Monthly Archives: August 2013

Chapter 28 of Martha’s Children, and dreams

Detective Kammen warned Nora O’Donnell that something bad might happen to him or to her brother. So when Kammen appears to be missing, Nora goes searching for help. And in chapter 28 of Martha’s Children, she find it . . . … Continue reading

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The Shell Grotto, Margate

And here’s a genuine mystery of a construction, from the blog “My Search for Magic.” The Shell Grotto, Margate.

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The comparative anatomy of glamorous vampires: two novels

Since the serial I’m writing, Martha’s Children, is a vampire story, I figured I should get caught up on some of the contemporary literary depictions of vampires. As luck would have it, I stumbled into two novels of vampires of the … Continue reading

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Chapter 27 of Martha’s Children, and Rick Springfield’s Nick Knight

Martha’s had a bad day. A dead sorceress has hauled her out of her coffin, one of her offspring left behind a dismembered corpse, and she passed out unexpectedly. But it’s now nighttime, and nighttime is the right time when … Continue reading

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Sillyverse is a year old!

I started the blog on August 21, 2012, promising “stories of magic and mystery.” Since then, I’ve offered you two novel-length serials (one in progress), with a new chapter every week, two posts most week on varied topics, usually related … Continue reading


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A forgotten chapter in the history of the Sillyverse

Frank Wilson (1886 – 1970), Chief of the Secret Service from 1937 to 1946, decided to write his memoirs in the aftermath of the JFK assassination. They were published as Special Agent: A Quarter Century with the Treasury Department and … Continue reading

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How to argue politics on a thread

We’d all love to be triumphant word warriors online. But sometimes other people fail to recognize our genius. They try to engage us in discussions, using “reason” and “evidence” to convince us. Well, saddle up, word warriors, because we have … Continue reading

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Chapter 26 of Martha’s Children, and ghosts

In all her life, both before and after she was killed, Ivy McIlwraith has prided herself on her extensive knowledge of sorcery and arcane lore, her keen mind, and her ability to handle herself in any situation. But she never … Continue reading

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Chapter 25 of Martha’s Children a bit ahead of schedule

I’m going to be out of touch for a while, unable to get to the Internet. This is not quite the same as oxygen deprivation, at least not until I step up the voltage of my WiFi connection to electrolyze … Continue reading

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Chapter 24 of Martha’s Children and sorcerers therein

This week begins Part III of Martha’s Children, entitled “Sorcerers.” The ghostly sorceress Ivy McIlwraith has prided herself on being one of the most knowledgeable sorcerers in the world. But in chapter 24, Ivy finds the root of her problems is a … Continue reading

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