Monthly Archives: October 2012

A story for Halloween: “On Huckman Causeway”

To celebrate the spooky traditions of Halloween, I’ve written a short story, “On Huckman Causeway.” You might call it a ghost story. Then again, maybe not. Anyhow, you can link to it here. The story has nothing to do with The Dragon Lady … Continue reading

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The 2nd annual Halloween read

This year, I’m going to continue a tradition I started last year of digging up a “moldy oldy,” a supernatural horror story by a writer who was once famous, but who has vanished into obscurity. This year’s story will be The … Continue reading

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Dragon Lady chapter 9 and the Secret Service

The previous chapter of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge introduced Abigail Lane, practicing magician in the United States Secret Service, Office of Occult Affairs. In this new chapter, “Defender of the Nation,”which you can link to here, we get to see … Continue reading

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Magic in Dragon Lady

I’ve already written about the dangers of using magic in fiction. This week, I’m going to write about the magic that I do use in my fiction, particularly in The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, which is going up, chapter by chapter, … Continue reading

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The Dragon Lady meets Rev. Field in Chapter 8

A whole new chapter of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge is up on my blog this morning. The heat is on in chapter 8, “Allies and enemies,” as Rebecca struggles to deal with the consequences of the literally smashing conclusion to the … Continue reading

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The Berkshire cottages and Dragon Lady

In a previous post, I described what the Berkshires were like in 1886. But there’s a few groups of people I left out: the visitors and the rich. In the antebellum period, the Berkshires acquired a reputation for scenery, and … Continue reading

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Dragon Lady chapter 7 is available

“Visitors,” the seventh chapter of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge: A Tale of Magic in the Gilded Age, is now up at this link. Who is the madman lurking in the parlor? Is Rebecca’s party a smashing success? If you’ve not … Continue reading

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The Berkshires in 1886

The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge is set in the Berkshires in 1886. But just where are the Berkshires, and what were they like in 1886? There’s an old English county called Berkshire. “Berk-” comes from a Celtic word meaning hilly, … Continue reading

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Chapter 6 of Dragon Lady is available

“Worthy of Trust,” the new chapter of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, is now available at this link. What did the walking stick do to Amy? What does it do to Rebecca? If you’ve not dived into my weekly serial of … Continue reading

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Writing on the computer

I recently had to buy a new laptop. The old one had inadequate memory, and not only had its battery died, but even its clock battery had died. (I had to reset the time every time I powered it up.) … Continue reading

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