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Steampunk Revealed: Part III

Certainly steamers are not to be confused with Goths, the subculture that dresses in long black coats with buckles and chains, heavy spiked boots, black-dyed hair, and makeup of white foundation, heavy eyeliner, black fingernail polish, and unusual piercings. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Steampunk Revealed: Part II

It appears that steampunk has moved from the literary into films, clothing, hairstyles, jewelry, and rock bands. On http://www.steampunk-music.com, bands from The Aeronauts and The Clockwork Dolls to Pocketwatch and The Unextraordinary Gentlemen are listed, among hundreds. Associations, clubs, websites, … Continue reading

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Steampunk Revealed: Part I

My writers’ group, Redwood Writers (a branch of the California Writers Club), is conducting a Steampunk writing contest this spring. What? Who? Never heard of it! Steampunk? That’s the inevitable reaction I get when I inform people about the contest. Steam … Continue reading

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We Write What We Know…or Not

We write what we know (or see or hear). That’s the writer’s motto cliché. It’s true. In looking back at all my writing, I can see that there’s a bit of me in everything, published or not. Not major things, … Continue reading

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A Business Model to Avoid

The thrill of publishing one’s first book is joyful, a dream come true, right? Oh, the anticipation of getting my children’s picture book into print and out there in the marketplace! I attended lectures, workshops, and conferences to acquire the … Continue reading

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Writing: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

At the New Year, writers always resolve to write more. That’s a given for me. Other than that, I’m not going to get squishy about all the other resolutions I probably ought to make. In retrospect, 2014 was generally a … Continue reading

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You CAN Have an English Cottage Garden

My article first appeared on the Sonoma County Master Gardener website a few years ago. It’s still relevant today as we enter our fourth year of drought here in Northern California. It’s a long article, but if you love English … Continue reading

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