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In Love With The Fantastic Middle Ages

Tweet of the Day: Are Happy Endings a Must? ——– What is it about the European Middle Ages (and their Japanese counterpart) that fascinates us so? Is it a longing for a simpler time, a Golden Age? Perhaps we want to live our lives under the code of Chivalry and Courtly Love? Maybe it is […]

TV Tropes Monday: Magic A is Magic A

Tweet of the Day: In Real Life ——- “Magic” is what defines the speculative in speculative fiction. And by magic I mean those elements that allow for for things that simply cannot exist in the world as we know it, such as mind-reading, teleportation and Faster than Light Travel, to name a few. In essence […]

Sunday Tweet: How to Avoid the Trap of Making Your Characters Unlikable

Tweet of the Day: How to Avoid the Trap of Making Your Characters Unlikable ——– The subject of this Sunday’s tweet (see link above) is characters, specifically how to avoid making your characters unlikable. You want your readers to connect with your story and that means connecting with your characters. Sure, most people don’t like […]

Weekend Roundup: May 22-28 with a Blog Chain

Tweet of the Day: Writing Urban Fantasy Without Vampires, Detectives or Tramp-Stamped Chicks ——- Before we go to the main event, I present to you the week in post: Sun: Some of the Dumbest and Smartest things a fellow author did on her way to publication. Mon: Royals who actually do something, brought to you […]

Short Story Friday: Severus the Rogue

Tweet of the Day: Why I Like ‘The Lost Girl’ ——- On following chapters: each new installment will have a link to the chapter before it and the one after. It saves me a lot of work not having to link each installment together. 2 ——- Sorry for the the delay. A lot on my […]

May Flash Fiction Challenge: The Tour

Tweet of the Day: Killing Time OST- 21c- Nerves ——- I hope more people join in the challenge this month.  I’ve learned that I love to read flash fiction. The random sentence generated by for this month is: “He should have never been there in the first place.” Now for the rules of the challenge. […]

Wizards’ World War: Dispatch 9- Fire and Brimstone

Tweet of the Day: Has Your Protagonist Changed His Ways? ——- Intro– Dispatch 8 – 10 ——- Church of Christ the Redeemer, Little Rock, Arkansas, July 24th, 10:06 a.m. The gospel singer belted out the last stanza of the hymn to the thundering rhythm of the rock band. Applause rocked the walls of the building […]

Sci-Fi: Hardening Sci-Fi without turning it into a fossil

Tweet of the Day: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World-Colossus of Rhodes ——- Sci-fi is all the rage these days. Made a sneaky comeback (or not) with Star Trek: NextGen and grew in popularity during the 90s until today. However, it is, by enlarge, on the soft side of the scale (downright mushy if you […]

TV Tropes Monday: Royals Who Actually Do Something

Tweet of the Day: A Dance with Dragons ——– Noblesse oblige is a French phrase literally meaning “nobility obliges”. The Dictionnaire de l’Académie française defines it thus: Whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself nobly. (Figuratively) One must act in a fashion that conforms to one’s position, and with the reputation that one has […]

Sunday Tweet: Dumbest and Smartest

Tweet of the Day: Dumbest and Smartest (Things you done on your way to publication) ——– A few things first: Thank you to all you (silent but) loyal readers you seem to pop up when I need you the most with cheerful comments and helpful insight. 😀 A change in serial publication: I will no […]