My posts, both book previews and otherwise, continue to appear at Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. Here are the most recent: The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller, second in a series of post-WWI mysteries. Fresh Meat: The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman, a historical romance set in 1663 New Amsterdam (Manhattan). […]
Hot and spicy as the summer sun, I give you…redheads! The redheaded nurse manages to cover two genres in one book…. Also, check out Alison Tyler’s blog for the ToC of her Morning, Noon, & Night anthology, which includes my story “8:00 PM: Appointment Tee Vee.” Amazon pre-order is now available.
It’s summer, and because I’m pretty busy with the first draft of my current manuscript, I plan to take some time off from blogging. For the rest of June, July, and August, I plan to only post once a week, unless I have big news or a really great idea that I absolutely must write […]
One of the first things I did at WisCon was attend The Gathering, which is sort of like an indoor carnival. A volunteer was decorating people with the calligraphed word of their choice. Mine lasted most of the long weekend. Friday morning after breakfast, a friend and I toured the Wisconsin State Capital Building. It […]
My most recent book for The WWI Challenge was Enid Bagnold’s A Diary Without Dates, which is out of copyright and available for free download. It’s a famous work (the author also wrote National Velvet) and one I’ve meant to read for some time. I’m glad the challenge gave me a push! Bagnold worked as […]
Golgotha Through darkness curves a spume of falling flares That flood the field with shallow, blanching light. The huddled sentry stares On gloom at war with white, And white receding slow, submerged in gloom. Guns into mimic thunder burst and boom, And mirthless laughter rakes the whistling night. The sentry keeps his watch where no […]
I recently was asked about worldbuilding. To answer the question, I wrote up a list of techniques I’ve used, and seen used, that I thought would be generally helpful, whether you’re writing historical fiction or speculative fiction (or even fiction in a contemporary setting). These are not all the techniques there are; just a few […]