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Music Monday: Bryan Ferry


Tonight, I am going to see one of my long-time favorite vocalists, Bryan Ferry, in concert for the fifth time.  This will make the fourth solo concert, in addition to the Roxy Music reunion tour.  I am grateful for every single one of these opportunities. I had a hard time picking out just one song to share.  So, I decided to choose one from Ferry’s solo career (a difficult task in and of itself) and one from his days with Roxy Music.  Please enjoy “Slave to Love,” from the solo album Boys and Girls, and “More Than This,” from Roxy Music’s final album, Avalon. Original link
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The 6 Most Common Writing Mistakes that are Missed When Editing


It’s always nice to be reminded of this information. Kobo Writing Life By Freddie Tubbs Grammar and punctuation can be tricky subjects to master, even for the most experienced writers and editors. But they can make a huge difference in the impact your writing has and the authority you demand. If you’re highly knowledgeable about a topic, but the grammar is not spot-on, your credibility on the subject can suffer overall. Ensure you aren’t making these common writing mistakes by keeping a close eye out for them while editing. Incorrect prepositions Prepositions are those words used to describe the relationship between two words in a sentence, and they often confuse writers and editors. To the ...
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Weekend Reads: “Meddling Kids”

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Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I first heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. I have been a fan of Scooby-Doo and his gang of teenage detectives since I was a little kid. This book brings forth the concept of a teenage detective gang all grown up — with the accompanying challenges, including mental illness — and the third generation of their beloved dog realizing they sent the wrong man to jail on a case. Meddling Kids is Scooby Doo meets Cthulu, with references to Arkham and Miskatonic thrown in as Easter eggs. The gang of teens – Andrea (who prefers to be called Andy), Kelli, and Nate — decide to go back to their home town of Blyton Hills to see if the...
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Elvis Aaron Presley, 1/8/35-8/16/77

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By Uncredited [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s summer 1977.  I’m 13 years old, and my freshman year of high school will be starting in just a couple of weeks (in those days, everyone went back to school the day after Labor Day).  We live in a trailer park.  I’m skinny, brainy, and have few friends.  My main refuge is music and books.  I hadn’t yet reached full puberty, and vaguely had an idea that boys might be cute.  That’s who I was when Elvis died.   In our house, the favored radio station was KGW AM (FM stations were a rarity back then, and those that were out there were hard to pick up).  They were a typical Top 40 station of the day, playing not only current hits but an occas...
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Southern Pride in a Time of Terror


These words are beautifully spoken. I vividly remember my first visit to the deep South. I was in Atlanta for a conference. I was shocked at how many Confederate monuments there were, and it made me — a white woman — feel very uncomfortable. I could only imagine how those monuments made people of color feel every day. Because those monuments were a deliberate reminder to people of color that they had best not step out of line. I can love New Orleans with all my heart (and I do) and still be glad that the Liberty Place monument (and many others) are now going into museums instead of standing on public streets. hecatedemeter I’m a child of the American South.  I’m the Witch of this Southern pl...
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Available Now on Smashwords!


Interested in writing horror? Here’s a source that can help. Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons by Lillian Csernica on August 15, 2017 Horror can be anything from the most elegant ghost story to the total freak-out of a bloodthirsty serial killer. The Fright Factory can show you how to make the most of your story ideas. Choose the best setting. Build a better monster. Learn the fine art of creating suspense! It’s all here, including an essential list of the worst horror cliches no editor wants to see. Want to find out if I really do know what I’m talking about? Fallen Idol appeared in DAW’s The Year’s Best Horror Stories XX. Just 99 cents from Digital Fiction Publishing! View original ...
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Music Monday: “Lean on Me,” by Playing for Change


I admit, after this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I have been struggling to find the right song for Music Monday.  I considered “Man in Black,” but I’ve used it twice ( here and here ).  I posted “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “If I Had a Hammer” just the other day . My heart is sore.  I have been angry and concerned, by turns, pretty much since last November.  I feel like Cassandra, with people telling me I was “overreacting” … only to be proven 100 percent correct. Over the weekend, a woman named Heather Heyer was murdered by a white supremacist who drove his automobile, at speed, into a group of peaceful counterprotestors.  Nineteen other people were injured.  A young Black ma...
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The #1 Question All Writers Should Ask


