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Criticizing others’ writing

Back in December, I posted a query to readers, asking when and how it is appropriate to criticize the writings of others on their blogs. I should note I was thinking of literary blogs when I wrote this, though some … Continue reading

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Review: Timepiece by Heather Albano

It’s time for another book review, and like the last one, this one will tackle the book from a prospective author’s perspective. Like the book in the previous review, I picked this one up almost by chance. I was at … Continue reading

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Chapter 22 of Dragon Lady, and my patron saint of digressions

“Solomon Davis takes charge,” chapter 22 of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, is now available. The future leader of the Office of Occult Affairs arrived on the scene too late to prevent the holocaust in the previous chapter. What’s left for … Continue reading

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After the convention, a prospective writer’s report

Yours truly went to Boston’s four-day sci-fi/fantasy convention, Arisia, this weekend. I did it partly as a fan, but mostly as a prospective writer (i.e., someone who wants to actually make some money and get some recognition for writing). My … Continue reading

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Clark Ashton Smith influenced me, but I don’t write like him!

As I write, it’s the birthday of Clark Ashton Smith (January 13, 1893 – August 14, 1961), a horror and fantasy writer who might best be described as “almost famous.” He’s most often remembered as a member of the triumvirate … Continue reading

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Summer vacations on Winnisquam

In The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, and in a related blog post, I’ve written about how the wealthy of the Gilded Age erected “cottages” of up to one hundred rooms to spend part of their vacation time. It’s made me reflect … Continue reading

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Chapter 20 of Dragon Lady

“Everyone is a star in their own life,” chapter 20 of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, is now up and available. William Maverick, our villain, emerges from behind the curtain. Just what has he been up to? How did he get … Continue reading

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Query to readers: criticizing the writing of others

I’ve run into an issue, and need help. I’m reading the blogs of several writers. Their experiences are varied, the quality of their writing more so. What kind of criticism should I offer them? My difficulty can be boiled down … Continue reading

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Review – Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane

Instead of reviewing a new book from a reader’s perspective, I’m going to review one from as aspiring writer’s perspective. Reading new material is problematic for aspiring writers. Why not just stick to the old classics? Well, I hear there have … Continue reading

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Chapter 14 of Dragon Lady, and “Freshly Pressed”

It’s Abigail Lane’s turn in “At the Burning Dog,” chapter 14 of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge. See how a professional government magician conducts an investigation. Abigail goes “by the book” because she wrote much of it. But will it be … Continue reading

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