Monthly Archives: January 2014

Conflict: reviewing a year of writing

Time for another review of writing techniques, based on the last year’s work. Let’s talk about conflict. Lesson #1: Personal conflict works. Some of the better parts of Martha’s Children, notably Nora’s tense interview with her parish priest, are driven … Continue reading

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Abigail Lane begins her investigation of the Office, 1934

An extract from the unpublished memoir of Abigail Lane, in response to a reader’s request. This memoir was found in a box in Miss Lane’s house in Connecticut when it was being demolished in 2008. Although I had offered him … Continue reading

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Sometimes the unexpected happens

I had expected to make daily postings, along with some photos, from ARISIA 2014, the Boston sci-fi/fantasy convention. However, due to a family situation, I had to leave earlier this afternoon and am not likely to make it back to … Continue reading

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ARISIA 2014, day one

ARISIA, the Boston sci-fi/fantasy con in January, kicked off yesterday at 3 PM, though things don’t really start to roll until after 5. Because E.J. Barnes, whose illustrations you’ve seen on my blog, is selling some of her art there, … Continue reading

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Back to ARISIA

So I’m off to ARISIA 2014, which bills itself as “New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention.” As you might recall, I made up a Dragon Lady t-shirt before going last year. It got zero attention, which … Continue reading

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Accepting the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I recently received notifications from two bloggers that they had nominated me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” My first reaction was that inspiration must be getting scarce for me to be nominated, twice at that. However, this is not an … Continue reading

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Abigail Lane: a biography

As she has appeared in two stories on this blog, here is a brief biography of Abigail Lane, Practicing Magician, Office of Occult Affairs. Abigail Lane was born on November 18, 1851, the only daughter of an impoverished Connecticut cooper, … Continue reading

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