Excellent point here! Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons by Lillian Csernica on August 11, 2017 Stories grow out of two questions: What if? and What next? If you’re like me, your stories tend to start out as a sudden flash of action or dialogue. Maybe you think of a character first, and then the problem. Either way, once you’ve got your basic idea on paper and it’s time to think about story structure, there’s one essential question you must answer: Why now? In Dickens’ A Christmas Carol , Ebenezer Scrooge has to change his ways right now or he won’t live to see another Christmas. galaxy6manual.info In The Hunger Games , when Katniss’ little sister is chosen to represent their District,...
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What’s Happening in Charlottesville


I always say that I’m not going to be political on this blog.  For the most part, I think I’ve kept my promise.  However, when you get down to it, all art is political.  It’s about making a statement.  I spoke out in Bayou Fire about abolition and equality, just to name an example from my œuvre. I usually post a sample from one of my books on Saturdays, but I just couldn’t find my way to do that today. I’ve been following the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, very closely.  There are a couple of reasons for it, not the least of which is that I took an excellent historical fiction survey course from one of the professors at UVA. Part of the reason I’m following it so closely is that I’m ho...
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Weekend Reads: “Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude”

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Boston Metaphysical Society: Prelude by Madeleine Holly-Rosing My rating: 5 of 5 stars This set of seven short stories and novellas will most assuredly whet your appetite for more tales in the Boston Metaphysical Society world. These prequels give us insight into the lives of several of Madeleine Holly-Rosing’s key characters. My favorite story of the lot was “Steampunk Rat.” I’m an animal lover, and seeing the young scion of one of Boston’s Great Houses care so much about little Tinker was splendid. This story also made me cry, because I was very worried about the rat at one point. Well done indeed, there. The common thread throughout is how the spirit world lives so close to the human worl...
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On Calling Ourselves Writers


Nice piece here. My two cents: if you write, you are a writer. Go Dog Go Café Davy D is off this week because of work and family commitments.  I look forward to his thoughtful weekly posts as they both stimulate my thinking as well as my creativity.  I know that many of you look forward to these posts as well and I thought I would try to fill Davy’s formidable shoes this week. An important part of my journey over the last year has been the transformation in my own thinking about myself as a middle-aged woman who happens to write a little to thinking of myself as a writer and a poet.  We have talked a bit already here about whether we can claim the title “poet” or whether it is a title that n...
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Bonus Track: “William Tell Overture,” by Glen Campbell


I am sure that, by now, you know that Glen Campbell passed away yesterday after a lengthy and very public battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  What you may not know is this:  besides being a popular country-western singer, he was a gifted guitarist.  He played sessions for many bands, including the Beach Boys (that riff at the beginning of “Fun, Fun, Fun” is all him). Here is Campbell’s rendition of the “William Tell Overture,” played in honor of Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels … and shared by me in honor of Glen. Original link
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Who Writes Your Stories?

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I am definitely character-driven; sometimes they have ideas that are better than mine. In fact, that happened again just this morning. Great article here. A Writer's Path by Mae McKinnon As much as it sounds like one, no, that isn’t a trick question. And we’re not talking about ghost-writers either. There are many voices involved when writing. Some of these we’re aware of, others are more ambiguous. We all bring with us, after all, however subconsciously, our prior experiences (whether we remember them or not). As such, there are many ways a story can come together, but most of them can be boiled down to being either a) author driven or b) character driven. View original post 563 more words ...
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Music Monday: “It All Fades Away,” by Ramin Karimloo


Ramin Karimloo is one of my all-time favorite performers.  I’ve driven 500 miles to see him perform in a small club, and flown to Toronto to see him play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables — a role which he took to Broadway and for which he earned a Tony nomination.  Please enjoy this video, from a recent performance at BB King’s in New York City, where Ramin is presently playing Gleb in Anastasia on Broadway. Original link
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Sample Saturday: “In The Eye of The Beholder”

