because we have a new president. But now I’m also proud of where we are, of who represents us in the world, and what we can do.

Being proud to be an American doesn’t mean that I can sit back and bask in how awesome we are. It means that I have to work to make this country what we hope it can be — and if something goes wrong, if this administration or, in four or eight years, the next administration, wonks up badly, then I don’t get to throw up my hands and say well darn, I tried, what’s on tv?

We’ve had enough of despair. Time to work to make something to be proud of.

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Into other worlds

October 27, 2008 at 7:34 am (Uncategorized)

This is embarrassingly belated, but there’s a new online magazine for lovers of secondary-world fantasy: Beneath Ceaseless Skies, currently featuring stories by Chris Willrich and Yoon Ha Lee.

Secondary-world fantasy is difficult to get right — it’s very easy, for me at least, to get bogged down in the details of worldbuilding and neglect either the plot or the style of the story.  Or, going the other way, it’s easy to cobble together a world out of scraps without a care for its internal consistency or for ingenuity.  But when it’s done well, when the world and the plot and the style all feed into each other and weave together, it can be stunning.  And the stories in Beneath Ceaseless Skies are done well, with an eye toward literary skill as well as fantastic (in both senses of the word) worlds.

I’ve even sold them a story (and one of which I am very proud): “Dragon’s-Eyes” will be forthcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, probably sometime after the turn of the year. 

Go take a look.  Immerse yourself in other worlds for a while.

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I liiiive!!!

November 17, 2007 at 12:58 pm (Uncategorized)

(Three exclamation marks. The sure sign of an unsound mind.)

Welcome to Margaret Ronald’s blog. Bio and bibliography are to the left, fiction is to the right, giant tentacled thing is right behind you.

I don’t know how often I’ll be posting. I have a bad habit of using the web to procrastinate, so if I decide that I have to spend less time online, this will probably be one of the first things I cut out. Yes, I have my priorities messed up. This is nothing new.

Also, I lack a cat, so I believe the grand tradition of Friday Cat Blogging is out of my grasp. I may have to start Friday Teapot Blogging instead.

The blogroll and links are currently rather bare, so any suggestions for additions would be appreciated. Credit for this site should go to Josh Ain, who made me get off my butt and put this page together, then helped me to understand at least some of what I was doing.

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Under construction

November 3, 2007 at 5:06 pm (Uncategorized)

Nothing to see here.  We are a hedge.  Move along.

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