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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 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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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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Prompts Inspire Writing

Do you have days when you simply cannot think of a thing to write? In fact, have you ever experienced writer’s block for weeks or months? You’re brain- dead, uninspired; life is boring, you’ve heard no interesting conversations, witnessed no exciting … Continue reading

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Empty Adjectives and Actionless Verbs

“Show, don’t tell.” That’s the admonition from the experts whether you’re writing songs, novels, short stories, or memoir. For example, adjectives are descriptors, but some are “empty” and don’t provide information that shows us anything new; they do not let … Continue reading

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Mark Twain’s Life Is Not Mine

In July, I visited Mark Twain’s home in Hartford CT. He was born in 1835 in Florida MO and died in 1910 at age 74 in Redding CT. I’d visited his home many years ago but forgot how elegant it … Continue reading

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Kidlit Café Critiquers Produce Books

At least five books, with more on the way, have come out of our critique group, Kidlit Café, made up of all children’s  authors. (See our covers below.) We created our name when we began meeting in the Border’s Books’ Café … Continue reading

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