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On this day, 155 years ago, Joseph Carey Merrick was born.  It is in his honor that I share this excerpt from my debut novel, In The Eye of The Beholder .  At the end, I’ve added a video of the late David Bowie playing Merrick in a Broadway production of The Elephant Man.  Enjoy! At London Hospital, in Whitechapel, Dr. Treves deposited me at what I presumed was his surgery office door. “I’m wanted in the operating theatre, Madame LeMaître. Please make yourself at home,” he said. He bowed to me and left me alone. I let myself into the suite, but saw no one. From a back room came a muffled “I shall be with you in a moment. Please have a seat.” “Thank you, I shall,” I responded. “Oh, my goodnes...
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Weekend Reads: “The Mill River Recluse”

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I read this book five years ago; at the time, it was gaining a lot of press for being  99-cent indie book that hit the New York Times bestseller list.  I was willing to risk a buck, and was glad I did. The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m just going to say it right upfront: I completely understand what all the hype is about where this book is concerned. Darcie Chan has created a little Vermont town with some endearing characters. Widow Mary MacAllister never leaves her home because of severe agoraphobia; she is the titular recluse. The townfolk make up all kinds of rumors about her, not knowing that she hides because of two horrible crimes visited upon her (one o...
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How Not to Hold an Author Event


I laughed, I admit it … I’ve not made any of these mistakes, and still had things go south at events. You just smile and plan for the next one. Drew Chial Insight from a bookseller who has seen these things go very badly. Congrats on Your Book So you’ve written a novel, better yet you’ve found a modest publisher who can get it into stores. Sure it might not have priority placement on the front table, but it’s available to customers who think to order it. Seems like life is on the upswing, but before you forget your humble roots you might want to do something to bring yourself back down to earth, something to let the air out of your ego before it gets too inflated. Why not host an author even...
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The Writer’s Spellbook


Fantasy authors in my circle are sure to find this new book useful. Hopes and Dreams: My Writing and My Sons by Lillian Csernica on August 1, 2017 AVAILABLE NOW ON SMASHWORDS! One of the most important elements of a fantasy novel or a game world is the magic system. A logical and consistent magic system will do a lot to help improve the quality of the story… A better magic system means a better story, and a better story means more readers! PLENTY OF FORMATS TO CHOOSE FROM! EPUB MOBI PDF IRL PDB TXT HTML Whether you’re a writer or a gamer, a graphic novelist or an historical reenactor, The Writer’s Spellbook will give you step by step guidance in making the crucial decisions that will bring y...
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Frequently Asked Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

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This month’s question comes from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group … and it’s one I get a lot when I do panels as well. I have a few, to be honest, but I’ll narrow it down to two. The first one is homophones and malapropisms .  These drive me crazy.   Anything from not knowing whether to use their, they’re, or there to the difference between broach (approaching something) and brooch (a piece of jewelry), or knock (tapping on something) and nock (fitting an arrow to a bowstring), will get up my nose in a heartbeat.  And yes, I have seen arrows being knocked and women wearing broaches — in published material, not just drafts.  This is why spell-check is not the only editor any of us need. Ma...
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#ExcerptWeek: “Bayou Fire,” by Sharon E. Cathcart

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I’ve decided to participate in this little activity, put on by The Write Stuff .  That’s why the title looks a little different.  Anyway, here is an excerpt from my latest novel, Crowned Heart award recipient Bayou Fire .  The tale is a historical paranormal, set in both modern-day and 1830s New Orleans.  Enjoy! Later that evening, Amos and a slew of other men stood off to one side of the deck, smoking thin black cigars and drinking Abita beer straight from the bottle. Diana stood off to the other side, looking out over the railing and thinking, while the men talked and laughed. They gabbed away in a dialect of French that bore little relation to what she’d briefly studied in school and she ...
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