Monthly Archives: September 2012

Chapter 5 of Dragon Lady is up

“Unintended consequences” is the title of chapter 5 of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, and that’s what Rebecca faces. Magic can do all sorts of things for you. But they aren’t always the things you expected! If you’ve been following … Continue reading

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Using magic in fiction

Including magic in your fiction is probably the most dangerous thing you can do, short of writing explicitly about sex. Sex will only excite or bore your readers (probably both). Magic can disrupt your metaphysical framework, create major flaws in … Continue reading

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Dragon Lady’s weekly update, chapter 4, is now available

The fourth chapter of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, “Realizations, responsibilities, and regrets,” is now available. What is the significance of the headless dog? What does James really think about his employers? Follow the link to find out. If you’ve … Continue reading

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Supernatural fiction

Since The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge is historical supernatural fiction, and I talked about historical fiction last week, it’s time to talk about supernatural fiction this week. Rather than talk theory, I’m going to discuss some examples. Mind you, this … Continue reading

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Dragon Lady chapter 3 is up

The third chapter of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, “Well-matched partners,” is now up and available. Read how Rebecca draws on the lessons she learned from her Uncle Israel to confront a man who has no soul! Just click on … Continue reading

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Dragon Lady and Oneida: A historical note

As mentioned in chapter 2 of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, Rebecca Maxwell put on clothing based on that worn by women in the Oneida Perfectionist community. But what was the Oneida Perfectionist community? Why was it considered scandalous? And … Continue reading

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Dragon Lady chapter 2 is up

As promised, the second chapter of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, entitled “How to make an unfavorable impression every time,” has been posted this morning. Just why does Rebecca carry a walking stick? And what is wrong with Ellen Taylor’s … Continue reading

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